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Hoop Dreams Crushed

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Staff writers rate and talk about where the basketball teams’ seasons went right and where they went wrong. SPORTS | PAGE 6



Vendors educate students at Fun in Sun Health Fair

Scholarship limited to white males

Students are provided with different ways to monitor how they live. BY VALLARI GUPTE The Shorthorn staff

Recipients are no different from anyone else, says organization president.

Throughout the University Center Tuesday more than 100 vendors participated in educating students on health care and resources available both on and off campus. Students got free food and prizes, and played games as they received health tips at the Fun in the Sun Health Fair. In the Bluebonnet Ballroom, vendors distributed discount coupons to encourage students to use their services, like health screenings, yoga classes and dining. Business management senior Matt Kockos said he didn’t expect so much interaction at a health ONLINE fair and collected many What did you think of the coupons. “ T h e health fair? Let free and in- us know online troductor y at theshorthorn. c o u p o n s com. are a great way to encourage students to take care of their health,” he said. At a makeshift salon, the Ogle School gave free haircuts and painted nails as part of the health fair in the Palo Duro Lounge. Undeclared freshman Amanda Castleman said she finally decided to get a hair cut and her nails done. “I had been meaning to get a hair cut, but I was low on money. So, a free hair cut is too good to be true,” she said. The Recovery Resource Council, an information booth participant, had an innovative way of informing students about the hazards of active and passive smoking by capturing the smell of smoke in metal tins. Nursing sophomore Katheryn Nehez was required to participate for her nursing class and said people from different health fields come to the fair. She said she used the day to learn about different job opportunities available in the nursing field. They give


MORE COVERAGE The Shorthorn editorial board thinks the scholarship is a positive thing. Read why on page 4.

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A San Marcos-based organization is offering a scholarship to male students who are at least 25 percent Caucasian. The Former Majority Association for Equality is accepting applications for five scholarships worth $500 each for the fall semester to be awarded in July. Recipients are required to be male and must provide proof of having at least one Caucasian grandparent.

Colby Bohannan, association president and a Texas State University student, said he started the scholarship after having trouble finding a scholarship he could qualify for because he’s not a minority. He joined the Army to help pay for tuition, he said, and served two tours in Iraq. He was injured and honorably discharged in January 2010. WHITES continues on page 5


Lectures explore eastern European, Russian relations Michael David-Fox will give the keynote address at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. BY JOEL COOLEY The Shorthorn staff

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ABOVE: Ogle School instructor Aziza Harris cuts nursing freshman Davina Nguyen’s hair Tuesday afternoon in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. Ogle School donated their time to cut, fix hair and paint nails during the Fun in the Sun Health Fair. LEFT: Education sophomore Sonia Alexander gets her blood sugar checked by nurse practitioner Jan Holtberg from Health Services in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom on Tuesday.

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Through a series of lectures, a collective of academics will speak on how they want to change the way the people look at post World War II USSR. The lectures are the 46th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture Series hosted by the Department of History Thursday. The series consists of four lectures, with the first starting at 9:30 a.m. in the Rio Grande Ballroom and the keynote lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the Rosebud Theatre. The topic for this year’s lecture is “Transnational Perspectives on the Soviet Bloc, 1944-1991.” The lecture aims

WHEN AND WHERE 46th Annual Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lecture Series Marsha Siefert, Central European University When: 9:30 a.m. Thursday Where: University Center, Rio Grande Ballroom Constantin Katsakioris, Hellenic Literary and Historical Archives When: 11 a.m. Thursday Where: University Center, Rio Grande Ballroom Patryk Babiracki, UTA When: 1:30 p.m. Thursday Where: University Center, Rio Grande Ballroom Michael David-Fox, University of Maryland When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday Where: University Center, Rosebud Theatre

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Department offers online superintendent program

Police keep eyes out for graffiti vandals

Graduate students can join the program that starts this fall semester. BY CHRIS BATES The Shorthorn staff

Administrators with masters degrees can earn a superintendent certification without stepping in a classroom. The program is through the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and begins in August. It is geared toward student leaders who are looking for professional development in their fields. Students must have two years of administrative experience along with three letters of recommendation. Adrienne Hyle, Department of Educational Leader-

ship and Policy Studies chair, said the program is now being offered online because of the evolution of technology. “Online is the future,” she said. “We need to look at ways to provide access to students to meet their needs.” Melissa Hayden, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies assessment coordinator, said the program offers two internships, one at the beginning and one at the end. Hyle said this program will have a great impact on professionals who enroll. “I think people that don’t live in the Metroplex or go to a university will be able to have access to certification in ONLINE continues on page 3

The markings range from cartoon characters to gang related letters. BY SARAH LUTZ The Shorthorn staff

UTA Police are looking into 11 reported graffiti incidents, some of which could be gang related. Assistant police chief Rick Gomez said the police are in contact with the Arlington Police regarding the graffiti that appears gang related. Those incidents occurred on the southeastern edge of campus. He said the rest are things like cartoon characters, an owl and what resembles the Pokémon character Pikachu. The incidents have been on a slight rise, two in the last week, six in February, two the last week of January and one that was reported the week

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Biochemistry graduate student Arunoday Bhan walks past the graffiti on the wall outside of the Roundhouse Planetarium on Monday. Unlike the incidents on the south side of campus that clearly have an “X3,” this one is difficult to read, but could also be gang related, Assistant police chief Rick Gomez said.

before classes started. Gomez said the police are looking for any suspicious people and will

issue them a criminal trespass warning. Eric Braun, aerospace en-

gineering graduate student, reported the most recent incident on Thursday, which appeared at the Aerodynamics Research Center and YWCA Arlington Child Development Center. The development center is located near the intersection of Mitchell and Center streets. “The most aggravating part is that there’s a day care with a playground and then graffiti on the other side,” Braun said. “I’ve seen it all over campus, just little things spray painted everywhere.” Aerospace research assistant David Carter, a former officer with the Fort Worth Police Department, said the symbols resemble the Mexican Klan Locos Surenos 13, as indicated by the “X3,” but he thinks it is more likely by GRAFFITI continues on page 3

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TODAY Intramural softball entries due: All day. Maverick Activities Center. $20 per team. For more information, contact Campus Recreation at 817272-3277.

Thursday Sunny • High 71°F • Low 45°F

Ninth Annual Building Science Expo: All day. Architecture Building second floor. For more information, contact the School of Architecture at 817-2722801.

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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.

Official Maverick Ring Sales: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. University Center. For more information, contact Zack Kulesz at 817-272-5126. Global Connections Drop-In Table: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. UC. For more information, contact Lauren Cutcher at

International Education Fee Scholarship Workshop: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Trimble Hall room 200. Free. For more information, contact Kelsi Cavazos at 817-272-1120.



Fifty Years of Lasers: 6-7 p.m. Nedderman Hall room 100. Free. For more information, contact Tracey Kocher at 817-272-3679.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For more information, contact Erin O’Malley at

Go Red For Women Forum: Noon to 1 p.m. UC Red River. Free. For more information, contact Multicultural Affairs at 817-272-2099.

Mattress Firm Information Session: 6-7 p.m. Business Building room 609. Free. For more information, contact The at 817-272-2932.

Women’s History Month Lecture When Women Fight: Female Soldiers : Noon to 1 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For more information, contact Desiree Henderson at 817272-3131.

Sexversations: 6:30 p.m. MAC Lone Star Auditorium. Free. For more information, contact Multicultural Affairs at 817-272-2099.

Men’s Tennis vs. Southern Miss: 2 p.m. Tennis Center. Free. For more information, contact Kristyna Mancias at 817-272-2213. $2 Movie - Dinner For Schmucks : 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For more information, contact the Planetarium at

Free Yoga Classes and Instruction in Meditation: 7-8 p.m. UC San Saba. Free. For more information, contact Universal Yoga-Meditation Club, UTA at UTA Percussion Ensembles Chamber Concert: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall. Free. For more information, contact the Music Department at 817-

What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For more information, contact Erin O’Malley at omalley@uta. edu. Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UTA Veterans: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For more information, contact Erin O’Malley at Art Exhibition in The Gallery: Sedrick Huckaby And Barbra Riley: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery at UTA. Free. For more information, contact Patricia Healy at or 817-2725658.

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MONDAY Assist Agency An officer assisted Fort Worth Police at 8:15 p.m. with a suspect who was causing a repeated disturbance. The person had been at a grocery store on 1212 Ayers Ave. in Fort Worth two weeks earlier asking for money and was causing a disturbance again.

EXCEL brings art and poetry with open mic National poetry slam champion Shihan Van Clief will perform in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge tonight for Open Mic Night. Students can perform spoken word poetry, music, dance or monologue in an event hosted by EXCEL Campus Activities at 7 p.m. Jasmine Brown, EXCEL entertainment and arts director, said the goal is to help bring more of the arts to the east side of campus. “People are just coming to share their art, share what they love with the rest of the campus,” she said. She said, while all forms of performance art are welcome, EXCEL encourages poetry this year. “We have the national poet come out to host the event to push that poetry aspect of it,” Brown said. “This time we went all out, and we got Shihan.” Van Clief made six appearances on HBO’s Def Poetry, as well as some on Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network and CNN to name a few. UC operations will supply a sound system and spotlight. Only students may perform, but anyone may attend.

Theft A student reported at 8 p.m. her black purse and phone stolen at the Maverick Activities Center on 500 W. Nedderman Drive. The case is active. Burglary of Building A staff member reported at 5 p.m. that someone stole some textbooks between Friday and Monday at Carlisle Hall on 503 W. Third St. The case is active. Injured Person/Medical Assist A female nonstudent was conscious but not responding at 1:59 p.m. at University Hall on 601 S. Nedderman Drive. She was transported to Arlington Memorial Hospital. Investigation A student reported that an unknown white male subject seemed to be following her at 1:35 p.m. She was walking in the vicinity of Lot 50, which is located south of Doug Russell Road. She stated that he seemed to follow here everywhere she walked. She said she felt uncomfortable and called police for an escort. Criminal Mischief A student reported at 9:10 a.m. that someone slashed the front tires of his vehicle while it was at Lot 49, which is located east of Centennial Court apartments, on 1101 Cooper St.

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downtiMe Kinesiology junior Chris Harris lies in a practice formation with other ROTC cadets in front of College Hall on Tuesday. Harris and other Maverick Battallion cadets practice for a joint field training exercise on March 31 to April 3 in Fort Hood. During combat, a 360-degree security loop forms around the perimeter of the group for protection at each stop.

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Monitors to aid communication Residence halls now boast new display screens in hopes of self promotion. By Melanie gruBen The Shorthorn staff

corrections In Tuesday’s “Dean talks to students about cuts” the 5 percent budget cut from the College of Engineering’s maintenance and operations budget would affect the current fiscal year’s budget, which ends Aug. 31.

New television screens in residence halls may increase program turnout and save money on advertisement. Residence halls were supplied with one or two display screens during the past two weeks to enhance communication about their sponsored events. The Housing Office supplied the screens that

will feature slide show presentations of upcoming events, advertisements from outside groups and pictures submitted by residents. Residence Life Director Mari Duncan said none of the screens are operational yet but will be functioning soon. “We just got them installed, now we’re waiting for the monitors to be hooked up to the computers,” Duncan said. “We’re really excited to have them and all the opportunities they will provide us to communicate with students.” Neville Brackett, Arlington Hall resident assistant, said resi-

dent assistants can bring fliers to other halls and advertise on the screens. Frank Lopez, Brazos House resident assistant, said the screens will save money in the long run. “Instead of having to put paper everywhere, we put the TV in,” Lopez said. “It’ll pay for itself.” Kirstin Hoffman, Brazos House resident assistant said she hopes it catches peoples’ attentions. “They’re putting them in there to be a new form of communicating between residents and staff,” she said. Hoffman said she hopes this in-

crease in advertisement will bring a greater draw to residence hall programs, so they are not spending money on programs with low turnout. Lipscomb Hall resident Peter Samuels said he thought the display screens are a good idea. “People coming and visiting the dorm, they could see how we’re social with one another,” he said. “It would make newcomers want to come and experience the dorm life.” Melanie gruBen

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RALLY FOR CHANGE Rudelia Moran, center, 93, demonstrates during an International Women’s Day rally on Tuesday in San Salvador, El Salvador. The T-shirts read in Spanish; “To change the history, we fight for equality.�


Yemeni army storms university, wounding 98 SANAA, Yemen — The Yemeni government escalated its efforts to stop mass protests calling for the president’s ouster on Tuesday, with soldiers firing rubber bullets and tear gas at students camped at a university in the capital in a raid that left at least 98 people wounded, officials said. The army stormed the Sanaa University campus hours after thousands of inmates rioted at the central prison in the capital, taking a dozen guards hostage and calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

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CAJUN CHOW DOWN Aerospace engineering freshman Kurt Leathers, university studies junior Cedric Radford III, mechanical engineering senior Michael Parker and computer science sophomore Jamal Harris dine on crawfish and other traditional Cajun foods during the Mardi Gras celebration at Arlington Hall on Tuesday.

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Wis. gov. proposes union compromise in e-mails MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has offered to keep certain collective bargaining rights in place for state workers in a proposed compromise aimed at ending a nearly three-week standoff with absent Senate Democrats, according to e-mails released Tuesday by his office. The e-mails, some dated as recently as Sunday, show a softened stance in Walker’s talks with the 14 Democrats who fled to Illinois to block a vote on his original proposal that would strip nearly all collective bargaining rights for public workers and force concessions amounting to an average 8 percent pay cut.

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a high priority for removal. But, those appearing gang related receive an even higher priority because it is often followed by other gangs’ tags in the area. Interdisciplinary studies sophomore Dakota Keyser said he doesn’t think all of the graffiti needs to be removed, some of the images, like the owl, might fall under the category of art rather than

vandalism. “I like street art,� he said. “It gives something interesting to look at around campus.� Gomez said that any observations of graffiti or suspicious activity should be reported to the police at 817272-3381.

Officer hurt when tactical grenade explodes ALICE, Texas — The commander of a South Texas police tactical squad is hospitalized after a tactical grenade exploded in his hand. Alice police tactical commander Richard DeLeon was in critical but stable condition at Christus Spohn Hospital-Memorial in Corpus Christi after he was airlifted from the scene of the Tuesday afternoon accident. That’s according to hospital spokeswoman Sherry Carr-Smith. Alice Police Chief Daniel Bueno says the 25-year veteran of the police force was loading equipment into his squad car when a flash-bang grenade exploded in his hand. Bueno says DeLeon’s hand was injured and his car damaged severely, but protective clothing prevented more serious injury.


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some children in the neighborhood. “There’s a lot of lower socioeconomic housing over here, which has a predisposition for gang-type groups or I call them ‘gang wannabes’ because they’re really not gang members,� Carter said. “They’re just a bunch of kids that hang out together and try to find a cool name.� Braun said he tried with no avail to remove the graffiti. “I tried, and it has to be sand blasted,� he said. “It did not work out very well, I think I made it worse,� All but two of the taggings have been removed or painted over, said Rick Lloyd, UTA paint shop supervisor. He said of the 17 years he’s been the paint supervisor, the amount of graffiti varies. “There’s long periods of time when we hardly get anything,� he said. “And there are long periods of time when we seem to get tagged quite often.� He said all graffiti receives

WASHINGTON — A National Public Radio executive was captured on hidden camera calling the tea party movement racist and xenophobic and said NPR would be better off without federal funding, in an embarrassment likely to fuel the latest round of conservative attacks on public broadcasting. The video was posted Tuesday by James O’Keefe, the same activist whose undercover videos have targeted other groups opposed by conservatives, like the community organizing group ACORN and Planned Parenthood.


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ways that meets their needs and schedules,� she said. Hayden said the program offers six courses focused primarily on the roles of superintendents. Marilyn Evans, Arlington ISD assistant superintendent of personnel, thinks the online program could be beneficial to those who enroll as long as they are getting the necessary experience. “As long as those who enroll get the experience they need with the practitioners face to face, then I’m fine with the program going online,� she said. According to, as of January 2010, the middle 50 percent of school superintendents earn annual salaries between $113,606 and $167,812. The top 10 percent earn annual salaries of more than $193,983.

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Blue said the health fair involves students in activities rather than just providing information, but she originally came for one thing. “I’m here for the prizes,� she said.

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For turtles’ sake If passed, the Green Fund would cover the cleanup of a creek and other sustainability projects


hen you’re crossing the bridge over Mitchell Street to get to class, turtles don’t often make their way into your mind, do they? A couple of weeks ago, the subject of the animals’ plight underneath the bridge was brought to the attention of several students during a Vegan Club meeting. Subsequently, the matter was discussed during an Environmental Society meeting. There is a littering problem in this area, and it affects the wildlife in the creek under the bridge. At least four turtles and an egret reside in the creek, and their habitat is being trashed by bridge users. Students throw trash into the creek without a second thought, despite the fact that there is a trash can on each side of the bridge. The soda cans, plastic bags, McDonald’s wrappers, plastic utensils and Styrofoam cups create an unappealing sight on our campus, and I’m pretty sure the animals are displeased at experiencing such a collection of unwelcome litter in their home. Students from both the Environmental Society and the Vegan Club on campus have voiced concerns about this situation — both groups aim for a lasting solution. The administration, including the Sustainability director and the Maintenance Operations and Special Projects director, have been contacted about addressing the issue. The most practical proposed solution would be a sign on or near the bridge to inform students of the existence of the wildlife or at least the existence of the two trash cans. We also proposed a volunteer cleanup effort. However, our concern was met with less than proactive responses. The volunteer effort was considered to be

too risky. While we have been assured that the area is cleaned on a daily basis, it is not enough to solve the root of the dilemma. We want to raise awareness of the problem so students will stop littering around the creek. We were also told that the turtles would be relocated by the Biology Department. A simple Google search will tell anyone that relocation is not necessarily to the creatures’ benefit. Most relocated wildlife do not survive their new surroundings. Ideally, what needs to be done is raising the conscientiousness of students about the surroundings of the bridge. To do this, a permanent sign would be placed on the bridge. It wouldn’t hurt to add a littering fee, either. The key to solving the issue is deterring the litter in the first place. UT–Austin has a place commonly referred to as the turtle pond. Students don’t generally throw their trash in the turtle pond, because it is actually a part of the campus. Of course, the turtle pond also happens to be in the middle of their campus, whereas the creek bridge being discussed here is on the edge of the UTA campus near the parking lots. While the area around the underside of the bridge is far from the scenic setting of the Tower Garden Memorial, the official name of the area, there are shady sidewalks and even a shallow bridge across the creek. The underside of the creek bridge could be a pleasant spot on campus if some scenic measures were taken, such as adding lily pads to the creek and a bench or two. This way, students could better appreciate this corner of campus and take care not to litter around it. Instead of displacing the animals, or letting the litter continue and

ANN MAI Mai is the Vegan Club president and guest columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at having the groundskeepers pick up after the students, isn’t it more sustainable and appealing to appreciate the space and occupy it together with the wildlife? If the students were more aware and had a shift in the way they relate to this location on campus, then most of the littering can be prevented. One of the most attractive solutions would be to turn the area into a part of campus. This can be done. The Vegan Club and the Environmental Society would definitely support this initiative and even go as far as to carry it out. If the Green Fund proposed earlier this semester by the Environmental Society were to pass, the students could get the funding. The Green Fund is a mutual fund made up of $1 to $5 of each student’s tuition. The money would go directly toward student-led sustainability projects. Several universities, including UT–Austin, the UNT and UT–San Antonio, have implemented a Green Fund and have had success with it. The proposed creek bridge beautification project is a viable project that could be funded with money from the fund. We sincerely invite you to join our efforts and make a change. The next Environmental Society meeting is noon March 21 in University Hall Room 007. The next Vegan Club meeting will be noon Friday in the University Center Red River Room. For more information about the Green Fund, check out


THE CANDID HORN by Abhishek Satham

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American culture has taken an ironic twist. Many whites now call themselves the new minority. The old minority has enjoyed government support leading to employment, acceptance into competitive schools and other scholastic opportunities. But recently, a counterculture has risen in the form of scholarships for white males in need created by the Former Majority Association for Equality. Shocking? Not really. It was a matter of time. And frankly, it’s only fair. Money is money regardless of where it comes from. The economy is not favorable right now to students who have to deal with rising gas prices, bills and college costs. Gas prices don’t discriminate. Everyone still has to pay bills. Whites are in every socioeconomic class. Males who are 25 percent white, demonstrate financial need and stand out in their community shouldn’t hesitate to indulge in this aid. Many students today are more than a generation removed from the civil rights movement and don’t carry the baggage of the activists and ancestors who lived through a period of racism and inequality. Today, students, particularly white males, just see another form of discrimination when they aren’t afforded scholarships for their race while everyone else seems to be covered. This group might not realize it, but it has made a statement with this new scholarship: It’s time to look at race once again and really talk about it. Unfortunately, no one else wants to do that. Colby Bohannan, the group’s president, said he doesn’t see why people would be nervous about the scholarship. “It’s really about just broadening your horizons and looking at the entire scope of the population. If we’re going to offer scholarships to group one, two, three and four, but group five isn’t allowed to have scholarships, that’s a logical fallacy,” he told CNN. “White males, just because they’re white and they’re male, don’t have a bunch of money sitting around ready to pay $40,000, $50,000 tuitions.” Any uproar related to this scholarship is representative of America’s fear of having this longtime-coming discussion about race. It’s understandable. The subject is divisive and has never ended with a resolution. This Texas group’s direct insertion into the fray might be the catalyst for a discussion. To not have scholarships for whites perpetuates the racial divide in America. It deserves recognition for its courage in aiding students pursuing higher education. The Former Majority Association for Equality is accepting applications for its fall 2011 scholarship. The group encourages male students in high school, college and technical schools to apply. Find the application at

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Students shouldn’t be afraid of new scholarship for white males


Complaints against concealed guns on campus miss the mark Do the lot of you think campuses will just turn into the OK Corral with everyone waving guns in the air and holding duels? Do any of you think allowing legally concealed handguns on campus would result in anything remotely close? This isn’t Hollywood, you jokers. Think about this concept long and hard: When you walk around town anywhere in Texas, do you think about who might be carrying? Did you ever think that there are citizens who do carry legally, and through their personal responsibility and following the law, you’ll never know unless you’re trying to attack them? If this law passes, then you’re allowing those citizens to continue their practice as they walk onto campus. If someone was dumb enough to take

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people out because they were stressed, they wouldn’t bother getting a Concealed Handgun License. It would be too much of a headache. Think about this: Those against concealed handguns seem to think getting one is as easy as getting a driver’s license. You’re dead wrong, and you need to do your research. Having the license means your state and federal governments have your number. It means that according to the law, you’ve been on the “straight and narrow” for most of your life. It also means you’ve spent a ton of cash getting it, not including the cost of purchasing a firearm. “Ton” means you’ll spend about $1,000 on initial training and fees to get the license, plus the first year of insurance to cover a lawyer and bail if you ever use your gun. For a decent, reliable

firearm, expect to spend at least $200 but likely $400 or more. Add to that the costs of an appropriate holster for the gun and clothing and/or accessories that allow full concealment while still allowing quick access in a defensive situation. Those of you against concealed carry continually accuse proponents of living off fear. We’re using common sense, and we just want the upper hand against those who attack us. We look at the facts. Your crowd makes the same host of assumptions that were made when Texas became a concealed carry state in the ’90s. If this law passes, you’ll see your assumptions proven false once again.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

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YOUR VIEW What do you think of a scholarship that requires you to be male and at least 25 percent white?

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“I don’t think everyone should have to join the army to pay for their education,� he said. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said the university does not decide which scholarships to allow students to use, but does not discriminate based on race for those funded by the university. Business freshman Anushree Sharma said the scholarship seems to discriminate. “I just feel that it’s kind of unfair,� she said. “What if a student is 17 percent white and needs help?� History teaching senior Steve Whitwell said he might hesitate to apply for the scholarship because of controversy attached to it, but wouldn’t object to the requirements. “I don’t have a huge problem with it, but I would think it would be problematic from a public relations perspective,� he said. The Allison E. Fisher Memorial Fund offers a scholarship through the National Association of Black Journalists. Patricia Fisher, vice president for the fund, said scholarships shouldn’t be offered only to

“I think it’s a good opportunity for mixed individuals to have financial aid. Anyone getting aid is

“So we’re promoting the people who are already benefitted in this society? I understand his concerns, but it doesn’t seem necessary.�

beneficial.� Pooja Patel, civil engineering sopho-

continued from page 1 “It’s fine. They’ll be other scholarships for other groups of people.�

Sofonias Gebre, biology freshman

Andrew Ellington, medical engineering



white students because they are already preferred in the selection process of scholarships that are not race specific. “It’s no different from scholarships that come from predominant Caucasian organizations,� she said, “A lot of organizations don’t say it, but it’s true in practice.� Bohannan said his organization isn’t looking for white skin, but to help students who are in need and of Caucasian descent. “In reality, the cost of tuition is at an all-time high,� he said. “White males are no different from anyone else when it comes to affording these costs.� Fisher said scholarships

SCHOLARSHIP REQUIREMENTS • 25 percent Caucasian • Male • High School Transcript (and college if previously enrolled) • 2 Essays • Recommendation letter from an educator • 3.0 GPA or Higher Source: Colby Bohannan, Former Majority Association for Equality president

for minorities were made to encourage minority attendance to college, but that white scholarships perpetuate an existing privilege. “This is inherent white

privilege,� she said. “Just by the virtue of being Caucasian, there are advantages provided for you.� Manhattan Nguyen, Asian Student Association president, said society is in a new time and demographics are changing, so Caucasians won’t always be in the majority. “It isn’t fair to me that other minorities have scholarships and Caucasians don’t,� he said. “If a group wants to start a scholarship for Caucasians, they should have the right to.� Students can download an application at www.fmafe. org. KEVIN CROUCH

to explore the relationships between the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and the international connections that they both share, history assistant professor Patryk Babiracki said. “The lectures give us a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the way in which people were connected in areas generally thought to be isolated from globalizing developments — in this case, the Soviet Union and its socialist states,� he said via e-mail. He said he is excited about the volume of published essays that could come from the lectures. The lectures also focus on post World War II and the social and political dimensions that existed within this period of time. Although the lecture is

promoted toward a history-oriented audience, the department is expecting a good turnout, graduate teaching assistant Kallie Kosc said. “I think the topic is going to draw in a lot of people from different departments since it spans a few subject areas,� she said. The lecture will draw in speakers from Washington, D.C., Hungary and Greece. Even though the department has had to cut $1,000 from its annual budget, History Chairman Robert Fairbanks said the lecture series is not affected. “The Webb Lecture Series is supported by endowments, so no money comes from the state,� he said. “This is going to have very little impact on the series.� JOEL COOLEY

“The lectures give us a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the way in which people were connected in areas generally thought to be isolated from globalizing developments — in this case, the Soviet Union and its socialist states.� Patryk Babiracki, history assistant professor

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REMEMBER There’s one more UTA basketball team still alive. The Movin’ Mavs are gunning for a national title. Pick up Sports tomorrow for a preview.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011


No Air Up There Both the men’s and women’s teams failed to qualify for conference tournaments HUNGRY FOR MORE? Visit for a breakdown of the team’s seasons, including game results, stats and the 2010-11 SLC awards. File photo: Aisha Butt

Freshman guard Darius Richardson attempts a layup during the Mavericks 68-63 loss against the UT-San Antonio Saturday night in Texas Hall. The men’s team finished 13-16.

Second half collapses epitomized the mens’ youth

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Senior guard Tamara Simmons jumps for a layup during the Mavericks 66-57 loss against Southeastern Louisiana University Feb. 19 in Texas Hall. The women’s team finished 8-20.


It’s a heartbreaking season without savior Meghan Nelson

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point guard, the Maverbeat UTA, time in nine years. ures will be carried senior and a sports icks never found a consis77-53, in the Cross has never been reporter for The over next season. Bartent third scorer to comlast game of Detherage is a jourW O M EN’S REP one to make excuses, Shorthorn. ring any unexpected plement Simmons, who the regular seanalism sophomore ORT CAR SUBJEC but it was that lack of transfers, UTA plans son, preventing and a sports reporter averaged 15.1 points per D T experience that played to return all its players game this year, and Marthe Mavericks for The Shorthorn. Guards a key role in UTA losing Join the discussion next season. Junior tin, who averaged 13.3. GRADE from making the ............ ............ Senior T its last four games. The by commenting at forwards LaMarcus ............ The double-figures Southland Conamara .. ............ Simmon with 417 Join the discussion normally strong Mav- Reed and Bo Ingram, .......... C s finish group of Nelson, Simpoints, ference Tournaed th an combin by commenting at erick defense showed the top scorers this ed for 3 d the rest of th e year mons and Martin led the ment. 21 e a caree chinks in its armor. Against Texas year, will return as seniors to r seaso points. Simmo five guards Mavericks to seventh in So, what went n n s , w but the finished ere not A&M-Corpus Christi, the Mav- lead the way. rest of with a threa the SLC in scoring ofwrong for the 8-20 th t as the Meghan y strugg e guards ericks allowed the Islanders to Reed expressed his disapNelson. fense last season with 67.1 Mavericks? The led to r eplace shoot 45.5 percent from behind pointment after the season Mavericks couldn’t find a player points per game. But, without a third Forwar ds.. the arc. The Islanders were last ended on Saturday, while still to replace the scoring of Meghan double-digit scorer this year, UTA Senior S ...................... .... ha in the conference in three-point trying to remain hopeful for only averaged 59.1 points per game. Nelson. inside a lyn Martin wa ........................ s the go nd led th ..... B shooting. It was the only game what is to come. Cross said Junior forward Jasmine Smith averEntering the season, the Mav-t e sive Pla o score Maveric ye r k in which UTA gave up at least 90 this team was Reed’s team. ericks had to replace the departed aged 7.8 points a game as the third and fre r of the Year. J s as the SLC D shman unior Ja e points. Not even big time schools Reed displayed that leaderBriana smine S fenpoint guard and eighth-leading scorer. lack of Walker mith scoring m like Kansas, Arkansas or even ship in practice everyday, ade up from th Just like this year’s team struggled scorer in school history. In the carry th fo e guard e offens s and h r the Texas Tech did that to UTA. whether it was getting the e. 2009-10 season, Nelson finished to overcome a drop in offensive proelped The heartbreak in the second team to start their warm Coachin third in the SLC in scoring, averag- duction, next year’s team will have to g.. half against the Roadrunners on ups early or making sure With six ...................... ing 18.3 point per game. Martin and replace even more. With both Martin ............ fr ............ Saturday captured the essence of that none of the players work w eshmen on the Simmons also finished in the top 20 and Simmons graduating, the Mav.. .. ith expe .. te .. am and .. B rience-w the Mavericks season: a strong lost focus. their be n o in scoring in the SLC during that ericks could run into trouble findt a ise, the lot to st coa “I didn’t want the seastruggle with what they first half followed up by a less ing consistent scorers early on in the season, as well. s, the te had. De ches did s a from m son to end,” Reed said. than spectacular second half. Nelson led the Mavericks to a 15-16 season. But, look for Walker, who aking th m was only on pite their e e confe “We were a little passive,” Cross “It hurts right now. But, rence to game away overall record and a 9-7 conference finished the last six games averaging urname said. “We didn’t have the same en- I’m still excited about nt. record, but the Mavericks advanced 10.5 points a game, to be a prime ergy or aggressiveness as we did this team next year.” to the SLC Tournament semifinals, candidate to lead the way. — Travis Dethera then lost to the eventual champion, ge


Upset potential picked off, Mavericks lose to TCU 7-3 FORT WORTH — You have to do the little things to beat good teams. Turning double plays, being effective on the basepaths and finding hitting are essential in upset attempts. Unfortunately, UTA didn’t do much of that Tuesday night against No. 7 Texas Christian, getting picked off the bases twice

TCU 7, UTA 3 Mavericks 100 010 010 — 3 11 0 Horned Frogs 112 000 03x — 7 10 0

in crucial situations of a 7-3 loss at Lupton Stadium. “It’s stupid,” head coach Darin Thomas said. “It’s absolutely stupid. There’s no reason for it.” The Mavericks established

themselves as an upset threat to it for the rest of the game, addearly in the game when junior ing three more runs in an eighth inning that sealed the second baseman Migame. chael Guerra homered ONLINE Sophomore outfieldon the first pitch he saw Read the er Preston Beck went to get the Mavericks on full story online 2-for-4 and hit his first the board. at theshorthorn. home run of the season. But the Horned com. He’s reached base in 32 Frogs are the No. 7 team for a reason. TCU took a 4-1 lead straight games. after three innings and held on — Sam Morton

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Sophomore infielder Daniel Jordan dives back to first base to avoid being picked off by the pitcher Tuesday during the Mavericks’ 7-3 loss to TCU in Fort Worth.


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