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TUITION AND FEES

3.95 percent tuition hike proposed The Board of Regents will examine the possible tuition increase in March. BY SHARAYAH SHERROD The Shorthorn staff

President James Spaniolo and Student Congress President Kent Long will pack their bags in March

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as they travel to Austin to present tuition proposals to the UT System Board of Regents, university spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said Tuesday. This announcement came after the Tuition Review Committee made a recommendation to the president that tuition be raised 3.95 percent per year for the next two

years. Long chaired the committee made up of eight other students and said while no one likes increases, they are necessary for the betterment of education. “Tuition goes up every year, it’s just a fact of life,” he said. “It’s just a matter of how much it’s going to go up. We fought really hard to keep

the number low.” And it is low, Long pointed out, compared to the 32 percent increase California students saw in 2009. “We looked at the University of California,” Long said. “That’s something we definitely didn’t want to do to our students.” So the committee didn’t, and instead followed the 81st Texas Legis-

lature’s recommendation. “We have appeased the recommendation the legislature made,” Long said. With the recommendation on its way to approval from the board of regents, the university continues to work on ways to cut costs and be TUITION continues on page 4

FACULTY/STAFF

Students have raised $2,400 in the month since the quake and more donations are expected. BY JOHNATHAN SILVER The Shorthorn senior staff

UTA students have donated at least $2,400 to the Haiti relief effort, and more aid is expected in the following months. Nearly a month has passed since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti. Since then, student organizations on campus have been rallying to provide assistance through donation drives across campus. UTA Volunteers and the Leadership Center have teamed up to collect donations in the University Center lower level until March 1. Plans are in the works to have other donation drops around campus. Leadership Center director Stephanie Brown got the idea to do a drive from Harriet Watkins, the Center for Distance Education manager. Watkins, who moved from Florida to Texas, e-mailed friends in Miami brainstorming on ways to help with relief. “I said ‘I’m in Texas. How can I help?” she said. “I looked in my closet and I had a bunch of Tshirts that I don’t even wear, and I thought this was perfect.” Now she has boxes of donated clothing in her apartment ready to send to a national group that will ship the material off to the Caribbean nation. Nursing freshman Elliott Schmidt helped collect about $900 in donations for The Wesley Foundation, a religious minHAITI continues on page 3

The Shorthorn:Raziq Brown

Political science associate professor Allan Saxe is celebrating his birthday today in the Chemistry and Physics Building atrium. Free ice cream will be served to the first 1,000 students. Saxe has many things named after him and hopes that one day he can get his name on the Cowboys Stadium.

Saxe screams for ice cream The political science associate professor celebrates his birthday and endowment by handing out free ice cream

BY JUSTIN SHARP The Shorthorn staff

Allan Saxe is set to dole out free ice cream treats at his birthday bash today in the Chemistry and Physics Building. The party is being held in honor of his birthday as well an endowment established by the political science associate professor for the Planetarium. His endowment is being matched by gas royalty revenues through the Maverick Match program and is now up to $100,000. That sum will be raised to $200,000 over the next two years with further donations from Saxe that will also be matched. The circle drive and grassy patch outside the

AFTER SAXE Some things named after Allan Saxe: • Allan Saxe Field — UTA softball field • Allan Saxe Veggie Burger at J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill • Allan Saxe Mezzanine Gallery at the Arlington Museum of Art • A Fort Worth Public Library staircase

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STUDENT LIFE

Actress, comedian to speak tonight Whitney Cummings’ free comedy routine will focus on sex and relationship issues. BY JOAN KHALAF The Shorthorn senior staff

Courtesy Photo: Whitney Cummings

Comedian Whitney Cummings will perform tonight in the Bluebonnet Ballroom as a part of One Mic Stand comedy series.

Comedian Whitney Cummings will perform her quick, blunt commentary about “the games men and women play” on Wednesday. The comedian and actress will perform free stand up at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Bluebonnet Ballroom. Cummings is kicking off EXCEL Campus Activities’ One Mic Stand comedy series for the semester. Cummings told The Shorthorn

WHEN AND WHERE When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Bluebonnet Ballroom Admission: Free, limited seating

that she does stand up at many colleges because of the young audience niche. “They’re dealing with the same things I’m dealing with as a young person,” she said. “They get everything that I’m talking about.” Cummings said her comedy focuses on sex and relationship issues and she tries to decode dating in

modern times. “Dating is changing so much,” she said. “Sometimes I talk to kids after the show and find out even more insane things. It’s a jungle out there and I’m fascinated by that.” Cummings said after traveling to many cities, she never knows what she will get, but a college audience is “always a really good time.” “Let’s say I’m in Palm Beach, Fla. — not everyone in that audience is on Twitter or Facebook,” she said. Judy Agwu, EXCEL entertainment and arts director, said the student audience would like her CUMMINGS continues on page 8

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TheShorthorn.com • “Welcome to London” Follow Andrea Silvers as she blogs about her experiences studying abroad from across the pond. • Do more than just read the news, watch the online newscast, The Shorthorn After Dark. • The UTA Global Water Brigades is hosting an information session and party today in order to get more student interest. Go online for the story.


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TODAY Mostly cloudy • High 44°F • Low 32°F

Vehicle, Tow Officers were dispatched at 10:32 a.m. to tow an unauthorized vehicle parked in a reserved parking space at Faculty Lot 12 on 400 UTA Blvd. The case was cleared.

Registration for Shadow A Student Leader Week: All Day. Leadership Center, University Center lower level. For information, contact Loretta Pequeno-Griffin at 817-2729220 or lgriffin@uta.edu

Theft Officers were dispatched at 12:09 p.m. for a report of stolen property made by a student at Kalpana Chawla Hall on 901 Oak St. The case is active.

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 817-272-5658 or phealy@uta.edu

Investigation Officers were dispatched at 12:11 p.m. in regards to an investigation of suspicious information displayed on the Internet at Delta Zeta sorority house on 1112 Greek Row Circle. The case is active.

The Shorthorn: Will LaVoncher

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Investigation Officers responded to a call at 5:07 p.m. in regards to six children inside of a parked van without adult supervision outside the YWCA Daycare on 106 Sixth St. An employee was contacted and advised that the van was supervised. The case was cleared.

University studies junior Brandon Holland reviews a series of photographs he took Tuesday afternoon on the Cooper Street central bridge. Holland was learning camera techniques for his photojournalism class.

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A Super Bowl without the commercials I can’t be 100 percent sure For more of Andrea’s blogs visit of this claim, but as far as I can TheShorthorn.com remember I’ve seen every Super Bowl since birth. I mean, I’m pretty sure I was in the room while my dad watched them tally American. I was also just when I was a baby. Somewhere really waiting for the first break. when I was around 8 or 10 years Not to get all girl about it, but old, my friends and I all had the commercials really are my “Super Bowl parties,” which were favorite part. I mean, football is really just excuses to invite boys great, but they pour over. Then once I got a lot of money into older they became an exthose commercials for cuse to get together with pure entertainment my friends and drink on a value, and I happen to Sunday afternoon. enjoy them. So being in London At the first break it for the Super Bowl this cuts back to the comyear freaked me out. I mentators in Britain. talked to several AmeriI wait. Then it shows cans here and they asa Domino’s Pizza comsured me that British TV Andrea Silvers mercial. The same carried it. There were commercial I’ve seen also several American here about 100 times. sports bars that were staying “Wait, where are the commeropen all night to serve beer and cials?” pizza to the ex-pats who come in “They don’t have legal rights to watch it on the big screen. The to show them here, so we just get O2 arena even hosted a party for local commercials,” Josh said. I around 4,000 people who want- can barely even form words. ed to watch American football. “What?” Josh offered his place for all “Yeah, they don’t have leg—“ of us misplaced Americans, and “No I understood what you while the pub idea sounded fun, said, but my question still stands. drinks at Josh’s were free and his What?” At this point I’m being couch is much more comfort- laughed at. Turns out the other able than a bar stool. So at 11 guys in the room don’t find the p.m. I was on the couch, beer commercials nearly as important in hand, ready for the game to as I do. Without the commercials begin. After some initial com- to keep me awake, I fell asleep mentary by a few Brits, it went to during The Who’s halftime perthe game and the commentators formance. I still don’t know who in the states. I watched the first won the Super Bowl. few plays savoring the fact that I Really London, really? was in an entirely different counLondon—23 Andrea—0 try enjoying something that’s to-

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istry for UTA students. He and other group members made about 60 health kits Tuesday evening for victims in Portau-Prince, Haiti’s capital city. Health kits include washcloths, toothbrushes and bandages. People shouldn’t stop donating now because incoming donations are only addressing immediate needs, Schmidt said. Haiti will need help for a long time, he said. “Haiti is desperately poor,� he said. “This disaster brought international attention to the country.� The Wesley Foundation is now considering a trip to Haiti and possibly an annual donation drive to help earthquake victims, Schmidt said. The UTA African Student Organization and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People UTA chapter also teamed up and collected more than $1,500 in donations for Haiti relief. Their fundraiser asked that a dollar be donated per person. ASO president Eleanor Khonje said results were phenomenal. “For the UTA community to get together was tremendous because it shows us that we care about things outside UTA and outside Arlington,� she said. Much response to disasters of similar nature is normal, said Carter Bedford, the Student Governance and Organizations associate director. In the past, students collected donations and raised awareness about catastrophes like the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he said. “We have a very service-oriented generation of student leaders that want to uplift others and help mankind as a whole,� he said.

WHAT: Donate T-shirts, flip flops and/or money WHEN: Now until March 1 WHERE: University Center lower level

The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt

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Nursing freshman Elliott Schmidt tells electrical engineering professor Wei-Jen Lee in the University Center on Monday afternoon about the donations the Wesley Foundation at UTA is collecting for Haiti. The foundation hopes to send at least 60 health kits to Haiti.

Nursing junior Brianna Bjerke seperates bandaids into equal stacks for each health kit in the Wesley Foundation building on Monday evening. It cost around $12 to make a health kit for Haiti.

The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt

Left: Pre-nursing sophomore Jai Bibles puts together a health kit in the Wesley Foundation building on Tuesday evening. The Wesley Foundation associated with the United Methodist Committee will send all of the health kits directly to Haiti. Above: The Wesley Foudation recieved enough money and donations to make over 100 health kits for Haiti.

Johnathan Silver news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt

“I said ‘I’m in Texas. How can I help? I looked in my closet and I had a bunch of T-shirts that I don’t even wear, and I thought this was perfect.�

The Wesley Foundation at UTA collected hand towels, washcloths, combs, toothbrushes and soap to donate to Haiti in the University Center on Monday afternoon.

Stephanie Brown

Leadership Center director

health criSiS in haiti enterS a DeaDly new phaSe PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Fourteen-month-old Abigail Charlot survived Haiti’s cataclysmic earthquake but not its miserable aftermath. Brought into the capital’s General Hospital with fever and diarrhea, little Abigail literally dried up. “Sometimes they arrive too late,� said Adrien Colimon, the chief of pediatrics, shaking her head. The second stage of Haiti’s medical emergency has begun, with diarrheal illnesses, acute respiratory infections and malnutrition beginning to claim lives by the dozen. And while the half-million people jammed into germ-breeding makeshift camps have so far been spared a contagious-disease outbreak, health officials fear epidemics. They are rushing to vaccinate 530,000 children against measles, diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. “It’s still tough,� said Chris Lewis, emergency health coordinator for Save the Children, which by Tuesday

had treated 11,000 people at 14 mobile clinics in Port-au-Prince, Jacmel and LĂŠogâne. “At the moment we’re providing lifesaving services. What we’d like to do is to move to provide quality, longerterm care, but we’re not there yet.â€? In a report issued Monday, the United Nations said the Haitian government estimates 212,000 people were killed and 300,000 injured in the quake. The number of deaths not directly caused by the quake is unclear; the U.N.is only now beginning to survey the more than 200 international medical aid groups working out of 91 hospitals — most of them just collections of tents — to compile the data. At Port-au-Prince’s General Hospital, patients continue arriving with infections in wounds they can’t keep clean because the street is their home. The number of amputees, estimated at 2,000 to 4,000 by Handicap International, keeps rising as people reach Port-auPrince with untreated fractures.

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Violence bred of food shortages and inadequate security is also producing casualties. Dr. Santiago Arraffat of Evansville, Ind., said he treats several gunshot wounds a day at General Hospital. “People are just shooting each other,� he said. “There are fights over food. People are so desperate.� Nearly a month after the quake, respiratory infections, malnutrition, diarrhea from waterborne diseases and a lack of appropriate food for young children may be the biggest killers, health workers say. Part of the problem is ignorance. Abigail’s mother, 20-year-old Simone Bess, waited a week after her child fell ill to bring her in, Colimon said. Colimon ushered Bess into an adjacent tent when it became clear the Swiss doctors trying to hydrate and keep her child breathing would fail. Bess screamed in agony and crumpled to the paving stones when she heard.

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Faculty research iodine deficiency in newborns iodine deficient and nine mula. The researchers are lookwere found to have insufficient iodine levels in their ing at soy-based formula as a control because it has breast milk. The U.S. and Switzer- been found to contain less By Justin sharp land were the first coun- perchlorate and has steadiThe Shorthorn staff tries to begin iodization of er iodine and perchlorate Chemistry Chair Purn- food products in 1924 in content than breast milk, which can have endu Dasgupta and faculty response to health inconsistent levresearcher Martina Kroll concerns related to els over time, are seeking mothers who iodine deficiency. Kroll said. have recently given birth But since the 1970s, Kroll comes for a study on iodine defi- the U.S. has reduced from Germany, the number of iociency. where iodization The first 60 women to dized foods. is a more recent A reduction in volunteer will receive $50 practice. She said for participating and will the number of iothat even a mild get their iodine-level tested dized foods isn’t the deficiency during for free. They are looking only culprit. For Purnendu Daspregnancy and for as many women as pos- many years, per- gupta, chemistry nursing can cause sible to participate, and chlorate, an ingredi- chair an IQ drop of 10 even after the first 60, the ent used in rocket points. test results will be provided fuel, had been im“Coming from an iodine properly disposed of and free of charge. “There is no question is now widespread in the deficient country, I’ve seen that iodine deficiency ecosystem. The ingredient what it does to people first causes impairment of brain inhibits the thyroid gland’s hand,” she said. The study is funded with absorption of development a $50,000 grant from The iodine. and function“Our proj- Gerber Foundation and is ing,” Dasgupta More info ect has two as- being used to pay for mass said. “Iodine To participate, contact pects: intake spectrometry tests and pardeficiency is Martina Kroll at 817and absorp- ticipants. the single most 272-0442 or martinaAs of Feb. 5, only three tion,” Dasgupta preventable kroll@uta.edu. women have participated said. cause of mental Perchlorate in the study. retardation.” “We just need these comes from Iodine helps other sources women. It’s going to generthe thyroid including a ate very valuable informagland create a critical hormone for brain type of organic fertilizer tion,” Dasgupta said. development and Dasgupta from Chile and also occurs said that young mothers naturally. The study focuses on and their infants aren’t getthree feeding methods: ting enough. Of 13 women already breast milk, milk-based Justin sharp studied, 11 were found to be formula and soy-based fornews-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

Mothers and their newborns are wanted to help aid in the study.

“Coming from an iodine deficient country, I’ve seen what it does to people first hand.” Martina Kroll, faculty researcher

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practice Makes perfect Sophomore guard Nicole Terral dribbles the ball down the court to perform a lay-up during practice on Tuesday afternoon in Texas Hall. Women’s basketball team plays McNeese State 7 p.m. Wednesday at Texas Hall.

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more financially efficient — something Gov. Rick Perry requested of state agencies in mid-January. Long said looking at Student Congress alone, costs have been cut in response to the budget tightening, such as cutting travel. “With Student Congress, we usually have two conferences we send people to,” he said. “We’re only going to send them to one.” Similar frugality is happening throughout the university, Long said. That type of belt-tightening is what will really make the difference in saving university and state money, said Dennis Jones, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems president, in Tues-

“Tuition goes up every year; it’s just a fact of life. It’s just a matter of how much it’s going to go up. We fought really hard to keep the number low,” kent Long

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day’s meeting for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Advisory Committee on Higher Education Cost Efficiencies. “The reality is that it’s really easy to come up with brilliant ideas that can’t be implemented at the state level,” Jones said. He went on to say that the most important and effective cost-cutting happens at the university level. “Don’t try to get in the position of being the president, is I guess what I’m trying to say,” Jones told the

committee. When all the pennypinching is said and done, Long said, the cuts should not affect the quality of education students currently pay for at UTA. “If anything, the education at UTA is going to get better,” Long said. “When we crafted the report, a lot of the things mentioned were to ensure the level of education continues to go up.”

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Relationships can live with a lie for any amount of time. They’re perfect until someone realizes they aren’t being themselves. It’s not easy, healthy or fun to continually pretend, and most often things get volatile. Valentine’s Day is not a masquerade ball. The idea of sharing it with someone is special, but is it worth pretending? Some might say it’s better to have a relationship than none at all. I worry that in having one, in pretending for one, we may miss “the one.” We may be too busy morphing and switching costumes in the dressing room to see that we missed our opportunity. The idea of having a valentine is sweet and classic, but it’s not worth being fake. We spend too much time deciding who we “should be,” rather than discovering who we really are. Take the mask off. Put away the Halloween and theater costumes. Look at your relationships, and decide if you’re compromising too much. It may seem

too dangerous to walk away from a relationship, from the stability and comfort. But in staying, you risk losing yourself and your chance with someone who fits you. The chances don’t come often. Perhaps you shouldn’t spend every waking moment looking for your soul mate. But if you never remove the mask, how likely are you to ever find your perfect match?

BROOKE CURETON Brooke is a broadcast senior and columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by logging on and commenting at theshorthorn.com

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f it hadn’t been for Luke 6:44, I might still be a believer. “For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush.” I once thought only the faithful were morally righteous and deserving of a place called heaven. I now know this isn’t true. Righteousness is not reserved for the faithful alone. It’s possible to lose faith and find yourself. When I was in high school, I fell in love with a girl. She was the daughter of an elder at my church in Albuquerque, N.M. I spent all my free time with her and attended church services five times a week. I loved the girl, and I lived the church. The summer between my junior and senior year, my best friend died in his sleep. My grandmother died the next morning. I sank into a depression and my grades worsened. My parents wanted me to quit going to church and focus on school. Despite my low GPA, I graduated high school. My parents moved to Illinois, and I stayed in Albuquerque because I had every intention of marrying my high school sweetheart. Just a couple months after I received my diploma, my grandfather lost a battle with pancreatic cancer. It was the third time in a year I was a pallbearer. The day after his funeral, my girlfriend and

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CHASE WEBSTER Chase is a journalism junior and a reporter for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by logging on and commenting at theshorthorn.com I had a fight. We broke up. Just like that, I lost my support group. My parents lived in Illinois, my brother in Texas and my sister in California. My best friend was dead and my girlfriend couldn’t handle my depression. One night, I couldn’t sleep. I drove to my girlfriend’s home around 3 a.m. I parked across the street, sat on the curb and cried. After an hour, I went home and slept. Her father had seen me sitting outside the house that night. She was at a friend’s, and her dad was waiting up for her. He told the church I was stalking his daughter. I told him my peace. I was alone. Nobody called me or spoke to me. I didn’t know she was out. It was the closest place I had to home, and I simply needed a place to cry.

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“What was done was done,” he said. “If you want to get back in favor with the congregation, then you need to apologize and ask for their prayers.” I responded by reading Luke 6:44 aloud. If he was the fruit of the church, what did that say of God? He believed his faith in God made him righteous vicariously. To be truly righteous, however, one must live righteously, regardless of one’s beliefs. I’ve come to realize that sorrow is an important part of life. If it weren’t for sorrow, there would be no incentive to make things better. I used to think God would take care of it. I let things slide, complacent on my moral high ground. Instead of rejoicing in memory, I prayed to forget. Instead of living joyfully, I prayed to end my misery. Instead of loving the present, I loved the illusion of forever. Eventually, I lost faith in the divine, and in doing so I found faith in myself. Much of the pain I felt had been selfinflicted, but like Job, I gave credit to God. I read a billboard outside a church that said, “If God is your copilot, switch seats.” I was taught to believe not only that I wasn’t in control, but also that it was good to not be in control. It is easier to be lethargic in the passenger seat than it is to possibly be wrong at the wheel.

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Consider the long term benefits of construction before expressing concern The university began with a few buildings and has since grown to what we see now. Growth is a natural part of a community. The university has begun a couple of major projects that have many students concerned about their daily routine. The upcoming special events center and mixed-use parking garage constructions have many students asking where they are going to park, and the Ransom Hall conversion raises the question of computing capability. While these changes are tough to digest, they are not the end of the world. Construction is a frequent thorn in the side of many college students. A science or engineering student may have no interest in the basketball team having a real court to play on instead of a stage, but they may be interested in their university becoming a nationally recognized research university, which the events center could help the university achieve by attracting more students and faculty. The mixed-use parking garage that will be built next to the center will address concerns of student housing options and add more parking when it is completed. Repurposing Ransom Hall into a student success center has taken away the only computer lab on campus that is open 24/7. The center may not be important to non-freshmen since the programs there are focused on retention. However, a larger student population builds community, school spirit and interest in the university. The events center will draw in students, the student success center will keep them here. In the early 2000s, the campus community had to deal with large construction projects like the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Center, Kalpana Chawla Hall, the Chemistry and Physics Building and an extension to the Connection Cafe. According to a previous The Shorthorn article, students had to navigate campus with fenced off areas while avoiding dust during construction of the Chemistry and Physics Building. They also complained of having to find ways to block out construction noise. After it opened in March 2006 students had access to a planetarium, and state of the art laboratory and classroom facilities. The unexpected benefit is a pass-through shelter, even if just for a moment, from the Texas weather. In the same article, Tiger Aiyedon, then a computer science engineering senior, said, “It’s a hassle to go around campus, but once it’s finished, the campus is going to be more modernized.” Like it or not, changes are coming. Instead of complaining about parking and computing, consider how it can benefit the university.

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corner Pocket Exercise science sophomore Subek Bepo shoots in a pool tournament Monday evening in Bowling and Billiards. Bepo says he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play frequently but his fraternity has a pool table in its house.

UTA Police are investigating a classified ad found online that depicts someone claiming to be a Delta Zeta pledge offering escort services for money to fund a UTA sorority house party. Delta Zeta spoke with newspaper representatives on multiple occasions to remove the ad from the Fort Worth Weekly classifieds, said alumna and UTA collegiate chapter director Liona Rohrer. The sorority chapter adviser called university police Monday after the ad was discovered on the publicationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Web site for a third time. The individual, identified as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Autumn,â&#x20AC;? said in the ad that she has to raise money for an annual house party in order to be inducted into the UTA Delta Zeta â&#x20AC;&#x153;sisterhood.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Autumnâ&#x20AC;? is not a Delta Zeta member, Rohrer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not even sure what an annual house party would be, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been with Delta Zeta for 20 years,â&#x20AC;? she said. The UTA chapter of Delta Zeta has brought the ad to the attention of Delta Zeta National Council. It is seeking possible recourse regarding people impersonating the sorority on the

Internet, Rohrer said. According to Assistant Police Chief Rick Gomez, the number posted on the Web site is under investigation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The material that was found insinuated inappropriate activity for money trying to raise money for Delta Zeta sorority,â&#x20AC;? he said. Rohrer said she wishes for the ad to be removed for good. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They removed the info when we asked but they keep putting it back up,â&#x20AC;? she said. The ad is not a representation of what Delta Zeta stands for, and having someone pose as a pledge, Rohrer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not sure how to protect our name from random people trying to deface it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my 20 years weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had someone impersonate us, especially not in an escort ad.â&#x20AC;? When The Shorthorn contacted the number in the ad, a woman who identified herself as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Autumnâ&#x20AC;? said she was with the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fort Worth chapterâ&#x20AC;? of Delta Zeta before hanging up. A Fort Worth Weekly representative was not available for comment.

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SUPA Senator authors 3 resolutions Irby Fosterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions call for changes at the UTA/Fort Worth Center. By Johnathan Silver The Shorthorn senior staff

Student Congress referred three resolutions during a general body meeting Tuesday night to their designated committees for research. Irby Foster, an Urban and Public Affairs senator and representative from the UTA/Fort Worth Center, authored all three. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t See at Nightâ&#x20AC;? calls

for additional lighting and light repairs on the south side of the Fort Worth Center Santa Fe Station building. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Help Me Cross the Streetâ&#x20AC;? proposes that UTA work with Fort Worth officials to install a crosswalk for UTA students and search for better street lighting. In the third resolution, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Communication Is Taught, not Practiced,â&#x20AC;? Foster requests that the university investigate ways to incorporate bulletin boards in common areas and program an unused flat screen TV in the Santa Fe Station lobby to

display student government, main campus information and a schedule of events. All the resolutions introduced Tuesday were based on a survey Foster conducted at the end of the fall 2009 semester. He administered 150 surveys to Fort Worth campus students, and about 75 replied. Issues that students wanted university officials to address were parking, a need for escort services and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;disconnectionâ&#x20AC;? with the main campus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was clear that they were

treating us differently over there,â&#x20AC;? Foster said. Foster said he met with university officials, and some concerns are being addressed. For example, the Fort Worth Center Santa Fe Station library now allows students to bring covered drinks and will provide more computers. The next committee meeting will be Feb. 16, where the three resolutions will be assigned to senators for research. Johnathan Silver news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley

Irby Foster, School of Urban and Public Affairs Senator, read his resolutions aloud Tuesday in the University Center. Foster proposed three resolutions aimed at improving the UTA/Fort Worth Center with night safety additions and better information connectivity to the main campus in Arlington.

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Frozen pipes burst, cause water damage Renovations on Meadow mostly for guest speakers who come to campus. Fresh Run apartments include Kote Painting and Remodelnew vinyl flooring and paint. ing is handling the renovaby William JohnSon The Shorthorn staff

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Biology alumna and Timber Brook resident Shelley Spangler scrapes ice off her car window in Feb. 2009.

UTA watches for rain, snowy mix Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check their UTA e-mail Thursday by John harden The Shorthorn senior staff

Meteorologists predict a high chance for winter precipitation midweek in Arlington, but doubt the possibility for any significant accumulation. “It looks like it’s going to warm up quite a bit on Wednesday and Thursday,” said Jason Dunn, National

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Weather Service meteorologist. “It looks like we won’t have any heavy snow. We’ll mostly have a rain and snowy mix.”

The city has a 60 percent chance for snow on Wednesday night through Thursday night, he said. But because of temperatures warming slightly higher than expected, Dunn said he rules out any possibility for sleet and snow accumulation. The university will send e-mails to all students, faculty and staff in case of any weather-related closings, university spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said. “We’ll try to give the

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because she considers herself to be very outspoken. The group went through many videos to decide the comedians they would include in the line up including Loni Love on March 8. Cummings and Love have both appeared as guests on E!’s “Chelsea Lately.” Industrial engineering junior Emmanuel Correa said seeing her show would be relaxing. “As a student, you do so much homework and projects and you only go through college once,” he said. “Going to a comedy show would relieve that stress.” Cummings acted in “House M.D.” on Fox, the movies Made of Honor and In Fidelity. She’s done comedy routines for Showtime’s “Live Nude Comedy” and HBO’s “Down and Dirty With Jim Norton.” She’s also appeared recently on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.”

Chemistry and Physics Building will be christened The Allan Saxe Garden during the celebration in honor of his endowment. “I requested that as part of the endowment agreement so I can be tangibly connected with the sciences,” Saxe said. “My heart is with the Liberal Arts, but my brain is with the ‘hard’ sciences.” The funds being provided will help to secure the longevity of the Planetarium and its programs. “Endowments help us to build a strong financial future for the planetarium,” Planetarium Director Levent Gurdemir said. Another use of endowments is creating or purchasing content. A show was recently purchased, using endowed funds received last year, geared toward preschooler and featuring Big Bird and Elmo exploring the stars, Gurdemir said. Now the goal

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is to appeal to a broader demographic, he said. “We need to enrich our programs for high school students,” Gurdemir said. Saxe has been teaching at UTA for 45 years and has a long history of philanthropy. There are over 20 installations of businesses and city institutions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area currently named after him for donations he made. These include an adoption center at the Humane Society of North Texas in Fort Worth and several Allan Saxe gardens at places like the Fort Worth Zoo, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and Texas Christian University. “There are deeply phil-

notice around 6 a.m.,” she said. “It’s important that students check their e-mail in case of any closing because it’s the best direct method of communication the university has with them.” President James Spaniolo will make the decision to close the campus based on recommendations made by university officials.

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osophical and psychological reasons why I do this,” he said. “I really enjoy it. It’s a lot of fun.” Lori Norris, College of Science special programs coordinator, has known Saxe for many years. “When we began seeking a tangible way to honor Dr. Saxe for his very generous gift, I was tickled to find out that we could plan the recognition to coincide with his birthday,” she said. “I hope we can round up 1,000 Mavericks to help us celebrate his special day.” Saxe won’t say how many of these special days he’s had, though. “I will not tell anybody my age — that is between me and the Social Security Administration,” he said. The celebration will take place from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of the Chemistry and Physics Building. Saxe guarantees the ice cream won’t melt, and there will be plenty of sprinkles. JuStin Sharp news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

Renovations continue on Meadow Run apartments as workers hope to complete repairs within the next two weeks. Sprinkler heads and fittings burst on Jan. 9. When one of the automatic sprinklers is exposed to a temperature above the temperature rating, it opens, allowing the air in the piping to vent from that sprinkler, said Robert Smith, Environmental Health and Safety assistant director. As the air pressure drops, water is allowed in the piping. He said the pipes have to be tested annually. A problem in the pipes led to residual water building up and freezing in early January. On Jan. 9, the water froze and expanded. While thawing, the pipes cracked and burst along with the ice. “This was a latent error in the pipes and we are working to fix this,” he said. “This is an unforeseen problem from when the building was first built. In terms of building safety, we are above and beyond building standards.” Most of the damage happened in a building on the opposite side of the property’s clubhouse. Over 30 units were affected by the water damage, soaking ceilings, walls and flooring. Seven damaged guest units are included in the remodeling process. These units are

tions, which include the new drywall, texturing and paint. Don Lange, Facilities Management associate director, said the units will feature new vinyl flooring that extends from the living room to the kitchen. “We’re shifting to this new vinyl material. It has the look of hardwood and adds a more upscale look to the units,” Lange said. Most students, he said, had a place to stay the night of the incident. Students who had nowhere to stay were given new units to live in until they could be moved permanently. The price of the project so far is over $200,000 in for cleanup and repair. “The office of environmental health and safety is looking into preventing this sort of thing in the future,” Lange said. Three students filed official damage reports with the university, said Nandini Bissessar-Grant, Housing Operations assistant director. Students have 60 days after the incident to report damage claims to the housing office. Some students were not moved because their damage was not sufficient. The sprinkler and pipe malfunction did not leave residents without fire protection. The affected buildings still have a wet pipe system protecting them from possible fires. William JohnSon news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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Michael Better, a worker for the private contractor Fresh Kote Painting and Remodeling, applies a new coat of paint to rennovated sheetrock Tuesday in the Meadow Run apartments.

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