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Events center a go, receives final approval

The Board of Regents passed the designs and new funding structure without questions.

fast facts: • Seats 6,500 • 218,000 square feet • Finishes January 2012 • Costs $78 million

By Joan Khalaf The Shorthorn senior staff

The university sealed the deal on the planned special events center, a new home for indoor athletics at UTA. The UT System Board of Regents passed the final designs and funding structure for the project Thursday. The Regents didn’t have any questions concerning the project, said John Hall, administration and campus operations vice president. “I didn’t really have a doubt that it would pass because we had done our homework,” he said. “It’s a project that will serve the

university quite well for many, many years.” The $78 million project will be paid with $68 million in system bonds and $10 million in UTA savings. Private donations are still sought and anticipated for the project. The center will host indoor athletic events, like basketball and volleyball, convocations and concerts. The center will be about 218,000 square feet and seat SEC continues on page 3

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Business management sophomore Cody Price, left, gets hit by aerospace engineering junior Tim Hunt on Thursday during Sigma Chi’s 22nd annual Fight Night at Cowboys DanceHall in Arlington. The fight lasted three complete rounds with Hunt getting the victory.

Clash of the Titans Sigma Chi’s event brings rivalry both in and outside the ring

The university released final renderings of the recently approved special events center this week. The $78-million, 218,000-square-foot facility, which will house events such as volleyball games and convocation, will seat about 6,500.

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With six wins, Sigma Chi won the belt at the annual Sigma Chi Fight Night on Thursday evening at the Cowboys DanceHall in Arlington.

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Cafeteria set to go meatless Monday Cafè works with PR students to promote healthy eating and environmental awareness. By chase WeBster The Shorthorn staff

Don’t expect to find a hot slice of pepperoni pizza in the Connection Café on Monday. Dining Services will serve vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner in the café as part of a President’s Sustainability Committee initiative. The menu will showcase meat-free meals, featuring items

like angel hair pasta, cheese ravioli, vegan quesadillas and artichoke pesto pasta. The goal is to teach the importance of knowing not only how to care for the environment but also how to care for the self, Dining Services director Elizabeth Cheong said. “We believe in the importance of self-sustainability,” she said, “and hope to open the minds and taste buds of our guests to the fact

The room is quiet. About 20 men are in their own world, listening to blaring headphones or fidgeting around as they prepare to try and knock out one another. But as the fighters for the 22nd annual Sigma Chi Fight Night left the back room and took to the ring, the script flipped. The nearly 3,000 attendees urged the boxers on. The loudest roars came between one of the night’s biggest rivalries — Sigma Chi versus Phi Gamma Delta — even though the event only had two matchups between the fraternities. “It’s crazy watching this,” said nursing freshman Amanda Guevara, who

came to support Phi Gamma Delta. “It’s for charity, but I think it’s an excuse to fight each other.” The event, held at Cowboys DanceHall in Arlington, was set to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Arlington. Fight Night chairman David Hall said he didn’t have a total count of money raised Thursday night, but said it seemed more than last year. Charity aside, the rivalry action began as Sigma Chi member Sean Ellis battled Phi Gamma Delta member Chris Shumate. As the two entered, cheers and boos exploded from the crowd, start-

more coverage Page 8 • Check out more photos of Fight Night. Online • Watch a video of the event. • View a list of the winners. • Read more stories about the event, including a feature on a boxing trainer and statistics of all the fighters.

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“I’ll do it until I can’t do it anymore.”. ” Levi Armstrong, Sigma Chi fighter

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entertainment your vieW “I don’t believe that the world will end in 2012, people are always coming up with theories about anything” Jason Hinshaw,

mechanical engineering sophomore “When 2000 rolled around everyone felt the same way but it turned out to be another year” Rachel Parsons,

undeclared freshman

2012 film propels doomsday discussion revival According to Sony’s movie and Cusack’s character, the end of times approaches. By Bryan BastiBle The Shorthorn senior staff

In 1,133 days, the world will end. That’s the plotline for Sony Pictures’ new movie 2012, which comes out Friday. The movie is based on the Mayan calendar, and follows a group of earthlings fighting for their lives against cataclysmic events leading to world destruction.

Biology freshman Paris Rohanni said she wants to go see the movie’s special effects, but she doesn’t think the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012 like the movie says. “People always said the world will end on certain dates, and it hasn’t yet, for example in the year 2000,” she said. “If the world will end eventually, it’ll be not from the outside such as space but from the inside with human issues, like war or starvation.” The media uses the Mayan calendar to capitalize on the 2012 concept and the world end-

ing, she said.

The Mayan Calendar History lecturer Kimberly Breuer said the Mayan Calendar does not end on Dec. 21, 2012 — it is the Great Cycle in the Long Count calendar that ends, and a new cycle begins the next day. She said there is no reason to worry because the movie refers to an obsolete calendar. The Mayans don’t use that calendar anymore. “The Mayans that did use this calendar never said the world was going to end when the Great

Cycle ended,” she said. “All of this end of the world stuff, the way they are showing here for 2012, is more of a Western mindset than the mindset of a MesoAmerica.” She said the idea of a new cycle starting would be an exciting time for the Maya if the modern Mayans still used that calendar, but it hasn’t been used since the 9th century. “This idea of an end with no beginning is Western,” she said. She said Mayans think in cyclical terms, unlike the common 2012 continues on page 3

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Author Mike Cochran will tell the behind-the-cards story of poker player Doyle Brunson today. Cochran, author of the new book The Godfather of Poker: The Doyle Brunson Story, will speak at a meeting of the Friends of the UT Arlington Library at 7:30 p.m. on the Central Library’s sixth floor. “Doyle Brunson’s story is inspirational,” Cochran said. “His life demonstrates honesty, credibility and integrity.” The three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee grew up several miles from Brunson, who won the World Series of Poker twice. Cochran has written six books, including And Deliver Us from Evil, the inspiration for a CBS television movie. Tommie Wingfield, Friends of the UT Arlington Library president, said the book is well written. “The evening is meant to encourage people to read and enjoy books,” Wingfield said. “It’s meant to be a pleasant, shared experience for people who love books.” Libraries Dean Gerald Saxon said the organization sponsors many programs and most focus on authors, like Mike Cochran, who have a recently published book. “With the popularity of television and video games focusing on poker playing, Brunson’s life may have messages for all of us, even nonpoker players,” he said. Betty Wood said 75 people have registered for the free event. Copies of autographed Cochran’s book will be sold. For questions or to RSVP, contact Betty Wood at 817-272-7421 or e-mail at

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A NEW DANCING EDITION Business junior Torrence Anderson, broadcasting junior Garrick Thomas, avionics sophomore Johnathan Fullen and undeclared freshman Kavaugn Cholewinski bust a move at Club A-Hall on Thursday in the Palo Duro Lounge. Club A-Hall started at 8 p.m. with a disc jockey playing and mocktails. At 10:25 p.m. economics sophomore Brian Miller, a Club A-Hall staff member, said about 175 people attended and more to come by midnight.

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Visiting professor speaks on virtue, morals Thomas Wright disscussed leadership characteristics and ways to attain them.

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Goolsby visiting professor Thomas Wright said enthusiasm, among other character strengths, is a key to success. The Kansas State University business management professor spoke to a group of about 75 people Thursday night in College Hall. He talked about character-based leadership, the importance of certain virtues in different roles and the source of a person’s character. Wright said sociologists, psychologists and business leaders define good character in different ways. “I define character as those interpenetrable and habitual qualities, within individuals and applicable to organizations, that both constrain and lead them to desire and pursue personal and social goals,” he said. Because of character, people may choose not to do something in work

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Investigation Officers were responded 10:29 p.m. to Lipscomb Hall for a report of smell and possible use of marijuana. Officers spoke with two occupants and searched their room with consent and found no signs of smoke or marijuana use.

President James Spaniolo did not submit an official statement on the UT System Board of Regents Facilities Planning and Construction Committee decision on the special events center. A story in Thursday’s paper was incorrect.

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accounting junior, was part of the group that prepared a presentation before and after Wright spoke. He said he learned things he would need to succeed. Syed joined the Goolsby program this semester. This was his first time preparing for a Goolsby speaker. He said his class really felt like a team. Wright said hope and perseverance is key to being a successful leader. When he finished his doctorate, he started a management consultation business. He said it took him three years to start making money. His hope and belief in himself and his business kept him going, Wright said. “Who succeeds,” Wright asked. “Those who persevere.” The Goolsby Leadership Academy is a program for outstanding student leaders, majoring in business-related fields.

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or life that may conflict with their moral convictions, Wright said. Gerardo Fuentes, Goolsby scholar and information systems junior, said he was impressed by Wright’s description of learning to keep his enthusiasm. Wright said he has suffered sports injuries, which cause him pain every morning. He said he used to groan when he got out of bed until his wife told him he was “a downer.” Wright said he starts each day being thankful for at least three things — at first it took him six months to make it a habit. Fuentes said he will start being thankful for one thing each day and work up to three. “The idea of gratitude is cool because it can change your whole day around,” Fuentes said. Wright said character is a “multidimensional construct” made of several things. Moral discipline, or self control, moral attachment, or commitment to society, and moral autonomy, or acting freely. He said “moral” is the key in each. Saad Syed, Goolsby scholar and

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that there are many food alternatives that are just as delicious as meat but, most importantly, that are better for us and the environment.” Dining Services is teaming up with four public relations students — Daniel Skulkaew, Yasmin Chaudry, Violet Vasquez and Melissa Clark — in order to educate the university community about food sustainability. Meatless Monday is part of a public relations class project to educate students of a vegetarian diet’s health benefits. The students are required to create and distribute promotional materials as well as develop and implement a marketing campaign. “The project is cool,” Skulkaew said. “In the past, we’ve always had to do PR for make-believe companies, and it was always for profit. This is something that is good for everybody, and it is something that feels very righteous.” Skulkaew, a public relations senior, said he hopes people apply the Meatless Monday message to their everyday lives. “As much as we would like to see many students come out,” he said, “it would be just as well if people were to eat meatless at home on Monday. This is something that people can do on their own accord.” The committee has more meatless alternatives planned for the future, Cheong said. “You can definitely look forward to next semester,” she said. “Dining Services will have a section, or station, that is going to serve strictly vegetarian or vegan meals.” Students eating at the café are going to be pleasantly surprised, she said. “When you walk in the door, just open up your mind,” she said. “Look at it, and taste it.” Dining Services chair Sharon Carey said she

Meatless Monday Menu Breakfast Vegetarian sausage links Vegetarian bacon Tater puffs Cinnamon rolls Buttermilk biscuits Croissants Banana nut muffins Oatmeal Cereal Scrambled eggs Buttermilk pancakes Omelets Glazed doughnuts Waffles Lunch Pappardelle with Asparagus & Porcini Mushrooms Cheese Lasagna Stir Fry Crispy Golden Tofu with Sweet Chili sauce Oven-Roasted Red Potato Vegetarian Hot Dogs Angel Hair Pasta Cheese Ravioli Greek Salad Pita Vegan Quesadillas Artichoke Pesto Pasta Greek Pizza Four-Cheese Calzone Cheese Pizza Vegetarian Pizza Breadsticks Cheese Sticks


Speaker to discuss Obama’s first year Newsweek editor to talk about the president’s past and future decisions. By John harden The Shorthorn staff

The economy. Health care. The war. Each an issue affecting college students, and each an issue President Barack Obama has addressed since the start of his term. Next week, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham will reflect on the president’s first year as a part of the Maverick Speaker Series from 8 to 10 p.m. on Monday in Texas Hall. “All the issues are important to students,” said business senior Chad Fields. “The war especially has had

an impact on me. My girlfriend is a vet and served in Iraq. So it’s important to review it and talk about it.” More than half of Obama’s presidency is left and, for some students, the remaining years might be the most important. “We have people depending on Obama. Whatever he does is very important to us,” Fields said. “A lot of us will be graduating before and after Obama’s term is up and his decisions will shape most of our futures, like when we start looking for jobs.” During the last election, many college students supported the president and some are invested in the decisions made. “As young college stu-

dents, we voted for the president. We helped put him in office,” said engineering sophomore Sam Bruce. “It will be interesting to listen to [Meacham] speak on Obama, and what he thinks what Obama should or may do.” According to Meacham’s Web site he arrived at Newsweek as a writer in January 1995, was managing editor in November 1998 and was appointed editor in October 2006. He supervises Newsweek ’s coverage of politics, international affairs and breaking news. “We are very proud of our speaker series,” said Amy Schultz, Communications associate vice president. “The speakers that

MaveriCK speaKer series Newsweek editor Jon Meacham 8 – 10 p.m. Monday, Texas Hall

we have lined up just goes to show how the school is growing and is being more recognized.” The event is in its second season and is continuing to grow, she said. Tickets for the event are free and can be retrieved online.

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Dinner Macaroni and cheese pizza Basil pesto pizza Margherita pizza Cheese pizza Vegetarian pizza Breadsticks Vegetarian parmigianino cutlets Vegetarian chicken nuggets Seasoned fettuccini pasta Basmati rice with peas and carrots Seasoned corn Broccoli and cheese Vegetarian hot dog Greek salad pita Artichoke pesto pasta Angel hair pasta Cheese ravioli Source: David Ok, Dining Services marketing manager, and Dining Services Director Elizabeth Cheong

would like to show people how enjoyable a meatless meal can be. “The value and the quality is there,” she said. “It does not require meat.” Chase WeBster

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Dec. 21, 2012 holds theories about the world ending, with claims pointing to the end of the Mayan calendar cycle that day as evidence.

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years and I know they’ve gone through two or three attempts at having the project approved,” he said. continued from page 1 “For those of us that have 6,500. It will also include been there many years, academic spaces for ath- we’re so happy for our letes. Its planned loca- alumni that wanted this tion is between Pecan and for a long time.” HKS, Inc. will lead the Center streets and south of West Second Street, project. David Skaggs, across from Arlington project manager and HKS Hall. It’s scheduled for vice president, said the completion in January purpose of putting the center in that location 2012. The basketball and vol- was to create an identileyball teams currently fiable landmark inviting play on Texas Hall’s stage students to that side of and have been for 40 campus. It also continues Arlington’s vision for the years. Scott Cross, men’s Center Street renovations, basketball head coach, he said. “The biggest challenge said a new is working venue will with a unihelp with “I wish we could open versity sysr e c r u i t i n g the special events tem that has right away. many stake“Not hav- center tomorrow.” holders and ing a special many difevents cen- James spaniolo university president ferent inter made it terests,” he more chalsaid. “It’s lenging, no question about it,” he said. making sure that their “We don’t have a typi- agendas are satisfied — cal basketball arena. It’s building a cohesive team.” Next, the university unique, but it becomes a will complete construchindrance.” President James Spani- tion documents, Hall said. The university will olo said he’s been looking forward to the center’s ap- present plans for the adproval since he started at jacent mixed-use building, which is planned to UTA in 2004. “I wish we could open include a parking garage the special events center and residence hall, as early as May, to the Retomorrow,” he said. Athletics director Pete gents, Spaniolo said. That Carlon said Spaniolo has structure would total $67 made the project a prior- million. A groundbreaking will ity since coming to the be scheduled next semesuniversity. “If someone asked me ter. “There have been who deserves the credit for this, I’d tell them ‘Jim people that have been doubters for many years,” Spaniolo,’ ” Carlon said. In the past, when simi- Carlon said. “When they lar projects have gone up see the shovels go in the for approval, they’ve been ground, we’ll make believshot down, Carlon said. ers out of a lot of people.” This includes in the 1970s under former President Wendell Nedderman. Joan Khalaf “I’ve been here for 29

Western idea of things being in millennial terms. “We think of calendars as point A to point B or the future, onward and upward — but that’s not their mindset,” she said. “That’s why they laugh at this modern 2012 stuff.”

Something in the Sky The purposes of calendars are not to predict astronomical events or disasters, UTA Planetarium director Levent Gurdemir said. “The purpose of the calendar is for our daily use and used in our communication and schedule appointments,

to give some specific reference,” he said. “The calendar doesn’t predict anything.” He said some of the 2012 theories he has heard involve a Planet X collision with the earth. The theory is that on Dec. 21, 2012 the planet will destroy the Earth, he said. But, because people are constantly watching the skies, it would likely be detected if a danger is coming, he said. “If a meteor is larger than a basketball, then there is a possibility that it may not be completely burned in the atmosphere, and it may just fall on the ground,” he said. “In order to be a potential danger for earth it should be a much larger object.” He said he’ll possibly watch the movie — if he has time — but he doesn’t consider the hoaxes worth being

concerned about. “If something happens Dec. 21, 2012, I would say it is a big, big coincidence,” he said.

End of the World The movie uses the tagline “No matter the beliefs, it will unite everyone.” But, that is not the case with student’s beliefs about the end of the world. Undeclared freshman Rachel Cooper, a Jew, said she wants to see the movie’s perspective, but she has differing ideas about the world ending. “I don’t think it’s going to happen,” she said. Biology junior Sophia Vu, a Buddhist, said the movie looked interesting, but Buddhists don’t have a particular

belief about the apocalypse because of reincarnation. Finance senior Yasmine Al-Bustami, a Muslim, said she sees similarities between 2012 and 2000. “To me, it’ll be like another Y2K, where people go crazy and try to build shelters and things like that,” she said. “In the end, [Muslims] believe in a huge war, but it gets progressively worse.” Education sophomore Stephanie Wall, a Christian, said people won’t know when the end comes. “As a Christian, I believe everything in Revelation will come to pass,” she said. “I do believe that there will be an end of the world.”

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“If something happens Dec. 21, 2012, I would say it is a big, big coincidence.” Levent Gurdemir, UTA Planetarium director

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Wheelchair BaskeTBall O O X X X

sporTs QuoTeWorThy “be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” John Wooden, former head basketball coach and 10-time national champion at ucla

uTa sporTs calenDar Friday Movin’ Mavs vs. Missouri 3 p.m., Maverick Activities Center Women’s basketball vs. Rice 6 p.m., Texas Hall Movin’ Mavs vs. Illinois 8 p.m., TH Saturday Movin’ Mavs vs. Alabama 11 a.m., MAC Movin’ Mavs vs. Illinois (Women) 3 p.m., MAC Men’s basketball vs. Dallas Baptist 7 p.m., TH


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Movin’ Mavs hope for full house tonight Team looks to beat its rival Illinois after losing to them in the final four last year. By Travis DeTherage The Shorthorn staff

The drive for an eighth national championship begins today for the Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team as part of the Jim Hayes Memorial Tournament today and Saturday. The tournament started in 2008 and is named after former Movin’ Mavs head coach, Jim Hayes, who founded the program and led them to seven national championships. Hayes died on May 25, 2008. The format of the tournament is round-robin, which means every team will play each other once with no champion being crowned. The teams participating in the tournament are from the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Intercollegiate Division - except for the Dallas Texans who are in the Community Division. The biggest game for the Movin’ Mavs will be against Illinois, who is number two in the Intercollegiate Division and knocked out the Movin’ Mavs in the final four last year at the national tournament. Doug Garner, head coach of the third-ranked Movin’ Mavs, said Illinois possesses a lot of speed. “Illinois has a lot of international experience because they have several players who have played on national teams,” he said. “But other than that I think were pretty even with them.” Even though the Movin’ Mavs lost to Illinois in the final four, Garner said that the game against Illinois is not a revenge game. “There is more of a rivalry between UTA, Illinois and Wisconsin-Whitewater. Every year it seems those are the teams to beat,” he said.

“Nobody’s won a national championship in at least ten years except for those three schools. It’s not a revenge game, but a very significant rivalry game.” Freshman guard Jorge Sanchez, playing in his first regular season for the Movin’ Mavs, said Illinois has been taunting the team. “I know they have been talking a lot of smack about us, but we don’t have to talk,” he said. “We are going to show them what we are made of and they better be prepared, because we are going to give them 110 percent. I heard that they said that they are going to beat us and we’re nothing and we’re little and we are not made of anything, but we are going to show them what’s up.” Senior center Anthony Pone, who came to UTA because he wanted to play under Jim Hayes, said he is excited to get to play Illinois in the second game of the season. “It’s redemption time, after they beat us in the semi-final round last year,” he said. “Were ready, I’m fired up and ready to go.” With the second game against Illinois, the Movin’ Mavs are trying not to look too far ahead. “Missouri is not a final-four team and the challenge is to not look past them,” Garner said. “When we scrimmaged against the Dallas Mavericks [wheelchair basketball team], it was to prepare for our first game, which is Missouri.” The Movin’ Mavs players are encouraging anybody associated with UTA to pack Texas Hall Friday night against Illinois. History lecturer Cynthia Clark said if Texas Hall is filled for the game against Illinois, her students will receive 100 extra-credit points they can use to replace any low score, missed test or quiz or, use the 100 points in place of the final. People wearing blue shirts will

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Movin’ Mavs freshman guard Jorge Sanchez catches a pass during practice on Thursday. The team hosts Illinois at 8 p.m. tonight in Texas Hall.

how a wheelchair basketball game should be like, because we’ll go to Illinois and maybe there are 50 people out to watch the game. If we can get 2,000 people at Texas Hall, that would be awesome.”

get free food at the concessions stands. Free T-shirts and hats will be distributed. Garner said his players have been promoting the game. “It’s the only time we get to play on campus and we are really trying to get the students to come out and support the team,” Garner said. “It means a lot to the players if people came out so we can show Illinois

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Men’s team plans to focus on intensity

Women’s team aims to start 3-0 with home wins

Senior guard Marquez Haynes said the men’s basketball team wants to increase the excitement this year. “This year everybody has come back with a new focus,” he said. “We have some good athletes, some good shooters. It’s definitely going to be a good show to watch.” The Mavs’ season opener will see Dallas Baptist come to Texas Hall at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Haynes said this year’s team will correct mistakes that plagued it a season ago. UTA ranked second in scoring in the Southland Conference with an average of 78 points per game, but ranked 10th by allowing 74.1 points per game. “This year’s team is a lot more

unselfish,” he said. “We’re going to play much better defense. This year’s team is much more runand-gun, a faster-paced team.” Haynes and his teammates posted a 16-14 overall record last season and lost in the first round of the Southland Conference Tournament. Haynes said the team’s overall talent level and style of play has improved. “There’s a lot of faces they [opponents] might not be familiar with that they are going to get to know real quick,” he said. “We’re probably going to get more dunks, we’re going to shoot the three a lot.”

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Although qualification for the Southland Conference Tournament has been secured, the volleyball team remains focused on finishing the remaining two games of the season. The Mavs (11-15, 7-7 SLC) end their season this weekend on the road with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday and UTSA on Saturday. Junior setter raegan Daniel said the team is mindful of its inability to win on the road. “We’re going to win,” she said. “No matter what, we’re going to find a way to win on the road. We have a lot of confidence coming off of last week.” The Mavs hosted three matches at Texas Hall last week and went 2-1. The team has improved with 2.18 blocks per set to second in the conference and sits at sixth with 15 digs per set. Head coach Diane Seymour said she expects improvement from Texas A&MCorpus Christi and UTSA. “Corpus will be even better than they were five weeks ago when we played them,” she said. “We have to be prepared to defend their two outside hitters.” The players Seymour spoke of are junior Emma ridley and sophomore Jessica Korda. ridley is ranked second in the conference with 4.2 kills per set. If the conference tournament started today, UTA would be the fifth seed and would face Lamar. The two western-division teams

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Defensive specialist Rachel Sellari serves at volleyball practice Wednesday evening in Texas Hall.

split the season series with each team winning at home. Sophomore outside hitter Tara Frantz compared the team’s possible matchup against Lamar in the conference tournament as a way to settle the score. “We’re excited, it’s kind of like a tie-breaker,” she said. “We’re the better team, definitely. We have a lot of heart compared to them.”

—Clint Utley

The women’s basketball team tips off the regular season tonight as they take on the rice owls at 6 p.m. in Texas Hall. The highly anticipated, regular-season opener is a chance to begin the threegame home stretch on the right foot. The two teams are still fresh on each other’s minds after last season’s closely-contested game. UTA pulled out a 77-72 victory on the owls’ home court. rice has only played in scrimmages, while UTA played an exhibition game against Howard Payne on Tuesday in front of the Mavericks’ home crowd. The game was close in the first half before the Mavs pulled away with a 58-46 win. Although her team got the win, head coach Samantha Morrow still sought out to find the mistakes that her team will need to fix before the game. She said her team would have to execute better if they want to get the job done against rice. “We want to rebound better, put ball pressure on them, stop their guards, and finish shots,” she said. “We just missed a lot of shots early and late in the game that we shouldn’t have on Tuesday.” The team follows tonight’s game by hosting Houston on Tuesday and the University of Missouri-Kansas City a week from Tuesday to wrap up the stretch. Morrow said she is focused on the conference games, but likes the competition level her team will face in its nonconference schedule. “We didn’t schedule any slouches,” she said. “rice, Houston and UMKC are three very successful programs, but we are just excited to be at home.”

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Our world is troubled, but our outlook doesn’t have to be


sychologist Abraham Maslow classified the hierarchy of human needs and at the apex of his pyramid was self-actualization, with selfesteem right below. Beyond the need for money and big houses, value of the smaller things in life has been linked with creating more happiness, leading to satisfaction and good health. Knowing this, when was the last time you gave a stranger a little change to help him out? Have you given food to a homeless man? Do you enjoy the simple things in a life that are otherwise inherently beyond your control? Sometime ago, school children became a surprise target for berserk gunmen. That notwithstanding, you probably still dropped your kids at school the next day and even this morning without knowing whether they will come back or not. Divorce rates are soaring, but your search for a life partner still goes on. Right? Probably, you are hoping that Prince Charming will sweep you off your feet into a happyever after castle. Or are you actually someone’s Prince Charming? Maybe, even now when the unemployment rates are hitting a high, you are still contemplating buying a new home. Faith, the element of believing in unseen things, is a great component of human life and survival. That unwavering belief that things will hap-

pen as we want them to, has been the hours we spend reading for exams and anchor that created our success as the classes could damage our sanity and human race from generation to gen- health. The roof over our heads could eration. The same faith that made the give way. The thought of the bigger Wright brothers desire to transform things that could happen to humans humanity and invent the airplane. It is scary. Imagine what would happen is the same faith that makes you plan if the wheels on your car decided that for your spring classes without even enough was enough and began to run knowing what tomorrow will bring. faster than your car? Simple health is the one It makes you continue lookwish for many people. The ing for the special one, or the man, or woman, who wakes dream home, even with odds up next to you, is a gem. being against you. The food that you take for As the rest of university granted is the be-all, endwoke up to yet another day all for some people. Next of seeking to complete exams, time you reach home safely, meet bosses and attend classes, give thanks. When your kids a group of people woke up come home from school, to their last day. Fate had it give thanks. painfully planned that a few of When you begin appreus would not live beyond last NELSON ONYANGO ciating the simple things in week. Fort Hood was unforlife, the bigger things will tunate and thinking about it still fills me with the fear of the indis- not be a problem. Nevertheless, I beputable mortality and serendipity of lieve that despite our frailties as huhuman life. Even as we mourn the loss mans, there is an invisible hand that of brothers and sisters, life has to go holds and takes care of us and our on, with all its suspense and surprises plans. So, go ahead and work like today’s lurking in the foreground. Once in a while, I inevitably find your last, but plan like you’ll live forlife reducing me to a thinker with- ever. out answers, asking myself the same question as Garth Brooks asked in - Nelson Onyango is a biology his song, “What if tomorrow never freshman and a columnist for The comes?” The same food we pleasurably Shorthorn indulge in could choke us to death. The


Shrieking Shuttle Priorities The campus routes, timing need revision among other issues


The Express theoretically made it he Graduate Student Senate began talking about possible for employees in the Busishuttle bus issues last ness Building to transport to the September. To date, the Fine Arts Building or the University senate has passed five shuttle bus Center and back again, all within an resolutions. Five! I don’t know of hour. They could even access off-camany time in history that the senate pus restaurants along Abram Street passed so many resolutions related to by stepping off the Express route at the Social Work Complex. one topic, so those resoluThe Social Work Complex tions must represent powis isolated from the campus erful screams. One of those with fencing along UTA screams is related to the Boulevard so an Express shuttle Express Route. stop was a practical addiThis fall the Parking tion at that site. Office introduced a new There is no question shuttle bus route called that the route made sense the Express Route. The for the university as a Express circled the inner whole. campus, making it possible Yet, there was a major for faculty and staff to use their time more effective- JENNY BLANKENSHIP problem. The Express Route shuttle didn’t run ly because they no longer most of the lunch hour and needed to go to their cars and drive to another campus location few people knew about it as it wasn’t for meetings or lunch. Parking and promoted well. Ridership was low leapfrogging became unnecessary by and after just a few weeks of service simply hopping on the Express. Stu- the Parking Office pulled the route dents frequently have classes back and posted signs informing riders to to back that might be in buildings a use the Stadium/Campus Route. Cancellation of the Express Route half mile apart so the Express was a indicates a disinterest in reducing the welcome solution.

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university’s carbon footprint, an inability to effectively promote the new service and an unwillingness to give the new route time to succeed and potentially reduce traffic congestion. The shuttle system needs recognition as an important tool to remedy many needs and bottom-line issues across the campus. It needs a link from the campus Web site home page directly to schedules and information. It needs consistency, publicity and priority. Graduate School Dean Phil Cohen visited the senate’s general meeting on Nov. 4. While there, he said: “Individuals on a large university campus often have difficulty making their voices heard. When students band together, do their research, and speak as a group, however, their advocacy becomes more powerful.” As a group, the senate belched a well-researched, five-folded powerful scream.

The Fort Hood shooting is tragic and should be treated as such. The news reports of the incident were shoddily done; with so much confusion few knew what was going on. Different numbers and stories were being thrown at the public from all media, jamming information as fast as they could, without verifying facts about the situation. The 24-hour news networks were paramount in jumping to conclusions and reporting any information they could get as factual. What they should have done was report that it had happened EDITORIAL ROUNDUP and after they The issue: gathered the real News coverage of facts, they would the Fort Hood shooting was sloppy and report the truth. affirms how sensaSgt. Kimberly tionalistic the 24-hour news stations have Munley was the become. hero reported to We suggest: have shot at reWatch the media with ported gunman skepticism. Numerous outlets tried to get Maj. Nidal Hasan, the news out first and and was heralded got the facts wrong. by the public with adulation and fame. She was even interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, according to several media outlets. Those very news outlets have now reported that an unnamed witness has come forward to reveal Senior Sgt. Mark Todd, a veteran police officer most likely was the one who shot Hasan. Not Munley. The media has really dropped the ball not once or twice, but several times. Sensationalistic journalism is not the way to tell a story like this, but this system is applied over and over, from tragedies to feel-good pieces. Reporting a big story is informative to the public. Media and citizens alike should not jump to conclusions until all the facts are released. There has to be time to learn the truth about something so tragic that affects so many lives. There were 13 killed and 29 injured. Does anyone consider how the families of the victims feel as they watch their loved ones splashed across all types of media, over and over, with the wrong information. Please do not jump to conclusions just because a story is tragic and overexploited. The truth about any horrible incident should be considered first, if not for the reader to get the correct information, but most of all, the victims and their families. – The Shorthorn editorial board consists of Marissa Hall, Mark Bauer, Jason Boyd, Dustin L. Dangli, and Cohe Bolin

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the race is On By Bryan BastiBle

2009 Fall electiOns

Nikki Boyd Boyd said she is running for Homecoming Queen to proudly represent the university. “I chose to come to UT-Arlington because of the fantastic architecture program,” she said through e-mail. “When that didn’t work out as planned, I was pleased to discover everything else UTA had to offer.”

said Carter Bedford, student governance and organizations associate director. He said students having their Mav Express card will help things go faster, but any photo ID will be accepted. “Students should want to have a say in the best way to voice your opinion,” he said. “Voting is what makes our country great.” The top three candidates for King and Queen will be elected for Homecoming Court. In the spring, the university will announce the King and Queen. The Shorthorn gives you a look at the royalty for 2009-2010.

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The fight for office begins Monday when students take to the polls and cast their ballot for the fall student elections. Students will vote for Student Congress senators, UTA Ambassadors and the Homecoming King and Queen. The Maverick Activities Center was added this semester as a new polling place to increase voter turnout. “We’re trying to cater to as many students as possible, and the MAC is a pretty well-trafficked location,”

UTA Ambassador candidates Anita Smith Hameed Bello Allan Cobham April Parker Preaching Crunk Matt Jones Tierra Chatmon Miriam Zehaie Elshaddai Tesfaye Jesse Marroquin Brittni Allen Jennifer Lopez LaQruishia Gill Yari Gracia Diana Gallego Gerrick Phillips

Homecoming Queen

Maggie Garza Garza said being a Homecoming Queen isn’t just about wearing a tiara and waving, but being proud of where you came from. “By being a Maverick I have learned to be welcoming of others because of our diverse population and to always think outside of the box,” she said in an e-mail. “I’m not doing this for myself. I’m doing this in hopes to be a representative of the entire university and not just a representative of myself.”

Yari Gracia Gracia said she enjoys being involved and in everything she does. “I am involved in several different organizations, and I would represent a diverse UTA Homecoming Queen,” she said in her platform statement. “Vote for me, lucky No. 7.”

Homecoming King

Student Congress Architecture Ada Acosta-Cano*

Travis Boren Part of a couple running for Homecoming King and Queen, Boren said both his girlfriend, Caitlin Wright, and he have been involved on campus. “We would like to have the opportunity to represent the student body as your King and Queen,” he said in his platform statement. “We’d really appreciate your support, come out and vote for Travis Boren and Caitlin Wright.”

Business Ivy Fisher* April Parker Aliy Hawkins Preaching Crunk Aaron Resendez* Ryan Hicks Bryan Albers* Steven Brown Austin Williams

Eleanor Khonje Khonje said there is not another person on campus who enjoys being a Maverick more than her. “I have grown to love, respect and honor the unique traditions that this campus upholds, and through my involvement, I have allowed my voice to be heard everywhere on this campus,” she said in her platform statement. “If elected your Homecoming Queen … I will continue to represent this university to the best of my abilities and will continue to uphold high standards for myself, as well as my peers.”

Ricky Irving Irving said he first wanted to come to the university and transfer to UT-Austin, but couldn’t leave after he became immersed in what he calls the down-to-earth feel of the university. “I love UTA,” he said. “I feel like I’m pretty involved.”

Education Valorie Andrews* Morgan Smith* Liberal Arts Eleanor Khonje* Rebekah Karth* A.J. Elsner Brian Dotson Annie Liu* Aya Hosch

Rosita Tran Tran said she encourages students to “go bananas” and vote for her. “I’m very spirited. A lot of people don’t know UTA has Homecoming,” she said. “A very spirited person should embody a Homecoming King and Queen.”

Omar Rosales Rosales said he first chose to attend the university because of its diversity. “I see myself, as Homecoming King, as someone who is always enthusiastic about the school and willing to meet people and make new friends,” he said in an e-mail. “Also, I would love to make the Homecoming experience more appealing and enjoyable to all.”

Honors College Michelle Farrell* Engineering Genaro Grajeda*

May Usman Usman said running for Homecoming Queen is about representing the university in the best possible light and being proud to be a Maverick. “I know the history of UT-Arlington. I am involved in the current events, and I am proud to be a part of the planning for our future,” she said. “People who know me or have seen me on campus know that I donate to every organization when I can, whether it is a clothes drive, bake sale or penny race.”

Tyrone Smith Smith said he has seen the impact and changes from past Homecoming Kings and he believes now is his time. “It takes a special type of person to be so honored, a person who has to be a top student, polite, and outgoing, and someone who helps when help is needed,” he said in his platform statement. “I have learned the tools it takes to become a successful student and understand that there is an even balance between having fun and taking care of business.”

Nursing Brittanee Adams George Okonkwo* Caitlin Wright* Janeisha Mays Science Brian Ravkind School of Urban and Public Affairs Irby Foster

Caitlin Wright The other half of the couple running for Homecoming king and queen is Caitlin Wright. “We have both been very involved on campus, and we would like to have the opportunity to represent the student body as your King and Queen,” she said. “We‘d really appreciate your support. Come out and vote for Travis Boren and Caitlin Wright.”

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Thompson said, as a junior, he has had great experiences at the university. “To continue those traditions as we head into the spring, voting me for Homecoming King will ensure that your UTA experience will not be forgotten,” he said in his platform statement.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

The ShorThorn

Right: Undeclared sophomore Henry Mareck waits to hear the results of his match against communication technology senior John Nickens at the 22nd annual Sigma Chi Fight Night on Thursday evening at the Cowboys DanceHall in Arlington. Mareck lost the match. Below: Industrial engineering senior Daniel Pena, left, encourages finance senior Gabe Salas to slow down and save his energy between rounds against undeclared freshman Sherwin Sharifi, not pictured, during Fight Night on Thursday. Salas was defeated in three rounds by judge’s decision. The Shorthorn: Stephanie Goddard

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ing a trend that would proceed the entire night. The fight started as Shumate swung a big right at Ellis. With the roars of the crowd overhead, the two began exchanging blows until the bell rang ending the round. “I’m relieved to have it over with,” Ellis said. “I was just restless.” Despite the rivalry, Ellis took the chance to compliment his adversary.

“Chris was great,” he said. “I’m just glad I won.” But one of the biggest fights of the night happened outside the ring. A fight between Pi Sigma Epsilon member Devon Fontenot and Phi Gamma Delta member Broadrick Umeh ended with Umeh being disqualified for hitting Fontenot’s back. Afterward, an argument between the two fraternities turned into violence. Security had to break up a fight between two audience members and no one was injured. Sigma Chi member Levi Armstrong won his fourth

fight in his Fight Night career against Pi Kappa Alpha member Victor Armenta. He trained with Golden Glove winner and UTA grounds maintenance leader Cirillo Ocampo, who helped Armstrong and other Sigma Chi fighters, through training, win the night’s title belt. Armstrong, an aerospace engineering graduate student, said this won’t be his last fight. “I’ll do it,” he said, “until I can’t do it anymore.”

Andrew Plock

The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley

The Shorthorn: Stephanie Goddard

Above: Finance senior Gabe Salas gets ready to enter the ring for his match against undeclared freshman Sherwin Sharifi at the 22nd annual Sigma Chi Fight Night on Thursday evening at the Cowboys DanceHall in Arlington.

Left: Trainer Rudy Inocencio, right, wraps biology junior Joel Palacios’s hand before he steps into the ring for the first fight of the night on Thursday. Inocencio has trained Palacios since he was a kid and used to fight for the Panther Club, a boys club based out of Fort Worth. The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley


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