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LEGISLATURE

Texting drivers would get fined A $200 fine and possible jail time will be part of the punishment if HB 242 is made a law. BY TIFFANY TODD The Shorthorn staff

A bill that would criminalize texting and driving is on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature.

On May 30 the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 242, which would ban sending emails, text messages and instant messages while driving. The offense, if the legislation is signed, would be a misdemeanor punishable by a $200 fine and possible jail time for up to 30 days. Tougher penalties would be imposed for accidents resulting in in-

jury or death. Drivers would be allowed to make calls, use a GPS, text with a hands-free device or use a device built into the car. Drivers would still be allowed to communicate via text with a dispatcher for a job. Gov. Rick Perry has 20 days from the time it passes to sign the bill into law. If he doesn’t sign or veto the legislation, then it goes into ef-

The Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games change their dates in hopes of attracting more visitors next year

fect Sept. 1. There is no official word from the governor’s office on whether he plans to sign the bill into law. Laws regarding cellphone usage are familiar in Texas. Currently, Texas law prohibits cellphone use in school zones and drivers younger than 18 using cell phones during the first year they drive. Cities such as Austin and San Antonio already

have local bans in place. Students on campus are interested in how the law would be implemented. “If the police see you holding the phone while driving, they have no proof that you were texting or emailing unless they confiscate the phone TEXTING continues on page 8

UNIVERSITY

Spaniolo stays positive despite budget cuts UTA is committed to dealing with high enrollment, President Spaniolo said. BY STEPHANIE KNEFEL The Shorthorn staff

President James Spaniolo assured faculty and staff during a town hall meeting that UTA is James Spaniolo, Donald Bobbitt, moving forward despite budget university university provost cuts. president Last spring, 113 faculty members were offered an opportunity But campus leaders will have to to voluntarily leave their positions make smart and strategic choices, at UTA for a one-time, full-year he said. salary’s pay, which 27 accepted. The “We are going to make every efyear before that, 247 staff members fort not to lose focus and minimize also were offered separation pay- the human impact on campus of ment, which 59 accepted. Between reductions,” Spaniolo said. those two years, the university has The forum reviewed the universeen cuts to some services and re- sity’s plans in response to the 82nd ductions in various departments. Texas Legislature with a Q-and-A UTA hasn’t seen any worst-case scenarios, though, Spaniolo said. BUDGET continues on page 5

NBA FINALS

The Shorthorn: Allyson Kaler

(From left) The Killdares band members Tim Smith, Matt Willis, and Gary Thorn play during the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games on Sunday afternoon at Maverick Stadium. Originally from Dallas, The Killdares play Celtic rock music with fiddles, bagpipes and electric guitars.

Kilt by the Heat BY BIANCA MONTES The Shorthorn senior staff

The Celtic music of composer Brian McNeill echoed through Maverick Stadium on Sunday as the annual three-day Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games said goodbye to its final summer. The festival, which has been an Arlington staple for 25 years, has been known to attract more than 20,000 visitors a year. During the past couple of years, however, festival executive director Ray McDonald said there has been a decline in attendance. Organizers didn’t have this year’s numbers as of press time. McDonald said the heat is a major reason. This summer the temperature hit the high 90s and event volunteer Isabel Johnston said she saw one of the slowest turnouts in years. Johnson, who has been volunteering at the festival since its beginning, said the event will change its dates next year. Beginning in 2012, the festival will take place the first week of May.

“We do hope to have more interaction with the university since school will be in session,” McDonald said via email. “Perhaps some very good projects for various classes.” Johnson said this year has been one of the slowest. “It is important that we keep the festival going,” she said. “We come every year to keep up with our heritage and to pass it on to our children.” Johnson’s lifelong best friends Gene Siegel and Divina Robertson said the music and dancing were the most memorable to them. “Our children used to dance at the festival before they grew up,” Siegel said. “They’ve moved on to different states, so we watch the new generation of children dance.” Dallas-Fort Worth local Celtic band, Seamus Stout, managed to wake the overheated crowds during their set at the festival. Between their catchy melodies about pre-fab pubs and encouraging the young ladies to dance a jig, a lively dance with leaping movements, guests almost forgot about the heat.

Mavs superfan wins game tickets Zack Kulesz, die-hard fan and ticket winner wants redemption for the Mavs. BY TIFFANY TODD The Shorthorn staff

Dallas Mavericks fever is sweeping the UTA campus. The UTA basketball season is over, but all eyes are on the Mavs. Fans all over campus are decked out in Mavs gear. The Kulesz’ of Arlington are

die-hard fans. Partner in law firm Landrith & Kulesz, L.L.P., David Kulesz and his wife, English senior lecturer Peggy Kulesz, were Mavericks season ticket holders from 1985 to 1995. They initiated their family’s love of the team. “We started taking Zack to games at four,” David said of his son, Zack Kulesz, UT-Arlington Alumni Association membership and marketing assistant direcFINALS continues on page 3

FACILITIES

The Shorthorn: Allyson Kaler

Kommando Kilts, located in Oklahoma City, produces handmade kilts, boots, and sporrans, or kilt pouches. Kommando Kilts sells their merchandise at various Celtic and Scarborough Fairs nationwide.

“When the music starts, I forget about the heat,” Bedford resident Molly Paton said. “Then the music stops and I am miserable.” Paton said she and her husband have been attending the festival for FESTIVAL continues on page 8

Directories will add dimension to campus Several information directories will have stone columns and 3-D appliques. BY MONICA S. NAGY The Shorthorn senior staff

Facilities management is working to complete 12 new signs by mid-July to give the UTA community some direction. Three of the directory signs will have stone columns and

metal roofs so students can get a better understanding of the campus map while being shaded, said John Hall, vice president of finance and campus operations. The stone columns are to help support the roofs’ structures. The larger directories are near Arlington Hall, the University Center and the Maverick Activities Center. DIRECTORY continues on page 5


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THE SHORTHORN

CALENDAR Calendar submissions must be made by 4 p.m. two days prior to run date. To enter your event, call 817272-3661 or log on to www.theshorthorn.com/calendar

TODAY Intramural Tennis, Racquetball and Softball entries due: All day. Maverick Activities Center. For more information contact Campus Recreation at 817-2723277.

What You Wish the World Could Be: Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor parlor. Free. For more information contact Erin O’ Malley at omalley@uta.edu. Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor parlor. Free. For more information contact Erin O’ Malley at omalley@uta.edu. 2011 Texas Power Summer concert Series at Levitt Pavilion — Secret Agent 2300 Skidoo: 10:30 a.m. and 7:30

p.m. Levitt Pavilion. Free. For more information contact the Levitt Pavilion at info@flparlington.org or 817-543-4301. EXCEL Campus Activities Summer Activities Board Meeting: 2-3 p.m. Student Congress chambers. Free. For more information contact EXCEL President Julia Landro at excel-president@ uta.edu or 817-272-2963.

Gnomeo and Juliet : 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For more information contact the Planetarium at planetarium@uta. edu or 817-272-1183.

contact Erin O’ Malley at omalley@uta. edu.

information contact the Planetarium at planetarium@uta.edu or 817-272-1183.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor parlor. Free. For more information contact Erin O’ Malley at omalley@uta.edu.

Woman’s Alliance: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sanford House for Flights and Bites. Free, registration required. For information contact the Arlington Chamber of Commerce at 817-275-2613.

897 Square Group Show: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gallery 76102. Free. For more information contact Corey Gossett at gallery76102@uta.edu or 817-272-0365.

2011 Texas Power Summer Concert Series at Levitt Pavilion — Cas Haley: 8 p.m. Levitt Pavilion. Free. For more information contact the Levitt Pavilion at info@flparlington.org or 817-543-4301.

One World, One Sky : 2-3 p.m. Planetarium. $6 for adults, $4 for children. For more information contact the Planetarium at planetarium@uta.edu or 817-272-1183.

Texas Rangers Discounted Tickets: 7:05 p.m. Rangers Ballpark. Varied Pricing. For more information contact 972-726-4377.

897 Square Group Show Reception: 6-8 p.m. Gallery 76102. Free. For more information contact Corey Gossett at gallery76102@uta.edu or 817-272-0365.

THURSDAY

What You Wish the World Could Be: Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas : 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor parlor. Free. For more information

Ice Worlds: 6-7 p.m. Planetarium. $6 for adults, $4 for children. For more

Free Outdoor Movie: The Lincoln Lawyer: 9-11 p.m. Maverick Activities Center west lawn. Free. For more information contact EXCEL Campus Activities at excel@uta.edu or 817-272-2963.

ONLINE View more of the calendar and submit your own items at theshorthorn.com/calendar.

CONSTRUCTION

UC Market closed for summertime redesign The University Center Market is closed for the summer for renovations. The renovations will be complete Aug. 1. David Albart, University Center operations director, said the UC Market is being redesigned for a better style. There will be a small seating area and more options to choose from. The new store will offer healthier food varieties, Albart said. The expanded product offerings would generate more revenue for Aramark, the company that operates the market. The UC Market will have wooden flooring, Aramark’s brand name “Provisions on Demand� written on the walls and a bigger space for more products. The renovations followed the move of Career Services, which was next to the market, to Davis Hall. Alternatives open during the summer include the Connection Cafe, UC food court, Starbucks, Bowling and Billiards and the Maverick Activities Center Marketplace.

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University Center food court 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday

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Starbucks 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

— National Weather Service at www.nws.noaa.gov

Einstein Bros. Bagels 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Thursday

POLICE REPORT

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This is a part of the daily activity log produced by the university’s Police Department. To report a criminal incident on campus, call 817-272-3381.

TUESDAY Warrant Service Officers arrested a nonstudent during a routine traffic stop at 1:34 a.m. at 1500 College St., in connection with an outstanding warrant out of Arlington Police Department. The nonstudent was taken to jail. MONDAY Criminal Trespass Warning Officers issued a criminal trespass warning at 10:02 p.m. at Centennial Court apartments, 700 W. Mitchell Circle. An apartment complex assistant reported a nonstudent on the premises who she believed did not reside there. Criminal Trespass Warning Officers issued a criminal trespass warning to a nonstudent at 6 p.m. at Centennial Court apartments, 700 W. Mitchell Circle. The nonstudent is not a resident and was in an unauthorized location. Suspicious Circumstances A university official reported suspicious activity at 11 p.m. at the University Center, 300 W. First St.

ONLINE View an interactive map of today’s crime log at theshorthorn. com/crimemap.

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LAPPING IT UP Alumnus Ryan Dammrose swims as part of his workout on Tuesday evening in the pool at the Physical Education Building. Students, faculty and staff must use the outdoor pool during the summer. Hours can be found at http://www.uta.edu/campusrec/

FACULTY AND STAFF

Associate professor receives grant to research languages Colleen Fitzgerald aims to help a community reclaim their heritage tongue. BY AKILAH PHILLIPS The Shorthorn staff

A linguistics professor hopes to save three Native American languages in Oklahoma with the help of a $47,881 grant. Colleen Fitzgerald, associate professor and Linguistics and Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages chairwoman, is preparing a workshop for endangered languages for summer 2012. Fitzgerald has three goals for the workshop. She said the first is to help Native American community members reclaim their heritage languages. Because there are no first speakers to teach younger generations their heritage language, she said it is dying with no one to pass on that knowledge. The second goal is to use linguistic data as a tool to create new documentation on these languages, and

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the third goal is to help create long-term partnerships between Native Americans and linguists. The workshop is called Oklahoma Breath of Life and will be held May 20-25 next year at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The grant will cover conferences and any travel arrangements for the mentors who will participate with them. Anna Kerttulla, program director of the arctic sciences program and co-program director for the endangered languages program, said the grant is part of a collaboration between UTA and the OU. Fitzgerald, principal investigator, and her partner, second principal investigator Mary Linn, split the grant for the workshop expenses and traveling. Kerttulla said the National Science Foundation awarded this grant to them for a couple of reasons: The program met the requirements of the purpose of documentation-endangered languages; the workshop made it

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through a competitive peer-review process; it is an innovative scientific project. This means linguists and community members come together to study the heritage languages, Osage, Otoe and Natchez, for documentation. She said communities are very interested in maintaining and revitalizing their heritage language, and the loss of language is the loss of knowledge of that environment. “‘Every language is an oldgrowth forest of the mind,’� Kerttulla quoted Wade Davis, an anthropologist of languages. “‘It’s the sum of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness.’ As we lose language, we become more vulnerable to the environmental perpetuation with less understanding. With understanding comes knowledge.�

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tor. “In 1988, when the Mavs went to the Western Conference finals against the lakers, we took Zack. We had top row seats at Reunion Arena, and he sat on the ledge above us.” They had only two tickets for that game. “We decided if they would only let two of us in, Zack and his dad would go,” Peggy Kulesz said. “He wanted to see it so badly.” Zack has been a fan since. He even appeared on the late-night program Jimmy Kimmel live! for a Skype scavenger hunt against a Miami Heat fan on May 31. Kulesz won the scavenger hunt and tickets to the NBA Finals Game 3 after finding the most embarrassing book in his house, True Believ-

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er by Nicholas Sparks, and dressing up like a ghost. “I will be taking my dad,” Zack said. “It is the least I can do after not having a picture of my parents to display on Kimmel.” A picture of one or both of his parents was the first item on the scavenger hunt and the only round he lost. His mother has posted a picture on his Facebook page. “In case he needs it in the future,” Peggy said. “I plan to send him a picture of us for Christmas,” david said. Zack plans to attend the other games as well.

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“I will pay whatever price is necessary. I will take out a loan,” he said. “I have lost sleep thinking about the loss in 2006, so if the game is in dallas, I have to be there.” Peggy plans to distract herself before the games. “I get nervous, and I’m really superstitious,” she said. “If I come in at a certain time to watch and they win, I have to start watching at the same time every game.” Along with the rest of her family, she believes the Mavs will win. “The pieces are falling into place perfectly for the Mavs to get redemption from the evil Miami Heat,” Zack said. “But seriously, I want this championship not only for me, but also for dirk Nowitzki. He deserves it.”

World

Russian spacecraft blasts off AssociAted press

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan — A Russian Soyuz craft lit up the starry skies of the southern Kazakh steppe early Wednesday as it blasted off to carry a three-man crew for a mission to the International Space Station that will take in the U.S. shuttle’s farewell voyage. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, NASA’s Michael Fossum, and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan’s JAXA space agency will spend almost two days squeezed into the cramped Soyuz capsule before docking with the space station, where they will remain until mid-November. By being present on the space station as the shuttle performs its final voyage, Fossum and fellow NASA astronaut Ron Garan will play leading roles in the closing act of the program. “They’re going to be very proud to be part of the last shuttle dock mission. It’s obviously going to be a sad time for all of us to see the end of the program,” said NASA colleague Jeff Williams, who accompanied Fossum’s family during their stay in Baikonur. Overnight, however, all attention was on the spectacle of the simple and powerful Soyuz performing its duties. At 2:15 a.m. Wednesday, the ferocious roar of rockets echoed around the desolate expanses of the Russian-leased Baikonur space launch site as the capsule was propelled into heavens, delighting the astronauts’ families, friends and colleagues. Furukawa gave a thumbsup sign as the rocket charged

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The International Space Station crew of Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa (top), U.S. astronaut Michael Fossum (center) and Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov wave on June 8 before boarding the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft at the Baikonur cosmodrome.

Soyuz blended into the stars. Among the spectators at the viewing platform was JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi, who last year also did a six-month stint on the space station. Speaking after the launch, he said Furukawa’s mission could serve to lift his country’s spirits after the earthquake that earlier this year devastated swathes of Japan.

into low orbit at speeds approaching 14,000 miles per hour, and a soft toy began to float, indicating zero gravity. “We feel just great,” Volkov said in answer to a question from mission control outside Moscow. Within seconds, the phosphorous white intensity of the heavens above the Central Asian plains faded and the

World

US officials: Yemen leader heavily burned in blast SANAA, Yemen — Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh was burned over 40 percent of his body and suffered bleeding in the brain from last weekend’s attack on his palace, U.S. officials said Tuesday, indicating his wounds were worse than initially reported. The revelation casts doubts on a quick return to Yemen and spells a deepening power vacuum. In the wake of Saleh’s evacuation to Saudi Arabia for treatment, Yemen’s violence escalated, with government troops battling Islamic militants and opposition tribesmen in two southern cities on Tuesday. The military said it killed 30 militants who were among a group that took over the city of Zinjibar last week amid the country’s turmoil.

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Thousands ordered out of Ariz. town as fire nears SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. — Flames from a mammoth forest fire licked the ridges surrounding the eastern Arizona town of Eagar on Tuesday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of about half the 4,000 residents as surrounding towns also prepared to empty. People started streaming out of Eagar as sheriff’s deputies and police officers directed traffic. Flames were spotted on a ridge on the southeastern side of nearby Springerville and columns of orange smoke rose from the hills. Ash rained from the sky, which was filled with thick smoke, and when the sun peeked through, it was blood-red. The Shorthorn: Allyson Kaler

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Zack Kulesz, Alumni Association membership and marketing assistant director, has been a Mavericks fan since the 1988 Western Conference.

No bodies found in Texas home after psychic tip

“I will pay whatever price is necessary. I will take out a loan. I have lost sleep thinking about the loss in 2006, so if the game is in Dallas, I have to be there.”

HARDIN — Deputies who swarmed a rural Texas neighborhood Tuesday to search a farmhouse where a person claiming to be a psychic told officials multiple bodies were buried found no evidence of even a single homicide, a sheriff’s official says. Liberty County Sheriff’s Capt. Rex Evans said there was no indication of bodies being anywhere on the property about 70 miles northeast of Houston. Officials ended their search Tuesday night and went home, with the focus of the investigation now turning to the tipster who led local law enforcement and FBI agents to the home.

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et’s face it, people like to have their voices heard. Facebook has more than 600 million active users, Twitter has 200 million active users, and both those websites exist so people can share their thoughts. That’s a major purpose of The Shorthorn’s opinion page: It’s a place for you to make your voice heard by the UTA community. This page serves as a forum for discussions about what matters to you, so share your opinions. There’s a lot happening here on campus, in Arlington, in Texas, in the U.S., or even around the world, and the community can hear what you have to say. Here are three reasons why you should submit a column to The Shorthorn. DUSTIN L. DANGLI First, it’s one of the best ways to let people know what’s impacting your life. You could tweet about it, you could blog about it, but the best way to get your voice out to the people that matter is right here. If you want to share your ideas about how to make the campus Dangli is an more bike friendly, I journalism junior can’t guarantee that and The Shorthorn university officials editor-in-chief. will read your blog, but they do read the Join the discussion paper. If you want by commenting at to inspire people to theshorthorn.com. get involved with the community, you could speak to individuals about it, or you could write a column that would reach more people within the community. Your friends are probably tired of hearing why you think there needs to be Tex-Mex food on campus, but with the opinion page you can tell the rest of the university. The second reason is it’s easy to submit a column. All you need to do is write about what matters to you. Whether it’s the pains of summer classes or the joys of air-conditioned buildings at the university, it’s easy to think of a topic that’s important. Your column doesn’t have to be an argument on a pro-or-con situation. You can share your experiences as an international student living in Texas. If you’re an incoming freshman and you think the orientation team did a great job, write about it. Topics to write about are usually what you tell your friends about at the end of the day. After 400-500 words just email your column to opinion-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu and The Shorthorn takes care of the rest. The final reason to write a column for The Shorthorn is to be a part of something bigger. A tip a lot of people give to incoming college students is to get involved. The Shorthorn has been in publication since 1919 and is part of UTA’s history. So make your voice heard and get involved — it’s easy.

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Late last month, the Texas Legislature passed HB 242, a bill to ban texting while driving. The bill requires Gov. Rick Perry’s signature to become law. Even though texting has become integrated into our society, the UTA community should take this opportunity to put the phones down and keep their hands on the wheel. Just because you can avoid getting caught texting doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, said she amended the legislation to HB 242 because the law would make it clear that texting while driving is dangerous, and she isn’t alone in thinking that. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 33 states al-

ready ban texting while driving. The numbers stacked against texting and driving don’t leave any leeway to argue that it isn’t as dangerous as it’s made out to be. A study done at Carnegie Mellon University shows that using a phone while driving reduces the brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent. Another study, done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, shows that drivers using cell phones are four times more likely to get into collisions that could cause injury. The U.S. Department of Transportation considers texting while driving one of the most dangerous driving distractions because it impairs driv-

ers visually when they look at their phones, manually when they remove their hands from the wheel, and cognizably when they don’t focus on driving. Drivers who still feel inclined to use their phones while driving should invest in hands-free devices, that way at least the manual distraction is removed. The bill allows for texting in certain situations: Drivers can send text messages at stop signs or red lights. Besides, “OK” and “LOL” messages can wait for a complete stop. If a conversation is urgent, stop the texting and use the phone for its original intent, making calls. — The Shorthorn editorial board

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The Mavericks have to make a comeback for a shot at victory and the NBA title

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reaking trends and making comebacks. That’s what the 2011 Dallas Mavericks will be remembered for. Escaping the first round. Vaulting past the dreaded Lakers. Putting up big performances in big moments. Exhaustion, both physically and mentally. These are some of the things the Dallas Mavericks have overcome to prove themselves. They’re past all the scrutiny and soft labels. And with the NBA championship, more than 20 years of frustration will finally come to an end. To get the title, the Mavericks will do something they’ve actually become quite accustomed to during the entire season — they’ll have to make a comeback. They didn’t start coming back once the playoffs began, they started a comeback even before August. They had to make a comeback when second-year French combo guard Rodrigue Beaubois sustained a foot injury in August. The Mavericks unexpectedly lost their projected starter at the two-guard until the middle of February. That forced Dallas to regroup and head coach Rick Carlisle to insert little-used guard DeShawn Stevenson into the lineup in November, when the Mavericks started the season flat. Another comeback was needed when the calendar turned in January. Starting small forward Caron Butler was lost to a seasonending knee injury amid the turmoil of

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JOSH BOWE Bowe is a journalism senior and guest columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at theshorthorn.com. Nowitzki’s sprained right knee. Dallas went 2-7 in that stretch, the lowest point of the season. These comebacks aren’t as widely recognized because the playoffs are more scrutinized. But these comebacks are equally as important as Dallas’ frantic rallies against the Blazers, Lakers, Thunder and Heat this postseason. If they want to beat the Heat, they’ll not only have to comeback but break down some more trends. The Heat haven’t lost consecutive games so far in the playoffs. They hadn’t lost a home playoff game until Dallas’ stunning comeback in Game 2. Now the Mavs will have to win another game in Miami. Since the Finals moved to the 2-3-2 format, the winner of Game 3 when a series was tied at 1-1 has gone on to win the series every single time. 11-0. The Mavericks will

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have to make it 11-1. If there is a team that could pull it off, it is this one. Despite his final fading, onelegged jumper rimming out to allow the Heat to celebrate in Dallas once again, Dirk Nowitzki has been nothing short of legendary in these playoffs. And don’t forget that Nowitzki’s 15 fourth-quarter points were the reason the Mavs had a chance to win Game 3 in the final minutes. Jason Terry has to respond like he did in the first two rounds. When he was questioned about his play and shot selection after the first two games in round one against the Blazers, he dropped 29 points on 13 shots in game three. When he failed to show up in the Mavs game two victory against the Lakers, he promptly went 11-of14 from three in the next two games to close out the two-time defending champs. But since then, he hasn’t answered the challenge. Nowitzki’s brilliance willed the Mavs against the Thunder and the Heat with Terry shooting 45 percent or worse since game one of the Western Conference Finals. It’s time for Jason Terry to make another comeback. Shawn Marion also has to make a comeback. He shot 15-for-26 in Games 1 and 2 in Miami. In Game 3, primarily close to the basket, he shot 4-of-12. It’s going to take the Mavericks another comeback to claim their first title but it’ll be nothing new for this veteran team.

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It will offer classes, which start in June, to help with hardships of quitting and withdrawal. By Stephanie Knefel The Shorthorn staff

Health Services begins offering a series of tobacco-free classes this summer. The classes begin June 21. The tobacco ban begins on Aug. 1., when UTA will prohibit the use of all tobacco products on campus. Latoya Oduniyi, health promotions and substance abuse educator, will conduct the Fresh Start From Tobacco program. The program consists of a series of four classes. “The classes as a whole will be very beneficial for those who want to take advantage of it,” Oduniyi said. She said the biggest hurdle is meeting with each attendee individually and seeing if they have the will to quit.

“This is not a quick fix,” she said. “We supply them with different options and the tools to quit.” The class offers ways to distract from the cravings and urges of tobacco. She said normally people smoke because of stress. Oduniyi said they wanted to offer healthier options on campus. The four classes offer different mechanisms for dealing with tobacco awareness. Each class is an hour long. On the third Tuesday of the month, “Understanding Addiction” will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “The first class gets down to basics,” she said. The class will cover the risks, facts and knowledge of addiction. The second is “Steps to Quitting,” from 3-4 p.m. The class informs attendees of the process of quitting. On the third Wednesdays of the month, “How to Cope” is from 10:3011:30 a.m. The class focuses on with-

claSSeS Begin june 21 Where: Health Services Room B03 When: Third Tuesday of every month: “Understanding Addiction” – 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Steps to Quitting” – 3-4 p.m. Third Wednesday of every month: “How to Cope” – 10:30-11:30 a.m. “There is Help” – 3-4 p.m. Contact: 817-272-2771

drawing and relapse effects. On the same day, “There is Help” is from 3-4 p.m. The completion class provides attendees with any remaining support or tools needed to complete their process of quitting. Assistant Police Chief Rick Gomez said if there is a person who repeat-

edly violates the policy, then they will be advised to the proper department. He said UTA can successfully become a tobacco-free university. “With the proper education and time, it can be accomplished,” he said. All classes will be held at Health Services Room B03. The classes must be attended in order to complete the program and reach the best results, Oduniyi said. The classes are free for all students, faculty and staff. If students and faculty are interested in signing up, they can call 817-272-2771. If there is a schedule change, Health Services will post it online. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said the university’s rules and regulations regarding the tobacco ban can be found at www.uta.edu/tobaccofree. Stephanie Knefel

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D I R E C T O R Y ALPHABETICAL LISTING 01 Aerodynamics Research Center 02 Allan Saxe Softball Field 03 Alumni Association 04 Amphibian & Reptile Diversity Research Center 05 School of Architecture 06 Arbor Oaks 07 Arlington Hall 08 Autumn Hollow 09 Border Trail

NUMERICAL LISTING 01 Aerodynamics Research Center 02 Allan Saxe Softball Field 03 Alumni Association 04 Amphibian & Reptile Diversity Research Center 05 School of Architecture 06 Arbor Oaks 07 Arlington Hall 08 Autumn Hollow 09 Border Trail

10 Brazos House

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11 School of Business

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12 C.R. Gilstrap Athletic Center 13 Campus Center 14 Carlisle Hall 15 Center Point 16 Centinnial Court

12 C.R. Gilstrap Athletic Center 13 Campus Center 14 Carlisle Hall 15 Center Point 16 Centinnial Court

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18 Chawla Hall

19 Chemistry & Physics 20 Clay Gould Ballpark 21 College Hall 22 Cooper Chase

19 Chemistry & Physics 20 Clay Gould Ballpark 21 College Hall 22 Cooper Chase

23 Cottonwood Ridge

23 Cottonwood Ridge

24 Creek Bend

24 Creek Bend

25 E.E. Davis Hall 26 E.H. Hereford University Center 27 Engineering Annex 28 Engineering Laboratory 29 Environmental Health & Safety 30 Fine Arts 31 Forest Glen 32 Garden Club 33 Geoscience 34 Hammond Hall / Trimble Hall 35 Intramural Fields 36 J.D. Wetsel Service Center 37 J.D. Wetsel Service Center Compound 38 Library Collections Depository & Campus Networking Bldg. 39 Life Science 40 Lipscomb Hall 41 Maple Square

25 E.E. Davis Hall 26 E.H. Hereford University Center 27 Engineering Annex 28 Engineering Laboratory 29 Environmental Health & Safety 30 Fine Arts 31 Forest Glen 32 Garden Club 33 Geoscience 34 Hammond Hall / Trimble Hall 35 Intramural Fields 36 J.D. Wetsel Service Center 37 J.D. Wetsel Service Center Compound 38 Library Collections Depository & Campus Networking Bldg. 39 Life Science 40 Lipscomb Hall 41 Maple Square

42 Material Accumulation Center

42 Material Accumulation Center

43 Maverick Activities Center

43 Maverick Activities Center

44 Maverick House 45 Maverick Parking Garage 46 Maverick Stadium

44 Maverick House 45 Maverick Parking Garage 46 Maverick Stadium

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47 Meadow Run

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48 Nanotechnology Research &

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Teaching Facility 49 Nedderman Hall 50 Oak Landing 51 Office & Classroom

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56 Ransom Hall 57 School of Social Work 58 Science Hall 59 Shady Park 60 Smart Hospital -School of Nursing

56 Ransom Hall 57 School of Social Work 58 Science Hall 59 Shady Park 60 Smart Hospital -School of Nursing

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61 Social Work Complex

62 Student Housing

62 Student Housing

63 Student Publications 64 Environmental Center 65 Swift Center 66 Tennis Center

63 Student Publications 64 Environmental Center

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S08.E.01 The installation of 12 new directories will be finished by mid-July. They will feature a

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3-D image to allow for better building identification and better navigation around campus.

Johnson, maintenance operations and special projects director. Johnson said the university is also hoping to be approved to add directional signage on highways State

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Directory All directories will contain the same information and buildings will be displayed with 3-D appliques. “The maps will have some depth to make it easier for people to identify specific buildings and things like that,” Hall said. Nursing junior Ashley May Mendoza said she struggles with reading maps. Mendoza said students usually ask other people on campus for directions because it’s easier. “I don’t wanna’ read the map and go somewhere wrong,” she said. “It’s better to ask someone experienced.” She said the new directories will be visually appealing and thinks facilities management should install lights under the metal roofs for night readability. The construction is the last phase of a three-phase traffic and way signing plan approved in 2007 by the UT System Board of Regents. Next, facilities management will make corrections to building signs that have the wrong name on them because of name changes, said Jeff

UTA will be a temporary early voting site until Thursday for local runoff elections. One runoff election is for the Arlington City Council District 5 seat. Voters from the district, which includes UTA, can vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. Regular early voting ends June 14 at select venues. The runoff election is on June 18. The winner of the election will represent east and central Arlington. “It’s really important for students, faculty and staff to come out and vote,” Student Congress President Jennifer Fox said. “I hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to early vote on campus. It’s convenient, and we really need to let our voices be heard in these local elections.”

session. June will be a critical month in terms of making these judgments, and by the end of the month administration will know how to proceed forward, Spaniolo said. “We have been planning for months,” Spaniolo said. “We have to look at what is final and are revisiting the latest results.” An attendee asked if there would be an increase in tuition, but Spaniolo was quick to point out he doesn’t think they will make any such adjustments in the upcoming fiscal year. He also said the university is concerned about students’ financial aid. “We don’t want it [tuition] to go up,” Spaniolo said. “We are looking at those concerns and challenges.” Spaniolo said having a degree serves people better, but the question is whether they can afford it. Because students are enrolling at UTA in record numbers, the resources needed to meet growing demands is being addressed. This increase causes a challenge to a growing institution with a shrink-

ing budget. Spaniolo said UTA is a destination now and not just a convenient location. “We are optimistic about these enrollment numbers because we have never seen them before,” Spaniolo said. Spaniolo also reminded the audience that the quest for reaching Tier One is not a sprint, but a marathon. Increased enrollment in the past decade shows how quickly the school is growing. “If we can continue the trend line like the past eight years, we will be there,” he said. “I don’t think we have reached nirvana yet, but there is a huge difference in how we are perceived.” Provost Donald Bobbitt said the university can become fully aligned if it reaches Tier One, and it is a campus goal, not just one of a few colleges. “It’s a goal we should all achieve,” he said. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said Spaniolo would like to host another town hall meeting for the month of July. Stephanie Knefel news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu


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What’s one thing you do every summer? “I work every summer.” Would you rather swim in the ocean or in a pool? “I would Alexis Bell, rather swim undeclared in a pool. It sophomore just seems a lot safer.” What’s one thing you do every summer? “I take classes. I want to get out of here as soon as I can.” Would you rather swim in Charles Xaiver, the ocean or in microbiology junior a pool? “I would rather swim in the ocean. There is more life in the ocean than there is in a pool.”

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A laid back attitude is what owner Shannon Wynn said he was looking for when he conceptualized the idea of his eatery, Flying Fish. The first of several restaurants to fill the empty buildings on Abram Street, Flying Fish launched its soft opening to a steady stream of customers. The easygoing atmosphere typically found around East Texas lakes can now be experienced on the corner of Elm and Abram streets in Downtown Arlington, Wynn said. “For about the last 25 years I’ve been going down to Caddo Lake,” he said. “They had this little catfish restaurant and I emulated the Flying Fish after that place.” Inside the restaurant, guests place their orders at a large counter and seat themselves in a small dining area reminiscent of a 1960s diner. The walls of the restaurant are covered with fishing memorabilia and pictures of guests’ conquests from the lakes. Wynn said he encourages guests to bring in their fishing

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Open Mic Night with New Science Projects When: 7:00-9:30 p.m. Thursday Cost: Free Where: Health and Harmony House 208 South Mesquite St. Arlington 76010 Contact: call 817-274-4477 What: Poets and musicians are invited to share their work. A sign-up sheet will be available for participants the night of.

pictures, as long as they sign their names, put where they caught the fish and how much it weighs. Flying Fish is also home to one of the largest Big Mouth Billy Bass collections, the robotic fish that sing. Wynn said the restaurant has adopted more than 1,000 mechanical fish. “When the Billy Bass came out everyone who fished got one,” he said. “Eventually their wives put the fish in the attic, and I wanted to provide a place for the fish to call home.” At Flying Fish, tipping is not a requirement, but the service is not compromised because of that, said operations director Ken Vaughan. Vaughan said the staff is one of the reasons the restaurant stands apart from others. “We pride ourselves on having a friendly staff,” he said. “Our staff not only remembers regulars’ names, but what they order, as well.” Vaughan said the efficiency of the restaurant operation gives it the opportunity to offer seafood at a price lower than competitors’. The menu consists of grilled and

Immersed in Ink Tattoo & Arts Festival When: 2-11 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $20 day passes, $35 weekend passes, children under 12 free, cash only Where: Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way Arlington 76011 Contact: 817-459-5000 What: Events include tattooing, shows, contests and graffiti wall.

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fried fish dishes, which are Ken Vaughan, Flying Fish operations director made fresh daily and range in price from $6$15, and almost any item WHAT’S ON THE MENU on the menu can be turned into a salad or a “Poor Boy” loaf sandwich for less than $10. Front Street Other menu staples include shrimp cocktail, ceviche and a seafood gumbo, which made retired ArFlying Fish lington police Deputy Chief David Pugh a fan. Abram Street “If their food is anything like their South Street gumbo, I’ll be back,” he said on June 1 at the grand opening. Pugh and his table of colleagues Border Street from the Arlington Police DepartUTA ment raved about everything on their plates and were equally excited about the revitalization Downtown ArlingThe Shorthorn: Jose D Enriquez III ton was going through. “When I started with the city they Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily were tearing down downtown,” Pugh 300 E. Abram St. said. “It is kind of exciting to see Arlington 76010 things come back up.” Wynn said the empty feeling of Starters Downtown Arlington did not weigh Crawfish Chowder heavily on his decision to open his (cup) $3.99 (bowl) $5.99 seventh Flying Fish here. He said he Seafood Gumbo was optimistic about the revitaliza(cup) $4.99 (bowl) $6.99 tion of Downtown Arlington. Hula Poppers $8.99 “We thought that the energy was coming back to Abram,” he said. Cool Cocktails Wynn said his father once saw that Shrimp Cocktail $7.49 same energy in Arlington when it was Ceviche $7.99 a small dusty town with dirt roads. His father, Angus Wynn, is the creBaskets ator of Six Flags theme parks. 1 Catfish Fillet $5.49 “People in Dallas thought he was Whole Catfish (1 lb.) $10.49 nuts for putting it halfway between 12 Fried Oysters $12.99 Dallas and Fort Worth,” Wynn said. 6 Jumbo Shrimp $9.99 “People in Fort Worth just thought Grilled Plates he was nuts.” Grilled Salmon Fillet $10.99 He said his father had a lot of viGrilled Chicken $8.99 sion and Wynn plans to use that vision at his restaurant in Downtown Additional Arlington. BIANCA MONTES scene-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

Fried Okra Basket $2.50 Beer-Battered Onion Rings $4.99

Cowtown screens films under the stars Sundance Square will show a movie every Thursday this month BY ASHLEY BRADLEY

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Lights went off in the Chisholm Trail Lot and the audience started to applaud. “We could wait another five minutes until 9 o’clock, but would you guys rather start the movie now?” the guy running the movie projector asked of a loudspeaker. The applause grew louder as Raiders of the Lost Ark began playing on an inflatable screen against the backdrop of the taller buildings of Fort Worth. While the audience grew quiet, people sinking deeper into their lawn chairs and making themselves comfortable on blankets, the city around the parking lot carried on. Cars still zoomed by and building lights still shined into the middle of Cowtown — but the parking lot was focused on the movie. Sundance Square hosts Stars Under the Stars every Thursday in June and includes showings of Julie and Julia, Despicable Me, The Bucket List and Seabiscuit. Each event is free. Lawn chairs are available to rent for $2. “It’s just something to do outside that is fun, summery and free,” said Trinity University senior Emily Morrow, who was in town for the summer. “It’s just good to get outside and do things.” Fort Worth resident Robert Munoz said he loves that it’s like a

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Read the review of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.’s It’s a Corporate World online at theshorthorn.com Album released: June 7 Playing Austin City Limits Sept. 16-18. Though the band name is a bit silly, the music is seriously indie. On their website, the band points out the irony of the CD title: “Are we marketing to you constantly as we attempt to sell you art? Possibly.”

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Audience members set up their chairs for Stars Under the Stars to watch Raiders of the Lost Ark Thursday in Chisholm Trail parking lot. The movie was screened in Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, where different movies will be shown free every Thursday this month.

drive-in theater. “I used to always go to the driveins when I lived in West Texas, and I miss them,” he said. “The atmosphere is just so neat. We already have plans to go out and see the next one because we had such a good time.” He said the audience at the first event, last Thursday, was a good mix of people, all in different age groups, all having a good time. He said the last movie he saw at

an actual drive-in was Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, so thought it was cool to see his favorite, Raiders of the Lost Ark, in Sundance Square. Pat Perrett, Sundance Square marketing coordinator, said this is the fourth year for the Stars Under the Stars event, and said the audience gets larger each year. She said sometimes there are 500 people in attendance. “By that time in the night it’s

Thursday – Julie & Julia June 16 – Despicable Me June 23 – The Bucket List June 30 – Seabiscuit Seating begins at 8 p.m. Movies begin at dusk, about 9 p.m. All films will be shown in the Chisholm Trail Parking Lot between Houston and Main streets.

cooler outside,” Perrett said. “It’s a summertime fun event, and it’s free . You really can’t beat that.” ASHLEY BRADLEY features-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu


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FaciLiTies

Texas LegisLaTure

Gateway welcome in the works

Legislature update

Under construction already, the landmark joins other new features, like the College Park District. By BriTney TayLor The Shorthorn staff

This August, UTA will be home to a new landmark built to welcome prospective students to the university. The 35-foot tower, under construction on the corner of UTA Boulevard and South Cooper Street, has been referred to as the gateway through which new students will be welcomed. The $481,666 project was designed by Arlingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, Inc., which also designed features of the universityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Park District, set to be completed in 2012. The sign was funded by extra money from the Engineering Research Building, which opened earlier this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This lighted tower will become synonymous with a university on the rise,â&#x20AC;? university President James Spaniolo said in a press release. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be a gateway signaling that students and visitors are welcome on our campus. We expect it to become a recognized icon for our world-class institution.â&#x20AC;? The university has more in store for students than the gateway itself. Construction is underway for the College Park District, which will span 20 acres along Center Street and include the College Park Center, a 6,500-seat stadium, the Green and a campus residential and retail center. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The gateway is going to look amazing,â&#x20AC;? Mr. UTA Zach Minter said. He said passersby will see more than just buildings, making UTA more than â&#x20AC;&#x153;It will be just a commuter campus to prospective a gateway students. He believes signaling that architectural dethat stusign is an important aspect to colleges, dents and and attracts people visitors are to the school. Minter welcome on also said he is excited about UTAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future our campus. College Park District. Alumnus Ben We expect it Riley said that while to become a upgrading the camrecognized pus is good, he would icon for our rather see the university spending money world-class on UTA faculty and institution.â&#x20AC;? staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about James spaniolo learning,â&#x20AC;? Riley said. university Riley said the president plans for the College Park District are nice, and the architectural design of the gateway adds character to the campus. But it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a necessity, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I trust the university is spending its money efficiently,â&#x20AC;? Minter said.

A lot has happened in the Texas Legislature since the last regular issue of The Shorthorn was on the racks in May. Lawmakers sent tens of controversial bills to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature, including a bill that would require doctors to perform sonograms on women who are considering abortions. Not everything made it to the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, but a special session has been a second chance for select bills to be reintroduced and reconsidered to send to the governor. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a look at some high-profile legislation and their fates:

Failed but discussion isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t dead Concealed handguns The Texas Senate voted, mostly along party lines, to authorize concealed handguns on public college campuses, but the Texas House was unable to advance such legislation after Gov. Rick Perry has voiced support for the measure, but hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t added it to the special session agenda. Concealed carry advocates are calling on the governor to add the topic. During the spring semester, Student Congress and university President James Spaniolo both voiced opposition to the legislation.

Passed and signed Meningitis immunizations Gov. Rick Perry signed the Jamie Schanbaum and Nicolis Williams Act into law, expanding on meningitis vaccinations for college students living in dormitories. Beginning in 2012, all students younger than 30 will be required to receive the vaccination, regardless of where they live. A Texas A&M University studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death after contracting meningitis brought the issue to the forefront. Voter ID Voters will now be required to show ID before voting. Advocates say it will cut down on voter fraud. Voters will have to present a state or federal photo ID. Driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s licenses, personal ID cards, military IDs, passports and concealed handgun permits will be accepted.

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Mandated pre-abortion sonograms Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation into law that requires doctors to give sonograms to women planning to have an abortion. The woman may opt out of viewing or hearing the procedure, but the doctor must explain what the sonogram reveals.

The gateway is currently under construction at the corner of South Cooper Street and UTA Boulevard, outside the Engineering Research Building. When complete, the gateway will be a welcome to new UTA students.

â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Compiled by Johnathan Silver

A 35-foot-tall monument is being built as a gateway to welcome people to the university. The monument is located on the corner of UTA Boulevard and South Cooper Street.

BriTney TayLor news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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six years and would not let the Texas heat keep them from attending. “The heat doesn’t keep us from showing up every year,” she said. “But this year we have not left the live music tents.” Paton said it was too hot to enjoy anything else. Linda McKenzie and her family drive from Washington to attend the festival every year, and for the first time, she said she didn’t enjoy her favorite part of the festival, the food. “It was just too hot to eat a Scottish sausage,” she said. McKenzie said she had her favorite dessert, a Scottish scone topped with strawberries and whipped cream. Linda Waddell, House of Douglas bakery owner, has been bringing her Scottish treats to the festival for 18 years, and McKenzie said she never leaves without visiting Waddell’s booth. “It is tradition,” McKenzie said. “This event and the culture is important to my children. It keeps them interested in who they are.” The Shorthorn: Allyson Kaler

The Killdares fiddler Roberta Rast plays with on Sunday afternoon at the Maverick Stadium.

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