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UTA reacts to Fort Hood shooting University community spends the day attempting to contact loved ones in the area to stay atop information. BY JOHNATHAN SILVER AND ALI AMIR MUSTANSIR The Shorthorn senior staff

Military science personnel and students across campus expressed concern and grief after shooting erupted Thursday afternoon at Fort Hood, Texas. A gunman opened fire on military FOR INFORMATION other personnel and civilians, killing 12 Fort Hood Family and wounding 31 Hotline others. Some stu866-836-2751 254-288-7570 dents, staff and faculty spent the Red Cross Web site for day texting and checking on family or calling loved ones friends in the area while trying to stay abreast of the developing situation. “We make up one percent of the population of the United States. We’re a small segment of society,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Smith, ROTC’s recruiting and scholarship officer at UTA, of people in the military. “When anything affects one member of our family, it affects all of us. The scope of this tragedy will impact and affect all of us.” Smith said he and others in the departREACTION continues on page 3

Army: 12 dead, 31 hurt in attack at Fort Hood

The Shorthorn: Rasy Ran

Flags at the university were lowered to half-mast on Thursday as news of the deadly shooting at Fort Hood spread. The suspected shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, killed 12 and wounded 31 during the rampage and was reported to be hospitalized and in stable condition.


FORT HOOD, Texas — An Army psychiatrist set to be shipped overseas opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post Thursday, authorities said, a rampage that killed 12 people and left 31 wounded in the worst mass shooting ever at a military base in the United States. The gunman, first said to have been killed, was wounded but alive and in stable condition under military guard, said Lt. Gen. Bob Cone at Fort Hood. “I would say his death is not imminent,” Cone said. HOOD continues on page 3

YOUR VOICE “It’s shocking that this happened, especially since it’s the military.”

Carlos Tapia, business sophomore

“I was extremely shocked, especially since we’re all on the same team.”

“It’s scary and unbelievable, and it makes me a little nervous. Is anywhere safe now?”

Mieattra Lloyd, business manage-

Stephen Jackson, finance junior

“It’s kind of ridiculous, shooting at our own people.”

Elysses Godinez, undeclared junior

ment sophomre



Transposable elements could help species

Communication gets Channel 99

The research is part of knowing more than 100 diseases’ causes, audience member says. BY VINOD SRINIVASAN The Shorthorn staff

Not all mutations lead to bad things, University of Georgia professor Susan Wessler told more than 70 people on Thursday. The nationally recognized plant biologist gave the speech Understanding the Other Big Bang: How Transposons Amplify Throughout Genomes to students and faculty in 124 Life Science Building. Wessler

said she wasn’t always interested in the genetics but wanted to learn about transposable elements because they make up most of the genetic information in humans. “I wanted to study how an organism can survive with so much of this stuff inside them,” she said. The materials Wessler referred to are transposable elements or transposons. These elements are pieces of DNA that move around within a cell’s genome. They generally mutate rapidly and Wessler said her research is based around these mutations’ effects. “It’s a battle between these al-

most-parasites and us,” Wessler said. “They also help us, however, as they contribute to the diversity of a species.” Ecology graduate student Jayme Walton said she was glad to attend so she could brush up on her genetics and gain insight in possible collaboration with her field. “It is healthy to be exposed to things you don’t see everyday, even if they are very complicated things,” she said. Associate biology professor Cedric Feschotte said transposon research is SEMINAR continues on page 6


About 200 tickets remain for PostSecret event About 200 tickets remain for the speech by The Most Trusted Stranger in America, Frank Warren, on Nov. 11 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom. About 80 percent of the 950 tickets available were purchased by 3 p.m. Thursday, said John Hillas, Student Activities assistant director. “About half of the 750 tickets sold are from the general public,” Hillas said, “with 300 from students and a smattering of faculty and administration.” The remaining tickets are available online at or in B-140 University Center. Tickets are $5 for UTA students, $10 for faculty, staff and alumni association members and $20 for the general public. Warren runs the PostSecret Web

site, which features a collection ofhighly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, displaying the mailers’ innermost secrets. The PostSecret blog has been featured prominently in USA Today and on “The Today Show,” “20/20,” CNN, MSNBC, CBC, NPR and FOX News. In 2009, Forbes magazine listed Warren as the fourth most influential person on the Internet. Warren set out on a fall book tour to promote his latest effort, the fifth and most recent New York Times bestseller, Confessions on Life, Death, and God. The books include a selection of postcards, including some not seen on the Web site. Other stops on the tour include

WHEN AND WHERE When: Doors open at 7 p.m. Wednesday, program begins at 7:30 p.m. Where: Bluebonnet Ballroom, University Center Price: UTA students $5; UTA faculty/staff/alumni association members $10; general public $20. Puebla, Mexico, where the Spanish version, Los Secretos Dominicales, is launched. EXCEL Campus Activities brought Warren. This event will include a multimedia presentation, Q-and-A and a book signing, with copies of Confessions on Life, Death, and God provided by the UTA Bookstore.

— Arionne Wells

The public access station that played still images may begin airing student broadcasts. BY LATAISHA JACKSON The Shorthorn staff

Channel 99 was turned over to the Department of Communication this semester, and it is working on putting student broadcasts on the air. The channel is a public access station offered to the university by Time Warner Cable. Still-image campus slides play while UTA Radio broadcasts, but organizers said they hope to add student TV broadcasts. Specific programming will be decided after it is operational. Previously, the University Communications office was in charge of the channel. Communications Vice President Jerry Lewis said he started looking at options two years ago. “I was wondering if it was the best use of our resources,” Lewis said. Most campuses have academic departments over the television stations, he said. “The Department of Communication was the natural and first choice,” Lewis said. “I’m glad we could find a perfect home for it.” Student experience and universi-

ty promotion are two channel purposes, said Andrew Clark, broadcast sequence coordinator and communication associate professor. “We want to give them the opportunity to be marketable when they go out into the work force,” he said. A time frame as to when the university will broadcast programs is not available. “I would like it done as quickly as possible,” Clark said. “But we want to make sure it is done right.” Interpersonal communications senior Rodney Wright said he lacks confidence in the university’s ability to obtain entertaining programming but agrees with the benefits of on-air broadcasts. “It will help with experience for broadcast students,” he said. TV reporting classes will produce the broadcasts. This semester they produce news broadcasts for “This will be the first time they broadcast on traditional TV,” said broadcast news professor Glenn Hubbard. The university would keep up with the communication field by upgrading, said Michelle Leverett, broadcast communication senior and UTA Radio station manager. TV continues on page 3

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Students from Raul Quintanilla Senior Middle School listen to political science professor Jose Gutierrez lecture during his Texas Politics and Local Government class as part of AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a college preparatory program, on Thursday in Nedderman Hall. The students were brought in to experience a real university classroom.

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“Microcosm: The Adventure Within”: 12:301:30 p.m., the Planetarium. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors, $3 for faculty, staff and alumni, and $2 for UTA students. For information contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or



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olitical science professor Jose Gutierrez was teaching more than college students in his Texas Politics and Local Government class on Thursday. Students from Raul Quintanilla Senior Middle School, located in Oak Cliff, participated in a college preparatory program and came to the lecture before their university tour. The Advancement Via Individual Determination, AVID, program arranges for the students to visit colleges around the DallasFort Worth Metroplex. The students visited El Centro Communi-

ty College earlier this school year. “We wanted to experience different colleges to see how they are and to see which one we want to go to when we finish high school,” eighth grader Analee Diaz said. Visiting the class before graduating high school was a good opportunity for the AVID students, said computer science sophomore Jamal Williams, who is enrolled in Gutierrez’s class. “He’s an interesting professor, so it gives them a good impression,” Williams said. The students received the opportunity after Gutierrez met Andrew Goldsmith, the middle

schedule of executions. One execution was scheduled for Thursday. “Learning how many people die in Texas was important,” eighth grader Anabel Conejo said. AVID students were scheduled to attend the entire lecture but arrived late because of bus transportation issues. The students heard about 10 minutes of lecture but had time to meet college students. “There was a lot of interaction and one-on-one,” Gutierrez said. “I was glad my students participated.”

school’s community liaison, through volunteering. Gutierrez made arrangements to use 100 Nedderman Hall to provide enough seating for his class and the AVID students. “Dr. Gutierrez is an advocate for Chicano and Mexican-American students and our school has a majority of those students,” Goldsmith said. The lecture covered criminal justice and the death penalty. Gutierrez gave the same handout to the AVID students as his students. The information was about the gender and racial statistics of death row offenders and a current



Deadline to apply for student regent position today No UTA student has applied for the UT System Student Regent position. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. today. The opening is for a non-voting student regent position on the UT System Board of Regents. While the student cannot vote, whoever is chosen will act as the student voice. The term would be from June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011.

“It’s really a great position, you get to sit on the board for all the people who make the decisions for the entire system,” said Kachi Amajor, Student Congress External Relations director. “It’s like being on Barack Obama’s cabinet, but for the UT System — that’s the caliber of the position.” She said she heard from about four to

Student Congress office located in the University Center lower level or printed off of the SC Web site. She said she thinks the chances of the regent being from UTA are high because there hasn’t been one and UTA has qualified students. “I think the other schools have their work cut out for them because we have some sharp-shooters,” she said.


five students that are interested in the position and answered their questions — they just haven’t submitted applications. Applications can be picked up in the

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

Suspicious Person Officers investigated a report of two suspicious people selling magazines at 6:26 p.m. at 1002 Greek Row Drive.



Drugs/Narcotics Someone reported the smell of narcotics at 2 a.m. in an Arlington Hall apartment. On arrival, officers discovered a student in possession of alcohol and several other housing violations. A disciplinary referral and behavioral intervention team report was filed.

Senior Vice Provost Michael Moore said a decision had not been made regarding Ransom Hall. He was misquoted in Thursday’s story “SC circulates petition to keep Palo Duro same.”

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Warrant Service-Felony Officers arrested a student on a felony warrant for abandoning a child with intent to return at 4:35 p.m. at the Meadow Run apartments, 513 Summit Ave. Someone reported that she had left three children

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Sister encourages Muslim women to feel empowered Event features fashion show and speaker discusses the meaning of the hijab and misconceptions. By temicca hunter The Shorthorn staff

In a room filled with variations of pink and white, bonding took place during Portrait of a Muslim Woman on Thursday evening in the University Center Concho Room. The Sisterhood, which is part of the Muslim Student Association, hosted the event, which featured a crowd of Muslim and non-Muslim women and children. Insaf Saddat, who helped to organize the event, said its main purpose was to dispel myths and misconceptions about Muslim women.

Guest speaker Sister Aminah Assilmi, who has been a Muslim for 30 years, walked around the room and introduced herself to the guests before speaking. She talked about a variety of issues, including the meaning of the hijab. “Women wear the hijab to identify themselves as Muslims,” she said. Assilmi said she wanted every woman in the room to recognize her potential as a woman. “We must learn and we must live what we proclaim,” she said. “I want you to be proud of who you are.” Saddat said the posters located around the room represented something relating to Muslim women. The posters included Women Across the Gender Equality, Hijab in Society and Steps of Life. Interdisciplinary studies senior Erica

Gott said she attended because she is interested in learning about new cultures. “I wanted to see what is going on in the Muslim world,” she said. “I want to understand better.” The event also featured dance performances and a fashion show where women modeled traditional Muslim clothing, including causal, bridal, cultural and formal wear. Undeclared freshman Ines Nikocevic said she came to meet and get to know other Muslim women. “I really don’t know many Muslim girls,” she said, “so this is a chance to meet other females within the Muslim community.” temicca hunter


Accounting junior Caleb Warner and Benjamin Copeland, political science graduate student, watch a breaking news update about the Fort Hood shootings on Thursday evening in the University Center. Copeland was stationed at Fort Hood 10 years ago and is still in contact with friends there.

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Col. Ben Danner said the suspect was shot at least four times. The man was identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old, eight-year veteran from Virginia. President Barack Obama called the shooting at the Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening, “a horrific outburst of violence.” “It’s difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas,” the commander in chief said. “It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil.” There was no official word on mo-

tive. Hasan had transferred to Fort Hood in July from Walter Reed Medical Center, where he received a poor performance evaluation, according to an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said generals at Fort Hood told her that Hasan was about to deploy overseas. Retired Col. Terry Lee, who said he had worked with Hasan, told Fox News he was being sent to Afghanistan. Lee said Hasan had hoped Obama would pull troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq and got into frequent arguments with others in the military who supported the wars. Officials were investigating whether Hasan was his birth name or if he may have changed his name, possibly as part of a conversion to Islam. However, they were not certain of his

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“It’s about convergence, that’s where the media is going,” she said. “We are jumping on that band wagon.” The broadcast studio and the UTA Radio station upgrades required them to switch systems. “The first step is overhauling the equipment and switching over from analog to digital,” Clark said. The equipment in the broadcast studio has been obsolete for a decade, broadcast engineer Joe Carter said. “Back in the day, probably the ’70s and

chiLdren’s champion Criminal justice sophomore Nubia Quintero helps sell doughnuts on Thursday on the University Center mall to raise money for Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale. The fundraiser helps support afterschool and summer feeding programs for children in need.

ment were calling during the attacks to find out what was going on at the base. He said he was shocked and concerned about the mass shooting. The situation was hectic, said 2nd Lt. Tedd Kuchta, alumnus and Gold Bar recruiter. “A lot of us have friends and family down there, so we’re worried,” he said. Kuchta is tentatively scheduled to work out of Fort Hood after training and after finishing with ROTC in March 2010. Benjamin Copeland, a veteran and political science graduate student, was stationed at Fort

Hood and left in 1999. He said the rampage was horrible. “The lines were blocked,” Copeland said. “Best way to get a hold of someone was through text messages.” Copeland said he still keeps in touch with base personnel. He said he would wait until the situation was resolved to make calls checking on friends. Social work senior Anthony Pone, a veteran, said he thought the military deals with enough overseas without having to deal with chaos here. “It is very sad and unfortunate,” Pone said. “As a nation, we should be sticking together. These are the people who are saving the world. Me, as a veteran, I feel ashamed.” ROTC cadets have been prac-

ticing for a march from the university to Fort Hood, a tradition that hasn’t been exercised for nearly 50 years. Smith said he was 99.99 percent sure that this tragedy would not affect the plans slated for a March 2010 march, because the event was far away. Tomas Lobo, mechanical and aerospace engineering major, said the saddest part is that when soldiers are training to go to war they expect that they might die, but not by being shot by a fellow soldier. “It kind of leaves us with no one to trust,” Lobo said.

religion. Video from the scene showed police patrolling the area with handguns and rifles, ducking behind buildings for cover. Sirens could be heard wailing while a woman’s voice on a public-address system urged people to take cover. “I was confused and just shocked,” said Spc. Jerry Richard, 27, who works at the center but was not on duty during the shooting. “Overseas you are ready for it. But here you can’t even defend yourself.” Soldiers at Fort Hood don’t carry weapons unless they are doing training exercises. The Rev. Greg Schannep was about to head into a graduation ceremony when a man in uniform approached him, warning him that someone had opened fire. Schannep heard three volleys of gunfire and saw people running.

“There was a burst of shots and more bursts of shots and people running everywhere,” said Schannep, who works for local Congressman John Carter. The uniformed man who had warned him ran to the theater. Schannep said he could see the man’s back was bloodied from a wound. The man survived, was treated and will be fine, Schannep said. Cone said initially three people were held, and all have been interviewed. Authorities believe, however, that there was a single shooter. The Soldier Readiness Center holds hundreds of people and is one of the most populated parts of the base, said Steve Moore, a spokesman for III Corps at Fort Hood. Nearby there are barracks and a food center where there are fast food chains. The wounded were dispersed among hospitals in central Texas,

Cone said. Their identities, and the identities of the dead, were not immediately released. Amber Bahr, 19, was shot in the stomach but was in stable condition, said her mother, Lisa Pfund of Random Lake, Wis. “We know nothing, just that she was shot in the belly,” Pfund told The Associated Press. She couldn’t provide more details and only spoke with emergency personnel. Hasan was single with no children. He graduated from Virginia Tech, where he was a member of the ROTC and earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 1997. Covering 339 square miles, Fort Hood is the largest active duty armored post in the United States. Home to about 52,000 troops as of earlier this year, it is located halfway between Austin and Waco.

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The Shorthorn: Chris Hudson

Stephanie Goddard contributed to this story. Johnathan siLver and aLi amir mustansir

’80s, this was a state of the art studio,” he said. The department has received funding for new equipment to move to high definition, which includes a digital video switcher to change between cameras, digital teleprompters and monitors that can incorporate computer graphics during viewing. The department is in the process of buying high definition cameras and designing a network infrastructure for importing and exporting data. “The new equipment will make programming easier,” Carter said.

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Time for a flu shot Immunizations are the best defense The flu has been on everyone’s mind this year, and people are taking many precautions to avoid contracting influenza, in particular, the H1n1 strain. Health Services has administered 2,700 seasonal flu shots to students, faculty and staff this season compared to 1,200 last year. The health center ran out of seasonal flu vaccines Oct. 30. Getting the flu shot is a good precaution to take, you may contract Type A influenza even if you test negative. Health Services went around campus to encourage everyone to take the vaccine, according to university spokeswoman Editorial Kristin Sullivan. rounduP Sullivan said The issue: the campus has Health Services have had a relatively run out of seasonal flu shots, but are expecting low number of additional doses to be flu cases. She available. said at a point We suggest: the number of Take precaution, wash cases peaked. your hands often, use anti-bacterial products The last few and if you feel any flu weeks have symptoms, please stay home. shown a slight decrease in the number of flu cases. She attributed this to the precautions people are taking, including washing their hands and covering their faces when coughing and sneezing. in addition, students can get flu shots at local clinics. Sullivan said the university needs to be vigilant about the H1n1 vaccine and they expect to make it available. Everyone should be careful and utilize the warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says that flu shots are the best defense. The population most likely to contract the H1n1 strain of influenza include: pregnant women, those who spend a lot of time with 6-24 month old and 24-64 year olds, who may have debilitating disorders or weak immune systems. Most importantly, remember to go home if you feel any symptoms like fever, coughing, sneezing or fatigue. – The Shorthorn editorial board consists of Marissa Hall, Mark Bauer, Jason Boyd, Dustin L. Dangli, and Cohe Bolin

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Information systems sophomore David Hsu signs a student congress petition at International Coffee Hour on Thursday evening in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. The petition protests the possible conversion of Palo Duro Lounge into a computer lab.

You Decide SC president encourages students to voice their opinion and save Palo Duro Lounge


he impending decision to turn Ransom Hall into a freshman resource,success center must include the relocation of the computer lab located on the first floor. Our administration has a few ideas, and one that i have heard several times is the Palo Duro Lounge, on the first floor of the University Center. Student Congress voted unanimously that we feel this is not the best location for computers to be relocated, and you as students have your turn to voice your opposition. The SC Executive Board decided the best way we can do this is by petitioning to have the Palo Duro Lounge removed from the list of potential places to relocate the Ransom Hall computer lab. Some may call this effort premature, but i encourage you to voice your concerns now, before a decision is made for you. Your tuition pays for the University Center and thus your voice should be considered during the decision making process. That is exactly what this petition can do. it will hopefully show our admin-

istration that the Palo Duro Lounge is an space. With a simple signature you can add area that belongs to you, our students, your two cents to the changes happening first. if Palo Duro is lost, not only would at UT Arlington. Faculty and staff, i hope you lose the ability to study and relax that you see this space that you use to inbetween classes, but many other univer- terface with students is just as important sity departments would lose that space to the missions of your offices and departments as it is to students for programming. The interas a place to relax. Students, i national Office would lose the encourage you to speak up and location for Global Grounds, be heard as the decisions made a reoccurring event where stuthat affect you, our university’s dents have the opportunity to number one source of income. interact with other Mavericks You can sign our petition in from around the world. Career the Student Congress office in Services would lose its locathe basement of the UC, in tion that it uses for resume criRansom Hall, at the informatiques as they attempt to pretion desk in the UC, or with pare us to gain employment. one of your Student Congress The President’s Office would kEnt long Senators. lose the location to host early As Albert Einstein said, voting on campus, a means of letting our voices be heard in both “Those who have the privilege to know, municipal and national elections. There have the duty to act.” are other locations that could be better utilized to house a 24/7 computer lab, – Kent Long is Student Congress without the expense of student life and president

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ail to the death of in thinking about the way traditional Puritan to best order a society, especially coming from a convalues in America! Well, not quite yet but servative state. The policy isn’t perfect. we seem to be working on it is a bit hypocritical. it. Why go to these A story publengths? To aclished this week in knowledge prosthe Dallas Morntitution as a fact ing news shows of society, and how common also prepare for sense is overrulthe not-uncoming Judeo-Chrismon eventuality tian morality and of these prostiabsolute legalism. tutes ending up According to as corpses on the the article, the side of highways Dallas Police Dejustin sharP seems a bit of a partment plans cognitive dissoto start collectnance. The police ing DnA samples from truck-stop prostitutes will approach the prostion a voluntary basis to help tutes and ask them for inidentify the women if they formation in case they get are later reported missing, murdered, instead of actually preventing the murcomatose or murdered. This is a progressive leap ders.

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How about this? instead of making it easier to identify dead hookers, the law should be to decriminalize prostitution, regulate it and create a safe environment for what is, after all, the world’s oldest profession. it certainly isn’t going anywhere. The same can be said of gambling. Many states have begun to allow casinos as a way to increase revenue during depressing economic times, and Ohio recently voted to allow gambling establishments in places like Cincinnati and Cleveland. This is also a large part of Kinky Friedman’s platform in his gubernatorial bid in Texas. it’s a great idea. i’m not saying we should build casinos and whore-

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houses on the UTA campus. These sorts of behaviors need to be handled carefully, because they can have negative consequences on individuals and segments of society. And they are not appropriate in certain places, like next to day-care centers. But those have, and always have had, a niche in society. Acknowledging them is a step toward making a malignant issue largely benign. Unpleasant elements of human society shouldn’t be treated as sinkholes of iniquity and sin. They are realities of civilization with inherent problems that have real solutions.

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Mavs trap the Bearkats It took the team three sets to break the visitor’s streak and return to home-winning ways. By Clint Utley The Shorthorn sports editor

After losing its first home southland Conference match on tuesday, texas Hall felt more like home for the volleyball team thursday night. the Mavericks (10-15, 6-7 sLC) defeated sam Houston state in three sets. the win snapped the Bearkats’ 11-match win streak and was their second conference loss. the Mavs had a .252 hitting percentage compared to sam Houston state’s .094. “I don’t think sam [Houston state] played their best match by any means,” head coach Diane seymour said. “one of the things we talked about before this match was that streaks are made to be broken and streaks are made to be started.” the Mavs started the first set with poor passing to trail 7-12, but were able to correct their initial mistakes to win 25-22. sophomore outside hitter Amanda Aguilera had four kills on a .429 hitting percentage and junior setter raegan Daniel had 10 assists in the first set. senior defensive specialist teena sobczak matched sophomore libero Alicia shaffer with four digs. the Bearkats were held to a .043 hitting

percentage. seymour said her team needed to do a better job of getting the ball to Daniel. “If our block gets a good deflection and you’re going to be able to make a good play on it, we need to do a better job of putting a good ball to raegan,” she said. “our kids settled down and did that well.” the Mavs hit their best of the night in the second set with a .286 hitting percentage. shaffer had six digs and Aguilera put down five more kills. the Mavs had three team blocks compared to none from the Bearkats. Aguilera said her team was able to contain rallies from sam Houston state. “We didn’t let them have more runs than in the very beginning,” she said. “We said we have to ability to beat this team so let’s just do it.” Aguilera and sophomore middle blocker broke a 5-5 tie in the third set with a block-assist. that point sparked an 11-5 rally before sam Houston state took a timeout. A kill from raegan Daniel iced the three-set victory for the Mavs. Aguilera and sophomore outside hitter tara Frantz each posted five kills in the set and Daniel contributed 12 assists. For sobczak, the Mavericks’ home game on saturday against Lamar isn’t only her last home

“I don’t think sam [Houston state] played their best match by any means. one of the things we talked about before this match was that streaks are made to be broken and streaks are made to be started.” diane Seymour head coach

game of the season, it’s the last home game of her UtA career. “It just hit me that it’s coming,” sobczak said. “the season’s ending and I can’t believe it went by so fast. I feel like I was just a freshman.” sobczak, who played for seymour for seven years with club volleyball, said she learned a lot under her coach. “I was still pretty raw at that age,” she said. “All the knowledge of the game and things I would have never thought of. Without learning the things she’s taught us, I wouldn’t be the player that I am today.” The Shorthorn: Michael Rivera

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Senior defensive specialist Teena Sobczak serves against Sam Houston State on Thursday at Texas Hall during the Mavericks’ 3-0 victory. This brings the Mavericks to 6-7 in conference play.

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an integral part of understanding more than 100 diseases’ causes. “Fifty percent of the human genome is made of transposons, whereas only 1.5 percent are protein-coding genes,” he said. He said these genes were thought to be selfish as they cause mutations that harm the host, but research has shown they can aid the host or be neutral. Medical technology junior Henry Nguyen said he attended because he’s interested in biology. “I love how science works and how everything possibly originated from a single cell,” he said. Wessler has published more than 120 articles in science journals, like Cell, and is a member of the National Academy of sciences and proceedings of the National Academy of sciences associate editor. she was the eighth speaker of the Department of Biology Colloquium series. The Shorthorn: Jacob Adkisson

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Organizations focus on food industry issues with film showing The Freshmen Leaders on Campus will launch its theme for this year, “You are what you eat,” with a showing of Food, Inc. — a documentary about food industry issues. EXCEL Campus Activities and FLOC partnered for the showing.

“This is a very essential movie for everyone because we all have to eat,” FLOC student adviser Jennifer Fox said. “It really opens your eyes on how our food industry works and the problems associated with it.” She said issues include factory farming and foodborne illnesses.

“It doesn’t sound like something you would want to see, but everyone who sees it immediately become passionate and want to solve the issues,” she said. She said they want to increase awareness, because some people ignore where their food comes from. “I think it’s something we should definitely see,” she said. “Every time you eat, you’re voting — with every bite you take you are voicing your opinion.”

She said some might assume that the movie would be disturbing to meat eaters, but that is not the case. “I definitely still eat everything I want, I just eat meat that I know was grass-fed,” she said. “When you’re choosing what you eat, you think more about your choices.”

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