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A somber journey though history

PARKING

Save time by using shuttle The UTA Shuttle Service operates free to students, faculty, staff and visitors Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. BY SHARAYAH SHERROD The Shorthorn staff

While throngs of drivers played vehicular musical chairs in parking lots Thursday, Erika Ware relaxed under the

cover of the shuttle stop, waiting for her peaceful ride to school. “I’d rather just take the trolley than waste my gas or try to fight for a parking spot,” the kinesiology junior said as she waited for the shuttle by Maverick Stadium where she parked her car. She said taking the shuttle is quick, easy and a good option for students, especially with the special events center

Students look at different aspects of black history as part of A Crystal Stair: “Journey Through Oppression.”

construction drawing closer. The UTA Shuttle Service operates at no charge to students, faculty, staff and visitors Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. “I’m surprised more people don’t ride the trolley,” Ware said. “It’s pretty quick because it’s every 15 minutes. It may be PARKING continues on page 6

FINDING THEIR WAY

BY DUSTIN L. DANGLI The Shorthorn news editor

It began with a slave being sold on a podium. Business finance freshman Chris Cheek, dressed in tattered clothes and ripped jeans, was the first sight for students walking through a gauntlet of black oppression. Psychology senior Chassidy Young said seeing Cheek portray a slave on sale set the somber tone right for the second Black History Month event on campus. The African Student Organization, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People UTA chapter and Black Student Association collaborated to put together A Crystal Stair: “Journey Through Oppression.” Cheek said he was uncomfortable about playing a slave but decided it was worth it for people to see the value of human life. The event had visitors walk through a path that showcased three segments of black oppression in history. The eras were the Ku Klux Klan and the Lynching Era, Jim Crow and The Little Rock Nine, and police brutality and the L.A. race riots. The event flowed in chronological order, all were major times that defined black oppression. Carla Christle, NAACP UTA chapter president, said the groups chose the time periods for various reasons. The first was for people’s lack

University Corps of Cadets learn the ropes of land navigation during a lab at River Legacy Park.

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Top left: Cadets took a written exam to prepare themselves for land navigation in College Hall Thursday afternoon. History senior Travis Hallman announces the time is up for cadets to find their given plot points Thursday evening at River Legacy Park. Cadets were given a map and compass and required to find five locations within the woods of River Legacy.

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Kinesiology senior Ijeoma Onwuchekwa is a victim to the Ku Klux Klan during a re-enactment performed for Black History Month on Thursday. The African Student Organization drama team demonstrated the oppression of African-Americans during the Lynching Era, when groups such as the Ku Klux Klan killed over 2,000 people.

sing only maps, compasses and protractors, cadets trudged through mud and under dripping branches in River Legacy Park Thursday. Some had pants soaked up past their knees from puddles. Others were mudstained. Despite the cold and rainy weather throughout most of the day, the Corps of Cadets held their first land navigation lab at the northern Arlington park from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The cadets put to practice the map-reading skills and techniques they learned in class, making the move

from classwork to field training. Seniors plotted points on three different courses for the freshman, sophomore and junior cadets to locate with only a map and basic navigational tools. Water and first aid were available throughout the lab. Earl Thomas Simpson, junior cadet staff sergeant, who participated in one of the courses, said he was positive about the experience in spite of the cold and rain. “If we can learn how to find points even

“I haven’t done this before. Now I’m getting my feet wet.” Louie Glanton, Senior Battalion S3

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STORY BY ALYSIA R. BROOKS | PHOTOS BY AISHA BUTT

CRIME

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Five bicycles reported stolen

Tickets for Magic Johnson’s speech are sold out

The thefts occurred during the first three weeks of the semester, and police urge students to register their bikes. BY CHASE WEBSTER The Shorthorn staff

Five bicycles have been reported stolen on campus within the first three weeks of the semester, according to UTA Police. Three of the bikes were reported stolen from bike racks outside of student dorms, one was reported stolen from the bike rack outside of the health center, and one was reported missing after the student returned from winter break. None of the five bicycles have yet to be recovered. Assistant Police Chief Rick Gomez said none of the bikes

were properly secured. Gomez said recovered bikes are usually found in pawnshops after the thief has sold them. He said not everyone on campus is affiliated with the university, and it doesn’t take much to steal a bike. “Students should make sure they are locking their bikes with suitable locks,” he said. “Lock your bike to a fixed object and the odds of it getting stolen go down.” Electrical engineering freshman Colton Sessler said he had his first bike stolen in November when it was locked to a bike rack outside Trinity Hall. He said the theft would not have happened if he had a better lock. “People warned me that someone could THEFTS continues on page 6

Tickets for Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s Sullivan said an autograph or bookFeb. 11 speech have sold out. signing portion isn’t planned The free tickets, which are with the speech. required for most Maverick She said the university has Speaker Series speeches, had all seen other speakers and events been called for earlier this week, sell out within four weeks like university spokeswoman Kristin Johnson’s, and it shows how imSullivan said. portant events like this are for Johnson will be speaking to the community. a full Texas Hall, which houses Tickets for the next speakers 2,700 seats. in the series are still available. “He’s a popular speaker, and Earvin “Magic” Sally Ride, the first American people want to hear what he has Johnson woman in space, will speak on to say,” Sullivan said. Feb. 15 followed by legal analyst The NBA Hall of Famer will Jeffrey Toobin on March 24. speak about his book 32 Ways to Be a Champion in Business, and copies will be available for purchase. – Dustin L. Dangli


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TODAY Mostly cloudy • High 56°F • Low 36°F Greek Life Recruitment: All Day. For information, contact Robert-Thomas Jones or Julie Murphy at 817-272-9234 or greeklife@uta.edu Art Exhibition in The Gallery at UTA: Robert Grame and Robert Hower: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. The Gallery at UTA. For information, contact Patricia Healy at 817-2725658 or phealy@uta.edu Go Red for the Cure Heart Awareness: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. University Center Palo Duro Lounge. For information, contact Nekima Booker at 817-272-2716 or nekimab@uta. edu Extracting Constitutive Parameters: the Virtual Fields Method: 1:30-2:30 p.m. Free. 105 Nedderman Hall. For information, contact Debi Barton at 817-272-2500 or dbarton@uta.edu International Spouses Club: 1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. For information, contact Lauren Cutcher at lcutcher@uta.edu

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CHESS MEN Chemistry senior lecturer Jimmy Rogers captures computer science freshman Victor Guereca’s pawn Thursday afternoon while playing with the Maverick Chess Club. The club meets at noon every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in the upper University Center.

SCIENCE

Math department hosts high school calculus competition Math chair says the event helps draw in future students and stimulates current ones. BY JUSTIN SHARP The Shorthorn staff

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PERSONAVACATION by Thea Blesener

High school students from 28 area schools will compete in the 10th annual UT Arlington Calculus Bowl today. The competition takes place in 110 Pickard Hall. Each school is allowed to send one team of three to five members to participate in the competition. It is a playoff game format in which multiple choice pre-calculus and calculus questions will be displayed one at a time on a computer projection system. Six preliminary rounds, consisting of 25 multiple choice questions,

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will be run two at a time in two separate rooms in Pickard Hall. The first-place team from each round will advance to the final round, along with two randomly selected wild cards from second place teams. The top two teams and their schools will be awarded medals and trophies, but all participants will leave with prizes, including a UT Arlington Calculus Bowl shirt. There will also be a spirit award for supporters who best cheer on a team. The event will kick off with a live performance by Matheatre of “Calculus: The Musical!” at 1 p.m. in 108 University Hall. The show is a comic review of the concepts and history of calculus. “I always look at it as a special time of year for the department,”

Math Chair Jianping Zhu said. “It stimulates students and energizes the entire department.” Graduate and undergraduate students, as well as faculty, from the math department volunteer to set up and help run the event. Math associate professor Hristo Kojouharov also sees it as an important recruitment tool. “We are trying to attract the best and brightest kids from the area,” he said. “It’s a team-based competition to make it fun.” Zhu reiterated the need to host events like this to draw prospective students to the university. “It helps our department compete with other local math departments,” he said. The annual event also helps to fulfill a less prominent university goal, he said.

“We as a university have a mission to serve the community, and the Calculus Bowl brings everyone’s attention to that mission,” Zhu said. Haltom High School in Haltom, Texas has sent a team for the last eight years of the competition. Math teacher Kenita Weldon received her degrees from UTA and has been with each of the eight Haltom teams that have competed. Her team will have a full five members, and she will bring nine other students to cheer for the team and compete for the spirit award. “It’s been fun,” she said. “It’s neat knowing that, even though we might not have buzzed in first, we knew the answer.”

the fire and Arlington Fire Department responded to ensure the fire was out. There were no injuries but minimal damage to the apartment occurred. The case was cleared.

Hall on 701 Nedderman Drive. The case was cleared.

Fire/Fire Alarm An officer was dispatched at 11:40 p.m. in response to a fire alarm at Nedderman Hall on 416 Yates St. A pull station was accidentally activated by a student. The case was cleared.

WEDNESDAY Vehicle, Tow An officer was dispatched at 7:45 a.m. to 500 Cooper St. to tow a vehicle in Faculty Lot 7 for parking in a reserved spot. The case was cleared.

Vehicle, Tow An officer was dispatched at 8:16 a.m. to tow an unauthorized vehicle parked in a reserved spot at Faculty Lot 7 on 500 Cooper St. The case was cleared.

Fire Officers were dispatched at 8:04 a.m. in regards to a fire at Timber Brook apartments on 410 Kerby St. The officers extinguished

Suspicious Circumstances At 11:59 a.m. officers issued a criminal trespass warning to a student, who is not enrolled in any classes at this time, at Davis

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Warrant Service – Misdemeanor Officers stopped a vehicle at 5:58 p.m. on 500 Nedderman Drive for not having functioning brake lights. The driver, a student, was arrested for outstanding warrants and transported to the Arlington Police Department Jail. The case was cleared by an arrest. Suspicious Circumstances An officer was dispatched at 5:43 p.m. to meet with a staff member at University Hall on 500 Nedderman Drive who was reporting suspicious circumstances that occurred earlier that day. The case was cleared.

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Mavericks ‘locked’ onto Northwestern

Mavericks prepare to play Northwestern State Demons

The Mavs look to even out its conference record on Saturday. By Clint Utley The Shorthorn sports editor

Men’s basketball head coach Scott Cross said on Thursday that he saw a lot of good things after watching film of his team’s overtime win against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, but insisted his team can be better than what they’ve shown this season. “There’s obviously a lot of room for improvement,� he said. “It’s the biggest room in the world and we still have a ton of room to get better.� Cross’ team (11-9, 3-4 Southland Conference) will have a chance to test that improvement on Saturday night when it hosts Northwestern State (7-13, 2-5 SLC) at Texas Hall. The Mavericks have a chance to even their conference record with only nine games remaining in the regular season. Cross said he isn’t focused on the record as much as the Mavs’ next opponent. “I’m just locked in to Northwestern,� he said. “It’s got to be possession by possession for us. Just like the other night, it was an overtime game.� He said any possession throughout the game could have won or lost it. Senior guard Marquez Haynes said the team is ready to close the season in a strong manner. “We’re feeling pretty good, we’re about to start getting it rolling,� he said. “Even when the [conference] record wasn’t that good, we didn’t feel like a 1-4 team or a 2-4 team.� The Demons and the Mavericks have had similar offensive outputs this season. UT

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Senior guard Marquez Haynes, left, attempts to dribble past freshman guard Cameron Catlett during men’s basketball practice Thursday in Texas Hall. The Mavs will host Northwestern State on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Arlington is third in scoring offense in the conference at 75.3 points per game and NSU is fourth with an even 75 points per game. The two teams are also close in scoring defense. UTA is 10th in the SLC, allowing 74.3 points per game and NSU is last, allowing 79.5 points per game. Cross said the return from injury of senior forward Tommy Moffitt and junior forward Trey Parker has im-

proved the Mavs’ performance on both ends of the court. “It helps a ton, having both those guys in the lineup,� he said. “Tommy brings the toughness, Trey brings the intimidating, shot-blocking aspect.� Moffit, who grabbed 10 rebounds Wednesday against TAMUCC, said he is progressing after breaking his foot earlier in the season. “I’m feeling pretty good,�

he said. “I feel I’m getting my timing back, getting my groove back. With grabbing rebounds, it shows that I’m able to jump and move on my foot.� Moffitt and the Mavs will look to bring that groove to Texas Hall on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

After a heartbreaking loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Wednesday, the women’s basketball team will go on the road Saturday to face Northwestern State. The Mavericks (8-12, 3-4 Southland Conference) were on the verge of their first back-to-back wins of the season, but blew an 11point lead with 6:19 left to lose 72-66. The Mavericks have now lost eight out of the last 12 games and are 4-8 on the road this season. The Mavericks’ last road win came on Jan. 9 against Texas Sate University. The Mavericks have won eight in a row against Northwestern State (12-8, 5-2 SLC) by an average of 19.3 points per game and have won the last two road trips to Natchitoches, La., by an average of 19.5 points per game. After beating McNeese State University on Wednesday, Northwestern State comes into this game with a 6-3 home record. Northwestern State’s leading scorer Brittiany Houston averages 12.9 points per game, which is 12th in the SLC. In Northwestern State’s win on Wednesday, they shot 28.6 percent from the

floor, but showed why they are first in the SLC in field goal percentage defense as they held McNeese State to 24.2 percent from the floor. Northwestern State is first in 3-point percentage offense and also first in 3-point point percentage defense in the Southland Conference. That will fall right in the hands of the Demons because the Mavericks are 11th in the Southland Conference in three-point field percentage defense. The Mavericks won 74-68 against Northwestern State last year on Feb. 7. In that game, senior guard Meghan Nelson had 16 points and junior forward Shalyn Martin had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Nelson is third in the conference in scoring, averaging 17 points per game. Head coach Samantha Morrow talked about Nelson’s play this year. “She’s just doing a great job this year,� Morrow said. “She’s taking the ball to the hole. She’s hitting the midrange jumper. She’s playing really good defense for us. our teammates are looking for her and giving her opportunities.�

—Travis Detherage

Clint Utley sports-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

WoMen’s tennis

Team looks to avoid 0-3 start for season The UTA women’s tennis team is seeking its first win of the season as they prepare for upcoming matches on Friday and Saturday. The women will travel across the country to battle Virginia-richmond and No. 51 ranked old Dominion. With the constant rain in the past week, the women’s team practiced indoors in Las Colinas on Wednesday before its Thursday departure. Upon arrival in Virginia, the Mavs will be equipped with a full team compared to when they traveled to Lub-

bock. Junior Daiana Negreanu returns after she suffered an injury during the fall semester. Head coach Diego Benitez said she is now back to practice and working hard. “She tore a ligament in her right shoulder,� he said. “She rested, but then it came back during the winter break.� With only five players at the matches last month, UTA is now prepared to take on the doubles matches laid before them. “It’s important to win dou-

bles,� Benitez said. “When the series is tied 3-3, the doubles win will give either team the victory.� At the matches in Lubbock last month, UTA forfeited their doubles matches against Texas Tech and New Mexico because they didn’t have a sixth player. The women’s team is eager to face opponents of great competition after facing obstacles in the early season, Benitez said. “It will take lots of effort,� he said. “With playing tough competition comes great op-

portunity.� Benitez said senior captain Klara Jagosova’s experience will lead the team. “She’s professional,� he said. “She doesn’t live in the past, she lives in the present. She knows what she’s capable of doing.� This weekend, sophomore Katarina Mlcochova, who has won back-to-back matches, will look to start a winning streak against the richmond Spiders and old Dominion Monarchs.

— Will Doan

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Senior guard Kiarra Shofner attempts to break away from the defender during practice on Thursday afternoon. The women’s basketball team will play Northwestern State on Saturday at 2:00pm in Natchitoches, La.

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in the nastiest weather, we can get our troops safe passage when it’s time,� Simpson said. “Everyone’s looking happy, chatting, having fun, so this was a great day,� All cadets who had passed a physical were in attendance. Some faculty members were present to monitor the lab and offer any necessary assistance. Maj. Jeannie Deakyne,

military science assistant professor, highlighted the importance of land navigation training. “This is a skill that we teach over and over again,� she said. “It takes time to develop and it’s a perishable skill. It’s something you have to stay current on.� The courses were located in the northwestern portion of river Legacy Park and the largest course was about four square miles at the farthest points. Less experienced cadets used a smaller, level one

course, more experienced cadets took a larger level two course, and the most experienced cadets had the largest, a level three course. Senior Battalion S3 Louie Glanton, training and operations officer, said the lab was planned two weeks ago, and the process was frustrating at first. “I haven’t done this before,� he said. “Now I’m getting my feet wet.�

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The Shorthorn invites students, university employees and alumni to submit guest columns or letters to the Opinion page. Friday, February 5, 2010

Taking brotherhood to the limits Being in a fraternity should be more about service and achieving goals, not branding.

UTA is what it is, thanks to the civil rights movement It’s Black History Month, but everyone can use this time to do some reflection on UTA’s diverse culture. Black history comprises a myriad of subjects, but one of the more universal lessons is the civil rights movement. Throughout the month of February, watch the TV specials about Black History Month, read the articles in various media, but also keep in mind that this month can apply to everyone. The movement was the first in a liberating chain of events that helped bring acceptance and understanding for all ethnic groups and genders. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, expressed the desire for all races to have equal footing, even saying, “We cannot walk alone.” This is a mandate our university seems to embody. We have a diverse student population, all tied together under the motto “Be a Maverick.” Enrollment has changed over the years. Fall enrollment numbers indicate that whites make up about 47 percent of the total student population. If you add up all the other ethnic groups, they make a majority. This is something the UT-Austin cannot boast. The school reported a 53.5 percent white undergraduate population in fall 2009. The black population was about 4.9 percent. The University of North Texas reported that white students totaled about 62 percent of the student population in fall 2008. UTA wasn’t always as diverse. From 1951 to 1971, the mascot was the Rebel. The Confederate battle flag flew near the University Center. It was present elsewhere, on uniforms and in courts. The fight song was “Dixie,” according to UTA Magazine archives. The UC’s upstairs meeting rooms were named after Confederate heroes. Homecoming Week was known as Old South Week. Some campus groups even held mock slave auctions during the week, according to The Shorthorn archives. The university didn’t open its enrollment to black students until 1961. Afterward, some students tried to abolish the theme but were struck down. The UT System finally stepped in January 1971 and abolished the theme. But that was then; this is now. We’ve come a long way, and the enrollment numbers prove it. Still, even though blacks were the target of prejudice, imagine how other ethnic groups had to feel on campus. In a prejudicial environment, no one wins. Black students fought for the right to be free of prejudice, and now we have one of the most diverse student bodies in Texas. Remember, Black History Month is about something different for everyone, but its lessons can apply to every race, nationality, gender or creed. Just keep in mind, even if you’re not black, this month means something to you. Learn from it.

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ome right on in, leave your coat and dignity at the door. JACOB BECKER Fraternities have long been synJacob is a history onymous with college. They claim to freshman, member of offer a sense of pride and belonging, and they often declare their FLOC and columnist members are made into better for The Shorthorn. men. But I fail to see the superiority of being branded like a Join the discussion steer. by commenting at The allegedly drunk and forceful theshorthorn.com. branding of TCU student Amon G. “Chance” Carter IV, may be an out of the ordinary over-stepping of fraternity something bigger than themselves, but traditions, but that’s not the issue. It’s it should not be at the expense of basic the sober fraternity members honoring dignity. It’s hard to understand at first glance this tradition who we should be worried why anyone would be branded or hazed about. College is where we should try to in anyway and purchase this treatment push to better ourselves. It’s where we with time and sometimes membership practice independent thought and strive dues. Maybe there is something to their to achieve greater personal aptitude. The behavior. But to me that dedication could fraternity is the severe opponent of this be used in better directions. For starters, the classroom could use mindset. With many members swearing undying devotion to the fraternity and a few more enthusiasts, though that some being willing to be branded like is probably too idealistic. But there animals, it’s hard to see the betterment are ways of being a part of something through classes themselves. If more of man provided by fraternities. It is not that fraternities are always people were active in organizing study groups for each of their these terrible brain-washing For a video of students classes, you’d find a whole entities. Many Greeks are active in the community voicing their opinions on group of friends who you this issue, visit aren’t paying for humiliaand work toward chariT HE S HORTHORN .com tion. table goals. Others have This university has taken been known for producing members which have achieved a strong stand against humiliating pracgreat things in the world, and this tices associated with fraternities. But hope for reaching higher in life even if their occurrences are on the decarries many to take the Greek cline, the willing mindset of adherence is pledge, while others just seek the truly frightening aspect. Whether your attention is given to that place of belonging, the participation in charity work or focusparties and the good times. Dedication to fraternities is ing your time and energy to excelling not bad, but like many in class, there are ways of becoming the things, moderation best man you can be without being reshould be used. duced to an animal. Many want to be identified as part Everyone needs something to of the long tradition behind a Greek take pride brand. But I think you’ll find that often, in, and the greatest men live by a brand of their many peo- own. And they don’t have to burn their ple want to feel a part of flesh for you to see it. The Shorthorn: Thea Blesener

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any commentators and pundits on the left wing have pronounced the death of the Conservative movement or proclaimed the rule of liberalism for the next generation. With the 2008 election, one could assume that conservatism was rejected with the nomination of then Sen. Barack Obama, a liberal, and Sen. John McCain, a man who was seen as independent and not a professed conservative. To his credit, technology aided Obama’s rise in popularity. Utilizing the skills and technological capabilities of the under-30 crowd that enabled his campaign to excel as well as his appeal to the more apathetic. In the run-up to the election of 2008, conservatism was pushed to the wayside at times by President George W. Bush’s administration and also by many in Congress. It is a fair assessment that the eight years that President Bush held office should not be brandished as a full reflection of conservatism. There is a misconception of conservatism in society today that needs to be clarified by a clear statement of principles. From the days of Sen. Barry Goldwater, to the days of President Ronald Reagan, to the present, rifts have arisen regarding the extent of civil liberties and non-interventionist foreign policy that have caused many to breakaway from calling themselves conservative

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we may disagree in certain areas. But the principles that matter most, what Colt is an economics senior, our founders intended in the formation of the Bill of Rights and our ConstituVice Chairman of Texas College Republicans and guest tion, are kept and protected. A moveis only as strong as the people columnist for The Shorthorn. ment that comprise it, but it is also dependent on the medium of the message. Join the discussion Unity, community, common belief by commenting at and common goals are what will protheshorthorn.com. pel the Conservative movement on for generations to come. Some have made sto calling themselves libertarians. This the claim that the Reagan revolution, is what poses a problem for the future or reign of conservatism, has long since of the Conservative/Libertarian move- ended. But it took until 2008 for the ment when members of the same move- left wing to form a counter-revolution ment berate their own over conflict- to the policies that helped make Amering views other than the substantive ica prosperous for almost 30 years. One principles that make up who we are as could assume that a failure of comconservatives. To the contrary, the for- municating those ideals, once touted mation of tea parties and “9/12” groups by Reagan to younger generations a have sparked many who share common means that they would understand, principles regarding our country, our aided in that Conservative decline. When America was fighting for infounding and the purpose of our government, to rally together on matters of dependence, the British and the Spanprinciple and not party. After Obama’s ish tried to undermine her unity by inauguration, people who went to the attempting to make deals with the diftea parties and the “9/12”ers began to ferent colonies. One advantage to some use the tactics that the Democrats had of the misdealing in those days was a mastered for years with the Democratic lack of communication due to the long machine and their technological capac- distance a message would have to literally travel before it could be received. ity achieved in the 2008 campaign. What will make the future of the Today the message takes moments to Conservative movement last will not be reach its destination. We should not a certain figure like a Goldwater or a fall prey to the same misgivings by failReagan, rather the understanding that ing to communicate.

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Crews repair rooms in Arlington Hall Six suites were damaged in December, displacing several residents. by WiLLiam JohnSon The Shorthorn staff

Kristal Delgado said she was surprised to find that her ceiling was falling apart when she returned from winter break. The nursing freshman lives in Arlington Hall where repairs are being made to a series of broken sprinkler heads and fittings that burst during a cold snap sometime at the end of December. The burst caused water damage to six suites, displacing several residents of Arlington Hall after the break ended. Delgado said the repair process lasted from the week before school started to Monday. “They didn’t notify me in any way,” Delgado said. “When I talked to them, they just said they would fix it up. I was like, alright, I guess I’ll just stay in here.” Delgado and her roommates continued to stay in the damaged room for two weeks before the ceiling was completely fixed. The water did not affect her personal property, but did soak the ceiling of her three bedroom suite. Lisa Mowery, Arlington Hall residence director, said the repairs are being finished in the damaged suites this week. Residents of the suites are now in different rooms permanently, she said. After speaking with Delgado, Mowery was unavailable for a follow-up

In most situations when comment. “We take water dam- there is a risk of mold from age seriously,” Greg Hladik, water damage, the carpet is Apartment and Resident immediately pulled and the Life assistant director, said. room is dried out, Hadlik “Mold is not something that said. He said that it is stanwe take lightly. The stu- dard procedure for the room dent’s safety is our number to be dehumidified in order one priority when dealing to dry out the visible areas and space behind the walls. with these situations.” The rooms were initially Nandini Bissessar-Grant, Housing Operations assis- left open for a few days after tant director, said that no the incident in order to exresidents of Arlington Hall pedite the drying process. made any claims of dam- Mowery said it’s unclear when the rooms aged property. will be reopened, Due to action “They just told from the Arlingbut posted noton Fire Depart- me that the cold tices are cautionment, university- affected the ing students of owned furniture the damage over also saw no dam- room somehow. I the break. This wish they would allowed for the age. “The Arling- have just told me swift action of ton Fire Departcontractors to ment did an out- what actually handle the mastanding job pro- happened.” jority of the work tecting personal while not inconproperty,” said kristal delgado veniencing the Don Lange, Fa- Arlington Hall resident students. cilities Manage“They just did ment associate a walk-through director, via e-mail. of the rooms today,” MowThe damage was mainly ery said. “We’re very pleased done to the structure of the with how they’ve come building. The water dam- along.” aged the Sheetrock of the Delgado said her room suite walls and ceilings, but may look nice now that it didn’t affect the carpet of has been repainted, but still the damaged rooms badly expressed concern on how because it was immediately the situation was handled. cleaned from the floors. She said that she was still Blackmon Mooring, a unaware of what happened restoration company, han- to her room. dled the water re-mediation “They just told me that and removal of Sheetrock the cold affected the room from the damaged areas. somehow,” Delgado said. “I After these areas became wish they would have just effectively dried out, Fresh told me what actually hapKote Remodeling handled pened.” the installation of the new Sheetrock, texturing and WiLLiam JohnSon painting of the new walls. news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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The Shorthorn: Rasy Ran

Mechanical engineering freshman Sergio Tizol walks back to his car Tuesday in Lot 50. Tizol said he doesn’t like parking so far away sometimes and having to walk at least 15 minutes to his first class. N

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aLternative Student Parking parking Students have the option to park in Lot 26, which is located by Maverick Faculty Parking Stadium, for $33 per semester. Housing

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ShuttLe optionS Buildings • Parking is available at the Maverick Stadium (Lot 26) for those ridBuildings ing the shuttle. • A PDF file with the shuttle route map and schedule can be found at www.uta.edu/police/shuttleServiceBrochure.pdf. • The Mav Mover Express Service makes Saturday runs to WalMart, the Parks Mall and the Saigon Market for a $2 one-way fare.

a little early, but it’s never late and if it’s early, they wait.” She said the shuttle drops her off right at her building, closer than the closest student parking spots near campus. In addition to the hiking the shuttle can save, students who trade their parking permits for remote permits will save almost $50. Parking office staff said a student who trades in a permit will be refunded the $82.50 for the original and charged $33 for a remote one, saving $49.50. There is no deadline for exchanging the permits, staff said. Construction plans call for the special events center to be built in lots where Arlington Hall residents and other students currently park on the east side of campus. When the building begins, drivers will have to find somewhere else to park. “The parking spots are already far enough,” Ware said. “Without that lot, it’s going to be even harder.” Kandi Whitehead, exercise science senior and shuttle-rider, said she too prefers riding the shuttle. Still, she said she recognizes the problem eliminating

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The Shorthorn: Will LaVoncher

Business finance freshman Chris Cheek stands on the auction block as a slave for sale as part of a Black History Month event Thursday night.

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of knowledge, the Little Rock Nine because of its association with education and the L.A. race riots because they took place in the 1990s. Cedric Radford III, computer science engineering junior, compared the walk to a haunted house. He said the mock-Ku Klux Klan members shouting “white is right,” had the most impact. “A bunch of guys in white sheets, that was terrifying just like a haunted house except real,” he said. The first portion had mockKu Klux Klan members grab a black woman and then pretended to lynch her. ASO Drama coordinator Okem Okolo-ebube played the a Ku Klux Klan member. He said he wanted visitors to see the past. “We’re just acting but people actually went through this,” he said. “It’s kind of humbling that a long time ago this actually a parking lot near campus might cause. “The parking for any university is always a problem,” Whitehead said. “You can’t eliminate parking when it’s already a problem.” University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said the university is actively preparing for the changes the special events center construction will bring. “There are plans in the works for parking, shuttles, everything — how we’re going to respond to construction,” she said. Arlington Hall resident Emerson Carrera said he is making plans of his own. “It would be kind of bad to have to park somewhere else,” he said. “That’s the closest lot to Arlington Hall. I probably just won’t bring a car next semester.” Arlington Hall resident Phillip Tolliver said though he is disappointed to have to look for parking elsewhere, he is hopeful the university will provide good options for drivers. “Its kind of sad that we’ll have to find somewhere else to park, but hopefully they’ll find somewhere to park that’s still close to the building,” he said. “I think we’ll all be able to find a spot.”

Sharayah Sherrod news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

happened. It’s not like we wrote the script. We just looked at history.” While the first portion was loud, the Little Rock Nine section was near silent. Nine actors stood against a wall dressed as the nine students who endured hate on their first day of school. Nursing junior Sondra Showels said she thought the second portion was the most moving and walking past them brought home the message. “It was like they were trying to tell you something with their eyes,” she said. The last section featured actors rioting and protesting, reenacting the riots of the Rodney King beating, when a black man was severely beaten by L.A. police. Students kicked litter around. ASO member Ijeoma Onwuchekwa played the lynched girl. “I hope they understand this is real,” she said. “This is history.”

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The Leadership Center and UTA Volunteers are coordinating a drive Monday for Haiti’s earthquake victims. Passersby can look for a donation area get set up in front of the invoLved Central Library. Both To volunteer groups are contact UTA asking that Volunteers at money, T817-272-2963 shirts and or visit its flip-flops office in the be donated. lower level The drive University will last Center. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donated cash will be used to purchase more T-shirts and flip-flops. Volunteers are needed to help accept donations and place posters around campus advertising the event. “People should donate because the country has been devastated,” said Rachel Carter, UTA Volunteers health and homelessness committee director. “As world citizens, we should be willing to help whenever possible.” Leadership Center Director Stephanie Brown said the items needed are for immediate and long-term need. “We know people will need shoes and shirts for a long time to come because they lost everything,” she said. “What we’re trying to do is have a specific impact.”

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The Shorthorn: Will LaVoncher

Jason Trigg locks his bike up Wednesday in front of the Central Library. Trigg rides his bike to the library in order to use the computers.

Thefts

one that was stolen were both registered, he said. The first one he registered through his dorm and the second one he continued from page 1 registered online. He said his cut right through the wire,” new lock, which is a U bolt, is he said. “I just hoped it more secure than the lock he had before. wouldn’t happen.” “With these chain locks Sessler said he found the cut wire where his bike had it only takes one or two tries been and reported it to uni- to cut through it and it’s gone,” he said. “You can’t cut versity police. through a U “ W h e n bolt without I called it in proteCt your ride making a lot they said they of noise and would get • Secure bike with proper drawing a lot back to me,” lock of attention he said. “They • Register bike onto yourcalled me in at www.nationalbikeregistry. self.” to look at all com To ensure the bikes and a stolen bike made an efSource: Assistant Police can be identifort to help Chief Rick Gomez fied by police me find it.” and returned Bikes registo its rightful tered with the National Bike Registry are owner upon recovery, Gomez much easier to track down, encourages students to go to Gomez said. Stolen bikes are www.nationalbikeregistry. often brought to surround- com and purchase a regising pawnshops to be resold, tration label for their bike. and if the bike has been A tamper-free registration registered, there is a greater label costs $10 and will be chance of it being returned to mailed directly to the bike owner. Registered bikes can the rightful owner. “We’ve been lucky and re- be returned to the bike owner turned a few,” Gomez said. regardless of where the bi“Students don’t always reg- cycle is recovered. ister their bikes and they’re easy to steal.” ChaSe WebSter Sessler’s new bike and the news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu


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