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Easy on the breaks
Setting her own course
A tax break on textbooks may be helpful, but the state needs the money more, columnist says. OPINION | PAGE 4
Public relations junior Liz Bartelson’s love for volleyball drives her to overcome setbacks and bring back the volleyball club. SPORTS | PAGE 6
Quality upheld despite growth BY JOHN HARDEN The Shorthorn senior staff
Laura Garcia uses University College’s tutoring resources twice a week to help her with schoolwork. The nursing sophomore has to maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher to be accepted into the
university’s nursing program and relies on student services to help. President James Spaniolo said in a university forum Friday that University leaders have made it their mission to keep student services strong, benefiting students like Garcia amidst record enrollment and the unknown future of Texas’ 2012-13 budget. On Tuesday, the university reported an enrollment record
of 33,788, a 17.3 percent increase from spring 2010, a record achieved through increased retention and distance education classes, said Provost Donald Bobbitt. In a statement issued to the State Finance Committee in Austin last Wednesday, Spaniolo said rapid enrollment, reduced state funding and reduced financial aid is a toxic combination for students. However, with the 82nd
Legislature still in session, and the budget projection not definite, the university remains optimistic about its enrollment growth. “Enrollment in all class levels is up, which is a result of our retention and recruiting efforts,” Bobbitt said. “I don’t know if you’ve ever walked around the campus, but it’s popping.” ENROLL continues on page 3
Students school faculty, staff Students win, 32-28, in friendly game BY BIANCA MONTES The Shorthorn Staff
With less than 10 seconds on the board, Dannie Moore, Multicultural Affairs assistant director, made his last attempt across the court with the ball in his hands. As he went for the shot, business graduate student Everett Walker stole the ball and the buzzer rang. Students beat faculty and staff, 32-28, Tuesday night at the Maverick Activities Center basketball courts as a part of a face-off for Spirit Week. Zack Kulesz, Alumni Membership and Marketing assistant director, said the game was a good way for students to get to know faculty and staff. “It should have been part of homecoming,” said Lauren Miller, conference and marketing services coordinator. Miller, who was joined by colleagues, spent the game rooting for faculty and staff and playing defense from the SPIRIT continues on page 5
40,000 30,000 Enrollment totals
Spaniolo: UTA will not compromise resources because of new records.
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Pell Grant availability could see reductions BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn senior staff
Traivs Boren, Athletics Marketing and Promotions coordinator, dives to keep possession of the ball in the Faculty and Staff vs. Students Basketball Game at the Maverick Activities Center on Tuesday. The students won 32-28.
“I didn’t know they were going to put up such a fight.”
Spring 2011 enrollment has jumped 17.3% from spring 2010. Provost Donald Bobbitt attributes the growth to increased retention and distance education classes.
Recipients would have to find more sources for education funding.
The Shorthorn: Sandy Kurtzman
A GROWING TREND
The Federal Pell Grant program plays a critical role in students’ pursuit of degrees. Computer engineering junior Brent Burns said he wouldn’t have been able to enroll at UTA without the help of the grant because his family’s combined income is less than $20,000. “I think it’s a right to have a free education if your family can’t afford it,” he said. Under a new proposal by President Barack Obama, students like Burns may find college education tougher to
fund. Obama introduced his budget draft for fiscal year 2012 this week and includes financial aid reforms that could eliminate summer Pell Grants. The budget would end a program that subsidizes loans for graduate students. If the proposal is approved, interest would accrue while students complete graduate studies. “All of this is significant,” said Karen Krause, financial aid executive director. “It’s going to be up to the individual student, but they’ll have to look at the award we’re able to make and see if [attending summer classes] is something they feel like they can do.” GRANTS continues on page 3
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STUDENT LIFE MORE SPIRIT WEEK EVENTS WEDNESDAY Blue Out Game: Men’s Basketball vs. Stephen F. Austin • 7 p.m. at Texas Hall. • The UTA Ambassadors will be decked out in UTA gear Wednesday night at the Blue Out Game in Texas Hall. • Mr. and Ms. UTA will sing the fight song and pass out free Tshirts to the first 250 students at the game. THURSDAY MAVmazing Race [Also known as the Amazing Race] • 6 p.m. at The Gallery. • The UTA Ambassadors will host a race throughout campus, where contestants work their way to the finish
1 year later: Memories and tears
by answering questions about UTA trivia. • There is no need to sign up, just show up before 6 p.m. FRIDAY Spirit banner signing • Noon University Center mall. • Students are encouraged to come out to the University Center mall Friday to add their signature and legacy to the Spirit Banner that will be displayed during Homecoming weekend. The Shorthorn: Allyson Kaler
Sources: Mr. UTA Ricky Irving and Ms. UTA Miriam Zehaie
Jeff Hazelrigs, Student Congress Program director, right, helps up Melanie Johnson, Student Governance and Organizations graduate intern, at the Faculty and Staff vs. Student Basketball Game on Tuesday evening in the Maverick Activities Center. Students won the game by a final score of 32-28.
Departments collaborate on research Proximity of professors will foster cooperation, engineering dean says. BY JOHN HARDEN The Shorthorn senior staff
When Chaoqun Liu needed help understanding the cause
and effects of turbulence on aircrafts during flight, the mathematics professor sought help from the College of Engineering. He turned to the mechanical and aerospace engineering department to help fill in the missing details his numbers
could not solve. “Every department has weaknesses. I’m a numbers man. I know numbers,” he said. “Departments have to rely on another if it wants to fill in missing data.” Liu is the Center for Numerical Simulation and Mod-
eling director, a research group of mathematics, biology, mechanical and aerospace engineering faculty members, that provides services to organizations like NASA, the Air Force and Navy. RESEARCH continues on page 3
the paper scraps folded between the pages, reading her daughter’s old notes even more carefully than the author’s words. BY SARAH LUTZ “Her writing from those The Shorthorn staff books are amazing, and Every indication shows that gives me some comGladys Barrientos still lives fort, being in her room in her old bedroom on gives me peace,” Rosa the second floor Barrientos said. of her family’s “Little things like home on Armthat, it’s the only strong Drive. Her thing we have.” dresser drawers Among the deremain unkempt, tails of the room, her clothes scatit’s clear that the tered about and 21-year-old is her books tucked not returning to on the top shelf of her room or her her closet. mother’s life. The Gladys Barrientos, Her moth- psychology student emptiness creer, Rosa, often who died Feb. 4, ated by Gladys’ spends time there 2010 death on Feb. 4, reading the UTA 2010, may never psychology student’s cop- be filled her, mother said, ies of Tuesdays with Mor- but she hopes her family rie and Randy Pausch’s lecture series, pulling out MEMORIES continues on page 5
Feb. 4 marks the anniversary of Gladys Barrientos’ death.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
MAVERICK SPEAKERS SERIES
Diplomat speaks on US habits
Bill Nye tickets will be available starting Friday
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As a part of the Maverick Speakers Series, Bill Nye will speak on campus at 7:30 p.m. March 23 in Texas Hall. Nye is a science educator and comedian who is best known for his TV show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Tickets will be available at 8 a.m. Friday, the day after Baseball Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. speaks on campus. Approximately 2,700 tickets will be available. Nye will mark the end of the third season of the Maverick Speakers Series that has included past speakers such as journalist Lisa Ling, chef Rick Bayless and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Because of the high volume of interest in and outside of the UTA community, tickets will go fast, spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said. “There is a lot of external interest,” she said. “We really encourage people who claim tickets to go to the events.” Tickets to the event are free and can be found at utatickets.com.
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Injured Person, Medical Assist At 5:06 a.m. officers responded to a report of an overdose at Centennial Court apartments on 820 Bering Drive. The student was transported to the hospital. MONDAY Minor Accident At 4:09 p.m. a minor accident involving two vehicles occurred in Faculty Lot 15, which is located north of the Social Work Complex, on 211 Cooper St. There were no injuries and insurance information was exchanged. Minor Accident At 4:05 p.m. an officer responded to a minor accident involving two students’ vehicles at Lot 49, which is located east of Centennial Court apartments, on 1101 Cooper St. One student received a campus citation for causing the accident. Hit-and-Run Accident At 2:30 p.m. an officer investigated a hit-and-run accident at Lot 49 on 1101 Cooper St. A student pointed out the left rear bumper had been struck while parked and unattended. The case is active. Investigation At 12:03 p.m. a student requested a police escort when her ex-boyfriend attempted to talk to her while walking through Lot 49 at 101 Cooper St. Threat Assault At 11:15 a.m. a student reported that an unknown male made a threat against her while she attended class at the Life Science Building on 501 Nedderman Drive. The case is active.
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John Maresca, a distinguished diplomat and humanitarian, takes questions during J.R. Price’s class on Tuesday regarding education of the world of tomorrow. Maresca served as the University of Peace rector.
Rector John Maresca said educational changes must be made for US youth. BY VIDWAN RAGHAVAN The Shorthorn Staff
U.S. Ambassador John Maresca spoke about the need to change the U.S. education system to prepare youth for global crises such as climate change, poverty and overpopulation. The University of Peace rector, spoke in the Maverick Activities Center Lone Star Auditorium Tuesday as part of the College of Liberal Arts’ Festival of Ideas. Alumnus E. James Willrich said he came to the event because he was interested in education and found Maresca’s résumé impressive. “I’m interested in his perspective based on the current economic situation,” he said. Maresca said it was inevitable that the U.S. would have to change its consumption habits and lifestyle.
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“We’re doing all this on credit,” he said. “How long will we be able to pay for a lifestyle we just cannot afford?” He said U.S. education is nationalistic, similar to most other nations, and needs to change. Students need to be taught that they are part of the world rather than just a country, he said. Earlier, he spoke to a Juvenile Justice Systems class. His discussion with the class primarily dealt with the future of the U.S. depending on its involvement in global affairs. Maresca began by talking about his past, being raised by a single mother and doing odd jobs to supplement the family income since he was 14 years old. “It doesn’t hurt to work as a waiter, if you want to be a U.S. ambassador,” he joked, encouraging hard work. Maresca stressed the need for a coalition of scientists, nongovernmental organizations, private companies and governments. “We are a country that has
every culture in the world, but we still take ourselves out of world events,” he said. Criminal justice senior Richard Meeks, who attended the class lecture, said he was impressed by Maresca’s achievements despite being raised by a single parent. He agreed that a coalition of various groups was needed to deal with problems confronting the world. “He mentioned people in the world rubbing two bricks together into water and that was their food. It really got me thinking,” he said. Maresca said the U.S. would have to conform to global standards on many issues to retain its superpower status and deal with upcoming crises. “There is an American tendency to go by yourself, and that’s OK — if you can do it all by yourself,” he said.
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$2 Movie - Easy A : 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For more information, contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183.
TechnoScholar- Stuck in Traffic: Find DFW Roads with High Pollution Levels: 3-5 p.m. Central Library Room B20. Free. For information, contact Joshua Been at 817-272-5826.
Student Congress’s Concealed Carry Forum will take place Feb. 24. The forum will start at 6 p.m. in the University Center Rosebud Theatre. At the event, guest speakers will inform the audience about what the bill means for campuses. Guest speakers include senior lecturers Sarah Phillips and Randy Butler and Jaya Davis, criminology and criminal justice associate professor. Alejandro del Carmen, Criminology and Criminal Justice chair, will moderate the event. SC vice president Annie Liu encourages students, faculty and staff to attend. “It’s going to affect anybody and everybody in higher education,” she said. The following Tuesday, SC will vote to determine UTA’s stance on concealed carry on campus. Liu said everybody is welcome to attend the general body meeting, as well. The forum was originally scheduled for Feb. 3 but had to be postponed because of inclement weather. — Dustin L. Dangli
PERSONAVACATION by Thea Blesener
Men’s Basketball vs. Stephen F. Austin: 7 p.m. Texas Hall. Free for students, $8 for public. Wear blue. For more information, contact Jason Chaput at 817-272-7167.
Elect Her: Campus Women Win: 4:30-8 p.m. UC, Carlisle Suite. Free. For information, contact Cheyenne Hernandez at 817-272-2128.
Guest Brass Quintet Recital: 7:308:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall. Free. For more information, contact the Music Department at 817-272-3471.
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CAIRO â€” Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi, the head of the ruling council that took power from Hosni Mubarak on Friday, is the new leader of what many Egyptians hope will be a radical transformation of their nation. The 75-year-old career soldier will be one of the most scrutinized figures in Egypt in the months ahead when his council has promised to steer the country toward a democratic system, sealed by elections. But he is an unlikely steward for the task, a man said to be resistant to change and out of touch with the younger officer corps.
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one stitCh at a time Alumna Ursula Dickinson sews a dress Tuesday in the costume room of the Fine Arts Building. It will be used in Adding Machine, a play that opens Friday. Dickinson said this was her first time to volunteer making costumes and that she loves to volunteer. â€œI canâ€™t be an actress, but Iâ€™d like to help out behind the scenes,â€? she said.
â€˘ Current Pell Grant peryear maximum: $5,550 â€˘ Republican-proposed maximum: $4,705 â€˘ 2,600 students received Pell Grants in summer 2010 â€˘ More than 11,000 students received Pell Grants for spring 2011
students received Pell Grants last summer, and more than 11,000 students have received grants this semester. House republicans have presented a budget to finish fiscal year 2011. The budget would cut deeper into financial aid. Sean Brown, rep. Joe Bartonâ€™s, r-Arlington, communications director, said the $5,500 maximum Pell Grant would be reduced to $4,705 per year. â€œHis [rep. Bartonâ€™s] overall view is cuts across the
AUSTIN â€” State electricity managers had plenty of notice that an arctic cold front was headed for Texas and planned ahead for it, but power generators failed to provide electricity once the storm hit, utility bosses told lawmakers Tuesday. Company officials said they were disappointed with their performance and promised to do better. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is responsible for managing the stateâ€™s electric grid, asked generators for extra power ahead of the frigid weather that hit Texas on Feb. 2. But once the storm hit, 82 out of 550 generating systems either shut down or unexpectedly failed to start because they couldnâ€™t handle the cold weather.
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DALLAS â€” The NFL upped the ante again Tuesday for the 400 fans displaced by problems with temporary seats at the Super Bowl. Spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league e-mailed all the fans to offer either $5,000 or reimbursement for â€œactual documentedâ€? Super Bowl expenses, whichever figure is higher. The latest offer is the third and most valuable option for fans who had tickets but no seats in Cowboys Stadium for Green Bayâ€™s 31-25 victory against Pittsburgh on Feb. 6. The first offer was for $2,400 â€” three times the face value of the affected seats â€” and a ticket to next yearâ€™s Super Bowl. The league soon added a second option of a ticket to any future Super Bowl plus airfare and hotel costs.
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For Burns, itâ€™s not an option. â€œi wouldnâ€™t have the money for it,â€? he said. â€œit would push me back a semester - technically, even two semesters. it could cause me to graduate a year later.â€? Melody Barnes, White House domestic policy council director, said on a conference call with college journalists Tuesday, the decisions to make cuts are difficult, but ending the summer program is necessary. â€œit cost about 10 times more than was originally anticipated,â€? she said. â€œWe made some necessary cuts to the program so we could accommodate the number of students who are relying on Pell [Grants].â€? Krause said 2,600 UTA
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board,â€? Brown said. â€œin his mind, thereâ€™s not a program out there that couldnâ€™t use a haircut. Unfortunately, that includes education grants like the Pell Grant.â€? Brown said making difficult decisions in the shortterm will preserve futures in the long-term. â€œif we keep spending the way we are, the country is not going to be what they expect it to be when they get out of school,â€? Brown said. â€œFor lack of a better term, everybody is going to have to suck it up and find a way to make up that extra $845.â€? Krause said UTA students may be faced with difficult decisions. â€œClearly, the potential is there to make it a little more expensive for students to go to school,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™ll just have to see what comes through.â€?
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WASHINGTON â€” On a collision course over spending, House Republicans advanced a sweeping, $61 billion package of budget reductions on Tuesday despite a swift veto threat and a warning from President Barack Obama against unwise cuts â€œthat could endanger the recovery.â€? Congressional Democrats said the Republican cuts would reduce U.S. employment rather than add to it and leapt to criticize when House Speaker John Boehner said â€œso be itâ€? if jobs are lost among the ranks of federal employees. Spending legislation must be signed into law by March 4 to prevent a government shutdown that neither side says it wants. The GOP bill, separate from the 2012 budget Obama unveiled on Monday, covers spending for the fiscal year that ends on Sept. 30.
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Some of UTAâ€™s enrollment efforts include increasing online courses, which helped the College of Nursing experience a growth of 2,499 students compared to last spring, a 60.5 percent increase. â€œour [distance education courses] are very popular with students because they remove the limitations of time and geography,â€? Bobbitt said. retention and expansion of distance education have helped UTA reach record enrollment for the fourth consecutive semester since fall 2009. in a town hall meeting last week, Spaniolo expressed that enrollment growth is helpful for the university because it attracts students and quality faculty, but state budget cuts to higher education could affect college students statewide. â€œThatâ€™s a worst case scenario,â€? he said. â€œiâ€™m confident that it wonâ€™t come to that, and that weâ€™ll be more than oK.â€? Garcia said she relies on online courses to satisfy her core classes while maintaining a flexible schedule that helps her attend tutoring. â€œMy grades are important to me, and so far iâ€™m doing well,â€? she said. â€œrumors of budget cuts are scary, especially to a growing campus. Hopefully record enrollment will send a message to the governor and show him how cuts to education can hurt students.â€? Whether UTA receives less or the same amount of funds, the university will find ways to make sure its students succeed, Bobbitt said. â€œitâ€™s a balancing act for all state universities and the state,â€? he said. â€œThatâ€™s the nature of life. When challenges present themselves, we will meet them.â€?
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Bioengineering departments and Colleges of Science and engineering faculty. The $126 million building, which opened this year, is designed to provide more research space and act as an incentive for research, said engineering dean Bill Carroll. Having computer scientists, biomedical engineers and biologists in the same building will foster collaborations in biotechnology and related fields, he said. â€œThe expectation is that it will foster cooperation and collaborations that would not have occurred otherwise,â€? Carroll said. â€œThis will result by the researchers being in closer proximity to one another and to the new laboratory facilities.â€?
$42 million in restricted ex- one else in terms of making penditures, which are com- the resources available to our petitive grants that are re- researchers,â€? he said. â€œThere search specific, said university are other schools within the spokeswoman Kristin Sulli- system that are beginning to create an onvan. line model like Motivation ours, which could and the means to â€œWe are ahead eventually help us cultivate partner- of everyone else expand collaboraships are necessary for effective in terms of mak- tion.â€? According to c o l l a b o r a t i o n s ing the resources the Texas Higher and vital to in- available to our education Coorcreasing UTAâ€™s dinating Board, competitiveness researchers.â€? the university will for grants and monitor collabofunding, Bobbitt donald bobbitt provost ration by tracksaid. ing the number The office of research continues to devel- of collaborative projects, the op and expand the Faculty number of institutions inProfile System and Collabora- volved and the number of new tive Partnership, an online faculty. The most recent sign of database for locating faculty with complementary skills ei- UTAâ€™s collaborative efforts ther at UTA or contributing is the engineering research Building. The building houses institutions. â€œWe are ahead of every- the Computer Science and
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Pro-Lifer dollars shouldn’t cover abortions
Budget cuts don’t have to hurt
Taxpayers’ money should not go toward Planned Parenthood’s funding
lanned Parenthood is in the spotlight again as an undercover video, released by Live Action, an antiabortion activist group, showing a man who says he is in the sex business and manages women. In the video, he gets advice from a Planned Parenthood staffer. The man asks about how to get abortions for girls as young as 14 years old. The video speaks for itself. I urge everyone to watch the video at liveaction.org. Why should taxpayers who are opposed to abortion for moral, ethical or religious ELIZABETH reasons have their taxes doled out to a PAGE group that makes millions of dollars performing abortions? This is an injustice. Planned Parenthood shouldn’t receive any funding from the federal government. According to Planned Parenthood’s Page is a journalism 2007-2008 annual senior and guest report, its clinics per- columnist for The formed more than Shorthorn. 305,000 abortions in 2007 and 4,900 re- Join the discussion ferrals were made to by commenting at adoption agencies. The cost of an abor- theshorthorn.com. tion at a Planned Parenthood Surgical Center is $350 to $950 in the first trimester. If all 305,000 abortions were performed at $350, then Planned Parenthood could have made $107 million on abortions. Sadly, the numbers keep going up. Why does Planned Parenthood need $350 million in federal funding? Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit organization that reported it had $85 million in excess revenue over expenses in 2008. That sounds like profit to me. Federal funding for Planned Parenthood needs to end immediately. If people believe Planned Parenthood is an honest and worthy organization, then they can donate their money. Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill. According to Planned Parenthood’s website, they state that “abortions are very common. In fact, more than 1 out of 3 women in the U.S. have an abortion by the time they are 45 years old.” Abortion is a big deal, and it’s a shame it’s common. This is a human rights violation. Abortion is a disregard for human life. In a few years, when you walk your child to class on his or her first day of school and take a look at all the wide-eyed children smiling, think about kids who aren’t there because a pinhead Planned Parenthood employee convinced an ignorant woman that an abortion was the right decision. Abortion is not an option that the government should have its hand in. Planned Parenthood should be funded by individuals who support abortion, not by the tax dollars of those who oppose abortion.
DISCOMBOBULATION by Houston Hardaway
UTA needs to be more thoughtful about what to do to protect students Less trash cans is one way Facilities Management hopes to save some money for the university during these trying economic times. It’s a good start, but to save jobs and keep tuition reasonable, more cuts like these need to happen. The university, which spends more than $200,000 a year on waste management, is acting responsibly by cutting down on operations that won’t affect students, faculty and other staff directly. The administration should pursue all similar opportunities. These measures are important because the current budget situation, a state shortfall of up to $27 billion, has put UTA in a position where it must scrutinize where each dollar goes while trying to stay the course to
Tier One, national recognition through research. Under a proposal in the Texas Legislature, UTA would have to make do without $37 million for the 2012-2013 biennium. UTA is making headway, though, with reductions for this fiscal year totaling $10.5 million. UTA will stay afloat, but administrators need to ensure students’ quality of education isn’t harmed by the removal of faculty, staff and other valuable resources. The university shouldn’t remove any more positions. In fact, UTA could be most successful at tightening its budget if it further indulges in its on-campus talents. That means incorporating more class projects with initiatives and programs implemented by UTA, such as construction
projects. For example, engineering, science, architecture and urban planning students and faculty could have a role in College Park District construction. Or business students could get involved in trimming the budget. A fresh eye could be helpful. Administrators also can look more into such operations by assessing their surroundings. For example, less trash cans could be applied for the entire campus. Standing on the University Center mall, one could locate more than a dozen places to dispose waste. The university should continue to make creative spending cuts to ensure the university’s mission to promote student success isn’t compromised. — The Shorthorn editorial board
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Think before we cut
y fellow Mavericks, I am sure most of you know Texas is facing one of its worst budget crises ever. Our state comptroller has calculated that Texas faces up to a $27 billion budget shortfall for the upcoming biennium. To compensate for shortfalls, state institutions have been asked repeatedly to cut budgets, and higher education has carried a great portion of these cuts. State institutions of higher education have been asked to cut their budgets in a series of small percentage reductions, amounting to 7.5 percent overall. The initial 5 percent cut to higher education amounted to approximately $518 million, or 41.47 percent of the state’s total budget recalls. This number is perplexing when we consider that higher education only represents 12.5 percent of Texas’ annual budget. It is obvious that institutions of higher learning are being asked to compensate much more than other areas of spending. Second in reductions to higher education is Health and Human Services, which has cut $205 million from its budget. Noticing these disproportionate cuts, we students, the stakeholders in higher educa-
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Tax breaks may help students, but Texas needs that revenue during this budget crisis KENT LONG Long is an organizational communication senior, UT System Student Advisory Council vice chairman and guest columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at theshorthorn.com. tion, need to make informed opinions on legislation relating to higher education. One such item of legislation is Senate Bill 52 from Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo. Zaffirini is a champion of education in Texas. SB 52, accompanied by House Bill 455 from Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-San Benito, would create a tax-free holiday on textbooks, if passed. At face value, this seems like a great idea that I would fervently support, given it was introduced when the state was not in such a budget crisis. If passed, these bills would take tax revenue away from
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the state in a time when state institutions are being asked to make drastic fiscal cuts. Zaffirini introduced SB 52 in the previous Legislature with an attached fiscal note projecting a negative impact of approximately $68 million for the biennium ending Aug. 31. Are these dollars that we want to take from our already struggling state? The individual student gain is negligible to the impact these bills would have on the state tax revenue. At some point, we must think beyond our own immediate needs and look at the greater impact that these bills would have on us and others in the long run. Our time would be much better used advocating alternative methods to easing the cost of education on Texas students. I have introduced a resolution in our Student Congress asking for its opposition to SB 52. Again, I must reiterate that I believe this bill has the potential to be very beneficial to students, but not in a time when state budget shortfalls are being compensated by cuts to higher education. I hope my fellow students at UTA will agree that frugality is next to timeliness.
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will find justice in court on Feb. 28. She said she hopes the driver who struck Gladysâ€™ vehicle will find the light. â€œThis was not an accident,â€? she said. â€œThis was something he made happen when he fled from the police. . . that was no accident, that was a choice.â€?
11:45 p.m. Feb. 4 It was a cold night when Tyrone Lee Sims II, 23, was pulled over in Duncanville for a routine traffic stop. As the police officer approached his Chevy Tahoe, Sims took off. He ran a red light and struck Gladys Barrientosâ€™ Honda Civic. She was pronounced dead later at Methodist Charlton Medical Center. Sims was not a repeat offender or a career criminal. He was taken to the Duncanville police station and then later to the DeSoto police station. Sims, who has been charged with murder, will be tried Feb. 28 in front of Judge Susan Hawk at the 291st District Court in Dallas. His court date has moved back six times so far, but Rosa Barrientos said she is hopeful this one will stay. Simsâ€™ attorney Robertson Phillip said neither side has been prolonging the case, but itâ€™s normal in timing and scheduling, considering itâ€™s a murder case.
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Phillip said the Sims family is grief stricken for the Barrientosâ€™. â€œIâ€™ve never had a family that has expressed more sympathy for what happened to the victim,â€? he said.
The last dance The night of her death, Gladys Barrientos and her mother parted ways like they always did: a tango in the kitchen. â€œWe would fall and most likely be on the floor laughing our heads off,â€? Rosa Barrientos said. Gladys Barrientos went to Bible studies on Thursday evenings. Gladysâ€™ mother would usually take a nap then wake up, so they could chat. â€œAt exactly 11:45 p.m. something had woke me up,â€? she said. â€œI ran to her room, and I honestly think that was her that came to tell me.â€? Ten minutes later, the police knocked on her door. Rosa Barrientos said the officer could only tell them to rush to the hospital, because Gladys was in an accident before he himself started crying. The silent five minute drive to the hospital felt like an hour to Rosa Barrientos and her husband, Carlos Barrientos. â€œIn my head and his head youâ€™re thinking the worst, except that sheâ€™s dead,â€? Rosa Barrientos said. â€œI thought maybe sheâ€™s going to be on a machine... all kinds of things trying to accept that tragedy happened.â€?
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she couldnâ€™t leave her family, Rosa Barrientos said. Lauren Birks, Gladysâ€™ best â€œMaybe that was God tellfriend and UT-Austin psy- ing her, â€˜Youâ€™re going to be chology student, has accepted with us only a little longer,â€™â€? there is â€œno moving on.â€? But she said. â€œâ€˜So stay with your she said sheâ€™s thankful to re- family.â€™â€? main close with the BarrienShe struggled to choose tos family, even though she a major once she started wishes it was Gladys Barri- school, but picked psychology entos at her siblingsâ€™ soccer because she wanted to help games instead of her. people, Rosa Barrientos said. â€œI think itâ€™s unfair that Iâ€™m â€œThat was very typical. still here, and sheâ€™s not,â€? Birks She would always help out,â€? said. â€œI even find it unfair Rosa Barrientos said. â€œShe that she died and thought she the guy that hit â€œWhen 11:45 p.m. on was already a her lived, without psychologist.â€? a scratch on him, Feb. 4. hit, I was a Gladys that doesnâ€™t make mess. Thereâ€™s just Barrientos sense to me.â€? would be Birks has no way around that, g r a d u a t i n g known Gladys because in that inthis semester Barrientos since stance youâ€™re think- and possibly they were in elbe working on ementary school. ing, â€˜This is when going to gradShe became her your life was over.â€™â€? uate school, best friend on the Birks said. high school wres- Lauren Birks, Her love for Gladysâ€™ best friend and UTtling team. helping peoâ€œShe was my Austin psychology student ple extended best friend. And beyond her that encomcareer and her passed her not only being a family to a tightly knit group friend, but she was also my of friends, she said. Instead of partner when it came to wres- having a lot of friends, Gladys tling,â€? Birks said. â€œHer family Barrientos was the type to is my family.â€? keep a few very close. â€œThe friends she did have very, very near and dear A life dedicated to were to her,â€? Birks said. â€œIf somehelping loved ones one else hurt her friend, then you might as well have hurt Gladys Barrientos received her.â€? a full scholarship to the University of Oklahoma for wrestling. When the time came One year later to go, she told her mother On the anniversary of
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Gladys Barrientosâ€™ death, Birks was at work. She talked to Rosa Barrientos the night before and suggested that she go to bed early, so Barrientos would not even be awake during the actual anniversary, Birks said she wished sheâ€™d done the same. â€œWhen 11:45 p.m. on Feb. 4. hit, I was a mess,â€? Birks said. â€œThereâ€™s just no way around that, because in that instance youâ€™re thinking, â€˜This is when your life was over.â€™â€? Rosa Barrientos said she still loves to talk about her daughter, the more she talks about her, the more alive she remains. She sighs between sentences and sprinkles in jokes when it gets tough, like her daughterâ€™s love of photographing herself. â€œThis is the hardest thing weâ€™ve ever had to do,â€? Rosa Barrientos said. â€œEvery day instead of getting better, it seems like itâ€™s getting worse because youâ€™re not in shock anymore; everythingâ€™s real.â€? The house was full of family members on the anniversary of Gladysâ€™ death. After dinner, the family looked at photos and watched her old tapes. Her mother returns to her room when she is happy or sad. Sometimes her little brother, Edgar, sleeps in her bed. â€œItâ€™s like a sanctuary for us,â€? she said. â€œWe go there and we cry.â€? Sarah Lutz email@example.com
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crowd. Elsa Corral, administrative assistant to the President, cheered the loudest for the faculty and staff team. Although the staff put up a fight against the students and were intense with defense, biology senior Jerome Kirby said the facultyâ€™s ages would hinder the team. Kulesz scored 12 points for the team and said he was trying to show off, but Walker was a handful. â€œWe had to get physical to slow them down,â€? Kulesz said, commenting on their defensive strategy. Staff and faculty took off with a burst of energy, scoring the first four points of the second half, but the all-together team effort of the students led them to their victory. â€œI didnâ€™t know they were going to put up such a fight,â€? Walker said walking off of the court. As part of the first annual Spirit Week, Mr. UTA Ricky Irving and Ms. UTA Miriam Zehaie said a lot of work went into planning the game and they were very proud of the results. â€œI hope that this can become a tradition,â€? Mr. UTA Ricky Irving said.
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UTA dropped from first place in the SLC West down to a tie with UTSA for fourth place. By Josh Bowe
Team UCLA San Diego Augusta State Washington Arizona State Tennessee San Diego State Arkansas Oregon State UC Davis Long Beach State UTA Colorado
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Dr. Jekyll, meet the Mavericks. They’ve already been introduced to your friend, Mr. Hyde. In their last three conference losses to Texas State, Sam Houston State and UT-San Antonio; the Mavericks allowed teams to shoot 54 percent from the field in the second half. That’s a far cry from the conference-leading 39.4 percent the Mavericks held opponents in conference play before their recent 1-3 slide. The four-game stretch dropped the Mavericks from first place in the West Division, to a tie for fourth: one spot above last place Texas A&MCorpus Christi. Head coach Scott Cross wishes he could find a direct answer to solving the problem, but it’s been difficult for him so far. “If I knew the answer, I’d definitely make an adjustment,” he said. “You’ve got to give [Texas State] a little bit of credit. They hit shot after shot, and a lot of them were tough shots that they hit.” The Mavericks have held opponents to an average of 27 points in the first halves of the last three losses. In contrast, they’ve also allowed an average of 48.7 points in the second half in the last three losses. That’s a 21.7 point differential between the two halves. The common word thrown out between Cross and his players is “intensity.” For reasons the players and coaches can’t explain, the energy and intensity has been lacking coming out of the locker room after halftime.
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Junior forward LaMarcus Reed drives toward the basket as junior guard Bradley Gay defends during practice Tuesday afternoon in Texas Hall. The Mavericks will play Stephen F. Austin at 7 tonight in Texas Hall.
“Especially at Texas State, there was a drop of intensity,” Cross said. “That happens when the other team’s hitting shots, and you’re not hitting shots and turning the ball over.” The Mavericks offense hasn’t been compensating for its defensive struggles. UTA shot an average of 41 percent in the second halves of the three recent losses. Sophomore guard Cameron Catlett feels the Maverick defense has let downs after a poor offensive possession. “When we turn the ball over, that means we have to play defense more often,” he said. “Our morality after a turnover is not as high as opposed to after a
bucket.” Catlett is confident the energy and intensity will improve if the Mavericks can just get a couple of more shots to go down. “If we get a bucket, we’re pumped up,” he said. “We think, ‘Let’s get a stop, and then get another bucket,’ as opposed to when we turn the ball over we’re like, ‘Ah, we’ve got to go down and play defense again.’” Junior forward LaMarcus Reed feels it is too late in the season for the Mavericks to come apart. Sitting even in the conference at 5-5, Reed knows this is a crucial part of the season for his team. “We’re at the point of the
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season where we can’t afford to break down mentally on defense,” he said. “We’re still trying to fight for a high seed in the tournament.” Josh Bowe
KEYS TO THE GAME Find a third scorer: In five of their seven wins this season, the Mavericks had three players finish the game in doublefigures. If they can find a third scorer to complement seniors Tamara Simmons and Shalyn Martin, who are averaging double-figures this season, they will greatly improve their chances. That could be freshman Briana Walker, who had 16 points to help the Mavericks rout Texas State on Saturday. Shalyn Martin can’t get into foul trouble: Last time the Mavericks played the Ladyjacks, Martin picked up her third foul with 4:42 to play in the first half and spent the rest of the half on the bench. She was able to play most of the second half, but picked up her fourth foul with 7:25 left. She returned late and still scored 18 points, but if she stays out of foul trouble, she could score more than 18 points and help the Mavericks get a win. Get the defensive rebound: The Lumberjacks had 25 offensive rebounds against the Mavericks the last time they met. The Ladyjacks are second in Southland Conference play in offensive rebounds, averaging 16.2 a game. The Mavericks are going to need to crash the boards on defense. If they can they will have a chance of beating the Ladyjacks. – Travis Detherage
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After being cut from the UTA volleyball team in spring 2010, public relations junior Liz Bartelson wanted to lead the UTA volleyball club. Bartelson is the club’s president and is an assistant coach for the Texas Advantage Volleyball club in Fort Worth.
Liz Bartelson overcomes setbacks and paperwork for her love of volleyball By Charlie Vann The Shorthorn staff
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Volleyball is a way of life for Liz Bartelson. The public relations junior has been playing volleyball since she was 10 years old and, despite getting released from her walk-on role on the UTA team, she won’t give up. When Bartelson graduated from a Burlington, Wis. high school in 2008, she’d already sent recruiting videos and made phone calls around the nation. She got a bite from UT-permian Basin, but she said she was told to look into a Division-III school. She took that advice and enrolled at UT-Tyler to play volleyball. That season, Bartelson recorded 165 kills, 499 assists and 140 digs. But leaving a small town in Wisconsin for another one in Texas made her realize it was time to move to a bigger area. “I grew up in a really small town,” she said. “I wanted to get out of that scene.” She transferred to UTA in 2009 not expecting to keep playing the sport she loves, but stumbled across the UTA volleyball club’s website and
decided to join. The club played in the fall of 2009, but ended up folding that spring. players didn’t come to practice, paperwork didn’t get filed and the club went defunct. She contacted Diane Seymour, the head coach of UTA volleyball team, who allowed her to practice with the team. She earned a spot on the roster last spring, but according to Seymour the athletic department made a decision to cut walk-on players, citing the tough economic year. But during her one spring career, Bartelson still left an impression on Seymour. “She was very energetic,” she said. “[She was] just a really great teammate to be around.” Needing to play volleyball, Bartelson decided to get the club team back together and took over as acting president. She wanted to give the club a fresh start. “We are a lot more organized now,” she said. “We are a lot more disciplined.” Taking over as president meant taking on loads of paperwork, but that didn’t stop
her from stepping up to bring the team back into existence. “I was willing to dedicate my time in making sure that everything was organized,” she said. She posted fliers and tapped into an unknown market of students looking to play competitive volleyball. She rounded up nine other players and started competing in tournaments. Accounting freshman and libero Beth Robinson said her dedication to the sport is evident on and off the court. “She’s really hardworking and dedicated,” she said. Bartelson takes her love for the sport outside of school and applies it to coaching 13-yearolds. She’s an assistant coach for the Texas Advantage Volleyball club in Fort Worth. But she won’t stop playing her favorite sport after she graduates. In fact, she said she hopes to keep playing in USA Volleyball adult leagues, which are found in nearly every major area, including North Texas. Charlie Vann firstname.lastname@example.org