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Rent-a-Text survives trial run The UTA Bookstore’s program offers an alternative to the high costs of buying. By Allie CoChrAn The Shorthorn staff

Students will have the option to save money on textbooks this fall, as the Rent-a-Text program will continue through the next school year.

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Textbook rentals will remain a permanent option for students, UTA Bookstore director Bill Coulter said. Rent-a-Text’s cheaper alternative to buying textbooks eases student’s financial strain while increasing their acquisition of course materials, Coulter said. The Follett Corp., which partners with universities to establish campus bookstores, initiated the Rent-a-Text

program in fall 2009, said Elio DiStaola, Follett Director of Campus Relations. Introduced as a pilot program, Rent-a-text appeared in seven university bookstores, one of which was UTA, during the trial run. Among the seven participating stores, $2 million was saved by students in one semester of renting books rather than purchasing new or used books, DiStaola said.

“In the pilot we saw, when students had the option, more than 70 percent choose to rent rather than buy,” he said. Coulter said he has noticed an increase in students acquiring all of their required course textbooks and supplementary materials now that renting is an option. “People have said, ‘I will rent this book now, but I would not have pur-

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Jacqueline Jensen and evgeny Lushkin, as Bacchus and Bacchante, in a whirlwind performance of Charles Gounod’s “Walpurgis Night.”

The Metropolitan Classical Ballet Company unveiled its summer repertory Saturday in Texas Hall showcasing the works of Johannes Brahms in “Brahms Waltzes,” Tchaikovsky’s “ValseScherzo,” Piazzolla’s “Café Victoria,” and Gounod’s “Walpurgis Night.” The show began at 8 p.m. with a sizeable turnout of ballet connoisseurs and family members alike. The show began with “Brahms Waltzes” and captured the audience’s attention with the dancers light yet swift move-

ments throughout the piece. By the end of the act, the audience exhibited their satisfaction with a standing ovation. As the night continued, the Company, directed by Paul Mejia and Alexander Vetrov, delivered a world premiere performance to Tchaikovsky’s “Valse-Scherzo”, followed by “Café Victoria” and “Walpurgis Night.” In a story brought to life through dance, “Walpurgis Night” tells the tale of Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and vegetation. From the

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The point of using a poster is to efficiently and effectively transmit information to an observer, said Joe Jackson, Office of Graduate Students associate dean.

spring festival to the Bacchante, the women worshippers of Bacchus, Pan and the other fauns playing in the open, the Company offers an interpretive depiction that grants them a final standing ovation from all in attendance. After the close of the show, when asked why the Metropolitan Classical Ballet Company continues to return to UTA, artistic director Paul Mejia says “we love it here. We look forward to more in the future.”

Jackson hosted a workshop on poster presentation Monday in Davis Hall. He said posters are useful across disciplines, whether for final projects or business meetings. While the workshop was part of a series for graduate students, it was open to anyone who wanted to attend. “You want to put your thought directly into their head,” Jackson said, making a

comparison to the Vulcan mindmeld technique in “Star Trek.” Jackson said the important elements of any effective poster are specificity, simple titles, plenty of “white space” between visuals and between columns of text, direct labeling instead of using arrows, asterisks or legends, and a good conclusion to the verbal presentation. “It’s a small piece of the nuposter continues on page 3

The Movin’ Mavs welcomed 32 Journey of Hope bicyclists to Arlington with a 77-8 drubbing in a friendly wheelchair basketball game, but not a single person on the court or in the crowd shed an ounce of disappointment. It was all smiles in the Maverick Activities Center on Friday night as a number of Mavericks welcomed home Mo Awadalla, the Pi Kappa Phi chapter president who raised over $5,000 in donations this spring in order to make the Journey of Hope trip, a Push America trek from San Francisco to Washington D.C. with a message of understanding for people with disabilities. “There’s so many people out there who would love to do what I’m able to do and just can’t for whatever reason,” Awadalla said. “ I’ve learned that your body can take anything, that you can do anything you want with a support group like this.” Awadalla and the Push America team rode into Arlington City Hall around 2 p.m for a Mayoral proclamation and introduction before cycling a few blocks over to the MAC to swim, shower and eat before preparing for the exhibition game. More than 2,500 miles of fatigue was hardly evident on the cyclists, but as Western Michigan graduate Blake Williams noted, “it doesn’t matter if we had a whole day off before this, we’re playing the best team in the nation. We’re going to get stomped.” Kinesiology graduate Aaron Gouge weaved in and out of the Journey of Hope defense, burning them for at least 20 of the Movin’ Mavs points, but said he loved getting to play with such a diverse group of people. “I think these guys are awesome. Riding bikes across the country is just crazy to me,” Gouge said. “Doing 100 miles a day? No way. I just love coming out to help push continues on page 3

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The team participates in a friendly game against the Movin’ Mavs.

The race car will be a first at the university and have the latest technology.

Following the recent trends of becoming a more green campus, the autocross team is building a hybrid formula race car. UTA officially went green and built its first hybrid car in 1993, but it wasn’t for racing. The Formula 10 will be the first formula race car which will be converted into a hybrid car, becoming the new Hybrid 11. The H11 will be ready for the 2011 Hybrid races where it will be debuted in New Hampshire next May for its first race. Tobias Overdiek, a mechanical engineering junior, is the captain for the hybrid division for the autocross team. “It’s definitely my baby, I’ve been nurturing this project from the start,” he said. The high-performance vehicle, as Tobias calls it, will be able to go from 0 to 60 in three seconds and tops out at 90 mph. Fresh off last weekend’s 10th Annual Autocross Weekend, Bob Woods, a mechanical engineering professor, said that normally the formula cars are powered by 600 cubic centimeter engines. However, the F10 will be powered by a 250 cc engine. “It provides more challenges, and more technology is involved to go hybrid. And it goes along with sustainability,” he said. So far Texas A&M has been the only other school in Texas to have constructed a complete hybrid car, which they have been racing for the past year. The new F10 will have a motor in each front wheel, and will run on lithium ion batteries.

chased it before,’” he said. “If you are finding out you are only spending half of the purchasing price, you can afford to get all your books.” Geology sophomore Tyler Wright rented a historical geography book for $89.75 that cost $180 new and $138.75 used. “You can’t rent all your books,”

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Accounting senior Leslie Chisolm, left, and the shorthorn reporter Allie Cochran throw a punch during a kickboxing class at the MAC Wednesday. Participants went through a series of various kicks, punches and other exercises during the 50-minute workout session.


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“It will be fast or faster than formula cars,” Woods said. The team is hoping to finish the car by October to have it ready for the May 2011 hybrid races. The hybrid car races are basically a spin off from the Society of Automotive Engineers formula races. Aerospace engineering senior J.P. Merkel was excited to talk about the F10. Last Sunday, during one of the autocross races, he sustained more than a 2.2 G-turn, which measures the pull of gravity during a sharp turn. Normally, drivers will drive and continue at a 0.2 G-turn, which proves the intense speed of the F10. “Felt like a roller coaster, only in a moving car,” Merkel said about the turn. “It felt like your face was peeling, coming off.”

The four wheel drive hybrid is being built for racing advantages. The team has been designing, planning, and constructing this car for approximately a year and half. Merkel said that usually to turn a car into a hybrid; schools will take their old SAE cars and just stick an electric motor on it. But the UTA students are actually transferring an old SAE car into a legitimate green product. “The F09 is my baby and the F10 is like my middle child,” Merkel said. The H11 will also be tweaked for the Hybrid 2012 races. When asked about going green and reducing UTA’s carbon footprint, Merkel said a lot of people are moving toward this endeavor. “It’s a good thing,” he said. “A lot of auto companies are looking into hybrids.”

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The UTA Formula SAE’s latest race car will be converted into a hybrid-the F10. The car is still in the design phase, said J.P. Merkel, mechanical and aerospace engineering senior.

“It provides more challenges, and more technology is involved to go hybrid. And it goes along with sustainability.”

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Unemployment hits home “I don’t know what it will take for our government to wake up and see the truth of the economic downturn, the worst By ali aMir MuStanSir since the Great DepresThe Shorthorn senior staff sion,” Funakura said. “I’m Alumna Sonja Funakura going to continue to write recently made headlines by to politicians, the president offering $1,000 to anyone and think of other ideas to who could help her land a get inside a company for a face-to-face interpermanent job. view.” It didn’t work, Students prethe 1984 accountparing to graduing graduate said. ate and alumni Funakura said have resources on she has been on campus and onWFAA-TV, 1080 line to help find KRLD-AM radio work after college, and CNN, but has but need to be had only one interprepared to work view for a contract hard and wait for job which is still Sonja Funakura positions to open looking for appliup. cants, she said. Wendy Casper. business Funakura, who has been unemployed for more than management associate pro15 months, is only a fraction fessor, said most students of the 8.1 percent unem- at the university have been ployment rate in the Me- working while in school. troplex. According to the She said sometimes stuBureau of Labor Statistics, dents might have to stay that number has increased in that job for a while after by half a percent in the past graduation while looking for the job they want. year. Casper suggests students Funakura said she has seen story after story of oth- try to find a job that is related to their field while still ers in the same situation.

One alumna is offering $1,000 to anyone who can help her find a job.

PoliCe rePort 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.

FridAy Theft Officers were dispatched to the University Center at 4:13 p.m. in response to a laptop theft. A student reported that someone had stolen his laptop while he was using an ATM. The case is active.

in school. “Sometimes you have to take a stepping stone job,” Casper said. “Take it for a while and find the right job for you.” Casper said students and graduates should still keep looking. She said the job market would go up and down through the next 10 years. “Though jobs are tight right now, there are still several businesses that are growing,” she said. Career Services associate director Cheri Butler said more than 100 employers are at each job fair, held in the spring and fall semesters. She said some major companies, like Lockheed Martin, L3 and Raytheon, consider the university as their prime recruiting location. Butler said several large accounting firms and government organizations recruit from the university using the on-campus recruiting program, called Hire-A-Maverick. She said students and alumni have access to the system. Butler said companies post open positions, which

students can browse and considered a placement,” then submit a resume. After Butler said. As for Funakura, she is a selection process, some people are contacted to sign going to go back to the traup for an interview on the ditional methods of finding Hire-A-Maverick website. a job. “I wish the idea would Students sign up for a time slot and are interviewed on have created more interest, because so many other campus, she said. Butler said going unemployed are watching through Hire-A-Maverick my situation and hoping if gives students an advantage it works for me it will for over posting on larger ca- them,” she said. “Sadly it is not.” reer websites. “Here you know they are here to hire a UTA Student,” ali aMir MuStanSir Butler said. news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu Butler said she doesn’t know what percentage of UTA graduates find work after graduauneMPloyMent in north texaS tion. She said (in PerCent) it’s difficult to gauge because dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington approximateMay 2009 April 2010 March 2010 May 2010 ly 70 percent 7.6 8.3 8.2 8.1 of the student body works dallas-Plano-irving (metropolitan division) May 2009 April 2010 March 2010 May 2010 at least part7.6 8.3 8.2 8.1 time. “If a stuFort Worth-Arlington (metropolitan division) dent is workMay 2009 April 2010 March 2010 May 2010 ing part-time 7.5 8.3 8.2 8.1 and gets a promotion post graduaSource: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics tion, it is not

Criminal Mischief Officers were dispatched to the University Center at 7:54 p.m. A non-student reported that a suspect jumped over the information desk counter and damaged it. The case was cleared.

SUndAy dWi, drunk driving A nonstudent was arrested for driving under the influence at 1:16 a.m. near the 1200 block of Sunset Street and was taken to the Arlington jail.

SATUrdAy disturbance A loud noise disturbance in the Central Library was reported at 3:30 p.m. A citation was issued to a student for creating the disturbance at the location.

MondAy Suspicious Circumstances A staff member reported that a subject who was not on the Action Lease at Centennial Court apartments located on 717 Mitchell St. gained entry into

an apartment at 1:10 a.m. and caused disturbance. He was issued a criminal trespass warning. Criminal Mischief At 3 p.m. someone filed a report that a gate arm located at the north mall entrance of the interior part of the campus, was damaged by an unknown person. The case is active.

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merous workshops we offer to help grad students,� said Michael Saenz, Graduate School retention and completion specialist. “We have a few undergrads come because they want to know what it’s like. Anyone’s welcome.� Public administration graduate student Yolanda Prince said the workshop taught her how to organize a poster effectively and attract observers. She said this information would be useful to her not only in school but in other organizations she is a part. “I would suggest to anyone that they sign up for these grad workshops,� Prince said. “You get more out of it than in an online class or a regular classroom setting.� In the workshop, Jackson covered everything from the basic structure of a good poster to the fine details of design and how to prepare a presentation. He said when presenting a poster, you should have a 3 to 5 minute verbal overview prepared. The overview should be compre-

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Psychology senior and Pi Kappa Phi chapter president Mohammed “Mo� Awadalla, center, is greeted by Pi Kappa Phi members in front of the Maverick Activity Center on Friday. Awadalla is a part of Push America’s Journey of Hope, a cross-country bicycle trek that raises awareness for people with disabilities. The teams start from San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA and will end in Washington, D.C.

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raise awareness.� Despite being down 44-0 at halftime, the Journey of Hope team’s strategy of replacing all six (Not a typo, the Movin’ Mavs allowed them to play with an extra player) of its players every five minutes continued with the optimism a team of humanitarians would have. As the clock ticked down to the 17:28 mark of the 2nd half, the crowd roared as a Journey of Hope player banked one off the left side of the backboard and in for the teams’ first two points of the night. The Movin’ Mavs simply smiled, as if they had been quietly rooting for the Journey of Hope to get on the scoreboard. It was a friendly game that combined people with disabilities along with advocates for acceptance, who many had readily admitted to have

never played a game of wheelchair basketball in their lives. “One thing they always say, other than being impressed by their athleticism, is that they’re just like us,� head coach Doug Garner said. “They come out, they laugh, they tell dirty jokes and all that, they just do it in a chair.� And while Awadalla wasn’t one of the four Journey of Hope players to score a basket that night, his footprint on this campaign will be a bit more lasting than the exhibition game. “It’s the summer of a lifetime,� he said. And when asked to send a message to any student interested in joining the cause, his message was simple. “Do it, even if you’re just thinking about it, do it. You will not regret it. And I’m not just saying that to get people to do it, this trip fills up by itself without any promotion. I just know I’ll never forget this.�

hensible to someone outside that area of interest. Stick to the main point or points, and involve the observer by offering to guide them through the poster with conversation. Do not simply read the poster aloud. You want to engage the observer in dialogue. Also, wear colors that complement the poster’s color scheme. “An effective poster is testimony to your ability to resist temptation,� Jackson said, advising that a poster is not like an academic paper, and it is better to keep language short and simple. It’s a time to become more of a minimalist, he said. Jackson said it is important to know the details of your subject in case they are asked of you, but don’t waste the observer’s time by just throwing them out there. He said a good conclusion answers the question, “What is the point of this poster? Why should anyone care?� “You’re limited only by your creativity with the subject matter,� Jackson said. alysia R. BRooks news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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Plan the design of the poster before making it to save time and effort Keep plenty of “white space� between visuals and between columns of text Keep columns of text aligned with each other All text and visuals should be clear to the observer from 3-5 feet away Keep all text horizontal so it’s easier to read Outline columns or boxes of text with color to draw the eye Use attention-getting colors, but try not to overwhelm the observer’s eyes Don’t forget to put your name somewhere on the poster Know the requirements of your class, business or discipline when planning the poster and stick to those conventions. Some require specific style or citation.

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Wright said. “I would if I could though.� Rent-a-Text operates under the premise that rented books will remain on course syllabi throughout multiple semesters. Loose-leaf texts, workbooks and study guides are not available for rent, DiStaola said. These texts are considered consumable editions, meaning they are written in, nullifying their reusability, he said. Books of certain disciplines also aren’t compatible with the renting principle, as their material constantly changes quickly each semester like technology and medicine. Instructors can refer to the list when choosing their course materials or request the addition of books to the list, DiStaola said. The collaboration of students, faculty and campus bookstores is an important component of Renta-Text’s achievement of its goals, he said. “Students must take advantage of the rent program, faculty must utilize and contribute to the list of rentable texts, and bookstores must offer the program to produce a successful Rent-a-Text program,� DiStaola said. Follett hopes to see Rent-a-Text available to numerous students in the U.S. and Canada, he said. allie CoChRan news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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Forward-thinking The university community should be proud that UTA leads the way in budget and transparency When Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas House Speaker Joe Straus asked state agencies to make plans to reduce their budgets, the university took it in stride. Then, when the state again asked for those same state agencies to make additional budget cuts, the university collectively winced, but then went into action. And last year when state legislators unanimously passed House Bill 2504, which goes into effect this fall and requires more transparency for course information, the university merely has to make a few tweaks rather than a complete overhaul. Throughout the last year, the administration has proven that it’s forward join tHE discussion thinking by already operating a conserComment at our website: vative budget, as www.TheShorthorn.com well as providing Friend us on Facebook: more than adequate www.facebook.com/shorthorn course information Watch us on YouTube: and professor prowww.YouTube.com/utashorthorn files online. Follow us on Twitter: “Our intent is @UTAShorthorn to be responsive to the directive from state leadership to reduce operating costs. However, we will do this without compromising the momentum we have gained in recent years. UT Arlington is on an aggressive trajectory to become a major national research university during the next decade, and we will not take any actions that could undermine those plans,” President James Spaniolo said in a Feb. 5 message in response to the budget cut mandates. If the university truly wants to become a nationally recognized university within the next 10 years, it’s on the right track. The community needs to hop on board and trust in this shared vision. We would caution not to follow blindly, but the current administration’s track record shows that it is at least capable of making the hard decisions, even if the outcomes are to be determined. It’s easy to judge from the sidelines and point out missteps or flaws in any decision-making process, but the university should be praised for not faltering during tumultuous times. We may be Mavericks, independent in thinking — but if we can agree on one thing, maybe it’s that there’s no better time to be a Maverick.

We’ve got our priorities mixed up We’re wasting our knowledge on Bieber fever and vampire angst.

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ustin Bieber. Why did I start my column with the 16-year-old pop star’s name? Simple. He’s the hottest item in the world right now, and if my goal is to have the most read column in the history of column writing, I need to fit in as many hot keywords as possible. Justin Bieber is the hottest, ergo, it lends itself to the front of my list. Twilight. See how this works? Really, I could probably just write a column pitching Bieber as the tweenage heartthrob Edward Cullen and be done with it. But that’s not my vibe. I’m writing for a college crowd, one that prides itself on educational reading habits and stuff. And for the most part, college folk aren’t interested in 16 year olds with trademark hair-flips or vampires who have more angst than, well, any other teenager, werewolf or shape shifter. The Texas Rangers are getting hot again. I guess I could throw them in here, too. And who’s this LeBron James cat I keep seeing on SportsCenter? Then there’s this oil crisis in the Gulf that people are talking about. Or are they? BP, the British-based oil company responsible for the spill, recently capped the well and stopped it from gushing oil into the ocean for the first time in three months. The cap could hold tight until the relief well is drilled sometime around mid-August. But the oil cap didn’t get as much play as I thought it would. After three months, people sort of lost interest and started paying more attention to Lindsay Lohan and how she cried in court. The judge sentenced her to roughly three months in jail for probation violation. But since it’s such a long sentence, we’ll most likely lose interest in that before too long anyway. The internet, Facebook and Twitter have made us the most informed — or at the very least, capable of being the most informed — generation in history. We’re also the first generation that can play video games with our children. And win. But what good is such an accolade if we don’t do anything with the infor-

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mation we acquire? Maybe being so connected is actually part of the problem. Unplug the computer. Turn off the phone. Be alone for a while. A lot of people poke fun at the Double Rainbow Guy, but his reaction, while a little creepy, is also a little endearing — people still find the little things in life to be excited over. Right? Pfft. Whatever. Soon, Justin Bieber will do another hair-flip, Twilight will release another movie, and Lindsay Lohan will be out of jail. And when it happens, people will be around to retweet it.

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Should we accept Mom’s friend request?

o, your mom has finally decided to join the rest of the social world and create a Facebook profile. Great. You politely show her the basics, like how to search for and add others as friends. Then you check your account and realize Mom wants to be your Facebook friend. Super. I’m sure many of you have found yourself in a dilemma like this. Like many of you, I questioned what type of conflict would arise if I added my mother as a Facebook friend. Assuming that my mother wasn’t that into the whole social networking thing, I didn’t think of it much. But the more I showed her the ins and outs of the Facebook world, she became Sherlock Holmes, investigating every little picture she deemed inappropriate. She criticized my harsh language in my status updates, where I should be able to freely express myself.

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cabrEra moorE moore is a criminal justice/criminology senior and the shorthorn copy editor. join the discussion by commenting at theshorthorn.com. She also meddles in my adult life. If she reads that I’ve just been out partying with friends, she will harshly criticize me for going out too often. So, because mother knows best, I was forced to delete certain pictures and watch my potty mouth, just to keep peace with her. I’m sure some would choose not to add their mothers at all. But remember, then she might complain that you have

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something to hide. She also might be a little hurt that you won’t share this part of your life with her. The solution to this problem is to go ahead and add Mom. She will be happy that you’ve accepted her among your list of social world friends. Beforehand, however, lay the groundwork. Simply explain in a loving and kind way that you are an adult. As long as there aren’t naked pictures floating around the net, she has nothing to worry about. If she doesn’t like what she sees on your page there are ways to block her from seeing your status updates. Or you could simply suggest to Mom that she maintains the right to delete you from being Facebook friends. Ultimately, this should not put a strain on the relationship you two share. After all, it’s just Facebook. You will forever be her child, and a social networking site can’t change that.

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online What are your thoughts on K2? Go to theshorthorn.com and comment on this story about synthetic marijuana. Wednesday, July 21, 2010

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Not for human consumption Synthetic marijuana gains heat for being too much like the real thing – and legal andreW Plock The Shorthorn scene editor

about K2

Synthetic marijuana products, such as the self-labeled incense K2, are taking heat politically as a new wave of narcotics mimic the effects of traditional marijuana in a concentrated dose. city and state governments are working on, and have been, banning the substance that accounts for multiple poison control cases and has been linked to the death of a recent high school graduate. created by treating or spraying various herbs with synthetic cannabinoids — lab-created chemicals that simulate the narcotic effects of marijuana’s active ingredient THc, or tetrahydrocannabinol — K2 and similar takeoffs are gaining attention not only domestically but worldwide as well.

Developed in a lab at clemson University in South carolina in the 90s, organic chemist John W. Huffman synthesized the substances JWH-018 and JWH-073 as part of his laboratory research at clemson, which was funded by the national Institute on Drug Abuse. Huffman explained in a statement that the substances were developed to understand the relationship between the chemical structure and biological activity of substances known as cannabinoids. The synthesized products were only tested on mice and the long-term effects are still unknown. “cannabinoids include THc — the active ingredient in cannabis plants — but also other substances that interact with the cannabinoids receptors in the brain and other organs,” Huffman wrote in his statement. “These receptors don’t exist so that people can smoke marijuana and get high; they play a role in regulating appetite, nausea, mood, pain and inflammation. Huffman told the science, health and technology website, Livescience.com, that details were published in a book chapter and he thinks the first usage as a drug was somewhere in europe. “Apparently somebody picked it up, I think in europe, on the idea of doping this incense mixture with the compound and smoking it,” Huffman told LiveScience. “You can get very high on it. It’s about 10 times more active than THc.”

Uta’s stance In 2011 UTA will undergo a smoking ban that will limit the use of all tobacco products on campus. As of now, cigarettes and similar products can be smoked as long as they are 50 feet from entrances and are completely prohibited in residence halls. Heather Snow, Office of Student conduct director, said although smokers find it’s hard to be 50 feet away from doors, K2 is technically legal as long as the product isn’t used with the paraphernalia that is associated with drug usage. “We’re not wanting to promote it,” Snow said. “We see it on the same level as any other drug.” Snow said along with any smoking violation where K2 was involved, the university would employ educational sanctions as a means to inform students about drug education. This is the same process minus the punitive sanctions an offender of smoking marijuana on campus would go through. K2 hasn’t been heard much on campus, Snow said. She hopes the usage is rivaled to Salvia —a legal hallucinatory drug – in that there are very few cases. “Two years ago we heard a lot about Salvia,” she said. “Salvia use was very limited and treated the same way as we would treat K2.”

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It wasn’t until he heard from a co-worker on probation for marijuana charges that broadcast senior Landon Vassek first found out about K2. Vassek said the employee smoked the substance as an alternative to marijuana because it didn’t show up on drug tests he had to take. “At first I didn’t believe him,” he said. “Then I looked it up online and found out it was sprayed with synthetic THc. It gets you high for sure.” Vassek said the effects simulated the feelings from marijuana but the high didn’t last as long. choosing the more natural over the chemicallycreated K2 is what would be his first choice. “I know they’re banning it because they say it’s worse for you, but you know then they should legalize pot if that’s the case,” he said. “People are only smoking K2 because pot is illegal.”

As the popularity and usage of the narcotic grows, many cities and states have begun banning the product. The city of Allen has recently banned the substance and Mansfield has limited the sale of the substance to 21 and over. These two nearby cities join eight other states and many european countries in the banning of K2 and its counterparts. As for now, the Arlington city council is on their July break and K2 has not been put on any agenda. city councilwoman Lana Wolff said she had no information on the issue, nor has any citizen inquired about the substance. Texas State Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, has recently announced that she wants Texas legislation to ban K2 when the next session begins in 2011. When Shapiro appeared on the Fox news channel she said she’s writing legislation to ban the sale, manufacturing and possession of the product.

local head shops Several head shops in the Arlington area commented only on the sale of the product by saying K2 is an incense, not for human consumption or for aromatherapy purposes only, and gave the prices for the different scented incenses. Gaurab neupane, owner of High Times Lifestyle in Arlington, said the incense gets a lot of customers in his store. Most range from young to old, typically he said from ages 18 to 65. neupane said any future ban of the product in Arlington would not hurt his business. “It doesn’t bother us. This is just any other business,” he said. “Business could slow down without K2, but that’s because it’s so hot right now.” In 2006, K2 and similar alternatives became available to customers online and continues to be a source as cities ban the substance from stores and gas stations. Much like any drug that is illegal to buy, any person in possession of K2 in banned areas like Allen face fines of up to $2,000 if caught.

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Scene is on the lookout for the music that dictates your life. This week we look at the songs that get you to class with a beat.

Walking Playlist sleigh bells – “crown on the Ground” “It’s got a really big thumping beat and it’s a good pace to walk to. It’s not like typical pop music, it has lauren Hardy, biology senior very sharp notes in it and has a great intonation,” biology senior Lauren Hardy said. trey songs – “already taken” “I like it because it has a slow beat. It’s nice to listen to because it gives off positive energy,” engineering junior Valon McCall said.

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‘incePtion” starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph GordonLevitt, Ellen Page Director: Christopher Nolan ranking: 7 out of 10 Dreams become reality in a new mystery thriller that messes with your mind. The film centers on a world where technology allows people to dream vividly and interact with each other in dreams that appear as clear as reality. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Cobb, a thief who enters deep states of unconsciousness in order to steal secrets and personal information. This rare ability turns him into an international fugitive and he enlists in the help of keen, wealthy and intuitive accomplices to help him get back everything he lost. Juno’s Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt from 500 Days of Summer also star as dream travelling assailants. The movie, while intriguing and mentally engaging, leaves you feeling confused and trying to recap the entire movie in your head to make sense of it. Despite all the mind games, the explosive, captivating scenes during dream sequences make this film worth watching. Viewers who want to stay on track with the film should pay close attention to clues left throughout the movie to better understand what’s going on. Try getting the popcorn before it starts. — Alanna Quillen

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the dixie sWim club When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: Theatre Arlington, 305 W Main St. Arlington, Texas 76010 Box Office: 817-275-7661 cost: $19 general admission. Discounts available for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Health concerns As Huffman had stated, the compound is still untested on human subjects, leaving little knowledge about its long-term effects. current brands are also unregulated, which makes its chemical contents undefined. Anthony Scalzo, a toxicologist at Saint Louis University is researching the effects of the synthetic drug. Scalzo told the Associated Press teenagers are having hallucinations, severe agitation, elevated heart rates, vomiting, seizures and other reactions to the substance. The American Association of Poison control centers reported that there are 732 exposure cases involving synthetic marijuana products including K2, Spice and other brands for 2010 alone. This is up from 13 in 2009. K2 has recently been reportedly linked to the death of an Iowa teen. The Des Moines Register reports that during an apparent panic attack after smoking the substance with friends, 18-year-old David Rozga told friends he was “going to hell,” and later on that evening, committed suicide. andreW Plock features-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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This Friday Theatre Arlington opens its play The Dixie Swim Club with Melanie Mason, a UTA communication adjunct lecturer, playing the role of Jeri Neal McFeeley. Theatre Arlington describes the play as a poignant comedy about five Southern women, who reunite every August to recharge their relationships and renew their spirits. The show runs from July 23 to Aug. 22.


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