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More budget cuts likely Competing priorities make for a sticky situation when choosing what gets cut. BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn senior staff

With last week’s midterm elections in the books, the way in which state lawmakers will deal with the looming budget deficit is beginning to come into focus.

Republican Gov. Rick Perry won his re-election bid against former Houston mayor Bill White, who had suggested higher taxes as a possible solution to the budget problems. Recent estimates place the state’s budget shortfall at about $20 billion, more than twice the amount of the last shortfall in 2003. “I’m very excited with the results,” said State Rep. Diane Pat-

rick, R-Arlington. “Voters have given us a mandate that they expect us to deal with the budget shortfall in a conservative manner, which means not increasing taxes but cutting spending.” Voters sent a message, said Allan Saxe, political science associate professor. “The people said, ‘We want a different kind of government,’” he said. “They want a conservative

approach to a lot of things. It was all of the country. There’s something like 680 new Republican state representatives around the country.” Texas Republicans accounted for 22 of those new state representatives, giving the GOP at least 99 of the 150 seats when the 82nd Texas Legislature con-

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Abhishek Satham, industrial engineering graduate student, dances to Indian folk music on Friday during Diwali. Satham also drew caricatures of participants.

Students meet up online The College of Nursing used Second Life to host a seminar for continuing education students. BY EDNA HORTON The Shorthorn staff

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Students dance, eat and sing to celebrate wealth, prosperity BY BRIANNA FITZGERALD The Shorthorn staff

Though they are a long way from India, Nilakshi Veerabathina wanted students to feel at home. The Hindu Students Council adviser, along with organization members, invited students and the Arlington community to celebrate Diwali, an annual Hindu festival also known as “The Festival of Lights,” which celebrates wealth and prosperity. The festival is held 14 days after the full moon on a lunar calendar, and the night included prayer, live music, dinner and dancing. “I’m very excited, especially for the students,” Veerabathina said. “Maybe they feel alone while their family is celebrating in India, but here they can get together and celebrate.” About 350 students, alumni and members of the community celebrated the event Friday night at the Maverick Activities Center. Business graduate student Gurtej Bains said the celebration is to forget the darkness of the past and celebrate a bright future. He said Di-

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Business graduate student Kushal Naik dances with friends during Diwali on Friday in the Maverick Activities Center. The event started with songs and dinner followed by dances to different genres of music.

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The College of Nursing hosted a continuing education seminar in a virtual world for the first time this semester on Saturday. The virtual world Second Life is a social website where users create avatars to socialize with people from all over the world. Users can build worlds and have an alternative or second life. Students at UTA’s College of Nursing learned how to use the website for simulation with different health situations. Sarah Jones, Second Life campus lead, said the university is using Second Life through this academic year, and she is currently working on a proposal to continue the program next year. She said the company was bought out, and the university won’t get a discount anymore. “We are currently working on a proposal that won’t break the bank,” she said. Speakers from Boise State University and Texas Woman’s University told a crowd of avatars how they are using the website for learning at their universities. Kelley Connor, Boise State University nurse educator, said she built a world modeled after a hospital room. The instructor’s avatar lies in the hospital bed, posts her statistics such as blood pressure, and the student decides what should be done for the patient. “You can create learning devices that can’t be used on discussion boards,” she said. “The downside of building a facility is it doesn’t happen overnight.” NURSING continues on page 8

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Seniors attend biohazard seminar Nursing students learned first hand about protocol with chemical exposure situations. BY EDNA HORTON The Shorthorn staff

Nursing seniors learned how to respond quickly to hazardous chemical spills to prevent further contamination among patients and the population in a workshop on Friday.

UTA’s Campus Recreation Fields Com- cases. He said patients are decontaminated plex became the stage for hazardous ma- at the scene by the fire department before terial training. Students listened to the being transported. More than 100 students were in atArlington Fire Department Hazmat Team, EMT team, SWAT team and the air medical tendance to learn about the proper way to department of Petroleum Helicopters In- handle contaminated patients. Nursing senior Keary Kirk thought the corporated on how they monitor disastrous instruction gave her a good look at mass situations and decontaminate patients. The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley Chris Varnum, Arlington Emergency casualties and how they are handled. She Medical Service EMT, said they have a said she felt confident in the abilities of the Nursing students examined two medical mannequins with various guide for chemical exposure that tellsamenities. them Great Sleep late. Walk to class. simulated injuries on Friday. Each mannequin has interchangeable DISASTER continues on page 8 how to treat certain chemical exposure parts that can be switched out to fit the needs of training.

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TODAY Charting Chartered Companies: Concessions to Companies, Maps 16001900: 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.

Tuesday Partly sunny • Hi 74°F • Lo 57°F

Phi Alpha Theta Bakesale: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Library mall. Various Prices. For information, contact Lindsey. shopala@mavs.uta.edu.

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“flats and rounds� exhibit: 11 a.m. Gallery 76102. Free. For information, contact Corey Gossett at 817-272-0365 or gallery76102@uta.edu.

Recital Hall (Fine Arts Building Room 115). Free. For information, contact the Department of Music at 817-272-3471 or music@uta.edu.

Toastmaster info Meeting: noon. University Center Red River Room. Free. For information, contact ziad.syed@ mavs.uta.edu.

TUESDAY Customer Service 101: 9-11 a.m. Wetsel Building Room 200. Free. Registration required. For information, contact Human Resources/Employment Services at 817-272-3461 or employment@ uta.edu.

29th Anderson Sport Performance Lecture: noon. Maverick Activities Center Lone Star Auditorium. Free. For information, contact the Department of Kinesiology. Saxophone Choir Recital: 7:30 p.m. Iron

Disturbance At 3:06 a.m. at Centennial Court apartments, 800 Bering St., a loud noise disturbance was reported. The case was cleared with no further action. THURSDAY Minor Assault At 11:54 p.m., officers were dispatched to Trinity House, 800 Greek Row Drive, responding to a student-reported assault at that location. The case is still active.

Harassment At 1:30 p.m., a staff member reported being harassed via text message by a nonstudent. The case was cleared with no further action.

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The Advising Center helped about 700 students who wanted to drop or register for courses for next semester. The last day to drop was Friday, and students looking for help before the drop date caused an influx of student traffic in the center. Janette Keen, Advising Center associate director, said the number of students is about what she expected to see. There are typically 11 staff members available to help students with any questions they may have. The center only saw students with questions about dropping on Thursday and Friday. “We served a large number of students since we were advising for Spring registration as well as drops,� Keen said. Students wanting to drop a course must have special permission from advisers because of special non-academic reasons like deployment in the military or a documented medical illness.

FRIDAY Disturbance Officers were dispatched at 3:17 a.m. to investigate a loud noise disturbance at Arbor Oaks apartments, 1000 Greek Row Drive. The case was cleared with no further action.

Injured Person Medical Assist At 2:45 p.m., police received report of an injured student at the northeast entrance to Pickard Hall, 411 S. Nedderman Drive. The case was cleared with no further action.

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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.

Welfare Check/Concern Officers were dispatched at 4:14 p.m. to the Health Services, 605 S. West St., on a missing person report. The individual was reported missing prior to his appointment at the health center. He was later located at home. The case was cleared with no further action.

Wonders of the Universe: 6-7 p.m. Planetarium. $6 adults, $4 children. For information, contact the Planetarium at planetarium@uta.edu or 817-272-1183.

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Simple Assault Officers were sent at 6:21 p.m. to the University Center, 300 W. First St., to investigate an assault in progress. A student was issued a City of Arlington citation for assault against a family member. The case was cleared by citation.

Advanced Supervisory Skills: 2-4 p.m. Wetsel Building Room 200. Free. Registration required. For information, contact Human Resources/Employment Services at 817-272-3461 or employment@uta.edu.

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Simple Accident At 9:45 p.m., an officer responded to a minor accident involving two student in the Arbor Oaks apartments parking lot, 1000 Greek Row Drive. The case was cleared with no further action.

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COMPOST COMPOSITION Finance junior George Anaya screens compost with UTA Volunteers on Saturday morning at the compost pile behind the Environment Health & Safety Building. Participants with the organization learned and helped make compost from scratch.

LIBERAL ARTS

Lecturer introduces Iranian culture with detailed art Francesca Leoni talks about the influences of the ‘Shahnama,’ an epic poem. BY ALLEN BALDWIN The Shorthorn staff

The Shahnama, a millennium-old epic and national symbol for Iran, was the subject of Francesca Leoni’s presentation on Thursday. Leoni, the assistant curator of Arts of the Islamic World at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, lectured on the Shahnama, the longest epic ever written. Leoni’s presentation, “A Thousand Years of ‘Feast and Lore’: the Shahnama of Firdawsi� was held in the Architecture Building Room 204. The presentation was just under an hour long and was the second lecture in the College of Liberal Arts’ Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute, a presentation with six events that look into the cultural and intellectual issues of the world. The Shahnama is an epic poem 60,000 couplets long. It is a series of stories that tells the

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history of the greater Iranian area, which includes parts of modern day Iran, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, from the creation of the world to Islamic conquests of the area in the sixth century. Leoni said she became interested in the Shahnama in her early years in college. “Three months after my first class of Farsi, the professor came to the classroom one day with more than the usual exercises in Persian grammar,� Leoni said. “The verses he wanted us to read and translate were taken from the story of Rustam, the principal hero of the epic.� Leoni said she wanted to go beyond the illustrated manuscript of the epic and include all media that had been infused with parts of the poem. Some of the art Leoni presented during her slideshow included ceramics, rugs and clothes that had been influenced by the Shahnama such as pictures of events in the poem or direct quotations from it. One such piece was a beaker that had images from the story of Bhijan, a Persian prince, and

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Manija, a Turanian princess, who fell in love with each other despite the fact that their home countries were enemies. In the end, Manija’s father chains Bhijan to the bottom of a well as punishment for seducing his daughter. Liberal Arts Dean Beth Wright said she liked the handling of space Leoni used to show the art. “The space is two-dimensional, so it goes up the page, but the details of the plants were very crisp,� she said. “You could have full information without having three-dimensionality, and I found that very interesting.� Photography junior Joel Constantine said the art was exquisite and had a lot of intricate detail. “Being in the art department, it feels like some of the stuff we know now is a very western style of art,� he said. “It’s interesting to see the Middle Eastern style and how a lot of it just works as a whole.�

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Choose a major and find your fit at event Students who need help choosing a major can attend “Undecided: A Major Decision� from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 in Ransom Hall Room 303. The event is free and open to all students. Academic adviser Lynne Von Roeder said the main factors to consider when choosing a major are the student’s interests and areas the student has experience or skills in. “Focus on your strengths,� she said. “You have to find the right fit for you.� She said the event will focus on key factors like personality type when choosing a major. The presentation will also debunk some common myths about careers like believing you’re stuck with a career for the next 50 years after selecting a career path. Von Roeder said there are many different kinds of jobs students can obtain with each degree. — Rachel Snyder

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9/11 workers face deadline for health settlement Associated Press

NeW YorK — Thousands of laborers, police officers and firefighters suing New York City over their exposure to toxic World Trade Center dust have until Monday to decide whether to join a legal settlement that could ultimately pay them as much as $815 million. More than 10,000 people have sued the city and a long list of companies that handled the massive cleanup of lower Manhattan after the 9/11 attacks. Many claim to be suffering from illnesses caused by inhaling the pulverized remnants of the twin towers. Their lawsuits blame the government and its contractors for failing to provide proper equipment to protect their lungs. The vast bulk of the litigation could be over on Monday. Paul Napoli, a leader of the legal team representing most of the plaintiffs, told The Associated Press on Friday that with Monday’s deadline looming on the largest and most important of several related settlements, 90 percent of those eligible had said “yes” to the deal. An all-out effort was being made to get the rest to join on, he said. He said he and other lawyers in the firm were being besieged with questions from clients still trying to chose between taking the money, or rejecting it and taking their case to trial. “A lot of people appear to be making a last minute decision,” he said. “it’s like tax day ... there is going to be a lot of last minute wrangling.” Under the terms of the deal, at

Man killed during police standoff DALLAS — Dallas police say a man who turned out to be unarmed even though he told officers he had a pistol was shot to death by police during a standoff. The man asked someone at an area business to call police for him on Sunday morning. That call indicated the man had a gun. When police arrived, they found the man on the street. They blocked off the street and maintained contact with the man, who was wandering around for about an hour and told them he had a pistol. When he made gestures police thought were threatening, five officers fired on him. He was shot multiple times and died. The man’s identity is not being released pending family notification. Police are investigating the shooting.

least 95 percent of the plaintiffs must opt to participate for the settlement to become effective. Napoli said he was feeling good about hitting the target, although he added that getting the paperwork finished for each claim by midnight on the deadline will be no small feat. “i’m hopeful there will be a little leeway,” he said. The Monday deadline technically applies only to a settlement negotiated between Napoli’s legal team and the city’s attorneys in the spring. That deal would distribute as much as $712 million among the workers, based on the severity of their illnesses and the likelihood they could be linked to the 9/11 attacks. But since that deal was inked, the firm has worked out similar agreements with other defendants in the case, including the agency that owns the World Trade Center site, that will add to the total value of the pot. An insurance company that represented the operators of barges that carried rubble from Manhattan to Staten island after the attacks has agreed to settle for $28 million, Napoli said. other entities, including those involved in the debris-sorting operation at the city’s Fresh Kills landfill, have agreed in principle on settlements that will add another $100 million, he said. Some rescue and recovery workers who had been outspoken critics of the deal early on have decided in the end to sign. retired Fire department lt. Kenny Specht, who now leads a fraternal group for New York firefighters, was among them.

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Republicans take aim at health care Resurgent Republicans rallied Sunday behind an agenda based on unwavering opposition to the Obama White House and federal spending, laying the groundwork for gridlock until their 2012 goal: a new president, a “better Senate” and ridding the country of that demonized health care law. Republicans said they were willing to work with President Barack Obama but also signaled it would be only on their terms. With control of the White House and the Senate, Democrats showed no sign they were conceding the final two years of Obama’s term to Republican lawmakers who claimed the majority in the House.

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FILE — Kenny Specht, center, retired New York City Firefighter and founder of the NYC Firefighter Brotherhood Foundation, is flanked by Representatives Jerrold Nadler, D-NY, left, and Carolyn Maloney, D-NY, at a news conference addressing the lawsuit against New York City Oct. 24, 2009 in New York.

cerned about the difficulty of trying to prove that common illnesses like cancer were caused by trade center dust. So far, scientists studying the issue has yet to find any such link. “We are nine years outside of Sept. 11, and we live in a very technologically advanced time,” he said. “if nine years after the fact, they have still not attributed the cancers that are killing us to 9/11, either they have that information, and there is no way they are going to publish it, or there just isn’t a correlation.”

like others, he said the payments responders will receive under the deal will never be enough to compensate for their illnesses. But he called the settlement, “the best we were going to do.” Fighting for more money in court, he said, seemed like it could wind up a losing battle, in part because “the shelf life” of sympathy for 9/11 responders is running out. “i felt in my bones that it was expiring,” he said. He added that he was also con-

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iraqi politicians to meet on government impasse Associated Press

BAGHdAd — The leaders of iraq’s main political blocs plan to meet face-to-face for the first time since March elections, amid signs they are close to breaking the eightmonth political deadlock that has stalled the formation of a new government. The two men vying for prime minister — incumbent Nouri al-Maliki and his rival Ayad Allawi — both plan to attend Monday’s meeting, officials from their respective parties said. if the meeting of deeply divided blocs goes forward, it would mark a rare sign of progress toward resolving months of political bickering, although such develop-

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — At least 20 people were killed in drug-gang violence over the weekend in this northern Mexican border city, including seven found dead outside one house. The seven men were believed to have been at a family party when they were gunned down Saturday night, said Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office in Chihuahua state, where Ciudad Juarez is located. Five were found dead in a car, and the other two were shot at the entrance of the home.

a source of concern both at home and abroad. President Barack obama said Sunday during a trip to india that the U.S. and iraqi people are frustrated with the lack of progress on forming a new government. “The government is taking way too long to get formed,” he said. As the politicians have bickered, insurgents have continued to carry out deadly strikes. last week, nearly 150 people died in two separate incidents in Baghdad — the siege of a church and a series of attacks targeting Shiites — as Sunni-led militants try to incite sectarian violence during the political vacuum.

The prime minister got a big boost in late September when he joined forces with followers of anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. The Sadrists are archrivals of the prime minister, and previously had appeared to staunchly oppose al-Maliki keeping his job. on Sunday, the small Sunni iraqi Centrist Alliance, which has ten seats, said it would support al-Maliki as well for a second term. A Sunni lawmaker from the alliance, rasheed al-Azawi, said the decision was designed “to add momentum to the negotiations so that we can help end the nearly eight-month old crisis.” The prolonged political stalemate has been

ments have fallen apart in the past. The meeting would mark the first time the leaders from the four major blocs have all met face-toface to discuss the political impasse that has gripped the country since the March 7 polls. Allawi’s Sunnibacked iraqiya coalition won 91 seats in the election — two more than al-Maliki’s State of law. But neither bloc secured an outright majority, which has led to a period to intense political negotiations as both groups try to cobble together enough support to head a new government. recently, political momentum has swung in al-Maliki’s direction.

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ABOUT OPINION Ali Amir Mustansir, editor opinion-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu Opinion is published Monday and Wednesday. Page 4

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EDITORIAL/OUR VIEW

The elections have come and gone, and to some it was exactly as they expected. To others, it was a punch in the gut. Gov. Rick Perry was elected to an unprecedented third term, despite his unwillingness to debate or meet with Texas editorial boards. In fairness, Perry did request his Democrat opponent’s, former Houston mayor Bill White, tax forms from his time working for the Clinton administration, which White refused to release. In Arlington’s District 93, the district next to UTA, Barbara Nash, R-Arlington, unseated long-time representative Paula Pierson, D-Arlington. Even Chet Edwards, D-Waco, was unseated after being the U.S. Representative for Texas’ 11th district and then the 17th district since 1991. At first glance, one could say this year was proof of a conservative shift in public opinion. But that is far from true. No matter how you look at it, one thing is clear: The people of America have spoken, and they want the government to know they are not very happy with the way things are. President Barack Obama said he feels the people have sent a solid message, that they are unhappy; Obama has invited GOP leaders to bridge the growing partisan gap and do what the people want. The GOP leaders respond by saying their main goal is to ensure that Obama is not re-elected, under the statement that the only way to shrink government is to get someone in the White House who won’t veto what they send up. That isn’t an example of working together for the American good. Instead, it’s working in your party’s interests, with minimal regard to the needs or wants of the people. To use a catch phrase from the Texas Rangers: It’s time. It’s time for the American people to send letters to their representatives and senators and tell them what we want them to do. It’s time for us to write to our newspapers and show other Americans what we want from our government. It’s time for us to make the government work for us again. In 2008, we hired the Democrats to make changes in Washington. After the elections this year, it seems the people feel that they failed. They were fired when someone else was elected to take their place. Before the newly-elected individuals take office, we need to let them know why they are there and what they need to do to stay. They didn’t win. They were given a chance. And if they fail? We can fire them too.

DISCOMBOBULATION by Houston Hardaway

Since 1919

The Shorthorn invites students, university employees and alumni to submit guest columns to the Opinion page. Monday, November 8, 2010

YOUR VIEW

Where’s your résumé?

Buyer’s remorse Midterm elections weren’t an embrace of Republican philosophies, but an expression of discontent

REMEMBER

A degree by itself doesn’t get the job done anymore As a recent graduate of UTA, I have found myself ejected from the hallowed halls of academia and thrust into the “real world” on the hunt for a career that will, hopefully, provide me with a secure future. Now, obviously, procuring employment at a successful company with long-term prospects has never been an easy proposition. With the current state of the economy, the job search has become even more daunting, degree or not. The question, however, is whether this will likely change at any point in the near future. Those who voted Republican in the recent elections would like to say that it will, especially given the rally in the market. I’m here to tell you that this is not necessarily the case. Sure, corporations start salivating at the very thought of a Republican congress and investors have a renewed faith in our capitalistic system whenever the tax-and-spend Democrats are kicked out en masse, but this reaction will likely have little effect on the new-hire rate at most

JUSTIN SHARP Sharp is a UTA alumnus and guest columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at theshorthorn.com. companies. Their stock prices will increase because of investor confidence, independent of actual performance. So, why should they bother to hire anyone? Whether you believe that a Republicancontrolled economy will improve is actually immaterial to one’s future job prospects. After all, I majored in journalism and I suspected that the print news industry was doomed well before the housing bubble burst or Obama took office. What I have found in the months since receiving my degree is that the way companies seek and hire individuals has changed from when we were younger, and the first task after graduation was to print a hundred copies of your résumé and mail it to companies in your area.

In the online age, the competition for jobs beyond Walmart cashier has gone national. No longer does one have the chance to make a face-to-face impression with the hiring manager at a company. Now it’s all about filling out the long online application and submitting it with a résumé and cover letter. So, whether the economy rallies (as it likely will, given a long enough time frame) there are ways the savvy student can increase his or her chances of being hired, the sooner the better. And it’s all about the résumé. Keep your GPA as high as you can and start seeking ways to gain experience in the field you hope to enter. If you are a freshman, pick a major and stick with it so that you can start working at internships as early as possible. Yes, it will cut into time otherwise spent on drinking until you fall down and vomit, but take it from someone who failed to do so and now sincerely regrets it. The economy will rise and fall as it always has, but finding a job will never again be simple just because you have a degree. It is up to us to prepare for the challenges of a new corporate culture that has learned to use document filters and keyword searches to select candidates without hearing what the candidates have to say.

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Guest columnist’s approach: cut down Brazos Bra Bridge, then compliment it? I just finished reading the article about the Brazos House Bra Bridge. [Elizabeth] Page came off a little unappreciative of what the Brazos House is trying to do. In no way am I trying to say that breast cancer is funny, but the kids at Brazos House did find a way to get the attention of people in a different way to come and donate money. Would Ms. Page want the girls of Brazos House to dress as a corpse and lay in the grass of Brazos House to get the attention of people who walked by? Also, the reason there are boxers in the Bra Bridge is because that is how the guys of Brazos House get involved. The boxers are needed, because even if none of the money is given for testicular cancer, there is still information at the table to raise awareness of testicular cancer. She also complained about a red thong being in a tree. She remembers this vividly. That means the thong did its job, which was to catch the attention of people who walked by. Ms. Page, after complaining about a great fundraiser, has the nerve to mock the kids who work it. So what if they work for 30 minutes a day? How much time did Ms. Page spend out there raising money? Also, about the comment the guy made over the bullhorn: This is happening on a college campus. Although no one wants to admit it, the maturity level in most college kids is not that high. So, the guy was talking to a targeted audience of college guys. I’m sure Ms. Page has heard worse things in her time in college. Finally,

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Mark Bauer E-MAIL editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

do not bash the fundraiser left and right and then let everyone know that it is a great fundraiser that the Brazos House is doing. I commend Brazos House for what they are doing on campus. As a person who stayed at Brazos House my first two years, I can tell you that the Bra Bridge is one of the most rewarding things that I was a part of.

– Nick Gonzales (Brazos House 2004-2006)

Bras are unconventional, not offensive In her opinion piece, guest columnist Elizabeth Page said many things about Brazos House’s efforts to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. Now, everyone is allowed to have an opinion, but to accuse us of taking the issue of breast cancer lightly is incredibly offensive. Having been a resident of Brazos for the past four years and having been in charge of it for the previous year and this current one, I can personally attest to how serious the residents of Brazos House take this issue. No — breast cancer is not funny, but there are more ways to raise awareness than pink mugs at Walmart. There are ways to educate people in ways that are positive and don’t aim at guilting them into donations. No one is forced to participate in the bra bridge. No one is forced to donate, and most certainly no one is forced to look at it. If the only thing that you focus on is the fact that there are undergarments besides bras in our trees, then you have missed the point of the whole event. This was meant to be an educational event.

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We handed out pamphlets with information and taught those willing to learn how to test themselves for any abnormalities with the educational model. Now, you may say that the bra bridge is tacky, but the purpose is to get attention, and the society we live in today has become numb to the usual sad survivor and victim stories. If something is meant to help and does not hurt others, where is the harm? There is also the argument that the presentation does not take into consideration the feelings of survivors and the families of breast cancer victims. It does. I have an aunt who is a survivor of breast cancer. I have a cousin who has died of it. Both of them I care deeply for. I don’t take lightly the suffering they felt. Nor do I take lightly the feelings of helplessness experienced by the loved ones who have to watch them suffer. If possible, I would like to do everything within my power to prevent anyone from ever feeling the pain this disease can cause. Your article only hurts the effort to raise awareness by making people reluctant to come for fear of being seen as insensitive and tacky. Actually, what is being taken lightly is the time it takes to organize something like the Bra Bridge. The gift of time given by volunteers, and the feelings and enthusiasm with which we chose to undergo this event. So, as far as your suggestions go for the Brazos Bridge, give them to us in person prior to bashing our efforts in The Shorthorn.

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ABOUT SPORTS Sam Morton, editor sports-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu Sports publishes Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Monday, November 8, 2010

SPORTS

REMEMBER Pick up the 2010 Basketball Preview on Wednesday for an in-depth look at Texas Hall’s ‘Final Act’ as home court. Page 5

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INTRAMURAL SPORTS

‘Ol Man River’ snags flag football championship ‘Men’s A’ team takes down ‘All-Stars’ 19-13 in championship game. BY JOSH BOWE The Shorthorn staff

Gerome Pruitt paced the sideline and watched his defense surrender a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. “Man, we ain’t going down like this,” he said. And he was right. Pruitt, an alumnus who graduated in 1995, led Ol Man River to a game-winning touchdown on the very next drive to defeat the All-Stars 19-13 in the AllUniversity Flag Football championship game at the Intramural Sports Complex on Thursday. The All-Stars drove down

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inside Ol Man River’s 20yard line with a chance to tie the game. On a third down and with less than a minute remaining, All-Stars quarterback Zubair Chaudry lofted a pass that went right through Ol Man River defender Brandon McGruder’s hands, costing him the game-clinching interception. “It was just a play that happened. The field held up nice, but I just slipped on that one,” McGruder said. “I had confidence in our defense to go get another stop.” They got another stop as they forced an incomplete pass to stall the drive and allow themselves to run out the clock. These two teams met in the Men’s A final last week, and Ol Man River won by 30 points. Chaudry, a kine-

siology senior, was proud of his team’s performance the second time around. “We went back to the drawing board to try and figure out their offense,” Chaudry said. “We came in more focused and more hungry.” Ol Man River had a chance to put the game away before the All-Stars tied the score, but their drive stalled and they were forced to give the ball back. Pruitt said these games always end up coming down to defense. “Defense wins championships, but offense sells tickets,” he said. “Bottom line is we made some mistakes, let them get deep on us. We had a couple of bad plays that made it a game.” Tickets weren’t being

sold, but there was a number of fans who turned out for the games considering the cold temperatures. Campus Recreation officials were worried that the soggy weather earlier in the week would force the championship to be rescheduled, but it stayed dry and the fields weren’t an issue. Ol Man River earned a bye and beat the preseason tournament champion Child Please 27-6, breezing their way to the championship. But the All-Stars’ path to the championship was anything but easy. They beat Kibbles and Vicks 19-13 in the quarterfinals before toppling the favored Sig Ep Go Deep 27-19 in the semifinals. In fact, the All-Stars were almost denied their quarterfinal birth after a fight broke

out at the end of the game with Kibbles and Vicks. An All-Star player was running back an interception on the final play of the game when a Kibbles and Vicks player blind-sided him with a tackle, causing both benches to clear. There was pushing and shoving, and the referees initially ruled that both teams were disqualified. But after deliberation they just disqualified Kibbles and Vicks. Chaudry said it was a tense moment but was glad his team didn’t let it affect them going forward. “Emotions get the best of us at times,” he said. “But we were happy we made it to the championships. We wanted Ol Man.” JOSH BOWE sports-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

VOLLEYBALL

BY BRIAN NEPHEW Contributor to The Shorthorn

TEAM E Central UTA

1ST 33 38

2ND 24 39

FINAL 57 77

Top Scorers E Central: Casi Rawls - 15 pts UTA: Shalyn Martin - 14 pts Rebounds — EC 28 UTA: 53 Assists — EC: 13 UTA: 17

Senior guard Tamara Simmons looked to pick up right where she left off last year, scoring 13 points and dishing out three assists. The younger players struggled a little early in the first half but seemed to settle down in the second half. Junior forward Jasmine Smith came up big in the paint with nine rebounds and two steals to help the Mavs defensively in the second half. “We were ready to get out and play together after working hard all off season,” Simmons said. That starting five went on a run at the end of the first half that extended the lead to 15 going into the break. “We talked about how much bigger we were than them at half, and we used it to our advantage,” Morrow said. UTA will tip off the season on a four-game road trip starting Nov. 12 before returning to host Arkansas State on Nov. 24 in Texas Hall. BRIAN NEPHEW sports-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

INTRAMURAL SPORTS Flag Football Championships Men’s A Championship Ol Man River beat All-Stars 30-0 Men’s B Championship Child Please beat Kibbles and Vicks 35-6 IFC Championship Sig Ep Go Deep beat Phi Delt 20-19 PHC Championship Tri Delta A beat A Chi O 19-0

All-University Tournament Results Quarterfinals Child Please beat Phi Delt 26-7 All-Stars beat Kibbles and Vicks 19-13 Semifinals Ol Man River beat Child Please 27-6 All-Stars beat Sig Ep Go Deep 27-19 Championship Ol Man River beat All-Stars 19-13 -----Intramural Softball Playoffs

Wednesday Co-Rec Bracket 3 Top Gun vs. 6 Shockers 7 Going Deep vs. 2 Waiver Wire Men’s Bracket 11 Pike vs. 6 Waiver Wire 7 Heavy Metals vs. 10 Beta Dragons 3 Automatic Winners vs. Pike/ Waiver Wire winner 2 Phi Delt & Company vs. Heavy Metals/Phi Delt & Company winner

Morrow says team played well but has room to improve.

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Tuesday Co-Rec Bracket 1 Hittin The Gaps vs. 8 FSA 5 S.O.K.S. vs. 4 L.A.S.O. Men’s Bracket 9 Sigma Chi vs. 8 Pike 2 5 Big Swingers vs. 12 We’ve Got The Runs 1 Hittin The Gaps vs. Sigma Chi/Pike 2 winner 4 Team Awesome vs. Big Swingers/ We’ve Got The Runs winner

Team tunes up with 77-57 win over Tigers

The women’s basketball team rolled 77-57 through their exhibition match against East Central University on Saturday night. Seniors Shalyn Martin and Tamara Simmons led the Mavs with strong starts. Martin, last year’s SLC Defensive Player of the Year, ended the game with 13 rebounds and five steals leading the Mavericks defensively. “It was just the first game, but it felt good to get out on the court again,” Martin said. Head coach Samantha Morrow was impressed with her girls but says there is room to improve. “We knew we would have some nerves early with all of our new girls, but we responded well,” Morrow said.

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TENNIS

Teams end season without accolades

The Shorthorn: Michael Minasi

Junior outside hitter Amanda Aguilera attempts to return the ball during a game versus Nicholls State University on Saturday in Texas Hall. The Mavericks won 3-1 and will face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Thursday in Texas Hall.

Mavericks find right recipe in 3-1 win over Colonels Team extends winning streak to five with two more games to go. BY JESSE DETIENNE The Shorthorn staff

The Mavericks extended their winning streak to five on Saturday, knocking off the Nicholls Colonels 3-1 in Texas Hall. Junior libero Alicia Shaffer led the Maverick defense with 34 digs, which is the second-best total in a four-match set in the Southland Conference, and the Mavericks finished with 98 digs in the 25-16, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21 win. This marked the first time the Mavericks (1414, 8-6) put five wins together since November 2007, and it comes at the right time for the Mavericks with the conference tournament less than two weeks away. “I think it’s really important, and I figured this might be exactly where we were at coming into our final week of conference play against two tough opponents,” head coach Diane Seymour said. “This is the longest streak this

group of girls has been on since 2007. Hopefully we can continue that.” In the first set, everything for the Mavericks clicked as they held the Colonels (13-14, 5-9) to a .125 attack percentage and eight errors. The Mavericks had a sound lead when junior hitter Amanda Aguilera and Shaffer combined to serve 11 straight points to build a comfortable lead and come out with a set victory. “When we all work together we can get things done,” junior blocker Emily Shearin said. The second set was the only set the Mavericks seemed to have trouble with one of the top defensive teams in the conference. This set saw the two teams battle back and forth, where the biggest lead in the match ended up being the Colonels’ setwinning four-point lead. In sets three and four, the Mavericks offense sputtered down the stretch, but the Shaffer-led defense held the Colonels from taking the match. “It felt really good. I

like to dig,” Shaffer said about her performance. Senior hitter Bianca Sauls had a season-high 16 kills and 14 digs in her eighth double-double of the season. “Bianca has been playing better and better over the past few matches and it’s refreshing to see her get back to that,” Seymour said. Junior hitter Tara Frantz extended her personal double-digit kill streak to 11 matches, with 15 kills and also four blocks. Senior setter Raegan Daniel also chipped in with 47 kills and 15 digs for her 11th double-double of the season, and eclipsed the 40-assist mark for the 10th time this season. Rachel Yezak of the Colonels had 15 kills and Danielle Daigle finished with 27 digs. The Colonels had 104 total digs. The Mavericks’ next game is on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Texas Hall against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who the Mavericks beat in five sets earlier this season. JESSE DETIENNE sports-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

THE RUNDOWN

BOX SCORE Nicholls UTA

16 25 23 21 25 21 25 25

Kills — UTA: 60 Nicholls: 51 Digs — UTA: 98 Nicholls: 104 Assists — UTA: 53 Nicholls: 49 Blocks — UTA: 8 Nicholls: 9

SLC STANDINGS East SLC Central Arkansas 13-1 Lamar 8-6 McNeese State 7-7 Nicholls 5-9 Northwestern State 3-11 Southeastern Louisiana 1-13

Overall 24-7 12-13 13-16 13-14 12-15 10-21

West SLC UTSA 13-1 Texas State 10-4 UTA 8-6 Sam Houston State 7-7 Texas A&M Corpus Christi 5-9 Stephen F. Austin 4-10

Overall 19-9 17-11 14-14 13-16 12-16 11-18

UP NEXT Texas A&M-Corpus Christi When: 7 p.m. Where: Texas Hall Radio: www.utaradio.com

The men’s and women’s tennis teams finished the fall season without any awards to rest on over the break. Only the doubles duo of senior Monika Hadvigerova and junior Maria Martinez-Romero came close to competing for a title on Sunday, but they lost in the semifinal round 8-2 to TCU’s doubles team of Federica Denti and Katariina Tuohimaa. Senior Daiana Negreanu got to the quarterfinals by beating the fifth-seed Mariaryeni Gutierrez of Lamar 6-4, 6-3, but she lost in the quarterfinals to Baylor’s Karolina Filipiak 6-3 and 6-1 to end her weekend. Martinez-Romero, who went undefeated on the first day, lost in the quarterfinals to topranked Rebekka Hanle of Rice 6-2, 6-3. The doubles duo of junior Nikola Matovicova and junior Katarina Mlcochova lost in the quarterfinals 8-1 to Milou Israel and Briggitt Marcovich of Louisiana, Lafayette. None of the men’s players advanced further than the quarterfinals round. Sophomore Yauheni Yakauleu made it to the consolation singles quarterfinal before losing 6-1, 7-6 to Oklahoma’s Tsvetan Mihov. Junior Jason Lateko was also able to get to the singles quarterfinals undefeated, he fell to Oklahoma’s Jacob Straus 6-3, 6-7, 6-0. Lateko said the fall season is important to the team in gauging where they are heading into the spring. “It is our best chance to receive individual rankings in the NCAA,” Lateko said. “The fall is very tough also because we have to travel a lot and play a lot of tournaments, practice twice a day and balance school. Our team is looking really good this year with the addition of three new freshmen.” Freshman Nicolas Moreno lost to Texas’ Alex Hillard in the consolation quarterfinals 6-4, 6-3. With the fall schedule over for both teams, the women’s team sets its sights on Feb. 5, when they host Cameron and Midwestern State at the UTA Tennis Center. The men’s team plays TCU on Jan. 23 in Fort Worth. — Travis Detherage


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TEXAS

Barton seeks lower deficit Representatives are demanding changes at state and national level. BY RACHEL SNYDER The Shorthorn senior staff

Two major issues newly elected representatives face are lowering the deficit and offsetting the budget shortfall at the state and national level. Since many candidates ran on the premise of not raising taxes, they will have to consider cutting federal and state sponsored program spending. Since financial aid for students is such a popular and well-liked program, it probably won’t be considered for cuts, said Michael Moore, senior vice provost and political science associate professor. “The legislature also has to find more money from taxes or cut spending,� he said. “About 24 percent of UTA’s budget comes from the state of Texas.� Rep. Joe Barton, R-Arlington, was re-elected to his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents District 6, which covers Arlington’s part of Tarrant County, Elias, Navarro, Houston and Freestone counties. Barton’s press secretary Sean Brown said Barton is fiscally conservative and supports the Strong Budget Act, which would cut federal spending across the board 2 percent per year until the budget is balanced. Brown said the cuts wouldn’t include social security and veteran’s benefits. He said Barton voted against the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program that allows students to get loans through the government. “There could be cuts to higher education,� Brown said. “The state sets the budget, but he [Barton] votes in favor of grants.� Psychology senior Mike Kelly voted Democratic in the midterm elections. Kelly said he voted for can-

didates based on their stances on tax cuts and lowering the deficit. He said he doesn’t support cutting government spending since he supports programs such as hiring state troopers for immigration reform and training the workforce. “We need to focus on getting out of the deficit and expire bad debts,� Kelly said. While the number of seats in the House of Representatives that switched parties last week was historic, it’s not as significant as it seems, Moore said. Moore said now that the Republicans control the U.S. House of Representatives, President Barack Obama and the Democrats can either work with the Republicans to find common ground or separate from them but not get any legislation or policies passed. He said many seats became Democratic when Obama took office in 2008 and the Republicans gained them back now that the president isn’t as popular. The Republicans went from having 178 seats in the House of Representatives to 239 seats after the election. Moore said discontent over Obama’s policies wasn’t the only factor that contributed to the Republican sweep of the House. The high unemployment rate, people’s belief that the economy hasn’t rebounded and the perception that the government overstepped its boundaries with healthcare were factors in the election results. Re-election for all representatives and Obama will depend on whether they work together and get legislation passed between now and 2012. He said the Health Care Bill could cause controversy initially, but the Republicans and Democrats can find common ground on issues such as jobs and taxes since neither party wants to raise taxes. RACHEL SNYDER news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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venes in January. If conservatives stay committed to not raising taxes, the coming cuts will inevitably include education, Patrick said. “Education comprises the largest portion of the state budget. It’s approximately half the budget,� she said. “When you have a severe budget shortfall all areas are going to be affected. The size of the shortfall

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Cristie Kibler, social work graduate student, reacts after being crowned Miss Southlake 2011 on Friday in the Maverick Activities Center Lone Star Auditorium. Kibler won four other scholarship awards, the Dr. Larkin Page Fitness scholarship, the Kristin Blair scholarship, the Jessica Williams scholarship and the Southlake Rotary Club scholarship.

Graduate student wins Southlake crown for second time Cristie Kibler dominated the stage with five scholarship award wins during Starstruck on Saturday evening at the Lone Star Auditorium. The non-profit Miss Southlake Scholarship Organization hosted Starstruck, the seventh annual Miss Teen Southlake and Miss Southlake competition, in the Maverick Activities Center. Kibler, a social work graduate student, was crowned Miss Southlake 2011. Kibler won her first Miss Southlake in 2005. “It is super exciting to win Miss Southlake at the university where I received my undergraduate degree and where I am getting my master’s also,� she said. The evening started with Miss Texas 1994 Arian Archer-Schiermeyer welcoming guests and introducing the contestants and the 13 judges. Fifteen contestants participated in

the event. Eight competed for the title of Miss Teen Southlake 2011 and seven for the title of Miss Southlake 2011. The first round was a fitness competition where contestants exhibited their fitness outfits followed by a song and dance show by Miss Southlake 2010 Jessika Williams and Miss Teen Southlake 2010 Bre Anna Young featuring Little Miss Southlake winners. This year’s event raised $1,000, which exceeded last year’s $950. All proceeds go toward recruitment and for fundraising events for the honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. Contestants showcased their talents with a variety of vocals, dances and even one contestant performing a drum solo. The talent round made up 35 percent of the total score, the most of any round. Miss Teen Dallas Autumn Hartt won Miss Teen Southlake 2011.

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demands that all areas of the state budget will be impacted. It’s not like education is being singled out.� Earlier this year, Perry ordered all state agencies to slash budgets by 5 percent in anticipation of the shortfall, another 5 percent cut is expected for the next fiscal year. Saxe said higher education funding should not receive further cuts. He said lawmakers should look at how much money is going toward athletic fields, gymnasiums and other luxuries in elementary and especially secondary education.

“I would hope people would look at that,� Saxe said. “We say ‘Oh look at all the wasted money, but don’t you touch my football stadium.’ One person’s waste is another person’s necessity.� Saxe pointed out that UTA’s political science department no longer has phones, and secondary education has not seen such cuts. “I’m not talking about cutting teachers’ salaries,� Saxe said. “I’m no liberal, but I just think in a time of economic austerity, if we’re cutting back on health programs and medicaid, we don’t need some huge

Miss Teen Dallas Autumn Hartt is crowned Miss Teen Southlake 2011 during the annual Miss Teen Southlake competition on Saturday in the Maverick Activities Center Lone Star Auditorium. All proceeds from the events will help fund future philanthropy events for the honor society Omicron Delta Kappa.

on the part of lawmakers and state agencies to become more efficient. “Often times in these situations there are no simple answers to complex issues such as these,� Patrick said. “In the situation of a budget shortfall, there will be competing priorities, much as there are when there’s not a budget shortfall.� Patrick said the deficit is largely attributable to an 11 percent decrease in sales tax revenue.

football program at a high school.� The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board estimates the state receives a return of $8.08 for every $1 spent on education. “Our legislators are going to be faced with very difficult decisions,� said Donald Bobbitt, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The ones that I’ve talked to, both re-elected and new ones, understand the value that higher education brings to this state and we look forward to working with them.� Patrick said it will take creativity

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At first, students didn’t want to use it from home even though the environment was designed for distance learning students, Connor said. She said students had trouble with audio and learning how to move their avatars. After students became comfortable they began to use it from home. Jeff Mellenthin, Texas Woman’s University nursing assistant professor, said they use Second Life for tutoring in their nursing program. He said since 90 percent of their students are commuters and classroom space is limited, the program has helped students learn what they are having trouble with through simulation. “You can open a 3-D heart in Second Life that can be rotated and viewed from all sides. This al-

lows students to see every angle of the heart and understand its functions,” he said. Both speakers agreed that many factors impede the simulation of the learning environment. Some factors include being comfortable in the environment and learning how to navigate the website. Thomas Dombrowsky, Smart Hospital teaching assistant and event organizer, said Second Life’s role in nursing is in the beginning stages but said it will be very useful as a learning tool. “There certainly is a learning curve. We had to get used to how it works and teach other people how to use it and get used to it as well,” the nursing graduate student said. “We are still building the structure, but I think it will work out in the long run.” Edna Horton news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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In the life 1. To walk around in worlds, use the arrow keys on the computer’s keyboard. 2. To chat, click the chat box at the bottom of the screen, use the keyboard Choose a Second Life first to type the message and then press and last name. The first enter. The text appears in a black box name can be whatever the just above where the text is typed. user wants. The last name is selected by clicking “find last 3. Press the speak button next to the chat box to talk using a voice (you can names” next to the first name use your computer’s speaker). box. 4. The gesture button next to the speak button allows the avatar to clap, Once the first and last names laugh, cry or blow kisses by choosing are chosen, users create a the option from a menu that appears password and are asked to on the screen. choose a starting look, this 5. ‘Move’ is another way to move the becomes their avatar. avatar by clicking the button, then clicking the arrows that appear in the Once the name, password menu on the screen. From this menu, and avatar are created, the the avatar can also run and fly by site asks for an e-mail admouse-clicking that option. dress and directs the user 6. ‘View’ changes the view of the world. to enter CAPTCHA letters to The views are from behind, the side validate that they are a real and the front. There is also an object person. view which is best used for simulations and games. Then users must open the 7. The camera allows users to take e-mail from Second Life and screen shots of avatars and the use the link in the e-mail to worlds, and save them to their comvalidate their account. puter. Once all the registration steps are complete, users can then Source: Second Life, www.secondlife.com log in to Second Life.

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professionals. “There is a lot of thought put into how mass casualties are handled. I was surprised at how organized it is,” she said. Susan Cherry, nursing clinical instructor, demonstrated how the decontamination tent is used before patients enter the hospital. She said the tent is set up downhill from the hospital and patients are sent through on a backboard on rollers. The patients have to remove all clothing and jewelry and go through the tent completely nude. Nurses in Hazmat suits help wash the patients with sponges. The water sent through the tent is mixed with either soap or bleach to wash patients depending on the chemical they have been in contact with. Excess water from the tent is contained and the biohazard team disposes of it. “You have 35 minutes to set up the tent then you get the patients through. All patients must be decontaminated. You don’t want to contaminate your hospital,” Cherry said. Bobby Carpenter, Arlington Fire Department Hazmat Team firefighter, said usually the victims are washed in one or two decontamination pools. They are then tested with a radiation detector and if it picks up anything, they are washed again until they are clean. Carpenter said the Hazmat suit has a 20 minute air supply, firemen enter buildings two at a time to test the air for contamination. Once the hazard is determined an officer stationed in the truck looks up that chemical on a laptop and tells the team what to do. “We have strips of tape that we carry on our suits, they have squares on them that list different chemicals, if that square changes color we know what we are dealing with,” he said. He said they also have monitors to test the air for different chemicals such as carbon monoxide and a device called a Q-Ray that will test for hydrogen sulfide and sewer gas. Andrew Peters, flight medic for

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Susan Cherry, College of Nursing clinical instructor, explains to senior nursing students how decontamination would work at a real disaster scenario on Friday at the Campus Recreation Fields Complex. Arlington emergency response teams such as the Arlington Police Department and the Arlington Fire Department Hazardous Materials Unit came out to demonstrate how their tools would be used in real world scenarios.

PHI Inc., said the helicopters only take one patient at a time and in large casualty situations they leave and come back for another because space is limited. Patients are cared for and made as stable as possible by a medic and nurse who ride along on the helicopter before they are transported. Nursing senior Uchechi Anyahie

said she hopes she never has to deal with a hazardous situation but knows the hospital will have protocols. She said the instruction was helpful. “It showed each different aspect and gave us a better insight into how it works,” she said. Edna Horton news-editor@shorthorn.uta.edu

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really good,” he said. “We just lose it when we dance. We try to have fun.” Brianna FitzgErald news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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Students gathered online to learn about some of the features of Second Life, a virtual world used as a way to teach distance learning. Second Life allows students to explore a virtual hospital and view 3-D models of human body parts.

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wali is traditionally celebrated with lights and fireworks, but because of restrictions they couldn’t use fireworks. In lieu of fireworks, lights were hung on the walls and the balcony of the room. The evening started out with Puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and success. The scent of turmeric, a ginger-like spice found in South Asia, filled the air. Dinner was served with a full menu of traditional Indian foods, including a vegetable mix, vegetable rice, dumplings cooked in gravy, a steamed chickpea fluff and a dessert with fried dumplings in a sugary sauce. Men wore kurtas, long embroidered shirts with pants, while women wore saris, traditional Hindu dresses and dupattas, a female version of the kurta. The orange, maroon, gold and purple outfits filled the dance floor. And when the music started, students sang at the top of their lungs. “The song beats are very strong,” business graduate student Kaushik Manchala said. “They make you feel good.” Students formed circles, held their arms in the air and bounced up and down while dancing the Bhangra, a popular dance in India. Shankar Vaidhyanathan, civil engineering graduate student, said the event felt like the same celebration he would have had back home. “The people, the music and the food are all

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Business graduate student Shivani Desai pours colored semolina and purified wheat powder, to design a Rangoli, a traditional form of Indian artwork, during Diwali on Friday. Hindu Students Council hosted the annual event.


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