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Bed Races pushed back 1 week Some showed up at Maverick Stadium to find just an empty field because the announcement came so late. BY ARIONNE WELLS The Shorthorn staff

Thursday’s Bed Races have been postponed until Thursday after an evening forecast that included lightning and thunderstorms. Lightning as opposed to water postponed the event, said Maggie Garza,

EXCEL Campus Activities University Events director. Another popular campus tradition, Oozeball, the mud volleyball tournament, was also rescheduled due to inclement weather. The organizations sponsoring the event — EXCEL and the Campus Recreation Department — will meet today and discuss the specifics, like the rescheduled time, said John Hillas, Student Activities assistant director. “Right now all I can say is that it will be on the evening of the 8th and it will still be

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at Maverick Stadium,” he said. Members of the Freshmen Leaders on Campus are among students who had prior arrangements on the night of Oct. 8, said Jeff Hazelrigs, undeclared freshman and FLOC president. “I was pretty bummed about the postponement because I have to attend the Leadership Center’s Etiquette Dinner that same night,” he said. Jonathan Walker, interdisciplinary studies junior, said that because of EXCEL’s delayed announcement about the

BED RACES RESCHEDULED When: Thursday Time: TBA Location: Maverick Stadium

rescheduling, some students actually went to Maverick Stadium on Thursday night looking forward to the annual event. “It’s unfortunate that it came down to BED RACES continues on page 4

CAMPUS RECREATION

Confirmed student H1N1 case on campus The student, diagnosed Thursday, began feeling sick Monday, left campus and immediately sought medical attention. BY NICOLE HINES The Shorthorn staff

Physicians diagnosed a student with a type A influenza H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, Thursday morning. University spokesperson Kristin Sullivan said Health Services confirmed 25 out of 104 samples tested positive for the common seasonal flu since Aug. 24. Any of these 25 people could have contracted the H1N1 virus, but the service the university used to test for the virus, Tarrant County Public Health, no longer tests for it. As the scare died down, the need for testing declined, Sullivan said. “If you’re sick with the flu right now, you may have the H1N1 strain because seasonal flu typically occurs during winter months,” she said. Emergency management officials across campus regularly discuss issues like the H1N1 virus and have an emergency pandemic plan for the university, she said. “We respond appropriately to the circumstance,” Sullivan said. There is not a set number of cases the university requires to close the campus, but it would respond to the needs of the campus, she said. The Star-Telegram reported Tuesday that a Fort FLU continues on page 4

HEALTH

Classes to help tobacco-users quit begin on Tuesday Program will educate on understanding addiction, steps to stop, handling withdrawal and relapse, and info on resources. BY JOAN KHALAF The Shorthorn senior staff

The campus community may now start signing up for a program aiming to educate BE HEARD and help tobacco users quit. To voice opinions on the proposed tobacco ban to adHealth Serministrators, e-mail hradminvices will conduct istration@uta.edu by Oct. 19. Tobacco Cessation classes starting Tuesday. The program was one of four recommendations the Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative committee sent to President James CESSATION continues on page 3

The Shorthorn: Meghan Williams

OVER THE TOP Management senior Miles Courtney, left, thumb-wrestles business junior Patrick Benavides while undeclared freshman Robert Bastamante looks Thursday in the Maverick Activities Center. After an intense core workout, Courtney and Benavides decided to end with a thumbwrestling match in which Benavides walked away as the victor.

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Program tries to spur Arlington businesses to sport UTA colors Move hopes to bring college-town feel by providing information and supplies like banners and photos. BY JOHN HARDEN The Shorthorn staff

A new university program is encouraging businesses to display a little orange and blue. The Paint the Town Blue program debuted this week, creating ways for local businesses to promote their business by displaying some school spirit. The program will provide local businesses with Maverick Discount Program information, Maverick banners and photos, and advertising specials in The Shorthorn. “When you go to places like TCU or somewhere like UT-Austin, what do you see? You see the school colors everywhere,” said Amy Schultz, Communications associate vice president. “But here in Arlington, where is all the orange and blue?” The program is a part of UTA’s new community outreach initiative, College Town, UTA, which is meant to help connect the university with its neighbors. City councilwoman Lana Wolff, who represents the downtown Arlington district, said she hopes creating a college-town atmosphere will lure more employers to the area. “We like what Amy Schultz is doing with the College Town, UTA outreach

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Fuzzy’s Tacos, on Abram Street, has a wall dedicated to university spirit. Paint the Town Blue, a new program, encourages local businesses to display UTA colors.

program,” Wolff said. “We believe that if we can show businesses the effect a college town atmosphere can do, then I’m certain we can build outside interest.” Creating a college-town environment has potential to help local businesses, said Cynthia Chippindale, Potager Natural Café and Other Stuff owner. The traffic such an environment produces could lead to more exposure of

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit http://www.uta.edu/ucomm/collegetown

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Students can volunteer Saturday to plant native plants in Veterans Park

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curricular activities in the gym. UTA Volunteer’s Youth and Education committee, one of six, visits the club’s main Arlington branch the first Thursday of each month. Club team director Covona Richards credits the university with the most volunteers the branch sees yearly. “I come into contact with UTA the most,” Richards said. Spanish sophomore Andrea Mims helped assist Omar Gonzalez, 9, with his math homework. “What’s seven plus seven?” Mims told Gonzalez as he beat his eraser rhythmically on the table. “Fourteen,” Gonzales exclaimed. Mims is in her second year as a UTA Volunteers member. “We get so much from the university, it’s important to give back,” she said.

Everyone is invited to join the UTA Volunteers this weekend at Veterans Park to participate in an environmental conservation event starting at 7:30 a.m. So far 16 students have volunteered to be part of the event. The event is free to all who want to volunteer and transportation will be provided for those in need. Students interested in participating can sign up to volunteer by TO VOLUNTEER calling the Contact: UTA Volungroup’s ofteers Office fice at 817E-mail: utavolun272-2963 or teers@uta.edu by visiting Location: University its office in Center lower level the UniverTelephone: 817-272sity Center. 2963 At the site, volunteers will landscape the reserve with native plants at the Molly Hollar Wildscape in Veterans Park. The Molly Hollar Wildscape site was originally founded in 1994 by members of Arlington Conservation Council and the Arlington Organic Garden Club. Floyd Woods, UTA Volunteers Animal and Environment committee director, said he was told about the site by a source at River Legacy Parks. After hearing good things, he drove out to the wildscape and liked what he saw. While there, he said he saw the opportunity for students to volunteer and learn about conserving the environment. He said he learned it is environmentally friendly to use native plants, which don’t use a lot of water, and wants to pass this learning experience to students. WHEN AND “Not a lot of students WHERE get a chance When: Saturday 7:30 to go out a.m. and plant Where: Molly Hollar and learn Wildscape site, Vetabout native erans Park plants,” he 2600 Spanish Trail said. Arlington Woods said the main reason for student involvement in the project is for students to get an opportunity to work with their hands by planting trees and other plants. “It is important to know about the environment you live in,” he said.

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Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market: 9 a.m., 215 E. Front St. For information contact Downtown Arlington Management Corp. at 817-3032800 or info@downtownarlington.org. 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 phealy@uta. edu. Finding the Achilles’ Heel in Prostate Cancer: 11 a.m., 154 Business Bldg. Free. For information contact Jian Yang at 817-272-0562 or jianyang@ uta.edu. UTA Environmental Society Social Meeting: Noon-1 p.m., 106 College Hall. Free. For information contact UTA Environmental Society at utaenvisoc@gmail.com.

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Nursing freshman Marjorie Doolittle, center, situates herself in a game of Duck, Duck, Goose on Thursday at the Boys and Girls Club of Arlington. The UTA Volunteers spent the afternoon during their monthly visit, assisting with tutoring, socializing in the computer lab and playing games in the gym to establish a bond with the 5- to 18-year-olds. “I wish I had younger siblings,” Doolittle said.

Parallel Computation Tools for Flexible Multibody Systems: 1:30-2:30 p.m., 105 Nedderman Hall. Free. For information contact Debi Barton at 817-272-2500 or dbarton@uta.edu.

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Pseudopericyclic Reactions: Adventures on Potential Energy Surfaces: 2:30-3:30 p.m., 114 Chemistry Research Building. Free. For information contact 817-272-3171. Burma Candle Lit Vigil: 6 p.m., Central Library mall. Commemorate second anniversary of Saffron Revolution and mourn for those who lost their lives. Free. For information contact naugsu.myint@mavs.uta.edu

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nergetic shouts heard from one corner of the building, vibrations of basketballs felt from the other and a room full of 12 young spirits clicking away at computer games sandwiched between. Phrases painted on the wall like “Follow your dreams! Believe in yourself!” and “My life! My Choice!” only serve to encourage the positive atmosphere. The sight is as a typical day at the Boys and Girls Club of Arlington. UTA Volunteers stopped by for their second visit as part of the program. Diana Gallego, international business junior and UTA Volunteers Youth and Education committee director, said she plans to increase the number of visits in the semester. “We want to establish a bond with the kids,” she said. Activities include tutoring, socializing in the computer lab, overseeing play rehearsals and playing extra-

SATURDAY OCTOBER 3, 2009 Wildscape Event: 7:30-12:30 p.m., Wildscape Site Veterans Park, 2600 Spanish Trail. Free. For information contact UTA Volunteers at 817-2722963 or utavolunteers@uta.edu. SAT Math Prep Class: Noon, Santa Fe Station. Free. For information contact 214-924-6163 or satmathprepinfo@sbcglobal.net.

PERSONAVACTION by Thea Blesener

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.

THURSDAY Disturbance Police observed 11 students loudly conversing about school at 2:45 a.m. in the Legacy Heights apartments’ common area at 415 S. Oak

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Theft A student reported her purse stolen at 12:14 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building.

Criminal Mischief of Vandalism A student reported that another student broke his window at 8:25 p.m. at Centennial Court apartments, 701 W. Mitchell Circle.

Harassment An officer contacted a clinical instructor from the School of Nursing in reference to a harassment report at 10:29 a.m. at 411 S. Nedderman Drive.

St. They were asked to keep the noise level down.

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said. “That’s why I decided to start my restaurant here. This is a university community, but in some ways it doesn’t have a university feel,” Chippindale said. “I believe this program is worth a try, and I believe large and small businesses should take advantage.” If the city displays school spirit, then it would create a more exciting atmosphere, said industrial engineering senior Sam Haghi.

“It’ll be good for college students,” he said. “It will make the school more fun if more people are involved with the school and the community.” The direct relationship between the city and the university is important for the community and students, Schultz said. “It’s hard for the school or the city to work independently of each other,” she said. “The school and the city are inseparable and it just makes sense to work together.” John harden news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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Fall graduation application late deadline Monday Students wanting to walk the stage this winter have until 5 p.m. Monday to apply for graduation. Monday is the final deadline to apply for graduation. Since the initial deadline, Sept. 7, passed, a $50 late fee will be added to applicants’ MyMav accounts. Graduating students can apply for graduation by going to the Office of Records Web page at www3.uta.edu/registrar/. If students want to apply after Monday, their respective Dean’s office will decide if exceptions will be made, said Tammy Shoemaker, College of Liberal Arts graduation counselor. Exceptions won’t be automatic,

applying for graduaTion When: Monday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. Where: Office of Records Web page, www3.uta.edu/registrar/

students have to ask first, she said. A commencement checklist is also on the Web page. Additional graduation materials, like caps and gowns, are available at the UTA Bookstore.

Cessation

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sidewalK sKeTching Architecture graduate student Veronica Kubiak sketches Thursday outside of the Fine Arts Building. Kubiak was sketching the Nanofab building for an assignment in her graphics class.

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Spaniolo. Another suggestion is a campuswide tobacco ban. Spaniolo will make his decision on the proposed ban by the end of the year, but the cessation classes are already in effect. “This is not to say ‘hey, you have to quit,’” said Nekima Booker, health promotion and substance abuse educator. “This is just more education, and if they decide to quit, great.” Classes are free and start for students at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Student classes will be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the University Center upper level. A faculty and staff class will be held through Human Resources every Thursday, starting Oct. 8, at the Wetsel Building. Philosophy freshman Katherine Boyd said she’s an advocate for support groups but wouldn’t have time to attend because

Tuesday 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Understanding addiction 3-4 p.m. — Steps to quitting To sign up call Health Services at 817-272-2771.

Source: Nekima Booker, health promotion and substance abuse educator

she’s a single parent. Boyd is trying to quit smoking by using electronic cigarettes, which are battery-powered devices that vaporize liquid nicotine without the risk of secondhand smoke. The program consists of a series of four classes that address understanding addiction, steps to quitting, how to cope with withdrawal and relapse, and knowing there

“It’s a health awareness issue. It’s about providing a healthier lifestyle and a safe and healthy environment.” nekima booker,

health promotion and substance abuse educator

is help. Each class is one hour. Students may sign up for the program by calling Health Services at 817-272-2771. Faculty and staff may sign up through Human Resources. Booker said the center is just trying to provide resources. “It’s a health awareness issue,” she said. “It’s about providing a healthier lifestyle and a safe and healthy environment.” Accounting graduate student Rashawn Slinkard, who used to smoke, said she doesn’t think the program would be effective. “I think people already know it’s bad for you,” she said. “They’ve taught us that smoking is bad since we were little. It would

be a waste of time.” Architecture sophomore BJ Longoria said he’s quitting smoking on his own and won’t be attending the classes. “I don’t carry packs with me anymore,” he said. Interior design sophomore Chelsea Dickson, a four-year smoker, said the program’s success depends on participants’ dedication to quitting. “I think people have to realize that the classes are there for a reason,” she said. “They’re not doing it just to do it.” Joan Khalaf news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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the last minute, but I understand that sometimes administration has to make last minute decisions like that,” he said. Walker said he was happy to have another week to get more tasks done.

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The ShorThorn Biology senior Jerome Kirby said that he would use the extra week to gain an edge on the competition. “I’m going to train for it a little bit now that I have time,” he said.

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MAC recognizes millionth customer

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it, just overly cautious, and everyone’s washing their hands twice as much,” he said. “I would like to live continued from page 1 in a bubble. When I told my wife about it, she told me to stay the Worth student at Leonard Middle night under my desk.” School died Sunday after falling ill The student’s doctor said beSept. 23. She was hospitalized with cause the student responded to his flu-like symptoms later determined illness and was diagnosed quickly to be caused by as H1N1 virus. he should be back to school by Tarrant County is increasing Monday, Whitley said. awareness about the virus in reThe student said he was presponse to the death, Sullivan said. scribed TAMIFLU, an antiviral “To date, the UTA campus has medication that works best when not experienced large administered within clusters of flu-like illthe first 48 hours of ness,” Sullivan said. tips the patient being in“But we are not taking fected, according to For UTA’s Web page anything for granted.” the product’s Web site. devoted to questions A vaccination called The best way to and tips about the FluMist has been creprevent large flu outH1N1 virus, visit http:// ated and could be breaks is through www.uta.edu/ucomm/ available on campus frequent hand washmediarelations/events/ as soon as two weeks, ing and encouraging h1n1.php she said. people to stay home or The infected stusecure a ride home if The Centers for Disdent, who works in they are experiencing ease Control and PreStudent Publications, vention’s page on the any flu-like symptoms went to his family phyvirus: http://www.cdc. such as fever, body sician Thursday when gov/h1n1flu/ aches, headache, chills he began to develop and fatigue, according more flu-like sympto the university’s Web toms, said co-worker Tammy Skre- site. hart. “Wash your hands, stay at home The student, who didn’t want if you’re sick, get the seasonal flu to be named, said he began feeling shot and when they get the H1N1 sick Monday. He thought the ill- vaccination in, take it too,” Sullivan ness was something common until said. “I got a seasonal flu shot yeshe began vomiting. terday for $15 and there are plenty Some of the H1N1 virus symp- of doses in stock.” toms are like regular flu symptoms The Office of Facilities Managesuch as headache and fever but may ment has added 60 hand sanitizer also include vomiting and diarrhea. stations in places where groups “He did the right thing,” Skre- of people congregate on campus, hart said. “He went to the doctor as including the Maverick Activities soon as he started feeling bad.” Center, hallways and the University Coworkers sanitized the office, Center, Sullivan said. increased hand sanitizer and sanitation wipes use and told anyone who started to feel sick to go home, nicole Hines said co-worker Ashton Whitley. news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu “No one is really scared about

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Aerospace engineering junior Marco Villanueva, center, walks out of the Maverick Activities Center with mechanical engineering junior Jorge Vázquez on Thursday after receiving prizes as the facility’s millionth customer. Villanueva said he didn’t expect much of anything other than to play soccer when he entered the MAC Tuesday night. He was notified by e-mail the following morning and was awarded a $500 UTA Bookstore gift certificate, T-shirts and a keychain, among other university merchandise.

Winner gets T-shirts, a $500 UTA Bookstore gift card and basketball among other items. By rAcHel snyder The Shorthorn staff

The Maverick Activities Center celebrated its millionth customer with a blast of confetti and air-horns Thursday. The millionth customer was aerospace engineering junior Marco Villanueva. The MAC wanted to celebrate having a million customers in only two years, said Allyson Weitz, Campus Recreation Department assistant director for marketing and public relations. The celebration was a recreation of Villanueva’s Tuesday night visit. Durl

Rather, Campus Recreation associate director, said the MAC staff waited to celebrate because they didn’t know when to expect the millionth customer. They wanted to make sure professional staff was there and as many people as possible could attend. Villanueva said he found out he was the millionth customer by e-mail on Wednesday. Villanueva comes to the MAC twice a week to play soccer and he works out during the summer, he said. “The architecture and the all the lighting are my favorite things about the MAC,” Villanueva said. As the millionth customer, Villanueva received a $500 gift card to the UTA Bookstore, T-shirts, a basketball, keychain, water bottle and various other UTA and MAC mer-

chandise. “I’ll use the gift card the most,” he said about the prizes. The MAC opened two years ago on Sept. 18. The facility cost $34.5 million and is about 190,000 square feet. It includes locker rooms, basketball courts, an indoor soccer gymnasium, workout areas and a rockclimbing wall. “We’re very grateful the community is coming out, and the students are coming out,” Rather said. A similar celebration could be in store in the future, Weitz said. “We’ll probably do something when we hit two million,” she said. rAcHel snyder news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu


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Help available to sexual assault victims Taking self-defence class, being assertive ways to keep safe Sexual assault is a serious crime that should never be taken lightly. The damage inflicted and the suffering afterward leave a scar that sometimes never goes away. Women or men who experience this should utilize resources that are available and not be afraid to report the crime. Getting help will make it somewhat easier to cope. Many victims do not report the crime. Often a feeling of shame or fright causes higher statistics than what’s reported. The crime is not gender-specific, but sexual assault happens to females 90 percent of the time and males 10 percent, according to the university’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program Web site. A wealth of information is available on sexual assault statistics and options available Editorial if it happens and tips rounduP on prevention. http:// The issue: Students, faculty and www.uta.edu/studentafstaff should be aware fairs/rvsp/geteducated. of their surroundings htm. to ward off sexual assaults. Tips on the program’s Web site include — be We suggest: Getting help and taking aware of your surroundadvantage of the availings, park in well-lit able options on or off areas, be assertive, campus. which will usually intimidate a rapist. Also, let someone know where you are, stick to familiar roads and areas, never let anyone know you are alone at home, know where the emergency buttons are on campus and take a Rape Aggression Defense course. An RAD women’s self-defense class is offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 10, taught by Ron Cook, university police officer of the campus crime prevention program. Statistics on the program’s site note women ages 16 to 24 are four times more likely to experience a completed rape, and out of 10,000 women on a college campus, the number of rapes could exceed 350. There are more than 10,000 women on our campus. The national statistics on the site state that one in four women is sexually assaulted on college campuses, more assaults happen off campus than on campus and 90 percent involve alcohol. Getting help after an incident like sexual assault is the right way to go. Reaching out for assistance will benefit the victims because others have experienced their situation and can empathize. The Arlington Police Department’s Web site has local statistics as well as city resources for sexual assault victims. Arlington statistics show a decrease in sexual assault incidents from 2007 to 2008 in the city. The Shorthorn editorial board consists of Marissa Hall, Mark Bauer, Jason Boyd. Dustin L. Dangli, Shawn Johnson and Cohe Bolin

remember The Shorthorn invites students, university employees and alumni to submit guest columns to the Opinion page. Friday, October 2, 2009

no more bombs Columnist offers an alternative solution to a 60-year conflict it may come as a surprise to some of you, but it turns out there is a bit of a conflict between israel and Palestine right now. A fracas, if you will. A bit of a to-do. On one side, Palestinian Muslims are demanding that israeli Jews give them back their homeland. On the other, the israelis are demanding that Muslims stop strapping bombs to themselves and blowing up israeli citizens. it’s as if a guy named Mr. Rosenberg walked into the house of a guy named Mr. Husseini saying, “Hi, i live here now.” So Husseini punches Rosenberg in the nose. in response, Rosenberg kills Husseini’s entire family. So Husseini blows up the building with everyone still inside. There is more than enough blame to go around — and yet on both sides of the Wailing Wall people try to stand back, hands up and palms out claiming that they had nothing to do with it. They hide behind their religions, insistent that their behavior is sanctioned by the one true God – theirs. Mythologies aside, there is one commonality between the israeli Jews and the Palestinian Muslims: desperation. The Palestinians are desperate to go back to their homeland, where their families have lived for centuries, albeit under various hegemonies such as the Ottoman Turks and Britain, whose mandate was to build a democratic state in Palestine. The Jews are desperate to create a nation for themselves where they can be insular, isolationist and unified, and where they can await the coming of the Messiah, without facing persecution. The Levant — the eastern side of the Mediterranean — is where they want to do this. Especially in America there has always

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been a pro-israel sentiment bolstered where the Jews were trying to settle. The largely by Christian evangelicals. Christian Palestinians can finally go home and create tradition says the Jews must return to is- a Palestinian state. Regarding Jerusalem, as with unruly rael and rebuild Solomon’s temple before the rapture. The Jews believe almost the children who can’t play nice and share, the adult nations of the world same thing, except that they are should take it away. Jerusalem waiting for a Messiah that the should be declared a sovereign Christians believe has already city-state, like Vatican City (sans come and gone. dogma), and be governed by a The irony is, according to the secular entity with no bias toChristians, only a remnant of ward any religious demographa remnant of the Jews will be ic. This would ensure equal acsaved - 12,000 from each of the cess to Jerusalem for all parties. 12 tribes of israel, to be exact. Finally, when all the other That’s 144,000 Jews. A remnant people of the world are ready for of a remnant, indeed. the end-times, the Jews can reSo here’s a solution — the justin sharP turn to Palestine and rebuild the israelis want a homeland with temple of Solomon around the secure borders and Puerto Ricans want the right to vote. America can Dome of the Rock and hold their breaths convince all of the Puerto Ricans to im- whilst they wait for the Messiah. Good plan, right? Anybody? no? Well, migrate to the U.S., perhaps a nice, empty state (like Wyoming), and the israelis can back to the drawing board. have Puerto Rico. They can create their own, sovereign Jewish state there without having to worry about all those pesky -Justin Sharp is a journalism senior and Palestinian Arabs who were already living a columnist for The Shorthorn

No End to War Countering insurgency key to restoring Afghan confidence The Afghan War began on Oct. 7, 2001, launching Operation Enduring Freedom to find Osama bin Laden, disarm and destroy al-Qaida and to remove the Taliban from power for harboring the terrorist organization. The war is not over. We need an increase in troop levels to combat the resilient insurgency and help build the confidence of the Afghan people. After the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, intelligence reports from the Middle East and South Asia pointed to Afghanistan and al-Qaida as being behind the attacks. Eight years after, and free elections, Taliban still operates insurgent forces in Afghanistan. President Barack Obama has followed through with his campaign promise, taking a hard-line on Afghanistan by increasing troop levels in March by 17,000. On March 27, he said the new strategy was to “disrupt, dismantle, and defeat” al-Qaida in Paki-

stan and Afghanistan, and relayed a message to terrorists, “We will defeat you.” We must win in Afghanistan —our peace and security depends on it. This notion, as expressed by Obama in that speech, is also felt by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of the United States forces in Afghanistan. McChrystal released the Commander’s initial Assessment, on August 30, laying out the current situation and the strategy for Afghanistan. The plan and conditions advocate implementing a “significant change,” in strategy, making sure the forces on the ground have the resources needed for success. “Time matters; we must act now to reverse the negative trends and demonstrate progress.” The answer is a surge in troop levels to combat the insurgency in the most troubled provinces and an increased training at all levels of the Afghan national Security Force. The strategy Obama laid out in March included the accel-

eration of the growth of the basic services to citizens, inAnSF to 134,000 and a po- cluding security, according lice force of 82,000 by 2011. to McChrystal’s assessment. For success in Afghanistan, The perception of the Afghan increased American troop people is dominated by the levels are needed for the Af- insurgents. To win confighan police and troop levels dence, the government and to be realized in the next six- coalition forces must be seen as combatting the teen months. insurgency and Current troop providing for the levels in Afghanipeople. stan include 35,000 Mr. President, nATO troops and take direction 65,000 American from the genertroops. McChrystal als on the ground requested between who have the 30,000 and 40,000 experience and troops to counter the know how to insurgents. i undermake these decistand no immediate colt ablEs sions. decision made based Before a situon the stress it could ation in iran can poses on our troop levels, but time is running be acknowledged and impleout. Every day that a deci- mented, the situation in Afsion isn’t made means fur- ghanistan must be stabilized ther delay for positioning the with a counter-insurgency forces in strategic victory and strategy. more lives lost. Afghans currently have a -Colt Ables is Economics “crisis in confidence” with the senior and north region vice government due to corrup- chair of the Texas College Retion and inability to provide publicans

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Arguments for proposed tobacco ban not feasible One of the silliest arguments i have heard about the smoking ban is “You are interfering with my right to breathe clean air when you smoke.” So using that argument, i can say anyone who drives a car to work or school is interfering with my right to breathe clean air free of exhaust fumes. Why

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not step out on any bridge over Cooper Street and take a nice deep breath? Even when driving, you take away my right for a safe drive when you are texting or talking on your cell phone. Another argument often used for the proposed tobacco ban is for health reasons. Well, how bad of a health problem is obesity? Let’s ban all snack foods and soda on campus. Close up any food service on campus that serves unhealthy items like burg-

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ers and fries. it might also be a good idea to require all students and employees to take a 2-hour exercise class each day. Of course, that would have to be in their spare time not during class or work. Meanwhile, i will go off-campus to smoke, and maybe have a burger and fries while i am at it. McDonald’s will let me smoke in my car after eating.

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multi-Faced art By Temicca HunTer

Student gives insight into how paintings can portray various backgrounds

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Upon walking through the doors of Gallery West, visitors are eye to eye with the faces of several students who come to life through the paintings on the wall. All the paintings have one thing in common — each represents the diversity the university has. Diversity is the inspiration that art senior Francisco Moreno used to create his current paintings collection. Moreno, originally from Mexico, said he was amazed by the richness of culture in Texas. He said the campus is extremely diverse. “Beauty lies in diversity, which is something unique to this university,” he said. Moreno said for his project, he contacted cultural groups around the university, and took a colorful approach with the project. “This project was about conveying the idea about the richness and diversity in cultures and ethnicities within Texas,” he said. As one of the undergraduate winners of the 2009 Ideas in Art award, Moreno will receive a scholarship from the Wishful Wings Foundation. The scholarship is awarded to two students each year to support the university fine arts community and is part of the James Barnett Jr. Charitable Fund. The fund recognizes visual artists enrolled at

Event: Ideas in Art Exhibition Time: Sept. 28- Oct. 2 Where: Gallery West

the university though the Ideas in Arts Awards annual visual art project competition. Several art students came to view Moreno’s work and support his accomplishment. Arts education junior Natalia Dominguez said she finds Moreno’s technique of combining things through his artwork interesting. “I think what unites all of his paintings is there is a lot of variations,” she said. “There is the transparency look to them that unites them all together, but yet each one is individual.” Graphic design senior, Ben Bologna said he has known Moreno for a while and is impressed with his work. “I was really happy to hear that he got this award,” he said. “It’s a great body of art.” Art senior Abraham Medina said he enjoyed seeing the collection. “I think he really captured what he was going for, as far as showing different people and capturing them all in different styles,” he said. Moreno’s paintings display images of students from all backgrounds, religions

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Richardson High School juniors Max Anderson, right, and Michaela Oehlert look at portraits of students by art senior Francisco Moreno on Wednesday evening at Gallery West. Anderson and Oehlert met Moreno through a program aimed at high school students interested in art.

and ethnicities. Moreno said society is fast-paced and his ambition is to create something that gives a reason to take a moment and take in what may have otherwise passed by. “It’s this environment that has shaped

me into who I am,” he said. “This project is what I offer in return.”

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Candlelight vigil for Burmese saffron revolution today

Parking is free for the event, which includes fireworks and elephant and camel rides. By SHamBHu SHaran The Shorthorn staff

The new Cowboys Stadium will house the expected 100,000 attendees for Diwali Mela, an Indian lights festival, for the first time from 4 p.m. to midnight on Sunday. Events include elephant and camel rides, a petting zoo, an Indian dance-music concert and light and firework displays. Indian food and culture information will be available. NonIndian attendees are welcome. “The purpose is to promote and educate Hindu culture to the Metroplex residents and Hindus born and brought up here,” said Ramesh Gupta,

eVenT ScHedule Kids Corner, petting zoo, ridesslides, elephant and camel rides When: 4 p.m.-midnight Where: Outside Cowboys Stadium Magic Show When: 6-9 p.m. Where: Parking Lot 10 Indian regional folk dances When: 6-9 p.m.

DFW Indian Cultural Society media relations officer. “The festival is a way to unite all the Indians in one platform.” Because UTA’s Hindu Students Council is going to have its own booth at the Diwali Mela, many people, especially those who are coming to participate from remote places will get to know about the university, said physics lecturer Nila Veerabathina. UTA’s Fine Arts Society of India is also volunteering for the event. “Like Christmas, Diwali has religious, cultural, social and historical roots,” Veerabathina said. “It is an excellent way for UT-Arlington students to get connected with the DFW Indian and International community and vice versa.” Almost 140 students have registered to volunteer at the Who: 40 local organizations Where: Community Stage, Parking Lot 10

Ramleela, a drama, based on the Hindu epic “Ramayana” Who: Metroplex artists When: 7:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Where: West Plaza Music concert Who: Kailash Kher, a renowned Bollywood singer and his team

event, said HSC President Prasad Joglekar. The group is accepting more volunteers, who will receive a free ticket, T-shirts, certificates and food. The council will raise money to give scholarships to international students, he said. Finance major Chetan Kanadia said the event will give the council a platform to showcase the Indian culture and social activities at UTA, and a chance to meet the local Asian-Indian population. Electrical engineering graduate Swanand Phadke said he sees this festival as a special occasion to get connected with India and Indian families and friends. Marketing graduate Darshan Shah said people clean and decorate their home with lights in India during Diwali. When: 8:30 p.m.-midnight Where: West Plaza Ras-Garba Who: Brij Joshi and his party When: 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Where: East Plaza Ravan Dahan When: 11:30 p.m.-midnight Where: Outside Cowboys Stadium

According to “Ramayana,” a Hindu epic, the festival symbolizes Shri Rama’s return to Ayodhya, one of the seven sacred cities of the Hindus, after 14 years in exile and victory over Ravana symbolizing victory of good over evil. People welcomed Rama by organizing the light festival. The epic describes Diwali’s inner-meaning as the attempt to shed light on ignorance through knowledge. Diwali is also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrated all over the world by Hindus. People celebrate the festival on the new moon day, which this year will fall on Oct. 17. The society decided to celebrate earlier due to space availability reasons. SHamBHu SHaran news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

End of the festival with fireworks and fire crackers When: Midnight Where: Outside Cowboys Stadium To volunteer with the Hindu Students Council, e-mail hindustudentcouncil@yahoo.com or call Prasad Joglekar 817-272-1866

A student will be holding a candlelight vigil to raise awareness about a conflict in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. Architecture senior Nang Su Myint is hosting the event at 6 p.m. today in front of the Central Library to educate students about the civil unrest or saffron revolution in Myanmar. She will have a petition people can sign to help free Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu candleligHT Kyi from house arrest in Myanmar. Vigil Myint still refers Where: Central to her home counLibrary mall try as Burma even When: 6 p.m. after the government today changed the name to For What: Raise Myanmar. Myint said awareness about most of her extended Myanmar, formerly family still living there Burma have no freedom. “I want people to know that in America you have freedom of speech and all these civil liberties, but in Burma the government controls everything,” Myint said. According to the Web site of U.S. Campaign for Burma, the saffron revolution gets its name from the Burmese monks’ garment color. Government soldiers beat and killed the monks in September 2007 when they were protesting the increase in fuel prices. Myint said she is doing this now to coincide with the band U2 performing on Oct. 12 at the Cowboys Stadium. The concert will be used as a stage to spread awareness about the situation in Burma, Myint said. “We are hoping that people will volunteer for the U.S. Campaign for Burma and help more people understand what is going on in other parts of the world,” Myint said.

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Department holds Mav Madness dunk and three-point contests tryouts

Head coach scott Cross signs yearlong contract extension

students interested in showcasing their basketball skills will get a chance at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mav Madness. the Athletics Department marketing and promotions division will host tryouts for a dunk competition and three-point shootout at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Maverick Activities Center. student marketing coordinator Brittanie roldan encourages students to try out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great opportunity to come out and show your skills off to the campus,â&#x20AC;? roldan said. Winners of each competition will get prizes, but roldan said the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hugeâ&#x20AC;? prizes have not yet been decided. Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head basketball coach scott Cross said he is expecting a good turnout. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an opportunity for some of the students to get involved and show what they can do dunking the basketball,â&#x20AC;? Cross said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be very entertaining, no question.â&#x20AC;? Cross said students hoping for a scholarship offer shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect much. â&#x20AC;&#x153;probably not from a dunk contest,â&#x20AC;? Cross said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a small aspect of [the game].â&#x20AC;? Cross said the three-point competition participants would have a better chance of impressing the coaching staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If somebody can get in there and show that they have great form and can knock down 10 out of 10, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to raise an eyebrow or two,â&#x20AC;? Cross said

by Travis DeTherage anD ClinT UTley The Shorthorn staff

Mavericks will get to keep one of their own for another year. Athletics director pete Carlon announced Wednesday a one-year contract extension for menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head basketball coach scott Cross that will keep Cross under contract through the 20122013 season. Alumnus Cross was hired as head coach on April 21, 2006, after serving the previous eight seasons as an assistant head coach for the Mavericks. In just two years, Cross had taken the team to its first NCAA tournament appearance after winning the 2007-2008 southland Conference tournament. the NCAA tournament appearance was only the second time in school history that UtA made a postseason appearance. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a recommendation I made to the president [James spaniolo],â&#x20AC;? Carlon said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both he and I have appreciated how Coach Cross has administered this program. We like the direction weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re moving with our menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball program and the quality of the student-athletes that heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s recruiting.â&#x20AC;? UtA went 16-14 last season and did not make a postseason appearance. Cross led the Mavericks to 21 victories in the 2007-2008 season. He guided them to a school-

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record 17-game home winning streak, from the final three home games of the 2006-2007 season through the first 14 home games of 2007-2008. Cross said the extension could help with the recruiting process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very excited and very thankful to our Athletics director pete Carlon and obviously president spaniolo for having the confidence in me and the program,â&#x20AC;? Cross said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have very high goals for our team and this solidifies for any recruit that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re recruiting that I will be around.â&#x20AC;? Cross reached the 50-win mark faster than any other head coach in school history and has a career record of 50-43 with the Mavericks. the basketball team tips-off the season on Nov. 14 against Dallas Baptist at texas Hall. Conference play begins Jan. 9, 2010, with the Mavericks hosting texas state. Travis DeTherage, ClinT UTley sports-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball head coach Scott Cross will stay through the 20122013 season because of a one-year contract extension. Cross reached the 50-win mark faster than any head coach in the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history and took the Mavericks to their first NCAA tournament in school history.

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we have played the last couple of weeks. We have had some players step up and hopefully we can continue that momentum.â&#x20AC;? Lamar hosts the Mavs at 7 p.m. Friday. this will be the 76th meeting between the two schools with the Mavericks leading the all-time series 4825-2 and a 9-8 edge over the Cardinals in Beaumont. the Cardinals have won five of the last six matches overall. Junior setter raegan Daniel, ranked fifth in the conference with 10.33 assists per set, said the team is ready for the road test this weekend after its recent home success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel confident going on the road this weekend with the wins we got at home last week,â&#x20AC;? Daniel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have been preparing in practice for what we will see from these teams. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to get in there and work hard for two more wins.â&#x20AC;? sophomore outside hitter tara Frantz said intensity will be necessary for the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both of the matches are going to be intense and full of emotion,â&#x20AC;? Frantz said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;our

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Libero Teena Sobczak dives for the ball during the Mavericks home opener against Arkansas Little Rock on Sept. 12 at Texas Hall. The Mavericks fell 3-1 despite Sobczakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16 digs during the match.

game plan is to be the team that has the most emotion and drive to win the match. We have worked really hard to get where we are right now. We have put in a lot of hard work and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re confident we can win.â&#x20AC;? Huntsville, texas, will be the next stop for the Mavs when they play sam Houston state at 7 p.m. saturday. the match will be the 62nd alltime meeting with the Bearkats. the Mavericks lead the

all-time series 45-16 and have a 13-7 advantage in Huntsville. the Mavericks lead the southland Conference averaging 3.44 blocks per set and are second in digs per set with 16.67. the team also ranks fourth in assists and kills per set with 12.22 and 13.33 respectively.

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