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SC to take stance on concealed carry Senators will discuss and deliver the student body’s decision to Austin in March. BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn senior staff

Student Congress will vote tonight in favor or opposition of a bill that sits before the 82nd Texas Legislature that would permit con-


Women discuss the trials of war

cealed handgun license holders to carry weapons on campus. SC President Aaron Resendez said he doesn’t know how the vote will go. “I’m waiting to see what kind of debate Congress has,” he said. Resendez and a six-person delegation hope to deliver the stance to legislators in March. “Being the second largest institu-

tion in the UT System, I think it’s our obligation to speak on behalf of 33,000 students,” he said. Resendez said SC used several tools to gather student feedback on the issue. Efforts included hosting a forum last week during which senators met with attendees and a Maverick Opinion Board that gave students the opportunity to voice opinions by writing sticky notes and

attaching them on boards placed around campus. “We’re having senators talk to constituents, and we’ve received emails and read the editorials in The Shorthorn,” he said. Jeff Hazelrigs, Liberal Arts senator, said he was able to speak with 10 to 15 constituents at the forum. CONCEALED continues on page 3

WHEN AND WHERE Student Congress will vote in favor or opposition of concealed carry on campus. When: 6 tonight Where: Student Congress Chambers, lower level University Center SC will travel to Austin to relay the opinion to legislators this month.

‘Platanos y Collard Greens’ confronts cultural issues.

The 25th annual Women’s History Month lecture series will include four events. BY STEPHANIE KNEFEL The Shorthorn staff

The UTA community can look at the ties between women and war as a part of Women’s History Month. Women’s Studies will hold a series of guest lecturers throughout March. The topic this year is Women and War. Desiree Henderson, Women’s Studies interim chair, said the speakers will bring diverse individual perspectives about women and how war affects them positively or negatively. “The ironic situation is women in war-torn countries tend to deal with greater harshness, but in the United States, the military can be an opportunity for women to advance socially and politically,” Henderson said. Doris Buss, associate law professor at Carleton University, Ottawa,

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From left: Actors Karina Ortiz and Edgar Moore Jr. portray two young college students that fall in love and break cultural barriers in the process in Platanos and Collard Greens Monday night in the Rosebud Theatre. The play began Diversity Week and was hosted by Multicultural Affairs along with EXCEL Campus Activites.

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Bill Nye tickets sell Wednesday Tickets to attend a roundtable discussion with Bill Nye will be available 8 a.m. Wednesday at After tickets for Nye’s Maverick Speakers Series lecture at 7:30 p.m. March 23 sold out in four hours, UTA’s fastest selling speaker of the series, the roundtable discussion moved from Nedderman Hall to Bill Nye, Emmy2,709 seat Texas award winning Hall, allowing television host for more attendees. The roundtable at 3:30 p.m. March 23 is part of the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students and will feature a discussion between a four-member panel and Nye on the current state of science. After the discussion, audience members can ask Nye questions. The roundtable is only open to the UTA community, while the lecture is open to the public. The event is free to attend but requires a ticket. — Vidwan Raghavan

BY MELANIE GRUBEN The Shorthorn staff

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Toi Williams dances on stage as he plays the supportive father in Platanos and Collard Greens Monday night in the Rosebud Theatre.

An interracial couple sat on the Rosebud Theatre stage, deep in intimate discussion, when a Latina woman’s voice cried out over the speakers, “Angelita! What is that black boy doing in my house?” A touring play from New York, Platanos y Collard Greens, brought to UTA drama, spoken word poetry, dance and music in reflection of the conflict and connections between black and Latino cultures throughout American history Monday night. Written by David Lamb, the play told the story of black college student Freeman Woodson and Dominican college student Angelita Cimarones who fall in love and face prejudice from their families and the outside world. The event was hosted by Multicultural Affairs and sponsored by EXCEL Campus Activities with a grant from Target.

The Rosebud Theatre was less than half full with 80 attendees, but erupted in cheers when actor Taylor Preston shouted out, “If you’re ready for platanos, and you’re ready for collard greens, let me hear you make some noise!” Edgar Moore, who played Freeman Woodson, said upon seeing the smallness of the crowd, the actors were at first disheartened. However, the energy of the crowd made up for the size, he said. “Once they responded after that first scene, we knew it was going to be good,” Moore said with a grin. Moore said his true goal with this production was to make people feel good. Actors should “make them feel good, make them forget about what BS is going on in their lives, at least for three hours,” he said The play’s language blurred the line between diaPLATANOS continues on page 6


Cluck declares American Red Cross month UTA Volunteers and Mission Arlington offer volunteer opportunities for the month. BY ALI AMIR MUSTANSIR The Shorthorn senior staff

Volunteering springs to life on campus as American Red Cross month begins. Arlington mayor Robert Cluck declared March 2011 American Red Cross month as part of a long-standing national tradition made annually since 1943, when

President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared March 1943 ‘Red Cross Month.’ Lynn Handley, American Red Cross Chisholm Trail chief communications officer, said the organization requested the proclamation from the city. “We ask mayors of every city and community to also declare [the month] to raise awareness,” she said. Handley said there are a number of things volunteers are trained for at the Red Cross. She

said health and safety volunteers may be trained in CPR, first aid or as a lifeguard, while disasterrelated volunteers may be trained to assess damages or to assist victims and relief workers on site by providing snacks and drinks. All Red Cross volunteers must submit to a background check, Handley said. She said the check is like one a person would have when applying for a job. People with problematic backCROSS continues on page 3

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES UTA Volunteers will volunteer at the following: • Oxfam Hunger Banquet: Participants get to experience what buying power people of different social and economic groups have. 6-9 tonight in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. • Movin’ Mavs Obstacle Course at MAVfest: Participants can experience daily wheelchair life. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 2 University Center mall. • Arbrook Retirement Community: Ongoing program for volunteers to visit with retirement community residents.

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Intramural Table Tennis: 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. tournament starts. Maverick Activities Center. Free. For information, contact Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.

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MavTalk Mind Emotion Wellness Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. University Center Palo Duro Lounge. Free. For information, contact Cynthia Bing at cynthia. or 817-272-3671.

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Support The Big Event: Change for The Big Event: Noon to 2 p.m. Central Library mall. For information, contact Jonathan Lim at jonathan.lim@uta. edu or 817-272-2963.

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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 Harassment Officers met with a student at 4:51 p.m. at Davis Hall, 701 S. Nedderman Drive. The student reported her ex-boyfriend was harassing her by phone. The case is still active. Disturbance At 1:16 a.m., an officer went to Center Point apartments, 900 S. Center St., to investigate a disturbance. Minor in possession of Alcohol Officers investigated a disturbance call at 12:08 a.m. at Arbor Oak apartments, 1008 Greek Row Drive. Five minors received city citations for consuming alcohol, four of them students. SATURDAY Criminal Mischief or Vandalism A student reported at 7 p.m. that the driver side front and rear doors of his vehicle were scratched while unattended near the UTA Bookstore, 400 S. Pecan St. The case is still active. Injured Person Medical Assist A student was transported at 1:26 p.m. to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth from the University Center for non-life threatening injuries. Traffic stop An officer conducted a traffic stop at 1:35 a.m. near the Architecture Building, 601 W. Nedderman Drive.


CORRECTIONS Bring factual errors to The Shorthorn’s attention via e-mail to editor.shorthorn@uta. edu or call 817-272-3188. A correction or clarification will be printed in this space. News Front Desk ......................... 817-272-3661 News after 5 p.m........................ 817-272-3205 Advertising ................................. 817-272-3188 Fax ............................................. 817-272-5009 UC Lower Level Box 19038, Arlington, Texas 76019 Editor in Chief ........................ Dustin L. Dangli Managing Editor ................... Vinod Srinivasan

UTA Softball vs. Texas State: 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Allan Saxe Field. Free for students, $5 for public. For ticket information, contact Jason Chaput at 817-272-7167. Inroads Information Session: 4-7 p.m. Business Building Room 609. Free. For information, contact the Career Center at or 817272-2932. Oxfam Hunger Banquet: 6-9 p.m. UC Bluebonnet Ballroom. Free, must pre-register. For information, contact UTA Volunteers at utavolunteers@ or 817-272-2963. UTA Music Bassoon Week Recital: 7:308:30 p.m. Fine Arts Building Room 105. Free. For information contact the music department at or 817-272-3471.

Vernon Wall presents “The 10 Myths of Social Justice”: 1:30-3 p.m. UC mall. Free. For information, contact Multicultural Affairs at multicultural_ or 817-272-2099.

“It’s a Maverick World” Interracial Relationships Exhibit: All day. The Gallery. Free. For information, contact Multicultural Affairs at 817-272-2099.

UTA Baseball vs. Oklahoma: 3 p.m. Clay Gould Park. Free for students, $5 for public. For ticket information, contact Jason Chaput at 817-272-7167.

Philanthropy Project: Women’s Shelter Drive: All day. UC Gallery. For information, contact Multicultural Affairs at

Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UTA Veterans: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For information, contact Erin O’Malley at Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For information, contact Erin O’Malley at What You Wish the World Could Be: Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For information, contact Erin O’Malley at Art Exhibition in The Gallery: “Sedrick Huckaby & Barbra Riley”: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery. Free. For information, contact Patricia Healy at or 817-272-5658.

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Banquet brings cultural awareness to students UTA Volunteers will hold the Oxfam Hunger Banquet to demonstrate the impact global economic situations have on food. The banquet, at 6 tonight in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom, will give a broader scope on other situations around the world, Big Event Director Tiffany Kaminski said. BANQUET “Everyone has a narrow mind when it comes to his When: 6 p.m. or her own economic situaWhere: Unition,” she said. versity CenKaminski said parter Bluebonticipants receive a random net Ballroom number when they arrive Cost: Free, and will be separated globsuggested ally by that number. three canned “It is all random,” she food item said. “If you were to sit with donation Japan, you would dine on the floor and eat sushi or fried rice.” Admission to the banquet is free with a suggested donation of three canned food items. All food donations will be donated to the Tarrant Area Food Bank. — Bianca Montes


Ad project develops into internship Students receive in-field experience with Aramark from a class assignment. BY STEPHANIE KNEFEL The Shorthorn staff

Senior Richard Sparacin and junior Lucille Wong, communication majors focused in advertising, participated in a service-learning experience for class during the fall semester and walked away as professional interns for Aramark food services for the spring semester. Communication assistant professor Luis Lopez-Preciado wanted his students to get involved with the UTA community. After a class vote, they decided to create an advertising campaign for the University Club eatery in Davis Hall, which Aramark works with. The class was divided into two campaign groups with Wong and Sparacin as separate group leaders. The task was to attract and focus on the dining services customer base of faculty, staff and alumni. Sparacin said he was shocked when the class assignment turned into an internship opportunity. “I was so excited,” Sparacin said. “I felt like all the effort and work that was directed towards the campaign paid off.” Dining Services Director Elizabeth Cheong said as interns, the two worked to promote the eatery. “They have planned and executed the social mixer event, which invited staff and faculty to RSVP to try out and vote for new menu items that will appear in the new University Club menu,” she said. “Richard and Lucy handled most of the promotions for the event, including ad design and creation, as well as the actual event execution.” She said their professional skills were noticeable early on. “It was apparent from day one of their internship,” she said. “They’re also creative and opinionated. On top of it all, they’re consistent and

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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Communication senior Richard Sparacin and junior Lucille Wong review a campaign last Tuesday in the Fine Arts Building lab. Sparacin and Wong worked on different teams and built separate advertising campaigns for the University Club. Aramark chose the two for spring internships this semester.

communicative. They’ve been trustworthy since day one.” Wong said her advice for other students who want to get their foot in the door is to make sure you’re passionate about the work you are pursuing. “I would say have perseverance, enjoy what you do and be optimistic,” she said. “You really have to work hard for things you want in this life, and it pays off.” Some of their daily tasks include passing out flyers, working on ads, talking to faculty and brainstorming with each other for future ideas.

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One thing Sparacin has learned in his leap from student to intern is how to be effective at selling a message. “Learning how to sell food is not hard,” he said. “Learning how to sell an idea and keep people interested is the hard part.” Lopez-Preciado said the two students’ work ethics blend well together. “They both have an amazing work ethic,” he said. “They have different strengths. Lucy is much more structured in what would be considered working behind the scenes.

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Richard is very much a people person. In areas where she can improve, he covers for her, and where he could improve, she covers for him.” Sparacin said the driving force behind the work was not for grades or profits, but as a thank you to the faculty. “We were doing it to help the faculty that teaches and takes care of us every day,” he said.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON 91ST YEAR, © THE SHORTHORN 2011 All rights reserved. All content is the property of The Shorthorn and may not be reproduced, published or retransmitted in any form without written permission from UTA Student Publications. The Shorthorn is the student newspaper of the University of Texas at Arlington and is published in the UTA Office of Student Publications.

STEPHANIE KNEFEL Opinions expressed in The Shorthorn are not necessarily those of the university administration.




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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A long-awaited trial began Monday for two former Argentine dictators who allegedly oversaw a systematic plan to steal babies born to political prisoners three decades ago. Jorge Videla and Reynaldo Bignone are accused in 34 cases of infants who were taken from mothers held in Argentina’s largest clandestine torture and detention centers, the Navy Mechanics School in Buenos Aires and the Campo de Mayo army base northwest of the city. Also on trial are five military figures and a doctor who attended to the detainees. The case was opened 14 years ago at the request of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, a leading human rights group.


Day care fire kills 4 children left alone HOUSTON — A Houston home day care operator left the kids she was caring for without adult supervision, while a stovetop burner was on, before a deadly blaze that killed four of the children and injured three others, according to an arrest affidavit made public Monday. Investigators believe the burner was the source of the fire last week at the day care run by Jessica Tata, 22, who has been charged with reckless injury to a child involving serious bodily injury. The charge carries a sentence of two to 10 years in prison. She had not been arrested by early Monday afternoon. Houston Fire Department investigators said in the affidavit that two of Tata’s neighbors described seeing her drive up on Thursday and go into the home where the day care center was located, then hearing her screaming seconds after she went in the front door.

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WASHINGTON — In a concession over his divisive health care overhaul, President Barack Obama offered Monday to let unhappy states design alternative plans as long as they fulfill the goals of his landmark law. Addressing the nation’s governors, Obama also challenged state chiefs who have sought to balance their budgets through weakening unions and curbing employees’ benefits, telling them that they should not demonize workers.

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is why many CHl holders get insurance coverage in case of an accusation of civil or criminal liability. No matter what, a CHl holder has an immense amount of responsibility when choosing to use his or her weapon in self-defense.� At the forum, Phillips said the bill would allow schools to develop their own policy regarding concealed handguns in residence halls. Until the law changes, assistant police chief rick Gomez said students should remember all guns are still illegal on campus. “The law right now is that they cannot carry a concealed handgun on campus,� he said. “if they do, we would deal with it accordingly.�

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DETROIT — A Michigan man posed as a psychologist and persuaded mothers across the country to sexually assault their children as a form of therapy, then send him the images of the attacks, authorities said Monday. Since authorities arrested him in October, seven children were rescued and at least three mothers have been arrested. Prosecutors say all of the children are now safe.

Music senior Manuel Gonzales practices tossing his saber Monday at the Fine Arts Building. Gonzales is part of White Gold, an independent color guard team that performs in the metroplex. They will compete in the Austin Regional Color Guard competition Saturday at Lehman High School, Kyle, Texas.

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“i think the students came out and had very good and strong opinions,� he said. “Hopefully that will help us make an informed decision.� resendez said the results of the opinion board were split. He also said students voiced the most questions about the liability of concealed handgun license holders and handguns allowed in residence halls. Some students left last week’s forum believing that a license holder would not be held responsible for collateral damage caused in an attempt to stop a gunman. Criminology senior lecturer Sara Phillips, a panel-

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SAO PAULO — A motorist ran his car through a crowd of about 100 pro-bicycle activists in southern Brazil, hitting and injuring at least 16. Police in the city of Porto Allegre say the man is being questioned. Video of the incident shows bicycles and riders flying through the air as fellow cyclists scream in panic. None were killed. Police have not released the driver’s name. Cyclists in the Critical Mass ride tell the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper that the man argued with some riders, who had taken over all lanes of the street on Friday. The video shows the car accelerating through the pack of riders, leaving the injured on the street screaming as fellow cyclists administered first aid.

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grounds may still be able to volunteer. Just not at shelters, Handley said. “Families are coming into those shelters with their children,� she said. Tiffany Kaminski, marketing senior and UTA Volunteers Big event director, said students can volunteer on campus as well. The group hosts regular on-campus events, including the oxfam Hunger Banquet at 6 tonight in the Bluebonnet Ballroom, a dinner where participants get to experience what buying power people of different social and economic groups have. She said the group is also hosting a wheelchair obstacle event on Wednesday. Kaminski said the group has an event every week and students wishing to participate are welcome to attend their weekly meeting. She said students can also go to the Student Activities office in the University Center lower level and get an application. Tillie Burgin, Mission Arlington executive director, said the organization is always looking for more people to help. “We are grateful to the ones that do come, but there is always work to be done for this community,� she said. Mission Arlington needs regular help with its food, clothing and furniture banks, but also hosts seasonal events, Burgin said. Burgin said Mission Arlington hosts the World’s largest easter egg Hunt every year. Five thousand children attended last year. She said the organization needs help stuffing and hiding more than 100,000 eggs. “We have had some wonderful help from UTA,� she said. “Since we are so close, we can serve the community together.�


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SCENE Are you reading anything good right now? “My school books. I used to read, but this semester has been busy.” Which restau- Chipo Size, rant would you finance sophomore most like to see on campus? “Chipotle and Wingstop. I love Wingstop.” Are you reading anything good right now? “Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. The book is good, but the story is a little infu- Mike Reed, riating.” philosophy junior Which restaurant would you most like to see on campus? “A Chipotle would be nice. I’m a big fan of the barbacoa.”


MIXTAPE In honor of Women’s History Month, this week’s mixtape features songs by bands with female lead singers. Next week’s mixtape will feature guilty pleasures, the songs you hate to love. E-mail song choices to features-editor.shorthorn@uta. edu.

Women’s History Month Mix 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Blondie – “One Way or Another” Alexz Johnson – “Trip Around the World” No Doubt – “Don’t Speak” Garbage – “Stupid Girl” The Eurythmics – “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” Sleigh Bells – “Tell ‘Em” Tori Amos – “Cornflake Girl” Joan Jett – “Bad Reputation”


GIVEAWAY Since Radiohead’s new album The King of Limbs came out last week, music blog Gorillavsbear. net is giving away their first six albums on vinyl. To enter, “like” the blog on Facebook at pages/Gorilla-vs-Bear#!/gorillavsbearofficial, and leave a comment ranking Radiohead’s eight full length albums in your order of greatness. The albums included in the giveaway are Pablo Honey, The Bends, OK Computer, Kid A and Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief.



Here are some to-do events on campus to hold you over until Thursday’s Pulse.

It’s a Maverick World interracial relationships exhibit Part Diversity Week, students can bring a friend or sweetheart to take a photo with for the exhibit. When: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. All week. Where: The Gallery Cost: Free Contact: multicultural_affairs@ or 817-272-2099

Check out Thursday’s Pulse for weekend events including the North American Body Painting Championship.


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Mind, body, soul and coffee Coffee shop offers close location, social events and student discounts BY LEE ESCOBEDO The Shorthorn Scene editor

Before it closed last fall, Coffee Haus was one of the few coffee shops in walking distance of UTA besides Starbucks. With the same location and different name, Health and Harmony House hopes to become the new place for students to hang out after class. The cafe is located at 208 S. Mesquite St., about half a mile from the University Center. Rikki Phillips, a certified bartender, decided to buy the space with hopes of turning it into a yoga studio that sold coffee and food. Phillips said she was fearful of people’s expectations when she opened her cafe on Nov. 6 because of the devoted fanbase Coffee Haus established. According to an issue of The Shorthorn published Oct. 19, former Coffee Haus owner Thomas Horton III said it was hard to keep business going because of the changing economy and lack of investing resources. “It was unfortunate that they had to close in the first place,” Phillips said. ”The expectation was scary because we’re different, we’re called the ‘hippie coffee house.’” Nursing senior Megan Hubbard went to Coffee Haus twice a week. She has been to Health and Harmony House and was happy to see a new cafe take its place. “The coffee is not the main attraction anymore, and I think most of the staff is more yoga oriented,” she said. “However, they have some really neat items for sale and a friendly, harmonious aura at the new studio. All in all, it isn’t a terrible switch to the new business.” Broadcast senior Viktor Villanueva said he wanted a place that played a variety of music and had more things for students to do. He now goes to Health and Harmony House three to four times a week and helps out with middle-of-the-month movie night. “Health and Harmony House filled a void that was geared towards a younger crowd around our age,” he said. “They play everything from punk rock to Christian rock.”

New name, new look Phillips was excited to put her own fingerprint on the interior design of the cafe, which is where the hippie references come from. Buddha statues, Tibetan prayer signs and local art add to the Zen mood of the cafe’s interior. As for the yoga, Angel Johns, employee and sister to Phillips, said classes consist of two to five people. “It’s not the feel of the gym, it’s more of a one-on-one personal feeling,” she said. Christina Sebastian, City and planning graduate student, said she was saddened when Coffee Haus closed but heard about Health and Harmony House from a friend. “I try to come here whenever I get a chance because it’s nice to study somewhere besides the library,” she said. “I’m thinking about joining the yoga classes since the class size is so small.” Belly dancing classes are also available for novice and advanced patrons. Basic belly dancing classes are $12 individually or patrons can buy a 10class punch card for $70. Phillips decided to open her own business when she was in California. While walking along Venice Beach with her mother, they came upon drifters selling their art out of cars. “The further I walked, I realized that they are doing exactly what they want,” she said “I was caught up in

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Angel Johns, Health & Harmony Coffee House assistant manager, prepares a couple of lattes for customers on Wednesday. She is the sister of the cafe’s founder, Rikki Phillips, and enjoys the yoga classes offered by the cafe.

corporate America living in a 6,000 square foot house.” She returned to Frisco, Texas and told her husband she didn’t want to live that life anymore. She said it was the cause of their divorce. “I wasn’t living my purpose, so I opened this coffee house,” she said.

Working from the grounds up The cafe had its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Valentine’s Day. Phillips said she initially didn’t expect to be a coffee house rather a wellness studio that served coffee on the side. Unlike Coffee Haus, Health and Harmony House doesn’t roast its own beans. “The community told us, no, you’re a coffee house because there was coffee here and there needs to be coffee here,” she said. “I decided to use a coffee bean business right here in Arlington, Mawker Coffee.” Chris Kaplan is the master roaster at Mawker Inque Corp. and is excited to have a locally-owned coffee house in Arlington. “Rikki tried our coffee out in trial runs, and she got very good reviews,” Kaplan said. “I think it’s great they’re around and the location is excellent, right by UTA.” Kaplan said no contract is written up between Mawker and Phillips and that they both agreed that one

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City and regional planning graduate student Christina Sebastian works on her laptop Wednesday at the Health & Harmony Coffee House. She enjoys studying at the cafe because she feels it is a comfortable place to work and likes supporting a local business.

shouldn’t be written up until Health and Harmony House became established. Coffee ranges from $1.25 for a regular-sized Coffee of the Day to $3.80. Sandwiches are $3.99 to $7.49 for a combo. Wi-Fi is free, and UTA students receive a 10 percent discount with UTA ID. “Our prices are a little less than Coffee Haus,” Phillips said. “I purchased their old board and took their old prices off, and we’re about 10 cents less than them on everything.”

More than just a coffee shop Friday nights are open-mic nights from 8 to 10 p.m. Attendance is free and students are encouraged to participate. English junior Avery Taylor grew up coming to Coffee Haus since he was 13. When he saw the construction going on under the new management sign, he applied for a job. “People say, ‘I’m glad you guys are here,’” he said. “Plus, I’ve always had a problem paying five bucks for a cup of coffee, so it’s nice to have cheap options here.” Taylor also organizes movie night, featuring documentaries and foreign films, every second or third Wednesday. The cafe also serves as a performance space for local bands. Christian Medrano and his band, Star Commander, performed there three weeks ago. “We don’t have a lot of places for kids to do shows or show off their art,” Medrano said. “Health and Harmony House brings a much needed idea of community.” Medrano said his favorite meal at the cafe is the Edgy Veggie,vegetables on wheatberry bread, because he’s vegetarian. In respect for the former coffee shop, Phillips kept the mural, depicting a Venetian night, that adorns the back wall, along with little brown table chairs and colored bags that hang on the walls. “We’ve added more than we’ve taken away,” he said. “We just wanted to add a little more personality.” Business hasn’t been great since opening last year. Phillips took out


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Location: Located at 208 S. Mesquite St. Arlington 76010 Cost: Coffee of the day • Regular $1.25 • Large $1.75 Unlimited refills ($2) Specialty Coffee • Regular $1.99 • Large $2.45 Cappuccino • Regular $2.95 • Large $3.49

Latte • Regular $2.95 • Large $3.49 Half of sandwich and soup combo • $6.99 House salad • $5.95 Free Wi-Fi

a loan during December when business trailed off during UTA’s winter break. Her staff consists of four other employees, her sister and herself. She said business is growing at a slow but steady pace. In-store events are booked through March and cafe sales have increased through call-in orders from city employees and downtown businesses. “We are also focusing on promoting our studio space for local business meetings, informational seminars and workshops,” she said. “We are aware of the struggles of small businesses, the need to support the community, and are doing everything we can to be a positive force bringing awareness and prosperity to ourselves and others.” Aware of the need for financial growth, Phillips said that her mission goes beyond profit. “People come for the hugs and stay for the coffee,” she said. “I want to promote a positive environment with happiness.” LEE ESCOBEDO

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Leadership group looks for donations Women in Leadership is hosting a philanthropy drive all week in The Gallery in the University Center for SafeHaven Women’s Shelter. Jackalyn Aquino, Women in Leadership chair, asks student organizations and groups to register and adopt a bag that they will fill with grooming items, toiletries, school supplies and clothing for victims of domestic violence. “We know a lot of women that have left their homes with only the clothes on their backs,” she said. “These women could benefit the most from us.” Women in Leadership hopes to collect 200 bags by March 23. Target donated 90 bags for the event. As of Monday, 10 organizations registered to adopt bags. When choosing an organization, Aquino said Women in Leadership would make its strongest impact in the community with SafeHaven. “This is an opportunity for these women to get back on the road with a strong foot,” she said. “Simple things make us happy.” Donation boxes will be in The Gallery for individual donation drop-offs.

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Egypt,” Henderson said. “It’s a rare opportunity to hear someone speak about the political challenges in Egypt, especially from a feminist perspective.” The fourth speaker, Helen McLure was sought out by Sam Haynes, UTA’s Southwestern Studies professor, to discuss mob violence in 19th century America. Haynes said McLure was asked to speak because she’s an alumna who did a great master’s thesis on a lynching in Texas during the Civil War. Roxanne Buil, Women’s Studies administrative assistant, said the global issue of war can affect anyone, regardless of whether or not they are in the military. “War is a part of the daily life of several women who are not only in the military, but who also have sons and daughters in the military,” she said. Buil said she is interested in looking through women’s eyes in the face of war because movies tend to only provide audiences with male perspectives during wartime. “We watch movies such as Saving Private Ryan through a male’s perspective, and that’s important, but I would also like to learn what day-today life is like for women in the military.”

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Students talk religious beliefs at workshop Maversity encouraged participants to explore diversity. By Vallari Gupte The Shorthorn staff

At a Maversity workshop, students defined spirituality and religion in their own words. Multicultural Affairs organized the workshop to discuss the religious diversity on campus Monday at the University Center Guadalupe Room. Timothy Johnson, Leaders Educating About Diversity ambassador, organized the Maversity workshop with his team as part of diversity week. “One comes in contact with people of different religious beliefs as UTA is a diverse campus,” Johnson said. He said when someone wants to ask a question about a religious belief, he or she should just respectfully ask, he said. “It is better to ask than to just sit and wonder,” he said. Students rated the importance of religion to them on a scale from one to 10. Through conversations, students discussed the various levels of involvement within their religions. Psychology sophomore Brittany Spencer said the group agreed and defined religion as a belief sys-

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logue and spoken word poetry. The audience threw their heads back in laughter at the comic relief. “If a sister’s hair is destined to go back to its natural state,

tem and spirituality as the good within you. “I didn’t learn anything new, but it was a good forum to give our opinions on each topic,” Spencer said. Undeclared sophomore Harry Trujillo participated in the diversity workshop. He said Maversity workshops provide an oasis for people to come and share their opinions on diversity. “People tend to stay away from discussing religion in a normal conversation,” he said. He said the workshop aimed to allow each individual to be comfortable around people with similar or different religious beliefs. Business management junior Esperanza Trujillo said sharing opinions on diversity helps broaden perspectives. “It is not just about what I think, but also about others,” she said. According to a flier, Maversity workshops encourage discussions on race, stereotypes, prejudice, gender and social justice issues. The next workshop is from 12:301:30 p.m. Thursday in the University Center lower level — Student Congress Chambers. Vallari Gupte

why they call it a perm?” actor Preston Taylor said as Freeman’s best friend ‘O.K.’ “After all, it’s only temporary.” Business marketing junior Verroni LeDay said she found the play funny, but thinks it’s meaningful as well. “It’s like everyday comedy but they’re really animated and over the top,” she said.

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a DiVerse Beat Accounting junior Dana Sebita, right, and architecture sophomore Subhi Taha both members of the Middle Eastern Student Association play instruments on Monday on the Central Library mall. Members came together on Monday to practice for diversity week events.

“Platanos” was filled with characters defending themselves from judgment, but it was not strictly racial. In the play, character Angelita faced sexism. “They say Jennifer’s butt is her greatest asset? Squeeze my butt and you’ll get your damn ass kicked,” Angelita exclaimed in her monologue.

LeDay said she enjoyed that the play tackled cultural issues. “You are leaving with people’s opinions and different takes on issues,” she said. “Because no one really sits down and talks about issues that they’re covering.” At Freeman’s and Angelita’s first on-stage kiss toward the end of the play, the crowd re-

acted with softened tones of “Awww.” Freeman showed Angelita he had properly learned to salsa, a dance which he had butchered in front of her earlier in the play. “Platanos and collard greens go together like macaroni and chicken wings—better yet, like Zulu and Incan kings,” Freeman declared to the audience,


Students benefit from professional portfolio critiques Metroplex architects review students’ work and gave interview tips. By keVin crouch The Shorthorn staff

Architecture students met with professional architects to review their portfolios and discuss job-hunting strategies. Three of the architects took part in a panel discussion Monday night and gave some basic tips about finding a career and succeeding in an interview. The most common issue was using technology to put together a strong portfolio and keeping a presentation simple. Students shouldn’t spend too much time writing to describe their work, Nicholas McWhirter, visualization leader at Good Fulton & Farrell Media in Dallas, said. “There’s nothing wrong with a caption,” he said. “But a

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Kevin Mereness, Perkins+Will project designer and education planner, goes over architecture graduate student Kate Aoki’s portfolio Monday night in the Architecture Building. Students came for a panel discussion and portfolio review with six professional architects.

paragraph or a page will never be read.” Architecture graduate student Joshua Inge said he was looking for direction on how to





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find career opportunities in the area and put forward the most effective portfolio. “They never read them, so you have to nail down the

graphic presentation,” he said. Thomas Manganiello, panel member and designer at Gideon Toal Architects, told a story about an architecture student who sent in a dangerous project for professional review. When the architect handled the sheet metal project, it cut his hands and caused him to be rushed to the hospital. The student didn’t get the job. “Be careful with the craft. Remember real people are looking at it.” he said. The panel speakers said students should focus more on entering an interview ready to engage in a conversation about the career. Kevin Mereness, project designer and education planner at Perkins+Will in Dallas, said interviews should be a two-way street, but students should be ready to listen clearly. “The firm is benefiting from your talent, and you are benefiting as well,” he said. “Listen

to the dialogue and the criticism.” Following the panel discussion, students met individually with professionals to review their portfolios and ask questions about career experience. Each review lasted about fifteen minutes and focused on refining and prioritizing each piece of work. Architecture graduate student Pedro Martinez took part in the review and said he benefited most from getting professional perspective on his work. “It’s not about quantity, it’s about editing your work,” he said. The school and the American Institute of Architecture Students will host a career fair, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Architecture Building, where students can meet with potential employers. keVin crouch

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closing with the sentiment that races should live as one. Mathematics freshman Brittany Lee said the play was entertaining. “I thought there was a good message behind it,” she said. “I would watch it again if I could.” Melanie GruBen

preparinG for an interVieW step-By-step Miss the event? Here are some quick hits to help you prepare for an interview. Get your best work together. Prioritize each piece and cut out more than you think you should so it’s not too much. Get friends and professors to look over your portfolio and get some feedback. Read up on interview strategies. You will usually speak to someone in the Human Resources department before you speak with an architect. Be confident, but don’t be arrogant. You shouldn’t be there to revolutionize the company. Look the interviewer in the eye and engage in the discussion. Don’t look around the room or focus on the portfolio. Source: Andrew Adkison, UTA alumni and design architect at Good Fulton & Farrell

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