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National Recognition Get to know a sophomore tennis player, recruited from Spain, who was ranked 112 in the nation.




Although participants want to play in the mud now, they say the delay has a good reason.

Students, staff share effective study tips

Oozeball postponed one week “I was bummed out because I was getting excited. I’m a freshman and everyone said it was the best tradition,” Sebastian Aguilar, Freshmen Leaders On Campus team member

BY NICOLE LUNA The Shorthorn staff

The Student Alumni Association postponed Oozeball until next Friday due to weather. Students were scheduled to prepare the playing field Thursday by mixing 143 tons of dirt with water provided by the Arlington Fire Department. But rain turned the waiting dirt into clay, which

cannot be processed through a sifting machine. The machine, which removes rocks and other debris, makes the dirt — eventually turned into mud — easier to play in, said Carmen Fisher, a Student Alumni Association Board of Directors member. The National Weather Service forecasts clear conditions next

week, during which time Fisher said they will sift the dirt. Any teams with changes to their rosters should notify the SAA by phone or e-mail. Players, like business freshman Sebastian Aguilar, were disappointed to hear about the postponement. “I was bummed out because I

was getting excited. I’m a freshman and everyone said it was the best tradition,” said Aguilar, who is on the Freshmen Leaders On Campus team. Although people were disappointed to hear about the date change, some agreed that it was a

Good preparation for an exam includes methods like re-copying notes and reading textbooks.

OOZE continues on page 6

BY ALI MUSTANSIR The Shorthorn senior staff


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Engineering sophomore Yannick Hasenbalg attempts a longboard trick in front of his friend, geology senior Jonathan Gideon, on Thursday outside Preston Hall. Hasenbalg recently purchased his board and wanted to take advantage of the wet cobblestone by trying to perform a 180-degree turn on his board.

Maverick Activities Center holds 2nd birthday party BY ARIONNE WELLS The Shorthorn staff

Students ate cake at the Maverick Activity Center’s second birthday celebration Thursday. About 350 people were pres-

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The highly-popular workout facility celebrated the special day with a few hundred fans.

To get ready for tests, some suggest self-testing, reading chapters twice, rewriting notes, highlighting important sections or forming study groups, but all suggest studying in some form. Professors are beginning to distribute the semester’s first tests, and students and staff have different tips for effective study. Also, SOAR Learning Services offers tutoring throughout the semester and helps with test preparation. Political science senior Melissa Torres said she has one test today and two next week. She mostly studies alone. “I read chapters more than TIP FINDER once and write things down to Cost: Free retain informaWhat: Effective Learntion,” she said. ing Strategies Torres said When: Sept. 21, noon-1 she is mostly p.m. concerned about Where: 200 Trimble her history test, Hall but focuses on not being anxWhat: Manage Your ious. Time and Your Life Many stuWhen: Sept. 28, noon-1 dents take adp.m. vantage of the Where: 200 Trimble cost-share and Hall supplemental instruction What: Calm Down and tutoring proStep Up grams, said When: Oct. 12, noon-1 Robin Melton, p.m. SOAR SuppleWhere: 115 Trimble Hall mental Instruction director. Source: Students Obtaining Academic The cost-share Readiness program is $6.50 per hour. Student service fees and The Office of the Provost provide funding for the cost-share program, she said.

ent for cake, free MAC T-shirts, a table for education on the H1N1 virus and the singing of the traditional Happy Birthday song. Students joked about the number of people taking part in the festivities. “There was a mad rush for the T-shirts,” said kinesiology freshMAC continues on page 6

The Shorthorn: Meghan Williams

Biology sophomore Taylor Roby receives a slice of cake Thursday during the Maverick Activities Center’s second birthday celebration. Participants marked the occasion by singing Happy Birthday, eating cake and receiving free T-shirts.

Science dean has a ‘rocky’ past Following her geological and teaching experience, Pamela Jansma started new job Aug. 15. BY VINOD SRINIVASAN The Shorthorn staff

Sitting at her desk with her legs crossed and her hands at her sides, the new College of Science dean gives off the aura of a scholarly measured scientist. Although Pamela Jansma’s posture may suggest she is an average college faculty member, her experiences and adventures are ones that many would envy. Jansma, who was born in Tokyo to a Dutch father and a Canadian mother, enjoyed what little she remembers of her early years such as the cultural Japanese events. “I really enjoyed visiting the hot springs and spending time with my family when I was younger,” Jansma said. She moved to Chicago at the age 6, after her father was asked to manage a branch of the Dutch bank he worked for. Then she moved with her family to Amsterdam at the age 10. At the age 16 she moved again, this time to Scarsdale, New York. Between ages 10-16, Jansma got a taste of her future career in geology when she visited the volcanoes in the East African Rift. She said the volcanoes and the geological diversity in the region fascinated her. Jansma said the trip might have been a reason she pur-

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Pamela Jansma, College of Science new dean, comes from a unique background that includes living in the Netherlands and Japan. Jansma says visiting the volcanoes in the East African Rift might have been one reason that she pursued geology.

sued geology. College came calling and Jansma attended Stanford University where she decided to try a hand at geology. More than her experiences, she said her outdoor-oriented friends influenced her to become a geologist. “My friends liked to backpack across the country and I would often join them and had the opportunity to see the landscape of the west and I was really interested in what I saw,” she said. After graduating college she pursued a post-graduate degree in structural geology and tectonics at

DEAN JANSMA FUN FACTS • Hates lima beans. • Her father built her an ice rink in the back yard while she lived in Chicago. • Learned to speed skate at age 10 while living in Amsterdam. • Always wanted to be an Olympic figure skater.

Northwestern University. Jansma did a lot of field research that required her to stay out in the field 100 days each summer. DEAN continues on page 6

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POLICE REPORT 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.

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TODAY 30% chance of storms • High 82 °F • Low 68°F

Theft A theft is under investigation at 8:40 p.m. at Meadow Run apartments, 601 Summit Drive.

Certificate in Professional HR Management: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 112 Santa Fe Station. Price is $1025. For information contact Continuing Education at 817-272-2581.

Criminal Mischief or Vandalism Someone pried the lock off a dryer and stole the change at 10:04 p.m. in Kalpana Chawla Hall. The case is still active.

Resume Critiques: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Business Building first floor foyer. Free. For information contact Career Services at 817-272-2932 or

Theft A wedding ring was reported stolen at 2:30 p.m. in the Life Science Building.

Art Exhibition in The Gallery at UTA: Tommy Fitzpatrick/Margo Sawyer: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Gallery at UTA. Free. For information contact Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658 or

Warrant Service- Misdemeanor A nonstudent was arrested for outstanding warrants at 6:49 p.m. at 600 Nedderman St.

Providing Voice Service Continuity in Evolved Packet Systems: 10:30 a.m., 413 Woolf Hall. Free. For information contact Sajal Das at 817-272-7405 or das@uta. edu.

TUESDAY Burglary, Vehicle A student’s vehicle was broken into and personal property was stolen at 7:30 p.m. in Lot 50 , 1200 West St. Authorities are investigating the case.

Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering: 11 a.m., 307 Preston Hall. Free. For information contact Jian Yang, Ph.D. 817-2720562 or

Burglary, Vehicle Someone broke into a student’s vehicle at 10 p.m. in Lot 51, 1301 West St. The case is still active.

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Thermal Science in Bioengineering and Nanotechnology: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., 105 Nedderman Hall. Free. For information contact Debi Barton at 817-272-2561 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 at 817-272-1183 or Macromolecules: Polyolefins as a General Model for Soft Matter: 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., 114 Chemistry Research Building. Free. For information contact 817-2723171. $2 Movie- The Incredibles: 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m., the Planetarium. Tickets are $2. For information contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or

PERSONAVACTION by Thea Blessener

Architecture junior Monica Llamas works on a class project for her studio class on Thursday in the Architecture building.

Apples and Honey

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Jewish new year celebration involves traditional food selection and serene atmosphere

Ministry tells T.R.U.T.H. behind music and beats

be closer to God,” Israel-Pelletier said. She said Yom Kippur “tends to be very, very serene.” “It’s the time we ask forgiveness for the sins that you know you’ve committed and the sins that you know that you must have, without knowing, committed,” she said. Cooper said she has childhood memories of the holy day. “Our rabbi was terrible at blowing the shofar, [ram’s horn]” she said. “Not only did he turn purple, but he couldn’t make the right sound, the combination always made me laugh.” She said overall it’s a time of reflecting on the good, the bad, the things someone wants to change about one’s self and the relationship one wants to repair.

Students interested in hearing about the darker side of the secular music industry can attend “The Truth Behind the Music Industry” sponsored by Advent Fellowship 8 p.m., Friday, in 106 College Hall. Speakers scheduled include former producers, musicians and singers who were successful in the non-Christian music industry but then decided to turn to God. The group then formed To Render Unconditionally To Him, or T.R.U.T.H., a ministry that travels spreading its message. The music and entertainment industries have a hidden agenda to slowly influence the mind and ultimately degrade the conscience, said Advent Fellowship President Raehann Bryce. She said people should attend to find out how the music industry seeks to influence its listeners through lyrics that go beyond entertainment. “Today’s popular artists like Coldplay, Fergie and Jay-Z may have catchy melodies and beats, but many of their songs’ messages would be appalling to most listeners if they knew exactly what it was that they were saying,” she said. “Many have direct correlations to occult beliefs, and T.R.U.T.H. exposes the real reason behind the music and the beats.”

BY BRYAN BASTIBLE The Shorthorn senior staff

Jews will come together Friday night to celebrate the Jewish new year — a serene holiday without champagne or confetti. Rosh Hashana begins on Friday night, followed by ten days of observance. Yom Kippur, or “Day of Atonement,” follows on Sept. 28. Rosh Hashana occurs in the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, Tishrei, and the actual dates vary from year to year. Hillel, the university’s Jewish group, said they didn’t have any events for Rosh Hashana scheduled due to time constraints. “Judaism is filled with many traditions, the High Holy days are no exception,” said Rachel Feldstein, alumna and former Hillel president, in an e-mail. “The High Holy days are solemn but also filled with joy and hope.” Rosh Hashana Jews celebrate Rosh Hashana by going to the synagogue and praying for the upcoming year, said Hillel adviser Aimee IsraelPelletier. They’ll pray for the upcoming year and read passages from their holy text, the Torah, about the creation of Earth. “It’s not sort of a happy-go-


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lucky type of new year’s with loud voices and balloons, it’s really quite serene,” Israel-Pelletier said. “There’s meditation and going to the synagogue and going to the temple.” Some Jewish customs for Rosh Hashana include the partaking of apples and honey, with the honey representing the desire for a sweet, new year. Jewish families also eat blackeyed peas for good luck, which is also a tradition in the South. “It depends on the family, but the apples and honey are all over,” she said. Israel-Pelletier said her family serves a cooked fish head, with the overall fish meaning good fortune and the fish’s head representing the beginning. Soon-to-be Hillel member Rachel Cooper said she remembers eating apples and honey growing up — they kept her entertained through the hours of praying. Yom Kippur Yom Kippur is practiced by fasting and going to the synagogue. “The idea is to contemplate the past year and to ask for forgiveness and to actually begin the process of living a better life and to

According to the U.S. Census Bureau Web site, in 2007 the Jewish people made up about 1.7 percent of the country’s total population, in 2007. “It’s important for people to know about other people’s cultures,” Cooper said. “Being informed fosters diversity and understanding.” BRYAN BASTIBLE

“It’s important for people to know about other people’s cultures. Being informed fosters diversity and understanding.”

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sophomore Maria Martinez-romer is only in her second semester UtA, but the tennis star has made a splash as she comes into the season ranked 112 in the nation, according to the Intercollegiate tennis Association. Martinezromer spent her whole life in Nules, spain, before coming to UtA after being recruited by head coach Diego Benitez. the broadcast journalism major went 21-2 last season, but she’s not letting the ranking get to her head.

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For tHe WiN Kinesiology junior Zubair Chaudry evades biology senior Gabriel Dennis and lands a two-point conversion, giving the Fort Worth All-Stars a 15-14 win against Lil’ Meat, Thursday night at Maverick Stadium during a pre-season Intramural Flag Football game. Season play begins 10 p.m. Monday at the intramural fields.

portant that I learned how to do it. I don’t know how to explain it, but it makes me feel good that I am always busy and that I don’t have time to think. What did you do over the off-season to make sure that you were ready for this season? I really didn’t do anything different. I just tried to practice everyday. I made sure that I didn’t miss any day of practice or training. I may not have played four hours a day, but I worked out constantly for two hours a day.

What are you looking to accomplish this season as a team? What was your reLast year, in my action when you heard first semester here, we about the ranking? won the conference. so When coach this year I am hoping [Benitez] told me I that we win the conferwas really happy. I had Maria never really thought Martinez-Romer ence again and make it to Nationals. Last about it, but now I year we lost in the first know why I am ranked. I only lost two of my matches last round to Baylor, so hopefully year. But being ranked is not this year we can advance and my priority this year. I am here win some matches. But I hope to study and play well for the that we play Baylor again, because I think that we can beat team. them. Who inspired you to play How would you describe tennis when you were a little yourself as a person? girl? I am a very friendly person. I My parents. When I was 6 years old they took me to a love my friends and my family. small tennis club in my little I am very shy when I meet new town and I started there. I people, but when I get to know didn’t like it in the beginning, them, then that changes. When because it was hard and took I first came here, I was like up too much time because we ‘wow.’ I didn’t know anybody so were practicing every day, but I I didn’t really go out at all. But then I started to hang out and like it now. meet friends, so now all of my How do you balance ev- friends say that I’m loud. erything in your everyday life, from tennis to studying? trevor HarriS In the beginning it was im-

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Mavs look for redemption at 2009 Hilton Invitational The volleyball team will host the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational this weekend at Texas Hall against Arkansas State, Texas Southern and Texas Christian. The Mavs are 4-1 against Arkansas and TCU at home, and 6-3 versus TCU overall. Saturday’s meeting between UTA and Texas Southern will mark the first time the teams have played each other. Tulsa will take part in the tournament but does not face UTA. After dropping both matches in Saturday’s UT Arlington Invitational, the Mavs (2-7) will look to produce their first home win of the season.



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Last year’s match against TCU saw junior hitter Bianca Sauls go down with an injury that caused her to miss eight weeks and 18 matches. Sauls is healthy and head coach Diane Seymour said Sauls won’t let that memory affect her. “I doubt she has any thought at all,” Seymour said of Sauls’ injury. Two team members, sophomore outside hitter Tara Frantz and junior setter Raegan Daniel, received all-tournament selections for their play in the Mavs’ tournament last weekend. This weekend’s games will be the last non-conference matches. Conference play begins against UT-San Antonio Sept. 24 at Texas Hall.

—Clint Utley

Paralympic sports clinic Saturday The Division of Student Affairs and the Campus Recreation Department are hosting a Paralympic sports clinic Saturday. People invited to participate are disabled veterans, UTA students, community members with a physical disability and professionals who work with people with disabilities. The clinics on hand will be track and field, swimming, wheelchair tennis and indoor wheelchair soccer. Events will be held at the Physical Education Building, except for track and field, which will take place at the Maverick Stadium. Campus Recreation director Doug Kuykendall said the event should attract a good range of participants from the

community. “We already have members that age from 7 to 40,” Kuykendall said. “It’s a great addition to our UTA program.” Admission, participation and lunch are free. Clinics will be lead by athletes and coaches with national and international experience. Participants can learn about sport and community programs offered for athletes with disabilities as well as get coaching, training and competition advice. People in all skill levels are welcome. This will be the first of two sports clinics that the university will host. A clinic on wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis and boccie will take place Oct. 17.

—Travis Detherage

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Tobacco’s Last Stand The final decision on the tobacco ban can still be influenced by your opinions After a semester of debate on a possible campus ban on tobacco, the UTA community has until Oct. 19 to voice its opinions. The Tobacco-Free Campus initiative committee recommended that the campus go tobacco-free by August 2011. President James Spaniolo will decide on the recommendations by the end of this year, after the community gives feedback on the issue. The current policy prohibits tobacco use in campus-owned or -leased buildings and within 50 feet of building entrances and air intakes. Your voice is important in the discussion. The outcome of a potential ban rests squarely on the community’s shoulders. And so far the discussion has not gone well. Last spring, the committee held a series of open forums for the campus to discuss the Editorial current smoking policy rounduP and the possibility of The issue: going tobacco-free. A campus-wide tobacco ban could be put in These forums had low place by August 2011 if turnouts, according to President James SpaniJean Hood, commitolo says “yes” to recommendations by the tee chairwoman and Tobacco-Free Campus Human Resources vice Initiative committee. president. We suggest: The committee also The university commuconducted a campus nity has until Oct. 19 to voice its opinion on the survey in the spring, issue. Submit feedback asking, among other at, if particicofree and write letters to be published in The pants would support a Shorthorn. tobacco-free campus. A handful of the UTA community population responded, 3,198 total. That’s 11 percent of the approximate number sampled. The majority of the respondents, 54 percent, said they strongly agree with having a tobacco-free campus. The university also sent out e-mails Wednesday, informing of the recommendations and the opportunity for feedback. “We want to get as much input as possible,” Hood said in Thursday’s Shorthorn article. This is our final chance to voice our opinion on the issue. Submit your views to Spaniolo at www.uta. edu/tobaccofree until Oct. 19. He will review a summary of the feedback. Also, write letters and guest columns to The Shorthorn. Our Opinion section is a forum for issues just like this. Take advantage of this opportunity to share your opinion about an issue that will affect the community for years to come. — The Shorthorn editorial board consists of Cohe Bolin, Mark Bauer, Jason Boyd, Dustin Dangli and Marissa Hall

Antitrust laws point out the bigotry of the American public





successful and powerful don’t have the clout to praccompany once wanted to tice it. Only proven, successful compete by charging less corporations have the capacity than the smaller, newer compa- to practice it. They are charged under anti-trust laws when nies could manage. those who cannot This may sound like compete without the Wal-Mart, but it’s far government’s unolder than that. leveling of the playBecause this big coring field complain. poration had the estabif you worked lished facilities, premifor a successful surum personnel and expegeon and he or she rience to charge less, the was fined and jailed little guys complained because competiand the U.S. government tors just couldn’t get demanded that General cliff HalE enough business to Electric Co. charge a suit them, would you “fair” price so as not to be outraged? Or would you join shut other companies out. GE pled nolo contendere and the torch-waving villagers in executives lost their jobs and driving the best surgeon to the went to jail. And customers paid county lockup? Lodging protests against a higher electric bills. When the big government person for being black is obviestablished railroad monopolies ously bigotry. it is not considbecause companies wouldn’t ered fair to base judgement on connect the east and west coasts, superficial qualities of an entity. The size of a business is a it was for the “public good.” Government is exempt from superficial facet that, in a free charges of monopoly, and in- economy, illustrates success. Yet dividuals or small companies many Americans see the enor-

mity of a well-run, productive industry and snarl about their greed and evil. “Why are drugs so expensive,” many ask. if the big pharmaceutical companies charged too little, smaller companies, which haven’t invested the same amount of time and resources, file a suit and the whinerfriendly government punishes the veterans. Prior to government meddling, financial institutions refused to make loans to people without the means to fulfill their obligations. Enter Fannie Mae and its kin. These governmentmandated, formerly-sound investment firms lowered the bar with the promise of a safety net — and the threat of punishment. When the inevitable occurred — bad risks failed — the financial sector caught the shrapnel for government mismanagement. To make itself look like a rescuing hero, government bailed out the monstrosity it created. And gave you the bill for later





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when you had forgotten who was in charge and what they did. And you didn’t fire the folks who went against your wishes and passed the unpopular Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP. So people who had no business owning property to begin with, are taking money from those who could afford it — downgrading many to the ranks of those who can no longer afford homes. The innocent are being penalized, while the culpable — the pipe dreamers who borrowed, and the feds who required these same people be financed — escape direct consequences. When you see the size of a company and shake your fist, you join the ranks of bigots who will pay more — and make all of us pay more — for specious claims of punishing the greedy.

—Cliff Hale is a columnist for The Shorthorn and an interdisciplinary studies junior


According to Wednesday’s extra from the university newsletter, the TrailBlazer, the 15 members of the Tobacco-Free Campus Soviet, excuse me, “Initiative,” have recommended a tobacco-free campus by August 2011. I don’t think anyone was surprised. What is the main reasoning of the committee? (1) “Universities across the country are moving toward tobacco-free campus policies” and (2) “our research shows a strong campus consensus.” To counter the first point, I shall utilize a mommy answer: “If all the other universities jumped of a cliff, would UTA?” To counter point 2: So what? Besides limiting a perfectly legal personal activity, what if there was a campus consensus to ban soft drinks, or Republicans or Muslims? Would UTA jump off those cliffs too? The university should leave smokers alone, enforce the current policy, and stick to, I don’t know, education.

—Gene Rhea Tucker Ph.D. Candidate Transatlantic History

Don’t let centralized control take over I commented on this proposal when the committee was first formed, but my voice seems to have been too unimportant to address. I won’t harp on the fact that smoking is not good for a person, or on the fact that all types of dangerous behavior are tolerated on a daily basis on and off campus. More people are killed as a second-

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hand result of drivers than are ever even damaged by second-hand smoke. The really sad part is that this is just one more step toward the nanny-/big brother-type society that was discussed in the book 1984. We see it in the actions taken by the federal government all the way down to the university level. I have no problem staying 50 feet from a building to smoke. But I am terrified of seeing someone behind me on Cooper Street, driving 50 mph and texting. It would be one thing if this were a small enclosed campus and smoking was not allowed. But this campus spreads across a large part of central Arlington along with other locations. Who will be patrolling Cooper to make sure no one from out of town drives down the road in the middle of campus while smoking? We cannot control things like speeding and driving recklessly, which actually kill more people a year than smoking. But are we going to stop people from smoking and then start controlling everything a person eats? Not possible, you say? Did you see the news this morning? It highlighted a proposal to raise the tax on sodas to fight obesity. If you sit back and let this ban take place you may as well be the one whose favorite behavior is banned in the future. Big Brother is watching.

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Arlington’s first Ecofest will take place Saturday Festival to feature building a rain barrel, soil testing and more. By JohN hardeN The Shorthorn staff

The city of Arlington will host its first Ecofest, a free family-oriented event to help build a sense of community and environmental awareness across North Texas, from 2 to 11 p.m. tomorrow at Founders Plaza and Levitt Pavilion. The event is designed to encourage more people to become green and reduce consumption of natural resources. “It’s our first ever Ecofest,� said Heather Dowell, urban forestry and land manager. “We’ve had other small Earth Day events but this is the first time we’ve done one this big.� The trend to become green has grown over the years and the city of Arlington felt Ecofest is a perfect way to highlight

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good idea. Journalism sophomore Amanda Gonzalez, who participated last year, will play for the Basement Babes — the girls working for Student Governance and Organizations in the University Center lower level. Gonzalez, while sad to hear about the event being postponed, said it’s good because it’ll give her more time to decorate her shirt. Gonzalez also said it must be difficult for the people planning the event, and said she hopes they will complete everything they need to before next Friday. The cancelation is good, said Mr. UTA Omar Rosales, who will play for the UTA Ambassadors team. Since this week is rush week and Rosales is in a fraternity, he said it would give him time to focus on rush week.

what the city can offer, she said. “We’re always getting calls from people asking how to create a drip irrigation system or asking where can I find an organic store,� she said. “We figured this is the best way to show people what’s out there and what Arlington has to offer.� Ecofest has attracted more than 30 vendors, non-profit and city departments. Helping to sponsor the event is the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, which is a non-profitable organization, dedicated to enhancing Arlington citizens’ quality of life. “The Ecofest goes along with everything we believe in,� foundation executive director Carolyn Mentesana said. “Our purpose and goal is to give grants to events like Ecofest to help undermine some of the cost.� All vendors had to sign a pledge to follow the event’s

Playing for the Arlington Hall team, biology sophomore Martin Obinyan said he was disheartened about the whole situation, but postponement is good because he wouldn’t want anybody to get hurt while playing Oozeball because of unsifted dirt. Social work junior Maggie Garza, a Student Congress and UTA Ambassadors team member, said postponing was good because it would be better if the weather was warm, because the mud would be cool when playing in it. She also said although it would be fun playing in the rain, it leaves a greater possibility for people to get ill. Ms. UTA Rosita Tran, who will play with UTA Ambassadors, said that not having Oozeball would be a travesty. “I’m still glad that we’re having it and that they were able to reschedule it in the fall schedule,� she said. Nicole luNa

zero-waste goal to keep the event green. The pledge states the vendor must distribute only recyclable or compostable products. “Our goal is 90 percent waste free,� Dowell said. “It was 100 percent, but we decided to be realistic. And we want everyone to be aware of what waste they bring from the outside as well.� Live entertainment will be at the Levitt Pavilion, and a 2007 documentary-comedy by Andrew Nisker titled “Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home,� will start at 7:45 p.m. “Our biggest concern is not attracting people, but we’ve tried to hit on everyone’s interest,� she said. “We have a little of everything. We’re hoping to send everyone home happy, full and entertained.� Other scheduled events include demonstrations on harvesting rainwater, soil testing, and weed and pest control.

Some UTA student organizations such as the Environmental Society and Presidential Sustainability Council are also taking part in the event. “We talked to the city of Arlington and they set us up with a booth for free and that was very helpful,� Environmental Society President Vinodh Valluri said. The Environmental Society will show how to turn homes green and display art made of recycled material, Valluri said. Going green is growing among citizens in Arlington and Saturday’s event may help make more aware, Dowell said. “This is our first Ecofest and once it’s over, we’ll sit down and talk about what went well and what didn’t,� she said. “Then we’ll decide what changes to make in the future.�

ecofeSt Schedule 2-11 p.m., Sept. 19 Live Entertainment with the UTA Drumline: 2-6:30 p.m., Levitt Pavilion. Movie “Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home�: 7:45 p.m., Levitt Pavilion. Sustainability Series speakers: 3-6 p.m., Council Chambers. Gardening Greats series of five speakers each for a half hour every hour: 2:30-7 p.m. Demonstrations at the Demonstration Depot: 3-7 p.m.

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Melton said students can get tutoring in more than 50 classes through supplemental instruction. SOAR recently brought back accounting and added Spanish to its available classes, she said. Melton said students should test themselves by checking for available tests from previous semesters in the library. Students should also answer questions from the end of chapters to evaluate themselves prior to tests, she said. “They should do it early enough that they can go back and work on problem areas,� she said. Political science senior Patrick Murphy said he reviews anything in the readings he highlighted. “I also read over notes two to three times, depending on how difficult I believe the test will be,� he said. SOAR Learning Services

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man Sarah Little. Many of the students, who came out for cake and punch, were dressed in fitness gear, prepared to exercise. “I love the MAC,� Little added. “I come here almost everyday.� While many of the attendees were students,

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Nursing junior Mayra Perez studies with her ears plugged Thursday at the Central Library for her molecular biology exam next week. Perez said that she likes to get ahead.

offers free tutoring for first generation students, low income or disabled students. Eligible students should sign up for tutoring as early as possible, said Elizabeth Feranchak, SOAR Student Support Services director. The program works with up to 340 students a year, and many come to the program as freshmen, she said. “Some students stay with us until they graduate,� Feranchak said. She said students can re-

ceive tutoring for up to two classes per semester and four hours a week. Some tutoring is one-onone, but most sessions are with two to three students. Groups can quiz each other and discuss topics others may have missed in class, she said. People tend to make errors while taking notes, which makes it important to collaborate.

members of the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Recreation Department staff were also at the event. Campus Recreation director Doug Kuykendall said the event went well. He said that while the second birthday celebration wasn’t a huge extravaganza, things went perfectly. “This was our intention, for people to come together,� Kuykendall said. “It wasn’t a big program, we

just wanted people to realize that this was the MAC’s second year — it’s second birthday — have a piece of cake and some punch.� The event’s attendance numbers show the MAC’s popularity among the UT Arlington community. “What we’ve found out is that about 70 percent of the student body are using the MAC on a regular basis,� Kuykendall said. “And that’s huge for UT Arlington.�

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“We were allowed once a week to return to the city to do laundry and groceries,� she said. Jansma met her husband, Glenn Mattioli, a volcanologist, at grad school and was able to visit the volcanoes of Montserrat in Chile and take home a unique piece of earth. “We were able to collect a basalt rock which is a ball of cooled lava that shot out of the volcano the night before,� she said. Jansma continued doing research but became a professor so that she could work with her husband. After being a professor for more than a decade at the University of Puerto Rico and the University of Arkansas, Jansma decided to take the opportunity to become the College of Arts and Sciences dean at New Mexico State University, before coming to UTA. Greg Fant, NMSU’s College of Arts and Sciences interim dean, fondly remembers working with Jansma. “She set a fun environment to work in, was always upbeat and always had a good joke or two to tell,� Fant said. Lori Norris, College of Science special programs coordinator, said Jansma has been doing well since she took over as the dean on Aug. 15. “It has been a great transition and the staff is really comfortable working with her,� Norris said. Jansma said she enjoyed her time at New Mexico State but is looking forward to her new job. “By becoming a dean I was able to take a broader look at a university and have the opportunity to, if needed, affect change,� she said. Traveling around the world gave her an appreciation for different cultures and hopes to learn more from an already diverse constituency, Jansma said. ViNod SriNiVaSaN

While students use the complex, members of the community also take advantage of the lower prices, compared to other fitness centers for staff, alumni and retirees, and the novelty of a newer fitness center. “I enjoy using the facility,� said university alumna Julie Calhoun. “It’s affordable for alumni and the equipment is great.� arioNNe WellS





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