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One of these things is not like the others Residents opposed to Maverick Village being built say the apartment complex doesn’t belong in the historic neighborhood of mostly two-story homes.
Classroom use below standard UTA scored a 66, with a state agency deeming 75 as acceptable. BY AMANDA GONZALEZ The Shorthorn staff
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Francine Copeland has been a homeowner on Sunset Court in Arlington for 38 years. Copeland said she is afraid Maverick Village apartments, a new student housing complex, will bring unnecessary traffic and noise to her quiet and historic neighborhood. She is one of 250 residents signed a petition and later filed a lawsuit against the city this month. Other Arlington residents are concerned the construction of the complex will bring more traffic, crime and pollution to the area. The apartment complex, approved by Arlington City Council in August, will be located on the corner of Abram Street and Davis Drive. The complex will have about 72 apartment units, house 232 people and be built by Austin-based Hammond Jones Real Estate Development by fall 2011. “We have lived happily around UTA for many years,” Copeland said. “This is going to be four stories high. This is a historic neighborhood and we’d like to keep it that way.” Arlington city councilwoman Lana Wolff, whose district includes UTA, said she supports extending student housing but voted against the project in August because she said it doesn’t meet the neighborhood’s design standards. “I have an issue with this being built in that residential
area adjacent to Davis Drive,” Wolff said. “Those homes are one story-single family residences — that’s one of our older areas of town, and I am willing to do anything to support those owners.” The City Council voted 5-4 in August to approve a development plan for the proposed four-story apartment complex. Ned Webster, Hill-Gilstrap Law Firm attorney, said seven members have to approve the complex instead of five. “More than 20 percent of the residents living within 200 feet of the site signed the petition and state law requires city council to approve a rezoning by a three-quarter vote,” Webster said. Cindy Powell, Arlington Independent School District finance associate superintendent, said her district is also opposed to the project because the property could eventually be leased to families with children and this could overcrowd the schools around the area. “Zoning changes from single-family to multi-family housing that are approved after a school is built can cause enrollment to exceed a school’s capacity. Overcrowding can have a significant impact on instruction and can generate significant costs for taxpayers,” Powell said. “AISD supports UTA. Our opposition to the Maverick Village project is strictly based on the potential future impact that
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‘Clucker’ thrilling on YouTube Saxe said one has to be a little crazy to keep from going crazy. “In order to teach large introductory classes like I do, you have to be an entertainer and a ham,” he said. BY JOHNATHAN SILVER At the time the parody was made, Saxe The Shorthorn copy desk chief worked at UTA and also for the TV show Allan Saxe likes to see his name on “PM Magazine,” where he performed skits. buildings. A softball field, a road and a Skit organizers asked if he was a good dental clinic near campus bears the politi- dancer. “I said, ‘No,’” Saxe said. “They cal science associate professor’s said, ‘You’re perfect.’” name. Many parts of the parody mirBut now, his reach could go ror Jackson’s original 14-minute beyond that – by emulating pop video. But Saxe’s character transicon Michael Jackson. forming into a chicken instead of Saxe made it one step closer Jackson’s werecat was a standto reaching fame with an online out. video of him parodying JackAnd many students lauded son’s “Thriller” music video. The Saxe’s performance and the video video, produced in the ’80s, has as a whole, which featured stubeen viewed about 1,500 times on YouTube since its posting in Allan Saxe, political dents as extras. Many asked for science associate encores, so Saxe asked undeJune. clared sophomore Mike Cruz to In it he incorporates his glee- professor upload the video onto YouTube. ful mannerisms with Jackson’s Cruz said Saxe’s persona is twists, turns and synchronized dance moves, adding to his off-screen rep- captured in the video when his character is ertoire of political analyst, commentator transforming into “The Clucker.” “He doesn’t say, ‘Get out of here,’ or and teacher.
The “Thriller” parody, produced in the 80s, features Allan Saxe emulating pop icon Michael Jackson.
‘Run’,” Cruz said. “He says, ‘Go away! Bugkah!’ ” Students who weren’t alive to experience “Thriller” when it debuted are seeing and listening to it in a new context, which happens in music as a whole every generation, history professor Jerry Rodnitzky said. “For people who lived it, it’s nostalgia,” he said. “For younger listeners, it’s history.” Students aren’t used to performing professors like Saxe, Rodnitzky said. Saxe’s parody works because it features someone unexpected and speaks to a new generation through a site many young people use, he said. “If he was just an ordinary guy on the street, it wouldn’t be as striking to have a regular guy doing an impression of Michael Jackson,” Rodnitzky said.
Classroom utilization on campus is below state standards, and UTA is considering ways to increase efficiency which could affect future growth. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s standard score for efficient use of classroom space is 75 and UTA had a classroom score of 66. The top scoring university in the UT System was UT-Pan American with a 100 and the lowest scorer in the system was UT-Tyler with a 58. Provost Donald Bobbitt said it would be impossible to justify new buildings until the current buildings are used efficiently. He said it will be at least a decade until new academic buildings are built. “We’re OK now, but let’s
get prepared for the future,” he said. He said the administration was concerned about low utilization scores received from the coordinating board. The university hired a team of consultants last spring to conduct an eightweek study on how to use classroom space more efficiently. “The main conclusion is that the campus has matured to where centralized scheduling needs to be thought about,” he said. The university will receive a final report from the consultant group at the end of November. The university is considering applying centralized class scheduling in the coming semesters to move the university away from having academic departments create schedules, Bobbitt said. Many times departments do not conBUILDING continues on page 6
Mavericks help fund vets’ trip The visit is a first for many veterans going to the WWII D.C. memorial. BY EDNA HORTON The Shorthorn staff
Joe Ballew’s voice wavers, he takes a deep breath and is silent for a moment before he describes the trip he took to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Cleburne, Texas, resident is a 22-year Navy veteran who fought in four wars. Ballew said the trip was the best thing that ever happened to him. The trip was provided to Ballew and other veterans by Honor Flight of Dallas, a non-profit organization whose sole purpose is sending aging veterans to view the National World War II Memorial in Washington. “I think it’s the greatest thing they could do for us,”
he said. Tudy Giordano, Honor Flight of Dallas vice president, said there is a waiting list of 300 that keeps growing every day. Since 2008, the Dallas branch has sent 160 veterans to Washington. “A lot of the veterans are extremely emotional after the trip and remain that way for a long time afterwards,” Giordano said. “A lot of them know this is the last trip they will ever make, so it is very special.” Ballew said his first day at the memorial was a chilly morning, and the veterans wore jackets provided by Honor Flight. When the other guests found out who they were, they cheered. “It was just a roar, and the kids ran up to us and said ‘Tell us some stories,’” he said. Ballew said at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, VETERANS continues on page 3
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Volunteers honor World War II veterans like Jim Hughes and Darwin Crane by raising money to send them to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. UTA Volunteers, Seniors in Action and Honor Flight of Dallas have sent 160 veterans to Washington.
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Charting Chartered Companies: Concessions to Companies, Maps 1600â€“1900: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special Collections, Central Library sixth floor. Free and open to all. For information, contact Erin Oâ€™ Malley at 817-272-2179.
Pink Ribbon Run: All day. UTA campus. For every mile logged on the pink treadmills on campus, 10 cents will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For information, contact Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.
Communication Day: 9 a.m. to noon. University Center. Free. Karen Borta (â€™87 BA), anchor for KTVT Channel 11, keynote speaker. For information, contact the College of Liberal Arts at 817-272-3291 or http://www.uta.edu/communication/ commday/.
Early Voting: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. University Center Palo Duro Lounge. Must have valid driverâ€™s license or voter registration card and be a resident of Tarrant County. For information, contact Jennifer Fox at email@example.com.
Mindful Moments: noon to 12:45 p.m. Business Building Room 235. Free. For information, contact Marie Bannister at 817-272-2771.
Boo at the Zoo: 4-9:30 p.m. Fort Worth Zoo. Free to sign up. For information,
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loved ones. Refreshments to follow. For information, contact Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporate. MGC and NPHC Greek Wednesday: noon to 1 p.m. University Center mall. Free. Wear your Greek letters. For information, contact Greek Life at 817-272-9234 or email@example.com. Study Buddy: 1 p.m. Meadow Run Clubhouse. Free. Study together in the clubhouse. For information, contact Alex Whitaker at Alexandra.whitaker@mavs. uta.edu. Flu Immunizations Available: 2-3 p.m. OIT Building, UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center. $15. For OIT employees only. For information, contact Health Services at 817-2722771 or www.uta.edu/healthservices. View more of the calendar at
Sigma Lambda Beta Dia de Los Muertos: noon to 1 p.m. Central Library mall. Free. Fraternity brothers commemorate lost
This is a part of the daily activity log produced by the universityâ€™s Police Department. To report a criminal incident on campus, call 817-272-3381.
MONDAY Theft At 4:30 p.m. a student reported a theft of his property at Nedderman Hall, 416 S. Yates St. The case is active. Accident â€“ Hit and Run Officers were dispatched at 2 p.m. to investigate a hit-and-run accident in Lot 29 on the 1100 block of Fourth Street. A student stated that some unknown person struck her parked and unattended vehicle. The case is active.
Researcher uses grant to find hormone reactions
Injured Person â€“ Medical Assist A student injured his back about 1 p.m. at the Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman, and was transported to Arlington Memorial Hospital for evaluation. The case is cleared with no further action. Assault Officers responded to a report of a student who had assaulted a staff member at 8:51 a.m. near 701 West St. It was later determined that the student would need evaluation and was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital. The case is no longer active. Investigation An officer documented a report of a student being harassed by an unknown individual driving a red pick up truck at 8:55 a.m. near 700 Davis. The case is still active. Theft A student reported the theft of his textbook at 10:55 a.m. at the Central Library, 702 Planetarium Place. The case is still active.
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Biochemistry graduate student Sahba Kasiri checks the toxicity of chemicals on cancer cells compared to normal cells Tuesday in the Chemistry and Physics Building. Kasiri works with chemistry assistant professor Subhrangsu Mandal, who recently received a $444,000 grant for research for three years on how chemicals affect humans.
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Date auction proceeds will be donated to VietACT The Vietnamese Student Association will host its annual Date Auction at 7 p.m. Thursday in the University Center Rosebud Theatre. VSA President MiChi Lam said there will be 15 people auctioned off, a fashion show and a dance performance. The event will begin with a dance from Fusion Flow, an on-campus break dancing group, and will continue with a fashion show, followed by the auction. Bidding starts at $50 for females and $25 for males, Lam said. The event will have a Halloween theme, where VSA members and students can dress in costumes and participate in a costume contest. The auction serves as a fundraiser to fight human trafficking in Vietnam. All proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization VietACT, Vietnamese Alliance to Combat Trafficking, an organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. The organization raised more than $3,000 last year to the charity VietHope, Lam said. â€“Brianna Fitzgerald
Casino Night shows high stakes of substance abuse Students looking for treats rather than tricks this Halloween can go to the Halloween Casino Night on Thursday. The event will be from 8 p.m. to midnight in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom and is free and open to all students. The event is sponsored by Campus Recreation, Student Activities, EXCEL Campus Activities, Apartment and Residence Life, Health Services, UTA Police, the Tarrant County Challenge and Sensible Mavericks Acting Responsibly Together. Students can participate in casino games like blackjack, poker and bingo, the night also features karaoke and a mock bar with alcohol-free shots. Refreshments will include chips, cookies, soda and water. There also will be a raffle at the event. The top prize is a 16GB iPad donated by Tarrant County College and Sensible Mavericks Acting Responsibly Together. Jeremy Roden, QUEST University Wellness program assistant director and event coordinator, said the event is annual, but the layout and decorations will be different from last year. â€“Rachel Snyder
The $444K research looks into everyday chemical reactions affecting hormones.
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Based on research conducted by chemistry assistant professor Subhrangsu Mandal and his lab assistants, daily practices of college students may be shortening their lives. Chemicals found in everyday items that people use like cell phones, microwaves, vitamins and pens are affecting their hormones and eventually lifespans, according to the research. Mandal, research assistant Khairul Ansari and six graduate students are researching how certain chemicals disrupt hormones and estrogen. To help conduct their research, The National Institutes of Health awarded a grant of $444,000. Endocrine disruptors can cause hormones to react differently than they usually would, Mandal said. The disruptors act as synthetic hormones, which could lead to diabetes, cancers, reproductive
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problems, early puberty and obesity, he said. Bisphenol A, or BPA, has recently been declared as a toxic substance by the Food and Drug Administration, and is one of the chemicals the lab is studying. Found in plastics, the chemical acts as an endocrine disruptor. â€œYou cannot avoid them,â€? Mandal said. â€œThatâ€™s why the use of plastics need to be lessened.â€? BPA and other endocrine disruptors, such as diethylstilbestrol, can be found in medicines, plastics, metallic storage containers, cosmetics, pesticides, fertilizers, growth hormones and industrial wastes. Because there are so many, not all endocrine disruptors are known. â€œJust within the past couple of years have companies started to market goods with a â€˜BPA freeâ€™ label,â€? said Sahba Kasiri, biochemistry graduate student working in the lab. â€œIt wasnâ€™t known that they were toxic chemicals.â€? Along with their research on what causes the endocrine disruptors to act the way they do, the lab is working with 39 different genes based on how they react to these
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synthetic hormones. Kasiri said the thought used to be that genes choose to be fat or muscle organisms only at an infant age, but recent research has proven that cancers change the organismâ€™s pattern later on as an adult as well. â€œThese organisms are important in development from a baby to an adult,â€? Kasiri said. â€œIf we can learn to control these genes, then we may be able to cure cancer based on hormone environments.â€? Ansari said simple things like cooking a homemade meal instead of microwaving something up fast, could make a huge difference. â€œThe short cut you take eating fast-food is actually making a shortcut to your life span,â€? he said. Mandal advises all to eat freshly prepared foods that are organic, minimize using cosmetics and plastics, minimize taking vitamins, medicines and hormone pills. â€œLetâ€™s live greener and be careful about our health, next generations, animals and plants,â€? he said.
Student Congress wants post office to use cards Students who keep their cash in the bank soon could use their credit cards at the post office in the University Center. During the Student Congress Academic Affairs Committeeâ€™s meeting Tuesday night, â€œI Donâ€™t Carry Cashâ€? was passed. The resolution, introduced on Sept. 21, calls for the cash-only post office to accept debit and credit payments. The resolution passed with four senatorsâ€™ approval and one senator remaining neutral. Banke Adetola, electrical engineering sophomore and engineering senator, said the problem is the percentage the office receives from card transactions is determined by sale cost. The resolution will go to the general body next for a vote. If it passes, it goes to President James Spaniolo and UC staff for review. â€“Brianna Fitzgerald
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Dallas Cowboys from left, quarterback Stephen McGee, quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Scott Chandler watch play against the New York Giants during the second half on Monday in Arlington. The Giants won 41-35.
Romo breaks collarbone, 41-35 loss to Giants ARLINGTON — Tony Romo threw the pass, then didn’t have a chance. Linebacker Michael Boley was coming right at him, unblocked and going full speed. The hit was so hard that when Romo landed on his left shoulder, Boley heard him “let out a little scream.”
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Psychology junior Foley Rovello purchases a hotdog from volunteers on the University Center mall. UTA Volunteers and Seniors in Action hosted the event to raise money to send war veterans to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
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hood’s tone. “Maybe if the design was different like cottage-style homes, because this is a historic neighborhood — then it would be OK,” Pettit said. “Another thing that concerns me is that it will be privately owned and not owned by UTA — you never know what apartments will turn out to be five years from now.” Jim Parajon, Arlington community development and planning director, said Maverick Village complements the Downtown Arlington Master Plan. The council adopted in 2005 the Downtown Design Standards aimed at promoting mixed-use, pedestrian-ori-
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“A lot of the veterans are extremely emotional after the trip and remain that way for a long time afterwards. A lot of them know this is the last trip they will ever make, so it is very special.”
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the site of graves of unidentified fallen soldiers, the troop responsible for guarding the tomb marched for the veterans. He said the movements were precise, and he and the other men noticed they would drag one foot, and that each time they did there was a swooshing sound. “We found out when it was all over that was a salute to us. That was very special,” he said. Glen James Looney of Denison, Texas, joined the Navy when he was 18. He said he spent four years aboard the USS Sangamon, an auxiliary aircraft carrier stationed in the South Pacific. Looney was scheduled to take the trip in October but had to cancel after he became ill. “I just want to see the memorial,” he said. “I’ve been to Washington and I’ve seen the Smithsonian, but I didn’t get to see the World War II Memorial.” Looney said he was on the waiting list for about a year,
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Business sophomore Luis Vargos grills hotdogs and buns Tuesday on the University Center mall. Vargos dressed up as a pirate for a Halloween party later that day.
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and after listening to other veterans’ recounts of the memorial, he became excited about taking the trip in May. Darwin Crane of Mount Pleasant, Texas, quit school at 17 and joined the Navy. Crane knows exactly how long he was in the service. “Eight years, five months and four days,” he said. Crane spent three years on the wait list for Honor Flight. He said without their support, he wouldn’t have been able to make the trip. He said seeing the memorial makes him feel like he’s done something important. UTA Volunteers and Seniors in Action have been selling hot dogs throughout October to raise money for the next trip in May. Thursday is the last day they will be out. Harry Trujillo, UTA volunteers seniors and disabilities director, said the goal is to raise $1,000. As of last Thursday, they raised about $600. The total cost of the trip is $40,000 and the goal is to send 10 veterans.
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Take The Target Off Your Back
Show Me the Money The mishandling of colonias just creates a bigger problem
With one recent robbery, take the right safety steps to prevent another crime A student was assaulted and robbed last week near the UTA Bookstore, according to police. The story is similar to last November’s string of cell phone robberies, except last week’s assault happened later in the night. It is impossible to say if the crimes are connected, but one thing is consistent with the victims, they were walking somewhere late, without calling for a safe ride. Everyone should consider using this service if they will be walking alone. From 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. university police offers an escort service. Call 817-272-3381, tell them where you are at and a golf cart will pick you up and take you to your destination, and it’s free. After 1 a.m., students can call the UTA Police, at the above number, for a security escort. Campus police can also jump-start your car or give you a ride back to a populated area if you are locked out. Safety is a major concern everywhere. When a major crime is committed on campus, the campus police send out a crime bulletin to the entire campus and post them on buildings. But students shouldn’t wait until they see those to take safety precautions. In movies and television, we always see women carrying pepper spray or a spiked key chain. Women shouldn’t be the only ones carrying these things. Men can benefit from the same protection. If you can avoid it, don’t walk alone after dark. If no one is going your way, call an escort or offer a friend a ride to his or her destination, if they walk with you. There is safety in numbers. A robber is less likely to target you if there are people with you. They are looking out for their “safety” too; they don’t want to be arrested. Walk with your keys in your hand. That way you can immediately get into your home or vehicle, without having to dig for them. Use the blue call boxes on campus if something seems suspicious. It may prevent a crime. Crimes are going to happen, but it’s up to us to take care of ourselves. It’s our job to be safe. Sometimes, all it takes is a few basic steps.
PATRICK CROTHERS Crothers is an anthropology senior and guest columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at theshorthorn.com. With American, Texan and international authorities all holding power in non-public work groups, the creation of an international southern border, some 124 miles wide and 1,200 miles in length has taken place. So what is a colonia? The term “colonia,” in Spanish means a community or neighborhood. The Office of the Secretary of State defines a “colonia” as a residential area along the Texas-Mexico border that may lack some of the most basic living necessities, such as potable water and sewer systems, electricity, paved roads and safe and sanitary housing. What they also are is a patchwork of border housing that are usually in bunched groups of 10 or 11 structures.
One of government’s chief responsibilities is to help Texans with the greatest needs,” Gov. Rick Perry is quoted on the Texas Secretary of State website. “The Secretary of State’s Ombudsperson Program is a central part of our initiatives to assist needy Texans living in colonias. The program is helping to provide better roads, bring water and wastewater infrastructure to areas that lack these basic services and improve the quality of life for some of Texas’ neediest citizens.” How does a massive federal-state program that created 2,400 housing clusters all across the Texas-Mexico border, escape critical public review? Answer: somebody wants it to be out of the public view. This gigantic plot involves the 1972 U.N. Conference on the Human Environment, the precursor to the 1992 U.N. Earth Summit. Additionally, the 1983 La Paz Agreement establishes a co-operational area 100 km, about 62 miles, into both countries. The protection and improvement of the environment are the stated goals. Six workgroups establish goals for the border with enforcement set with the 1983 Integrated Border Environmental Plan.
This began in the 1950s and covers the entire U.S.-Mexico border. The basic structures were sold by developers without improvements such as water, plumbing, electricity, roads, schools or police protection. The properties were sold as-is and were intended for the purchaser to finish the development, as they could afford to do so. Of course the poorest of Texans live in these colonias and cannot afford to install plumbing or electricity. The people cannot borrow money on the development until the note is completely paid. Improving the lots is doubly hard as there are few roads to connect the colonias with highways and no chance of meeting 2010 Texas building codes. Four hundred thousand Texans are stuck in structures built on flood plains in arid desert conditions and few people seem to know they exist. Why is this happening? The usual suspects are here: greed, prejudice and a government program that was glad to take the money. The poor once again sit in poverty while billions are being spent on their behalf.
Donna Darovich commented at the Uta Shorthorn Facebook page on the post “Who wants thanksgiving break to be extended?!” regarding the story “Student Congress considers proposing Thanksgiving break extension” “Surprised [the] story didn’t note UTA only gets x number of holidays by law and if [they] add one to Thanksgiving we’ll have to take one away elsewhere.” Erin Ingram commented on the same post “I want an extra day for Thanksgiving break! Time for UTA to get up to date with the other universities and add an extra day so we have more time with our families over the holiday! It takes more than one day to make a Thanksgiving dinner, you know.”
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Praying for separation City Hall needs to consider all religions
everal of our founding fathers drafted the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution, to protect individual freedoms after the Constitution was written. The First Amendment, ratified in 1791, states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” which is cited as the source of the separation of church and state. The constitutional framers were concerned that an established national religion would lead to oppression, as it had in Europe. Fast forward 219 years, we find a nation that is more secular. It would be impossible, and ignorant, to say that religion has no impact on our government. Faith has an impact on moral values, and those values will determine the way a government official will govern and represent, but that should be as far as it goes.
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Many of the staunch separatists argue that any religious display in a government location is wrong, including something as benign as a Christmas tree on a courthouse lawn. However, prayer at public meetings violates that separation. In September of last year, a group in North Richland Hills protested prayer at their City Council meeting, citing that it isn’t fair that the prayer is to Jesus when not everyone is Christian. They’re right. A list of cities that hold a Christian prayer at the beginning of a meeting would be long enough to fill this entire page. This is not separation of church and state. It is a blatant, and mostly ignored, snub at the law. These same meetings would likely not begin a meeting with the Muslim “Allahu Akbar” or “Bismillah”. They wouldn’t begin a meeting with chants from the Buddhist Lotus Sutra or a Wiccan prayer. And if they did, what
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ALI AMIR MUSTANSIR Mustansir is a journalism and political science senior and opinion editor for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at theshorthorn.com. would the atheists think? Separation of church and state is about fairness and protection of personal beliefs. Having a prayer of any sort at the beginning of city council meetings violates those values. Among others in the area, Arlington City Council holds a prayer before every meeting, usually lead by Mayor Robert Cluck. In 1963, prayer was banned from schools because some people stood up and said it did not represent equality. Now, it is our time to stand up and say the prayer in city council meetings does the same. We need to tell them to stop.
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Comedian inspired by the world around him Hofstetter shares tricks of the comedy trade prior to his Thursday show. By Taylor CammaCk The Shorthorn staff
Stand-up comedian Steve Hofstetter will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday in Lone Star Auditorium. The event is presented by the UTA chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Discount tickets are available at $10 for the general public and $5 for students at picksteve.com by using promo codes GOLDENKEY10 for general public and GOLDENKEY5 for students. Tickets are $17 at the door. Hofstetter, a self-described â€œsocial criticâ€? comedian and syndicated columnist has been featured on CBSâ€™ â€œLate Night with Craig Ferguson,â€? and ESPNâ€™s â€œQuite Frankly,â€? among other screen credits. He also hosted â€œFour Quotas,â€? a radio show on Sirius satellite radio. The Shorthorn conducted a phone interview with him Tuesday where he talked about his upcoming performance.
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The Shorthorn: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Steve Hofstetter: If people know me, they usually know me from collegehumor.com, or I used to have a show on Sirius. My stand-up style is very conversational. TS: What made you initially get into comedy? How did it all start for you? SH: If you have the kind of temperament to be a standup comic, then you donâ€™t have the kind of temperament for an office job. I either quit or got fired from every job Iâ€™ve ever had. And while technically thatâ€™s true for everyone, I did it a lot quicker than most. [laugh] The quickest I got fired was three days and the second quickest was three weeks, but that three-week job was only once a week so that was basically three days also. TS: So what about the temperament of a stand-up comic makes you incompatible with an office job? SH: The vast majority of stand-up comics are counter cultural. Our job is to see whatâ€™s wrong with the world and pick it apart, while at an office you have to see whatâ€™s
wrong with the world, suck it up and keep working. TS: What kind of things do you find funny? Where do you look for material? SH: Whenever anyone asks me where I get my material I say, â€˜Why donâ€™t you have yours?â€™ The world is full of material â€” you donâ€™t have to look for it. I pull my jokes from the world around me, which is the same world around everyone. My job is to notice things that other people havenâ€™t. TS: Whatâ€™s the process of honing your jokes? How do you finally pare it down to the jokes that make it into your act? SH: The audience does that for me. Sometime I think Iâ€™m hilarious and the world doesnâ€™t agree with me [laugh]. Part of what I do is find jokes that relate to a large number of people. The good thing is that the people who donâ€™t find me funny are also often the people who donâ€™t like the arts to begin with. Someone whoâ€™d rather stay home and shoot beer cans off the fence isnâ€™t going to be my typical fan. TS: Do you have a fail-safe joke?
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Stand-up comedian Steve Hofstetter will be performing 7 p.m. Thursday in Lone Star Auditorium. The comedian has been featured on CBSâ€™ â€œLate Night with Craig Ferguson,â€? and ESPNâ€™s â€œQuite Frankly,â€? among other screen credits.
SH: Most of my act is failsafe. Thatâ€™s my job. My job is to hone it to the point where the majority of my act is bulletproof. I tour so many different kinds of venues that if I had jokes that only worked in certain places, that would be very difficult for me to develop. I write jokes that will work in a coffee shop in New York, or a biker bar in Ohio. Thatâ€™s what I strive to do. I strive to write jokes that are so funny that even if you disagree with the premise, youâ€™re still going
to laugh. Thatâ€™s my goal. TS: Comedy, like everything, seems to be an evolving entity. What do you think people find to be funny these days? And, if it has, how has comedy changed from the past? SH: It goes in cycles, the same way that politics goes in cycles. Comedy is one of the most basic forms of evolution. And so, a lot of comedy attacks the status quo. When weâ€™re fat and happy, typically comedy moves more toward the surrealist: more
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2010 World Series Preview
UTA (10-14, 4-6) at Stephen F. Austin (11-14, 4-6) 7 p.m. | Nacogdoches Last meeting: 3-1 SFA on Oct. 14 All-time series: UTA leads 28-26-1 SFA Keys to Victory • Do what you’ve done. The Ladyjacks have won 10 straight matches against UTA and 30 of the last 31 sets. Hard to argue with that. • Bottle ‘em up. Blocker Mary Caitlin Bottles is the ‘Jacks’ key to victory. The junior from Rowlett averages 3.82 points per set. • Force errors. SFA needs to get UTA to live up to its season-long reputation of committing timely and costly errors. UTA Keys to Victory • Dig it. Libero Alicia Shaffer ranks 79th in the NCAA in digs with 416, and had a career-high of 37 in the Mavericks’ road win against Northwestern State on Saturday. • Avoid ball-handling errors. They have committed 51 on the season, while opponents have only done it 15 times against UTA all season. • Win the fourth set. SFA has a .294 win percentage in the fourth set (5-12) and has been out-scored 352-410. If the Mavericks can force set five, anything can happen.
Texas Rangers: 90-72 Team History 1961-1971: Washington Senators 1972-2010: Texas Rangers — One pennant Postseason • Won American League Division Series over the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 • Won American League Championship Series over the New York Yankees 4-2 Game One Projected Lineup vs. Lincecum (season totals) SS Elvis Andrus .265/.342/.301, 0 HR, 35 RBI 3B Michael Young .284/.330/.444, 21 HR, 91 RBI CF Josh Hamilton .359/.411/.633, 32 HR, 100 RBI RF Vladimir Guerrero .300/.345/.496, 29 HR, 115 RBI LF Nelson Cruz .318/.374/.576, 22 HR, 78 RBI 2B Ian Kinsler .286/.382/.412, 9 HR, 45 RBI C Bengie Molina .240/.279/.320, 2 HR, 19 RBI 1B Mitch Moreland .255/.364/.469, 9 HR, 25 RBI P Cliff Lee went 0-for-3 in 2010
Game One Tonight | 6:57 p.m. | AT&T Park Cliff Lee (12-9, 3.18 ERA, 185 Ks) vs. Tim Lincecum (16-10, 3.43 ERA, 231 Ks) TV: Fox Radio: 105.3 The Fan | 103.3 ESPN Radio Watch Party: University Center Palo Duro Lounge
Monday | 6:57 p.m. | Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Cliff Lee (12-9, 3.18 ERA, 185 Ks) vs Tim Lincecum (16-10, 3.43 ERA, 231 Ks) TV: Fox Radio: 105.3 The Fan | 103.3 ESPN Radio Watch Party: University Center Palo Duro Lounge
Game Two Thursday | 6:57 p.m. | AT&T Park C.J. Wilson (15-8, 3.35 ERA, 170 Ks) vs. Matt Cain (13-11, 3.14 ERA, 177 Ks) TV: Fox Radio: 105.3 The Fan | 103.3 ESPN Radio Watch Party: University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom
Game Six *if necessary Nov. 3 | 6:57 p.m. | AT&T Park TBA vs TBA TV: Fox Radio: 105.3 The Fan | 103.3 ESPN Radio Watch Party: University Center Palo Duro Lounge
Game Three Saturday | 5:57 p.m. | Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Johnathan Sanchez (13-9, 3.07 ERA, 205 Ks) vs. Colby Lewis (12-13, 3.72 ERA, 196 Ks) TV: Fox Radio: 105.3 The Fan | 103.3 ESPN Radio Watch Party: University Center Palo Duro Lounge Game Four Sunday | 7:20 p.m. | Rangers Ballpark in Arlington Madison Bumgarner (7-6, 3.00 ERA, 86 Ks) vs Tommy Hunter (13-4, 3.73 ERA, 68 Ks) TV: Fox Radio: 105.3 The Fan | 103.3 ESPN Radio Watch Party: University Center Palo Duro Lounge
Game Seven *if necessary Nov. 4 | 6:57 p.m. | AT&T Park TBA vs TBA TV: Fox Radio: 105.3 The Fan | 103.3 ESPN Radio Watch Party: University Center Palo Duro Lounge Shorthorn Staff Picks Sam Morton - Rangers in 5 Travis Detherage - Rangers in 4 Josh Bowe - Rangers in 6 Johnathan Silver - Rangers in 5 Vinod Srinivasan - Giants in 6 Natalie Webster - Rangers in 5 Jesse DeTienne - Rangers in 6 Brian Nephew - Rangers in 5 Andrew Plock - Rangers in 5 Mark Bauer - Rangers in 7 J.C. Derrick - Rangers in 6
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A day in the life of Preston Beck The Shorthorn staff
UTA rightfielder Preston Beck played through a broken elbow and still posted a .352/.409/.446 slash line in 2009. He’s now recovering from elbow surgery and will return this spring as the team’s leading hitter. Beck gave us a glimpse of his offseason routine, taking us through his day on Monday. Wake-up is at 5:30 a.m on Monday, which is the latest possible time the alarm could go off because he’s not a snoozebutton hitter. Beck rolls out of bed because he has to be in the Gilstrap Athletic Center weight room by 5:50 a.m. Beck had elbow surgery in the offseason, so he focuses on leg-strengthening techniques. In baseball, instead of doing max weight, players focus on doing more repetitions to help their muscles endure longer stretches of play. After a 30-minute session,
he gets back to his Meadow Run apartment around 6:30 a.m., when he prepares a hearty, protein-filled breakfast. “Orange juice, Emergen-C (a fizzy drink mix with 1000mg of vitamin C), and two NightHawk TV dinners: a beef patties ’n gravy meal and a steak ’n taters meal,” he said. “And a chocolate malt Muscle Milk protein drink.” 7 a.m. is study hall time for athletes who have a gradepoint average less than 2.75. Beck is in the clear, so he gets an extra hour to throw down that breakfast. The sophomore’s first Monday class is an 8 a.m. accounting class. Coaches routinely check classes to make sure players aren’t skipping, so Beck doesn’t have the leverage to skip classes. If caught skipping, the punishment consists of running from home plate to the foul poles and back six times. There is no stopping during these triangles. After accounting, he has a
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Sophomore outfielder Preston Beck hits during batting practice on Thursday at Clay Gould Ballpark. Beck lives with a hectic schedule while balancing training, practice and classes.
9 a.m. introductory computer class. “It’s a computer class that teaches you the basic functions of a computer,” he said. “You learn how to open and close documents and how to use a computer beyond just turning it on.” Once that class ends at 9:50 a.m., Beck is free for a few hours. As soon as noon rolls around, he wakes up from a nap to prepare his second pro-
tein-filled meal in six hours. “For lunch I made a big ol’ mess of food,” Beck said. “I made a quesadilla and a hot pocket, sometimes something microwaveable like soup with a can of corn.” As soon as he scarfs that down, he wastes no time in getting to business. At 12:50 p.m. he goes to the Gilstrap Athletic Center to change into his practice uniform, the blue alternate jersey the Mavericks used in past games.
2010 Postseason • Won National League Division Series over Atlanta Braves 3-1 • Won National League Championship Series over Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 Game One Projected Lineup vs. Lee (season totals) CF Andres Torres .268/.343/.479, 16 HR, 63 RBI 2B Freddy Sanchez .292/.342/.397, 7 HR, 47 RBI 1B Aubrey Huff .290/.385/.506, 26 HR, 86 RBI C Buster Posey .305/.357/.505, 18 HR, 67 RBI LF Pat Burrell .266/.364/.509, 18 HR, 51 RBI RF Cody Ross .269/.322/.413, 14 HR, 65 RBI 3B Juan Uribe .248/.310/.440, 24 HR, 85 RBI SS Edgar Renteria .276/.332/.374, 3 HR, 22 RBI P Tim Lincecum .104/.143/.104, 0 HR, 5 RBI
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San Francisco Giants: 92-70 Team History 1883-1884: New York Gothams 1885-1957: New York Giants — Five world championships and 17 pennants 1958-2010: San Francisco Giants — Three pennants
Since the scrimmage begins at 1:30 p.m., he gives himself a half-hour to loosen up and get everything started. He stretches out and takes a few balls in the batting cages. He is not allowed to throw for now, he has been doing hurdles to build up leg strength to keeps his legs in shape. Head coach Darin Thomas splits the players into two squads for a seven-inning intrasquad scrimmage on Monday, and despite getting a hit on
Monday, his team falls for the second straight time. Since his team lost the last two intrasquads, he faces the standard consequences of losing an intrasquad game. The losing team has to run triangles, and then use the ‘Hula hoe’ tool to pull weeds in foul territory. After coach Thomas’s postpractice huddle at 5:50 p.m., Beck heads back to change out of his uniform and return to his on-campus apartment. Since the Dallas Cowboys game is at 7:30 p.m., Beck has an hour-and-a-half to shower, eat dinner and finish up his accounting homework. He cooks himself two chicken breasts with rice to settle his stomach before sitting down to focus on debits and credits. Sure enough, as the Monday Night Football theme song roars from his TV, he finishes everything up. He tunes in to see Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo go down with a broken collar-bone in the 41-35 loss. “The Cowboys were in it, but struggled without Romo when he went down,” he said. Beck knew it was over for the Cowboys, and for his day. He flips off the TV at 9:30 p.m. and turns it in for bed, knowing that on Tuesday he’d have to do it all over again. JESSE DETIENNE email@example.com
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Commuter APPRECIATION Breakfast Thursday October 28, 2010 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. In front of the MAC. Serving doughnuts, coffee, bananas, and juice to show appreciation for commuter students who drive everyday to campus.
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sider room size and classrooms are instead chosen for their geographical location on campus, Bobbitt said. The coordinating board calculates efficiency by looking at a university’s classroom demand and utilization, said Gary Johnstone, coordinating board deputy assistant commissioner. Johnstone said the standard for the amount of hours a classroom should be used is 38 hours a week and the board found classrooms at UTA to be used 30 hours a week. The coordinating board’s results indicate that UTA has more space to support enrollment increases, said John Hall, administration and campus operations vice president, via e-mail. Hall said the data is currently being studied by the administration and strategies will be developed to improve utilization rates.
“At the end of the day, we truly have to look at this overall and not in any one specific area as we are most interested in using all our facilities as efficiently and as effectively as possible,” he said. Bobbitt said it is estimated that 4,000 to 6,000 more students could be enrolled at UTA. Johnstone said the university’s results may indicate that the campus has more classrooms than are needed. “You have extra capacity in classrooms that may have been built in anticipation of growth enrollment that hasn’t occurred yet,” he said. Schools below standard submit plans for improving utilization. UTA submitted a plan about a year ago proposing two actions to assist in building efficiency, said Thomas Keaton, coordinating board finance and resource planning director. Keaton said the first plan of action is to initiate a process of centralized scheduling and the second plan, which has already taken place, is to purchase comput-
er-based software programs which track space for each classroom. He said the next review of building utilization is in January and covers the 2009–10 school year. Johnstone said the coordinating board uses classroom and lab utilization information when universities request additional buildings. AMANDA GONZALEZ firstname.lastname@example.org
GRADING SYSTEM The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board standard for using classroom space efficiently is a score of 75. Classroom scores per university: UTA – 66 UT-Austin – 75 UT-Dallas – 67 UT-El Paso – 84 UT-Brownsville – 74 UT-Pan American – 100 UT-Permian Basin – 67 UT-San Antonio – 92 UT-Tyler – 58