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H1N1 in lull, but still a threat
BY JOHN HARDEN The Shorthorn senior staff
A growing American distrust in President Barack Obama’s handling of issues like the economy, health care and foreign policy, has placed his approval rating dangerously close to 50 percent at the end of his first year in office, according to a recent Gallup Poll. In the Maverick’s Speaker Series last fall, Newsweek editor Jon Meacham said Obama’s approval is sitting on thin ice. He said staying above 50 percent is critical because no president has ever won a second term with an average below 50. According to Gallup, 50 percent of Americans approve and 44 percent disapprove of Obama’s job performance. Obama’s average approval rating sits well below his starting 63 percent. It’s also lower than most of the previous presidents’ first year in office. “It’s not really a numbers deal. The numbers don’t accurately reflect the presi-
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Education junior Farah Val lived in Haiti until 1996 and still has family there. The recent earthquake in Haiti killed thousands of Haitians and destroyed the environment.
Students take Haiti relief efforts into their own hands
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WEEKLY HEALTH TIPS To get H1N1 updates sent straight to your cell phone: 1. Text HEALTH to 87000 2. Begin receiving health tips, including H1N1 updates, on your phone 3. To opt-out, reply HEALTH QUIT The CDC says to estimate receiving about three health tips each week. There is no cost for the health tips, but standard text-messaging fees will apply. Check with your current cell service provider for rates.
Day 365: Obama a year later New numbers show that the nation is divided on the president’s performance.
Vaccines for the H1N1 virus are still available at Health Services.
Just under 400 doses of the H1N1 vaccination remain at the university, and both Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge students and faculty to get the free shot. “It is vitally important that everyone on the UTA campus have the H1N1 vaccination,” CDC spokesman Jeff Dimond said. “Get that vaccine and we can stop this particular strain of flu in its tracks.” The CDC warns not to mistake this lull in flu outbreaks for having washed all hands of the problem. In 1957, a similar “valley” occurred between two peak times of a viral outbreak. “At that time, it was a very similar situation,” Dimond said. “The government declared an ‘all clear,’ as it were, so people quit taking ordinary precautions and boom, the flu came roaring back. We want to make sure that doesn’t happen.” Health Services director Robert Blum said the university has given about 1,350 shots since it first received them in November. Tarrant County Public Health also has vaccines available, public information officer Vanassa Joseph said. “There is plenty of vaccine available -- about 40,000 doses,” she said in an e-mail Friday. “We urge everyone to get
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ort au Prince was shaken on Jan. 12 and Haiti will never be the same. Shortly before 5 p.m., a magnitude 7.0 earthquake, the strongest to hit Haiti in a century, struck without warning. The earthquake changed lives on the island, turning homes to rubble and leaving people with nowhere to go. Authorities estimate somewhere near 200,000 lives have been lost, and they’re still counting. According to UNICEF,an agency of the United Na-
tions, help has slowly increased over the past week, but it is a long road ahead to get the Haitian people back on their feet. “There are not enough people to help everybody that needs help there,” Haitian-born student Lady Elizabeth Jean-Pierre said. “They don’t have much. They’re running out of food and they don’t have any fresh water.” The biomedical engineering junior is the president of the university’s Habitat for Humanity chapter, now known as Hammers
New year, old problems Parking problems continue to plague students returning this semester. BY JOAN KHALAF The Shorthorn senior staff
“I could have been there. I could have been dead for all I know.” Farah Val, education junior
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Melody Zokaie’s first day back in spring classes started with her feet in a dirt pile. The history freshman couldn’t park her car on pavement, so she parked in the only spot she could find — grass. “Parking was still bad last semester,” she said. “But it’s never ever been this bad.” Zokaie said her brother, a UTA alumnus, didn’t believe her until he came back to visit. “He said that can’t be possible,” she said. “Then he got three tickets in one day.” Most students at the ParkPARKING continues on page 3
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foreign taste. She suspiciously in the center of the food court. eyed the fried crab wrapped in For those averse to the idea of seaweed and rice before toss- eating raw fish, Sushic set out fully cooked deep fried ing it in her mouth tempura crab rolls as and slowly chewing. samples to lure in the The sides of her mouth For the doubters. crinkled and formed a menu and “I’ve got a really good smile as she devoured feeling about this locait. prices tion,” said Bill Laster, “I’ve never tried see page 4 Sushic marketing and sushi before, but the sales manager. “We’ve fried crab tempura roll had trouble keeping the was good. I think I’ll coolers stocked so far.” try sushi there more Presenters at the sample often.” she said. Waves of people gathered table explained the ideal health around the sushi sample table SUSHI continues on page 6
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Graduate teaching assistant Nikki Slack explains the syllabus to her English 1302 class outside of Trimble Hall on Tuesday morning. When the class was accidentally locked out of their room Slack took them outside for their first day of English. Slack said, “Most of them zone out during the syllabus talk anyway so now they at least got to zone out outside.”
Accident, Minor Officers investigated at 12:25 p.m a minor accident involving a non-student who struck a student’s vehicle on 800 Nedderman St. The non-student was issued a City of Arlington Citation. There were no injuries.
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Theft An officer was dispatched at noon to meet with a student at Centennial Court apartments, 715 Mitchell Circle, in regards to a bicycle theft.
With seven new senators, Student Congress has high hopes for the spring semester.
FRIDAY Accident, Minor Officers investigated at a minor accident involving a student and non-student at 1:45 p.m. on 800 Nedderman St. Two persons reported minor injuries and no persons were transported by EMS. A City of Arlington Citation was issued.
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vincing speech. Next, all SC members in attendance, except Long, voted. Liberal Arts senator Annie Liu received the most votes. She joined the executive board for the remainder of the meeting. Liu lost to Williams when they ran for this year’s term last spring. “I feel extremely honored and excited to be a part of the executive board,” she said. “When I didn’t win it last time, it made me want it even more.” Returning members left the room for SC adviser Jeff Sorensen to orient new SC members. He reviewed the procedures for authoring resolutions and conducting research on those resolutions. He also stressed the importance of a SC senator’s credibility. “Resolutions demand a response [from the university],” he said. “Sponsoring resolutions and doing research are some of the most important jobs of a senator.” Returning Liberal Arts senator Rebekah Karth said she’s looking forward to this semester and would try to help out new senators as much as she can. “We’ve got a lot of good people coming in,” she said. “We can do some exciting things this semester.” Long said after the meeting that it’s always good to have new students carry on the legacy of SC, which began in 1922.
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Traffic slowed as late APD officer is honored Several main roads near campus were temporarily closed Tuesday as the Arlington Police Department honored fallen officer, Craig Story, who died in the line of duty last week. Funeral procession road closures caused some students and other motorists to run late Tuesday, but many said they themselves were honored to pay tribute to someone who gave his life serving them. One driver sitting in procession traffic called into radio station KLTY to say that although roads were backed up, it seemed to her everyone was patient. More than 3,000 people attended the service at Crossroads Christian Church in Grand Prairie at 11 a.m, church staff reported. A pro-
cession to Moore’s Cemetery and exited Randol Mill Road. followed immediately after- Road closures along the procession route began at apward. Law enforcement from all proximately 11:30 a.m. and over the state and region at- lasted until about 2 p.m. Story was killed when his tended Story’s funeral, APD motorcycle collidmedia relations ed with an Arlingcoordinator Tiara ton school bus last Richard said in an Wednesday morne-mail Tuesday. ing. Story, who “Agencies that received 19 comparticipated includmendations since ed Grand Prairie, going to work for Fort Worth, Dalthe police departlas, Austin, Denton, ment, suffered seCoppell, and many, many others from Craig Story, Arling- vere injuries and was pronounced North Texas,” Rich- ton Police Departdead at the scene, ard said. “We also ment officer according to the had law enforceAPD. ment agencies from Story, 34, is surOklahoma and other vived by his wife, Danielle, surrounding states.” APD said the procession and a 2-year-old son. traveled north on state Highway 360 from the church – Sharayah Sherrod
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happy feet Business management senior Marcus Negron and nursing freshman Amber Smith practice salsa in Tuesday afternoon in the Palo Duro Lounge. Negron gives salsa lessons every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge.
Civil engineering freshman Ann Mai collects a blue ribbon pin after donating money that will be sent to Haiti through the American Red Cross Tuesday on the Library Mall. The African Student Organization and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People are collecting donations all week on the Library Mall and University Center Mall.
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ing Office on Tuesday were in line to pick up parking permits because they prepaid online and chose to pick them up, or waited until now to pay and pick up at the same time, Parking Office manager Mary Mabry said. History senior and transfer student Robyn Lyon’s first day at UTA wasn’t easy either. She stood in The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt line Tuesday at the Parking Office after having trouble Business management sophomore Tierra Chatmon waits in line Tuesday using the kiosk, which al- evening at the UTA Bookstore. lows students to purchase parking passes. Mabry said the kiosk was another parking option befixed Tuesday morning. She sides using regular spots. said lines were long Tues- Students may pay $33 for day at the office because a remote permit that gives students acof being short cess to Lot staffed, but ex26 — located pects today to parKing optionS near Mavergo smoother. ick Stadium For a shuttle schedule, “A n o t h e r on W. Mitchgo to www.uta.edu/ way to make shuttle ell Street, and the process The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt take the UTA faster is by orReduced-rate remote Shuttle SerOfficer Gerald Potter directs dering parking permits vice. traffic at the UTA Bookstore on permits online Students: $33 The lot has Tuesday evening. Campus Police and just pickFaculty and staff: $42 nearly 700 were present from open to close ing it up,” she spots. Facat the UTA Bookstore the first said. “It takes ulty and staff week of the spring semester to two minutes to swipe the UTA ID, re- who go to buildings east of relieve some of the congestion. ceive their permit and be on Davis Drive may purchase lines, especially on the first the permit for $42. their way.” The shuttle service runs day back. Those who charged a “I’m sure everyone else parking permit to their ac- approximately every 15 in this line procrastinated minutes from 7:30 a.m. to count by midnight on Tueslike I did,” she said. day and chose to have it 6:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. mailed to them will get it Interdisciplinary studies soon. No permit requests junior Gillian Talley said Joan Khalaf after Tuesday are mailed. email@example.com Mabry said students have she expected to wait in
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want to do as much as I can,” she said. “This is about a lot of people coming together. Even if I continued from page 1 can’t help my immediate for Hope. Jean-Pierre still family, I can help others.” Having patience is has family living in Haiti. In response to the very difficult, she said. “We’re trying to send events in Haiti, JeanPierre and fellow Haitian money, but we just have Farah Val, an education to wait,” Jean-Pierre said. junior, are partnering “We have lost some famwith the NAACP to host ily members. Some passed the Hope for Haiti Ben- away, but some are fine. You’re excited that some efit. The event will take family members are okay place from 7 p.m. to 9 but you’re worried about how to reach p.m. on Thursday them. It’s really in the Lone Star stressful.” Auditorium in the Val said the MAC. watching the news “We have repis hard to do. resentatives com- “I try not “I try not to ing from the to watch watch the news,” Dallas branch of the news. I Val said. “I don’t H4H and the Red have the heart to Cross to speak don’t have take it. I could about what they’re the heart have been there. doing,” Jeancould have Pierre said. “We’re to take it. ” I been dead for all also going to have farah val, I know. That’s singing, poetry education junior hard.” reading, refreshJean-Pierre ments and hopesaid she feels that fully some dancit is important for ing. We also want everyone to reto show pictures and talk about the history member what happened in Haiti. of Haiti.” “The sad thing is – All proceeds from this event will be sent to the people are going to forget American Red Cross to if we wait, and it hurts my heart that people aren’t fund relief efforts. According to nursing going to care anymore,” freshman Foluke Okolo, Jean-Pierre said. “This who worked at one of the isn’t going to be over toribbon booths, sales are morrow.” going well. Jean-Pierre said her struggling family back in Haiti has given her a reason to host the benefit. Shelby Weir firstname.lastname@example.org “Me being here – I
Un approveS extra troopS and police for haiti UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday unanimously approved 3,500 extra troops and police officers to beef up security in Haiti and ensure that desperately needed aid gets to earthquake victims as the world body defended itself against criticism that millions still don’t have food or water. A week after the magnitude 7.0 quake struck, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said the U.N. food agency distributed rations for nearly 200,000 people. It is a small percentage of the 3 million to 3.5 million the U.N. says have been affected. Ban said the U.N. goal is to increase the number of people receiving food to 1 million this week and at least 2 million in the following two weeks. “The situation is overwhelming,” Ban told reporters. But he said “initial difficulties and bottlenecks” in delivering relief items are being overcome and U.N. relief operations “are gearing up quickly.” He cited a new system at the airport giving priority to humanitarian flights, the opening of five new land corridors to deliver aid and U.S.-led efforts to open port facilities possibly sometime next week. In addition, badly damaged hospitals are starting to function, water supplies are increasing and more tents and temporary shelters are arriving, he said. – The Associated Press
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Central Library exhibits green themes
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Forensics Biology Junior Aamir Malik reads the One Book display that is located in the Central Library lobby. The display shows the different books that were presented in the winter.
by rachel snyder The Shorthorn staff
As part of the campus’ sustainability initiative, a colorful and flowery display greets students as they walk into the Central Library. Reference assistant Joeli Gomez designed the sustainability-themed display featured on the first floor. Gomez said the major themes included in the display are peak oil, the environment, sustainable living and Food, Inc. — a film about America’s food industry. These themes also stem from the current OneBook, Deep Economy. Freshman Leaders On Campus sponsored a viewing of Food, Inc. last semester. The library has since purchased the film and has it available for check-out.
Gomez said the UTA Library has a Deep Economy guide on its site that can help students find the resources they need on most topics related to sustainability. “I want students to be aware that the library’s here,” she said. “We have resources, and we have people who can help.” Stephanie Abeoye, health care administration senior, said she doesn’t think students should have to read a book to learn about sustainability. “It’s a waste of time,” she said. “They should get more people involved and maybe organize a freshman group for it.” Mary Guiton, biochemistry junior, said she likes the idea of getting students involved on the issue of sustainability. “The environment is really important right now with the
threat of greenhouse gases, and I think its good to change attitudes and habits about it,” she said. Reference assistant Ellen Baskerville said she created a sustainability subject guide that lets students, faculty and staff know what steps the campus is taking towards sustainability. The guide also features groups on campus working to be more sustainable, such as the Environmental Society. Baskerville said the guide makes it easier for students to find articles, encyclopedias and videos related to sustainability. She said the UTA Library is doing its part to be more sustainable by participating in campus recycling, using 100 percent post-consumer content paper, using double-sided printing, recycling printer car-
when and where
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vaccinated. Tarrant County Public Health has 13 convenient locations throughout the county that are open to all. Six of those locations, the shopping center storefronts, will close after Jan. 30.” Even students who live outside of Tarrant County can get the flu shot at one of the county’s locations, as long as the student identifies him or herself as a UTA student, she said. Joseph said getting vaccinated is the first thing county health officials would advise to university students, being both in the target agegroup for the H1N1 virus and in a constant-contact environment. “I think it would definitely be advisable,” Blum said. “It seems to affect the younger population — those would be the ones that are at a high risk.” Dimond said the virus is especially hard on people 24 years old and younger. “We’re not sure why,” he said. “There are all sorts of theories, but the fact is, it does. We’ve seen 7,500 people just since April, that have died, just in the age group of
18-64.” Blum said hand washing is one of the easiest ways to avoid spreading germs that can transfer viruses. He also advised students and faculty to cough and sneeze into their elbows and to stay home if they are sick. “Don’t expose other people,” he said. “Stay as isolated as you can.” Students living in residence halls and who are on a meal plan can go one step further in not exposing themselves to others. Dining Services director Elizabeth Cheong said when students are ill, her staff can prepare special food and deliver it to them. “The doctor will give us a call, letting us know and then [we] will deliver the meal,” she said. “The doctor will usually recommend the type of food.” As important as it is to stay isolated, even a healthy person can give the H1N1 virus to another person, Dimond said. “Even if you don’t personally get it, you could be carrying it and pass it on to someone else who has a compromised immune system,” he said. sharayah sherrod email@example.com
The display will be on the Central Library first floor until Feb. 1, when a display for black history month will be erected.
tridges and even recycling technological trash, such as CDs, floppy disks and VHS tapes. “I believe the universities are the cutting-edge of the sustainability movement,” Baskerville said. “You will be inheriting this planet and it’s important that we be leaders in the sustainability movement because we’re losing resources and have so many problems like pollution and overpopulation.” rachel snyder firstname.lastname@example.org
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Social work junior Rachel Stamp receives the H1N1 vaccine Friday afternoon at Health Services. Her mother, a nurse, told her that due to nature of her job if Rachel didn’t get the shot she couldn’t go home. “She said either I get it for free at UTA or she would drag me to Target and pay ten dollars.”
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ne thousand and eighteen pages you get sick. Medical bills can be outrathat the vast majority of Ameri- geous. That’s an awful position to be in cans will never lay eyes on, titled when job searching or paying school “America’s Affordable Health Choices loans. The health care bill is meant to Act of 2009,” has been a topic of ex- lower insurance premiums and increase health care options. treme controversy. It’s obvious the bill would not make The nation is divided, perhaps worse than during the Civil War and somehow for a perfect health care system, and its passage would result in a great deal of we need to make sense of it. College students fall in a gap when government involvement. The bill outit comes to health insurance. Some are lines that the government would work covered by parents’ insurance plans, with doctors to establish standards for testing and hospital adothers opt to take out mittance. Some call it student health insurthe “death panel,” othance, but there is a YOUR VIEW ers say it would save large number of stuTo see a video of student considerable funds curdents without it. The opinions on health care reform, rently wasted on unnecuniversity offers a visit THE SHORTHORN .com essary testing. health center where Now, before you students are able to freak out about governmeet with a doctor for free, which is a great resource, but what ment involvement, we need to rememhappens when college ends? What if ber the kinds of issues that currently you need more immediate care? We exist with health care and health facilican’t live with the notion that accidents ties. The reforms seem ridiculous and government looks pretty big at first don’t occur. If the health care bill passed, and glance, but what about the abuse of our health care becomes affordable to all current health system? Drug addicts off citizens, it would no longer be a worry the street show up in emergency rooms for college students. Upon graduation saying they need an IV. They tell the or certain birthdays, many parental in- doctor that the veins in their arms are surance plans drop children. You gradu- no good and need a “PICC line,” an IV ate from college, perhaps not yet em- that goes straight to the heart. They get ployed, and have no insurance when one and disappear. They are back to
BROOKE CURETON Brooke is a broadcast senior and columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by logging on and commenting at theshorthorn.com the streets with a new way to get drugs in their bodies because they abused a health care system that is meant to save people, not drug them. Health care reform is going to be expensive. It will always be a mess of opinions, but we can’t ignore or forget it. Politicians, doctors and citizens all over the nation are talking, well mostly yelling, but no one is really listening. We have got to start listening to all sides, especially those whose voice is small. We also have to realize as students that our generation will feel the greatest effect. We will be paying for a lot of this, not a small burden. Politicians will never fully agree on what needs to be done but a compromise is vital to the lives and well-being of millions.
Where’s the Love? School Spirit Must Increase
y boys-only high school had a pretty luminous school uniform. Every day we were required to wear red tunics coupled with shorts that had to be three inches above the knee. At first thought, that sounds pretty gross, out of fashion and brings a picture of a confused sea of teenage boys. But what if I told you that the high school administration was overwhelmed with applications from all corners of the country from interested boys? The acceptance rate was actually much lower and stricter than that of many Ivy League schools. What made my high school tick? What made tens of thousands of smart and talented students overlook other high schools and focus on this one school, despite the fact that it served the same food everyday, held strict rules and a rigorous workload? I was admitted to this high school in 2004. When I left in 2007, I had formed close friendships with hundreds of students. I realized that what made my high school successful was a strong school spirit and an unbridled sense of belonging. It was so strong that almost half the school forewent
NELSON ONYANGO Nelson is a biology freshman and guest columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by logging on and commenting at theshorthorn.com their holidays just to stay with their friends, or as we often referred to each other, brothers. It was a bond that surpassed boundaries of academic abilities and other superficial differences. It lasts a lifetime. Flash forward to 2009 and I am at UTA. In all honesty, if a sense of school spirit and belonging do exist at our institution at all, they are pretty low. Among all the people with hoodies carrying UT-Austin and University of North Texas logos, only a few splashes of UTA colors can be seen. I have never been to UT-Austin, but from what I observe, there is a strong crowd with a sense of belonging and
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spirit behind it. It is not about size and stature, but about what a school stands for and believes. My high school was not at all affluent, but what made it stand out was its focus on students and their needs. We did not always get what we wanted, but if we had logical reasons for wanting something, we got it. If we need a football team to provide a sense of belonging? Let us have a football team. If we need more dormitories so more students will stay on campus? Let us build them. If we need to maintain Ransom Hall as a students’ computer center to make students happy and feel connected? Let them have their way, so long as it does not interfere with the key tenets of common sense and logic. I am in no way arguing to give students complete control in the university’s affairs, but if the institution becomes more student oriented and focuses on transforming the sea of confused logos into one blue Maverick ocean, the situation will change. Something has gone wrong with the school spirit at the university. The sooner we spit out the hard to swallow idea that we can’t have school spirit, the better.
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Time to wipe the slate green UTA needs to take the opportunity to become a leader in sustainability Meghna Tare began her job as the university’s new sustainability director on Jan. 4. Now what? Many universities have focused on sustainable campuses in a world concerned with climate change. A fully sustainable campus would limit its carbon footprint while continuing to grow. According to The Princeton Review’s “Green Rating Honor Roll” and the College Sustainability Report Card, the top sustainable universities have shown enormous dedication to creating a sustainable lifestyle by educating their students and making changes to their campuses. The College of the Atlantic has become the nation’s first carbon-neutral college through hydropower, super-insulated buildings, and energy efficient lighting, among other things. The Arizona State University Tempe campus has the most energy-providing solar panels on a single campus. ASU’s School of Sustainability offers professional certificate, graduate and undergraduate degree programs for solutions to environmental, economic and social issues. Bates College gets rid of over 80 percent of its food waste by recycling, composting or sending it to food banks or pig farmers. Nearly one-third of the college’s total food budget is spent on local farmers and food production. Bates participates in the Zipcar program, which provides an alternative to owning vehicles by providing Toyota Prius cars for rent to students and faculty. Bates’ dining area was built to LEED — Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — Silver requirements. The LEED Green Building Rating System was designed to promote construction of and establish standardized criteria for sustainable buildings in order to promote eco-friendly performance in site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Texas Christian University was the only north Texas school reviewed by the College Sustainability Report Card survey and received an overall grade of C-. UTA has taken another big step toward getting onto the list of top sustainable colleges by hiring Tare. Next, we need to look at what has been successful at other schools to become a leader in Texas sustainability. - The Shorthorn editorial board consists of Mark Bauer, Jason Boyd, Dustin L. Dangli, Marissa Hall and Ali Amir Mustansir
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dent’s performance,” said Allan Saxe, political science assistant professor. “America is divided and Obama’s numbers reflect how much Americans trust and distrust him. It also reflects how they think of him as a personality.” Business junior Nikki Williams said she supported President Obama’s message during the 2008 election. She said now she sits with the 44 percent that disapprove. “I expected more change, but I haven’t seen much” she said. “I’m optimistic so far, but I think he can do better.” Williams said her disapproval of Obama’s performance reflects more on her disappointment with his handling issues like maintaining bipartisanship and transparency. Gallup credits Obama’s lowered rating to his handling of health care Photo Illustration: Jacob Adkisson and the economy, which Obama received an averToday marks the ending of President Obama’s first year in office age of 38 percent approval with a 50 percent approval rating. for both. The ratings sometimes are blown out of propor- Obama’s job is a lot hard- he said. “Then there are some who have incredible tion,” said UTA alumnus er, but he needs time.” Saxe said numbers and leave with Chad Fields. Obama’s num- terrible numbers.” “It’s his first “I’m optimistic so He said a president’s ber mirrors year and evP r e s i d e n t first year in office is typieryone, from far, but I think he Ronald Rea- cally the most difficult, day one, has can do better.” gan more than and it’s still too early to been critical any other pres- decide Obama’s future. of his perfor- nikki Williams, business junior “The country is more ident. Reagan mance.” ended his first redder and bluer than it F i e l d s year with a has ever been,” he said. “If said what the president accomplishes in rating of 50 percent. He Obama wants to strengthfour years is important, later went on to win re- en the trust that’s been not what happens in his election and ended with lost, he needs to look back an approval rating above at what got him elected first year. and I think he now real“If whether I graduated 58 percent. “Some presidents have izes that.” was dependent on my first year in school, I would horrible numbers in their have never received my di- first year and exit with John harden numbers,” email@example.com ploma,” he said. “I know incredible
benefits of sushi. Some satisfied students piled multiple trays of sushi at a time for consumption. Kinesiology junior Joe Bobo visited the UC food court for a sandwich, but stayed for the rolls. “I came expecting Subway, but this is good too,” he said.“You can go to a high-end restaurant and get the same thing that I just ate.” The Shorthorn: Stephanie Goddard Forensics freshman Brittany Robbins comSushic sushi is available in The pared the food to that of Plaza and Maverick Market. the Piranha Killer Sushi restaurant in the Arlington Highlands shopping cen- end places that I’ve been,” ter. She ate the Philadel- Stucki said. phia roll. With the large lunch “The price is worth it,” crowd on Tuesday, Laster she said. said that “I’ ll be Sushic was using all $100 shy of your vieW of my dinbeing the Want to share your opinion ing dollars top restauabout Sushic sushi? Go online, here.” rant in the take our poll and let us know E n g food court. what you think at lish junior O u t The ShorThorn .com Karla Cano side of food said that court hours, she anticiSushic is pated the launch of the available in the Market new sushi place since last at the MAC, the Maversemester when she first ick Market and the Central saw the sign for it. She Library. and fellow English junior Holly Stucki are avid fans of sushi and said that they were not disappointed. “The texture and taste William Johnson compared to most firstname.lastname@example.org
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