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Patrick takes District 94 again The Republican vows to keep higher education a high priority in 2011 Texas Legislative session. BY NATALIA CONTRERAS The Shorthorn senior staff
A former UTA faculty member will continue to represent District 94 and plans to continue making higher education a priority. Rep. Diane Patrick, R – Arlington, was elected Tuesday to a second term as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. District 94 includes UTA and most of North Arlington. With 24,559 votes as of 11:45 p.m., Patrick defeated Libertarian Richard Gross who gained 2,896 votes and Ryan Seward, Green Party candidate and jazz studies senior, who gained 1,599. Colt Ables, College Republicans member and economics senior, said he is glad to have someone as experienced as Patrick as a state representative again. “We all know she does great things for education and higher education,” he said. “She will continue to do great things. She knows what she is doing, and she has been there for four years.” Patrick said she looks forward to continuing work toward improving education in Texas, which she said is one of her passions. The state representative has also contributed to UTA’s Tier One efforts. In 2009, Patrick urged support for Proposition 4, a state constitutional amendment on the Nov. 3, 2009 ballot that would create a new National Research University Ryan Seward, Fund. UTA student and Voters approved the propGreen Party candidate for Texas osition, allowing a balance of House District 94 a dormant higher education fund to be transferred to a new National Research University Fund. “I am going to bring the right amount of experience to preserving goals of public and higher education,” Patrick said. “We want to expand emerging research programs like the one at UTA. High-quality education brings high-quality businesses to the community, which also brings a positive economic impact.” Universities can apply for the funds beginning Sept. 1, 2011. Patrick was first elected to the Texas House in 2006 and has been a member of the public and higher education committees. “We are going to be facing difficult financial decisions because of the anticipated $20 billion shortfall,” Patrick said. “It is important to have a representative that understands and will fight for
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State Rep. Diane Patrick, right, mingles with supporters at a watch party for Texas House of Representatives District 93 nominee Barbara Nash on Tuesday at Rolling Hills Country Club in Arlington. Patrick, who won her election Tuesday, will enter her second term in the House, where she serves on the Higher Education Committee. 820
DISTRICTS SURROUNDING UTA DISTRICT 93
Barbara Nash-R 6,671 Paula Pierson-D 6,016 Colin F. Sewards-L 343 45 of 52 precincts reporting at 1:42 a.m.
Mark Veasey-D (unopposed)
DISTRICT 94 Diane Patrick-R 24,559 Richard Cross-L 2,896 Ryan Seward-G 1,599 All precincts reporting at 11:45 p.m.
DISTRICT 96 Bill Zedler-R 22,780 Chris Turner-D 21,105 54 of 56 precincts reporting at 11:45 p.m.
District 95 District 97
DISTRICT 97 Mark M. Shelton-R 28,158 Rod Wingo-L 4,398 66 of 67 precincts reporting at 11:45 p.m.
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Perry wins re-election after Students tapping into anti-DC mood on results: The Texas governor will be entering his third term in office, totaling about 15 years once his spot is up again. ASSOCIATED PRESS
DALLAS (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Perry swept to re-election Tuesday by running strongly among voters who are angry with the federal government and worried about the direction of the economy. Perry also won big among voters who
support the tea party and who disapprove of President Barack Obama’s job performance. The preliminary results from an Associated Press exit poll of more than 2,700 voters in Tuesday’s election seemed to validate the Republican governor’s campaign strategy, which included television ads boasting that he had “confronted” Obama and had helped boost the Texas economy. Nearly two-thirds of voters surveyed said they were worried about the economy, and they supported Perry, who won a third term, by a margin of more than 2-to-1. Most voters
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks on Tuesday at his victory party in Buda, Texas.
called the economy the biggest issue facing the country, dwarfing concerns about health care, illegal immigration and the war in Afghanistan. Democratic challenger Bill White fared well among self-described moderates and rolled up a huge margin among voters who said President Barack Obama is doing a good job. Perry tried to link White with Obama in campaign advertisements. White, the former Houston mayor, said Texas needed change after 10 years of Perry in the statehouse. White voters were more likely to say they strongly favored their candidate, but many White voters said they were motivated by their dislike of Perry. “I just wanted Perry gone,” said Gene Carlton, who is retired from the construction business, after voting in the Dallas suburb of Plano. “I didn’t like anything about his administration.” More than one-fourth of the voters said they had reservations about their candidate, and those uneasy voters were twice as likely to be Perry supportBill White, former ers. Perry tried to tap into Houston mayor, anger directed at the gubernatorial federal government and candidate Obama. The strategy clicked with many voters. “I’m angry at Washington — I don’t think they’re fiscally responsible,” said Lynn Searcey, an insurance company underwriter in Plano who voted for Perry. “Everybody else is tightGOVERNOR continues on page 3
predictable The governor and other Republicans rode the anti-Obama-Pelosi wave to victory from Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. BY SARAH LUTZ The Shorthorn senior staff
Texas voters re-elected incumbent Rick Perry as governor, the Republicans took over the U.S. House of Representatives and not many were too surprised. Many voters cite the economy, health care, unemployment and the political landscape of Texas as the reasons for the Republicans gaining control across the state. “Rick Perry, he’s been governor forever so that wasn’t really a surprise,” business sophomore Christina Safeek said. She also said the Republican shift in Congress was predictable. “If the economy’s doing good, the party in power will stay in power,” she said. “Even though it’s recovering now, it wasn’t how people want it to be because of the unemployment rate. The shift to Republican isn’t surprising.” College Republicans secretary Jordan Shirley said the shift is because Americans were fed up with Obama’s big-government fundamentalism, like his health care plan and taxes on the middle class. He said it’s good that people in Texas have realized this and it’s reflected in local elections. “Like with Barbara Nash in District 93, this has been a Democratic-dominated district for years,” he said. “All politics are local and it’s hapGENERAL continues on page 3
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Charting Chartered Companies: Concessions to Companies, Maps 1600 – 1900: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special Collections, Central Library sixth floor. Free and open to all. For information, contact Erin O’ Malley at 817-272-2179.
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“Introductions: Seiji Ikeda, Ya’Ke Smith and Tore Terrasi” exhibit: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery at UTA. Free. For information, contact Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658.
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MONDAY Minor Accident At 11:02 a.m., an officer responded to an accident between two student’s vehicles in Lot 47, 901 Oak St. The vehicles were damaged, but students were not injured. The case was cleared with no further action. Hit and Run A student reported a hit and run at 2:20 p.m. in Lot 47, 800 Oak St. The hit and run damaged the vehicle’s rear bumper and trunk lid. The case is still active. Disturbance At 5:14 p.m., officers responded to an active disturbance at University Hall, 601 S. Nedderman Drive. At the scene, officers ruled that an act of reckless damage had also occurred during the incident. The case was cleared with no further action. Criminal Trespass Warning Officers were dispatched at 6:55 p.m. to the Maverick Parking Garage, 708 West St. in response to a student’s vehicle being parked in two spaces. The student was given a criminal trespass warning for illegal parking and for causing a disturbance at the scene. The case was cleared with no further action.
Study Abroad Drop-in Advising and Info Table: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. University Center. Free. For information, contact Kelsi Cavazos at email@example.com or 817-272-1120. Angel Tree Kick-Off Celebration: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. University Center Palo Duro Lounge. For information, contact UTA Volunteers at utavolunteers@uta. edu or 817-272-2963. Focus on Faculty - Dr. Purnendu Dasgupta, Chemistry & Biochemistry: noon to 1:30 p.m. Central Library sixth floor parlor. Free and open to all. For information, contact Tommie Wingfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-2658. Off Campus Mavericks Lunch Series: Eating on the Go: noon to 1:30 p.m. Maverick Activities Center second floor lobby. For information, contact Brian Joyce at email@example.com or 817-272-3213. Mindful Moments with Health Services: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Every Wednesday. Business Building Room 235. Free. For Information, contact Marie Bannister at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-2771. Lecture by Russell Buchanan: 4 p.m. Architecture Building Room 204. Free. For information, contact Robert Rummel-Hudson at email@example.com or 817-272-2314. Medical Devices and Tissue Engineering: A Time of Transition: 5-7 p.m. Nedderman Hall Room 601 for the 5 p.m. reception. Nedderman Hall Room 100 for 6 p.m. lecture. For information,
MAVERICKS MOVING MAVERICKS Open Mic Night host Michael Guinn holds the lyrics sheet for music media freshman Mercy Sanchez as she sings “You’re What I’m Used To,” a song that she wrote early Tuesday for Open Mic Night that night in the Palo Duro Lounge. The event featured a variety of acts including instrumental and vocal performances and poetry.
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Festival explores Islamic culture
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A lecturer will discuss the Shahnama, or the “Book of Kings,” a Persian epic poem. BY ALLEN BALDWIN The Shorthorn staff
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A lecture, hosted by the College of Liberal Arts, will give students and faculty insight into Islamic culture and history by discussing art and religion. The second event in the College of Liberal Arts’ Festival of Ideas is a lecture by Francesca Leoni, the assistant curator of the “Arts of the Islamic World” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. The lecture will take place at 6 p.m. on Thursday in Architecture Building Room 204. Leoni said her lecture will focus on the Shahnama, “The Book of Kings,” a Persian epic poem, and its influence on Islamic art. The Shahnama is the longest epic written, with over 60,000 rhyming
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couplets. Leoni said she is discussing the Shahnama because it’s the millennium anniversary of the poem. “There will be a discussion on what made the Shahnama important to Iran and surrounding countries,” Leoni said. “In particular, how it inspired artistic creativity.” Leoni said the poem has become a national symbol for the area. The Shahnama is an epic that tells of the story of the world’s creation through Islamic conquests of the Iranian area during the sixth century. Leoni said some artists, particularly from Iran, have elaborated on some iconic characters from the poem. Leoni’s appearance is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Art and Art History, the Provost’s office, and the Aga Khan Council.
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Registered nurses may be able to ditch their scrubs for pajamas Saturday. The UTA Center for Continuing Nursing Education will have a 9:30 a.m. conference to discuss the importance of Second Life, an online virtual world where participants create avatars that meet in work environments for class or conference. The conference will be online in Second Life’s UT Arlington Conference Center, UTArlington III. The conference is open but is geared toward registered nurses. Nurses in the conference will receive one contact hour of continuing education units. Participants must register to receive the continuing education units. According to The Texas Board of Nursing website, registered nurses in Texas are required to complete 20 contact hours every two years to maintain their license. Sarah Jones, UTA Digital Library Services librarian and Second Life campus lead, said the conference will cover why Second Life is valuable to nursing and the available resources, such as planning class events. The conference is scheduled for two hours and will have speakers via voiceover. Speakers include nursing professor Kelley Connor of Boise State University in Idaho, who teaches a course using Second Life, and nursing professor Jeffrey Mellenthin of Texas Woman’s University, who’s studying the value of Second Life as a teaching tool for nursing students. Registration is online at https://www. surveymonkey.com/s/SLRegistration.
The Aga Khan Council is a group of Ismaili Muslims with chapters all over the world, including one in southwest Texas. Art history professor Mary Vaccaro said the Aga Khan Council brought Alnoor Merchant, the head librarian at The Institute of Ismaili Studies in London, to the university to speak last March. “UTA has been a great partner,” said Ali Gowani, the liaison between UTA and the Aga Khan Council. “Merchant’s presentation was on Islamic artifacts and art. He touched on the Shahnama. Leoni’s presentation will build on it.” Vaccaro said the event is free to attend and no tickets are required. The previous Festival of Ideas speaker was Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar who lectured in October. The next four events in he festival have not yet been announced.
Students must think quick when disaster hits Senior nursing students will deal with a hazmat disaster Friday, only it will be a simulation. Nursing clinical instructor Susan Cherry said 109 nursing students will participate in the event that will allow for real life emergency experience. The students have just completed online training from the Emergency Management Institute on “Incident Command Structure and System.” “This is a live exercise for them to take whatever they have learned from lectures and reading assignments and apply it to a real situation,” she said. Cherry said the purpose of the event is to train students in hazardous situations, like chemical spills. UTA Police, Arlington Police and Arlington Fire departments and an emergency response helicopter will all be used during the simulation. The departments will set up different stations to show students what goes on at the scene before the patient arrives at the hospital, she said. There will also be a K-9 unit at the event to demonstrate how the dogs are used to contain the perimeter of a hazardous situation. A mannequin exposed to harmful chemicals will be used to demonstrate how to decontaminate a person. Cherry said all hospitals are required to train their staff on decontamination and emergency preparedness. She said each semester the College of Nursing has disaster simulations for their graduating seniors. The disaster simulation is 1-3 p.m. at the Campus Recreation Fields Complex.
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pening on a micro scale and that’s how it’s supposed to work.” Shirley, a political science senior, said he hopes Perry addresses college tuition and budget cuts, which he said caused the History Department to lose phones
She said he wanted to make textbooks more affordable and decrease the price of going to school because it is a public service commitment. There were things the Republicans did in office that not everyone agreed with, she said. And though some people disagree with President Barack Obama’s policies, that doesn’t mean White’s would have been the same, Kashkooly said. “I feel like a lot of people are discouraged because Republicans tend to be so much more aggressive,” she said. “People shouldn’t judge or go vote Republican only because they’re not happy with the Democratic president.” Electrical engineering senior Sam Quinn said he voted Republican, but he doesn’t expect it to make a big difference. He said the Democrats haven’t done anything “spectacular” and the Republicans might get something done. “They basically spent forever arguing about one thing,” he said. “How long did they spend on health care? I swear, like three or four months.” Quinn said he doesn’t really care about tuition since he’s graduating soon, but the Republicans will help him get a job. “They are going to create more jobs for the government,” he said. “Because I’m an electrical engineer, I’m going to go work for Lockheed Martin building bombs and stuff.” Safeek said she did not want to share who she voted for because she knows politics can be personal.
this year. He said though he knows the price of education has increased, he did not know about Perry’s specific education plan. University Democrats President Mahsa Kashkooly said she thought Bill White’s education plan was his strongest platform. “He gives reasons why it should be more affordable and how it should become more affordable,” she said.
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the priorities of constituents and the priorities of the citizens of the state.” Mahsa Kashkooly, University Democrats president and political science senior, said she looks for a priority in education and community issues in a state representative. “Education is a big part because I am a college stu-
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ening their wallets, but they are not.” James Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, said anger at the federal government was felt most keenly among Republicans and mirrored disapproval of Obama. “You’ll hear talk about the angry electorate, but what we’re really talking about is conservatives and angry Republicans,” Henson said. “The president’s policies — and something about the presi-
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dent himself — have activated partisanship on the Republican side.” The survey of 2,700 Texas voters was conducted for The Associated Press by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from interviews with voters from a random sample of 30 precincts statewide Tuesday, and 750 who voted early or absentee were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 22 through Oct. 31. Results for the full sample were subject to sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; higher for subgroups.
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“D” is not for effort UTA’s classroom utilization score barely passes higher education board standards
DISCOMBOBULATION by Houston Hardaway
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Each october Brazos House residents create a bridge of undergarments to raise awareness and money for breast cancer.
Half-baked campaign needs to respect the cause Donate to breast cancer because it’s the right thing to do
ELIZABETH PAGE Page is a journalism senior and guest columnist for The Shorthorn.
f you walked by Brazos House last month, it appeared that they were letting their delicates hang out to dry. However, the dryers were working fine. The boxers, panties and bras were for the Bra Bridge. Brazos House answered the noble cause of raising money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. I think this is fantastic, but their methods were questionable and appear to make light of a serious situation. They should start by only choosing one platform. Their sign says the bra bridge is to raise awareness for breast and testicular cancer, but it’s not in very large print and none of the money goes to testicular cancer. They need to have a boxer bridge also and raise money for testicular cancer research. There is nothing about men’s boxers that makes me think about breast cancer. Oddly enough, there were more pairs of men’s boxers and tighty-whities hanging up than bras and panties. I highly recommend that next year the men of Brazos House leave down their un-mentionables, and ask their moms or girlfriends to do-
Join the discussion by commenting at theshorthorn.com. nate old bras. After all, this is to raise money for breast cancer research. I understand that men can get breast cancer also, but their boxers just don’t fit into the equation. The same logic applies to the women’s panties, including the fuzzy red thong. These lawn decorations in front of Brazos House look ridiculous and obscene. I also have to commend all the volunteers who were willing to sit at the table in 30 minute shifts. It looked like hard work. They have a bullhorn too, so they can yell at you to donate as you walk by because being yelled at always gets people to comply. This didn’t bother me until one of the men used the following line repeatedly: “Hey dude, don’t let cancer steal second base.” There was obviously a vested interest in breast cancer research for at least one of the men of Brazos House. He didn’t want to lose his opportunity to cop a feel.
Let them eat cake! The emphasis of the campus and institution on engineering and applied sciences versus basic scientific research or the humanities is what will prevent this campus from being as great as it could be. While it is true that philosophy can’t be used to cure cancer and literary criticism never built a rocket, these fields help to enrich the human experience. I am aware that reduced funding at the state and federal levels mean that UTA and other public institutions have to watch their expenses, and changing the print quota cannot meet our financial needs during these hard times. Yet, we must remember that our institutions, public and private, are islands of light, relatively free from the constraints of private research. Like all of man’s creations, however, these islands of light are temporal, mortal and fallible. The constant expansion of the engineering program at UTA is a slap in the face to those who study in the basement of University Hall, which is in perpetual danger of flooding and recently had part of its roof collapse. The addition of special events center, at the sacrifice of hiring additional tenured professors and working phones, is almost fodder for a Dilbert comic. The more UTA strives for the prestige of Tier One status as a university, the more the faculty, and therefore the students of UTA, suffer. UTA and other universities have a responsibility to make science, engineering, humanities and fine arts respectable. If UTA cannot respect the decisions of more than half its student body, how can the students be expected to do the same in the long run? If dimming of the light of culture and basic scientific research continues, how long may it be until all the lights go out?
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Never mind the harm cancer causes women and men. The debilitating treatments, hair loss, lack of energy and overall sense of hopelessness that can come upon the person whose body is no longer operating the way it is supposed to — not to mention the fact that people die of cancer. We have to save the boobies, so men can still enjoy them. Here are some suggestions for the future, because I really do want the fundraiser to be successful: get some of the bras out of the tree and go collect money in the cups of the bras instead. Next, make the sign much bigger. If you’re going to call the ornaments in the tree a “bra bridge” then use bras exclusively. Breast cancer affects an estimated 122 per 100,000 women in the U.S., according to the Susan G. Komen website. It’s estimated that this year, 207,090 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 39,840 U.S. women will die of breast cancer in 2010. These are fantastic reasons to go and donate to the residents of Brazos House. Breast cancer is real and it’s scary. A cure is necessary, and no woman or man should have to endure the hardships that cancer causes. Next year, go over to Brazos House and ignore the clown with the bullhorn. Open up your wallet, not because of their clever one-liners or ridiculous lawn ornaments, but because it’s the right thing to do.
The university seems really crowded this semester. With about 5,000 new students, that would seem like an apt description. According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, we are far from crowded. The university is under-utilizing its space. The board scores Texas universities classroom use on a 100-point scale, with a standard of 75. The university scored a 66 — essentially a D. The university also has the second lowest utilization score in the UT System. UT-Tyler received an even more dismal 58 while UT-Pan American received an illustrious 100. Getting a D in the classroom is, to most, unacceptable. The university should be held to the same standards in classroom use. Clearly something needs to be done. Provost Donald Bobbitt outlined a few ideas the university has to reach standard use, most notably, converting to a centralized scheduling system as opposed to academic departments setting their own schedules. Bobbitt said the benefit to this would be filling classrooms based on projected enrollment in specific classes. David Gabler, UT-San Antonio chief communications officer, said his university is one of the most space-challenged universities in the state, despite having two academic campuses. He said it’s not uncommon for major classes to be found all over campus because they utilize any space that is available. UT-San Antonio scored a 92 on the coordinating board’s review, making it the second-highest scoring UT System school. That means Bobbitt is right, but there are more things to take into consideration. As it is, many classes are in rooms across campus from their respective schools. For example, journalism classes in the Business Building and Spanish classes in the Social Work Complex. There is nothing wrong with putting classes in other buildings to ensure adequate classroom use, but consideration must be taken when it comes to time consumption. A student or professor may have difficulty getting from University Hall to the Social Work Complex in the 10 minutes allotted between classes, especially if those individuals have a disability. Another matter of concern in under-utilizing space is that the university would be hardpressed to legitimize spending on new academic buildings when we are not properly using what we have. With programs like nursing rapidly growing, new or additional facilities may be needed in the near future to meet the specialized needs of those students. It is vital that they be taken into consideration when restructuring usage. The university has a lot to do and consider when making these changes. Though the adjustments are coming, they are not finalized. This is our opportunity to let the administration know how we think the buildings could be better utilized. Write a letter to The Shorthorn, talk to your Student Congress senator or write a letter to the university administration and let them know what you think.
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010
obama calls Boehner to offer congratulations Associated Press
WASHiNGToN â€” President Barack obama called republican leaders early Wednesday to congratulate them on their midterm election victories and to promise to try to find â€œcommon groundâ€? with them after a bruising campaign season. The White House and incoming House Speaker John Boehner said the president called the ohio republican to offer congratulations on the GoPâ€™s regaining control of the House. Boehner said he promised to be honest with obama and the two agreed to work together, even though republicans campaigned on vows to turn back much of obamaâ€™s agenda. during what Boehner described as a brief but pleasant midnight conversation, the two discussed working together on the electorateâ€™s priorities. Boehner said he defined those as cutting spending and creating jobs. â€œThatâ€™s what they expect,â€? Boehnerâ€™s statement quoted him as telling the president. A White House statement said the president also called Senate republican leader Mitch McConnell, who will remain in the minority but lead a strengthened GoP caucus. in his calls to the republicans, the president said he was looking forward to working with them to â€œfind common ground, move the country forward and get things done for the American people.â€? Current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, d-Calif., and current House Majority leader Steny Hoyer, d-Md., also received calls from obama.
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House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio celebrates the GOPâ€™s victory that changes the balance of power in Congress and will likely elevate him to speaker of the House, during an election night gathering hosted by the National Republican Congressional Committee Tuesday at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Washington.
earlier in the evening, Boehner and other republicans said they were eager to work with obama â€” on their terms. republicans have said they want to cut $100 billion in spending in the first year and try to roll back obamaâ€™s overhauls of health care and financial regulations.
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Maverick Stadium locker rooms to get face-lift To have football, UTA must take care of what it has, Athletic Department officer says. By Josh Bowe The Shorthorn staff
For the first time in 30 years, Maverick Stadium will be renovated during winter break. It will include new locker rooms for track and field, baseball and softball. Kevin Fralicks, associate athletic director for external affairs, arrived at UtA three years ago with one specific purpose — find out which athletic facilities need improvement, and help initiate those changes before the addition of any more intercollegiate sports. “If you want to have football here someday, the first thing you have to do is take care of what you have,” Fralicks said. “We’re going to be improving these locker rooms. It will truly look Division I when it’s all said and done.” With the College park Center getting closer and closer to completion, Fralicks and athletic director pete Carlon are now turning to other projects to help bring UtA closer to its Division I counterparts. First are the renovations inside Maverick Stadium that are scheduled to begin on Monday, with a goal to finish by Jan. 4. the complex currently houses a locker room shared by both the track and field teams and the baseball team. the building hasn’t seen any renovation since it was completed in 1980. Fralicks felt this improvement is a good first step. “that’s not Division I,” Fralicks said of the shared locker rooms. “It’s not like that anywhere in the country. these are hurdles we have to go through, but it’s a positive thing.” the renovations will include brand new lockers, carpet and paint. Carlon said the lockers will have a wood finish compared to what he called “the same beat-up, old metal lockers”
that the teams currently use. Fralicks said that the rooms will be divided between the sports instead of the big open area that it is right now. Sharon Carey, special event facilities director, welcomed additions and changes planned for the stadium. “Any improvement improves the overall experience for the student athlete,” Carey said. “It helps coaches recruit quality athletes when they see quality facilities. It also helps us generate revenue from the building as well.” Fralicks is adamant about improving what UtA has before any other sports are added. this includes the renovations to Maverick Stadium and the next project – a brand new baseball and softball clubhouse, which is a dream of his and Carlon’s. the clubhouse would be built between Clay Gould Ballpark and Allan Saxe Field. the facility would contain locker rooms, a players’ lounge and offices for coaches for both teams, but that project is still in its infancy. “It takes time. It takes a plan. It takes implementing the plan, and it takes money. that’s it,” Fralicks said. the fundraising for the project is just now getting underway. Fralicks said that a ‘Maverick Match’ program has been initiated for the project, which was implemented to raise money for capital improvement to sports facilities over the next two years, excluding the College park Center. the program takes royalties from the Carrizo oil and Gas well to match a certain percentage of endowments. Any gift of $500,000 or more, the university matches dollar for dollar. Fralicks is hopeful that changes are coming after the College park Center is completed. the facilities UtA has right now – besides the new College park Center – pale in comparison to other Division I schools of UtA’s stature, Fralicks said. “Let’s face it – texas Hall is a sub-
standard Division I facility,” he said. With the baseball and softball clubhouse still a dream, the locker room renovations are a great way to take care of the teams right now, Fralicks said. the department is also looking into getting covered hitting facilities for baseball and softball as well. “If we’re going to build this facility [clubhouse] in ‘x’ amount of years, what are we going to do between now and then?” he said. “So they’re being addressed. I think it’s great, and it’ll help recruiting.” other schools in the area that compare in size to UtA have already started upgrading their facilities over the past 10 years. North texas recently opened the Athletic Center, a 45,000 square-foot complex that houses strength and conditioning areas, coaches’ offices, a hydrotherapy room and training and rehabilitation rooms. texas State opened their End Zone Complex in 2002 which features new locker rooms for track and field, and texas-El paso opened a new basketball practice facility and 65,000 square-foot complex featuring a sports medicine center and studentathlete lounge. Carlon hopes that with the College park Center’s completion, UtA will be able to continue renovations to facilities and boast a university that matches, if not outclasses, other Division I schools and bring better recruits to Arlington. But first they have to take the small steps to reach that goal. “It’ll give us a better image for the university,” Carlon said. “Not only for us, but for prospective high school athletes that come in and use our facilities.”
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Nursing junior Casey Freeman dodges past a Tri Delta team defender during the Intramural soccer tournament Tuesday in the Maverick Activities Center. Freeman played for team Delta Zeta during the final regular season game.
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SLC names Alicia Shaffer Defensive Player of the Week the Mavericks went from last place to third over the past week, and the Southland Conference rewarded libero Alicia Shaffer’s efforts by naming her the Defensive player of the Week. During the four-game road trip, Shaffer racked up 68 digs in nine sets (7.56 digs per set) and posted a career-high 43 digs in last Wednesday’s win against Stephen F. Austin. the 43 digs are the highest total for any player in the conference this season. Shaffer also broke her careerhigh the game prior with 37 digs in the win against Northwestern State and also notched 33 against Sam Houston State. Shaffer has jumped up to third in the conference in digs with 483 (4.93 digs per set), and only trails Nicholls libero Danielle Daigle’s
slc Digs leaDers Name
Sets | Digs | Digs/set
1. Daigle, Danielle (Nicholls) 2. Jewasko, Kelsey (UTSA) 3. Shaffer, Alicia (UTA) 4. Hanlan, Madison (SFA) 5. Curl, Cristin (Central Ark.)
96 | 548 | 5.71 102 | 547 | 5.36 98 | 483 | 4.93 96 | 434 | 4.52 98 | 442 | 4.51
548 (5.71/dps) and Ut-San Antonio defensive specialist Kelsey Jewasko’s 547 (5.36/dps). “It feels great to finally start a good winning streak, and have everyone playing well on the court at the same time,” Shaffer said. the Mavericks end the season on a four-game home stand with Southeastern Louisiana thursday at 7 p.m. in texas Hall.
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