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Tech event used as recruiting tool Starting this year, a FIRST The robot challenge allowed scholarship is available to attract high school students to preview students from different cities, the College of Engineering. states and even continents. BY CHRIS HUNT The Shorthorn staff
The College of Engineering hosted the fifth annual Southwest Regional For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Tech Challenge Saturday in the Maverick Activities Center. The challenge, called Hot Shot, featured team-built and operated robots capturing baseballsized plastic balls and tossing them into various receptacles for points. Twenty-four teams of high school robotics technicians battled through 27 qualifying rounds for a shot at the finals. College of Engineering dean Bill Carroll said it was the best turnout UTA has had at a FIRST event.
J. Carter Tiernan, College of Engineering assistant dean, directed the challenge and provided information about UTA’s College of Engineering. “All of these kids get to come to our university,” she said. Hosting the event allows the students to preview the campus — something she hopes will encourage them to explore what the College of Engineering has to offer. Additionally, team participation in a U.S. FIRST Tech Challenge is one of the new scholarship’s requirements. Interested students must also meet all of the President’s Charter Scholarship requirements, to which the FIRST Scholarship CHALLENGE continues on page 4
Fair offers food, fun and information Free food and scavenger hunt accompany health screenings stressing preventative care. BY MONICA S. NAGY The Shorthorn staff
Students will receive free health screenings and free food at the “Fun in the Sun” Student Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Sponsored by the Student Health Advisory Committee in collaboration with Health Services advisers, the fair is strategically held before spring break to stress preventative health care, inform students of the health services available to them through the university and cover a broad range of health topics. “The Health Fair is a wonderful opportunity for students to get some basic knowledge on health related topics,” Health Services Director Robert Blum said. With more vendors and volunteers than the year before, the
WHEN AND WHERE What: Student Health Fair 2010 When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday Where: University Center Palo Duro Lounge and Central Library Mall
fair will offer more hands-on interaction for students, health educator Nekima Booker said. Through the 42 vendors, students can expect services ranging from kidney, blood pressure and vision screenings, as well as massages and pedicures. Kinesiology junior Natalie Herring recommends that students attend. “Not a lot of people know what’s going on in their body, so to go somewhere where they can be informed and possibly prevent a problem is awesome,” she said. While taking part in the free health screenings offered, students can also grab free food provided by vendors like Sweet ToFAIR continues on page 6
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Comedian Tissa Hami performs Monday night in the Rosebud Theatre. Hami had a short stand up act followed by her telling life stories about how she got to be where she is.
Muslim-American comedian turns her daily experiences into entertainment BY HANNAH DOCKRAY The Shorthorn staff
Multicultural Affairs director Leticia Martinez opened a night of comedy by alerting the audience members that the terror level had been increased to orange, while introducing Muslim-American comedian Tissa Hami. Hami performed in front of a crowd of about 50 Monday night in
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Hunger event portrays discrepancy in food rations Participants in the Hunger Banquet experience the hunger millions feel daily.
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ROTC members watch from the Palo Duro Lounge as a round is fired by the Carlisle Cannons during the Hall of Honor Reception toasts on Saturday.
As Medina read, nine cadets lined up on the stage behind her dressed in uniforms reflecting the various time periods outlined in the poem, including the time of World War I, World War
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Cadets honored in ROTC tradition The Corps of Cadets held its 30th Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony on Saturday, honoring two inductees from two generations. The event, which began with a reception at 10:30 a.m. in the Palo Duro Lounge and continued with a luncheon at 1 p.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom, honored retired Lt. Col. Lee B. Wilson and Col. Lester Simpson for their careers in the military as well as their time in the Corps of Cadets. During the reception, cadet Staff Sgt. and nursing junior Analise Medina read the poem, “I Am A Maverick.” The piece details the history of the Corps of Cadets on campus from the time the university was a military academy to present day.
the Rosebud Theatre. She said her stand-up includes topics that usually make Americans uneasy. Her jokes encompassed a variety of Muslim stereotypes and made fun of the superficial way others see Iranians. Her performance began with a 30-minute comedy skit followed by a speech on her life lessons and wrapped up
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Event participants learned Monday night during the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet that a brief conversation or an unexpected economic downturn could result in people losing their source of income and livelihood. The event was part of Oxfam America’s ACT FAST initiative to educate people about world hunger and resource shortages and to garner support for beating poverty. Participants were assigned a social class and ate accordingly. But some changed classes after a scenario in which they experienced good times or lost jobs. Out of the nearly 50 who participated, those who represented highclass society were served tea, chicken, rice, vegetables and beans. Middle-
class partakers were given rice, beans and water, whereas those in the low class were served only rice and water. Before the feast began, Brian Builta, Tarrant Area Food Bank grants specialist, explained to listeners the weight of world hunger and what his local organization does. One event that launched hunger and disaster relief benefits was the charity single “We Are the World,” recorded in 1985. More than a billion people worldwide are hungry, he said. “Those are astronomical numbers,” Builta said. “Nine hundred eighty-seven million people on Earth live on a dollar a day or less.” He added that there is hunger among friends and other members of society that many don’t notice. He said although it doesn’t seem as tragic as malnourished children in Africa, hunger is everywhere and needs to be combated. Most participants walked into the HUNGER continues on page 6
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Architecture graduate student Michael Hemme measures pieces of cardboard while working on a project for his graduate studio class Monday night in the Architecture Building. The project tasks students with creating a light rail stop that features a digital gallery and addresses how people would view the gallery as they enter.
Unloading Garrett’s private legacy Jenkins Garrett’s past contributions earn UTA Special Collections renown. By rachel snyder The Shorthorn staff
Special Collections is still working on unpacking the 12 boxes of books received after Jenkins Garrett’s death. Jenkins Garrett and his wife Virginia, the major donors to Special Collections in the Central Library since 1973, continued to donate exclusively to UTA until Jenkins’s death on January 28, 2010. Garrett’s collection was estimated to be the largest collection of Texas history in private hands until his death. Dean of libraries Gerald Saxon is writing a book titled Jenkins and Virginia Garrett: Texas Collectors as Library Builders. Jenkins’s original contribution to Special Collections in 1973 was over 10,000 items, which consisted of books, manuscripts, sheet music and graphics, such as prints of battle scenes and photos. Saxon said he estimates the total number of items donated by the Garretts to be over 20,000. He said Garrett was passionate
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Superheroes among homecoming partygoers The Bash saw students turn out in costumes as part of the comic theme. BY JOAN KHALAF The Shorthorn senior staff
A rivalry between Spider-Man and Superman surfaced Friday night. The students dressed as the comic book superheroes, Blake Manning and Brent Burns, took it outside after Spider-Man won the costume contest. “The competition was rigged,” said Burns, a computer science junior who dressed as Superman. “Superman is the best and everyone knows it.” The costume contest was part of the bigger superhero-themed Homecoming celebration, The Bash, in the University Center. The event saw the UC transform into a world full of activities like laser tag, bouncy boxing and free food. Students could come dressed as superheroes and enter the costume contest, which judged contestants based on crowd loudness. “I put my life in danger way more than Superman does,” said Manning, a kinesiology senior who played Spider-Man. “When was the last time they made another Superman movie, anyway?” When it was his turn to present himself as a contestant, Manning slithered around the floor and pretended to throw spider webs out with his hands. The crowd started chanting “Spider-Man! SpiderMan!” Manning received a $50 Visa gift card for winning. Jared Compton, aerospace and mechanical en-
gineering senior, came second place to Manning. In the final face-off, they were given the Spider-Man theme song to dance to. “It was disappointing,” Compton said. “I felt that last song gave him a bit of an edge.” Compton said he dressed as “Mav Man” — with orange and blue — checkered tights, a shirt featuring Blaze, a white cape and hat – to be original. “I know everyone would probably have a storebought costume,” he said. “But I thought, ‘it’s Homecoming week,’ so I came up with this.” The Bluebonnet Ballroom was transformed into part-dancing room, partlaser tag course and partinflatable spider wall. The hall next to the Connection Café where students were brought through was an almost pitch-black path with a slight purple glow — representing Batman’s Arkham Asylum. In the Palo Duro Lounge, attendees could make their own music video in front of a green screen, put themselves in a motion simulator or knock each other out in bouncy boxing. Chris Hysaw, business administration graduate student, enjoyed boxing the best because he said it gets out his aggression. “It’s not like I have a lot of anger,” he said, “but I get to beat up on my friends with everyone watching.” Biology freshman LaRance Delasbour said she was surprised at the event’s large scale. “I didn’t know it would be this big,” the EXCEL Campus Activities event staff member said. “It turned out really good.”
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Information systems junior John Patrick Akinyemi said he’s been at the university for a year and a half and attended because he wanted to have more UTA spirit. “I don’t do much for school spirit,” he said. “I’m a bad example.” Srikanth Polisetty, computer science graduate student, said he’s never celebrated a homecoming in his life. “In India, they don’t have anything like this — a homecoming,” he said. “I don’t get it, but I guess everyone just comes to together to have fun.” JOAN KHALAF firstname.lastname@example.org
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Top: Attendees make a music video at the 2010 Blue and White Bash in the PaloDuro Lounge. Above: Kinesiology senior Blake Manning won the superhero costume competition by dressing as Spider-Man on Friday night at the Blue and White Bash.
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military history we have at this university,” Medina said. “I am just so proud to be commissioning for this university.” Inductee Simpson was an active member of the Corps of Cadets for four years and commanded the Sam Houston Rifles Drill Team in 1979 and 1980, winning the State of Texas Championship. He gave his speech first during the luncheon. “I truly, truly thank each and every one of you for your support,” he said. He was granted an early commission into the Texas Army National Guard in 1980 and graduated from UTA with a bachelor’s in general studies in 1983. Simpson deployed twice to Bosnia and will deploy to Afghanistan sometime this year. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Achievement Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. “It’s a great honor,” he said of his induction. “I’m just thrilled.” Inductee Retired Lt. Col. Lee B. Wilson entered Arlington State College in the fall of 1955 and became a member of the Corps of Cadets and the Sam Houston Rifles Drill Team. “I am indeed humbled to be selected by my peers for this position,” he said. At the end of his first semester he signed a professional baseball contract only to have the league fold before he could begin playing. Wilson returned to Arlington State College and rejoined the Corps of Cadets and the Sam Houston Rifles. He graduated at the rank of Deputy Corps Commander in 1962 with a BBA degree and was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. Wilson volunteered for combat in Vietnam. His decorations, received before his retirement in 1984, include the Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart, and
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A ROYAL TRADITION After being named the 2010 Homecoming king and queen, management senior Travis Boren, left, and political science junior Eleanor Khonje walk down the red carpet during halftime of the women’s basketball game against Sam Houston State University on Saturday at Texas Hall.
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Top: The Sam Houston Rifle Drill Team performs for drill team alumni Saturday on the University Center Mall during the 2010 Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony. Hall of Honor inductees Col. Lester Simpson and Retired Lt. Col. Lee Wilson were both members of the Sam Houston Rifles. Above: Hall of Honor inductees Col. Lester Simpson, left, and Retired Lt. Col. Lee Wilson laugh as they are introduced Saturday in the Palo Duro Lounge during a reception prior to the Military Science Department and Cadet Corps Alumni Council’s 2010 Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony. Col. Simpson is currently preparing for his fourth deployment to Afghanistan as Commander of the 176th Engineer Brigade, 36th Infantry Division. LTC Wilson has received numerous awards and decorations including the Silver Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal. He said being inducted into the Hall of Honor was like arriving in the Viking paradise Valhalla. “It’s just about the ultimate to be part of a group
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Left: South Lake Carroll team member Matthew Carson ponders during the FIRST Tech Challenge on Saturday in the Maverick Activities Center. Carson had to use a laptop to program the robot’s commands before it could be taken to the competition arena. The Shorthorn: Will LaVoncher
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adds $3,000 for a yearly total of $11,000, according to the College of Engineering’s Web site. Corey Goforth, a senior at Blair High School in Blair, Okla., said he wasn’t considering engineering as a major until Saturday’s challenge. Now he’s interested in studying it at UTA. “I think this is something I could do,” he said. “This campus is pretty nice.” Goforth was on the Longshots, the team that won the final competition. Kale Westover, the Longshots’ team captain and senior at Altus High School in Altus, Okla., will lead his team at the FTC World Championship this April in
Atlanta. Westover drove the team’s robot and managed to control it to victory despite multiple illegal rams from the opposite team. “Mainly the whole team got us here,” he said. “It’s a big accomplishment.” Team Nardo Robotics, who traveled from Norway to compete, were selected by another team for a final alliance match. Nardo partnered with another team for a doubles match. “We don’t have FTC in Norway, so we had to come to the U.S. to compete,” said Jonas Fuglaas, driver and software programmer. He said the College of Engineering’s new scholarship makes the school an enticing choice, especially considering the money already spent on intercontinental competition. Cody Williams, a senior
Above: A team from Richland High School competes in the FIRST Tech Challenge on Saturday in the Maverick Activities Center. Competitors assembled robots that could collect balls and shoot them into targets.
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Jonas Fuglaas works on his teams’ robot after competing in the first round of the FIRST Tech Challenge on Saturday in the Maverick Activities Center. Fuglaas and his team traveled from Norway to participate in the event.
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Secily Luker Humanities graduate student What are you doing for Spring Break? “I’m not really sure. Probably just go home and visit family.” What movie should win the Academy Award for Best Picture? “Up was great. I could watch it with my little brother and be entertained.”
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One idea Weiss said he is exthose. And the people who can figure this out now will be in high cited about is a slide application where filmmakers can slide their demand.” His students sit around a table, short film or trailer from iPhone listen to proposals and discuss to iPhone through Bluetooth. Also, them in detail. Film/video senior he said he liked a dubbing app he Robert Curtis’s idea is a film pre- thought up in one of the classes. It production tool, where filmmakers would allow people to dub over a can keep things like shot lists, call scene with their own dialogue. “How fun would that be?” He sheets, locations (with maps), all said. on their phone. Weiss said Weiss talked the university is the idea out “I have no idea how we are becoming more with his stu- getting where we’re going, but focused on redents, excited we’re going someplace. We are search, and the about its poall in the abyss of the idea.” class is another tential. way to accom“This can plish that goal. change the way Bart Weiss He believes people do this film associate professor and area coordinator there’s an opporwork,” he said. tunity to com“This is a tool municate with more people and that would unite production.” More presentations followed connect with a different universe and the class continued working of people. “We’re building something that out the kinks of the apps. The ideas are fascinating and hasn’t been done before,” he said. But Weiss said it’s frightening. all over the place, Weiss said. They “Everything up to this point was reflect their interests.
research,” Weiss said about the structure of the class. “But after this it draws on skills above my comfort space.” The class has some logistic issues. Out of the 14 students, only eight of the students have iPhones or iTouches. And trying to show examples via the iPhone requires the class to pass around Weiss’s phone. “I have no idea how we are getting where we’re going, but we’re going someplace,” he said. “We are all in the abyss of the idea.” Weiss said tackling the coding of apps would be a combination of learning what his class can do itself and hiring someone. But Weiss said he hopes the experiment takes off and becomes a regular class. Weiss, along with his class, seems to welcome the challenge. “You don’t need to be a developer to develop an app,” Clark said. “You just need an idea.” SARA PINTILIE Featuresemail@example.com
Dead Man Walking offers thought-provoking performance BY JASON BOYD The Shorthorn Scene editor
Stephen Tyler Howell’s powerhouse performance as doomed inmate Matthew Poncelet made Dead Man Walking’s premiere a thought-provoking success Friday night. The play, part of the national Death Penalty Play Project, is about a death row inmate who turns to a nun, Sister Helen Prejean, for help seeking a pardon for his life and later, his soul. The Theatre Arts department’s production will repeat Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The play gets a tad preachy at times, but it’s preachy from both sides. Poncelet is accused of raping a woman and killing her and her boyfriend. The victims’ families want him dead, Poncelet’s family wants the opposite and Prejean is caught in between. The dialogue as a whole, evened out by all parties, doesn’t take sides in the end but tries to get the audience to consider the point of an execution.
What are you doing for Spring Break? “Going to Las Vegas — I just got my tax return.” What movie should win the Academy Award for Best Picture? “I was really curious about The Hurt Locker, but I wouldn’t mind Up winning.”
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hen Bart Weiss, film associate professor and area coordinator, envisions a new class, he said he imagines what he would want to learn if he was 20 years old. And that is iPhone applications. In its first semester, iPhone/ Video Interactive Concepts, a special studies class, focuses on pitching and developing iPhone applications. Toward the beginning of the semester, every student created an idea and proposed applications from games to film pre-production. Most stayed in the area they know best — film. This class is under the art undergraduate catalog, geared toward film and video students. Weiss said he wants to develop as many apps as possible and get them approved by Apple. “When I envisioned this class,” Weiss said, “The question was ‘How can we as artists use the media to do the work?’” This isn’t the first time Weiss worked in developing iPhone apps. Two of his students, interdisciplinary senior Rhonda Clark and film/video senior Henry Moore, developed an app for VideoFest, a Dallas video festival founded by Weiss, as part of their independant studies. The app is available for free on iTunes. “In the future, every business will have an iPhone app,” Weiss said. “Somebody has to design
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Poncelet does not elicit sympathy. He’s hate-filled for much of the play and at times presents a despicable picture, which is refreshing. The audience isn’t prompted to take sides but to take it all in. Howell portrays Poncelet with a skillful combination of stage bravado, capturing the attention of even those in the back row, and shades of acting only visible up close. Of all the actors, he keeps his presence of character evenly throughout the entirety of the play, even when others take the spotlight. “The whole show went well, but the pivotal transitions, the scenes with parents, the court scene, the play’s climax and denouement, I believe all played out successfully,” Howell said after his performance. “I would like to see the fervor and zeal that I know I and each of my fellow cast members have for this show hold through to closing.” Alan Pollard also takes his character by the reins as the attorney Prejean enlists to save Poncelet, Hilton Barber. The actor seems to sink deep into the role and conforms even his slightest manner-
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isms to that of a southern, battletorn attorney. Some of the actors stilt themselves and let the script’s powerful language fall flat, but it’s not too distracting and may fix itself in the following performances. The production value is pristine. One stage technique in particular gives the illusion of ghosts from the past appearing above the stage as the play shows the crime itself. The events fade in and out, like a dream or memory, while the present plays out. Some of the scenes from the past can get a little hard to handle, showing the suggestion of rape and murder. The finale deals with equally intense subject matter. If the audience is willing to endure some hard-to-watch segments, the
emotional impact pays off. The stage setting is also quite clever, using minimal props to convey an array of scene changes. Settings like Poncelet’s cell, the pardon board hearing room and the victims’ homes all come across as immersive despite a bit of minimalism. The play’s best parts, from the acting to staging, ratchet up as it draws to an end, culminating in a dramatic finale that is stirring theater at its best. This is where Howell takes charge, showing Poncelet’s full character arc with a commanding presence. “I feel it was received well,” Howell said. “It’s not exactly a happy-go-lucky play that’s measured by audience adoration. The point here is whether, at least a portion of, the audience left the Mainstage thinking about the issue.” Dead Man Walking’s next performance is 8 p.m. Friday in the Mainstage Theatre.
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Jacket: Daniels said she chose this black double-breasted jacket from Dillard’s because it was warm and only cost $89. Pants: Daniels was dressed for her work today and said the light-grey slacks were “just simple and look good.” Boots: She said her black boots were comfortable, and she got them for $30. Glasses: Daniels said she like these particular DKNY frames because of the mix of brown and light blue colors. Fashion Philosophy: “I like to make statements with what I wear — be loud,” Daniels said. Estimated cost: $150-$200 Top 10 1. “Imma Be” — The Black Eyed Peas 2. “TiK ToK” — Ke$ha 3. “BedRock” — Young Money featuring Lloyd 4. “Bad Romance” — Lady Gaga 5. “Need You Now” — Lady Antebellum 6. “We Are The World 25: For Haiti” — Artists for Haiti 7. “Hey, Soul Sister” — Train 8. “How Low” — Ludacris 9. “In My Head” — Jason Derulo 10. “Say Aah” — Trey Songz featuring Fabolous
— Billboard.com More than drums The university’s percussion and African ensembles will put on a free concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Irons Recital Hall. A warning — it might induce grooving.
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with a Q-and-A. A self-proclaimed activist for Muslim women, Hami teaches audiences about the humor in diversity. “People want to be entertained,” she said. “And when they are being entertained, they listen.” And entertainment was just what Hami gave Arlington resident Graciela Villatoro. “Her performance was great,” she said. “She had me laughing the whole time.” Hami told a joke about her experiences in a mosque and how women praying in the back may seem repressed by Muslim men in front, but really women just like the view. Hami immigrated to America from Iran in 1978. She said encounters with prejudices and bigotry happen daily. She said most of these experiences she uses as material for her stand-up. Upon deciding to become a comedian she also decided to break stereotypes and share a better understanding of Iranian people, sometimes gaining criticism rather than praise. “A lot of my hate mail comes from other Muslims,” she said. “But you can’t reach everyone. I have Muslims who love my jokes and hate my jokes. I just have to do
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matoes, Mimi’s Café and The Cheesecake Factory. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a large scavenger hunt. The hunt will start with a list of 10 questions that participants must travel to various booths to answer and end with a survey. The grand prize is a Nikon COOLPIX digital
what I think is right.” Hami said her debut in 2002 marked the beginning of her journey towards racial insight. She takes stereotypical views and puts them into her act, giving others a feel for her shoes, she said. Hami said her message of empowerment and risk-taking came from her experiences with inquisitive neighbors and overly cautious airport customs employees. The lesson Hami learned early in her comedy career was to believe in herself. “I have to be my own biggest fan,” she said. “My parents were against [comedy] and so I had doubts. But if I didn’t believe that I could do this, no one would.” Hami said the path to comedic immortality using prejudice as the foundation challenges her every day, but her resolve to stay dedicated has her communicating her message across the globe. “I never thought I’d be a comedian,” she said. “I have traveled to places I thought I would never go. I have finally learned where I fit into the picture.” Biology junior Krysta Chavez was all enthusiasm after the show. “I really enjoyed it,” Chavez said. “It was an inspirational performance, and it really encourages people to be themselves.” hannah Dockray email@example.com
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Nursing freshman Zach Murphy eats a meal of chicken, rice and beans at the Hunger Banquet on Monday in the Rio Grande Ballroom. Coordinators of the Hunger Banquet read interactive stories to the audience that represented events that could happen in real life.
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University Center Rio Grande Ballroom thinking they lucked out after being assigned to the middle class but received a rude awakening after hard times fell on some group’s members. Some members swapped classes with low-class participants after either experiencing good times or running out of luck due to a job loss because one chose to confront an unbearable boss. These are some of the things millions deal with daily, said Rachel Carter, UTA Volunteers Health and Homelessness Committee director. Biomedical engineering freshman Elester Williams began in the middle class, lost his job, and was then subjected to a rice and water only meal. The quick change made his ex-
perience more informative, he said. “I learned a lot about hunger, and issues were brought forth that I never heard or thought of,” he said. “I will be less wasteful and have a greater appreciation for what I have.” Event sponsors included UTA Volunteers, the Leadership Academy, Freshmen Leaders on Campus and the Residence Hall Association. Leadership Center director Stephanie Brown said events such as the hunger banquet raises awareness of poverty and hunger worldwide. “In the Leadership Center, we think that current and future leaders should be aware of global issues so that they can make responsible choices and take action — like the work we’re doing in Haiti,” she said. Psychology senior Chassidy Young said some meal portions given out couldn’t sustain most
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After a short speech by Brian Builta, a grant specialist from the Tarrant Area Food Bank, students attending the Hunger Banquet in the Rio Grande Ballroom were randomly divided into lower, middle and upper classes. The students in the lower class were told to sit on the floor and were then served rice, students in the middle class sat in chairs and served rice and beans and the students in the upper class were given rice, beans and chicken.
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remember Check out TheShorthorn.com for a live blog of the men’s basketball last regular home game of the season. Page 8
Mavericks gain revenge against Bearkats UTA led the entire game as five players finished with double digits. By traviS DetheraGe The Shorthorn staff
A hot start was all it took for the Mavericks to separate themselves from Sam Houston State in an 87-76 win Saturday at Texas Hall. It was a game where it seemed like the Mavericks (13-14, 8-6 Southland Conference) could do whatever they wanted offensively as five players finished in double figures. The Mavericks started the game shooting 7-of-8 from the field, which gave them a 20-8 lead with 14:55 left in the first half. Senior guard Meghan Nelson had 17 points and said she knew her team had to get off to a quick start. “They beat us in overtime at their house so we knew we were going to have to get on them early for us to pull out a win,” she said. After the quick start, SHSU (9-17, 6-8 SLC) never got within four points the rest of the game. The Mavericks shot 44.7 percent from the floor and held SHSU to 37.1 percent shooting as the Mavericks took a 45-36 halftime lead. Head coach Samantha Morrow was pleased with the way her team played. “Sam Houston Sate dosen’t run a lot of help-side defense, and when they did we were able to give Tamara Simmons some shots, and Shalyn Martin was able to do a lot of things inside,” she said. “We were just executing our offense, pretty much.” In the second half, it was more of the same for the Mavericks as they had the biggest lead of the game at 20 points with 2:22 left in the game. The Mavericks shot 57.1 percent and held SHSU to 39.5 percent shooting. Morrow said her team
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“I’m not sure there’s going to be a set rotation. and I’m not sure there should be. I think it’s good to have it be competitive and have the minutes be based on how you’re playing, how hard you’re playing,” rick Carlisle, Dallas mavericks head coach on the team’s rotation for the remainder of the season.
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expected to win this game. “They beat us in overtime last time we played them, and we felt like we let that game slip away,” she said. “I know there was a revenge factor as far as they were concerned. Our players were not going to take Sam Houston lightly.” Junior guard Tamara Simmons had a career-high 27 points last time the Mavs played against SHSU and on Saturday she finished with 22 points to lead all scorers. Junior forward Shayln Martin finished with her ninth double-double of the season with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Simmons said she knew she had to come out and be consistent. “I just came out with the mindset that I just need to remain consistent so I can help
Tuesday, March 2 -Baseball at Oklahoma, 3 p.m. -Softball at Texas State, 4 p.m. -Softball at Texas State, 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 -Men’s Basketball against Nicholls State, 7 p.m. at Texas Hall -Women’s Basketball at Nicholls State, 6:30 p.m. -Softball at Texas State, 2 p.m. Men’s Tennis against UT Dallas, 2 p.m. Thursday, March 4 -Baseball vs. Brigham Young, 6:30 p.m.
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Junior forward Shalyn Martin attempts a layup over Bearkats forward Whitney Smith on Saturday during the Mavericks’ 87-76 homecoming win over Sam Houston State at Texas Hall. Martin recorded a doubledouble with 17 points and 14 rebounds while also contributing three blocks and three assists in the victory.
Meghan out on the offensive end,” she said. “And I feel like if I come out consistent every night and help her out we can win.”
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A choice selection leads Mavs to maul Bears left-field wall for the walkoff win. While Guest provided the One of the biggest issues entering the 2010 baseball weekend fireworks, Mitchell season was finding someone had a record-breaking afterproductive enough to pro- noon on Friday. Mitchell set the tect Michael Choice UTA single-game in the lineup. strikeout record Go ahead and with 18 punchouts scratch that probin nine innings, lem off the list. surpassing Roger Steffan Guest hit Lancaster’s mark of a walk-off single to 16 against UT-San win Friday’s duel. Antonio on April He then pelted a 27th, 1997. walk-off three-run “That’s the best homer on Saturday starting pitching to lead the Maver- Steffan Guest, job I’ve seen since icks to a pair of vic- catcher I’ve been here,” tories over the visiting Missouri State Bears this week- head coach Darin Thomas said. “It was outstanding.” end at Clay Gould Ballpark. Mitchell, pitching withThe Mavericks, entering out long sleeves in the 40-dethe series looking for their first win of the season, had to gree weather, had a no-hitter endure 14 innings to earn it. going until the final out of the ninth when Senior pitcher Jason Bears shortstop Mitchell suffered Travis McComack frigid temperatures lined a single right to set a strikeout back up the middle record and teamed to end it. He then up with Adam struck out centerBoydston to keep fielder Aaron Conthe Bears scoreless way to end his long enough for night. Guest to provide the “I was just heroics. Jason Mitchell, locked in,” Mitchell Guest, hitting pitcher said. “That was by cleanup as the desfar the best outing ignated hitter, smoked a 14th-inning single up the I’ve ever had. Everything was middle to score Logan Baw- just working.” Boydston stepped in com for the 1-0 win, despite striking out with a runner in and kept the Bears scorescoring position in his previ- less for the rest of the night, combining with Mitchell to ous at-bat. “I really wanted that strike out 26 batters, setting same situation again, and it a new UTA and Southland came through,” Guest said. Conference record and tying “I knew he was throwing off- the NCAA record. While the pitching staff speed so I waited on it and made tremendous strides stayed through the middle.” Guest did it again on this weekend, the Mavericks Saturday after Choice was still find themselves missing intentionally walked in the out on scoring opportunininth inning. Guest took a ties as evidenced by leaving J.C. Casey curveball over the 26 runners stranded on the By Sam morton
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SoftBallin’ Sophomore Courtney Zink plays second base and returns a hit Saturday afternoon at Allan Saxe Field. The women’s team lost 1-0 against Wichita State.
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Mavericks look to put game behind them in loss to Sam Houston State Before the men’s basketball team’s Monday practice, head coach Scott Cross was brief and direct in his assessment of his team’s 94-69 loss to Sam Houston State on Saturday in Huntsville. “We got our butts handed to us,” he said. “If the guys aren’t ready to play on Wednesday, I don’t think anything I can say or do is going to get them ready. They’re either going to be ready or not.” SHSU (21-6, 13-1 Southland Conference) shot 41 percent from behind the arc and held the Mavericks (16-11, 8-6 SLC) to 29 percent from 3-point range. Four Mavericks scored in double figures but it wasn’t enough compared to the Bearkats’ top two scorers, senior guard Corey Allmond and junior forward Gilberto Clavell, who each scored 21 points. Three Mavericks, senior guards Brandon Long and Marquez Haynes and sophomore forward LaMarcus Reed III, each scored 14 points. Senior forward Tommy Moffitt scored 10 points. UTA had 16 free-throw attempts, making only eight. SHSU went 14of-18 from the free-throw line, good enough for 78 percent. Cross said he was done thinking about Sam Houston and wouldn’t sit down his team to watch the game film, something they do every Monday after a Saturday game. “We’re going to put Sam Houston behind us,” he said. “I’m done with it. I’m not even going to show them film on it. I don’t think that’s the team we are, the way we played the other night.” — Clint Utley
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base-paths. “Overall we played a lot better this weekend,” Thomas said. “We were dramatically improved. If we can just keep improving every week before conference pitchingwise, we’ll find a way to hit and score enough runs.”
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The printing resolution: $100 printing funds to be transferred to other allowances will be discussed in Student Congress Tuesday night.
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