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Merit pools to be given in lump sum Faculty must be recognized with a “Solid Performance” to receive pool. BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn staff

As UTA tightens its belt amid campus-wide budget cuts, faculty and staff merit pool has been adjusted to save the university money. The 2 percent merit pool will be awarded based on performance in a one-time bonus. “The difference this year is that everybody who receives a merit payment will be paid in a lump sum later this fall and it will not become a part of the base salary,”

President James Spaniolo said. “It will just be a merit payment.” Spaniolo said the university is committed to rewarding exemplary faculty, but must be “prudent” in light of the uncertainty surrounding the upcoming legislative session. “I’m glad we have something,” said Erian Armanios, mechanical and aerospace engineering chairman. “It’s very thoughtful of our management to think of doing it.” Armanios is not the only employee who views the change as a positive. “These are just the economic realities for all of us at every level,” FACULTY continues on page 3


Medical assist delayed after student slips The Shorthorn: Michael Minasi

President James Spaniolo throws out the first pitch for UTA Night at the Ballpark on Monday in Arlington. “It’s a great honor to throw the first pitch at the first home game since they just clinched the division title,” Spaniolo said.

The Rangers mascot, Captain, adjusted President James Spaniolo’s posture, raising his elbow and positioning him like a professional, to help him throw the first pitch Monday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. In an effort sponsored by UTA and the Texas Rangers, students were able to buy tickets for UTA Night at the Ballpark at a discounted price of $6, normally valued at $30. “The Rangers are showing what a great team they are,” Spaniolo said. “We’re proud to be associated with them and the new ownership.” As the Texas Rangers took on the Seattle Mariners, Frank Lamas, Student Affairs vice president, estimated 800 to 1,000 tickets were sold in total to a mix of students, faculty and staff. “It’s not that expensive and you get to interact with other UTA students. Make new friends,” Beatris Hernandez, accounting and finance freshman, said. “Networking as the business world would call it.” As Spaniolo walked by Captain, he said he knew who his favorite Maverick is. “I like Blaze better.” — Michael Minasi

Accident leaves students wondering how to contact emergency services. BY ALYSIA R. BROOKS The Shorthorn staff

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Beatris Hernandez, accounting and finance freshman, holds up a “UTA loves Texas Rangers” sign she and friends made for UTA Night at the Ballpark on Monday in Arlington. Hernandez said, “I love it, I love The Rangers.”

The lack of cell phone reception and landlines in the Trimble Hall basement delayed medical assistance for a student who was injured there last week. French lecturer Alicia Soueid was in the middle of class when students heard cries of distress. Soueid said there are no landlines in the basement or cell phone reception. She said if an emergency occurred in the basement and there was no way to reach the upper floors, she or another teacher would have to get online and use an Internet phone service to call for help. “I was always under the impression that phones were avail-

able everywhere on campus,” nursing junior Saba Suhail said. “They need to fix that.” Fellow nursing junior Maha Mohiuddin agreed. “I would suggest putting landlines in the basements,” she said. Assistant Police Chief Rick Gomez said though certain levels of buildings don’t have phones or call boxes, every elevator on campus has an emergency assistance button that can be used to connect directly with police. Aside from landline phones and the elevator emergency buttons, there are 68 assistance call boxes spread across campus on parking lots, inside buildings, and out on the grounds. There are white call boxes labeled “Public Assistance” and blue call boxes simply labeled “Assistance.” Both are used for the same purpose, they just have different SAFETY continues on page 3



Library display promotes First Amendment rights

Cyclists ride their hearts out

The Central Library tackles censorship with a display on banned books. BY EDNA HORTON The Shorthorn staff

The Central Library is celebrating Banned Books Week with a display of commonly-challenged or banned books. The week is designed to promote First Amendment rights and free speech and lasts until Friday. Every year during the last week of September, libraries across the country celebrate Banned Books Week. They host a variety of events including read-outs and displays of different banned or challenged, requiring a review of the school board, books.

Fourteen teams rode for 12 hours straight, while passersby donated money to the cause.

Rafia Mirza, communication, English and history librarian, said the main reason for Banned Books Week is awareness of First Amendment rights and free speech. “People decide what’s inappropriate for their children, is inappropriate for all children,” she said. The books on display in the library include Winnie the Pooh, a book from the Harry Potter series, And Tango Makes Three and the dictionary. The books will be on display in the Central Library lobby until the end of the week. Students can check out the books at the Central Library. Mirza said the reason the Harry Potter series gets chal-

From noon to midnight, 14 teams rode stationary bikes in the Maverick Activities Center, rasing money for the American Heart Association in honor of World Heart Day. Each team participating could have up to 25 members with each member riding at least 30 consecutive minutes. Each team was given a jar that was accessible for passersby to place donations. The third annual UTA World Heart Day celebration let students get their blood pressure and glucose levels tested in the University Center. Kinesiology junior Lauren Ben-

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Criminal justice sophomore Olaguer Estrada rides a stationary bike Monday during the World Heart Day Cyclethon in the Maverick Activities Center. Estrada was riding for Lambda Theta Phi on a six-person team that switched riders every two hours until midnight.

BY ALLIE COCHRAN The Shorthorn staff

“The reason we do this is for preventive measures. We want to educate students on how to have a healthy lifestyle and a healthy heart.” Donielle Smith

health promotions director The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley

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Professional Telephone Techniques: 9–11 a.m. Wetsel Service Center Room 200. Registration required. For information, contact Human Resources/ Employment Services 817-272-3461 or

Successful Sophomores Start Here: 7–9 p.m. Pickard Hall Room 104. Free to UTA pre-nursing students. For information, contact Maryjane Ashe at 817-272-2776.


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Black Student Association Fried Chicken Tuesdays: 12–2 p.m. University Center mall. $5 for faculty/staff, $4 students. For information, contact Jalesa Bacon at jalesa.bacon@mavs.

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.

SUNDAY Warrant Service-Misdemeanor During a traffic stop at 7:48 p.m. on Center Street, officers arrested a nonstudent for outstanding warrants out of Arlington.

Next Generation Nuclear Plants and Related Material Issues: 2–3 p.m. Nedderman Hall Room 100. For infor-

SATURDAY Disturbance Officers were dispatched at 9:16 p.m. at Centennial Court apartments, 701 Mitchell Circle. A loud noise disturbance was reported. The case was cleared with no further action.

WEDNESDAY Mindful Moments: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Business Building Room 235. Free. For information, contact Marie Bannister at 817-272-2771. Welcome Diversity: 9 a,m.–4 p.m. Wetsel Service Center Room 200. Free. Registration Required. For information, contact Human Resources/Employment Services at 817-272-3641 or at

Know Your Clothes: 7:30–9 p.m. Brazos House lobby. For information, contact Kirstin Coffman at or 972-672-6366.

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Students can find out what services are offered at the Health Services Open House on Wednesday. Yvonne Medrano, Health Services communication assistant, said the event is a way for students to meet the providers through a tour and become more knowledgeable of the health center. Medrano said most students may just come in for general services, but the health center also offers a variety of services including a women’s clinic and an immunization clinic. She said by holding an open house, students learn more of what the health center has to offer. During the tour, students will receive a map of the health center, and each area they tour will be checked off. Students will then be entered into a drawing for different prizes, including a $100 Walmart gift card. Medrano said this year is a Western theme. She said the center had a movie theme last year. “The providers get really in to it,” she said. “They dress up. It’s a way for students to see them on a different level.” The open house is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday at the health center.

John Dycus to receive national award The former Shorthorn adviser will be honored in October. BY TAYLOR CAMMACK The Shorthorn staff

Criminal Trespass Warning Officers responded at 3:55 a.m. to a report of a nonstudent found sleeping in the Architecture Building, 601 Nedderman Dr. The nonstudent was issued a criminal trespass warning for the entire campus. Criminal Trespass Warning At 2:56 a.m., officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious person in Lot 50. A nonstudent was found looking into vehicles and was issued a criminal trespass warning for the entire campus.

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Turn Your Latin Swag On: 8–10 p.m. University Center Palo Duro Lounge. Free. For information, contact Seth Ressl at 817-272-9234 or greeklife@

Open house to promote health center Wednesday


Warrant Service-Misdemeanor Officers responded at 11:25 a.m. to a report of two males sleeping in the University Center. Both were identified and one was arrested for outstanding warrants out of Arlington.

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Taco Tuesday: 7–8 p.m. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop. For information, contact Seth Ressl at 817-272-9234 or greeklife@

World of Fitness: 8–9 p.m. Lipscomb Hall TV lounge. Free. For information, contact Brittany Robbins at Brittany.


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Drunk Driving During a traffic stop at 2:10 a.m. along Cooper Street, a nonstudent was arrested for driving while intoxicated.


Fort Worth Abstract: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Gallery 76102. For information, contact UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center.

Volleyball Night: 8–9 p.m. Arlington Hall volleyball courts. For information, contact Seth Ressl at 817-272-9234 or

Though times have changed, hard work and dependability are two characteristics that will always be praised. Such is the case for John Dycus, former adviser and writing coach to The Shorthorn, who is being honored Oct. 5 in Las Vegas by the Society of Professional Journalists with the Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Professional Member Award for his contributions to the Fort Worth chapter. Fellow society members say they appreciate Dycus’ commitment and willingness to serve wherever needed. “Basically, John can be summed up in one word — amazing,” said Eddye Gallagher, the immediate past president of the Fort Worth chapter and adviser for The Collegian, the Tarrant County College student newspaper. “He’s very supportive and helpful. Anything that needs to be done that he can do, he does cheerfully.” Dycus worked for 28 years as The Shorthorn adviser, contributed another 10 years as a writing coach and served two terms as the Fort Worth chapter’s president from 1999-2000 and 2000-2001. Dycus currently maintains the Fort Worth chapter’s website, which he

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John Dycus, former adviser to The Shorthorn is being honored Oct. 5 in Las Vegas by the Society of Professional Journalists with the Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Professional Member Award for his contributions to the Fort Worth chapter. Dycus worked for The Shorthorn for 28 years as an adviser and served two terms as the Fort Worth chapter’s president from 1999-2000 and 2000-2001.

started, and facilitates the chapter’s electronic newsletter, the e-Chaser. As the world of journalism has evolved, incorporating new media platforms and embracing the social web, Dycus recognized the advantages and pitfalls of the web-savvy journalist. “Now, it’s instant information. All information, all the time — which can be a crutch,” Dycus said. “It opened up a world of possibilities as long as you use it correctly.”

Recently, the chapter’s agenda has focused on preparing professionals to be able to effectively use new technology. “We’re moving more toward things for people who have recently been laid off or professionals who need training in new media,” Gallagher said. “We cover what to do to make yourself marketable and where you need to look for jobs.” However, even with the advent and constant evolution of new technology,

to Dycus, the principles of journalism are still very much the same. “You still have to ask good questions. You still have to think in a straight line,” Dycus said. “It’s still one-on-one.” It’s this attention to relationships and pervasiveness of the personal that has endeared him to many of his former students. “He was one of those that he could always focus on something good,” former Shorthorn staffer Jason

Hoskins said. Hoskins, who is now a copy editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, was mentored by Dycus as a writing coach. Hoskins and Dycus still meet for lunch on a regular basis. “I still consider him a coach, if you will,” Hoskins said. “He’s willing to do whatever it takes for people, and you just can’t beat that.” TAYLOR CAMMACK

“Basically, John can be summed up in one word — amazing. He’s very supportive and helpful. Anything that needs to be done that he can do, he does cheerfully.” Eddye Gallagher

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Computing And teChnology

Officials unable to identify issues with video tech Students report issues with watching Class Rev recordings from home. By Allen BAldwin

Sorority lets students leave their mark for philanthropy

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The Shorthorn: Brian Dsouza

In the midst of a busy Monday, Tri-Delta sorority members gathered on the Central Library mall to help raise funds for cancer research. The event’s motto was “Give kids’ Cancer the Boot.� The money raised this year beat last year’s amount of $1,100, with a grand total of $1,345. Students who donated toward the event received candy and an opportunity to chalk in the designated area on the Central Library mall, where they could write anything they wanted say by use of colored chalks. Jessica Jones, psychology junior and Tri-Delta philanthropy chair, helped to spread awareness during her shift by desinging and holding up signs. More than 20 hours were spent towards preparation for the event. Tri-Delta organizes fundraising events two or three times a semester as a part of the sorority’s philanthropy. Some of the causes include Cook’s Children Health Care System and other local philanthropic causes. Profits went toward St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for research for cancer in children, Jones said. “The event shows very well on students and on Greek life,� economics junior Rob Comer said.

TOP: Chalk designs and messages fill an area Monday on the Central Library mall. Students who donated could write anything they wanted to with colored pieces of chalk.

— Brian Dsouza

ABOVE: Social work junior Meredith Fleming holds a “Help the Children� sign as a part of a fundraising event for research on cancer in children Monday on the Central Library mall.

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biology chairman Jonathan Campbell said. “It wasn’t anticipated that we would even get this. You always hope for the best and I think in this case it’s the best thing they could do.� Faculty Senate Chairman Tom Ingram said UTA is not the only school evaluating the viability of faculty and staff merit pools. “It wouldn’t be good financial planning to permanently put raises in the budget, that become part of the base funding, that you don’t know you’re going to have the

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designs. A caller only has to press the button to activate the box, providing a direct connection to the UTA Police Department. The call boxes automatically give the police the caller’s location. English junior Jaclyn Caywood said she has never had to use any of them, but their presence is reassuring. “It’s nice to know they’re



Students’ computers or the UTA network may be depriving students access to a resource that’s designed to be viewed remotely. Students are encountering problems viewing videos from Class Rev, a lecture capture system that records videos of classes for students to watch remotely. Don Lane, technical operations manager, said he has heard several reports of students having problems with viewing the videos on their home computers, but there is no common thread between each complaint. After talking with a Class Rev representative, Lane said the system works, but there’s an unknown internal or external problem. Lane said he wants to have the system’s problems resolved by this week. “It may be something to do with programming,� he said, “I’m having the same problems from my computer at home.� Lane said some things that could be blocking students’ access to the Class Rev videos are personal firewalls, media settings or UTA’s network. “The problem could be our network, the Internet service providers or anything else someone has on their computers like their wireless network or programs.� he said. Larry French, Learning Spaces Operations manager at Purdue University, which has more than 300 lecture capture devices in-

Try downloading a Virtual Private Network connection, which lets students, faculty or staff members access campus resources from any remote computer that has an Internet connection once the appropriate client software has been installed. Find a link to the VPN at

stalled, said Purdue has had no recent problems with students being unable to view videos from their lecture capture devices. “There was a scaling issue, which we worked out with the vendor in 2009,� he said. “All the devices talking to the system server bogged it down. But it’s worked fairly well, and we’ve been happy.� One solution to the problem is the Virtual Private Network, said Patrick Jordan, Office of Information Technology assistant director. Jordan said the VPN is used to allow protected connections between a computer and the UTA network. He said the VPN is downloadable from OIT’s website. UTA will have 17 Class Rev systems installed by the end of the week, Lane said. Ten of these systems have been installed recently in University Hall, College of Business Administration, Pickard Hall, Geoscience Building, Central Library and Science Hall. Allen BAldwin

The Shorthorn: Brian Dsouza

“These are just the economic realities for all of us at every level. It wasn’t anticipated that we would even get this. You always hope for the best and I think in this case it’s the best thing they could do.� Jonathan Campbell, biology chairman money to support in the future,� he said. Gov. Rick Perry directed all state agencies to slash budgets by 5 percent in the spring of this year. Another 5 percent cut is anticipated, as the Texas Legislature will convene in January. UT-Austin has the same one-time merit pool in place for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. “I think it’s wise to do it that way,� Armanios said. When UT System Chan-

cellor Francisco Cigarroa was at UTA earlier this month, he praised the university’s efforts to trim its budget. “I think UT Arlington has done an outstanding job in accommodating the 5 percent cut that state leadership provided,� he said. “These are difficult times not only for universities, but for every individual and for every business in America. We’ve been very focused on really making sure that we’re operating as

there in case we need them,� she said. Business junior Dan Ray had to use one when his car stalled in the parking lot. “My battery died,� he said. “They got there in about 30 minutes and jumped it off for me.� If you cannot reach a callbox, the UTA Police Department emergency number is 817-272-3003. The nonemergency number is 817272-3381.

CAll Box fACts • The Assistance call boxes are for ASSISTANCE ONLY. • Making a prank call with the boxes is a class B misdemeanor. • If convicted, you may face up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of $2000.

Source: Assistant Chief Ricardo Gomez, UTA Police Department

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efficiently and effectively as possible.� Merit pool guidelines are effective for only one year, and payment amounts will vary considerably among recipients. According to UTA policies and procedures, “To receive a merit increase, employees must have received a ‘Solid Performance.’�

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Graduate student dies of brain aneurism Wanda June Hurd, 52, died Wednesday of a brain aneurism. The social work graduate student was born April 19 and had one daughter and two sons. She attended UTA and was working toward a master’s degree. “She was a woman with a big heart who loved family more than anything,� Hurd’s daughter, Cosheda, said. “She loved being a student. It was something she missed out on when she became a mother and put school on hold. When she had the opportunity to go back, she did.� Victoria McWilliams, School of Social Work masters program adviser, said she will collect contributions

to a memory book in Hurd’s honor. “The idea was generated by the students in her class who wanted to give her family remembrances of how great a person she was,� McWilliams said. Contributions can be sent to McWilliams’ office in the Social Work A Building Room 301C. A wake was held at Brownrigg Funeral Home in Clarksville, Texas. The public funeral will be today at 3 p.m. at St. James Baptist Church in Clarksville, Texas. Hurd will be buried at William’s Cemetery in Clarksville. — Allen Baldwin

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White challenges Perry to answer questions HOUSTON — Democratic nominee for Texas governor Bill White says he won’t let Gov. Rick Perry’s refusal to debate him stop him from questioning the Republican incumbent’s performance. White says he’ll spend 25 days before the Nov. 2 election posing the questions that he’d have at a debate. At a campaign stop in Houston on Monday, the former Houston mayor posed his first question: Would Perry accept responsibility for job losses, having 1 million unemployed Texans and having unemployment rates higher than other states? Perry campaign spokesman Mark Miner says Texas has flourished economically because of Perry’s policies of low taxes, less regulation and tort reform. Perry and White couldn’t agree to a debate before the Nov. 2 election after White didn’t release all tax returns Perry had demanded.


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son rode for Team Chipotle. Benson said she was motivated to participate in the cycling event because she recognized its importance. “The motivation came from the idea of raising money for the American Heart Association,” Benson said. “I was intrigued that they were doing something for such a good cause.” Benson said she hoped riding in the middle of the MAC would inspire people to exercise more. The cycling event was an opportunity to showcase what the MAC has to offer and raise money for the heart association, said Lexi Christoules, assistant director for aquatics and sports clubs. Health promotions director Donielle Smith said she hopes celebrating World Heart Day will encourage students to implement healthy lifestyles. There were booths set up in the University Center that offered informative resources about heart health and life-saving habits. “The reason we do this is for preventive measures,” Smith said. “We want to educate students on how to have a healthy lifestyle and a healthy heart.” Biology senior Josh Gunpat distributed handouts in the UC. He said he was interested in educating people about heart health because heart-related diseases and conditions are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. According to the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an American will have a coronary event about every 25 seconds. And approximately every minute, someone will die.

Biology senior Asad Rizwan does 10 skips with a jump rope as part of a T-shirt giveaway during World Heart Day Monday at the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. The purposes of the tasks were to demonstrate to students the importance of exercise on cardiac health.


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Bishop Eddie Long, left, embraces a friend, Sunday at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Ga. megachurch pastor’s flock standing by him LITHONIA, Ga. — Many followers of embattled Baptist megachurch leader Bishop Eddie Long remained unwavering in their support as their pastor vowed to fight like David versus Goliath against claims he lured four young men into sex. Casting himself as the Bible’s ultimate underdog, Long went before congregants who packed his 10,000-seat church Sunday and promised to battle claims in lawsuits filed last week that he abused his “spiritual authority.” Three members of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in suburban Atlanta and a fourth from a North Carolina branch filed lawsuits last week alleging Long used his standing and gifts including cash, cars and travel to coerce them into sexual relations when they were 17 or 18 years old.

Obama: Teacher unions can help boost schools WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says teachers’ unions can be part of the solution to problem schools. He says unions have often been resistant to change as they try to protect their members — but that many of them are now working with states on reforms including charter schools, and imposing higher standards and accountability. In an interview Monday with NBC’s “Today” show, Obama said the message to unions needs to be that they can’t defend a status quo in which a third of students are dropping out.


Japan, China test diplomatic resolve TOKYO — Tension between China and Japan bumped back up a notch Monday when Tokyo asked Beijing to pay for damages to patrol boats hit by a Chinese fishing vessel in disputed waters, countering China’s demand for an apology over the incident. The diplomatic back-and-forth shows that nationalistic sentiments stirred up by the incident — and the territorial dispute behind it — are not fading even after Tokyo released the ship’s captain Friday amid intense pressure from China. Welcoming the skipper home as a hero, China stunned Japan over the weekend by demanding an apology and compensation over his arrest, a move that reflects Beijing’s growing self-confidence and its attempts to test the resolve of key neighbors like Japan, Washington’s closest ally in the region.

— The Associated Press


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MOST COMMONLY CHALLENGED BOOKS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS Each yeah, libraries are asked to remove books from their shevles because they are found to be inappropriate.

Twilight – Stephanie Meyer Considered unsuitable for its target age due to sexually explicit content and religious viewpoints.

Lord of the Rings (Trilogy) J.R.R. Tolkien The trilogy is considered to promote witchcraft and Satan. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee The book’s offensive language and chapters dealing with racism makes this book a constant target.

Winnie the Pooh – A.A. Milne Some parents consider Christopher Robins relationship with talking animals unnatural.

Charlotte’s Web – E.B. White The death of a central character was considered inappropriate for a childrens book.

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Chef Rick Bayless to speak at Lone Star Auditorium

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Tickets for the second lecture in the Maverick Speakers Series featuring Rick Bayless, an award-winning chef of Mexican cuisine, went on sale yesterday and are almost sold out. “An Evening with a Celebrity Chef � will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Lone Star Auditorium and is free and open to the public. This event is the only one in the series that is not being held in Texas Hall, which seats about 2,700. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said the Lone Star Auditorium seats about 400 and even though the event is a few weeks away she believes it will still be held in that venue because other locations on campus are booked. The volleyball team will play against Stephen F. Austin in Texas Hall at 7 p.m. Oct.14. The first part of the series, which featured documentary filmmaker Ken Burns was held Friday and sold out three days before the event. She said she attributes the strong response to the number of tickets that have been obtained to the positive attention the Maverick Speakers Series is receiving. Bayless, who owns three restaurants, has written several cookbooks and is creator of Frontera Foods Inc., won the first season of “Top Chef Masters� and can be seen hosting the fifth season of “Mexico – One Plate at a Time� on PBS.

Chi Vu, vice president external and anthropology sophomore, grills meat for the Vietnamese Students Association’s barbeque Monday afternoon. According to the organization’s president Mi Chi, the fundraiser will aid the group’s on-campus efforts as well as its off campus efforts to help others in the Vietnamese community.

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Deep-seated roots continue to thrive



Scene is on the lookout for the music that dictates your life. Each week we hit the pavement to find what’s playing in your ears. Deadmau5 – “Ghosts n stuff” “I just came back from the gym, I’m listening to this song because it motivates me chris Mantilla, to work out.” chemical engineering freshman

Drake – “up all night” “I usually listen to stuff while I’m walking around, it just makes everything more epic.”

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nadia Martinez, left, and her sister diana, industrial engineering graduate students perform Folklorico in the Central Library mall on Sept. 16, 2009. The celebration was part of the Hispanic semana de cultura.

University celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month to honor culture By William Johnson The Shorthorn senior staff

Twisting to the sounds of her country’s heritage, Flora chavez dances to the rhythm of her culture and the love for her roots. The interdisciplinary studies education senior, is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with her Folklorico dancing, a form of Mexican ballet that involves choreographed steps and colorful dresses. chavez, whose parents immigrated to the United States in the 1980s, said she is thankful the U.S. gave them an opportunity to do better for themselves and recognizes their struggle. “I’m sure you’ve heard ‘Viva México’ several times now,” she said. “It makes you really proud of where you come from — your roots.” From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the U.S. recognizes those who can trace their heritage to various Spanish speaking countries. First established as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 by former President Lyndon B. Johnson, the month expanded in its 20year anniversary by former President Ronald Reagan. But the time allotted to the celebration of Hispanic culture is more than just a month for some students and faculty. chavez started dancing Folklorico when she was 12 for church. She stopped for a period of time before joining a Fort Worth-based company, Azteca Folklorico. She is taking classes again to perfect the moves she learned as a child. “It’s actually a little different now, but I’m getting the steps back,” she said. “It’s like, ‘Oh yeah, I remember that.’” chavez sang on Sept. 16 on campus as part of the bicentennial celebration of Mexico’s independence Susan Baker, center for Mexican American Studies director, said she appreciates the government for formally acknowledging the contributions Hispanics and encourages them to celebrate those activities. “Our government, in the United States, has made an official proclamation that we are an important part of the fabric that makes up our country, we are a part of the mosaic that makes up the people of the United States,” she said. Baker applauds the government in its efforts but said she feels the celebration of Hispanic culture shouldn’t be limited to one month. She said

she encourages students to celebrate Hispanic culture year round. “We are such a large, diverse, active population that I don’t think you can restrict everything that we mean and do to four weeks,” she said. criminal justice senior Raquel Moreno, came to Arlington from Saint Jo, a small town in north Texas, as a freshman. Her parents are both from Mexico, making her a first generation Mexican American. She said when she first arrived, she didn’t know anyone and decided to attend an AMAS meeting, in hopes of meeting others like her. Three years have passed and Moreno is now the AMAS president. She said AMAS became her home away from home as a freshman and grew in her life as time went by. “I want to provide that same sense of home that I experienced as a freshman,” she said. Her goal in celebrating her heritage, she said, is so she can reconnect students with theirs. She said too many Mexican-American students lose sight of their culture and history or forget the native language. As a way to raise awareness for the month, AMAS coordinated with cMAS to hold the bicentennial celebration, where chavez sang. Business administration freshman Lorenzo Saavedra attended the celebration. Although he hasn’t celebrated much in the past, he is interested in learning more about his heritage. After attending the celebration, Saavedra is considering minoring in Mexican American studies. “I want to learn more about my culture, the people and the history of Mexico,” he said.

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industrial engineering doctoral student diana Martinez performed traditional folk dances on the Central Library mall Sept. 16, 2009. The Folklorico demonstration was in celebration of the 199th anniversary of Mexico’s independence.

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Wake Up! Artist: John Legend and The Roots label: Sony Music ranking: hhhh Drawing from the soul driven tunes of the 60s, John Legend employs the musical prowess of The Roots on their new album, Wake Up!. Legend uses this chance at a collaboration to mix his smooth vocal style with Roots lyricist Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and his spoken flows. Together, the two blend with drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson and remaining Roots to bring back a feel of issuedriven, Motown tunes full of depth and soul. In the song “Little Ghetto Boy,” Trotter and Legend team up to meld electronic keys and a walking baseline and overall funk with their lyrics about troubles of those growing up in the ghetto. Legend’s voice is dynamic on this album as he seems to channel the feeling of the Motown greats and R&B singers of that era. Couple his voice with The Roots ability to dig deep into the groove like the song “Compared To What” and the group plays a slow-burning jam that sounds like a Bill Withers revival, who Legend gives a shout out to with a cover of “I Can’t Write Left-Handed.” The tunes come off with a new age soul take on artists like Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye. John Legend and The Roots produced an album that feels like a lost recording left behind from the 60s or 70s.

interdisciplinary studies education senior Flora chavez sings a Spanish song, “Los Laureles,” Sept. 15, 2008 at a talent show in Lone Star Auditorium. The Multicultural Affairs Office hosted the show as a part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

“our government, in the united states, has made an official proclamation that we are an important part of the fabric that makes up our country, we are a part of the mosaic that makes up the people of the united states.” susan Baker

William Johnson

Upcoming hispanic heritage month activities:

a list of the coUntries associateD With hispanic heritage month:

semana de cultura – September 27 to October 1

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Flamenco showcase – October 6 dancing with Mavericks – October 13 diversity: the cornerstone of health – October 15



Center for Mexican American Studies director

Andrew ortiz lecture – October 1

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