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The volleyball team is on a seven-game winning streak after its 3-0 sweep of UT-San Antonio. The team has the best winning streak of all the teams going to the SLC Tournament this weekend. SPORTS | PAGE 3






Monday November 15, 2010

Volume 92, No. 46

Since 1919 CRIME

Graffiti defaces campus Police encourage students to play an active role in fighting vandalism. BY TAYLOR CAMMACK The Shorthorn staff

Some people have been taking it upon themselves to decorate the campus — with graffiti. Assistant police chief Rick

Gomez is introducing the campaign, ”See Something, Say Something,” at the next President’s Roundtable in response to the rash of graffiti and vandalism on campus in the last several weeks. “We want the campus community to stay vigilant and play an active role in crime prevention to help keep our campus safe,”

he said. In the last two weeks, more than eight cases of on-campus graffiti were reported to the police. In a case reported last Wednesday, a vandal used a stencil of what appeared to be an old-fashioned television to spraypaint six different locations on the Architecture Building along

West Nedderman Drive. This act of vandalism followed a string of incidents in the Central Library where, on multiple occasions, graffiti bearing the word “Aztec” was found inscribed in permanent marker or paint on the bathroom walls of several floors of the building and GRAFFITI continues on page 4

Another KO for Fight Night

The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt

In the last two weeks, more than eight cases of graffiti around campus were reported to the police. One of the vandals used a stencil of what looks like an old-fashioned television to spray-paint on several different locations on campus including this one at the Cooper Street center bridge.


Campus elections begin today Student Congress senate seats and UTA Ambassadors and Homecoming court positions will be on the ballot. BY BRIANNA FITZGERALD The Shorthorn staff

The Shorthorn: Stephanie Goddard

Business management sophomore Jevon Powers delivers a punch to business management sophomore Trey Peck’s face at Sigma Chi Fight Night 2010 on Thursday evening in Cowboys Dancehall. Powers, who represented Sigma Chi, won the fight.

Twenty-four fighters faced off for charity Thursday night The criminal justice senior fought in the third match of the 23rd annual Artemio Fernandez waited anx- Sigma Chi Fight Night. The fight was held Thursday night iously in the corner of the boxing ring. From time to time he walked around at Cowboys Dancehall. Its goal was the venue that would host his first to raise $20,000 for the Boys and Girls Club of Arboxing match. lington. The final For more photos and a video, He was anxious and he couldn’t take visit THE SHORTHORN .com amount raised won’t be known until later his eyes off the ring. this week. He was nervous, but As Fernandez walked through confident. He studied his opponent’s moves an effervescent, loud, and at times, as they warmed up. He never made rowdy crowd of Fight Night fans, he eye contact with him. He wanted to never took his eyes off the ring or his keep his focus. FIGHT continues on page 8

ELECTIONS continues on page 4



The Shorthorn senior staff

The Shorthorn: Stephanie Goddard

Business administration sophomore Chad Lightfoot spits out water in between rounds during Sigma Chi Fight Night 2010 on Thursday evening in Cowboys Dancehall. Lightfoot won against nonstudent and independent fighter Chas Gillinger.

Students try to explain religion, drug use BY ASHLEY BRADLEY The Shorthorn staff

Honors College senior Patrick Wolfgang, who is double majoring in English and philosophy, came up with one of his theses after discussing opposing religious views with his professor. His presentation, “The Argument of Evil: A Survey and

Security changes for 100s The Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth will print the new bills mid-2011.


Seniors delivered theses covering substance abusers and evil’s existence.

Students will select their UTA representatives and Homecoming royalty for the spring semester starting today. Elections for the 2011 Homecoming Court and Student Congress representatives take place today and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in University Center Palo Duro Lounge and the Maverick Activities Center. Students must bring their Mav Express card to vote. Positions for Student Congress, UTA Ambassadors and the top three candidates for Homecoming King and Queen will be announced Tuesday night, with the winners named during Homecoming week, Feb. 21-26. There are five candidates running for Homecoming King and four running for Homecoming Queen. Out of the 10 colleges and schools that have candidates up for election, only Liberal Arts has candidates running with

Analysis,” was part of the Honors Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Symposium in the University Center on Friday. Seventeen students presented to a panel of judges who critique each students’ presentation. For Honors College students, a thesis presentation is one of the last things they have to do before graduation. During the speech, he went into the reasons why evil exists, and one of the arguments was that evil’s existence made everything else more beautiful, plea-

surable and knowledgeable. The students’ presentations were based on topics related to their major, and some of the projects were centered on projects they had worked on earlier in their college career. At the end of his presentation, Wolfgang revealed the reason he chose his topic was because of his opposing religious views with one of his professors. “As a theist — my professor an atheist — I wanted to go against him. It was a friendly challenge.”

Wolfgang said. Wolfgang presented two thesis projects because he is double majoring. “Coming Together: Dialectic Opposition and Resolution in Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima,” was the presentation he did for his English degree. He said after reading the novel in an American Literature class, he was assigned a research paper. To prepare for his thesis project, making it longer, he expanded his THESIS continues on page 7

BY VIDWAN RAGHAVAN The Shorthorn staff

Benjamin Franklin’s expression on the $100 bill may stay the same, but what lies beneath it will continue to change. Members of the National Association of Business Economists at UTA learned of future changes to the $100 bill during their trip to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth. The new bill, set to roll out mid-2011, will have two new security features. NABE members and UTA students visited the bureau on Friday to learn about the money making process and the history of currency. The bureau in Fort Worth is one of only two that print money in the U.S. The other is in Washington, D.C. Tour guide Kim Hein explained to stuMONEY continues on page 7

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Veterans not alone at UTA

Mavericks get a week of studying abroad, locally

Mostly cloudy • Hi 62°F • Lo 42°F

Activities fair presents resources including orientation and counseling.

Tuesday Decreasing clouds • Hi 64°F • Lo 45°F

BY ALLEN BALDWIN The Shorthorn staff

Wednesday Sunny • Hi 66°F • Lo 39°F — National Weather Service at

POLICE REPORT This is a part of the daily activity log produced by the university’s Police Department. To report a criminal incident on campus, call 817-272-3381.

FRIDAY Disturbance At 12:10 a.m., police were sent to Centennial Court apartments, at 800 Bering Dr., regarding a noise disturbance. The case was cleared with no further action. THURSDAY Disturbance At 10:47 p.m. at Centennial Court apartments, at 709 W. Mitchell St., a student reported a loud noise disturbance. The case was cleared with no further action. Theft At 10:50 p.m. at Centennial Court apartments, at 700 W. Mitchell St., police responded to a student report that his Wii gaming console had been stolen from the main club house. The case is still active. Injured Personal Medical Assist At 7:38 p.m. at the Architecture Building, at 601 W. Nedderman Dr., police were sent to assist an injured student. The student was transported to Arlington Memorial Hospital by Arlington EMS for treatment after he cut himself while working in a classroom. The case was cleared with no further action. Minor Accident At 11:15 a.m. at 600 W. Mitchell St., police responded to a minor traffic accident involving a student and a nonstudent. There were no injuries. The case was cleared with no further action. WEDNESDAY Investigation At 6:11 p.m., police were dispatched to the University Center, at 300 W. First St., after graffiti was reported in the men’s first floor restroom. The case is still active. Assault At 5:45 p.m., a student reported being shot with a BB gun by a nonstudent at 1300 W. Mitchell St. The suspect, who was a minor, claimed he was aiming at a bird when he accidentally shot the student. The student sustained minor injuries. The suspect was released to his father. The case was cleared with no further action.

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CORRECTIONS In Thursday’s story, “Committee looks over UC plans,” Jack Joyce, Facility Programming and Consulting chief operating officer, was misidentified.

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“Proud to be an American” played in the background as student veterans roamed the University Center Palo Duro Lounge looking into the resources available to help them make the transition to college. More than 100 veterans attended the Veterans Day Activities Fair on Thursday. Some of the resources for veterans include a veterans orientation at the beginning of each semester and counseling services for war-zone veterans and their families from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Outreach Services Coordinator Vickie Goins said the goal of the fair was to connect student veterans with resources both on and off campus to help them make the transition from military life to college. “Because of their backgrounds and their experience in the military, they have different needs,” she said. Goins said student veterans face problems, including physical disabilities, post-traumatic stress disorder and issues adjusting to college life. Nursing senior and veteran DeAnn Nyquist said she had problems getting her benefits from the GI Bill because there were so many applicants. Nyquist said she had to budget her money differently in order to attend college without working. “I had to reevaluate my budget and understand that I wasn’t going to get a paycheck every two weeks like I was when I was in the Army,” she said. Groups at the event included

CALENDAR Calendar submissions must be made by 4 p.m. two days prior to run date. To enter your event, call 817272-3661 or log on to

TODAY Fall Student Elections: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. University Center Palo Duro Lounge and Maverick Activities Center. Free. For more information, contact Marcy Garcia at 817-272-0556 or marcyg@ Also read a story about the elections on page one of today’s Shorthorn. 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 more information, contact Erin O’ Malley at 817-272-2179. Faculty Study Abroad Workshop: 10 a.m. Trimble Hall Room 200. The workshop is for faculty members who want to learn more about beginning a study abroad workshop. For more information, contact Blake Hart at Downtown Arlington Music Mondays: 12:15-12:45 p.m. First Baptist Church Sanctuary, 300 S. Center St. Free. A lunchtime concert featuring UTA Music Department faculty and students. Free lunch follows the concert. For more information, contact Martha Walvoord at or 817-272-2439.

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International Education Week, a fiveday event highlighting the benefits of studying abroad and service projects in other countries, kicks off today. Events throughout the week include presentations on service projects on Tuesday, a food fair on Thursday and an info session from the Peace Corps on Friday. Lauren Cutcher, international education program coordinator, said International Education Week is an initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. “The Department of State designates a week where we recommend the benefits of international education,” she said. “We’ll speak on the aspects of studying abroad and interacting with the international community.” — Allen Baldwin

The Shorthorn: Brian Dsouza

Veteran Anthony Hunt chats with School of Social Work representatives during the Veterans Day Activities Fair on Thursday in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. Hunt came back to UTA to pursue a master’s degree in social work.

Counseling Services, Office of Students with Disabilities and the Veterans Affairs Office. A pizza lunch was served to veterans who ate and conversed with other veterans. Solomon Odom, city and regional planning graduate student, said his experience in the military helped him manage time in college. “You learn how to prioritize your time,” he said. “You learn how to squeeze everything in, not just school, but family life, work, all that kind of stuff.” Veterans Benefits Coordinator Anita Perez said the university has about 1,000 veterans on campus. Four computers were set up in the lounge for veterans to take a survey asking how the campus could better help veterans. “The survey will give us a good picture of where UTA is in terms of A Night with Dana Canedy, author of A Journal for Jordan: 7-9 p.m. University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. Canedy, the author of this year’s OneBook selection, will speak. Free. For more information contact Leigh Young at 817-272-0777. Faculty trombone recital: Dennis Bubert will perform. 7:30 p.m. Fine Arts Building, Irons Recital Hall. Free. For more information call 817-272-3471. “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. TUESDAY Fall Student Elections: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. University Center Palo Duro Lounge and Maverick Activities Center. Free. For more information, contact Marcy Garcia at 817-272-0556 or marcyg@ Managing Stress in the Workplace: Learn what stress is, how to identify it and how to understand it. 9-11 a.m. Free. Wetsel Service Center Room 200.

MISS THE FAIR? Contact the UTA Veterans Affairs office for more information about veterans services on and off campus. On campus: Davis Hall Room 252 Phone: 817-272-3373 Fax: 817-272-7013 E-mail: Office hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

being a veteran-friendly campus,” Perez said. “It’s the best way to know what’s gone well, and what needs to be changed. That’s a good resource for us to be able to see what we can do in the future for veterans.” ALLEN BALDWIN

ule to the right. OPT seminar: 2-3:30 p.m. Swift Center Room 125. The workshop will inform international students about optional practical training. For more information, contact Satu Birch at MEMS Technologies for Medical Applications: 3:30-4:45 p.m. Nedderman Hall Room 105. Free. For more information, contact Thanh Bui at tbui@ or 817-272-1536. 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 more information, contact Erin O’ Malley at 817-272-2179. “flats and rounds” exhibit: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gallery 76102. Free. For more information, contact Corey Gossett at or 817-272-0365. “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.

International Education Week Lecture Series: All day. University Center Red River Room. Free. For more information, contact Lauren Cutcher at See the full sched- Opinion Editor.............................. Ali Mustansir Sports Editor ............................. Sam Morton Photo Editor ................................... Aisha Butt Online Editor ........................ Vinod Srinivasan

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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK SCHEDULE Today Faculty Study Abroad Workshop When: 10 a.m. Where: Trimble Hall Room 200 Tuesday Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers (Political Science), “Building a Community One Child at a Time: The Giving Circle in Uganda” When: 10 a.m. Where: University Center Red River Room Dolores Aguilar (Nursing), “Personal Adjustment, Language Acquisition and Culture Learning in Short-term Cultural Immersion” When: 1 p.m. Where: University Center Red River Room Dr. Carla Amaro-Jiménez (Bilingual/ ESL Education), “It’s More than Sweeping Floors: Opportunities for Enhancing Student Learning in Service Learning” When: 4 p.m. Where: University Center Red River Room Wednesday Passport Fair and Study Abroad Table When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: University Center between food court and Starbucks Coffee For new passport and renewal requirements, visit passport/fees/fees_837.html. Study Abroad Info Session When: Noon to 1 p.m. Where: University Center Sabine Room Thursday Fall Food Fair When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: University Center mall (Palo Duro Lounge as rain site) Study Abroad Student Panel: “Tales from Abroad” When: 3:30-5:30 p.m. Where: University Center Red River Room Friday Peace Corps Table When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Where: University Center near Starbucks Peace Corps Info Session When: 1-2 p.m. Where: University Center Concho Room

TO OUR READERS The comic “Personavacation” will return Tuesday. To see past comics, visit

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uta spoRts CalendaR (All events free with student ID unless otherwise specified) tUeSday Men’s Basketball vs. Ut-tyler patriots when: 7 p.m. where: Texas Hall admission: $8 adults, $5 seniors and children, free with student ID Coverage: wedneSday intramural Softball Championships when: 8 p.m. where: Campus Recreation Fields Complex Friday Volleyball | SlC tournament vs. Sam Houston State when: 6:30 p.m. where: Johnson Coliseum, Huntsville Coverage: The Shorthorn will provide live coverage of the SLC Tournament at www.theshorthorn. com/sports

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Movin’ Mavs win three this weekend Movin’ Mavs went 3-1 at the Jim Hayes Memorial tournament this weekend at UTA, and the team took down its rival, the Illinois Fighting Illini, in the process.

women drop first two games of the season Shalyn Martin scored her 1,000th point, but the women’s basketball team lost to Oral Roberts 110-58 on Friday and 88-48 to Houston on Sunday.

emily Koenig finishes 21st at regionals The freshman runner finished in 21 minutes, 18.60 seconds in the NCAA South Central Regional on Saturday.



Mavericks sprint into SLC tourney

Sloppy play gnaws at Mavs in 71-56 loss

Seniors Bianca Sauls and raegan Daniel’s last game in Texas Hall wasn’t too shabby. In fact, the volleyball team ended the regular season with a 3-0 home sweep over the first-place UT-San Antonio roadrunners on Saturday. The team extended its win streak to seven, cementing its status as the hottest team going into the Southland Conference Tournament this coming weekend. “I just really treated it like any other game – not like it was Senior Night,” Sauls said. “I just tried to treat it like any other conference home game, and I think it’s amazing that we got that seventh straight win to head into the conference tournament.” After the Mavericks trailed the roadrunners 12-18 in the first set, head coach Diane Seymour called a time out that paid off. They turned on the offensive jets and took the set away from the top-ranked team in the SLC West to steal all momentum away. “After a slow start in the first set, we jumped out a little bit in a time out and turned ourselves around intensitywise the rest of the way,” Seymour said. “I never felt like we weren’t in control.” Both of the next sets were the same way the first set ended, with close games throughout the rest of the matches. The Mavericks had a .341 attack percentage for the match. Sauls had 11 kills and 15 digs for the 24th double-double of her career, and Aguilera got her eighth double-double of the season with 19 kills and 16 digs. The Mavericks clinched the fourth seed in the tournament and will face Sam Houston State in the first round on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Huntsville. — Jesse DeTienne

The Shorthorn: Brian Dsouza

Senior Bianca Sauls goes up for a kill against UT-San Antonio during Senior Day on Saturday in Texas Hall. UTA won in Sauls’ final match 3-0. Final line 32-30, 25-20, 25-23 How tHe SetS were played Set 1: The Mavericks trailed 12-18 halfway through the set, but went on a 12-6 run to tie it up. The match went into extra points before the Mavericks finally sealed it with kills from hitters Bianca Sauls and Amanda Aguilera. Set 2: Both teams went back and forth in the set until the Mavericks popped off the final five straight to clinch it. UT-San Antonio libero Kelsey Jewasko, who is competing with Mavericks libero Alicia Shaffer for the SLC Libero of the Year, was limited to three digs.

Set 3: The third set was the toughest test for the Mavericks as the first-place Roadrunners clearly weren’t going down without a fight. Head coach Diane Seymour took a time-out when the Mavericks were down 13-15 late in the set. After that, the Mavericks came back to tie it at 23, before getting an Aguilera kill and a Roadrunner error to seal it the upset win. SHe Said it “Any time you can beat the No. 1 team in your division, it’s a good feeling. UT-SA is a quality team, so hats off to these ladies. We were just fantastic,” head coach Diane Seymour said.

The Mavericks started out hot against oregon State on Sunday, but turnovers and rebounding doomed them down the stretch as the Beavers pulled away in the second half and won 71-56 in Corvallis, ore. The Mavericks showed some sharp shooting, but a lot of sloppy passing as the Beavers used their 1-3-1 zone to frustrate the Mavericks all day. UTA finished with 24 turnovers, compared to oregon State’s 11. UTA arrived in Corvallis on Saturday after playing a game on Friday night and had little time to prepare for a defense it won’t see very often. “We had less than two hours to prepare,” head coach Scott Cross said. “It’s a different, unique style of play.” It seemed as if UTA was going to shoot its way out of the zone, with junior forward LaMarcus reed and freshman guard Darius richardson connecting on multiple three-pointers early. richardson hit his first two as the Mavericks stormed to a 14-2 lead.

“It probably would have helped us to have more time, but I kind of like playing quick like this,” reed said. “You know you can go out and get the next one if you don’t play well.” As the game continued, the oregon State defense turned up the pressure. The Beavers only shot 42 percent from the field, but used the zone to cause havoc and score 30 points off turnovers. “If you take away their easy baskets, we would have had an outstanding defensive game,” Cross said. Freshman point guard Shaquille White-Miller led the Mavericks with eight turnovers. reed led all Mavericks with 15 points but also contributed five turnovers of his own. “I was just aggravated. I can’t really do that as the point guard,” said White-Miller, who contributed a gamehigh eight assists. “The ball is in my hands 80 percent of the time. I just need to forget this game and think about the next one.” — Josh Bowe

GaMe Flow First Half It was about as perfect of a start as UTA could have asked for as Darius Richardson and LaMarcus Reed knocked down three-pointers, and the Mavs wrecked havoc on the defensive end. A 14-2 start punched the Oregon State Beavers in the mouth, they responded with a 17-5 run fueled by UTA turnovers. That allowed the Beavers back in the game, and they led by two at halftime.

GaMe BallS omari Johnson, oregon State: The senior forward score 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting and hit 2-of-5 from three-point range. A big man able to spread the floor stretched out the Mavericks defense.

Second Half UTA consistently threw the ball away or fumbled it through their hands in a continuation of the first half. To make matters worse, UTA cooled off from downtown, hitting only 16.7 percent of its threepointers after making 60 percent in the first half. Reed only scored four points in the half.

laMarcus reed, Uta: A star might be forming here. Reed scored 15 points while showing off improved range, going 3-of-5 from deep. Reed’s been rebounding well early so far, as he grabbed six on Sunday after collecting 11 on Friday. oregon State’s 1-3-1 zone: There weren’t a lot of Beaver players that had particularly good games, but their unique zone hounded the Mavericks all night. UTA is a young team learning to play together and the youth really showed. The entire second half was filled with turnovers and sloppy play.


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Students fight for wildlife UTA Volunteers and other problem plant right now. She said first they hand students use Saturday to remove plants and then they remove invasive plants. chip up the remains so their By alysia r. Brooks The Shorthorn staff

AP Photo: Ross D. Franklin


Lost Boys return documents to orphans From left to right, Ajak Dau Akech, Executive Director of the AZ Lost Boys Center Kuol Awan and Diing Arok, look through dozens of envelopes to be mailed to Lost Boys around the world which hold actual refugee identification documents, thought lost for many years, at the AZ Lost Boys Center, Saturday in Phoenix. All three are Sudanese war orphans and part of the group known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. For many of the Lost Boys, the recovered 13,000 documents are the only record of their childhood and families, and the only photographs taken of them as children.


Three people are dead after fiery crash HOUSTON — The Houston Chronicle quotes police in Webster, a suburb of Houston, as saying two couples had left a nightclub and were headed south on Interstate 45 at about 3 a.m. Sunday when their pickup truck swerved into a concrete divider. The truck veered off the highway, across the frontage road and flipped into a stand of trees and burned.


Ohio girl found alive, bound; others missing MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — A 13-year-old girl missing for days was found bound and gagged but alive in a basement Sunday. Authorities hoped a man charged with kidnapping her might lead them to her mother, brother and another woman who disappeared with her. Matthew J. Hoffman, 30, was arrested at his Mount Vernon home, where Sarah Maynard was found, Knox County Sheriff David Barber said. He said the girl was hospitalized in good condition but would give no details and did not say if she had been sexually abused.


Myanmar’s Suu Kyi, newly free, seeks talks YANGON, Myanmar — Democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi took her first steps back into Myanmar’s political minefield Sunday, vowing to press ahead in her decades-long fight for democracy while also calling for compromise with other political parties and the ruling junta. Suu Kyi, who was freed from house arrest Saturday amid a divided political landscape and days after widely criticized elections, made clear she faces a precarious position: maneuvering between the expectations of the country’s pro-democracy movement and the realities of dealing with a clique of secretive generals who have kept her locked up for much of the past two decades.


After 388 days, Somali pirates free couple NAIROBI, Kenya — The retired British couple were sailing the world on a 38-foot-yacht that represented most of their life savings when Somali pirates captured them last year, demanding the sort of huge ransom a multimillionaire or a multinational company might cough up. The fact that Paul and Rachel Chandler couldn’t pay a big ransom helped stretch out their ordeal 388 agonizing days — until Sunday, when they were released thin and exhausted, but smiling. It was one of the longest and most dramatic hostage situations since the Somali piracy boom began several years ago. — The Associated Press

While some students may have been catching up on lost sleep, others were clipping down thorny vines and dragging tree limbs along dirt paths to a wood chipper. UTA volunteers, along with other university students, spent their Saturday morning at river legacy Park performing “invasive plant removal.” invasive plants are non-native plant life that threatens the native plants and animals by taking up much needed resources or causing injury by poisoning or tearing at skin. Alma Pohler, river legacy living Science Center volunteer coordinator, said the removal of these plants is important for maintaining a balanced ecosystem. if the growth of such plants is left unchecked, they will spread further and further, causing more damage to native plant and wildlife that will have to be repaired later, if repair is even possible. “They grow extremely aggressively, choking other plants and taking up the water and nutrients,” she said. “This affects the biodiversity of the ecological system. Since the animals don’t eat only one type of plant, we need diversity of plant life.” The privet, a poisonous semi-evergreen flowering shrub, is one of the main plants Pohler is concerned with removing. She said many parks and nature preserves are dealing with this

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on an elevator. The word was also found on the wall of a first-floor men’s restroom at Trimble Hall. The “Aztec” graffiti doesn’t appear to be gang-related, said Capt. Nanette rhodes. “i think we just have an artist,” she said. While police don’t believe the cases are connected, the

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opposition for Student Congress senate seats. Brian ravkind, psychology junior and science senator, is running unopposed in his

seeds won’t germinate. This not only helps the native plants thrive, it aids the natural biodiversity of the park. lira Polanco, UTA volunteers animal and environment director, said the project presented an opportunity to help both plants and animals, rather than just one or the other. She said generally the volunteering opportunities tend to focus on only one of the two, so the chance to do something for both at once is rare. “We have a very dedicated group. The members are here for every single event,” the criminal justice junior said. “They’d rather give up their time to do something helpful for others.” Accounting senior Brett Bennett said he and his friends were volunteering to represent Beta Alpha Psi, a campus organization for accounting and finance majors. “it’s a bonding opportunity for members of our chapter,” he said. “We come out to raise awareness about our organization, but also to help the community.” His group members used hedge-clippers to cut down branches and vines, pile them up, then drag them bit by bit over to a wood chipper in the parking lot. He advised anyone else who wanted to help remove invasive plants to wear thick gloves and pants for dealing with sharp or sticky plants.

The Shorthorn: Alese Morales

Biology freshman Ana Lozano volunteered removing privet Saturday morning at River Legacy Park. UTA Volunteers helped remove privet, a plant harmful to the ecosystem, allowing native plants to grow and create diversity within the park. Alma Pohler, River Legacy Science Center volunteer coordinator, discusses the importance of volunteer activites to a Martin High school group Saturday morning at River Legacy.

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penalties for the cases could both range from mild to severe. “it can range anywhere from a Class B misdemeanor up to a felony,” rhodes said. “A lot of it depends on the location in which they do the graffiti.” But graffiti is more than just a police issue. each instance of defacement requires a clean-up crew — that lot falls to Facilities Management. Painter supervisor rick lloyd said the manpower

and cost of cleaning graffiti depends on the surface on which it was done and the materials used. “if it’s on masonry, i have to get a contractor to do sandblasting. if it’s on metal, we have chemicals that can take that off - maybe,” he said. “And it depends on what they use, whether it’s spray paint, permanent marker or chalk.” lloyd estimates the price of hiring a contractor to clean graffiti ranges from $50 to $100. in order to avoid these

costs, the police are hoping the “See Something, Say Something” campaign will foster a more collective approach to stamping out graffiti. “There are a lot more students and faculty than our police,” Gomez said. “it would be great for them to take on a more active role.” To report graffiti, call the non-emergency number at 817-272-3381.

campaign and said the lack of interest from the student body is a problem. “More students are running unopposed, so the same people are getting re-elected,” he said, “it’s the same people, so it’s the same ideas.” Student Congress is an elected representation of the

student body. SC works together to pass resolutions based on the needs of students. ravkind said with the issues happening on campus, such as the budget cuts and construction, more student opinions and representation are needed. Students that do not take

courses on the main campus and still wish to vote must send an e-mail containing their name and id number to to receive a ballot by 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Tuition increases don’t have to cost an arm and a leg Getting a degree sooner could save time and money

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Phones up, notes out

The five largest newspapers in Texas conducted a poll to find what Texans think should be trimmed first to balance the state budget. The results: higher education. The recent cost-cutting measures taken by the university, like phones being removed from professors’ offices, are seen by many as a hurricane blowing through the university budget. But in reality, it only may be the rain before the coming storm. Provost Donald Bobbitt told The Shorthorn that the university doesn’t like raising tuition, but they may have to. He said the university will have to make a lot of tough decisions, but raising tuition, alone, will not be enough. He said the next budget will be considered very carefully, and that a UT-Dallas-style tuition freeze, in which tuition remains the same for students who finish in four years, will be considered. The downside to that is, for those students, tuition will increase to match projected numbers in four years. Tuition increase is inevitable. Even if budget cuts were not an issue, tuition would still progressively increase with inflation. While it is unfortunate that tuition is destined to increase, we can be thankful that the university is still a very affordable option. After all, it wouldn’t just be our tuition increasing. The time for concern would come if we see 32 percent tuition increases like those the University of California implemented last year, or the 15 percent increase the California State system approved last week. There is, however, a very easy way to avoid drowning in tuition costs. Finish faster. If we complete our courses and graduate in less time, we have to pay less money through fees, and, if we take more than 12 hours, take advantage of the flat-rate tuition. Like Bobbitt said, tuition increases are inevitable and the university is going to need to make some hard choices on how to proceed, but we have a chance to let our school know how we think they can avoid raising tuition too much. Write to administrators. We also have a duty to let the politicians know that higher education funding is not the first thing that needs to be cut, creating a generation of graduates in debt because of college costs is not acceptable in this economy we are building. Tuition is going to go up, but we can make sure it stays fair.


Show UTA football and the ladies some love With all the rumors and noise about college football these days, I am curious that more Mavericks are not pushing for their share in one of college’s oldest traditions. As a founding member of the Southland Conference, it seems odd that UTA does not participate to the fullest in all athletics. UTA is one of four teams that does not play football in the SLC. UT-San Antonio was to start in 2011, but with its recent acceptance to the WAC, along with Texas State, this seems a very opportune time to resurrect a long forgotten part of UTA history and tradition. We as students know that the first few years would be tough but would allow us the opportunity to shine. UTA is expanding everywhere else on campus. Let’s expand our athletics as well. Bring home UTA Football and add women’s soccer and women’s golf. – Jimmie Kellum

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Too many students are distracting and rude during class


lass has just started and around you, people are already whispering. “O.M.G. Seriously, he did that? “NO way. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? I’ve never met someone so heartless! He was just with you last night and now he’s with Rebecca?!” Conversations like these — social discussions often irrelevant to classroom material — are unfortunately pretty common in a college class with over a hundred students. In fact, they sometimes even occur in smaller classes containing only 15 to 20 students. We’ve all heard them — two girls or two guys talking about last night’s frat party or the Dallas Cowboys game in more than just their “inside voices.” Yet, even as they start the play by play of last night’s escapade or the breakup they just went through, we know this story is not going to be quick. As you look at the clock, you realize that you’ve got another 50 minutes before class is over and a long road of listening to the gossip in front of you. The saddest thing about people who abuse their opportunity to learn is that many times they don’t even realize they’re doing it. They look at their conversation as innocent, harmless. They don’t even realize that they’re not only hurting themselves, but everyone in their proximity is affected by the disturbance they create, too. While just about everyone in class has at some point or another done this, in excess it cannot be described in any other way than disrespectful. Similar to the businessman on an airplane, who just can’t seem to see the staggering line behind him as he takes his time putting his obese suitcase in the overhead rack: Take your time. There aren’t others here waiting to sit down; at least, none that you notice. This column is not written in


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Ferguson is an undeclared freshman and guest columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at anger, but rather through hope and subtle sadness. It hurts me to see so many people ignorantly acting in ways that frustrate others and evoke negative interaction, especially in an academic setting. If you’re chewing your gum with your mouth open, making a *clap* noise every few seconds, believe it or not, that soundtrack beat being produced from your mouth is extremely annoying and disruptive – especially during a presentation. If you’re texting, sending messages to all your friends about just how boring class is, the professor might just see that and consequently be disheartened to express the passion he or she would have had during his or her lecture. Despite popular belief, professors are humans just like the rest of us. Down in the front of the classroom, in the middle of the crowded audience, pouring out their heart and most of the time their passion, they are trying to teach you something — something they value — and as a consequence of your actions, something they can tell that you don’t. The list goes on and on. Like using Skype in the middle of class? Really?

From texting to gossiping, playing video games to listening to one’s iPod — I’ve seen a multitude of different disrespectful things occur. In one instance, someone even fell asleep and started snoring on the front row. Certainly we’ve all been guilty of these actions on one level of severity or another, but from this point on, be mindful of your actions. Classroom etiquette is important. More important than I can stress here. It only takes one person to deteriorate the environment of the room to reduce the potential of the class experience. It only takes one person for an entire classroom of people to learn less than their potential. Don’t be that person. Don’t have others judge you for something so miniscule and easily resolved. Be the individual that people like to hear from in class; the one who speaks and instigates discussion. Be the individual who is always paying attention to the professor or gives you the respect you deserve when you’re in front of the class. Be kind. Be considerate. Be an individual that acts in confidence and lives through respect — especially when it comes to college and the classroom environment.

Veterans give their lives for this country, we should give them more than a day Tax exemptions, more funding for education and improved health care should be offered to service members


he banks were closed, the mail was not being delivered, federal buildings were closed. It was Veterans Day, but vets deserve so much more than a day. I am extremely proud of being an American and of the U.S. military. Both my parents are Vietnam vets and my younger brother is a veteran of the Iraq war. To say I’m proud of all three would be an understatement. But it seems that many people do not share my sense of pride in their Americanism. Other than the few American flags I saw out and the blurbs on Facebook saying “Happy Veterans Day,” it just passed. I spoke with several people who didn’t even realize it was Veterans Day. It’s a privilege to be an American. The rights and freedoms we have are all thanks to servicemen and women. We live in the greatest country on the planet. People have more rights and opportunities here than almost anywhere else in the world. While our country might not be perfect, it’s among the closest. People come here from all over the world to get a slice of the “American Dream.” They seek a chance at a fantastic education, to be seen and heard or to own something precious. We are the most philanthropic country in the world. America and Americans give even

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when they have nothing left to give. I thank our military for this. Were it not for men with dreams of greater things more than 235 years ago, none of us would be able to grab hold of the precious idea that is the “American Dream.” Were it not for men who saw a cause greater than themselves throughout our history, that dream would have evaporated away. The wonderful thing about the military is that regardless of personal ideology, most Americans can come together to honor them. We all celebrate a soldier coming home or mourn the loss of a life in combat. Veterans deserve much more than just one day. When they sign that dotted line and join the ranks of millions before them, they know the risks. They know they might see combat. They know they’ll be separated from their loved ones. They know they may never return. A person with this amount of character and fortitude deserves

much more than just a day. They deserve to never pay taxes. How is it that the federal government can pick pocket a former soldier for his livelihood is beyond me. When the sacrifices by a soldier are considered, I think it would be fair to allow them to be tax exempt. If someone has hopes of ever running for a public office that affects the military, they should be required to have served. Anyone who makes decisions regarding the military should know exactly what it is like to be in combat boots. Veterans should be afforded every opportunity at an education. They willingly gave years to protect our freedoms and ideals. They should be paid back by making sure they have every opportunity to have a successful life. The same goes for medical care. Veterans should get the same health care plan that Congress makes sure to give itself. Amazingly, most vets that I’ve spoken with don’t feel this way. They don’t see themselves as victims of anything. They are soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen. They took pride in everything they did. Most of them would do it again. I hold the military and veterans in very high regard. They deserve the best. While a thank you doesn’t seem like enough, I will most certainly offer it. Thank you to all U.S. veterans.

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PLACE #1 I am a biology junior that has found joy in getting involved on campus, currently I serve as the Parliamentarian for student congress. I see homecoming king as being an opportunity to display my maverick spirit and as an honorable position to hold here at UTA.

Allan Cobham

PLACE #3 I feel that I should be UTA’s next Homecoming King because Maverick pride is what I do best!! I love UTA and everything that it has done for me. School spirit is in my blood and is evident to the student population, because if I’m not running around campus wit my fellow ambassadors’ chanting the school song. Then you can find me hosting a numerous numbers of shows on campus or community service projects. Because I’m a people person and would have no problem representing UTA to the fullest, So please vote ALLAN COBHAM as your next Homecoming King!!!!!!!

Omar Rosales

PLACE #4 I am a fourth year engineering student at UTA. I have been involved in student leadership from Freshman leaders on Campus (FLOC) all the way to being (Mr. UTA). I love UTA and everything that it has to offer. I always do my best to show UTA Spirit whenever I see anyone. I would love the chance to be your next homecoming king.

Edwin Baldelomar

PLACE #5 Homecoming King is a great honor to bestow and deserves to be someone who is rooted deep in school pride and is a great representation of what a wonderful student life we have here at UTA. I love homecoming, and have been deeply involved and present in all the traditions we have here and I care so much about my fellow students. As Manager of the Physics Clinic, I have made progressive changes to help my fellow students for better academic success. I want everyone to be successful and as happy as I am here at UTA. Vote for Edwin!


PLACE #1 My name is Tierra Chatmon I am a junior majoring in Business Management. I am running to be your Homecoming Queen. I am very active here at UT Arlington and uphold many standards for myself. Everything that I do it’s because I am passionate about it. I am not a leader that needs recognition for what I do; some leaders have to go unseen. My goal is to leave a legacy here at UT Arlington and accomplish the goals that I set my freshmen year. Vote me for your Homecoming Queen Place #1!!!

Emily Boren

PLACE #2 HELLO MAVERICKS! I have been so blessed during my years at UTA, and I am running for Homecoming Queen because I strongly believe in our school and the power of Maverick pride. Currently, I am in my third year as an English Education major and I am so thankful for all of the opportunities that I have had to serve in various organizations and to meet such wonderful people. To me, the title of Homecoming Queen symbolizes not only school spirit, but also a position of service. When my time at UTA is finished, I hope to be remembered not for the positions that I’ve held, but for a heart that sought to serve others.

Miriam Zehaie

PLACE #3 HELLO MAVERICK FAMILY! My name is MIRIAM ZEHAIE and I am a junior Education major and the current Ms. UTA. I came to UTA in 2008 and I have loved every single minute of it! I’ve gained many ties with this University and its students. To me, a homecoming queen is the definition of a MAVERICK and embodies all aspects of the university. With dedication and SCHOOL PRIDE, I have served in various organizations on campus such as UTA Ambassadors (Ms. UTA), Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., NAACP and a UTA Hosts Mentor. I would greatly appreciate your support by voting for me. I would be so honored to be your HOMECOMING QUEEN. Thank you so much & don’t forget.. PEACE, LOVE, & MAVERICKS!!!


PLACE #2 Candidate Statement: MY name is LaQruishia Gill and I’m running for one of the UTA Ambassador positions! I am SO in love with UTA, and what better way to show it than to continue my involvement with an organization that revolves around spreading school spirit and promoting traditions? I believe the Ambassador program is the perfect means for me to express my pride in this university as well as develop leadership skills, grow, and have fun! I am a passionate, hard worker and would love to continue working with the Ambassadors and help spread some love for UTA around campus. Go MAVS!

Tierra Chatmon

PLACE #3 My name is Tierra Chatmon I am a junior majoring in Business Management. I am re- running to be an UTA Ambassador to help uphold the campus traditions that we have. Also to make a great impact on the campus by helping with campus preview days and telling students how great the campus is so that we can increase our numbers even more than what they are at the moment. I had a great time as your UTA Ambassador and would like to be elected again. It was a great experience and would love to experience it again. Re-Elect me for your UTA Ambassador Place #3!! Thanks in advance

Kat McCormick

PLACE #4 Hello my name is Kat McCormick, I am running for UTA Ambassador. As an ambassador i want to continue our UTA BLUE& ORANGE traditions. Iw ant to put a new spin on traditions that we have to bring in the new ideas of students on campus. While I have only been a student here at UTA for one semester through FLOC i have learned to bleed BLUE & ORANGE. Remember spice up your UTA life with Kat McCormick.

Britney Roberts

PLACE #5 I would LOVE to be YOUR UTA Ambassador. I want to fill the campus with school pride while showing students that there is a place for EVERY one at UTA. I would enthusiastically be a voice for the students on this campus. I want to pass our school traditions on to the NEW and INCOMING Mavericks on campus while possibly creating new traditions. I was born with the ability to lead and the determination to succeed. Vote Britney UTA Ambassador Place #5!

Judith Huni

PLACE #8 Hello, I’m Judith Huni and I will always “Be A Maverick�. What is a maverick one might ask? A maverick is ones who shows leadership, diversity, and one who willing to represent this campus in all sectors by being a civil servant. I have held multiple leadership positions through EXCEL, African Students’ Organization, UTA volunteers and UTA Host as a mentor. Due to my various experiences I know that I will be a Great Ambassador for UTA! I love UTA and, I know that me being an Ambassador is a great way to share my SPIRIT AND PRIDE! So “Be A Maverick� and Vote Judith Huni Ambassador Place # 8! Why? because sheeeeee’s great

Zack Minter

PLACE #9 Hey Mavericks! So as many of you know my love for UTA knows no bounds, and I’m always at every campus event so it only makes sense that I become an Ambassador! Thank you so much for your support, your vote is greatly appreciated!

Hameed Bello

PLACE #10 UTA’s ambassador should be someone who leads by example and exemplifies what it means to be a maverick. My name is Hameed Bello and I would love to be a university of Texas at Arlington ambassador. Being a maverick is something that I live as, on a day to day basis. I would like to put that passion into help making UT Arlington a successful well spirited campus. So vote Hameed Bello for UTA ambassador place # 10‌.. Poised and ready‌..

Michael Coleman

PLACE #11 As a freshman at UTA, I am currently involved in numerous organizations on

campus. From BSA and NAACP to Hall Council, taking part in these organizations allow me to enhance my networking skills. I feel that being involved on campus creates unity and a sense of belonging. We as UTA students need to strive to be unified as a diverse group of people. Also, showing school spirit is essential to our campus. School spirit creates excitement, interaction, and an outstanding form of leadership. As a Student Ambassador, my contributions will be a prodigious experience for myself, the Mavericks, and UTA.

Jeremy Smith

PLACE #13 My name is Jeremy Smith. I am a sophomore mechanical engineering student, and I would like to represent you as an Ambassador. Growing up in Arlington, I always looked forward to attending UTA. Since I’m from here, I know the great influence that the Ambassadors have in giving us a great face and bringing in the community. I have loved my time here thus far, and can’t wait to help promote our school and encourage others to take part the events and traditions that we enjoy here.

Nick Phillips

PLACE #14 I want to be an ambassador so I can spread more school spirit around campus and so I can be more involved. I want people to be more excited about being here at UTA and for them to take advantage of what all it has to offer from social events to programs that can help you study.

Apoorva Chandra

PLACE #15 Hi MavericksMy name is Apoorva, which means the first of its kind. I am a junior and a Political Science Major. I want to represent UTA as an ambassador because I love UTA and its traditions. I am already a part of our Maverick Family. I have been involved in different organizations on-campus and feel confident about being an ambassador and representing all of you. My favorite quote is “be sincere, not serious!� which is why I am always smiling- . Please vote for me, as the best is yet to be!!! My place number is 15. Thank you Apoorva

Jessica McGaskey

PLACE #18 I’m Jessica McGaskey and I’m running for Ambassador because I’ll be an advocate for all students that attend UTA. I believe it’s important to get everyone involved in campus events from a community and cultural aspect, embrace the diversity UTA has to offer. Having a cheerleader background I know what it takes to be a team player and getting everyone involved. I’ll use my instant motivation and enthusiasm to get my peers ready to take on any events that will make UTA successful! Being excited about tradition and what a campus has to offer, makes it easier to get others excited as well! As an UTA ambassador, I would help others get acclimated into college life and take on the role as friend and mentor.

Valerie Hernandez

PLACE #19 My name is Valerie Hernandez and I want to be one of your UTA Ambassadors. Being NEW to UTA means NEW changes, not only for me but for the campus and its students, by becoming a UTA Ambassador I will be the voice for all of the students. Not only will I listen to the ideas that others offer, I will also represent the Mavericks with pride, honor and dignity. Think New and vote Valerie Hernandez Place #19 for UTA Ambassador.

Ryan Hicks

WRITE-IN You can expect me to bring nothing less than absolute excellence to the position of UTA ambassador. Within my organization on campus I have proven myself to be very successful while bringing good spirit to everything I do. Now it is time for me to step up and apply my unique personality, positive spirit, and skills to represent UTA as an Ambassador. UTA is a big University with more than 32,000 students. It is my goal to instill within our campus a deeper sense of school spirit and pride to be a Maverick. I will initiate greater support for athletics, student affairs, Greek life, and other involved organizations. Vote for me: select ‘write in’ and type Ryan Hicks!


PLACE #1 My name is Maria Garcia and I am running for architecture senator on the fall 2010 elections. I would love to participate in school leadership as part of UTA Student Congress. I have a strong desire to help UTA. I want to enforce unity and involvement in school activities as well as voice the wants and needs of students. i will speak on behalf of the students and that I will address all current issues. Being a good leader is standing up for others and fighting for their rights!

BUSINESS Tommy Abney

WRITE-IN I am here to make the tough changes towards bettering the College of Business. Through my time as a student of the College of Business if have identified various way to improve the experience as a student. I intend with your help to make those improvements a reality. My goals as senator are to: acquire more resources for our student organizations, obtain better facilities for our classes, more accomadating study space, and more student programs specific to our majors. I hope that I have your support to make these changes come true. Your vote makes the difference!

EDUCATION Nicole Azuogu

PLACE #1 Dedicated and persistent are two words that describe me. If elected as the college of education senator I will be a great advocate for the issues that affect you and make decisions with your best interest in mind.


PLACE #1 Hey Mavs! My name is Alex Whitaker, and I am a sophomore electrical engineering student. I have had a blast this semester on student congress, and as a returning senator I already know how the system works. I am also an RA on-campus, so I am very interested in making UTA a more active and homey place for us to study.

Benjamin Howison

PLACE #2 Hello UTA! My name is BENJAMIN HOWISON and I am running for reelection as an Engineering Senator. As a Senator in Student Congress I want to let your ideas and opinions be heard. I know I still have much to offer UTA and hope to continue to represent you as an Engineering Senator. Vote HOWISON on November 15 and 16!

Ayomide Longe

PLACE #3 I am Ayomide Longe, an Electrical Engineering sophomore. I am currently running for Engineering Senator. During my tenure as engineering senator, I will help take up any concerns and voice your opinions about the College of Engineering. I have served at different leadership positions on various capacities here on campus. I am currently Vice-President of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Secretary of the National Society of Black Engineers and Publicity officer of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. I have impacted these organizations positively and I believe I will be able to do the same as Engineering Senator. Be a Maverick. Vote Ayomide Longe for Engineering Senator, PLACE # 3.

Tony Carillo

PLACE #4 I want you to know that I have been serving you in Student Congress for the past two months and have had a great time doing so. Being a senator has given me a wonderful insight into how I can cause effective change for the university. I would like the opportunity to serve you for another six months. It is up to you to determine who the best candidate is for this position, and I hope I can convince you that I am best suited for the job. If elected, I invite everyone regardless of representation to contact me regarding issues or for any other reason.

or UTA 3. Alaa Daghlas: My main goal will be and lead by representing the voice of the science mbassadors student body. I am determined to do my again for the spring semester. Through dedication, and involveLIBERAL ARTS iversitymy hard work,roles g Conan intermediate between you ment, I can contributeintobein Student gress in helping to strengthen the school nities UTA Rebekah Karth and making everyone’s college experiand our Science Administration. I want to PLACE #1 ence the best that it can be. Please vote I am a senior majoring in Public RelaAMBER MAGISTRADO for Student bring attentioyou! n to issues that are significant tions and the current Liberal Arts ConCongress Nursing Senator. Thank stituency Council president. I have had the honor to serve in Student Congress to students and matters that are in your since fall 2009, and I would appreciate SUPA your support to continue doing I amto servbest e interest. Todd Lockman passionate about helping other students #2 to succeed and take full advantage of nt bass Place The SUPA department is the head of everything a college education has toador the INTS offer. UTA is a growing institution, and enaprogram, tors. as a Senator I want find common ground between the age of toUndergraduate we have the potential to turn this univerand Graduate programs sity into a truly amazing place. There is to continue our outstanding roles of opportunity for everyone to growway and the and dedication to this Urban leadership succeed here at UTA, and I want to conEnvironment. On my agenda I want to tinue to do my part to help foster those ents ing bring togetherin a cohesive faculty to supin opportunities for others. I have been port our wants and make sure that we get given many wonderful opportunities at e and the credit we deserve as successful stuUTA, and I want to give back what LOC I can. and dents. vers I also want to improve the safety ity the and utility of our university. Jacob Becker PLACE #2 Elect Jacob Becker Liberal Arts Senacurrently gress tor - - A candidate with a passion for the liberal arts and for UTA. As Student Adency I visor of Freshmen Leaders on Campus, be an I strive to bring the best knowledge and assistance to the 50 members whor look UTA C. Vote to me for guidance as they plan events throughout campus. As Senator, I would be a strong voice for all those in the College of Liberal Arts. In my many articles in the Shorthorn, I have been an advocate for the students of UTA, and I will continue to be so as Senator. Choose the candidate who will be there for you and be ‘at your every beck’n call’, Vote Jacob Becker Liberal Arts Senator.

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Hameed Bello

PLACE #4 After year of seeing how the student congress have implement various thing on campus, I would like to serve as your liberal arts senator and I believe I can contribute to the development of the university and I can also use my involvement on campus to help improve the university on its way to become a thea 1 facility. So do make a statement and voice your opinion.

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Jerry Ferguson

WRITE-IN Mavericks, I am running for Liberal Arts Senator this year because I know I have the experience to support your interests and concerns. I’ve held multiple leadership positions in high school, ranging up from the local level to the national level. I am currently the President of Freshman Leaders on Campus, and an Executive on my Hall Council. I am filled with UTA spirit from my head to my toes. Please allow me the opportunity this spring semester to show you all I can do, representing you and your peers in Student Congress. Write in Jerry Ferguson for LA Senator

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WRITE-IN Hi- I am Apoorva and the meaning of my name is ‘first of its kind’. I am running for the position of the liberal arts senator this year! I would stick by my name and would definitely do something new for our Student Congress this year. My major is Political Science and minor is Business. Please support me by voting for me in the Student Congress elections on Nov 15th & 16th. I need your support! Here are two my favorite quotes: 1. be sincere, not serious! And the second one is: the best is yet to be!!

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dents the various intricacies of printing money and the new $100 bill. The new $100 bill is the last of the redesigns, which began in 2003 with the revamping of the $20 note. New security features for the $100 bill include a 3-D security ribbon woven into the note which displays bells and 100s. Using microlense technology the bells and 100s interchange when tilted. The second new feature is an image of the Liberty Bell embedded in an inkwell. When viewed straight, the bell and the inkwell appear copper-colored but tilting the note turns the bell green. A small “FW” on the upper left hand corner of the note’s front indicates the bill was printed in the Fort Worth BEP facility. This is the first time the Fort Worth BEP will print $100 bills. Hein said unlike regular paper, currency paper is made not out of wood pulp, but a combination of cotton and linen. When the bills are ready, high resolution pictures of the notes are compared with a master copy by a computer to ascertain validity. She said the average acceptance rate of bills is between 95 and 97 percent. Accepted notes are sent to the final stage of printing where they are given a serial number, a Federal Reserve seal and a Department of Treasury seal. After all requisite packaging the money is moved to a secret 19,000 square foot vault from where it is

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The ShorThorn sent to different Federal Reserve banks for distribution. Printing is done 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. “We are currently printing $386 million a day,” Hein said. “That’s around $16 million an hour.” Business graduate student Alexandra Chernyavskaya said she was surprised the facility was open for tours. “Watching the printing process is like looking into Santa Claus’ factory,” she said. Along with a guided tour, the facility also had interactive exhibits

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goal – winning the match. The bell rang – Round One. One, two, three, four, five punches to his opponent’s, biology senior Joel Palacios, face. Two rounds later, Fernandez, exhausted, continues to throw punch after punch connecting to Palacio’s face. There’s blood, there’s sweat, there’s Palacio’s broken nose and there’s Palacio’s body on the ground – Fernandez KO’d Palacio in the third round. The crowd roared, cheered and screamed – this excitement continued through the night as the 12 matches put 24 fighters face to face. “My friends didn’t think I could do this. I proved them wrong,” Fernandez said. Fernandez won the match after the referee stopped the fight. “I am happy as hell. It felt good, even though I was tired and in a lot of pain,” he said. Fernandez said he was happy to have helped a good cause. “I enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t do it again. I don’t like getting hit. If I could raise money without getting hit, then I’d probably do that instead.” Andrew Fitzpatrick, Arlington’s Boys and Girls Club operations vice president, said this is his first year with the organization and the first Fight Night he has experienced. “This is a great way to raise money and give back to our kids,” Fitzpatrick said. “We don’t have anything like this in Missouri where I am from.” Fitzpatrick said the proceeds would go toward Boys and Girls Club activities, supplies and the staff. “These type of events also help the Arlington community and its economy,” he said. Industrial engineering senior Jason Thelke said this is the third year in a row he has attended the event. “It’s fun to watch and support my brothers from Sigma Chi,” Thelke said. “It’s great. It is for a good cause and it shows people a good time.” UT-Dallas student Matt Bunker said this was the first time he experienced Fight Night and attended the event to help some of the ringside doctors. “This is unlike anything I’ve ever seen any fraternities do anywhere in Texas to raise money,” Bunker said. “It’s a great idea to get people to beat each other up to raise some money for a good cause. I’m taking the idea back to UTD,” he said. Political science senior Kelsey Huddleston, along with her group of girlfriends, was cheering for Sigma Phi Epsilon. “I love watching the guys,” she said. “It is a lot of fun. This is my fourth year coming here, and I’ll keep coming back. It’s fun and it’s for charity.” Natalia CoNtreras


The Shorthorn: Stephanie Goddard

International business sophomore Jonathan Alvarez recognizes his victory against computer engineering sophomore Jeffery Williams at Sigma Chi Fight Night 2010 on Thursday at Cowboys Dancehall.



Alberto Perez Finance sophomore

Francis May Nonstudent

Ulises Rosas Business freshman

Ryan Guthrie Kinesiology junior

Artemio Fernandez Criminal justice senior

Joel Palacios Biology senior

Chris Eamiguel Accounting sophomore

Eric Zielinski Nonstudent

Jose Alvarez Entertainment sports management freshman

Randy Salinas Kinesiology senior

Carlos Sturrock Exercise science senior

The Shorthorn: Stephanie Goddard

Biology senior Joel Palacios takes a blow to the face at Sigma Chi Fight Night 2010 on Thursday in Cowboys Dancehall. Palacios, who won his fight last year, lost to criminal justice senior Artemio Fernandez.

Abraham Perez Nonstudent Howard Chung Undeclared freshman

Drew Volpe Nonstudent Jevon Powers Business management sophomore

Trey Peck Business management sophomore David Trejo Civil engineering sophomore

Scott Nye Business junior Chad Lightfoot Business administration sophomore Jonathan Alvarez International business sophomore Jesse Calderon Political science senior

Chas Gillinger Nonstudent Jeffery Williams Computer engineering sophomore

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Wally Trejo Entertainment sports management freshman

Wally Trejo, entertainment sports management freshman, has his hand wraps removed after losing his fight against political science senior Jesse Calderon at Sigma Chi Fight Night 2010.


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