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Students could get pre-law center College of Liberal Arts hopes to raise funds to establish the center. BY VIDWAN RAGHAVAN The Shorthorn staff

The College of Liberal Arts is working to raise $2 million to establish a pre-

law center by next spring. The department is currently looking to alumni for donations. The center will provide information and resources for students interested in law school after graduation. Myke Holt, Liberal Arts development director, said

the department wants to raise the money rather than depend solely on the university. “We’re going to raise money so that we don’t have to worry about funding,” she said. “I’m hoping our alumni base rises to it.” Holt said the response

from alumni has been good so far. “I’m confident we’ll get the money,” she said. “We have a huge need, and it’s a great value for UTA.” The center will advise students who are applying to law schools and getting law internships.

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focus group,” she said. “We got a very good cross section of students from a variety of majors.” Students in the focus group detailed needs for a pre-law center. Holt said the students agreed they

She said the department organized a committee of deans, departmental chairs, faculty and alumni. The committee concluded that there was a need for a prelaw center that caters to students regardless of major. “One of the alumni suggested we have a student

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Six Flags history on exhibition The exhibit will look back on the theme park’s first 25 years.


BY TAYLOR BELL The Shorthorn staff

Whether hurling into the wastebasket next to the exit of The Titan, taking a jerky ride on the Texas Giant, or watching a penny levitate as the Wildcatter plunges 10 stories straight down, there is always a story to tell. 2011 marks Six Flags’ 50th Anniversary, and UTA and the theme park have teamed up to create the Cen-

When: Feb. 7 – May 14 Where: Central Library sixth floor, Special Collections What: Artifacts such as a restored carousel horse, photos and maps.

tral Library’s new exhibit, What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas. Opening Feb. 7, the exhibit will explore the history and first 25 years of the theme park’s SIX FLAGS continues on page 3


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Interdisciplinary studies senior Eleonor Hernandez leads fellow students around campus to help bring bike awareness around campus.

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Biking around campus is extremely dangerous, especially on Cooper Street,” said mechanical engineering sophomore Cezanne Narcisse. Two public hearings regarding bike trails in Arlington will be held today and March 1. Psychology sophomore Matthew Taylor was on hand to help promote the bike trails Monday on the University Center mall. Taylor works as a mechanic for Maverick Bike Shop and is a big supporter of the bike trails. With the petition, supporters on campus hope the city takes notice and establishes bike trails for biker safety around campus, as well as the city.

The Maverick Bike Shop provides free bike repairs, except for the cost of parts, for students, faculty and staff.

Fifteen feet of bones will decorate display Life Science Building will showcase 16-yearold python skeleton. BY ASHLEY BRADLEY The Shorthorn staff

A python that was frozen, skinned and picked cleaned by dermestid beetles in 1995 is scheduled to hang on display in the Life Science Building. Biology sophomore Natalie Wagener spent 80 hours reassembling the reticulated python in the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Re-

search Center. “I’ve always been a puzzle person,” Wagener said. “I thought, ‘wow, what a great puzzle to put together’.” In 1995, Carl Franklin — then a biology student, now the center’s biological curator — skinned the python, which was attained from the Fort Worth Zoo. “The intention was to have a clean skeleton for reference,” Franklin said. “While you’re doing it you think, ‘oh, it would be cool to PYTHON continues on page 5

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Biology sophomore Natalie Wagener stands next to the skeleton of a 15-foot python that she assembled in the Amphibian And Reptile Diversity Research Center. The whole process took roughly 80 hours to complete with the use of a hot glue gun.


Teeth-chattering front drifts in this week BY JOHNATHAN SILVER The Shorthorn Opinion editor

Brrr – the sound many might hear this week when braving the Arctic front in North Texas. The National Weather Service is projecting snow this afternoon. The temperature is expected to slowly decrease with northwest winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour and an 80 percent chance of rain. Snow and sleet could blanket the Metroplex up to three inches. The temperature is expected

to be at a mid-20 degree high. The outlook for the rest of the week appears to be the same: cold. Wednesday will have a high in the lower 20s with wind chill readings as low as six below zero to 11 below zero in the morning. Thursday and Friday could bring a low of 16 and in the mid-20s, respectively. Senior administrators determine UTA’s closure by monitoring the weather closely, university spokeswoman

KEEP UPDATED Not sure if school is closed? Go online to and check out our weather blog to find out. Also, submit your winter photos by clicking on the “Submit Your Content” button.

Kristin Sullivan said. UTA closed at 3 p.m. in spring 2010 but continued with former basketball player Magic Johnson’s lecture scheduled

months in advance for that day. In spring 2009, the university also closed because of weather. The university disseminates information through multiple outlets: the university website, UTA’s Facebook and Twitter, UTA e-mail accounts, local broadcast stations and University Communications listservs for faculty, staff and students. JOHNATHAN SILVER

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Thesis & Dissertation PREP: Noon- 1 p.m. Davis Hall, Room B17. For more information, contact Michael Saenz at 817-272-2315.


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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.

SUNDAY Minor in Possession - Alcohol At 3:26 a.m. officers issued two Arlington citations for consumption of alcohol by a minor when investigating a loud noise complaint at Meadow Run apartments on 507 Summit Ave. Minor in Possession - Alcohol At 1:07 a.m., police issued five citations to two students and three nonstudents for consumption of alcohol by a minor at Centennial Court Apartments, 700 West Mitchell Circle. SATURDAY Fireworks At 10:25 p.m. a nonstudent was issued an Arlington citation for using fireworks on UTA property near Centennial Court apartments, 815 Bering Drive. Warrant Service, Misdemeanor An officer pulled over a nonstudent at 2:45 a.m. in a routine traffic stop on 1000 S. Cooper St. The person was arrested for outstanding warrants out of Arlington. FRIDAY Credit Card Abuse At 12:59 p.m., a student reported credit card abuse at Meadow Run apartments, 507 Summit Ave. Criminal Mischief / Vandalism At 7:56 p.m., graffiti was reported on trash cans and doors around Science Hall, 502 Yates St. The case is still active. Minor Accident At 1:21 p.m., a minor traffic accident occurred at 900 Greek Row Drive. No injuries were reported. Theft At 11:50 a.m., a student reported her laptop stolen from the University Center Food Court, 300 W. First St. The case is still active. Theft At 12:30 p.m., an officer investigated a theft in the UC Palo Duro Lounge, 300 W. 1st St. The case is still active.

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Black History Month Kick Off: Free. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. University Center Palo Duro Lounge. For more information, contact Multicultural Affairs at 817-272-2099.

Resident assistants kinesiology sophomore Vanessa Romero, nutrition sophomore Hope Seggelink and philosophy and history senior Jennifer Cortez plan a residence hall event Monday night at Trinity House. The RAs are hosting mini ‘meet and greets’ in their rooms tonight and will offer snacks for residents.

Food for Thought: Organic Foods: Free. Noon to 1 p.m. Maverick Activities Center. For more information, contact Jeremy Roden at 817-272-2023.


School’s grant helps to teach knitting, finance The program aims to educate refugee families on being financially stable. BY EDNA HORTON The Shorthorn staff

The School of Social Work and Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, Inc. are helping promote financial independence to refugees through the Worn project. Diane Mitschke, School of Social Work assistant professor, said the Common Threads project, also known as Worn, aims to enhance the financial stability of Bhutanese refugee families through education. The project is one of five that received funding through a $300,000 grant awarded to the School of Social Work by the Amon G. Carter foundation last fall. Mitschke said they are working with Catholic Charities and 30 Bhutanese women. She said they are teaching the women to knit scarves that will be sold to local boutiques. “Many refugees experience posttraumatic stress disorder and feel like here, they don’t have a place,” she said. “We hope that the women will be able to talk about their concerns with one another and eventually be able to become financially stable.” Abbi Martin-Ice, Worn project manager, said they saw a need for something like this in the community, because the people who come here from another country don’t know what it is like to live in America. She said the project would teach News Editor ............................... Monica Nagy Assistant News Editor ............. Andrew Plock Design Editor .............................. Marissa Hall Copy Desk Chief .................... Natalie Webster Scene Editor ............................ Lee Escobedo

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the women how employment in ties. She said it will not only go to America works, and that they can paying the ladies who create the work outside the home and still scarves but to all the programs the have a sense of family. She said giv- charities offer to the community. “These profits that go back to the ing them a way to make money will teach them how to set up a bank community will serve the 111,000 account and what credit is, which is people we currently support,” she something most don’t know upon said. Kelly Rand, social work graducoming here. ate student, said she will Martin-Ice said work on the project as www.wornforpeace. part of her internship. org will be active Feb. “We haven’t been 14 and will have pic- able to see yet the She said she is developing the financial literacy tures of the refugees curriculum. with the scarves and full impact equipShe said they would display their experi- ping them with work with 30 Bhutanese ences. refugees. One group will She hopes that financial skills eventually the scarves will have, but with be the knitting circle, and the other will particiwill be sold in stores research we will pate in financial literacy like Anthropologie. classes. “The brand name be able to come Rand knits and said of the scarves is Worn, she is excited to teach and the big pie-in- back next year the-sky plan is to sell with proof and say the women how to knit and what to do with the them through retailproceeds they receive. ers like Nordstrom or ‘this works.’” “I want to teach the Barneys,” she said. Abbi Martin-Ice women we work with Martin-Ice said Worn project manager the first step in developworking with UTA ing a business and seeing on the project will help with its development, because that business growing in the future,” they will see what impact it has on she said. Rand said the opportunity to the community. She said the pilot project worked with two women work on this program is great belast February, and the results were cause she gets to do something that has never been done before. positive. “I’m really excited to be able to “We haven’t been able to see yet the full impact equipping them explore social enterprise, which is with financial skills will have, but a business model that is becoming with research we will be able to more and more popular, and it’s come back next year with proof and right here in Fort Worth,” she said. say ‘this works,’” she said. Martin-Ice said all the proceeds EDNA HORTON would come back to Catholic

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$2 Movie - Inception: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For more information, contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183. Lecture by Pascal Quintard Hofstein: Free. 6 p.m. Architecture Building, Room 204. For more information, contact Robert Rummel-Hudson at 817272-2314. Women’s Basketball vs. UT-San Antonio: Free for students. 7 p.m. Texas Hall. For more information, contact Jason Chaput at 817-272-7167. THURSDAY Department of Biology Colloquium Series: Free. 4-5 p.m. Life Science Building Room 124. For more information, contact Linda Taylor at 817-272-2872.

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excessive heat slows electronics’ performance Engineers spoke on heat transport as part of the speaker series. By John harden The Shorthorn senior staff

Computer science junior Andy Velasquez has built and designed his personal computers for the last seven years. Velasquez is trying to make each design smaller than the next, but the generation of heat and emissions grows as each computer shrinks. “excessive heat can slow the performance and efficiency of any device,” he said. “i find myself running out of ideas on how to control the heat. it’s an ongoing battle.” engineers around the world are tackling a simi-

lar problem as devices continue to shrink to microscopic levels, said University of Toronto’s Cristina Amon. The Faculty of Applied Science and engineering dean spoke on the challenges of managing heat generation in devices. “To remove excessive heat from generated devices and possibly convert that into energy means creating more efficient devices,” she said. Amon spoke to more than 200 students, faculty and visitors as part of the College of engineering’s distinguished Speaker Series. The college’s faculty uses the series to invite engineers from across the country to speak on changing and reoccurring themes in engineering.

“As we continue to work with nanomaterials and construct smaller devices, the negative effect that heat has on their performance increases,” she said. To understand and manipulate the properties of materials at the microscopic level is to understand how heat affects them, she said. “right now, my team is conducting computer simulations to find ways to either convert excess heat to energy or remove it,” Amon said. Heat has become one of the most important limiting factors toward increasing performance and reliability of modern electronic devices, she said. Amon said that her research team is still in the early stages of understand-

ing heat transport, and many universities are conducting similar research to solve the problem. in attendance was Phil Gillespie, co-developer of Newsoft, a computer software development company. He said many industries are relying on universities to solve the challenges that are limiting the performance of many products. “The research done by students and faculty across the country is amazing,” he said. “if the heat problem is ever solved it will be done at the university level. They have so many resources to solve everyday problems.”

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Clergies from Al Azhar Islamic university, one showing his identity card, chant anti-government slogans during a protest in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday.


Army promises no force against protesters

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CAIRO — Egypt’s military pledged not to fire on protesters in a sign that army support for President Hosni Mubarak may be unraveling on the eve of a major escalation — a push for a million people to take to the streets Tuesday to demand the authoritarian leader’s ouster. More than 10,000 people beat drums, played music and chanted slogans in Tahrir Square, which has become the epicenter of a week of protests demanding an end to Mubarak’s three decades in power.

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operation, through Special Collections on the Central library sixth floor. “The title comes from a publicity slogan from the early 1970s,” said evelyn Barker, information literacy librarian and head designer of the exhibit. Barker expressed excitement about one of the exhibit’s centerpieces. “We have a restored horse from the Silver Star Carousel, which was originally built in the 1940s and later brought to the park,” she said. The exhibit features about 90 photos, small artifacts and maps, said erin o’Malley, exhibit and outreach assistant. Another one of the exhibit’s main attractions is a ‘speelunker’ from an early raft ride in the park called, “Spee-lunker’s Cave,” dressed in an Abraham lincoln costume. “A ‘spee-lunker’ is a 4 foot tall, funny-looking little thing,” said o’Malley. one of the exhibit’s main contributors is Alan Cochrum, english graduate teaching assistant, who worked at the park as a ride operator from 1978 to 1980. one of the items he contributed is a “gimme cap.” “it was given to employees to celebrate our making it through the very hot summer season of 1980.” Cochrum said. Attendees can also learn some interesting anecdotes about the way the park used to look and feel. “Apparently, they used to keep live alligators in a pen,” Barker said. “But then they started multiplying, and it got a little dangerous.” Taylor Bell


Judge rules health care law unconstitutional PENSACOLA, Fla. — A federal judge in Florida ruled Monday that President Barack Obama’s entire health care overhaul law is unconstitutional, placing even noncontroversial provisions under a cloud in a broad challenge that seems certain to be resolved only by the Supreme Court. Faced with a major legal setback, the White House called the ruling by U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson — in a challenge to the law by 26 of the nation’s 50 states — “a plain case of judicial overreaching.” That echoed language the judge had used to describe the law as an example of Congress overstepping its authority.

Ambassador Huntsman to leave China post WASHINGTON — U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, a Republican with potential presidential ambitions, submitted a letter of resignation to the White House on Monday announcing he intends to leave the post April 30, a senior administration official said. Huntsman, a former governor of Utah, was appointed ambassador by President Barack Obama in 2009. Huntsman’s plans have generated considerable attention in political circles because his foreign policy experience could stand out in a crowded GOP field.

NYC mayor conducts gun-sale sting in Arizona NEW YORK — Weeks after the shooting in Tucson, sellers at an Arizona gun show allowed undercover investigators hired by New York City to buy semiautomatic pistols even after they said they probably couldn’t pass a background check, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday. “After Tucson, you would think that people, particularly at a gun show in Arizona, would have been much more careful in enforcing the law,” he said. “That unfortunately in some cases wasn’t the case.”


Napolitano touts safety of border communities EL PASO — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday that U.S. communities on the border with Mexico are safer than most Americans believe, but also warned Mexican drug cartels they’ll be “met by an overwhelming response” should they move north. Napolitano told an audience at the University of Texas at El Paso — just across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez and the unprecedented wave of drug-fueled violence engulfing it — that it’s “inaccurate to state, as too many have, that the border is overrun with violence and out of control.’”

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Information literacy librarian Evelyn Barker displays a sample of Six Flags Over Texas memorabilia in the Central Library Special Collections Monday morning. The free, interactive exhibit honoring the 50th Anniversary of Six Flags Over Texas opens Feb. 7 in the Central Library.

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Each week, Scene gives Mavericks the chance to be heard by voicing their thoughts, feelings and opinions.

Members of the black community debate the significance of Black History Month BY TORY BARRINGER

What’s the most annoying thing in pop culture right now? “Hipsterites because all the cool kids shop at Lula B’s in Dallas and I’m the scene queen.” Hannah Knight,

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Who is the best senior professor you have this semester? “Sally Pinon. She’s dynamic and keeps us all engaged.” AP Photo

What’s the most annoying thing in pop culture right now? “Justin Bieber. That kid is only 16, and he has more girls than David Kingori, me.”

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Who is your favorite artist? “Oasis. They come from [my] hometown of Manchester, England.”



It was reported on Reuters that four in five women and three in five men, said they believe that social meda and texting causes couples to have sex sooner. Two questions immediately come to mind. Is this a trend for UTA students? And is this a good or bad trend? Let us know by commenting on The Shorthorn Facebook wall.

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Malcolm X is pictured at a rally in the Harlem in 1963.


MIXTAPE Next week, Scene will post a Maverick Mixtape compiled by students. The theme of the mix will be “love and sex” in advance of Valentines Day. E-mail song choices, including title and artist, to features-editor.shorthorn@uta. edu, and it could be included in the track list. The mix is eight songs, so just send the songs that best fit the theme of the compilation. Try to be as creative as possible with the song choices-the more eclectic the better.

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Martin Luther King Jr. is shown in an undated file photo.

Biology senior Amanda Meredith thinks Black History Month gets lost between the tragedy and prominence of headline news. When Morgan Freeman, an Academy Award-winning black actor, said in an interview on “60 Minutes” that Black History Month was “ridiculous,” she was empathetic. “It kind of seems like people go through the motions,” Meredith said. “We don’t really understand that it wasn’t always like this for us. Not so many people understand the message anymore.” Meredith said if the focus was on more recent events, people might recognize the significance of Black History Month. As it is, she said she couldn’t see the point in having an entire month set aside. The necessity of a month specifically dedicated to black history is a topic of debate. Several black students and leaders at UTA feel Black History Month is a time for Americans to honor the leaders who paved the way for black Americans today. Meredith echoed that sentiment but said that apathy for Black History Month stems from an ignorance of how things have changed for today’s black youth. Opinions vary, alumna Eleanor Khonje said one month is hardly enough time to delve into the accomplishments of historical black figures. Though Khonje said she appreciated Black History Month as a celebration, she felt that it wasn’t a solution for the lack of knowledge of black history. According to her, Black History Month should be a time used to inspire black Americans with their history. “It’s about helping everyone come together to understand,” Khonje said. “We have come this far, but we still have a long way to go.” The answer too her is to integrate more black history into America’s history programs in schools. Sociology assistant professor Jason Shelton agreed. “I think a lot of young people aren’t sure why we study these things ... Young students haven’t spent enough time reflecting on those things,” he said. Shelton put responsibility in the hands of the parents to teach their children about the issue of race. Shelton said 30 percent of parents don’t talk to their kids about race relations. He acknowledges that better coverage of black history in school would do away with the need for a month to honor historical black figures. He said the issue is that people are afraid or just unwilling to address topics of race. Shelton said society should do more to inform youth about black history beyond the most well-known figures, but he said the lack of knowledge could be a measure




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“I think a month is good because we’re not the only race here, there are a bunch of other cultures. Everyone needs their month.” Colby Henderson, excercise science sophomore

“I like that we take a specific month to focus on it, but I do not think it should be only a month, it should always be in people’s thoughts.”






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“I think you need one specific month to raise awareness about black history. Making it year round is like making the Fourth of July a daily thing and being patriotic everyday.”

Elias Ramos, mathematics freshman




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Wednesday Best Picture nominee Inception is playing at the Planetarium for $2 movie night.

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Today Grab a hot dog at the Central Library Mall in support of The Big Event Committee.

of how much progress has been made. Shelton said as minorities start mixing into the mainstream culture, they begin to lose their loyalty to their own societies. The fact that black youth are unfamiliar with their history, Shelton said, is proof that they feel welcome in the larger history of America, calling it a “sign of progress in a backwards way.” Carter Bedford, Student Governance and Organizations director, agreed that education is key to developing a greater appreciation for black history. The problem, he said, is that the full spectrum of black history is too vast to incorporate into a general history course. Instead of briefly mentioning historical black figures in class, Bedford feels that students should be encouraged to find out more for themselves. With the Internet as an available resource, he said students have the tools they need to conduct their own research and learn about black history. “Education is so much more than what you get in the classroom,” he said. Bedford said it doesn’t matter whether the celebration is a month or longer, just as long as there is one. Public relations junior Tierra Chatmon is the chair of this year’s Black History Month celebration on campus. She said events include a screening of film assistant professor Ya’Ke Smith’s short film Katrina’s Son and an overview of the evolution of hip-hop with live disc jockeys and freestyle rap battles. Chatmon said planning for the event was “a privilege” for her. She embraces Black History Month as a celebration of the progress made by black Americans but admits that an everyday embrace of diversity is the ideal. “We should celebrate all the races on a daily basis,” Chatmon said. “It should be something we do in general.” For someone who lectures on societal issues in the classroom, Shelton believes diversification may not be as difficult as some people think. “People used to face significant disadvantages based on their race,” he said. “More and more families are now living in suburban areas. The safety and quality of life that they enjoy allow children to grow together and get along like they never have before.” Shelton also expressed his belief that working the issue of race into our nation’s education would probably bring people closer together. “I believe when we address these issues we actually see what we have in common,” Shelton said. “Our national mythology is that we’re a melting pot. What are we melting into?”

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put this back together.’ I didn’t have any clue that it would ever get done.” He said the python took about three days to skin because it came off in strips. After skinning, he then tried to separate the muscles from the bones. He got dermestid beetles to finish cleaning the muscle from the bones because he couldn’t finish the job completely. Several labs use beetles to pick bones clean, he said. It was after noticing the current display case for herpetology, the study of reptiles and amphibians, was getting dusty that Franklin decided to update the area. “Natalie and I thought, ‘Let’s church this thing up, make it look nice. If we’re going to do anything with a skeleton, let’s make it big and interesting.’” Franklin then thought of the python he skinned 16 years ago, pulled out the three shoe-box-sized containers it was in, and asked Wagener if she wanted to assemble the skeleton. Wagener agreed and said the easiest part to assemble was the vertebrae, or backbone, and the hardest to place was the rib cage. “I had to go through and compare them,” she said. “I



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The Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center was offered the body of a 15-foot python from the Fort Worth Zoo. The skeleton showed that the python had managed to live with four broken ribs due to their curved appearance.

compared some to books, looking at skeletons. We just went along based on size.” When preparing to rebuild the animal, Wagener and Franklin decided it would be good to use a base four inches high to show how thick the snake is. “We wanted to have it more round so you could really see the size of this animal when it was alive,” Wagener said. The python’s mouth isn’t attached from left to right. Franklin said this is because a snake’s mouth isn’t attached by bone, but by cartilage. “If you can imagine – like a rubber band between either of the jaws, “ said Franklin. When the python is hung in the display case, Franklin and Wagener plan to illustrate

where the legs would have been located on the body, since they are attached by muscle. They said most people aren’t aware that these snakes have legs, but they aren’t used for movement. “It’s used more during episodes of courtship,” Franklin said. Jon Campbell, biology chair and professor, said the reticulated python is one of the largest snakes, and he is surprised to see it put together. “I can’t believe they went through and rearticulated the specimen,” he said. “I think people will be interested to see such an interesting specimen.”

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As of Friday, tickets to MLB Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr.’s lecture, “The Keys to Perseverance,” have sold out. On Jan. 18, 2,700 tickets were made available for the event scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Texas Hall. Ripken, a Hall-of-Fame infielder who holds the record for most consecutive games played, will not be speaking at any supplemen-

tal events on campus, said Danny Woodward, special assistant to the president. He said in the past, speakers would give a small lecture, but Ripken’s schedule wouldn’t allow it. Students who did not reserve a ticket to the event may arrive early to obtain a seat if there are no-shows.

Awadalla thinks Trivia Bowl is a great event for Campus Recreation to start. “I hope campus rec does more events like this in the future,” he said. “Doing it off campus is a really good idea. I’ll definitely be attending but only to watch, as I don’t have the best sports knowledge.”

UTA Volunteers will be serving hot dogs to raise funds for the Big Event, which will be held April 16. “Last year, UTA Volunteers partnered up with the EXCEL group and put money together to put on the Big Event,” said biology freshman Jonathan Lim. “This year, EXCEL has another event that they are doing. So, UTA Volunteers has to raise our own money.” From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday, UTA Volunteers will be serving $3 hot dog combos on the Central Library mall. The combos will include a hot dog, chips and drink. “We are just hoping to get as much money as possible so that we can help out as many projects as possible with the profits that we make,” Lim said. In 2010, more than 800 participants volunteered 3,600 hours to community services at 54 project sites. UTA Volunteers has estimated 1,000 volunteers will participate in the Big Event this year.

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mtvU returns to University Center mtvU TVs were reinstalled after being removed for a semester By KeVin CRouCh The Shorthorn staff

The Shorthorn: Daniel Molina

Musical Mayhem ABOVE: Students participate in Delta Xi Nu sorority’s $100 musical chairs competition Monday on the Central Library mall. The multicultural sorority hosts the event to recruit new members. RIGHT: University studies senior Richard McDonald, above right, fights for his seat during Delta Xi Nu sorority’s musical chairs competition Monday on the Central Library mall. McDonald went on to win the $100 prize. He said he’ll spend the money on textbooks for this semester. The Shorthorn: Daniel Molina

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need help to prepare for law school and want guidance. Neeralee Patel, philosophy and art junior, participated in the focus group. She said it was important to

have an organized department for students interested in law school. She said the plethora of information on the Internet was confusing, and she felt the need for human guidance. “There are no set guidelines for getting into law school,” she said. “It’s im-

portant that we’re offered human assistance rather than Google assistance.” She said an advising center should help with networking opportunities and getting internships. “I went to a political science professor to get help with internships because we were on good terms, not

everyone can do that,” she said. A pre-law center would make such information and prospects available to whoever needed them, she said. Anne Dutia, UT-Dallas pre-law advising and resource assistant director, said it was important to have a pre-law center.

what’S on mtvU airs music videos, shows, student-generated content and infomercials encouraging involvement in issues.

After a semester-long hiatus, mtvU has made its return to the University Center. Two flat-screen televisions, provided at no cost by MTV, were installed on the right side of the food court last Friday after being removed in summer 2010. Programming on the channel includes music videos and mtvU shows, and features student-generated content. Short infomercials also run, encouraging involvement in causes like sustainability and peace in Sudan. David Albart, University Center operations director, said the original TVs were removed because the contract would not allow other stations to broadcast in the same area. He said mvtU approached UTA with a new agreement to allow more flexibility with the types of programming in certain areas. “The new contract allows us to have other TVs in the UC, as long as they are not on the same side,” he said. Student Congress passed a resolution during the fall 2010 semester supporting the return of mtvU programming to campus.

Student Congress President Aaron Resendez said he feels students will find the channel entertaining when they get used to the new programs being in the UC, but it may not be immediate as the TVs were just installed. “It will take a while for students to notice them again,” he said. Kinesiology senior Rami Kaskas said he doesn’t feel people come solely to watch TV. “It’s lunch time and people are eating,” he said, “They probably don’t care what is on TV.” Philosophy senior Derek Histen said he wasn’t very excited about the mtvU content and music videos. “It’s not something I would have on at home,” he said, “It’s kind of dull.” Along with mtvU’s programming, the Office of Information Technology airs warnings about dangerous habits like storing personal information on computers or not guarding against internet viruses.

She said the center at UT-Dallas helps prospective students, freshman, transfer students and alumni with law school applications and whatever else they need. “I have worked in law school admissions at the University of Michigan, and if UTA is getting a pre-law center it is a great idea,” she

said. Holt said the pre-law center at UTA would have a director to network with law schools in Texas and run the center to ensure students get into the law school of their choice.

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