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TECHNOLOGY

SUSTAINABILITY

MyMav system will be down for upgrading

Success of DFW’s first green roof spurs more

Maintenance will hinder students from checking schedules, drops, among other account activities. BY RACHEL SNYDER The Shorthorn staff

MyMav will be down for upgrades from noon Thursday to 8 a.m. Monday, which would hinder students wanting to meet with advisers or

drop a class during that time. The university is upgrading MyMav to apply new features and fixes from the vendor, Oracle, said Michael Corwin, technology services assistant vice president. Everything including pages involving student systems, financial aid and admissions will be upgraded, he said. According to the Office of Records Web site, the system’s upgrade will

prevent students from checking their degree progress or academic holds, viewing class schedules, registering for or dropping classes. Although MyMav will be down, advisers will still have plenty to do, said biology academic adviser Jane Pugh. She said advisers will still talk to MYMAV continues on page 3

Living the Arlington iLife New app relies on user-submitted info to connect people to the area BY JOHN HARDEN

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f locals are looking for the hottest places to eat and play in Arlington — there’s an app for that. Software developer Splaysoft, LLC has recently released the application myArlington, which is a program designed for the iPhone and iPod Touch. The application’s features include a city map, city news feeds, city facts and photo sharing. It also allows users to tag locations like restaurants and shopping centers on a map and make recommendations to other users. “It’s a very convenient app,” “I’m from Las said broadcasting senior Yvette Colinas and I Luevano. “If you don’t come to want to know Arlington for where to eat out anything other and where all the hot spots are, the than school. I app would be don’t eat here, good to download.” shop here or Designed for anything but people living having the city and working in myon your phone Arlington, Arlington will could make a continue to help residents as the difference.” city continues to expand, she said. Adriana Davidson “I only come broadcasting senior to Arlington because of school,” she said. “I’ve been here for four years, and I still don’t know everything there is to know about Arlington because it’s still developing.” The application is one of programs by Splaysoft designed for countries and U.S. cities. The app is not only to help locals, but also people who regularly travel between Arlington and other cities. “I’m from Las Colinas and I don’t come to Arlington for anything other than school,” said broadcasting senior Adriana Davidson. “I don’t eat here, shop here or anything but having the city on your phone could make a difference.” Like Facebook, myArlington gives

APPLICATION Application available on iTunes App Store for $1.99 Application Features Include: City Map City Facts Arlington News Feed Photo and Comment sharing

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Researchers were unaware if the region would be able to sustain such a project, but Engineering Research Building is next to receive one. BY CHASE WEBSTER The Shorthorn staff

The campus has shown how to make a green roof work in North Texas, said David Hopman, landscape architecture assistant director. The green roof was installed in spring 2008 atop the Life Science Building. It consists of 23 plant species, 4 inches of soil and a self-contained irrigation system, helping to reduce energy costs, flooding and water runoff. It cost about $15,000 to date, with $10,000 coming from donations. Hopman said he is enthusiastic about the prospect of the green roof catching on. “We don’t have all the scientific data yet, but we know how to do it,” he said. “I have a high degree of confidence that what we have done can be taken elsewhere and be very successful.” A green roof ’s life is typically much longer than the life of most buildings’ roofs, with the initial installation cost made up over the building’s lifetime, said John Hall, administration and campus operations vice president. “The up-front cost of these buildings is 2 to 3 percent higher than buildings that are not LEED certified,” he said. “But the reason it’s more attractive to building owners is that, with all of the features, you recoup that cost over the lifetime of the project by saving energy.” LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certificates are used to rate buildings’ environmental sustainability. UTA tries to conserve resources while keeping momentum in building a university that meets higher environmental standards, said President James Spaniolo. The Engineering Research Building will be the university’s first Silver LEED-New Construction certified. “The facilities have advanced tremendously, and what we will see in the next five to six years will be extraordinary,” Spaniolo said. Although common in places like Europe and New York, the green roof on top of the Life Science Building is the first in the Metroplex, said Donald Gatzke, School of Architecture dean. “It’s the only scientifically-studied example of a green roof in North Texas climate,” he said. “They’re GREEN continues on page 6

RIDING RED

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ENGINEERING

Professor to speak on disease diagnoses The biomedical Johns Hopkins faculty will be first lecturer in 50th anniversary speaker series. BY JOHNATHAN SILVER The Shorthorn senior staff

Guest Xingde Li, from Johns Hopkins University, will speak today about relatively new medical applications to diagnose diseases, as the first speaker of the College of Engineering’s 50th anniversary speaker series.

Li works in Johns Hopkins’ biomedical engineering department, which is recognized as the best in the nation, according to US News and World Report . Although Segway inventor Dean Kamen spoke first in September, Li is the first official speaker of the series. Li will discuss his research, which includes new microscopic technologies and disease diagnostic techniques. His work in this area is done in the laboratories, but he said he

wants his work to eventually be adopted into clinical settings and helping patients. “The hope is that it will allow doctors to perform real-time diagnoses without taking tissue from the body,” he said. Wednesday’s visit to campus will be the first for Li, and a chance to reconnect with friends who are UTA faculty. He also said he wants to learn BIO continues on page 3

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Psychology senior, known as “Red” for the past 30 years, dismounts his bike Tuesday on his way to statistics lab. Red said riding a motorcycle to school has its pros and cons. “You have to watch out for crazy people. People on the phone, texting or just not paying attention. They don’t see you,” he said.


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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.

TODAY Heavy rain • High 74 °F • Low 60°F

TUESDAY Warrant Service — Misdemeanor A nonstudent was arrested at 10:30 p.m. for three outstanding warrants in Centennial Court apartments, 701 Mitchell Circle, and was transported to the Arlington Police Department Jail.

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Art Exhibition in The Gallery at UTA: “Faculty Biennial X”: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Gallery at UTA. Free. For information contact Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658 or phealy@uta.edu.

MONDAY Marijuana, Possession Officers investigated an odor of marijuana emanating from a parked vehicle occupied by four subjects at 10:16 p.m. at 709 Mitchell Circle. Two nonstudents were arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and a student was issued a disciplinary referral for his involvement. Each of the three nonstudents were issued criminal trespass warnings.

Fresh Start from Tobacco “How to Cope”: 10:30-11:30 a.m., 200 Preston Hall. For information contact 817-272-2716 or nekimab@uta.edu. Drop-in Advising and Info Table: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., University Center first floor, booth near Starbucks. Free. For information contact Blake Hart at 817-272-1120 or studyabroad@uta.edu. Campus Technology Service provides Information Tables: 11 a.m.-noon and 1:302 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, UC. Free. Dr. Lynn Kwiatkowski’s Lecture on Vietnam: Noon-1 p.m., 9 University Hall. Free. For information contact Ritu G. Khanduri at 817-272-5815 or khanduri@ uta.edu. Focus on Technology- From Sputnik to MySpace: Douglas Rushkoff. Noon-1:30 p.m., Bluebonnet Ballroom, UC. Free. For information contact Tommie Wingfield at 817-272-2568 or wingfield@uta. edu. Mindful Moments: 12:15 p.m., 235 Business Building. Free. For information contact Marie Bannister at 817-272-2771 or bannister@uta.edu Nano-Bio Seminar: 12:15 p.m., 235 Business Building. Free. For information contact Marie Bannister at 817-272-2771 or bannister@uta.edu

PERSONAVACTION by Thea Blesener

Accident, Minor An officer investigated the report of a minor car accident between two students at 9 p.m. at 800 Greek Row Drive. No parties involved were injured and a report was filed.

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Arlington resident Marvin Thompson boxes Tuesday in the Maverick Activities Center. Thompson was a boxing trainer in Wichita Falls before moving to Arlington to live with his girlfriend, who is a student.

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Report urges campuses to go tobacco free New studies show that outdoor second-hand smoke can significantly affect nonsmokers. BY JOAN KHALAF The Shorthorn senior staff

As the university’s decision on the possible tobacco ban approaches, a recent report suggests all U.S. campuses go tobacco free. The American College Health Association, which calls itself the principal advocate and leader for college and university health, released a set of updated guidelines urging all colleges and universities across the country go tobacco free. The last time the association adopted a similar policy, in 2005, it urged designated smoking spaces. The Tobacco-Free Campus Initiative committee studied the issue at UTA by looking at other tobacco- and smoke-free campuses and solicited feedback by holding open forums and distributing an online survey. The committee submitted four

recommendations to President said second-hand smoke, when a James Spaniolo last month, ask- non-smoker stands or sits next to ing for the campus become to- a smoker outside, can be signifibacco free by August 2011 with cantly harmful, but when somea gradual lead-in period that one moves 6 feet away from an would include a community-wide outdoor smoker, exposure levels campaign and tobacco cessation are much lower. Business manclasses. agement senior John BuckwalSheila Kelashian, ter, research and a non-smoker, graduate studies “It makes sense for UTA said the associaassociate dean, to have a tobacco ban, tion’s goal is unresaid the associa- because smoking isn’t alistic. tion’s conclusion “It makes sense isn’t unreasonable. allowed in Arlington resfor UTA to have “Any leading taurants and places like a tobacco ban, health organizathat. But I don’t think because smoking tion like the Amerisn’t allowed in ican Lung Asso- it’s realistic to expect ciation will tell all colleges in America to Arlington restaurants and places you that smoking like that,” she said. and second-hand adopt that policy.” “But I don’t think smoke isn’t good,” Sheila Kelashian, it’s realistic to exhe said. “That’s business management senior pect all colleges in probably enough America to adopt right there to conthat policy.” vince me.” Sociology junior Amanda JenStanford University researchers released a report with evi- nings, a smoker, said she’s redence on outdoor tobacco use. It spectful of others who don’t like

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cigarette smoking, but doesn’t see why a ban should be implemented. “They’ll do what they want to do,” she said. “But not being able to smoke in my car, my personal property, isn’t right.” Michael McNeil, a Columbia University health official who helped organize a task force on the report, was unavailable for comment Tuesday afternoon. The new association guidelines also cover American colleges’ responses to Influenza H1N1, sexual violence prevention and health promotion. JOAN KHALAF news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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present before the President’s Sustainability Committee. One presentation was held Monday and the remaining two will be on Nov. 9 and Nov. 19. The position should be filled by the end of the semester, Hall said. “We’re looking for someone with a broad understanding of what campus sustainability represents,” Hall said. “Someone who works well with different stake

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versity’s commitment to help meet environmental challenges, according to its Web site. The committee is broken up into 10 workgroups under the leadership of co-chairs Don Lange and Stacy Alaimo. Each group is responsible for sustainability efforts spanning transportation, communication, environmental management and building development.

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Of the 62 people who applied to be the university’s new sustainability director, three finalists remain. One of the original four finalists dropped out after receiving an email about the decision, said John Hall, administration and campus operations vice president. The university may select another finalist, but Hall said it’s uncertain at this time. The remaining finalists must

holders, such as the office green teams.” The director will be a resource for the committee work groups, Hall said. The position’s responsibilities will include assisting in identifying best practices for initiatives implementation, he said. The director will also help establish strategic plans and objectives for the committee. The committee’s mission is to develop and recommend policies and strategies to advance the uni-

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roleS reverSed Fine arts senior Deb Gonzalez observes one of the many works displayed at the Faculty Biennial X art exhibition on Tuesday in The Gallery at UTA. The exhibition is the 10th of its kind and will run through Nov. 14. The works of more than 40 faculty members from the Department of Art and Art History are featured and include a variety of media. Gonzalez knows several of the professors displaying art and enjoys seeing where they are coming from. “It’s kind of a reverse of fates,” Gonzalez said.

For the speaker series, each department in the College of Engineering has to produce a speaker that is relevant to its field. Bioengineering professor Hanli Liu said she recommended Li as the speaker for her department because he gives good talks to students and researchers. “Sometimes people are good researchers but some aren’t able to make themselves understood,” she said. “I’m really looking forward to hearing feedback from students after the talk.” Bioengineering graduate student Lisa Butler said she would go because she’s interested in anything having to do with the field she’s studying. Bioengineering graduate student Giri Krishnamurthy plans to attend the lecture although his studies focus on functional brain imaging. He said he would like to just add to the knowledge he already has in bioengineering. Li’s talk will be at 6 p.m. today in 100 Nedderman Hall. Johnathan Silver news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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students and answer questions about topics not involving a student transcript. Students can get a drop form to turn back in when MyMav’s upgrade is complete. Pugh said advisers will be keeping student appointments to a minimum while MyMav is down to prevent turning away students. “It’s a little bit of an inconvenience, but we’ll just have to adapt,” Pugh said.

Biology senior Shaun Badheka said he plans to meet with his adviser to ask questions about classes, and MyMav being down will dictate when he visits. He said he wants to make sure he’s on the right track for graduation. Corwin said the upgrades will make it easier for students to view messages and content on MyMav. The students will see a change in the look and feel of the start page, which will feature a cleaner and fresher look, Corwin said. rachel Snyder news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

“It’s a little bit of an inconvenience, but we’ll just have to adapt.” Jane Pugh, biology academic adviser

college of engineering 50th anniverSary Speaker SerieS Today: Xingde Li, Johns Hopkins University biomedical engineering associate professor: 6 p.m., 100 Nedderman Hall Nov. 18: Chris Greer, Information Technology R&D assistant director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President Dec. 11: J.W. Morris, University of California-Berkeley metallurgy professor and Peter Searson, Johns Hopkins University materials science and engineering professor Jan. 20: Ben Streetman, University of Texas at Austin electrical and computer engineering professor and Dula D. Cockrell, centennial chair in engineering Feb. 15: Sally Ride, first American woman in space, University of California-San Diego physics professor March 8: John A. White, University of Arkansas distinguished professor of industrial engineering and chancellor emeritus Source: http://www.uta.edu/engineering/50/speakerseries


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Proposition 4 needs your vote It is not the administration’s job to make personal life decisions for students. Yes, we are asking for you to vote again, this time not for a presidential candidate, but an amendment to the Texas Constitution. This amendment, written specifically to help universities take more steps toward nationally-recognized research status, or Tier One, hits close to home. Proposition 4 will morph the Higher Education Fund into the National Research University Fund, which will grant funds to Texas universities that meet certain criteria, including awarding more than 250 Ph.D.s per year, and offering high quality graduate programs. UT Arlington offers awarded 113 doctoral degrees in 2008-2009, according to the 2008-2009 university fact book. EDITORIAL ROUNDUP At least $45 million must be spent The issue: Early voting for conon research every stitutional amendment year, and the univerProposition 4 started yesterday. If passed it sity should be able to could nudge the univercompete with the top sity closer to becoming 100 federally-funded a nationally-recognized research institution. institutions across the country. We suggest: Get out the vote! Tell The following others to vote! Your emerging Texas revote matters, we need search universities, this to pass for our university because it UT Arlington, UT benefits everyone. Dallas, UT San Antonio, University of North Texas, UT El Paso, University of Houston and Texas Tech, would be eligible for the funds. If the amendment passes, universities could apply for funds in fall 2011. The honor of reaching Tier One will benefit everyone connected to the university. Students would receive a more valuable degree; alumni degrees would also become more valuable. The university would attract more faculty and research opportunities that would draw students nationwide, due to the recognition we would receive. This recognition could propel the plans for Arlington becoming a college town, which will help facilitate the move to a more traditional university. More students are living on campus, more student organizations are developing, more prominent speakers and entertainers are coming to our campus and our enrollment is rising. Proposition 4 passing is essential to the university’s plans. Early voting has already started, and voting on campus starts next week. Not only is it our responsibility to vote — it is also our responsibility to do our part to reach the Tier One goal.

—The Shorthorn editorial board is Marissa Hall, Mark Bauer, Jason Boyd, Dustin L. Dangli and Cohe Bolin.

DISCOMBOBULATION by Houston Hardaway

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Send Guantanamo Bay to Texas Fear of having detainees in their state keeps representatives from closing prison

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hen did America lose its spine? When did we become a bunch of NIMBY gutless wonders? Guantanamo Bay remains open, much to our national chagrin, and the primary reason is none of the states are willing to take the detainees. Why? They aren’t super villains. We’re not talking about moving Magneto and the Sand Man into the heart of suburbia. The prisoners in Guantanamo are a bunch of physically exhausted men who have no resources. They probably aren’t even that bright, after all, they were caught. MacGyver they ain’t. Where should we relocate the detainees at Guantanamo? Texas, that’s where. According to a February 2002 article in The American Prospect, titled “Return of the Madhouse,” Texas had 16 supermax prison facilities as of 2000. Based on the description in the article, these are exactly the places where angry, vengeful Americans should want the detainees sent. Where better than Texas, a state with an international reputation for

being full of half-crazed gun-toters? Gitmo while avoiding those imagiSurely America can trust Texans to nary nightmare situations: don’t bring them to a maximum-security keep an eye on these people. Unfortunately, Rep. Pete Olson prison or a military base. Spend $5 - 10 million on building a and 19 other Texas Repubfacility in the massive, empty lican congressmen have dedesert between Fort Hancock clared emphatically that they and Pecos, Texas. This area do not want the detainees is so remote that a standard moved here, according to car radio can only pick up an article on FortBendNow. three radio stations. I know, com. They even wrote a letter because I’ve driven it numerto President Barack Obama ous times. stating that they don’t want Build this facility in the any detainees in Texas. middle of nowhere with a Olsen said in a press reone-lane road connecting lease, “Terrorists in Texas? JUSTIN SHARP to Ranch Road 1111 as its Not on my watch.” only access. Man it with solIn the FortBend article, he diers from the Texas National is quoted as saying, “Granting such [constitutional] rights to Guard, so if one of the terror suspects these dangerous enemy combatants escapes, they can track him and shoot could potentially lead to their release him before any of the locals ever find into the towns and cities of Texas. We out. Texas needs to remind the rest of refuse to accept that outcome, which would put innocent Texans in great the country what it means to cowboy danger, and we will do everything we up. can to prevent it from happening.” He also said any facility to which the detainees were brought would —Justin Sharp is a journalism sebecome a target. nior and a columnist for The ShortSo here is the solution for closing horn

Parking Money Drain The expense and inconvenience of parking seems to be getting worse

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he current parking system at system are ridiculously more, accordUTA is not only expensive and ing to their Web sites. Consider this, a waste of time, but also a pain- UT-Austin garage parking costs up ful experience for most users. The to $700 per year. Closer to campus, economy is bad, college costs are on UT’s service costs just under $ 1000 the rise and the last thing I need is an per year. I thought this news was bad extra hole in my not-so-deep pockets. until the Campus Master Plan confirmed my worst fears. Unfortunately, the current With bigger and better transit and parking system at buildings going up on camUTA is making it worse. pus every other day, space Tarrant County College, for parking cars is going to according to the institution’s be almost gone in the next Web site, offers free parkfew years. The plan cites ing which is the best news a building on-campus garages student can get considering and improving the shuttle the economy’s status and gas system as alternatives to this prices. Consider the amount move. As I said before, gaof time and energy it takes rage parking is ridiculously for a student to commute from the remote parking lot NELSON ONYANGO expensive and it is not prudent for students to spend to class everyday — if the stuhigh amounts just for parkdent arrives when the shuttle bus leaves! Commuting wastes time, ing. Even with this alternative, the plan money and energy for the student and school as far as fuel costs, employee seeks to add only up to 3,000 parking spaces in the yet-to-be-built garages. wages and class time is concerned. Unfortunately, this is not only a Will this solve the problem? Defiproblem of the UTA parking sys- nitely not! This move will just be a tem. UT Dallas’ remote parking is myopic measure that will face a lot even more expensive while the garage of challenges after implementation. parking systems in the UT Austin Why so? The university is seeking

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to increase enrollment while it seeks to phase out most of the on-campus parking options. This presents a notso-cool blend of irony and development. The easiest option would be to increase the shuttle service frequency and reconsider campus parking costs. While making parking absolutely free would be the most welcome of moves, drastically cutting the costs would not be a bad option either. Construction of garages too, would be a brilliant alternative. However, this would be a white-elephant move if the costs are not reviewed and lowered. All in all, the inconvenience and disadvantages of the campus parking systems are so bad that urgent measures are needed to satisfy the students and faculty.

— Nelson Onyango is a biology freshman and a columnist for The Shorthorn

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residents the chance to interact with other residents through social networking, Davidson said. Splaysoft Principal Brian Duvall said they built an app series that focuses on geographic locations “We’ve started with the 50 largest cities and this includes Arlington,” he said. Splaysoft’s applications are designed to give residents the opportunity to recommend areas to other locals without relying on mainstream media, Duvall said. “It’s easy to get world news online, but what about local informa-

tion, recommendations or perspectives from other locals who actually live there?” he said. “Who knows Arlington better than other Arlington residents and students?” Future enhancements to myArlington may include geographic-specific multimedia recommendations, so a user can see what the most popular movies, music and apps are for Arlington, Duvall said. “Geographic focus will be an important niche in the iPhone app market going forward,” he said. “Most of us are not globe trotters, we tend to live, work, shop, dine and follow news locally.” John harden news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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climate specific. What works in one place may not work here.” The first green roof will still be under observation when the next project is complete — a green roof on the under-construction Engineering Research Building. The engineering green roof won’t be as valuable for research as the one on the Life Science Building, Hopman said. “The engineering green roof will be more for aesthetics,” he said. “It will be on the north side of the building, which will be problematic. There won’t be as much sunlight for the plants that need it.”

Hopman explained the two types of green roofs. The one on the Life Science Building is extensive, which means that it has a thin soil layer and requires little maintenance. The Engineering Research Complex will have an intensive green roof, which will require 24 to 36 inches of soil as opposed to the 4 inches of the self-sustaining system. The engineering green roof will be more than just aesthetically pleasing, Hall said. “The overall goal is that it’s easy to maintain,” he said. “It will have a large underground storage for rainwater that will be used to irrigate the roof, it will have native plants that will require little to no maintenance, and it will utilize light shells to reduce the load of

electric lighting in the day time.” Psychology junior Bailey Bishop said she would like to see the campus utilize green roofs. “Every building should have one if it helps the environment,” she said. “It’s unused space, so we might as well make them more efficient.” For Bishop, the university’s effort toward helping the environment is a source of pride. “It’s pretty cool that UTA is the first school to have a project like this in North Texas,” she said. “It makes me proud to be a part of the school.”

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The SC opinion boards have been postponed until next week to be used for different topics. They were cancelled Tuesday because of windy weather. The comments will be typed, put into a database, used for recommendations to the administration and possible resolutions. SC President Kent Long said students against the possible changes to Ransom Hall amount for a huge number of the responses. The possible changes to Ransom Hall would replace the 24/7 computer lab with a freshman success center, which would include advising, testing, tutoring and most services first-year undergraduates would need. Long said responses regarding a possible tobacco ban were close to equal on both sides. Under education, the dialogue focused on e-books, while football dominated the miscellaneous category. The proposed tobacco ban would eliminate all tobacco use on campus, ticketing those in violation with the option to attend a cessation class instead of paying the fine on first and second offenses. SC program director Aaron Resendez said the topic that had the most comments was the proposed smoking ban. “So many people have strong

PossibLe resoLutions from the oPinion boards • A resolution that would change handicapped seating in Texas Hall so handicapped individuals can see when auditorium guests stand. • A resolution that would replace the piano in the Connection Café with a new one.

opinions about smoking,” he said. The most popular categories that followed were miscellaneous, changes to Ransom Hall and cost of tuition and books. “We’ve had to in a way censor some of the comments, not take away the meaning at all, but take away the vulgar language,” said SC Parliamentarian Marcia Vasquez. “We’re taking everything into consideration.” SC has been approached by other organizations’ members about using the boards for their suggested topics, Resendez said. The Graduate Student Senate would like to use the opinion boards to reach its constituents on topics such as parking, tuition, Ransom Hall concerns and the shuttle bus services, said Jenny Blankenship, GSS public relations officer.

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