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Lt. Gov. visits Smart Hospital Dewhurst and Sen. Harris encourage students to fill the Texas nursing shortage. By Sharayah Sherrod The Shorthorn staff

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Chris Harris toured the Smart Hospital Thursday and discussed the “critical need” for more Texas nursing students

to both graduate and work in Texas. “We have a challenge in front of us, ladies and gentlemen, that’s going to affect all these nurses and all these instructors, and all of us in government and everyone here in the state,” Dewhurst said. “We are one of the fastest growing states in the country, population-wise.” Dewhurst said the state pop-

ulation increases about 1,500 people everyday and that all of them will need health care and nurses. He said Texas operated with a shortage of about 8,000 nurses in 2008. By adding jobs, the former rancher said he hopes to address health care needs and bolster the economy. “If we don’t fix that problem, we’ll be short 71,000 registered nurses,” Dewhurst said after the

tour. “Now that will have a direct effect on the quality of care in Texas.” Sen. Harris said if the problem Dewhurst spoke of is not addressed, Texas will most certainly suffer. “If we don’t have more native nurses to hit that demand of 71,000, people aren’t going to dewhurst continues on page 3

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hip-hop artist bone shot his first music video, “Homegurl”, on the UTA campus.

Rap video shot on university campus Artist Bone shoots his new single “Homegurl” in parts of the UC, outside KC Hall over the break. By Joan Khalaf The Shorthorn senior staff

Have you told your ‘Homegurl’? Bone, or Damarcus Hamilton, made his first music video, “Homegurl,” on campus during winter break on Dec. 19. The video features a flashy convertible pulling up in front of Kalpana Chawla Hall, people dancing in the University Center hallways and a teacher holding a Human Sexuality class. The video was posted online Jan. 19 and rose in popularity soon after. Biology senior Jerome Kirby said he was one of the first to post the video link on his Facebook profile. “I think all the students got a kick out of it,” he said. “I don’t really know how the university would feel about it.” The official video went up on YouTube. com and Bone’s Myspace page, but Def Jam Records, a label Bone is working under, requested the video be taken off Thursday until its premiere on MTV2, said Bone’s manager Torrance “T.Riff ” Burnett. Although the hip-hop artist is a Prairie View A&M University student, he said he decided to film the video at UTA because his school didn’t approve a room in time and he has friends that attend or are former students at UTA. “I wanted to keep it to the college and bone continues on page 2

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Interdisciplinary studies senior beth boatman relaxes before taking her Miller Analogies Test on Thursday at the Central Library mall. Boatman will send the results of her MAT as part of the graduate application for Widner University in Chester, Penn. Boatman plans to get a Master of Education in Human Sexuality from the university and pursue a career as a sex therapist.

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SGO director search goes down to three The director candidates will speak in two public forums starting Tuesday. By Johnathan Silver The Shorthorn senior staff

A director post may soon be filled in the Division of Student

Affairs, after nearly a semester long vacancy. The Student Governance and Organizations director position was vacated early last semester when Jamie Williams accepted a parttime position on campus. Executives in the Student Affairs division performed a national search to rally

director hopefuls. A selection committee reviewed more than 70 resumes, and now the pool has been narrowed to three candidates. Jeff Sorensen, Student Affairs assistant vice president, said it’s important to have the position filled soon. “[Student Governance and Or-

ganizations] is the most important department on campus, when it comes to involving students in leadership positions,” he said. “And it has a significant budget.” According to a job posting, the new hire has to have earned a massGo continues on page 3

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A Texan welcome to new students

Dedicated staffer leaves after years of contributions with plans to tour the U.S. By WilliaM JohnSon The Shorthorn staff

For nearly four decades, Wylvan Parker witnessed university enrollment double in size, six university presidents take office and buildings sprout up throughout on an ever-expanding campus. He now prepares himself for the next event in the university’s history: his own retirement. “No one’s forcing me to leave. I just think it’s time to move on,” said the 66-year-old Management Services assistant vice president and Housing and Dining assistant director. Parker was born in Detroit, Ill., where he resided for 27 years before moving to Texas with his wife,

Anita. He and Anita, who have done the same thing for 39 years, been married for 42 years, met at a I’ve had different responsibilities fraternity and sorority mixer while every six or seven years. That’s always been invigorating for me.” at Bradley University. Eric Leidlein, Management Before arriving in Arlington, Parker served as the assistant dean Services executive director, worked with Parker for of men at Brad21 years. In that ley University time, he watched in Peoria, Ill. In When and Where him take respon1971, Parker Retirement reception sibility of Mavbecame the aswhere: University Center Palo erick Stadium, sistant dean of Duro Lounge Texas Hall, the student life at when: 2 p.m.-4 p.m. campus card UTA. He briefly Open reception operation and had an office in housing mainCollege Hall betenance before fore moving to that role was the then newlycompleted Davis Hall. Throughout consolidated into Facilities Manhis tenure at the university, Parker agement. “Wyl is a real asset to this unimanaged to gradually expand his versity who has seen its tremenjob role. “People could ask me why I’ve dous growth.” Leidlien said. “He been here for 39 years,” Parker has been a big part of this universaid. “The thing is that I haven’t sity.”

BSM, area churches to host a mixer for international and local students with food, music. By ShelBy Weir The Shorthorn staff

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Management services assistant vice president wylvan parker will be retiring after 39 years with the University of Texas at Arlington in Februrary.

He described his time with Parker as a reason why he has been with the university for so long. He also said Parker was a menparker continues on page 2

Interested international students will receive a Texas welcome with food, music and line dancing at the Big Howdy party. The gathering aims to introduce international students to American students at 6 p.m. on Saturday in the University Center Rio Grande Ballroom. At the start of every fall and spring semester, Christian organizations around Arlington throw the Big Howdy party for all international students. Groups and churches come together to host a series of events to meet stuhowdy continues on page 3


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Accident, Minor An officer responded at 5:19 a.m. to a minor accident at Lot 45 on 101 Mitchell St. A student struck another student’s vehicle and was issued a campus citation. Both parties were identified and information was exchanged. The case is cleared and there is no further action.

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Accident, Minor An officer was dispatched at 8 a.m. to a minor accident involving two students at 800 UTA Blvd. Information was exchanged and one student was issued a City of Arlington citation. The case is cleared and there is no further action.

All Council Recruitment: All Day. For information contact RobertThomas Jones or Julie Murphy at 817-272-9234 or greeklife@ uta.edu Movie: Zombieland: 5:00 p.m. and 8 p.m. Free to all. Lone Star Auditorium, MAC. For information contact Angie Mack at 817272-2963 or excel-traditions@ uta.edu SATURDAY Late Registration: All Day. For information contact the Registrar’s Office in Davis Hall. Greek Life Recruitment: All Day. Greek Life. For information joining a fraternity or sorority, contact Robert-Thomas Jones or Julie Murphy at 817-272-9234 or greeklife@uta.edu Future City Competition: 8 a.m.4 p.m. Free. Nedderman Hall atrium. For information contact Jean Eason at 817-923-1032 or j.eason@ieee.org Show: Secret of the Cardboard Rocket: 1 p.m.-2 p.m. $5 adults $4 children. Planetarium. For information contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or planetarium@uta.edu $2 Movie- Angels and Demons: 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $2. Planetarium. For information contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or planetarium@uta.edu Show: Black Holes: 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. $5 adults $4 children. Planetarium. For information contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or planetarium@ uta.edu Men’s Basketball vs. Sam Houston State: 7 p.m. Free. Texas Hall Show: Violent Universe: 7 p.m.-8 p.m. $5 adults $4 children. Planetarium. For information contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183 or planetarium@ uta.edu Theatre Arts Department presents Danny and the Deep Blue Sea: 7:30 p.m. Fine Arts Building, North section, Stage 143. Free (no reservations accepted, arrive early for best seating; suitable for adult audiences). For information contact Natalie Gaupp at 817-272-5722

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Accounting junior D’ann Bey (left) and biology junior Kayla Sonnier (right) grieve during the Haiti relief benefit in the Lone Star Auditorium Thursday night for the Haitians who were killed during the recent earthquake. NAACP and Habitat For Humanity organized the event and raised $681.24.

Students gather to raise money for the victims in Haiti BY SHELBY WEIR The Shorthorn staff

Tears and hugs became commonplace as videos of a devastated Haiti filled the screen. A crowd of 50 gathered in the Maverick Activities Center Lone Star Auditorium for the Hope for Haiti benefit Thursday night. The benefit raised $681.24 the for the American Red Cross. Amidst several performers, speakers and videos, many students had their eyes opened wide to the devastation in Haiti, said Curtis Draftón, a Cuban Af-

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really express my vision,” Bone told The Shorthorn. “I wanted to tell everybody the situation.” Alumna Keke Onwumere, a good friend of Bone’s who appears in the video, said she told him, about a year ago, that he needed to push the song after everyone liked it at a pool party. Onwumere said the shoot took one day. “I like the fact that he, based on the content of the music, turned it into a schoolboy type of thing,” she said. “I think he did that mainly just because he goes to school and he’s about to graduate.” “Mr. Boomtown”, or Nahala Johnson, directed and

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rican American alumnus, in Lady Elizabeth Jean-Pierre, a biomedical ena speech. gineering junior Throughout and fellow Haithe night, several “If you can tian. Both women news reports from buy a double cried as Val spoke CNN were shown. Draftón said he cheeseburger of her family in Haiti and how originally wanted to you can grateful she is to close with a speech donate to be in America. about ways to help “This is all for a Haiti, but instead Haiti.” good cause, we’re said he realized how spreading the the videos had af- Ryan Cordero, word,” Val said. fected the audience music theory composition Even though enough. freshman the show didn’t Farah Val, an edstart on time ucation junior and due to technical Haitian, closed the night with a speech with difficulties, the night ran

smoothly as all 10 acts ran back to back, Val said. “As fast as we put all this together, I’m surprised many people came,” she said Some of the performances were dances by the Ambassadors for Christ and a song by Ryan Cordero, music theory composition freshman. “If you can buy a double cheeseburger you can donate to Haiti,” Cordero said before performing.

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edited Bone’s video. Johnson has worked with Slim Thug, Gucci Mane, T-Pain, Mya and Rick Ross. Johnson is also a former editor and producer for the Dallas Cowboys Television Production Company, Silverstar Network. Johnson couldn’t be reached by press time. The university reviewed and approved a request to use the UC Guadalupe Room, but once the video production spilled into other parts of the building, UC staff asked them to finish and leave, said university spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan. “They filed an appropriate request,” she said. “What happened was, during the videotaping, they spilled out from the room, which was not part of the agreement.” Bone is signed with Citi

Under Siege, Redzone and Def Jam. The Texas native has been in the industry since he was 15, but rapping since he was 7. He said he expects good things in his career.

“We’re in the process of taking this worldwide,” he said.

noticed the increase of school spirit and housing. Under his direction, the university achieved its goal of increasing its housing to cover 15 percent of the student body, the same amount as UT-Austin. “When I first came here, the campus would be dead in the afternoon.” Parker said. “There is more of a collegiate

environment around campus now. You can see blue and orange UTA shirts all around. When I first started, that didn’t happen.” Parker’s goals after retirement include visiting every state in America, half of them remain on his list. He also wants to visit every presidential library and spend more

time with his two sons. The aspect of the university that he will miss most is the interaction with the students. “I think it’s time to see what others can do,” Parker said. “I’ve done all that I can here.”

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dents, said Joanna Jespersen, Baptist Student Ministry international ministry coordinator. “This is a way for the Christian community to say ‘hello’ and ‘welcome’ to students who have flown from all over the world to come to school here,” she said. BSM is one of the organizations who helps coordinate the event. Some of the other groups involved in the planning include International Student Incorporated, University Catholic Community and the Salvation Army along with several local churches. Some things planned for the party include free food, music, line dancing and Bhangra Dancing, which is a type of Indian dancing. “We have huge tables lined up with all sorts of food,” Jespersen said. “Typically, we wait another hour and a half to two hours before we start entertainment. We have a lady who comes out to teach line dancing as well.” Big Howdy isn’t just about the party though, BSM Direc-

Admission: Free, along with free food Where: University Center Rio Grande Ballroom When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday

tor Gary Stidham said. “The party is the last event in a series of services to help internationals,” he said. “We have furniture garage sales, airport pick-ups, Wal-Mart caravans and in the fall we did a tour of Fort Worth.” Electrical engineering graduate student Alan Pereira said he’ll remember the line dancing as soon as the music comes on. He said he also made friends when he attended the event last year. Building those friendships is important, Jespersen said. “When internationals come here, they don’t know where to go, what to do or where to find stuff,” she said. “We’re on the other side of it and we see this need that they have, so we can reach out and help the students.” Shelby weir news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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nice view Senior Tonya Free and Junior Stephen Tyler Howell act in a dramatic scene from the play, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea on Thursday evening in the Fine Arts building. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Stage 143. Admission is free.

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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Carolyn L. Cason, professor and associate dean for research, go through some features of a simulated mannequin Thursday in the Smart Hospital. The Lt. Gov. toured the Smart Hospital to find out the effectiveness of the program. He said that a strong health industry is vital to our economy.

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come to Texas. If they can’t get health care, they’re not going to come,” he said. Dewhurst’s interim charges, released last week, include addressing nursing shortages. Interim charges are topics that legislators are to be reviewing and researching now, in preparation for the next legislative session. “If there is one theme in the 159 interim charges that I put out last week, it is creating more jobs,” Dewhurst said. Nursing senior Cynthia Castaneda said she enjoyed meeting the officials. She said having state-of-the-art facilities such as the Smart Hospital, which houses 60 simulated patients, is allowing her to be more equipped to enter the workforce upon graduation. “The more they have here, the more experience we can get and the more prepared we will be,” she said. Investing in health professionals and reducing shortages in nursing could help Texas recover from the economic slump most of the country finds itself in, De-

whurst said. “I’m pleased that Texas was probably one of the last states into the recession. We want to make sure we’re one of the first states out,” the native Texan said, saying that addressing the critical need of nursing shortages should help against the recession. Harris, whom Dewhurst mentioned advocated for UTA in the past, will submit reports to the lieutenant governor this fall about the issues in Dewhurst’s interim charges before the next legislative session. Elizabeth Poster, School of Nursing dean, and Caroyln Cason, School of Nursing associate dean for research, gave the tour through the Smart Hospital and said they were glad Dewhurst and Harris could come and see how the funding they’ve supported is impacting UTA. President James Spaniolo agreed. “The Smart Hospital and what we’re doing in the school of nursing is outstanding—I think the wave of the future—and we’re happy to share that with the Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst,” Spaniolo said. Sharayah Sherrod news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

ter’s degree in Higher Education, Student Personnel or a related field. Preferred qualifications include budget and planning experience and implementing and evaluating student programs. Sorensen didn’t reveal candidates’ names, in case they didn’t want to be identified before officially visiting the campus to deliver a pitch before a public assembly. He said people should attend the open forums to find out who the candidates are. One candidate, Apartment Life director Molly Albart, spoke at an open forum in the Student Congress chambers Thursday afternoon. SC recording secretary Annie Liu said Williams was a friendly and an available director, and wants the next one to follow suit. “[As SGO director], you’re dealing with students constantly,” she said. “And if you’re working in that kind of environment, you definitely have to have passion for student life.” SC president Kent Long said he would give campus tours to the other two candidates upon their arrivals. SGO offices are very student-friendly, and the next director should have the similar characteristics, he said. After all the candidates have spoken a new director will be chosen with input from surveys handed out during their talks. The candidates will speak in an open forum in the SC chambers at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.26, and on Thursday, Jan. 28. Johnathan Silver news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

neXt candidate viSitS When 2nd candidate: Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 2:10 p.m. 3rd candidate: Thursday, Jan. 28 at 2:10 p.m. Where: The Student Congress chambers

firSt candidate Molly Albart told a crowd of about 30 people Thursday why she should be the next Student Governance and Organizations director. She said she enjoys working in her current position as Apartment Life director, but thought it was time to move forward, which is also what she would like to do with the office of SGO director. “I never saw myself doing that forever,” Albart said about her past student housing jobs, which also includes being a former Trinity Hall director. An officer Molly Albart, Apart- training ment Life director camp, a workshop series and executive board roundtable discussions were some of the things she called for during her speech. When asked what her biggest challenge would be should she become director, Albart said it would be her lack of experience with the SGO office. She said her first tasks as director would be catching up. “I have a lot of learning to do and will depend on the staff,” she said. Multicultural Affairs director Leticia Martinez asked questions after Albart’s talk. Martinez said she and other professional staff, who will be the next SGO director’s colleagues, are not allowed to comment on how the candidates performed at the forums. “[The SGO director] should be someone who is able to build positive relationships with students as well as fellow colleagues within the division as well as campus stakeholders in the university and the community,” she said.

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Send a Text, Save a Life Helping Haiti is Accessible to Students Our neighbors are hurting. They need help and, as fellow humans, we need to give it to them. Ten days have passed since a 7.0 earthquake decimated the Haitian capitol, Port-au-Prince. Officials are estimating that up to 200,000 people have already died and 250,000 are injured, but the story doesn’t end there. It is estimated that 1.5 million people are now homeless and 3 million are in need of food. According to a The Associated Press article, Haitians are dying in hospitals from lack of adequate supplies. Not everyone can help physically, but funds can move mountains. Several avenues are available to make donations, but it can sometimes be difficult to find out how to donate and which charities are trustworthy. Text messaging has made donating to this crisis much simpler. Texting the word “Haiti” to 90999 automatically donates $10 to the American Red Cross for relief efforts. As of Tuesday, $24 million had been donated through the program. The African Student Organization is selling Haiti Relief Ribbons at the University Center mall and Central Library mall until 2 p.m. today. The ribbons are $1 and all proceeds will be sent to the American Red Cross. Bungie, the company behind the video game franchise Halo, has pledged all profits from online purchases of their products to the American Red Cross to assist Haiti. Bungie states on their Web site that the donations will not apply to third party products because they make little profit from it. Bungie has also designed a special shirt called, “Be a Hero” for the relief effort. It’s vital to consider where money you give is going. Online frauds have been reported. Some charities do not earmark all of the funds, or they are just looking to profit from this disaster. Web sites like www.charitynavigator.org or www.networkforgood.org provide links to reputable charities. People are dying. Now is the most important time to stand up and help. And it’s not hard to do. Give up a $5 coffee for two days and send a text message. Get water instead of an energy drink and buy a ribbon. Buy a Halo shirt. If most university students gave $1, more than $25,000 would be donated. How is that for making a difference?

REMEMBER The Shorthorn invites students, university employees and alumni to submit guest columns to the Opinion page. Friday, January 22, 2010

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he semester has arrived, the campus is back in swing and freshmen who survived their first tour find themselves back on the frontlines. Freshmen remain at the bottom of the classification food chain, but they are not the new recruits they were last semester. In the battle for academic survival, they have earned their YOUR first stripes on their VIEW way to the Medal of Honor that is graduGo online ating. While they are to theshortfreshmen, they have horn.com to been promoted to the see a video rank of veteran freshof students men. expressing Second semester their opinstudents have been ions on being through the fog of a freshman orientation, they have felt the shell shock of first tests and they survived the trench warfare that is finals week. There are those who were not prepared for the stressful workload and others who excelled beyond their own expectations. But whether they hit the ground running or land on their face, a new semester offers a chance to learn from experience. It is time to earn the upperclassmen’s respect and

JACOB BECKER Jacob is a history freshman and columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at theshorthorn.com.

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not to make the mistakes of the “green” freshmen that join you this semester. Despite high school rumors, you have learned that you have to go to class. This is especially important to remember for those who walked tall when grades came out this last winter. Veteran freshmen cannot get caught in the trap of false confidence. It would be a shame to see GPAs feel the fall that follows pride. Remember to manage your time. Although it may be a college cliché, few take it to heart until it is too late. Many may have gone into the fall with an itemized calendar of their time but quickly threw it out the window when the stress bullets started flying. The key this semester is to be reasonable with yourself. Do not make perfect

goals and break them, rather set reasonable goals and achieve them. It doesn’t matter if you slid by or aced your way through. Unlike entering freshmen, you know what worked and what didn’t. The campus is no longer new, so talk with friends about studying and use the campus assets of tutoring, such as the Writing Center and Math Clinic, to your advantage. Additionally, you can seek personal mentoring services through the UTA Hosts peer mentoring program. This semester brings you back to the fight with a little limp in your walk and a little salt in your talk. Keep your head up, soldier, and we might all make it out of here alive. Take up your textbooks and your pens and show the campus you belong.

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Students deserve a specific time frame for football discussion DISCOMBOBULATION by Houston Hardaway

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resident James Spaniolo said in a Jan. 20, 2005 statement that he would reexamine the possibility of a university football team within five years, not just a football club. “With respect to football, by far the most expensive and complex of any intercollegiate sport, I will defer any decision for now; however, I am committed to taking a fresh and comprehensive look at football for UTA within five years,” Spaniolo had said. Today is Jan. 22, 2010 and we haven’t received any word on football. Spaniolo has had other things on his mind. First being the nearly-begun construction of the special events center. Second being the university achieving Tier One status. In a meeting with The Shorthorn last semester, Spaniolo said any decision made about football would have to take a backseat to the completion of the SEC. With groundbreaking scheduled for this semester and a completion date set for

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CLINT UTLEY Clint is a journalism senior and sports editor for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at theshorthorn.com. early 2012, it looks like football is still on the bench. The basketball and volleyball teams deserve a proper arena that will serve as home court. But students deserve something that will give them an exact time frame for when the idea of football will be revisited. After the SEC is completed, will football become a priority? Tier One status has been a hot topic for quite a while

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and will undoubtedly become a primary issue when the SEC is able to host Southland Conference tournaments for basketball and volleyball. Will the pursuit of Tier One delay a decision considering football? One of the major advantages the SEC will give UTA is a boost in recruiting. Men’s basketball head coach Scott Cross said in a previous Shorthorn article that, “Not having a special events center made it more challenging, no question about it.” With a chance to lure premiere athletes to Arlington, a recruiter on campus could be more receptive to our school’s pitch by hearing, “Our president has just reinstated football, so we’ll have a team next year when you get here.” Now that Jerry Jones has landed his spaceship in Arlington and TCU has made national news with its football program, it’s time for UTA to produce its own football news. Even if it is to say, “Give us another five years.”

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on a three-game winning streak. Cross said sHsU is a top team in the conference. “they’re probably either the first or second most talented team in the league,” By Clint Utley he said. “We definitely have The Shorthorn sports editor to out-hustle them to have a chance to win the game.” senior guard Marquez After losing to stephen F. Austin state on Wednesday Haynes said that he and night, men’s basketball head Long have explained to the coach scott Cross started younger players how to hanhis practice thursday with dle the team’s rough start in “championship condition- the conference schedule. “You’re never out of it,” he ing.” “It’s not the 1-3 that I’m said. “I told them the story concerned about,” Cross about when I was at [Bossaid of his team’s southland ton College] we started 0-3 Conference record. “We lost in conference and ended up the hustle points [Wednes- finishing second to Duke that same year.” day] night.” “they aren’t handing out He said championship trips to the NCAA conditioning tournament right is a standard When anD Where now. It’s about getthing they When: Saturday 7 p.m. ting better every do. day, especially “Depend- Where: Texas Hall when it comes time ing on how for that confermany we get out-rebounded, that’s how ence tournament, that we’re many sprints we do,” he said. clicking on all cylinders.” the Mavs will be withthe Mavericks were out-rebounded 38-29 by out senior forward tommy the ‘Jacks, so they did their Moffit and possibly junior fair share of running dur- forward trey parker. Mofing practice. Between each fit has a broken foot and set of full-court sprints, the hasn’t played since Dec. 4. team practiced its jump- parker injured his knee in Wednesday night’s game shooting and free throws. senior guard Brandon against sFA. Cross said the team won’t Long said he is accustomed to the sprints and that they have much room for mishelp simulate a late game takes against sHsU. “We don’t have a big marsituation when a player’s gin for error, especially with legs get tired and heavy. Cross’ team will get a tommy still down and trey chance to put this practice went down in the second time to work at 7 p.m. sat- half,” he said. urday night when it hosts sam Houston state at texas Hall. the Bearkats (11-5, Clint Utley sports-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu 3-0 sLC) come to Arlington

senior guard Meghan Nelson helped UtA by posting a career-high 33 points to lead her team to its highest point total this season with an 85-79 win against stephen F. Austin state on Wednesday night. the Mavericks will meet sam Houston state on saturday in Huntsville, texas. the Mavericks will try to post back-to-back wins and get above .500 in conference play. sam Houston state is last in the southland Conference in scoring defense and 11th in field goal percentage defense. sHsU has an overall record of 4-11 and a conference record of 1-2. sHsU is also win-less at home and was on an eight-game losing streak before the streak was broken with an 85-81 win over texas state on Wednesday. Head Coach samantha Morrow said the players have to have a positive attitude to keep themselves in the win column. “they have to make sure that their teammates come to practice tomorrow and work and get better because its not going to get any easier,” she said. “We can’t win against stephen F. Austin and turn around and lose saturday, because then it’s kind of a wash.” Nelson, who is the third-leading scorer in the sLC, isn’t the only UtA player having a successful season. Junior forward shalyn Martin has had six double-doubles this season and is fifth in rebounding in the sLC, averaging 8.6 rebounds a game. the Mavericks have been dominant in this series, winning 14 straight over sHsU dating back to the 2001-2002 season.

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In the southland Conference tournament last spring, the UtA men’s tennis team made an early exit in the first round, losing 1-4 to southeastern Louisiana. the 2009 season overall record of 9-13 doesn’t exactly describe last year’s team, head coach Diego Benitez said. “We had a lot of freshmen,” Benitez said. “the team was good. But I like to schedule the best matches for my team so we can get ranked.” this year the men’s team is more prepared and equipped with a full roster as they prepare to battle in the sLC, sophomore Jason Lateko said. In addition to the seven players returning, UtA’s new recruits of freshmen paul Amri, Yauheni Yakauleu and Giacomo sano are sure to help the team, assistant coach Marco Matteucci said. Lateko says it’s good to have a full roster. “With more players, there’s more competition,” he said. “It creates more closeness between us.” the team had great success luring Yakauleu to UtA, who

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was a top junior player from Belarus, Benitez said. “We are very fortunate to have him,” he said. “He can be inserted anywhere in the lineup for us.” Along with Yakauleu, Giacomo sano from Aragua, Venezuela, brings a good work ethic to UtA, Benitez said. “Especially for a freshman, he cares a lot about the team,” Benitez said. “He pushes himself to the next level and it shows. He’s got a lot of heart.” the Mavs have high hopes this season, including winning the sLC title. “the men’s team will have a pretty good shot,” Matteucci said. “they had a strength and conditioning coach [Kathy Wagner] who gave them a workout plan during the break.” the workout plan included circuit training, as well as aerobic and anaerobic exercises. the NCAA has penalized texas A&M-Corpus Christi

from postseason play, giving the Mavs an increased chance at the sLC title. tAMCC is one of UtA’s biggest challenges every season. since 2005, UtA has a five-game losing streak against the Islanders. However, the Mavs first test of the season will be against a local foe, No. 38 ranked tCU on sunday at 2 p.m. at the tennis Center. When Benitez was asked, in anticipation for the upcoming match up against tCU, on sunday he replied, “they are ranked because they played ranked teams.” “For men by men, there is no obstacle for us beating them.” since 2003, the Mavs have been on a six-game losing streak against tCU. the two teams didn’t play last year due to cancelation.

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