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Development Board grows to increase donations Famous alumni and restructuring may help in institution’s goals. BY JOAN KHALAF The Shorthorn senior staff
The man who led Operation Iraqi Freedom and a Tony Award-nominated actor, among others, are now part of an effort to garner more private donations for the university. Retired Gen. Tommy Franks, actor Lou Diamond Phillips and founder of Cross Timbers Oil Co., Steffen Palko, are among the 17 new members of UTA’s Development Board. “Those names, to a certain degree, give UTA credibility,” said Development Vice President Jim Lewis. “They will help us open doors.” The board, which is mostly comprised of alumni, is a group focused on fostering relationships and connections that could result in more philanthropy, which is critical to gaining nationallyrecognized research institution status, or becoming a Tier One school, Lewis said. He said the now 40-member board expanded to strengthen the university’s national presence. The university was eligible for the lowest dollar amount of donations for matching funds from the Texas Research Incentive Program out of seven competing schools. The program was established to help Texas universities become Tier One. The board is being re-
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organized, with each member assigned to one of the three committees with specific tasks. Also, the board will attend its first day-long leadership summit today to develop its game plan for future private donation efforts. “Instead of meeting just twice a year for an hour and a half, then going home, the committees will be doing work between meetings,” Lewis said. “It’s more substantive.” University spokesperson Kristin Sullivan said Lewis and President James Spaniolo are committed to strengthening the effort to become Tier One. “So much of funding that’s tied to research depends on private support,” she said. Lewis said the University of Texas at Dallas, a competitor to UTA for Texas Research Incentive Program funds, wouldn’t exist if people connected to Texas Instruments hadn’t helped form it. “We don’t have that here,” he said. “We have got to change the culture of philanthropy here totally. The Development Board is the key.”
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Valerie Arnaez, nursing junior and Student Alumni Association director of special projects, shovels water into mud pits Thursday at the Oozeball lot, near the corner of Greek Row Drive and Summit Avenue.
These Boots Are Made For Stomping Students met at the Lot near Greek Row Drive and Summit Avenue on Thursday to prepare the ground for Oozeball, one of the campus’ oldest traditions. The event will take place today at noon after being postponed due to last week’s rain. Oozeball is a mud volleyball tournament in which teams across campus compete. Thursday, students prepared the courts by “stomping the mud.” After the city’s fire department hosed down the lot, the volunteers got busy stomping, raking and jumping on the mud to get it nice and messy for today’s event. The volunteers were responsible for picking out rocks and any other hazardous objects in the mud to keep Oozeball players safe. The students were rewarded for the dirty work by getting free pizza and Hawaiian Punch. — Morganne Stewart and Meghan Williams
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Nursing junior Valentina Anyaehie, stomps through the mud and picks out rocks and sticks to make the courts safe for Oozeball today. Shoes are mandatory for Oozeball players to keep the feet safe.
WHEN AND WHERE What: Oozeball mud volleyball tournament When: starting at noon today Where: near the corner of Greek Row Drive and Summit Avenue
College now offers new science degree October for a new Bachelor of Science
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1-0 IN CONFERENCE Setter Raegan Daniel, center, and middle blocker Amanda Aguilera watch as outside hitter Alicia Shaffer hits the ball in the volleyball game against the UTSA on Thursday night in Texas Hall.
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UTA is the second North Texas public in Environmental and Earth Sciences institution to have an environmental degree. It was introduced now beand earth sciences undergraduate. cause UTA would become the second BY VINOD SRINIVASAN The Shorthorn staff
Undergraduate students will soon have the chance to explore science in a new, green way. Students can begin registering in
public university to offer the degree in North Texas and the degree relates to UTA’s emphasis on the environment and sustainability, said John Wickham, Earth and Environmental Sciences chair. Environmental challenges are complex and this degree is only the
beginning to exploring those, said Wickham said via e-mail. “The challenge on everyone’s mind is global warming, but that is just the one in the news,” Wickham said. He added that other challenges students will learn about are water, soil and air pollution, as well as the use of resources such as fresh water and its effects on ecosystems. DEGREE continues on page 4
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POETRY IN MOTION Kinesiology junior Brandon Gardner performs a piece by poet Black Ice during Open Mic Nite hosted by UTA chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and Kappa Alpha Psi on Thursday night at the University Center Starbucks. This is the first time the two organizations co-hosted the event, but after the good turnout they plan to do it again, said NAACP publicity chair Kayla Sonnier.
STUDENT GOVERNANCE PERSONAVACTION by Thea Blessener
Two UTA leaders to discuss student issues at UT System council’s first meeting of semester The Student Congress and Graduate Student Senate president will get a chance to voice UTA students’ opinions on system-wide matters on Friday. SC President Kent Long and GSS President Tim Caldwell will begin serving on the UT System Student Advisory Council on Friday. The council makes recommendations to the UT System Board of Regents about issues going on with students. “As one of the academic institutions within the UT System, we want to ensure that our students’ interests and their voices are heard at the system level,” Long said. At this meeting, Long and Caldwell will be assigned committees and go through orientation. The committees within the council are Academic Affairs Committee, Student Involvement and Campus Life Committee, Finance and Legislative Affairs Committee and the Health and Graduate Affairs Committee. The council was founded in 1989. Long and Caldwell will be among other representatives from every school in the UT System. Members of the council will meet at least three times this academic year. “We bring all of the experience from our individual schools, institutions and health branches and formulate what are the things that UT system students want,” Long said. The SC president attends every year, but the GSS president, SC vice president and EXCEL Campus Activities president alternate each year. Last year EXCEL President Anne Brough went. The next council meeting will be Nov. 20 and 21.
First Maverick speaker in series to discuss area economy topics Author and urban theorist Richard Florida will talk about the origins of economic improvement, localized to Arlington, at 8 tonight. Florida is the first guest of the fall 2009 Maverick Speaker Series. His lecture, sponsored by University Events and EXCEL Campus Activities, is titled Creative Class Consumption will be held in Texas Hall. Florida is the author of the bestselling book, The Rise of the Creative Class, and is an avid lecturer in the topics of economic competitiveness and cultural and technological innovation. He has said economic improvement depends on “the creative class” — people who create intellectual development within a city. He is set to discuss urban and economic development specific to the Arlington area, according to Sue Stevens, senior media relations officer. “He is going to teach about how creating a quality community depends on people with talent, technology and tolerance,” she said. “He should really interest urban public affairs majors or anyone who cares about the community.” Tickets to the lecture are free and available online at www.utatickets.com.
— Bryan Bastible
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CORRECTION Two photos that ran with Thursday’s Career Fair story had wrong information. The photo caption on the front page should have read: Accounting graduate student Jessica Vo gives and receives information at one of more than 100 booths set up at the fall 2009 Career Fair held at the Maverick Activities Center. The photo on page four should have read: Divya Praturi, industrial engineering graduate student, spends a few minutes talking to Michelin recruiting manager Warren Blackmon during the fall 2009 Career Fair on Wednesday.
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remember The volleyball team plays again Saturday. Check out Tuesday’s paper to see if it takes the win streak to two. Page 3
Mavs flatten roadrunners, win sLC opener After four competitive sets, team takes season’s first conference match. By CLint utLey The Shorthorn staff
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(Top)Outside hitter Alicia Shaffer digs the ball as middle blocker Amanda Aguilera looks on during the volleyball game against the UTSA on Thursday evening in Texas Hall. (Left) From left, outside hitter Jessica Jiles, middle blocker Amanda Aguilera, setter Raegan Daniel and Blaze sing the national anthem before the volleyball game against the UTSA Thursday evening in Texas Hall.
southland Conference play began thursday night for the volleyball team as it defeated UtsA in four sets at texas Hall. the Mavericks (5-8) won 24-26, 30-28, 27-25, 25-23 against the roadrunners (4-10) with a .207 team hitting percentage and 31 total blocks. Head Coach Diane seymour noted that her team’s victory, in which two points decided each set, was close throughout the entire match. “the match was decided by a total of eight points,” seymour said. “our kids played very well under pressure. We blocked the ball extremely well.” Junior outside hitter Bianca sauls led the Mavs with 14 kills on 38 attempts with a .289 hitting percentage. sophomore middle blocker Christy Driscoll registered a .360 hitting percentage with 12 kills. sophomore outside hitter tara Frantz tallied 13 kills and sophomore outside hitter Alicia shaffer contributed 11 kills to the effort. “I was really excited to see Bianca get herself going offensively,” seymour said. “We haven’t seen that in a couple of weeks. Welcome back to Christy Driscoll as well. It’s a quality win over a very quality opponent.” UtsA took the first set 26-24 behind 18 kills compared to the Mavs’ 14 and took the digs column 22 to 16. that would be the only set the roadrunners would win. the second set went to overtime with the Mavs winning 30-28. sauls stepped up with five kills and a .250 hitting percentage. Junior setter raegan Daniel guarded the net with three block-assists in the set and five in the match. the team totaled
18 assists and 27 digs in the frame. After making things even in the second set, the Mavericks needed overtime again to win 27-25 in the third set. Driscoll put down five kills on seven attempts, and sauls and Frantz chipped in three. “I haven’t been playing very well so far this season,” Driscoll said. “I was excited to play today because it was our first conference game. We need to redeem ourselves for how we played last year and show everyone how good we can play.” sophomore middle blocker Emily shearin had three block-assists in the third set and tied a careerhigh with eight blocks in the match. “I knew they were big,” shearin said. “Us getting on top of our blocking game brings energy to our game.” the Mavericks reached a season-high 63 kills, 60 assists, 16.5 blocks and tied a season-high with six aces. the fourth and final set of the match was the only set not to go into overtime. the Mavericks hit a match-high .315 with 17 kills. two players, shaffer and sauls, had four kills and two other players, Driscoll and Frantz, added three kills. “Although I didn’t have my best offensive game, I tried to help out from the serving line and from my defense and passing,” shaffer said. “If I can’t help out in one area, I’ll step my game up in the other areas.” seymour said the team drew on its experience to seal the win. “We are prepared to play under pressure,” she said. “they’re pretty tenacious when they want to be. Eventually, we’ll start shutting people out.”
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Ultimate Frisbee Club announces first campus-wide tourney this year, students interested in Ultimate Frisbee have an opportunity to showcase their teams in UtA’s first campus-wide Ultimate Frisbee tournament on Wednesday. Ultimate Frisbee is a hybrid sport combining aspects of both soccer and American football. the game’s objective is to score points by passing a Frisbee to a teammate in a predetermined end zone. A maximum of 20 teams can play in the tournament, and it is on a first-come, first-
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serve basis. the tournament will take place at the Campus recreation Fields Complex at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. tournament registration is free to all students with a valid Mav Express card. Lines for registration will open at 6 p.m., followed by a team managers meeting at 6:45. Free agents are encouraged to show up at the playing site and will be placed on a team before the tournament begins. the tournament will be split up into men’s, women’s and co-recreational divisions. players are eligible to play in both their gender and the co-recreational division. the prizes for the tournament include championship t-shirts to winners of their division, and championship t-shirts will be awarded to the winners of the
all-university championship. senior Andrew Morton, Ultimate Frisbee Club president, said he hopes the tournament will be a success so that more people will become involved in Ultimate Frisbee. Although there is no fall Ultimate Frisbee intramural season, Morton said the tournament should still receive a good turnout. “I’ve gotten a lot of feedback from people that said they were going to bring a team, so hopefully a lot of people will show up,” he said. “I think people are looking forward to the tournament and it’s going to be a good turnout.”
— trevor Harris
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SportS Quoteworthy “the difference between the old ballplayer and the new ballplayer is the jersey. the old ballplayer cared about the name on the front. the new ballplayer cares about the name on the back. ” Steve Garvey, former Major League Baseball first baseman
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Total number of blocks in a match against UTSA last September.
The number of kills Amanda Aguilera totaled in 2008’s last match of the season.
Number of those in attendance during the team’s win against Texas Southern last weekend.
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Students interested in pursuing degrees in education or interdisciplinary studies should consider environmental science, Wickham said. Environmental Society President Vinodh Valluri said he wished the degree was offered when he was working on his bachelor’s degree. “We need people to think about protecting the earth, oceans, as well as people themselves, and this degree will probably be a great way for students to become more interested in sustainability issues,” Valluri said. Valluri said an undergraduate degree is great because it allows students to absorb ideas, while a
postgraduate degree is researchoriented. James Grover, Graduate Environmental and Earth Sciences director, said students expressed interest in an undergraduate degree. “Now we finally have one in environmental and earth sciences that people can look into,” Grover said. Grover said he hoped students would get interested in graduate studies on the subject if those students had early exposure while completing their undergraduate degree. Besides UTA’s core requirements, the classes will be split between biology and geology with some chemistry and calculus.
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Dr. Charles Baker, Southwest Research Institute principal scientist, center, reacts to the surprise honor of a fellowship named after him Thursday at the University Club. The Dr. Charles K. Baker Character Fellowship was awarded to chemistry graduate student Doug Carlton and was funded by Keith Crandell, Arch Venture Partners co-founder, managing director and CEO, after looking up to Baker as a mentor during their college years at the university.
The Dr. Charles K. Baker Character Fellowship is set up for chemistry students. By Temicca HunTer The Shorthorn staff
Keith Crandell came to the university Thursday to honor an old friend and to make one graduate student happy. During a visit to the campus several years ago, Crandell — cofounder, managing director and CEO of Chicago-based Arch Venture Partners — decided he wanted to aid students in the chemistry program in the same way that was done for him. A discussion with the Chemistry Department and Development Office about the university’s potential to reach nationally-recognized research status led him to develop a scholarship to help students. He said it was clear that having the best students and making sure
they were funded in a way allowing them to pursue the best research is needed for the students to excel in the chemistry field. At the same time, Crandell’s long-term friendship with former classmate Charles Baker, who now works with Southwest Research Institute, came to mind. The two first met while attending the university as graduate students in 1983. Crandell said Baker took him under his wing and helped him manage the stressful times of college. Thursday, the name of the scholarship is Dr. Charles K. Baker Character Fellowship. Baker, however, was unaware the scholarship existed, until Thursday afternoon. “It came out of nowhere to receive such an honor,” Baker said. “I thought I came here to speak with graduate students about careers.” Crandell surprised Baker with the scholarship at Davis Hall’s University Club after Baker gave a
“It came out of nowhere to receive such an honor. I thought I came here to speak with graduate students about careers.” charles Baker alumnus
speech to students at the Chemistry and Physics Building. Baker said he was shocked to have a scholarship named in his honor. First-year graduate student Doug Carlton will be the first student to receive the scholarship. He said it was an honor. “It’s more than just an award,” he said. “I feel like I actually have some big shoes to fill.”
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EXCEL Campus Activities and Department of Campus Recreation will sponsor Bed Races, one of the university’s oldest traditions, Thursday, at Maverick Stadium. Participants dress in costumed themes, decorate a bed on wheels and race about 50 yards down the football field. This year’s theme is “Running of the Beds.” Other activities at the Bed Races include a pillow fight, a mechanical riding bull, bungee jumping and a field goal-kicking contest. Refreshments will be sold. Before anyone is able to ride a mattress, teams must register before the 3 p.m., Wednesday deadline. Admission is free for spectators, but the registration fee is $40 per team. Running of the Beds T-shirts
Bed raceS When: 7 p.m. Thursday Where: Maverick Stadium, 1307 W. Mitchell Street
are included in the registration price, and teams who register before Wednesday can request shirt sizes, said EXCEL member Angie Mack. Teams wishing to represent their respective residence halls can register for free. Teams in each division, women, men and coed, must have five members, with the coed division requiring at least two female members.
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money Drain new university logo a waste of funds
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he university spent nearly serve us for decades,” according $1 million in 2006 on to a post on Feb. 15, 2006 in the a new logo, identity and MavsChat forum. The online advertising programs. That logo forum, led by President James was supposed to last for de- Spaniolo and then Alumni Ascades. Only three years later the sociation executive director, Christina Cobb was logo gets a new look created to address and not for the better. students, alumni and The decision was staff’s questions on the made to change the logo and advertiselogo, citing reasons the ment. new logo will “more now, instead of adequately represent creating a more recogan institution with asnizable look for UTA, pirations of elevating they backtracked its national profile,” in design, creating a said Jerry Lewis, vice dumbed down, unpresident for commulaura Sliva memorable identity. nications, in an e-mail So unmemorable that to the administration. Companies and universities the flat sans-serif font, large letre-brand themselves every de- ter A looks more like the City of cade or so to create an updated, Arlington’s logo. Both include fresh look. While this is usually the generic solution of a giant A a wise decision, it’s unnecessary with a star at its crossbar. Another change is the exagafter only three years. The logo change three years geration of the word Texas over ago didn’t give the audience the word Arlington, which is enough time to associate the intended to make the university new look with the university. more recognizable on a national That logo was “designed to level. This is true; more people
can point out Texas on a map than the city of Arlington. But in order for our city to get recognized, it has to take credit for its achievements and create prominence, not rely on the crutch of our state. With the unoriginal design blunders, comes the important question: is it worth the money to modify a recently done logo? This is not only about the up front cost of paying Chicagobased design firm Lipman Hearne inc., to alter the logo, but also the cost of making new banners, updating the Web sites, changing promotional and informational pamphlets, and for anything and everything this logo will garnish. This money could have been invested in more relevant ways, such as giving funding to the visual communication department so that one day alumni will be the ones to redesign the logo. Fine-tuning identity systems is necessary and is part of the design process. But instead of the university enhancing what
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The new UT Arlington logo, bottom, will replace the old one, top, entirely by fall next year according to university projections.
we already had, it has taken a step backward, creating a mundane representation that lacks the distinction of the creativity and knowledge our school actually has to offer.
—Laura Sliva is a visual communication senior and a designer for The Shorthorn
and not a Spot to Park Overcrowded lots can cause some to lose their cool
t’s not enough that students must be a hundred cars or more drive around for up to half that park along that road now, an hour finding a space or day and night, and mine of riding my coattails hoping i’m course was the lucky winner of walking to my car to leave. That a $66 city parking ticket. Did anyone else doesn’t bother me. get a ticket or was i it’s not enough that the only one to win the one parking space, the lottery? in a lone parking lot Do you think that i have been utilizthat UTA has overing for two years out in sold their lots? i the middle of nowhere propose that if UTA now resembles a Walhas so much new Mart lot. That doesn’t revenue coming in, bother me. they should build On Sept. 1, the straw new lots for the unibroke the camel’s back. rEECE lovE versity. Perhaps UTA i noticed students are could buy out Doug forced to park along Doug Russell Road because Russell road for UTA permit there are no open lots left due holders. We, students, are payto the influx of freshmen pour- ing for a service that we are ing into the college this semes- not receiving, but when i went to confront the parking comter. i am one of the students mittee; i was presented with who park on the road. There predictable responses.
Carol Randell, administrative assistant to the physical plant, told me “There is plenty of parking, just not where you want it to be.” i, however, am not the only one attending the university with this problem. She informed me that there is a shuttle service and asked me if i had read the packet that comes with the parking permit. if i pay the same price for a service as everyone else, then i shouldn’t have to park in a satellite lot and take a shuttle. if UTA can bring in this many new students, then they can afford to provide us with what we pay for. When i asked the University Parking Committee about buying Doug Russell Road from the city for the school they informed me that it is easier said than done; easy enough for them once they have your
money. i received an e-mail that UTA received $3 million in revenue from the natural gas wells situated on the southeast end of campus. i think the city of Arlington could work out a deal on that money alone to put in some spaces for us folks. With expansion come costs. it’s time to update from the ’50s UTA, and that doesn’t mean costly equipment and inefficient, time-wasting, electronic door locks. Randell also told me that all secondary education schools have this problem. The last time i checked Lamar High School doesn’t have this issue, but it probably generates just a little less income. Think about it. —Reece Love is an economics senior and a guest columnist for The Shorthorn
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Smoker Unfriendly The motion to ban smoking on campus should be met with opposition Some people choose to use tobacco, and places to do so are being chipped away slowly by non-tobacco users. The current policy stating that one must smoke 50 feet away from building doors is not enough to appease some nonsmokers. Using tobacco is a bad choice, but it is just that, a choice. The only places you can smoke indoors are bars or nightclubs and cities are slowly banning smoking in those locations as well. Up until the late ’70s and early ’80s, you could smoke almost anywhere believe it or not. People smoked as they walked through grocery stores, in office buildings, and classrooms at universities had ashtrays in the seats. in 1979, The Associated Press reported that after three years of debate, smoking would not be banned on airplanes, just opting to separate smokers and non-smokers. now, it is considered quite a taboo to smoke Editorial at all. Slowly, state by rounduP state, municipalities have The issue: banned smoking in places Banning tobacco entirely on campus like restaurants, once by August, 2011 — if considered the norm, President Spaniolo agrees. promoting smoking lasted until the first few We suggest: years of the 21st century. Enforcing the current rules The places that allowed rather than banning smoking were forced to tobacco. put in ventilation units to keep smokers and nonsmokers apart. Banning smoking in an enclosed space is one thing — banning smoking outdoors, where smoke doesn’t linger, dissipating quickly — is something else altogether. The 50-foot rule on campus is generally followed and should be enforced more than it is. But this rule also encompasses apartments on campus. Smokers have to stand 50 feet from their apartment door to have a cigarette. Some choose to smoke, and others do not. But the decision is up to the individual, not the city, state or country. Passing more ordinances banning smoking in more places will not force people to quit. if taxing cigarettes hasn’t accomplished this, banning them won’t either. The real question is whether the choice to smoke is yours’ or the university’s. Forcing students off campus to smoke will only significantly raise the number of violations of the policy. There isn’t a way to enforce the rule unless an officer or some other person deemed with the authority issuing citations was standing at posts at almost every campus corner. This isn’t feasible, unless the university plans to spend all of the revenue from the natural gas drilling to make this happen. Smoking is a personal choice, should the university really take that choice away while it teaches that choices are ours to make? Enforcing the current rule or having designated spots on campus would be the best bet and not infringing on the rights of smokers or nonsmokers. — The Shorthorn editorial board is Marissa Hall, Jason Boyd, Mark Bauer, Dustin Dangli, and Cohe Bolin
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Banning smoking violates individual rights I smoke. Am I a bad person? This seems to be the message reported in the Sept. 17th issue of The Shorthorn. What happened to my freedom, my free will? Soon I will be forced to be controlled by an entity out of my power to persuade. If this sounds familiar, think fascism. So take the weak (smokers) and kick them to the curb while the strong (non-smokers) laugh with delight as they go around campus. The idea to ban smoking on campus property
is absurd. It is like screaming in my face that I am leading my life wrong, I am a lesser person, not welcome and not belonging at UTA, the school I chose. They don’t know if I had ever taken a puff from a cigarette after a difficult test. I feel stereotyped as a terrible person but I am just like you, a student, a teacher, an individual. The few who make the rules and control the media here at UTA like to throw around fallacies. Besides stereotyping, what about the slippery slope? Getting rid of the smokers is intended to create a healthier work environment since the work environment is clearly outside where people smoke. It sure didn’t look like President Barack Obama had trouble in his work environment prior
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to the election for smoking. The last time I checked he became the President of the United States of America. His work environment must be astounding. I am not advocating smoking but do not tell me what I can and cannot do. Perhaps UTA does not want these engineers, business professionals, artists and writers on campus. A survey should be taken before admission to see if we should allow students who smoke to enter school in the first place. Then we will see just how great an idea to ban smoking is. Smoking is a choice and a freedom. Do not deny it.
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Online crime pushes for precautions UTA Police assistant chief discourages making friends with unknown people in cyberspace to prevent harassment. by nicole hines The Shorthorn staff
As technology advances, more messages are streaming through the air, instantly appearing on computers, phones and wireless devices. However, some of those messages could result in harassment, identity theft or even death. “We’re seeing more of it,” said Rick Gomez, UTA Police assistant chief. “We’re seeing that it’s becoming more popular that people are reporting harassment that happens through their mobile devices or e-mail or through social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.” Boston authorities arrested Philip Markoff in April for slaying a woman he found
on Craigslist, an online classifieds site where customers can post ads to sell services and products. Bao-Ngoc Le, international business in French junior, said she was shocked when she read about Markoff and has become cautious online. “He was a typical American student,” she said. “He was handsome. He was a medical student. He studied hard. At first sight, no one would expect that.” Gomez said students should be careful while surfing the Web. Students should only communicate with people they know, he said. Le said one should accept people if one has at least 10 or so mutual friends or have met the person a couple of times. “Some people just want to be popular, but they don’t know what could happen later,” Le said. Accounting senior GiGi Luu said she only allows people she knows to become
her friends on social networking sites. “I’ve had people from other states try to contact me and add me as a friend,” Luu said. “If you send me a message that says ‘Hey cutie, I wanna know you,’ it doesn’t work that way, you don’t even know me.” Visiting music professor Adonis Rose said he uses social networking to promote his jazz music. “It depends on what your intentions are,” Rose said. “Some people promote business, politicians reach out to people to help them in their elections, people promote music. It makes the world smaller.” Jazz studies freshman Brian Harmon said he wouldn’t quit using social networking even if he became a harassment victim. “I would just quit talking to them and block them from my page,” Harmon said. “Once you comment on it or harp on it, then you put negative energy into whatever the situation is. Then they’ll keep the problem going.”
“I’ve had people from other states try to contact me and add me as a friend. If you send me a message that says ‘Hey cutie, I wanna know you,’ it doesn’t work that way, you don’t even know me.” gigi luu,
Jazz studies junior Phil Joseph said he would confront the problem, rather than ignore it. “I would do reverse psychology and try to get into their mind,” Joseph said. “But, I would secure myself, my home and my computer.”
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Study to define positive soldier character traits Army-focused research will measure strength in humor and compassion, among others. by Ali MustAnsir The Shorthorn senior staff
A management professor is working with the Department of Defense to finds ways to provide soldiers with psychological preparation. James Campbell Quick will work with other professionals to establish a Character Strength Inventory, which he said could be used to measure character strengths and virtues in military leadership. The inventory measures character strength in terms of how much compassion, forgiveness, mercy, tolerance, honesty and humor a person has, Quick said. The study will also focus on how to develop these traits. “Humor is one of the most mature adaptive mechanisms,” Quick said. “The ability to experience joy in the face of adversity.” Quick said he calls the human adaptive mechanism a psychological skeleton. “Our skeleton is what our muscles and soft tissues hang on,” he said. “The skeleton is like the infrastructure of a building. Our skeleton is what holds us up. Psychologically we need a similar structure.” Quick said the psychological skeleton gives people the inner strength to deal with life’s adversities. The project team will survey 900 soldiers divided into 100 squads. Each squad has one squad leader and two fire teams of four, Quick said. Col. Sean Hannah, Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic director, also works on the project. All squads have a similar format and represent a typical unit, he said. Quick quoted retired Air Force General Ron Fogleman that the military profession may be the only one with an unlimited liability clause. He said sacrifice is needed sometimes and soldiers
need to be able to handle that. “We are sending them to hell and back,” Quick said. “We send them with as much physical protection we can. We need to give them the psychological armor.” Hannah is working on approval from the Pentagon to survey the squads. He will help with the research. If the project can identify the character strengths that lead to improved unit performance, the Army can work to develop those traits, Hannah said. “We can develop those strengths and we can leverage these strengths in individuals and units,” Hannah said. This project is formatted for the Army, he said. The researchers will share findings with other branches and they can replicate the research if they choose, he said. “The key is that the Army is putting emphasis in the human element in what makes performing teams,” Hannah said. Strong character has many potential positive consequences, said Thomas A. Wright, Jon Wefald Endowed Leadership Chair of the Department of Management at Kansas State University. Quick and Wright are leading the research. Wright said individuals exhibiting strength of character are more likely to display psychological well-being. Soldiers exhibiting such traits as moral and physical valor, perseverance and self-regulation, among others, will undoubtedly perform better in combat situations, he said. Quick was appointed to the Department of Defense’s Defense Health Board’s Psychological Health External Advisory Subcommittee in December. The subcommittee focuses on the prevention and treatment of problems experienced by soldiers returning from combat.
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“Humor is one of the most mature adaptive mechanisms. The ability to experience joy in the face of adversity.” James campbell Quick management professor
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luck of the DrAw Lauren Cutcher, Office of International Education programming coordinator, learns VC at the International Coffee Hour on Thursday evening in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. VC is a variation of the card game thirteen and up to four players can play.
More people needed in engineering Young students will listen to university speakers and receive information on programs offered during Saturday’s event. by JohnAthAn silver The Shorthorn senior staff
Nearly 100 potential engineering students will learn about the field through presentations Saturday, as part of a College of Engineering outreach and recruitment approach to increase number of people in an area of national need. Areas of national need are determined by the federal government as fields needing more workers. Students from elementary up to high school will view ways engineering can be interesting and pursuable through informational sessions and activities at the first ever Engineering Saturday. College’s corporate partners, which include groups like Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin Corporation, are on the lookout for students wanting to go in engineering fields, said Carter Tiernan, the event’s creator and engineering assistant dean for student affairs. “They’re interested in good engineers and having more of them,” Tiernan said. “We’re trying to give them a venue and give the kids something also.” Saturday will also be an opportunity for students to learn more about the university, Tiernan said. Current and future students are the
foundation of any university, she said. “That’s why we’re here. That’s what we’re all about,” Tiernan said. “If you don’t have students, you’re just a research company.” The four-and-a-half hour event will have three activities during each hour-and-a-half block. Student groups and faculty will talk about their specialties within the college. Some are still drafting up presentations, Tiernan said. Ashley Kelly, an American Society of Civil Engineers UTA chapter member, will talk about bridge building, concrete canoe competitions and teamwork. “It’s important to get involved because it not only creates a sense of unity, but you’re also getting realistic experiences,” she said. Tiernan said she wanted corporate partners to do presentations this Saturday but there were scheduling conflicts. As of Thursday afternoon, no corporate partners said they would be able to attend. Registration ended Wednesday, but there will be two more Engineering Saturdays during the academic year. One will be in November and another next April. This Saturday’s event is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Nedderman Hall’s atrium and in various classrooms.
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