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Student witnesses the rebuilding of Pakistan after 2010 floods, and thanks those who donated to the cause. OPINION | PAGE 5

Basketball player Darius Richardson becomes a power forward to help the team. SPORTS | PAGE 4 FINANCIAL AID


Science grants will aid juniors $600,000 from the National Science Foundation will go to engineering and science majors. BY ASHLEY BRADLEY The Shorthorn staff

State debates breaking the piggy bank

Academically talented engineering and science students could gain funding for their senior year and two graduate years. Last week, the National Science Foundation granted UTA $600,000 to assist 22 students interested in graduating with engineering and science degrees, and planning to attend graduate school at UTA. The scholarships will be determined on academic talent and economic status. “The target student is financially disadvantaged but very talented,” said Andrew Hunt, earth and environmental sciences assistant professor. “These students need to go further in their field but don’t have the means to fund it.” In recent years, students who are studying in these areas were from different parts of the world, said John

Photo Illustration: Andrew Buckley

Legislators mull Rainy Day Fund to cure budget woes BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn senior staff

With the state facing a shortfall of at least $15 billion, the use of the Rainy Day Fund has been the subject of much debate. The discussion is vitally important for state agencies around Texas facing cuts, including UTA. On Jan. 10, Comptroller Susan Combs announced a $4.3 billion deficit for the 2009-10 budget and projects $9.4 billion will be in the Rainy Day Fund by the end of fiscal year 2013. Some legislators want to dip into the funds to plug budget holes. However, Gov. Rick Perry , Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus have all publicly expressed a desire to balance the budget without touching the Rainy Day Fund or raising taxes. While using the funds would alleviate cuts in the short term, conservatives believe it would only make the problem worse in the future. “We shouldn’t dip into the fund to keep afloat inefficient government spending,” Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, said. “To do so would only kick the fiscal can further down the road.” In order to use the fund to cover a shortfall, 100 members out of the 150-member chamber will have to be in favor of dipping into the fund. Allan Saxe, political science associate professor, said the fund was created for times like these. “What are we keeping a FUNDS continues on page 6



• Formal name: Economic Stabilization Fund

Local legislators say if they are in favor of using at least part of the fund to help balance the budget.

• Purpose: the state’s savings account that can be used to “eliminate a temporary cash deficiency in general revenue,” according to the Texas Constitution


• Established: voted in by the 70th Legislature in 1987, when Rep. Bill Clements was governor. Voters approved the amendment in 1988. • Money comes from: oil and gas severance taxes

Rep. Dan Branch, RDallas

• How much is in it: Comptroller Susan Combs estimates $9.4 billion by the end of 2013, which is the time frame for which they are writing the current budget.



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Rep. Diane Patrick, RArlington

A 2/3 majority vote is necessary to use the fund to cover a shortfall. That’s 100 of the 150 House members.

Combat flu with $15 shot

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Rep. Marc Veasey, DFort Worth


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Number of flu patients treated on campus has increased since last semester, physician says.



times the $1.7 billion cut to higher education (with $900 million left)

The Shorthorn staff

Sen. Chris Harris, RArlington

Health Services wants to combat the spread of the flu by offering flu shots to students this week. The Flu Shot Outreach Program will be WHEN AND held at the Palo Duro WHERE Lounge 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday in the What: Flu vacUniversity Center. Flu cination shots will be offered Where: Palo for $15. Duro Lounge When: 9-11 Dr. Angela Mida.m. Thursday dleton, Health ServicCost: $15 es staff physician, said the number of flu patients have increased as compared to the fall semester. “Prior to the winter break, we treated only three patients a week for the flu.

WHAT THEY SAID Local legislators give their take on using or not using the fund.

“We should resist tapping into the rainy day fund until all of the other legitimate options have been exhausted.” Sen. Chris Harris, R-Arlington

“Before we kick granny out of the nursing home, we should use every dollar.”

“Is it raining? We don’t know yet. With the economy going the way it is, we don’t know that we won’t have the same problem two years from now.”

Rep. Marc Veasey

Mark Alcedo,

D-Fort Worth

Rep. Barbara Nash, RArlington

Rep. Bill Zedler, RArlington

Rep. Barbara Nash’s, R-Arlington, chief of staff

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The biggest decline was between 1999 to 2000 academic years from 244,241 to 161,955 books. BY TAYLOR BELL The Shorthorn staff

According to the UTA libraries, the university saw a steady decline in circulations and reserves during the last 20 years. Statistics show the number of books circulated and put on reserve has fallen from 350,436 in 1990,

to 131,116 in the 2009-2010 school year. “Sound bites have become more important than true knowledge,” said Karen Hopkins, assistant to the library dean for planning and assessment. The biggest decline occurred between the 1999 and 2000 academic years, when the circulation and reserves dropped from 244,241 to 161,955 books. Although the circulation has declined, both the library’s collection

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Business management freshman Linda Nguyen prepares a poster promoting the Billiards Club on Tuesday evening in the University Center. Nguyen made the poster for today’s Activities Fair in hopes of recruiting potential members.

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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.

TUESDAY Warrant Service – Misdemeanor At 12:06 a.m. an officer conducted a warrant service on a nonstudent at Lot 34, which is located north of Cooper Chase apartments. The subject was arrested for outstanding warrants from the Arlington Police Department and transported to jail. MONDAY Suspicious Circumstances At 9:07 p.m. a student reported receiving suspicious phone messages from a former friend at 601 S. West St. There was no offense committed.

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Habitation Burglary At 3:32 p.m. police investigated a burglary at the Centennial Court apartments on 717 W. Mitchell Circle. The suspect fled the scene and the investigation is ongoing. The case is still active.


UTA application ready for download veloping an application for other smartphones so more students can access the application. “We are looking into developing specific applications for other mobile platforms,” he said. “A part of our planning for other platforms will depend on the response to the iPhone application.” Biology junior Trey Trentham is excited about the application. “I would definitely get this application,” he said. “I was telling my friends that we needed one. I’m interested in finding out about events quickly on campus, and hopefully they can add MyMav to it.” Pirtle believes UTA students can benefit from having quick access to school news. “We are hoping this can be another way for students to become more engaged in life at UTA,” he said. “If students can easily find out what is happening on campus, they are more likely to become involved. Students that are involved in campus life are more likely to be successful because of the relationships they forge through these activities.” Mechanical engineering soph-

iPhone program allows students to access university sports, news and events anywhere. BY STEPHANIE KNEFEL The Shorthorn staff

UTA has tapped into the iPhone application market to close the gap between students and the university. The UTA Mobile application will update students on breaking news, events and sports information. It will also provide videos and images that help users find their way around campus. Journalism junior Brooke Maser is thrilled about the application, and sees several useful purposes for it. “I want to get it because it’s very local and detailed,” he said. “It makes sense to get one since I’m always at school. I’d rather get an update from my application than go online because Safari takes longer. I’m proud of UTA for catching up with other schools and getting this.” Wayne Pirtle, Enterprise Information Services director, said the university is considering de-

Tuesday’s story “Program cycles students towards more biking” incorrectly stated that 25 bikes will be raffled at the kickoff. The correct number is 19 to 20, and the bikes have to be returned at the end of the semester. The Maverick Bike Shop will be providing the bike repair and maintenance not Arlington Info Shop. Tuesday’s story “Organizations look for new faces” stated the Activities Fair would be on the University Center mall. The fair starts today at 10 a.m. in the University Center. Tuesday’s front page story “Working with the professionals” stated the students would broadcast from the Super Bowl. The students will broadcast during Super Bowl week.

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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

Exhibiting Artist Talk by John Hitchcock: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Fine Arts Building Room 148. For more information, contact Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658.

Salvation Army Volunteering: 9 a.m. to noon. Free. For more information, contact the UTA Volunteers at 817-2722963.

Art Exhibition in The Gallery at UTA: John Hitchcock and Texas Prints: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All Week. The Gallery at UTA. Free. For more information, contact Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658.

Global Grounds International Coffee Hour: 4-5:30 p.m. University Center Palo Duro Lounge. For more information, contact Lauren Cutcher at

Flute Day Recital: 10:15-11 a.m., 3-4 p.m. Irons Recital Hall. Free. For more information, contact the Music Department at 817-272-3471.

Activities Fair Day: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. University Center. Free. For more information, contact Carter Bedford at 817-272-2293.

Magnificent Sun: 6 p.m. Planetarium. $6 for adults, $4 for children. For more information, contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183.

“A Certain Shade of the Aftermath” exhibit: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gallery 76102. Free. For more information, contact Corey Gossett at 817-272-0365.

Global Connections Info Session: 10-11 a.m. University Center Sabine Room. For more information, contact Lauren Cutcher at


Men’s Basketball vs. Texas State: 7 p.m. Texas Hall. Free for students. For more information, contact Jason Chaput at 817-272-7167.

$2 Movie - Twilight Saga: Eclipse: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For more information, contact the Planetarium at 817-2721183.

News Editor ............................... Monica Nagy Assistant News Editor ............. Andrew Plock Design Editor .............................. Marissa Hall Copy Desk Chief .................... Natalie Webster Scene Editor ............................ Lee Escobedo

$2 Movie - Twilight Saga: Eclipse: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For more information, contact the Planetarium at 817-2721183. Opening Reception for The Gallery at UTA Art Exhibition: 6 p.m. The Gallery at UTA. Free. For more information, contact Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658.

Opinion Editor ...................... Johnathan Silver Sports Editor ............................. Sam Morton Photo Editor ......................... Andrew Buckley Online Editor ........................ Taylor Cammack Webmaster ......................... Steve McDermott

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omore Mark Kaufman owns a Blackberry, but thinks it serves a useful purpose. “If I had an iPhone, I would be obliged to use it,” he said. “But, it really doesn’t matter to me whether or not I have it.” Not all students agree the application is useful. Chemistry sophomore Omar Hamdan thinks the idea is redundant. “There are computers all over the place,” he said. “It’s not as if we can’t get any other access. Most smartphones can get online, so we just check out the website from there.” Pirtle wants to improve the current applications’ benefits. “We are continuing to look at




UTA Mobile provides users with information regarding Athletics, Events, Maps, Videos, News and Images. To install: download UTA Mobile from the app store (free) UTA Mobile support: helpdesk@uta. edu or (817) 272-2208





Free coffee and tea offered at Global Grounds Faculty and students are invited to join friends from around the world at Global Grounds International Coffee Hour. The Office of International Education sponsors the event at 4 p.m. every other Thursday in the Palo Duro Lounge. Free Indian Chai, coffee and tea is provided. Programming Director Lauren Cutcher said anyone interested in the international community is invited. Receiving between 50 to 75 students at each event, Cutcher said Global Grounds has become an outlet for international students to gather, and is an important part of their routine. “It is an event that they have been attending for a while,” she said. “I think a lot of the students are also looking to connect with other students.”

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‘Move together or not at all’

Egyptians denounce Mubarak

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WASHiNGToN — Pleading for unity in a newly divided government, President Barack obama implored democratic and republican lawmakers to rally behind his vision of economic revival for an anxious nation, declaring in his State of the Union address Tuesday night: “We will move forward together or not at all.” To a television audience in the millions, obama addressed a Congress sobered by the assassination attempt against one if its own members, rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Her seat sat empty, and many lawmakers of competing parties sat together in a show of support and civility. Yet differences were still evident, as when democrats stood to applaud his comments on health care and tax cuts while republicans next to them sat mute. in his best chance of the year to connect with the country, obama devoted most of his hour-long prime-time address to the economy, the issue that dominates concern in a nation still reeling from a monster recession — and the one that will shape his own political fortunes in the 2012 election. The president unveiled an agenda of carefully balanced political goals: a burst of spending on education, research, technology and transportation to make the nation more competitive, alongside pledges, in the strongest terms of his presidency, to cut the deficit and smack down spending deemed wasteful to

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 25. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio are at rear.

America. Yet he never explained how he’d pull that off or what specifically would be cut. obama did pledge to veto any bill with earmarks, the term used for lawmakers’ pet projects. Boehner and other

republicans applauded. But obama’s promise drew a rebuke from his own party even before he spoke, as Senate Majority leader Harry reid, d-Nev., said the president had “enough power already” and that plans to ban earmarks

were “a lot of pretty talk.” obama’s proposals Tuesday night included cutting the corporate tax, providing wireless services for almost the whole nation, consolidating government agencies and freezing most discretionary federal spending for the next five years. in the overarching theme of his speech, the president told the lawmakers: “The future is ours to win.” Yet, republicans have dismissed his “investment” proposals as merely new spending. republican rep. Paul ryan of Wisconsin, giving the GoP’s response, said the nation was at a tipping point leading to a dire future if federal deficits aren’t trimmed. ryan wants to promote budget cuts as essential to responsible governing, speaking from the hearing room of the House Budget Committee, which he now chairs. obama entered the House chamber to prolonged applause, and to the unusual sight of republicans and democrats seated next to one another rather than on different sides of the center aisle. And he began with a political grace note, taking a moment to congratulate Boehner, the new republican speaker of the House. Calling for a new day of cooperation, obama said: “What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight but whether we can work together tomorrow.”

CAIRO — Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters inspired by Tunisia’s uprising staged the biggest demonstrations in Egypt in years, facing down riot police who beat them with batons and fired water cannons in clashes that left at least three dead. The protests to demand an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year authoritarian rule and a solution to Egypt’s grinding poverty could embolden the opposition and fuel growing dissent in a presidential election year.

Ancient water tunnel excavated JERUSALEM — Archaeologists have cleared out a 2,000-year-old tunnel running under the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City and plugged up over the generations by accumulated debris, the Israel Antiquities Authority said Tuesday. Archaeologists believe the tunnel served to drain rainwater near the Second Temple, the center of Jewish faith destroyed in A.D. 70. It runs near — but not underneath — the sacred and politically explosive enclosure known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, home to the Al-Aqsa mosque.


Gitmo detainee gets life sentence in plot NEW YORK — The first, and possibly the last, Guantanamo detainee to have a U.S. civilian trial was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for his role in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, a case that nearly unraveled when the defendant was convicted on just one of more than 280 counts. Ahmed Ghailani, who served as Osama bin Laden’s cook and bodyguard after the bombings in Tanzania and Kenya, sought leniency, claiming he was tortured at a secret CIA camp after his arrest in Pakistan seven years ago. But U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan imposed the maximum sentence, saying that whatever Ghailani suffered “pales in comparison to the suffering and the horror” caused by the nearly simultaneous attacks, which killed 224 people and injured thousands more.

Taco Bell defends seasoned meat MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Taco Bell officials on Tuesday rejected claims made in a lawsuit that the meat in their tacos, burritos and other products is not all beef. Taco Bell President Greg Creed said in a statement that the lawyers who filed the lawsuit got their facts wrong and that Taco Bell plans to take legal action against those making the allegations. He did not explain specifically what type of legal action Taco Bell might take. “At Taco Bell, we buy our beef from the same trusted brands you find in the supermarket,” Creed said. “We start with 100 percent USDA-inspected beef. Then we simmer it in our proprietary blend of seasonings and spices to give our seasoned beef its signature Taco Bell taste and texture.”


Body ID’ed as that of missing 15-year-old arkansas

Senator drops headphone ban proposal the associated press

liTTle roCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ iPod-toting runners and walkers can keep enjoying their tunes in both ears for the time being, but plugged-in New York pedestrians may not be so lucky. Following a flurry of attention about the idea, an Arkansas state senator on Tuesday dropped his proposal to ban pedestrians from wearing headphones in both ears while on the street or sidewalk. A New York lawmaker proposing another restriction aimed at distracted pedestrians scoffed at the idea of backing off.

Arkansas Sen. Jimmy Jeffress said he didn’t originally think that his proposal would have passed the legislature, but at least wanted a conversation about the dangers of pedestrians paying more attention to their gadgets than their surroundings. “i got the dialogue before i got it to committee,” Jeffress said shortly before withdrawing the proposal he introduced less than a week ago. Jeffress, a democrat from Crossett, acknowledged that he was backing away from the idea partly because of backlash from opponents of the ban. Jeffress’ proposal, which

did not specify any penalty, would have allowed pedestrians to listen to music in one earphone. “i’ve had about half a dozen positive hits on it and ten times that many against it. That’s the thing,” Jeffress said. “i think it’s just time to let everybody know to quit e-mailing me.” A New York lawmaker who’s proposed a ban on pedestrian use of electronic devices while crossing the crosswalk of cities with a population of 1 million or more rebuked Jeffress for backing down on his idea. “i don’t know the legisla-

tor, but shame on him because in the process that goes forward it’s not a question of whether or not you pass a bill,” said Sen. Carl Kruger, a democrat from Brooklyn. “You also file a bill because it may be a cornerstone for others to use.” Kruger, who has been pushing for the ban since 2007, said he thinks he can pass the measure this year and is hoping to soon hold a hearing on his legislation. Kruger said he believes the issue of distracted pedestrians is gaining attention nationally and giving him momentum for his cause.

LUBBOCK, Texas — Lubbock police say the body found along a remote road north of the city is that of a teenager missing since January. Police Capt. Greg Stevens says a Tuesday autopsy positively identified the body found a day earlier as that of 15-year-old Elizabeth Ennen. Humberto Maldonado Salinas Jr. is jailed on an aggravated kidnapping charge in Ennen’s disappearance. Lubbock County District Attorney Matt Powell says there’s no rush to add a charge pertaining to Ennen’s death since Salinas is already jailed. Ennen disappeared after baby-sitting for Salinas’ children at a motel the evening of Jan. 4. Her mother reported her missing about 1 a.m. Jan. 5. Ennen’s body was found in a field near Shallowater, about 10 miles northwest of Lubbock.

Archdiocese settles abuse suit for $1M SAN ANTONIO — The attorney for a Texas teenager who settled a molestation lawsuit against the Roman Catholic church for nearly $1 million said Tuesday the money will help pay for counseling, while the priest who allegedly tried hiring a hit man to kill the boy who was set to appear in court this week. John Fiala, 52, remains in a Dallas County jail on criminal charges of soliciting someone to kill his accuser, who received $946,000 from the Archdiocese of San Antonio in a settlement announced by the church last week. Fiala, who allegedly negotiated a $5,000 price for killing the boy before police moved in, was scheduled Thursday to make his first criminal court appearance in Dallas since his November arrest, according to court records. Rex Gunter, his attorney, did not immediately return a phone message left at his Dallas office Tuesday.



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Campus ReCReation Basketball tourney deadline extended The deadline to sign up for Thursday’s preseason basketball tournament has been extended until 6 p.m. today, when managers will meet in the Lone Star Auditorium. The tournament is built for eight teams to play a 5-on-5 singleelimination tournament, but only four teams have signed up to play, as of Tuesday night. The tournament has been around for five seasons. Winners will receive championship tournament T-shirts. The Intramural Legends were last year’s champions. The entry fee is $10. — Charlie Vann

BaseBall Comer named preseason All-SLC The Southland Conference announced its preseason All-Conference teams on Tuesday, and senior catcher Chad Comer was the lone Maverick to make the cut. Comer hit .289/.363/.418 last season with five homers and 48 RBIs while throwing out 21 of 51 base-stealers in 2010. — Sam Morton

men’s tennis

Celedinas named player of the week Junior Mindaugas Celedinas was named the Southland Conference men’s tennis player of the week on Tuesday for his Sunday defeat of Texas Christian’s Emanuel Brighiu 3-6, 6-3 and 6-3. Celedinas’ victory was the only win the Mavericks recorded in their 6-1 loss to Texas Christian.

— Sam Morton


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richardson powers smaller lineup Richardson, Ingram hard to beat when they catch fire, head coach Scott Cross says.

positional numBeRs explaineD In basketball, each position is labeled with a number – one for every five players on the court. The numbering system was developed so it can be easier for coaches to identify players while diagramming plays. One – Point guard Two – Shooting guard (or off guard) Three – Small Forward Four – Power forward Five – Center Positions one through three usually play on the perimeter while four and five play in the post or painted area.

By Josh Bowe The Shorthorn senior staff

Darius richardson is living up to his word. Before the season started, the freshman guard told head coach Scott Cross that he would do anything and everything to help the team this year — whether that means being a tough defender, a shotmaker or creator. Add ‘playing a new position’ to that list. Cross has found a new spot for richardson on the floor — the power forward, also called the four position. “It’s been helping the whole team out a lot,” richardson said. “We’re giving other teams matchup problems. If he continues it, it’s cool with me. I don’t really care.” The 6-foot-4-inch richardson is normally a guard. Early in the season, richardson was the Mavericks’ second-leading scorer, primarily doing his damage beyond the three-point arc, before he sprained his ankle in a game against Nicholls in early January. He’s cooled off since his careerhigh of 18 points against UT-Tyler in the second game of the season. richardson hasn’t had a game where he’s shot at least 50 percent from the field since then, but now with a different position, Cross is sure he’ll come around. “It’s just a matter of time before he catches fire,” Cross said. “once he catches fire, and Bo [Ingram] catches fire, we’re going to be tough to beat.” richardson’s ankle still hasn’t fully recovered. At Tuesday’s practice, he said the ankle is at about 80 percent. During his first two games back, richardson was wearing a large ankle brace that barely fit into his shoe,

The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley

Freshman guard Darius Richardson runs sprints during practice Tuesday in the Physical Education Building. Richardson, who normally plays as guard, has been transitioned to the power forward position by head coach Scott Cross to give opposing teams matchup problems.

but a benefit to playing at the four is that there are less lateral movements guarding post players.


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“It’s not that hard. I’m a lot quicker,” richardson said with a grin. “They think they are, but they aren’t

stronger than me in the first place. It’s been so much easier, you don’t have to move as fast.” With both richardson and junior forward Bo Ingram, Cross has a lot of opportunities to mix and match with smaller lineups. Cross said he would even consider using richardson and Ingram together to close out games at the center and power forward spot. “If it’s late in the game and we have a six-point lead, more than likely I’ll go with [them] because of free throw shooting, ball handling and taking care of the ball,” Cross said. Cross said he’ll continue to keep richardson at the four as long as it isn’t hurting the team’s defense or rebounding. So far, Cross said, the Mavericks haven’t been burnt on the boards with the smaller lineup. In the last two games with richardson and Ingram both playing major minutes together up front, UTA won the rebounding battle against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 37-34, and were only out-rebounded by three against Stephen F. Austin, 31-28. “We didn’t get hurt at all when I’ve played those two together on the BASkeTBALL continues on page 7

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Morrow: Hopefully they can figure it out Mavericks have a bye week to emerge from bottom of SLC barrel. By tRavis DetheRage The Shorthorn staff





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To say the women’s basketball team has a lot to work on during their bye week would be an understatement. The Mavericks are ranked 11th in the Southland Conference in turnover margin and assist-to-turnover ratio, and dead last in defensive rebounding. In the recent loss to Stephen F. Austin, the Mavericks committed a season-low 12 turnovers, but their failure to secure defensive rebounds kept them out of the win column. The Ladyjacks had 25 offensive rebounds on their way to a 67-63 win. Senior forward Shalyn Martin said allowing that many offensive rebounds is unacceptable. “They had 25 offensive rebounds. That’s ridiculous,” she said. “I don’t think we’ve ever let a team have 25 offensive rebounds.” Not having a Wednesday game this week gives the Mavericks extra time to improve and get back to winning games. Senior guard Tamara Simmons said the turnovers the team has committed this season have been mostly mental. “I don’t think it’s a whole lot of forced turnovers, it’s more unforced turnovers,” she said. “I think that’s just mental, so if everybody just goes out there and everybody relaxes, we will be just fine.” In all of the Mavericks’ losses this year, they have turned the ball over an average of 21.8 times, while averaging 17.6 turnovers in their five wins. Head coach Samantha

The Shorthorn: Sandy Kurtzman

Sophomore guard Sabreena DeNure looks to pass around freshman guard Malaika Green during practice Tuesday at Texas Hall.

UTA Against SLC Teams (2-3) Opponent Nicholls Sam Houston State @ Lamar @ TAMU-CC Stephen F. Austin

Score Turnovers Off. Rebounds Allowed W 69-62 19 18 L 53-67 27 17 L 56-62 22 18 W 66-63 20 15 L 63-67 12 25

Morrow said the turnovers have been bad this season. “We just have to take better care of the ball,” she said. “Hopefully, they can figure it out.” But turnovers and rebounding aren’t their only flaws this season. They’re also last in scoring offense, defense and scoring margin. They’re scoring 58.6 points

per game while allowing 72.6 points per game. Basically, they’re losing by 14 points per game. The Mavericks may catch a break with a Saturday trip to play UT-San Antonio, who the Mavericks beat twice last season. tRavis DetheRage

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UTA needs to set the pace

Defined by our hobbies

Making the campus more bike-friendly could help Arlington The university’s new bike plan should include more than bike racks and a bike shop. UTA has a growing cyclist movement. You know, those people who speed by, beating you to class even though they were still having a conversation when you left. Biking as a means of transportation went from a hobby to a way of life. The university should make accommodations soon. Arlington residents and officials are weighing the city’s options and looking into plans to make the city a bike-friendly place. Seeing UTA move toward a bike-accessible campus could encourage the city to follow suit with its plan at a faster pace. If we add bike lanes to streets already on campus, like West Mitchell Street, Greek Row Drive and UTA Boulevard, the city could mirror our successes and learn from any speed bumps we come across. The uni-

versity could expand the options for commuters by adding not just more bike racks, but lockers where bikes stay overnight out of harm’s way. By 2030, Arlington hopes to have a mobility plan that moves people “efficiently” and “reliably.” Officials hope to get there with their longrange Thoroughfare Development Plan that includes a Hike and Bike System. Hopefully, cyclists may one day cruise through the whole city just by pedaling. UTA could set the wheels in motion on the city’s goal to cater to cyclists. The university has recycling bins. It has a compost site. It has class projects implementing and researching sustainable ideas. Catering more to cyclists is the next step. It could help the entire city. Using bikes is convenient, saves money and cuts down on pollution. Cyclists tone their quads, hamstrings,

calves and glutes and make our environment a little more bearable. We understand not everyone will convert to two wheels. Nobody is expected to pedal from Dallas or Fort Worth. But, should UTA provide bike lanes, the student cyclists could become resident cyclists and have a more impactful voice in the debate about the hike and bike plan. We’re in a good position. We’re not starting from scratch. UTA Sustainability Director Meghna Tare started a bike program and oversaw the car share and ride share programs, making our commuter school a less car-heavy campus. Help get cyclists off the street, make roads safer, and help students avoid injury as peers speed by on the way to class. That means more bike lanes and places to house bikes. — The Shorthorn editorial board


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A Pakistani flood survivor floats his mother to a safer area Aug. 16, 2010 in Khangarh near Multan, Pakistan.

We thank you Organization recognizes contributors for role in flood relief


uring the past few decades, the people of Pakistan have suffered under oblivious rulers and a tyrannical dictator, but despite years of oppression, the spirit of the people remains undeterred. The 2010 floods were another challenge. To put things into perspective, about 20 million people were affected by the floods, which is about the same as the entire population of Texas. The area destroyed by the floods is roughly the size of Montana, America’s fourth largest state. Damage to crops and livelihood has led to an increase in inflation, which according to the most conservative estimate is 14.5 percent. On my journey from the city of Karachi, I witnessed firsthand the scale of the disaster. Refugees from the disaster set up makeshift shelters along the highway. Every time a vehicle passed, they gathered around in hopes of getting something. Camps were set up by various political groups to increase their ratings in the media. On the other hand, substantial work was done by various religious organizations and especially that

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SARANG WAFAI Wafai is an economics graduate student and guest columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. At camp, I came across a trio of orphans — the eldest was 5 years old. They were miles away from home, spoke a regional language that no one understood and had no idea where their families were. One of the most inspiring things I remember from this trip is what one refugee who lost almost everything had to say. He said, “I have nothing to complain about, I only seek help from Allah.” Diseases were widespread because of lack of sanitation, along with some cases of dehydration. With the


right sanitation guidelines and some over-the-counter medicines the outbreaks could be controlled. There were certain instances where culture was an impediment, such as when some of the elderly had trouble getting around the concept of bottled water. Many months have passed since the floods and reconstruction of affected areas began. With inflation at an alltime high, construction materials are expensive, thus progress is slow. People from these areas depended on livestock and agriculture for their livelihood. With their animals dead and farms buried under silt, there is very little in terms of employment. Up north in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the people face a harsh winter with little or nothing to eat. In order to help these people, the UTA Pakistani Students Association held a charity event with donation drives to raise funds. So far, we have sent around $6,000 to the affected areas. We are grateful to all those who generously donated for this cause. It is with these funds we can help make the lives of those affected better.

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Since character is judged by how we spend our free time, hobbies showcase personality


hen you meet people, you ask for their name. If you are single, you ask for their likes and dislikes. And if they are interesting, you ask for their phone number. If they are boring, you ask for a business card, at least that is what I thought. Paper, ink and a simple design: that is all you need to make a simple business card. Usually, the cards are 3 inches by 2 inches in area. A few times they are slightly bigger and fancier, but the mention of one elicits a pretty standard image in most minds. Business cards inform customers and other individuals of a business and specifically about the role of the card issuer in a company. In one of my readings last semester, Susan Orlean in The Orchid Thief goes on and on about her experiences with one man, Laroche. Laroche is a Florida native obsessed with orchids. He goes to illegal lengths to get rare orchids from forest reserves in the state. A lot of effort went into getting the story from Laroche; however, only one thing comes out: obsession is a dangerous thing. Exit Laroche, enter my English proNELSON fessor, Tim Morris. ONYANGO Morris’ collection of business cards did not necessarily reveal an obsession; however, it exposed the beautiful side of having a simple and inexpensive hobby or perhaps an undeclared obsession. Hobbies are important to everyone because they are Onyango is a biology what we spend our free time doing and junior and guest consume a significant columnist for The portion of our times Shorthorn. and by default, our lives. Our hobbies Join the discussion tend to define who we are, our personalities, by commenting at our habits and our natures. From the bistros of Europe to sushi delicatessens in Texas, from the forgotten corners of America to a studentrun eatery in Pennsylvania, business cards expose a lifetime of travel and experience. Business cards varied in design, color and shape. Some advertised different foods while others sold doctors and professors. Some were hard to forget, like one business card shaped as a grand piano, or the one that even the collector could not remember its origin. Whether simple or complex, hobbies are just a step away from obsessions. If planted, rooted in an individual and well-bred over time, hobbies bear obsessions as demonstrated by several figures in popular history. Houdini and his disappearing act, Kobe and his basketball, Michael Jackson and his music all prove the good, dark and unknown sides to obsession. Only time will tell if Morris’ venture is just a simple souvenir practice, or an obsession in the making. For example, a hobby of arranging furniture in a room or collecting art might define a colorful, organized perfectionist type of person. A hobby of working out and eating healthy might define a personality that is conscious to well-being and positive growth or still be a facade to an underlying fear of free-living. What we do most of the time defines us and is an important aspect of our lives and may be helpful in cultivating a good habit, or breeding a harmful obsession.

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Graduate students awarded for city plan Vidor City Council votes ‘yes’ on comprehensive land project for area. By Kevin CrouCh The Shorthorn staff

Vidor, Texas is currently moving forward with an award-winning plan put together by a team of urban studies graduate students. “Floodplains, and a lack of zoning ordinances, present a need for a comprehensive development for Vidor,� said Moses Pologne, urban studies graduate student. Vidor is located about 10 miles from the coast and was hit hard by hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005, which revealed problems with the town’s urban layout. “What’s amazing is that, despite the storms, you could still identify residences from businesses in the flood plains,� Moses said. In Spring 2010, Vidor city officials approached UTA’s Institute of Urban Studies, looking for graduate research assistants like Moses to help put together a comprehensive plan, creating zoning ordinances and a better urban design for the town. The students made three trips, between March and October 2010, to work on the project in Vidor. The first trip was used to map the town and identify where problems existed. On this trip, Moses and the other students were introduced to the issues the city faces. On the second trip, the team met with city officials and members of the public. During the final visit, the team presented the first draft plan to Vidor City Council. Although the team expected the plan to be rejected, the plan was accepted and passed in the same meeting.

Vidor Mayor Ray Long expressed strong approval for the program. Moses explained the plan was formed to appropriate proper land usage for existing businesses and residences through zoning ordinances, which the city would determine. He said the team recommended that the city consult the public for input when implementing the ordinances. “I thought it was excellent work, and they did a great job of explaining their plan,� Long said. “We will use their plan as a basis for our zoning plan later this year.� On Jan. 14, the team won a Student Planning Award, for students who take part in urban development projects, from the Texas chapter of the American Planning Association. “It did come as a surprise,� Moses said about receiving the award. “But we also knew it was a very good plan.� Stephen Pope, project participant and recent alumnus, was glad to have been able to get the unique experience by working with the town. “It was a practical opportunity to work with a [city] planner,� Pope said, “I learned things I usually wouldn’t learn in the classroom.� Bob Wilkins, urban studies institute program director, said he was impressed by the students’ teamwork and how they made the unique opportunity a success. “The project was of great quality,� he said. “It was a good opportunity to work on a land-use plan for a town that had many land use issues.�

Not your typical fire drill, the Great Escape provided a dynamic simulation with smoke and blaring fire alarms. To help better understand fire safety, the Environmental Health and Safety Office along with Apartment and Residence Life collaborated to provide education on evacuating a simulated ablaze Arlington Hall. “We had a great turn out with approximately 70 students,� said Jovita Simon, Arlington Hall resident director. The program started with a video on fire safety before students were led through a smoke-filled hall to safety outside. Afterwards, smoky patrons were treated to free pizza and drinks. The Shorthorn: Jacob Adkisson

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Moe Jones, Environmental Health and Safety fire marshall, leads students through a smoke filled hallway Tuesday in Arlington Hall.

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Rainy Day Fund for if not now?â€? Saxe said. “I’m not for taking every penny of it, but a good portion. The rainy days are here — use the funds.â€? Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, said the legislature should use all available funds. “I’m 100 percent in favor of using those funds. It’s raining. As a matter of fact, words To it’s storming,â€? Veasey Know said. “They • Deficit: the [Repubstate is in licans] the red for never had the current a problem fiscal year. using it be• Shortfall: fore, so I Less revedon’t know nue is availwhy they able for this are crying budget than fiscal rethe last sponsibility one. now.â€? T a l madge Heflin, Texas Public Policy Foundation Center for Fiscal Policy director, believes using the funds will only perpetuate the problem — even if it saves jobs now. “One of the problems the state has in this budget cycle, is that they used stimulus money from the feds last session — over $6 billion on recurring expenses. If they use the rainy day fund, they’ll be doing the same thing again,â€? he said. “Next thing you know, they’re out of money and nowhere to turn.â€? Heflin’s organization advocates limited government, and was a Republican House member on the Ways and Means Committee in 1987, when the fund was created based on oil and gas tax revenue. He said its purpose was to cover deficits, something he still supports in the case of the $4.3 billion for 2011. The House needs a threefifths majority, or 90 votes, to use the fund to cover a deficit.

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Jerry Ferguson, business freshman and resident assistant, kicks off the Great Escape, a fire safety program, Tuesday in the Arlington Hall Great Room.

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Student Congress begins session with concealed carry By Bianca Montes The Shorthorn staff

Concealed carry on campus House Bill 86, which allows for concealed handguns to be carried on campus, was the primary focus at the first Student Congress meeting of the semester. SC President Aaron Resendez mandated SC senate attend a Feb. 3 forum on effects of concealed carry in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. On Feb. 8, SC will vote on whether they support concealed carry on campus. Following the vote, around the end of February, SC will take their stance to the capitol to discuss it with legislators. Jennifer Fox, SC external relations director, advised the senate on the list of emergency items Gov. Rick Perry opened to the Texas Legislature. Items on the emergency list include abolishing sanctuary cities in Texas, and efforts to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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paign, Fox said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need help running a successful campaign?â&#x20AC;? She said. The conference will start at 4 p.m. Feb. 17 in the UC Carlisle Suite.

Swearing Senators Of the 14 new senators sworn into office, Business freshman Mayra Castillo said learning how Student Congress works outside of school is one of the main reasons she joined. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in other organizations, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like I was completely involved in school,â&#x20AC;? she said. Castillo looks forward to finding her own resolutions to submit to SC, and has already had some suggestions from peers. According to Annie Liu, SC vice president, no new resolutions have been submitted to SC this semester. Liu asked for senate to solicit ideas from constituents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our resolutions are very important to SC because thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s how we do a lot of our changes to our campus,â&#x20AC;? said Liu. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Student Congress we do make and impact [change]. Resolutions are definitely a way to go about that.â&#x20AC;? Bianca Montes

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Socialist group protests FBI raids

Students’ workouts cut short by blackout

Arlington socialists protest FBI searches of anti-war activists’ homes last year. By Ali Amir mustAnsir The Shorthorn senior staff

Many commuters honked their horns as they crossed the intersection of Cooper and Division streets Tuesday night. The honking was directed at a sign held by Jon Snow, undeclared sophomore and Arlington Socialists member. Snow held the sign, which read ‘Honk for Free Speech,’ as part of a nationwide protest against a set of FBI searches of anti-war activists homes on Sept. 24, 2010. Ten people attended. The Chicago and Minneapolis searches in question were a result of two search warrants issued based on probable cause, Special Agent Ross Rice, an FBI Chicago office spokesperson, said. He said no one has been arrested or charged and further information is not public. Rice said the searches were part of an on-going investigation. Arlington Socialists member Jason Netek said the searches were caused by the definition of ‘material support for terrorism.’ He said the definition makes it possible for individuals to be subpoenaed by a federal grand jury for saying things similar to a terrorist organization. Anthropology alumnus Abigail Goring said the policy leading to the searches is in violation of civil liberties. “The whole point of having free speech is to protect dissenting opinions,” Goring said. Goring, an Arlington Socialists member, said one major goal of the protest is to raise awareness of the issue because it lacks media attention. Snow said the group wants to publicize the story as much as possible and allow people to make their own decisions on the issue. “You don’t hear about it on

At 8:25 p.m. Tuesday the Maverick Activities Center shut down for the night after a power outage caused a blackout in the building. The reason for the blackout is unknown and many students navigated their way outside before the announcement was made that the MAC would be closed for the remainder of the night. Communication senior

Jesus Alaniz said he and his friends were playing on the indoor soccer court when the lights went off, leaving them in the dark. “You couldn’t see anything,” he said. “People started using their phones to get out.” Students with items left inside were allowed an escort to retrieve them and many were turned away as they came after the evacua-

tion and closing. Asha Mata, Informal Recreation & Facilities coordinater, said she didn’t know what happened but was just trying to get people out safely. UTA Police were unavailable for comment but were on scene to escort students and search the building.


for the U.S. to have a strong presence when it comes to environmental research because we have such a large population of intelligent people. “Recently, America has changed from the model country into becoming a big joke,” she said. “We need to restore that face. We are a hard-working country and others need to see that.” Bobbie Mixon, National Science Foundation spokesman, said, although in 2009 more people graduated with a doctoral degree in science, technology, engineering or math than ever before, NSF would like to see that number continue to grow. “People come from nations, like China and India, to study in these fields, but then they go home,” he said. “Before, it was harder for them to find jobs back in

their home countries, but that has become easier.” Mixon said, though universities like UTA are growing and getting better, there is still so much more to do, and room to get better. “We have more work to do as far as STEM [science, technology, engineering or math] educating is concerned,” he said. These grants will be dispersed between two different semesters to 11 students each. Students from UT Brownsville and UT Pan America can apply for the scholarship, as well, if they are planning on attending graduate school at UTA. For more information, e-mail Michael Saenz in the graduate office at

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Arlington resident Andrew Teeter protests the raids of anti-war activists by the FBI Tuesday evening outside the Arlington Police Department. The protest was led by the Arlington Socialists for the National Day of Action.

the news, but it’s an important story,” he said. “The government is, in order to support its war on terror, suppressing voices against the government.” Mathematics junior Cody Hancock said he has been involved with the peace and anti-war movement for a long time. He said people involved in the movement are about non-violence and the individuals investigated had never been involved in or supported violent activities. “What makes you a terrorist is not your views, it’s your actions,” Hancock said. Hancock said the government shouldn’t stop people from presenting opposing

views when it’s sending soldiers to foreign locations and displacing millions of people. Rice said protests don’t affect the bureau as neither the FBI nor demonstrators will make the final decision on the issues. “As long as the protestors are peaceful, it is within their constitutional right to voice their opinion,” Rice said. Netek said despite the low attendance he was enthusiastic about people honking. “Maybe people will drive home and think about joining,” he said.

Wickham, earth and environmental sciences professor. “The majority of these students plan to go back to their home country,” he said. “Most of what we enjoy in this country is technological, and we need to have competitors.” Geology junior Anna Lomas said she feels the grant is a great opportunity, especially because she plans to go to graduate school. “I wanted to go as far as I can in this field,” she said. “People are worrying more and more about global warming, and the more we know, the better we will be in the long run.” She said it’s important

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your view What do you think about the National Science Foundation grant being offered to students? “I’ve been considering other schools for grad school, but this would make me seriously consider UTA.” Lindsey Mayhall, biology senior

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“If there was more funding for people to go to school at the graduate level in science, I feel like a lot more people would be doing so.” Joy Tshibangu, chemistry senior

“A lot of students want to go to grad school, but can’t because of money. It’s a great opportunity for those who want it.” Bogar Garcia, biology senior


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