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Budget cuts part of recent past Cutbacks and reorganizing could help offset state’s and university’s deficit. BY JOHN HARDEN The Shorthorn news editor

The governor’s request for UTA to cut its budget isn’t too unusual of

UTA lost $10,074,333 in funding while trying to meet state mandates, according to university records. To balance the university’s $250 million budget, administrators searched and reorganized revenue from several departments. The university used its savings, restricted money and money housing revenue,

a request. Past deficits have required the university to cut back and come up with ways to meet mandates, while making sure campus services remained intact. In 2003, lawmakers predicted a revenue shortfall of more than $11 billion. Because of the state’s debt,

money that came from funds like apartment rent, to fill gaps. The Physical Plant felt the biggest pinch, facing a decrease of approximately 15 percent in funding. This year, the university added employees to the list of budget cuts. To offset the reductions this biennium, the university will use revenue

collected through a flexible hiring freeze, energy efficiency savings, travel reductions, tuition and the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program. More staff reductions and departmental reorganization will occur BUDGET continues on page 3


University targets retention

Nursing dean wins research award

Schools aims to increase freshmen success with University College opening. BY JOHN HARDEN The Shorthorn news editor

Incoming freshman Nancy Wukasch wants to receive her degree in biology and business administration from UTA. Freshmen like Wukasch are what the university wants. Students who begin and finish their degree program at the university positively affect retention rates, according to university officials. In the 2008-2009 school year, the university had 2,230 entering freshmen and only 1,452 remained throughout the year. This 65 percent retention rate of first-time full-time freshmen compared to other upper tier universities is below average, according to the annual U.S. News & World Report Rankings. UTA also trails in comparison to the other six universities that are also mounting Tier One efforts. In the last academic school year, Texas Tech and The University of Texas at Dallas both had freshman retention rates above 80 percent. Student success matters to UTA because it is one of the factors that legislators may include in their decision to allocate taxpayer dollars to higher education institutions seeking Tier One status. University College, which will be completed by the end of the month and opened in August, is an example of the university addressing students’ needs, said university spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan. Formally a 24-hour computer lab in Ransom Hall, University College will have counseling, testing and tutoring services geared to promoting success in the classroom to help increase the retention of degree seeking students.

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Last school year, the university had a 65 percent retention rate for first-time full-time freshmen. Freshmen retention rate is the calculation of freshmen that returns for a second year. The retention of freshmen is important to student services and the university because of its ongoing efforts to reach Tier One. Retention rates also reveal what services are needed and which services are most successful. Below is a look at the 2008-2009 freshmen retention rates for UTA and the other six emerging Tier One universities.

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2008-2009 Retention percentage rates of first-time full-time freshman at other universities.

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RETENTION continues on page 3


Young student preps for future in aviation The sophomore earned 22 honors credits during his freshman year. BY REBEKAH KARTH The Shorthorn staff

Aerospace engineering sophomore Narendra De’s first flight took place when he was six months old. The 17 year old has since flown in several flights to four continents, but considers Arlington home. De, now a U.S. citizen, was born in and spent a large portion of his life abroad in Nigeria. He graduated from high school as the valedictorian of his class at the age of 16. De said his parents have always

wanted him to continue pursuing his education in the U.S. De chose to attend UTA because he was familiar with the area. He visited and lived in Arlington for short periods of time as a child. “I like UTA because it’s diverse, and it’s in a nice town nestled between [Dallas and Fort Worth],” he said. De enjoys his coursework at UTA and his enthusiasm for learning is noticeable, anthropology junior Chris Rodriguez said. “I think he’s a very curious, intelligent individual and he obviously has a passion for knowledge,” Rodriguez said. De’s future plans include

graduating with an honors bachelor degree and earning both a master and doctoral degree. He wants to focus his research on aerospace technology that would overcome obstacles facing aerospace engineering in the 21st century. De would also like to work for a private, commercial airline company in the future, while continuing to help develop breakthroughs in aerospace technology. “I want to contribute to America’s technological future in aviation,” De said. “I am very passionate about aircrafts. It’s something I like doing and am always amazed about.” STUDENT continues on page 3

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Aerospace engineering sophomore Narendra Nath De, 17, has earned 22 honors credits in only his freshman year. De also spends his free time rockclimbing at the Maverick Activities Center.

Research completed in the university’s Smart Hospital has received international recognition and garnered the attention of medical workers and architects. College of Carolyn Cason, Nursing associ- tested whether ate dean Carolyn room design Cason’s recent standardization project, done in affects efficiency conjunction with and safety. researchers from HKS Clinical Solutions and Research, received the Best International Research Project award at the 2010 Design and Health International Academy Awards in Toronto. The basis of the research, which was compiled in the team’s paper, “An Empirical Examination of Patient Room Handedness in Acute MedicalSurgical Settings,” addressed hospital room designs specifically for right or left-handed doctors and nurses and whether the standardization is necessary. Cason used the university’s Smart Hospital to test whether room design standardization affects efficiency and safety. Cason developed a model for the UTA College of Nursing’s Smart Hospital, a 13,000 square foot facility where interactive mannequins are practiced on in lieu of human patients. Tiffany Holmes, Smart Hospital director, who works with Cason, said the associate dean is a brilliant researcher. “She has wonderful ideas and the knowledge to implement the research to study these ideas and processes,” Holmes said. The research team found that it is not significant whether a room is set up for right or left-handed workers, but it is important to have consistent points of entry for all rooms. This leads directly to safer and more efficient patient care. In a press release, Cason said standardization means being able to find necessary tools and equipment quickly anywhere in a medical facility. “If we put everything in the same place no matter what room we’re in, you know where to reach for it,” she said. A $15,000 and a $10,000 grant from the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation and Herman Miller, Inc. provided funding for the project, respectively. Nursing associate professor Judy LeFlore said Cason is a visionary and keeps her eye on the practical needs of today as well as the future needs of nursing education. ALYSIA BROOKS

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Weekend crowned with celebrations

tODAY MfA Summer Exhibition: All day. The Gallery at UTA. For information, contact the College of Liberal Arts at 817-272-3291 National research Experience for Undergraduates Program Summer Camp: All day. Life Science Building. For information, contact Tuncay Aktosun at Blue Horizons: Capabilities and Technologies for the Air Force in 2030: 7-10 a.m. Nedderman Hall Room 601. Free for members of the Arlington Technology Association, students and first time guests. $5 for others. Reservation required. For information, contact the College of Engineering at 817272-3682 New Works: UTA Photography Faculty: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. UT Arlington Fort Worth Center Gallery, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102. For information, contact Megan Topham 817-272-5988 Maverick 101: New Employee Orientation: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Wetsel Service Center Room 200. For information, contact Human Resources/ Employment Services at 817272-3461 tHUrSDAY Last Day of Classes: All day MfA Summer Exhibition: All day. The Gallery at UTA. For information, contact the College of Liberal Arts at 817-272-3291 Summer Movie Series 2010: ‘Kick Ass’: 8-10:30 p.m. Maverick Activities Center west lawn. For information, contact Sondra Showels frIDAY

Independence Day Parade Charity organization Knights of Columbus, below, march during the parade in Arlington on Saturday. The organization won an award in the ‘Marching Units’ category. Miss Texas pageant Miss Fort Worth Ashley Melnick, top right, is crowned Miss Texas 2010 Friday at Texas Hall. Melnick was one of the 33 contestants competing for the title. Social work graduate Cristie

Kibler, bottom right, and journalism senior Ashley Simien competed for the crown and placed fourth runner up and fourteenth overall, respectively. “I was very proud of myself for placing in the top 15, considering this was my first year to compete,” Simien said. View photo gallery at

MfA Summer Exhibition: All day. The Gallery at UTA. For information, contact the College of Liberal Arts at 817-272-3291 National research Experience for Undergraduates Program summer camp: All day. Life Science Building. For information, contact Tuncay Aktosun at

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STory And pHoToS by HAnnAH doCKrAy And brIAn dSoUzA

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MONDAY Harassment A staff member reported at 4:20 p.m. at 1100 S Davis Drive that she was receiving repeated phone calls from her ex-boyfriend at her work telephone extension. The case is active.

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als were circling the area and trying to start a fight. The case was cleared.

a.m. for DWI, following a traffic stop at 900 Mary St.

SAtUrDAY Burglary, Habitation Officers were dispatched at 1 a.m. to Centennial Court apartments at 815 Bering Drive to investigate a burglary of a habitation. The case is active.

Assault, Simple Officers were dispatched at 1:35 a.m. to Kalpana Chawla Hall to investigate a reported assault between two students. A student was arrested for underage alcohol consumption.

DWI, Drunk Driving An officer investigated at 2:06 a.m. a reported DWI at 700 Davis St. and arrested a nonstudent for being intoxicated while driving a motor vehicle.

Vehicle, tow A vehicle was towed at 10:20 a.m. from student Lot 29, located at 1100 Fourth St., for having 14 outstanding citations. The case was cleared.

frIDAY DWI, Drunk Driving Officers arrested a nonstudent at 2:31

theft An officer investigated a report of a theft at Meadow Run apartments, which

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are located at 513 Summit Ave. A student reported that his roommate stole his TV. The case is active. Assist Agency Officers responded to an Arlington Police Department assist agency call at 11:23 p.m. to 209 S Davis St. regarding four students and an illegal entry/vandalism report. The case was cleared.

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Retention continued from page 1

“Once we get students here, we want them to stay,� Sullivan said. “Students can benefit from having a centralized location designated for counseling and tutoring.� The retention of freshman is important to student services and the university because of its ongoing efforts to reach Tier One. Retention rates also reveal what services are needed and which services are most successful. The university has an obligation to make sure every student succeeds, she said. “I do plan on staying at UTA,� Wukasch said. “Because I am a premed student, it is very important for the staff at UTA to get to know me so I can get a good recommendation letter to medical school when

I apply.� “When I first enrolled I didn’t feel like I had services geared toward my needs,� said English senior Chelsea Dickson. “I probably would’ve graduated earlier if I had searched for the help I needed, but I didn‘t feel like they were available to me at the time.� She said students need to make an effort to do well in the classroom while taking advantage of what the university has to offer to avoid failing and dropping classes due to poor grades. “Freshmen need to be prepared for the changes that come with the new found freedom and responsibilities,� she said. “I learned that it is important to get to know your professors and that college is hard and academic mistakes catch up with you in the long run.�

Student continued from page 1

De said attending UTA was different from his high school experience at a private school in Nigeria, which he said had a strong math and science curriculum. De also had to get used to a larger student population. “There were about 400 students in my high school,� he said. De said he is enthusiastic about the people he has met at UTA and is constantly active in the Honors College. “I found many more opportunities that exceeded my expectations in the College of Engineering and the Honors College especially,� he said. “The Honors College has been the center of my experience at

UTA. The community is supportive, friendly, engaging and worth being a member of.� De is extremely helpful in recruiting students unofficially to join the Honors College, Honors College adviser Tracyann Baker said.

“I think he’s a very curious, intelligent individual and he obviously has a passion for knowledge.� Chris rodriguez

anthropology junior

“If we ever need him for anything, he’s always available,� Baker said. “You can always count on him.� De has an inquisitive and curi-

ous nature that stands out, Baker said. “He always wants to understand everything completely and he never filters anything. If it comes to his mind or he’s curious about it, he’ll ask,� Baker said. “It’s one of the best things about him. He’s not afraid to inquire about things.� De also has a competitive nature. When he heard another honors student speak about the number of hours she had earned at their freshman orientation, De took it as a challenge by amassing a large number of honors credits by the end of his freshman year. De, who already has 19 honors credits, is one of the leading honors students and he wants it to stay that way, Baker said. rebekah karth

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Budget continued from page 1

Project coordinator Nick Nyers tears down the fence in front of University College. Nyers says the building will be open in mid-July.

after less than a fourth of eligible employees decided to take the university’s voluntary buyout, the president said in an e-mailed letter to employees last month. Since the fate of some positions won’t be determined until fall, the final savings as a result of the buyout won’t be determined until fall, said university spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan. The Hiring Review Committee will make recommendations based on the savings and suggestions made by each department, Provost Don Bobbitt said. The committee will review each department’s request to have positions filled. Requests to fill posi-

tions will be submitted by department chairs or deans. The committee will make recommendations on how to fill the positions and offer ways to split responsibilities within

each department to further save money. John harden

how budget gaps were filled in 2003

how they will fill the gaps now


An increase in student housing revenue, which is money coming from student housing, such as rent. ($4 million)


Revenue from university savings on hand ($3.5 million)


Restricted money, which included grants assigned for research projects. ($2.7 million)

Revenue saved from the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program won’t be determine until fall, according to university officials. Less than a fourth of the 247 employees eligible took the buyout. The university introduced the buyout as a way to meet state mandates and estimated to save at least $9 million.

Source: UTA Budget

Source: UTA Budget


Exercise classes at the MAC available for a fee Although summer is quickly coming to an end, it isn’t too late to get in shape by taking advantage of group exercise classes at the Maverick Activities Center. Classes range from kickboxing to yoga to ultimate conditioning. Classes are $4 per class or $50 for a semester. Fitness instructor Meredith Bewley said classes hold people accountable, which makes them more inclined to workout. Certified instructors like Bewley provide workout instructions to prevent exercise-related injuries, adding further incentive to participate.



12-12:50 p.m., Kickboxing, room 102A 4-4:50 p.m., Cardio Dance Craze, room 102A 5-5:50 p.m., Summer Swim Jam in the Outdoor Pool 5:15-6:05 p.m., Kickboxing, room 102A 6-6:50 p.m., Cycle & Abs, room 135 6:30-7:20 p.m., Ultimate Conditioning, room 102A

12-12:45 p.m., Pilate, room 102A 4-4:50 p.m., Kickboxing, room 102A 5-5:50 p.m., Summer Swim Jam in the Outdoor Pool 5:15-6:05 p.m., Latin Fusion, room 102A 6:30-7:20 p.m., Yoga, room 102A 7-7:50 p.m., Cycle II, room 135


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They’re called ‘soccer moms’ for a reason


Go Green and sustainability — buzzwords that have crept into nationwide marketing blitzes and campaigns for a good part of the decade. Not to be left behind, the university took a step toward emphasizing sustainability in 2007 when President James Spaniolo created the President’s Sustainability Committee to “help society achieve an environmentally sustainable footing.” Three years later, there’s a masters program available this fall geared toward teaching students how to create and improve sustainability programs. These initiatives, while good, are more overtures to a greater solution. An often cited statistic suggests AmeriJOIN THE DISCUSSION cans constitute five percent of the world’s Comment at our website: population but sume 24 percent of Friend us on Facebook: the world’s energy. Americans are big Send us a letter to the editor: consumers. We own big cars, big homes Follow us on Twitter: and big food por@UTAShorthorn tions, but it’s not just energy or petroleum that fuels our excess; it’s a mind set. Arlington sits at number two on the Men’s Fitness list of the fattest cities in America, and the top culprits, according to the report card, include lack of parks and open spaces, sports participation, commute and motivation — all lifestyle factors. We expend more resources than we need to be sure, but it’s a symptom of a larger problem that the university is poised to tackle. Environmentalism, conservation, sustainability and fitness are all from the same vein of moderation. While in college, students are learning ways to maintain lifestyles that they will take with them to whatever community they live in after they graduate. For now, however, that community is Arlington. Whether it’s pushing for a hike and bike trail that would encourage more exercise, a public transportation system that would promote more walking, use less resources (in terms of oil and gasoline) and cutback on pollution — these are all lifestyle changes that lead to healthier lives and, theoretically, a healthier planet. None of which can be achieved simply through sustainability programs, bumper stickers or cute slogans like “Go Green!” Marketing campaigns eventually lose zeal and fads always fade, but a lifestyle is lifelong.


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Growth of the world sport starts with America embracing


f you’ve been living under a rock or a hard place for the past three weeks, then you might have missed a worldwide event. The FIFA World Cup began on June 6 and will culminate at the final this Sunday in what will be one of the world’s most anticipated and watched events of the past four years. The United States national team was knocked out a week ago in the round of 16, but nevertheless the fever surrounding the world’s most watched and followed sport has not dropped off. Walking around the University Center, I still see a good number of people huddled around the plaza televisions, eagerly watching the passage of the ball from player to player. But a majority of those individuals are international students or people who just love the sport regardless of whether their team is competing. While there has been plenty of distractions surrounding the world cup, like the melodious vuvuzela sounds or extremely competent refereeing, the sport will still thrive. It seems that almost every person in America has played soccer at some point

VINOD SRINIVASAN Srinivasan is a Broadcast senior and the online content producer for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at or another. Taking kids to soccer practice has become almost a norm to the point where we even refer to some mothers as “soccer moms.” Despite all of this, somewhere along the way kids move on to different, more “Americanized” sports like baseball, football or basketball. The United States national team has come a long way in terms of player development and has reached number four in the world in the FIFA world rankings in 2006. Now the team sits at fourteen. The team contains stars such as Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan who have helped the national team gain more respect on a world stage. However, that

success has yet to translate into success for the domestic league, Major League Soccer. The MLS has started to serve as a final destination for former world stars like David Beckham, Juan Pablo Angel, and possibly Thierry Henry. If the United States wants to take the next step into a perennial power, they have to hope that their fan base will grow. I noticed many people around campus sporting U.S. jerseys and talking about how amazing the team was, but as soon as the U.S. lost, that spirit and enthusiasm was replaced with, “Oh well, at least we have football and basketball.” That doesn’t help the cause. Our national players are constantly being drawn abroad to England and Spain to further their skills. But if the youth of America is to be as excited to go to Pizza Hut Park to see F.C. Dallas play as they are to go to the new Cowboys stadium, then players like Clint Dempsey need to stay in the states. There is a golden chance for the United States to be a major player in “the beautiful game” but all of it will be for naught if we don’t accept that American sports aren’t the only in the world.

Bigots begetting bigotry What’s wrong with discrimination, really?


he Supreme Court ruled last week that a law school can legally deny recognition to a Christian student group that bars gays from joining. The Christian Legal Society from the University of California Hastings College of the Law required members to sign a statement of faith, which includes refraining from a sexually immoral lifestyle. According to the group’s website, all are welcome to the group’s general meetings. Great! Except one problem — according to the prevailing Christian norm, gays are included in that sexually immoral lifestyle, and not allowing gays to join violates the school’s “Nondiscrimination Policy.” Enter epic religion versus secularism debate. The CLS argued that by refusing to recognize the group, the school violated its First and Fourteenth Amendment rights to free speech, expressive association and free exercise of religion. The 5-4


MARK BAUER Bauer is a Journalism senior and The Shorthorn editor in chief. Join the discussion by commenting at majority court said nope, nope and nope. This case is a doozy, pitting two of the freedoms we value most against one another. It’s similar to “liking” your own Facebook status or wrapping bacon in bacon — it’s enough to make your head spin, but nobody can really answer whether those things should be allowed. In effect, those who side with the Christian group are bigots, and those who side with the school are bigots. But there’s only room for one group of bigots here.

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Really, though, the group didn’t unjustly target homosexuals. Heterosexuals who didn’t live up to the group’s standard were also barred from membership, which leaves us with some obvious questions: Who determines what makes someone Christian? Don’t other groups, such as fraternities and sororities, discriminate against who is allowed to join? Should this case have even made it to the federal level? Is Bruce Willis really dead at the end of “The Sixth Sense”? Ultimately, the court’s ruling doesn’t damn the group, Jesus said His kingdom is not an earthly one. Secondly, homosexuals shouldn’t earn special treatment for not living up to the group’s values. Thirdly, the group should be free to set those values so long as it doesn’t incorporate prejudice. Discrimination is fine and healthy — it’s discrimination coupled with prejudice that should concern us. Lastly, Bruce Willis really was dead at the end of “The Sixth Sense.”

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Gaining a new perspective



Ya’Ke Smith brings experience and fresh teaching to art department By allie CoChRan The Shorthorn staff

As a new addition to the Art and Art History Department, Ya’Ke Smith expands the definition of classroom as he invites students to learn on film sets and in lecture halls. The assistant professor, acquired from UT-Austin, believes in combining hands-on learning with academic lecturing to design a new teaching method. Smith doesn’t limit his teaching to the classroom. While shooting his short film, “Katrina’s Son,” Smith invited two of his students to experience the filmmaking process. The student’s traveled to San Antonio as crew members, working on the set of “Katrina’s Son”. “I hope to be able to give the students a different experience. My teaching style is different. The way I go about things is different,” Smith said. Along with inviting students to work on his film sets, Smith sets himself apart with his approach to film. Smith approaches the subject of filmmaking with a lens contrasting other professors in the department. Originating from the projects of San Antonio, Smith’s personal journey to film and stories told through film is original to the film department. Smith’s perspective broadens students’ views on the power and purpose of filmmaking said Bart Weiss, associate professor and film area coordinator. “The rest of the department are white men and our students are different,” Weiss said. “Students can clearly relate to his world view.” By connecting with students, Smith is able to engage and inspire students Weiss said. “He is very passionate in his teaching,” Weiss said. “He is very good at critiquing work, very dynamic and gets a lot out of students.” Weiss has known Smith for five years, first meeting him through film festivals and encouraged Smith to apply for UTA’s open position in the film department. “When I heard we were going to have a position open, I got in contact with Ya’Ke because I knew he would add something very different. I knew he would impact students,” Weiss said. Smith has the ability to reach students, said Soyla Santos, Art and Art

History academic advisor. “Ya’ke Smith is a great asset to our program. The film/video students flock to his classes because he brings great enthusiasm and experience,” Santos said. Smith’s films have as much as an impact on the world as his teaching does on students, Weiss said. “Ya’Ke makes films that help the world and make it better. Having him here helps us in this larger quest to make the world a better place,” Weiss said. Smith began making films at fifteen and has yet to stop. He has won a Director’s Guild of America Student Award, an HBO Short Film Award and had one of his films, “The Second coming,” nominated for a Student Academy Award. Smith has screened his films at 40 film festivals and counting. His latest short film, “Katrina‘s Son” is currently touring film festivals. Having just played at the Texas Filmmakers Showcase, “Katrina’s Son” will play at the new York Latino Film Festival this month, Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Festival in August and at the D.c. Shorts Film Festival in September. “Film is not just entertainment, it should be entertaining, but it can be life changing,” Smith said. “I feel film is the most important medium and the most powerful medium we have.” His films, like his teaching methods, are about impacting, relating and changing. “I want people to walk out of my films changed. Whatever subject matter I am throwing at you, I want you to relate,” Smith said. “Any good film should create some sort of dialogue. I hope when you leave the theater with me you can go to a cafe and have a conversation with someone about what the film meant to you personally.” Drawing on personal experience, Smith advises his film students on how to succeed in the film industry. “Don’t give up, no matter how many rejections you get, if you feel like you are a storyteller and filmmaker, keep pushing,” he said. “Lastly, love what you do.”

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“Ya’ke makes films that help the world and make it better. Having him here helps us in this larger quest to make the world a better place.”

Chill Playlist Danielle Licari – “concerto Pour une Voix” “She has a very angelic voice,” Dillard said about Jennifer Dillard, the operatic Kinesiology senior voice of Licari. She said the whole song reminds her of springtime. chicago – “baby, what a big surprise” Dillard said she has a few 70s bands on her playlists and loves big ballads like Chicago’s song from 1977. Michael Jackson – “Human nature” When choosing her music, Dillard said she listens to the music itself more than the words, but said she likes MJ’s words and said the music is composed beautifully.


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award-winning filmmaker ya’ke smith joins the faculty as a film assistant professor. Smith is the founder and CEO of Exodus Filmworks and has had some of his films featured on HBO, Showtime and BET J.

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‘KatRina’s son’ (2010)

A preacher. A rapper. An ex-con. A single-mother. A martial artist. What do they all have in common? The struggle, pain and confusion of growing up without a father.

When a young boy loses his grandmother during Hurricane Katrina, he travels to San Antonio, in search of the mother who abandoned him years earlier.

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An estranged father returns home to make amends with his son and make a decision that changes both of their lives forever.

After returning home from Iraq, a U.S. soldier struggles to adapt back to every day life, but brutal visions of war threaten to destroy him.

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Cultural diversity is just a click away Global connections advisers hope website attracts students to program By Melissa Boon The Shorthorn staff

Global connections, a program created to pair American and international students to live together, launched its website on July 1 to facilitate the application process, inform students and further advertising. “Many students have shown interest in the program but no one has followed through with the application process,” Study Abroad adviser Kelsi cavazos said. cavazos will be one of the advisers that participating students will meet bimonthly. She hopes everything works out smoothly. “cultural customs may cause a little bit of problems but there shouldn’t be huge issues,” cavazos said. Itzel Manzanera who is originally from Durango, Mexico, has lived in the U.S. as an international student since August 2008. She first came to the U.S. in 2005 and lived with an American family.

Manzanera enrolled at UTA on a tennis scholarship and had many roommates from other countries. She said she had the most problems when she first came to the U.S. but adapted quickly. “The things that surprised me the most were religion and how people greet each other,” Manzanera said. In Mexico, people kiss each other on the cheek and Manzanera said she got confused at first and would forget that people reacted strangely when they received an accidental kiss. “Most people get used to the differences and I am very adaptable,” Manzanera said. She also talked about the preconceived notions that some Americans have of Mexico and she said she always tries to explain that those are just stereotypes. “everybody thinks of little houses and burros when you mention Mexico but you only see that in small towns,” Manzanera said. “I live in a

big city and I never see that.” Manzanera said living with Americans and within the American culture has made her more open-minded. Global connections is accessible to all students, said cavazos. Students will be matched through compatibility surveys and by gender, she said. Lauren cutcher, Office of International education program coordinator, will also be an adviser to participating students. Both she and cavazos said Study Abroad returnees will show interest since they have already been in a cultural exchange and they may want to further their experience. “Some American students maybe already had the international experience and they created a bond, others perhaps haven’t had the opportunity to get the experience,” cutcher said. cutcher also explained that the exchange between students may be more difficult for some than others,

which is why the advisers will be near to provide an orientation and prepare students for small day to day issues. The website includes information about the program, housing details, eligibility and how to apply. Applications are available online and can be e-mailed or submitted to the Swift center.

at UTA rasing funds for the endowment. “I realize that there are a lot of challenges for students,” Rose said. “It’s very difficult for people to go to college in this economy.” Myke Holt Director of Development for the college of Liberal Arts said Rose’s donation could qualify for the Maverick Match program,

which matches endowments of more than $25,000 through funding from UTA gas well sites, and would account for $50,000 for the music department. The scholarship will continue to grow as anyone can give to the cause, Holt said. Additional donations to the scholarship can be made through the Music Department

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‘aGain and aGain’ artist: Thieves Like Us label: deBonton/Shelflife ranking: hhh The Swedish-American trio, Thieves Like Us, released their new album Again and Again where they toy with pop, synths and indie niche being the new medium for the dance floor. With an underlying theme of love between two people, most of the songs on the album deal with love. On the track, “Never Known Love” looped lyrics and extended instrumental breaks give a trance-like feeling to the group’s music. Again and Again sounds like the soundtrack to a drug-induced coma where singer/guitarist Andy Grier’s words come off with a calm deftness as the harmonies of electronica and simple rhythms, such as the song “Shyness,” create a realm of emotionally charged songs with an out-of-body feel. Throughout the album, the group shifts between spacey sounds and straight-up dance beats and with their integrated electronica, Thieves Like Us gives a solid CD with a soothing, yet groove-inspiring touch.

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GloBal ConneCtions location: Office of International Education Swift Center, 1022 UTA Blvd. Arlington, Texas 76019 Website: (click on Study Abroad Returnees tab, then click Global Connections) phone: 817.272.1120 e-mail:



adonis Rose sCholaRshiP FundRaiseR Where: Scat Jazz Lounge 111 West 4th Street, Fort Worth TX 76102 When: 5-7 p.m., Saturday

new scholarship created by grammy award-winning artist-in-residence Adonis Rose, a Grammy Awardwinning jazz drummer and artist-inresidence at UTA has teamed up with the Office of Development and state representitives to create the Adonis Rose Scholarship for UTA music students. Rose said the idea for the scholaship has been two to three years in the making and when he began here

Scene is on the lookout or the music that dictates your life. This week we look at the music that has the power to soothe you after a long day or during a serious study session.

This Saturday, a fundraising jazz performance will be held at Scat Jazz Lounge in Fort Worth with Sen. Wendy Davis, D–Fort Worth, and Rep. Marc Veasey, D–Fort Worth, joining Rose and others in the event to raise money for the music department. — Andrew Plock

Adonis Rose is back on US soil after a European tour with singer Nnenna Freelon to perform Saturday at Scat Jazz Lounge in downtown Fort Worth. Organizers aim to raise funds for a scholarship for UTA music students in the artist’s name. Donations for the scholarship can also be made through the Department of Music at 817-272-3471.


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