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Pell grant numbers up in the air Office will send letters estimating student Pell Grant amounts. BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn senior staff

The state’s financial crunch is causing problems for more than just lawmakers.

Take Dale Wasson, for example. Wasson, senior associate vice president for student enrollment services, said the murky outlook is troublesome for financial aid planning. “It’s a problem on all fronts. Right now, we really don’t know what is going to happen,” he said.

“Not only are the dollars in the air, so are all the rules.” As is usually the case in late March, UTA is mailing financial aid letters to students. But this year, no financial aid is actually being pledged, yet. “It will be more challenging to make financial aid award information available to you in the

normal time frame,” the letters read. Wasson said the letter could be the first of four letters sent to students as state and federal lawmakers tangle over budget conundrums. The second letter would have an estimated Pell Grant award. The third would have the final Pell Grant amount,


and the fourth would have state aid, which Wasson expects to come in last. Among the problems faced by the Financial Aid Office are proposed reductions in the Federal Pell Grant Program, TEXAS Grants and elimination of tuition AID continues on page 5

DID YOU KNOW? About 3,700 UTA students attend for free through the Maverick Promise program.


University offers buyouts for savings Tenured, tenure-track faculty would receive one year severance pay. BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn senior staff

A day after announcing the university was offering 113 faculty members the opportunity to voluntarily leave UTA, President James Spaniolo said he remains committed to long-term budget solutions.

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Interdisciplinary studies senior Patty Herrera participates in the Holi Festival with friends Sunday afternoon outside of the Maverick Activities Center. A water hose was used on attendees, in addition to packets of colored powder.

Students splash into spring With colored powder in hand and all over their bodies, students celebrated Holi, an Indian festival of color, on Sunday. Participants received two packets of colored powder and threw them at each other on the west lawn by the Maverick

Activities Center in order to welcome spring. “This is just like we celebrate in India,” said Jayani Karecha, marketing research graduate student. Campus groups organized the event and raised at least $800.

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There will be no quick fixes. “I believe that we need to re-align our resources with our priorities in a way that is going to best serve the institution over the next few years,” he said. “What we can’t do is assume that we’re going to go back to where we were. That’s why we’re trying to be forward-looking and strategic about how we BUYOUTS continues on page 7

Administrators address layoffs, furlough queries UTA has saved $300,000 by cutting travel expenses, says Provost. BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn senior staff

Rumors of possible furloughs at UTA were quickly put to rest Friday as UTA’s top two administrators fielded questions from faculty, staff and students in the Business Building. For the second time this semester, President James

Spaniolo and Provost Donald Bobbitt hosted an informational town hall meeting to answer legislative questions. A variety of queries were posed, including one about furloughs. “I’d like to say that’s pure rumor,” Spaniolo said. “Furloughs are not a very satisfying way to go about addressing these challenges. The same can be said for across-the-board pay cuts.” MEETING continues on page 7


Man gets 30 years for former student’s death said Susan Sam, chief clerk in the 291st district court in Dallas. Sims was pulled over in DunTyrone Lee Sims received a 20-year sentence Friday for the canville during a routine traffic stop for a missing death of former UTA headlight at about 11:40 student Gladys Barrienp.m. on Feb. 4 last year, tos. according to the police He received an addireport. tional ten years as he As the police officer was on probation for approached his Chevy possession of a conTahoe, Sims accelertrolled substance when ated before the officer he fled the police and hit reached his vehicle. Sims Barrientos’ vehicle Feb. ran a red light and struck 4 2010. Gladys Barrientos, Barrientos’ Honda Civic. Sims plead guilty to manslaughter and will former UTA student She was pronounced dead later at Methodist serve the 30 years with no opportunity for probation, Charlton Medical Center. BY SARAH LUTZ




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The sentence comes with little surprise to Sims, said his attorney Robertson Phillip. The family did a good job of portraying the type of person Barrientos was during the testimony, Phillip said. “He’s probably pretty disappointed in the amount of time he got,” he said. “It could have been worse, he could have been convicted of murder.” Phillip said Sims’ judgment error regarding the probation he was already on did not help the case, but that he is better off than the day after it happened. SARAH LUTZ

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A WINNING BEAT Battle of the Bands winner Fellow Freaks performs Friday night at the University Center Bowling and Billiards. The band won despite the fact that it was only their second time performing live. Read the full story online at

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Family, UTA celebrate life of professor

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FRIDAY Criminal Mischief, Vandalism At 2:10 a.m. a public safety officer reported graffiti on the inside elevator doors at the north bridge on 501 Cooper St. The case is active. Criminal Mischief, Vandalism At 5:51 a.m. an officer noticed graffiti on a trash can lid and College Apartment Guide stand west of the Life Science Building on 501 Nedderman Drive. The case is active. THURSDAY Criminal Mischief, Vandalism At 4 p.m. a faculty member reported graffiti in a restroom at the Fine Arts Building on 700 Greek Row Drive. The case is active. Criminal Mischief, Vandalism At 2:26 p.m. officers responded to a report of graffiti markings made on a blue recycle bin at Nedderman Hall on 416 Yates St. The case is active. Accident minor At 1:50 p.m. a student reported another student backed into her vehicle at the Kalpana Chawla Hall parking lot on 800 Pecan St. There were no injuries. Injured Person Medical Assist At 12:43 p.m. an officer responded to a medical emergency at the Forest Glen apartments on 412 Cooper St. An Emergency Medical Service vehicle transported the person to a hospital.


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From left, Jon and Dana Kopp Franklin lead friends and family in singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” at the memorial gathering for their father, psychology associate professor James Kopp. He died at the age of 75 in November 2010.

Even in his pain, James Kopp practiced his discipline of psychology, says son.

Psychology professor Paul Paulus shares memories of his former colleague James Kopp at a memorial gathering for the late associate professor. Kopp passed away last November after being diagnosed with cancer earlier that semester.

BY ASHLEY BRADLEY The Shorthorn staff

As the memorial service for James Kopp concluded, attendees flipped to the back of their program to view the lyrics for John Lennon’s “Imagine.” As a jazz band played the song in the background, everyone sang along. “You may say dad was a dreamer,” said his daughter Dana Kopp Franklin before the song started, “but he’s not the only one.” James Kopp, former psychology associate professor, died Nov. 19 after complications with esophagus cancer. A memorial was held for him Saturday at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens’ Japanese Gardens. Because he donated his body to UT-Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, this was the only ceremony held. During the memorial, former colleagues, students, friends and family approached the microphone and told stories about how Kopp changed their lives. One of his former colleagues said he told him to “stop saying the F-word so much,” so he did. One of his former students, who moved to Texas from Vietnam, said Kopp told him people in other parts of the country don’t say terms like “fixin’ to,” and said he’ll cherish that information forever. While at UTA, Kopp taught a behavior analysis class that centered positive reinforcement instead of consequences. Paul Paulus, former College of Science dean, said the class Kopp taught is no longer offered, because only Kopp could teach it.

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“He can’t be replaced,” he said. “There’s no one else who could teach it the way he did.” The psychology professor said, though he and Kopp didn’t always see eye-to-eye, he still enjoyed talking with him when he got the chance. “He was task-oriented,” Paulus said. “He was never going to stop. He worked all the way up until he died. He wanted to die as a scientist, and he did.” A number of people who spoke at the memorial, including Paulus, mentioned being part of a group of professors that started working at UTA in 1970. “The campus was different then,” Paulus said. “People were laid back, drinking laws were different. Texas was a fairly liberal state at the time. We spent a lot more time enjoying each other.” Kopp’s son, Jon Kopp, said he remembered parties at former psychology professor Ira Bernstein’s house when he was a child. “Those were good parties,” Jon said laughing. “I remember there was a cool swimming pool and cool bean-bag chairs.”

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Several times during the service, Jon Kopp expressed his love for his father and called himself “his father’s son.” He said as a kid he didn’t understand how great his dad was, but he remembers people approaching him to express their love for his father. He now understands. “I have never seen a less defensive man,” psychology emeritus professor James Erikson said. “I miss Jim.” As the service wrapped up, Jon Kopp told a story about his father’s last days. He said toward the end, his father was hooked up to a machine where he could press a button that would release pain medication into his body. He said one day the nurse called him, saying she couldn’t understand what Kopp was trying to tell her. Jon Kopp said within two minutes of getting to the hospital, he realized his father was asking what the “scheduled reinforcement,” a psychology theory, for the button was. “Even in his pain, he was practicing his discipline,” Jon Kopp said. ASHLEY BRADLEY

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Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UTA Veterans: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For more information, contact Erin O’Malley at TUESDAY Women’s History Month Lecture: Helen McLure - Mob Violence: 19th Century: 2:30-4 p.m. Central Library sixth floor parlor. Free. For more information, contact Desiree Henderson at 817-2723131. Tailgate Tuesday!: 5:30-6 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Free. For more information, Travis Boren at 817-272-0694. “Last Lecture Series” sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa honor society: 6 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium. Free. For more information, contact Brittney Joyce at UTA Baseball vs. Texas A&M : 6:30 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Free for students, $5 for public. For more information, contact Jason Chaput at 817-272-7167. WEDNESDAY Exploring Majors, Yourself, and MyPlan: Noon-1 p.m. Ransom Hall Room 303. Free For information, contact the University Advising Center at 817-272-3140. Exhibiting Artist Talk by Sedrick Huckaby: 12:30-1:30 p.m. The Gallery at UTA. Free. For information, contact Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658. Lecture by Ralph Roesling: 4 p.m. Architecture Room 204. Free. For information, contact Rober Rummel-Hudson at 817-272-2314. $2 Movie – Megamind: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For information, contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183. Girl’s Night Out: 6:30 p.m. University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. Free. For information, contact Multicultural Affairs at 817-272-2099. Support The Big Event: Dorm Storm: 7-8p.m. All UTA Residence Halls. For information, contact UTA Volunteers at 817-272-2963.

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Fraternity gives blood to children’s hospital Beta Theta Pi members and other UTA students contribute 18 pints. By Vallari Gupte The Shorthorn staff

Beta Theta Pi fraternity members donated blood for the first time as an organized group Saturday. Carter BloodCare collected blood to help children at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children in Dallas. A donation van was set up outside the Arlington Masonic Lodge off Abram Street. Computer engineering junior Brent Burns encouraged his fellow Beta Theta Pi members to donate blood. Burns said alumnus Steve Shipe encouraged him to bring the fraternity out to donate. “We figured this was for a good cause, so we came,” Burns said. Shipe, an Arlington Masonic Lodge junior warden, said it was the first time the Masonic group has reached out to the community. Burns said some of the students have never donated blood, so they needed encouragement from friends. “Others have come here to support anyway,” he said. Burns said fraternity members participate in blood drives on campus but on an individual level. Psychology junior Troy Hooker said he participated because of peer pressure. “It’s not something I look forward to,” the Beta Theta Pi member said. “I am more worried about the aftereffects.” Arlington resident Monica Riney has donated blood since she was 17 years old. “Donating blood is scary, but it doesn’t hurt you,” Riney said. “You never know where or who the blood is going and that just might be what the person needs.” People should be encouraged to donate blood, she said.

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Psychology junior Troy Hooker and computer engineering junior Brent Burns of Beta Theta Pi fraternity wait for their turn to donate blood at a blood drive for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children in Dallas. History senior and fellow fraternity member Dustin Smith said that each pint donated saved the hospital $300.

can yOu GiVe BlOOd? Here are some common requirements and disqualifiers. Requirements: • Minimum 16 years of age with parental consent • Must weigh at least 110 pounds • Provide government issued photo ID Permanent Disqualifiers: • AIDS/HIV infection • History of heart attack • History of illicit drug use, steroid use or needle use • Lymphoma, Leukemia or other blood cancers Source: Carter Blood Care Blood Donor guidelines.

According to the Carter BloodCare website, more than 1,100 donors are needed on a daily basis. One pint of blood can save up to three lives. Electrical engineering sophomore Kevin Mashhadizadeh said

donating blood has definitely moved down the list of priorities for students. “Donating blood takes a lot of time,” Mashhadizadeh said. On average it takes about an hour to donate blood. According to Carter BloodCare, it takes ten minutes for the actual donation, but the four-step process of a medical history check, quick physical, donation and re-energizing with snacks makes it an hour-long process. Shipe said 48 people attempted to donate blood Saturday, and 42 pints were collected. Eighteen pints were from UTA students, he said. “We expected 36 pints,” he said. “We had a very positive response.” Every potential donor is required to read the donor guidelines of the concerned blood bank before donating blood. Vallari Gupte

Saxe named first in Last Lecture Series Allan Saxe, political science associate professor, will speak to students about the facts of life and how he would approach it if he only one last Allan Saxe, political chance to lec- science associate ture. professor The “Last Lecture Series” is sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa honor society. Saxe is the first of two lecturers speaking as a part of the inaugural series at UTA. The next lecturer has yet to be announced. The talk will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Maverick Activities Center Lone Star Auditorium. The series was started after Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch died after battling pancreatic cancer. Pausch wrote a book titled The Last Lecture. According to the book’s website, it encourages individuals to consider their legacy. While the series is meant to be inspirational, Saxe said that he plans to not sugar-coat anything. “My little talk will not be inspiring, but it will be honest. Not only that, but it will be intensely realistic,” Saxe said. — Joel Cooley


Speaker to address Disabilities Act changes The founder of Atelier Design Associates, an inspection firm in Arlington, will speak to architecture students about changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act and how they apply to building

design. Michael Love’s lecture, “Something for Everyone: Principles of Accessibility,” will focus on the details of the 2010 update to the Americans with Disabilities Act, originally passed and signed into law in 1990. The lecture takes place at 7 tonight in the Architecture Building Room 204. Love said he hopes students will learn how to integrate the changes into their designs and to keep those with disabilities in mind when they work on projects. “We have watched UTA grow in access over the last 20 years,” he said. The event is part of the Design Practice Academy lectures, and admission is free. — Kevin Crouch

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Volunteers collect shoes for children UTA Volunteers is collecting new and used shoes, new socks and monetary donations from noon to 2 p.m. today through April 11 on the Library Mall for the non-profit organization The Shoe Bank. Founded in Dallas in 1989, The Shoe Bank organizers have provided shoes for thousands of children around the world. Keithlin Garrett, UTA Volunteers health and homelessness director, said millions of kids go without shoes every day and are at risk for infection and disease. “I want to inform students about what’s happening,” he said. “Maybe that will make a difference.” On April 5, UTA Volunteers will host a One Day Without Shoes walk on campus to raise awareness for those who don’t have money to buy shoes. — Bianca Montes

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Speakers are key People like Bill Nye and Lisa Ling bring attention to UTA As UTA stands to lose millions in state funding for the next two years, it should fight to continue getting speakers like Bill Nye. The Maverick Speakers Series is a platform for the university’s special guests to promote themselves, their ideas and actions, and it gives people opportunities to see leaders they admire. Also, this project brings together diverse groups to UTA to promote furthering important, current discussions. This service is too great to change in any negative way because of these financially-tough times. Each dollar in the university’s budget is being scrutinized. Yet as that goes on, the university is trying to find external sources to fund part of the Maverick Speakers Series. Should the university not meet expectations budget wise, the consequence shouldn’t be the end or reduction of the series. Last week, Nye, a scientist and television personality, took questions from a packed house at Texas Hall as part of the speakers series. Many even sang the Bill Nye the Science Guy theme song. The speakers don’t just feed a Maverick crowd. Crowds from grade schools and the North Texas community scooped up tickets to the sold-out shows, featuring documentary filmmaker Ken Burns; Cal Ripken Jr., baseball Hall of Famer; and celebrity chef Rick Bayless. UTA needs more crowd pleasers. These personalities draw visitors and give them opportunities to see what UTA has to offer. The series could also grow into a staple in the community big enough to garner school spirit. Community reaction to these speakers show that people flock to hear prominent thinkers speak. It’s one of the keys to the university’s success: Alluring events and activities at UTA that get people to show up. The university’s prominence grows because of the unique opportunities it offers the community, like seeing someone who is very famous and influential. The Maverick Speakers Series is how the world gets to know UTA.

More than a diploma Getting a degree and a better job aren’t the only perks of going back to college


t 30, I’m not exactly over the hill. I decided to come back to UTA this semester to finish my bachelor of arts in journalism after working in the newspaper and visual communications field for about six years. During my last go at UTA, I found an internship that led into another and then a full-time job. I figured I would finish my degree later. As I was considering doing this, I was laid off from my job as a newspaper designer and, while I found work, I knew my skills were increasingly lacking as technology in my field evolved. I also did not qualify for some jobs, because I did not have a degree. I made the decision AMBER TAFOYA to come back to college quickly, and many other professionals I know are doing the same. Several former colleagues and friends of mine are going back or considering school to get technical training or work on a master’s degree to help with their career transi- Tafoya is a journalism tions. senior and guest My college experience columnist for The is a little different this Shorthorn. time around. While I still make some of the same Join the discussion mistakes, procrastinating by commenting at for example, I’m coming in with a better understanding of what I want from my education. After three months here, I’ve made good friends with some of my classmates and have blended in without a problem. I speak in class more, and I’m not afraid of asking silly questions or embarrassing myself. I also have more bills, responsibilities and commitments, and I try to be careful about how I use my time. While I have gone back to school to learn new skills and earn a degree to make myself more competitive in the job market, I’m realizing one of the best benefits of coming back can be found in the people around me. School is more than just classes. Every day we have the opportunity to be inspired. I find this inspiration from my classmates who are on their way to accomplishing their own goals, from taking flights to New York for a choir tryout to considering going to Chicago for graduate school. Even in a time when job security is an issue, I can find inspiration and hope in my environment. I thank UTA for that.





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DISCOMBOBULATION by Houston Hardaway


nformation is becoming an increasingly valuable commodity. It’s almost as important as natural resources. While oil is the fuel of the world, information is the fuel of the people. It gives us the drive to act as a whole when we are not too busy acting for ourselves. False information has run amuck today, and it is within this muck that we can dig around and find a valuable piece of information. On Saturday morning, while having a cup of coffee, I received a phone call. It was my brother calling to urge me to turn the TV to CNN. There was a live broadcast of Great Britain’s citizens protesting budget cuts and general government dissatisfaction. That’s right. Hundreds of thousands of people in Great Britain, a fellow western na-


TONY SORTORE Sortore is an environmental geoscience junior and guest columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at tion, took to the streets. I ran to turn on the television and what do I find on CNN? Nothing at all. They switched immediately over to an athlete’s thoughts about relief in Japan. “I must find out about this,” I thought. I ran back to the computer

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to check a few prominent U.S. news sources, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Reuters, Yahoo News and etc. It was nowhere. The story was killed, and I can only guess as to why we aren’t informed. I started checking foreign sources, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, BBC and etc. I managed to find something about it somewhere on every front page. If this isn’t proof enough of a hidden agenda in our media, then I don’t know what is. I urge you all to start looking elsewhere for the information that we all require as life-energy in today’s world, because there are those that do not want you to have it. We must start using available resources to participate in the world that we believed we knew so well.

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UTA, Arlington sow seeds of community involvement N

Greeks celebrate decades of history

Half of the harvest from the plots will be donated to a local food bank.

N UTA Boulevard

SWEET Center

BY VIDWAN RAGHAVAN The Shorthorn staff

5-7 p.m.: Parking Lot Painting party – West Lawn Teams will decorate their cars by the Maverick Activities Center to showcase school spirit and will be judged.

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GARDEN SITE The garden is located west of the SWEET Center at Davis Drive and UTA Boulevard.

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Laura Miller, Texas AgriLife Extension county extension agent, helps Mayor Robert Cluck, right, with a demonstration on planting Saturday afternoon outside of the Southwest Environmental Education Training Center.

on joining a large community of community gardens in the U.S.,” she said. “I encourage you to produce your own fresh food.” Meghna Tare, Office of Sustainability director, said she was impressed by the response to the garden and the event. “We had 78 plots and about as many applicants,” she said. “We have one plot for UTA Volunteers.” Student Activities director

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set-aside. “The same things we don’t know at the state level, we also don’t know at the national level,” Wasson said. “When they make a decision it’s as important as what that decision is.” Eliminating tuition setaside, an amount of each student’s tuition set aside for financial aid, would also impact the state’s B-On-Time Loan Program. At the federal level, the maximum Pell Grant was raised to $5,550 for the 201011 school year, but Wasson doesn’t expect it to stay there. Wasson said the future is also uncertain for the Maverick Promise, a program that assures lower income students do not pay tuition and fees. “Maverick Promise is collected from a number of sources,” he said. “It’s up in the air, because Pell is up in the air.” The reason for the state uncertainty is because of a gaping hole in the Texas budget, estimated at between $15 billion and $27 billion. Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Ar-

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Arlington residents have planted a garden to harvest communal involvement by growing vegetables. About 100 people attended the Arlington Community Garden dedication Saturday to officially open the garden. The event featured speeches from UTA, city and county officials, followed by a ceremonial planting. The garden is located at the corner of UTA Boulevard and Summit Avenue. Councilwoman Lana Wolff said the garden was a good way for residents to be involved with the community. “I see this garden as not just a food opportunity, but as an opportunity for people to come together while helping the needy,” she said. Applicants were allotted one of the 78 plots for an annual fee with the agreement that half of the harvest be donated to a local food bank. The garden is a partnership between UTA and the city to enable sustainable food growth for the community. Seth Ressl, University Events and Greek Life director, said he got a plot because he enjoyed gardening and being outside. “Where I live, I don’t have space to do it,” he said. “And it’s nice in that whatever you grow, you give half to charity.” Laura Miller, Texas AgriLife Extension county extension agent, said to the audience that people are looking for a greater connection with their food. “I’d like to congratulate you

lington, said state legislators understand the urgency of the situation. “Financial aid for post-secondary education is extremely important to provide access and opportunity for Texas,” she said. “There’s always uncertainties about the impact of legislation created during the session, but the urgency this time is different.” Patrick sits on the House Appropriations and Higher Education committees, as well as the Appropriations subcommittee on education funding. She said the group has recommended restoration of TEXAS Grants, Texas Educational Opportunity Grants and work study programs. Last year, about two-thirds of UTA’s students received a combined $322.8 million in financial aid during the 201011 school year. Wasson encouraged students to file for 2011-12 financial aid as soon as possible. “The only thing that isn’t in the air is that you have to apply,” he said. “You have to play to win. You can’t get aid if

P.K. Kelly said UTA Volunteers acquired a plot because it fit in with their mission. “It’s a perfect fit. We have an animals and environment committee and they will take care of it,” he said. Emmanuela Mujica, the Biology Department’s Demuth Lab manager, said she enjoyed the event and that her lab got a plot for itself. “I thought it was well executed,” she said. “I wish more

you don’t apply.” Meanwhile, UTA will make calculated judgments. “We are going to have to take judicious risks — and we do that everyday already,” Wasson said. “We will have to make an educated guess for the benefit of our students.” Susanna Karth, a Midland resident, made the decision to transfer to UTA because of the uncertainty. “For a while I was looking at Texas Tech, but they sent me an email saying they didn’t know what they could offer me, yet,” she said. Karth was named a member of the All-Texas All-Academic team, a transfer scholarship that qualified her for a full ride at UTA. She jumped at the chance. “I was very surprised when they offered me a full ride,” she said. “Some of my friends have been applying to school, but they’re having a harder time finding financial aid.” Karth’s scholarship was available because it was based on merit, instead of financial need. The Financial Aid Office compiled a list of private scholarships available on its website. J.C. DERRICK

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UTA students had shown up, though.” Mujica said the garden was important because there isn’t anything similar to it around UTA. Tare said the garden will be run by an advisory council of about 40 members, along with an executive committee with about two to three representatives each from UTA and the city. John Hall, Administration and Campus Operations vice president, said the garden enables people to give back to the community. “This is a banner day for UTA and the city, and our partnership,” Hall said. He said President James Spaniolo wanted to attend the dedication but was unable to do so. VIDWAN RAGHAVAN

TUESDAY 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Chalking - Location to be announced Teams will use chalk to create designs related to the campus, Greek Life and/or their decade. CANstruction - Location and time to be announced Teams will collect non-perishable canned items to support the event. The teams will spend 20 minutes constructing designs with their cans for judging. 5-7 p.m.: Student Affairs Baseball Tailgate - Location to be announced Teams will create decade-themed non-alcoholic “Mocktails” and dress up in UTA attire. WEDNESDAY Noon: Fashion Show – Rio Grande Ballroom Two girls and two guys from each team will participate in a fashion show from their decade. TBD: Intramural Games – Maverick Activities Center Teams will compete in wiffleball, goalball and volleyball. THURSDAY 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Blast from the Past - Location to be announced Teams will provide the community food from decade-themed tables. 8-10 p.m.: UTA Bandstand – Rio Grande Ballroom Teams will compete in a dance competition with popular dances from their decade. FRIDAY 8–10 a.m.: Dean’s Breakfast Teams will pass out bagels to designated departments on campus. 12–4 p.m.: Field Day - Location to be announced Teams will spend the afternoon having fun. No competitions will take place. 7 p.m.: Greek Awards - Location to be announced Teams will celebrate the week at a dessert reception. The Greek Week Winners, Greek Awards and CEASR Awards will be announced. Source:


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Junior starter Collin Reynolds pitches to a Northwestern State batter Saturday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavericks beat the Demons 6-2 on Saturday and won 4-3 on Sunday.

Team places 12th at Border Olympics The golf team was hoping to pick up its second tournament victory of the spring season this weekend but fell short in doing so, placing 12th at the Border Olympics in Laredo. “Our ball striking wasn’t consistent enough,” head coach Jay Rees said. The Mavericks were in 11th place after shooting a 292 in round one and a 287 in round two on Friday. They then shot a 290 in the third round to finish the tournament with a total of 869. Senior Zack Fischer was still able to place in the top-ten after finishing 6-under-par, tying for eighth place. “It was a successful tournament for me,” Fischer said. “It was a good weekend, and I feel I’m on the verge of something good.” Sophomore Paul McConnell, who won his first tournament a week ago in San Diego, finished 1-under-par in the tournament and tied for 27th place. “I fought my way through the rounds,” McConnell said. “I just need to keep getting better at putting.” No. 18 Arkansas won the tournament, finishing the tournament 32-under-par. The team travels to Austin next Monday to play in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. — Charlie Vann

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It may have been a tune-up to Saturday’s Bobby Lane Invitational, but men’s track looked strong at the North Texas Spring Classic on Saturday in Denton. The Mavericks had five men win events and several finished in the top three with senior Cordero Gray winning the 200meter dash in his first appearance of the outdoor season. Gray had a time of 20.94 seconds in the event. Senior Juan Lewis captured first in the 400meter dash with a time of 48.42 seconds. Freshman Clayton Vaughn also joined Gray in his first outdoor meet of the season and impressed by finishing fourth in the 100-meter dash. However, Vaughn finished first among collegiate runners, as many unattached professionals competed in the event as well. The good results didn’t end there as junior Anthony Rene won the 800-meter run with a time of 1:55. Senior Zach Zura placed first in the 5,000-meter run, clocking in at 16:13. For the field events, senior Casey Keeter won the shot put, getting a winning distance of 18.12 meters. Junior Lionel Mungwari took third in the long jump with a 7.29 meter leap.

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Fans are encouraged to wear orange at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when the baseball team hosts Texas A&M at Clay Gould Ballpark.

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Pamela Vinson didn’t run the sprints but women’s track had some quality finishes at the North Texas Spring Classic on Saturday in Denton. Senior Megan Turner was the lone woman to win an event, placing first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:04. Freshman Brookeana Witt was right behind her in second place and a time of 1:05. Junior Jennifer Carey had a time of 4:49 in the 1500-meter run, grabbing second place. Senior Destinee Nixon competed in the triple jump, and had a longest distance of 11.90, netting second place as well. The men and women will both return to Arlington as UTA hosts the Bobby Lane Invitational this weekend.


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Team able to grab quick advantage in doubles, says head coach Benitez. By TRaVis deTheRage The Shorthorn staff

The Mavericks No. 59 women’s tennis team went 2-0 this weekend playing at the UTA Tennis Center, sweeping both opponents along the way. After losing to TCU on Wednesday, the Mavericks bounced back and swept Texas State 7-0 on Saturday and UT-San Antonio 7-0 on Sunday. Head coach Diego Benitez said it was a great overall effort in the two wins, which improved UTA’s record to 11-4 overall and 6-0 in the Southland Conference. “We played really good in doubles and in singles play,” Benitez said. “We were able to grab a quick 1-0 advantage in doubles play in both games this weekend, and then we took care of the rest in singles.” Against the Bobcats, the Mavericks took the doubles point by winning all three matches. Senior Daiana Negreanu and freshman Linda Aqvist had an 8-1 win over Melissa Hadad and Jessica Kahts. Freshman Giada D’ortona and junior Natalia Mayuk won 8-2 over Gabriela Rojas and Berenice Van Den Bergh. Sophomore Maria Martinez-Romero and junior Nikola Matovicova beat Jessica Laing and Mariana Perez. The Mavericks won all six of their single matches against the Bobcats. After losing her first singles game on Wednesday against TCU, Martinez Romero got back to winning and picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win

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Senior Daiana Negreanu serves during her doubles match with teammate, freshman Linda Aqvist, not pictured, against UT-San Antonio Sunday at the Tennis Center. Negreanu and Aqvist won their match, 8-3.

over Rojas. Negreanu had a 6-4, 7-6 win against Kahts and D’ortona picked up a 6-1, 6-2 win over Perez. Against the Roadrunners on Sunday, the Mavericks doubles team of Negreanu and Aqvist won 8-3 over Stefanie Peana and Miceala Silva. In singles play, MartinezRomero won against Menon in the number three position,

6-0, 6-0. Martinez-Romero pushed her season record to 14-1 overall. She and the rest of the Mavericks went 6-0 in singles play. The Mavericks next opponent will be Sam Houston State at 11 a.m. on Saturday in Huntsville before facing Stephen F. Austin at 11 a.m. Sunday in Nacogdoches. TRaVis deTheRage

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Meeting Bobbitt agreed, pointing out that furloughs, which are unpaid leaves of absence, are a “temporary solution� to what could be indefinite budget issues related to state funding. The 82nd Texas legislature is facing a budget shortfall of $15 billion to $27 billion, although lt. Gov. david dewhurst said Friday that cuts could be avoided by selling unused state land and generating other non-tax revenues. in the meantime, Spaniolo and Bobbitt took center stage a day after the university announced the Voluntary Separation incentive Program for 113 qualifying faculty. Bobbitt said the program is aimed at helping avoid layoffs. “The hope is that through these other processes we will not have to use that as part of our reduction strategy,� Bobbitt said. Bobbitt said the university has saved more than $300,000 in the current fiscal year by cutting back on travel, a savings that he said could climb to more than twice that amount this year. Bobbitt also said the university has eliminated approximately 16 positions in fiscal 2011 by not filling vacancies. Spaniolo said a committee meets weekly to determine if a vacant position needs to be filled. “They are the gatekeeper for implementing our flexible hiring freeze that has been in place over a year-and-a-half,�


The next town hall meeting is scheduled in late April at the Maverick Activities Center.

invest our resources.� last Thursday, Spaniolo and Provost donald Bobbitt announced the Voluntary Separation incentive Program, which would give qualifying faculty members one full year of salary based on their pay on today’s date. The offer to tenure and tenure-track faculty must be accepted by May 11, and the separation will take place May 31. “We need to make some short-term reductions in order to grow for the longer term,� Spaniolo said following a town hall meeting he hosted with Bobbitt Friday afternoon. The program is similar to one offered to UTA staff last year, but this will be the final of such opportunities,


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President James Spaniolo answers questions about budget cuts the new buyout plan for staff at the monthly town hall meeting Friday in The Business building.

Spaniolo said after the meeting. “There has to be a compelling case made for filling a position.� The initial budget proposals by the 82nd legislature would cut UTA funding by about $18 million per year in 2012-2013, although the university has already cut about

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according to the email sent to the campus listserv last week. Several qualifying professors who spoke with The Shorthorn declined comment on the program. Allan Saxe, political science associate professor, said he didn’t need to think about it. “i really enjoy teaching. i know that sounds rather dramatic, but it’s true,� said Saxe, a professor at UTA for 46 years. “i have no children, no grandchildren. if somebody has children and grandchildren, that may make a

$10.5 million in the 20102011 biennium. “i think it’s important to realize that we’re not operating in a vacuum here in Texas,� Spaniolo said. “The financial crunch affecting colleges and universities nationwide has arrived in Texas, but it’s been going on for the last

difference. Maybe they want to go off to Florida and retire, but that’s not me.� Spaniolo said the decision to offer separation incentive came after extensive discussions with deans, the Faculty Senate and others. While it is too early to know how much the university would generate in savings, Spaniolo said it could be significant. “To the extent that you are leaving positions unfilled, you’re not only saving salary, but also benefits,� he said. “Benefits are at least 30 percent in addition to salary. often the benefit cost is invisible to people, but it’s still a real cost and we have to budget for it every year.� Spaniolo said the university is still committed to growing its tenure and tenure-track faculty count as part of the Tier one effort. The Tier one benchmark for tenure and tenure-track faculty is 900. As of fall 2010,


two or three years around the country.� Spaniolo also addressed the likelihood that legislation allowing concealed handguns on college and university campuses would become law. “Being realistic, it would appear some form of the legislation will pass,� he said. Spaniolo said he plans to create a planning committee to examine the best way for the university to handle the probable new law. in response to a question about enrollment, Spaniolo predicted it would rise this fall, but not significantly. Steven Apell, urban planning and policy doctoral student, said he thought the meeting went well. “My impression of it was very good,� he said. “The president seems to have a very strong desire to be open and transparent.� About 90 people attended the session that ended about 15 minutes early because there were no further questions. Apell said he was surprised. “it seems to me a lot of people were timid,� he said. “even with the president trying to encourage people to ask questions, they seemed to be a little bit intimidated. Hopefully next time, people will ask more questions.� J.C. DerriCk

UTA had 663, according to the university fact book. “At some point, some of those positions vacated may be filled, but they may be filled in different ways,� he said. “We’re going to try to make strategic decisions about when and where those positions will be filled.� eligible faculty members must have 85 years of combined age and years of service to the state, with at least five years of service to the state. Speaking at Friday’s town hall meeting, Jean Hood, Human resources vice president, said benefits for employees who accept the offer would expire at the end of August. The office of Human resources will host informational sessions for the program on March 31, April 5 and April 20. J.C. DerriCk

Air raids hit Gadhafi stronghold of Sirte RAS LANOUF, Libya — International air raids targeted Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte for the first time Sunday night as rebels quickly closed in on the regime stronghold, a formidable obstacle that must be overcome for government opponents to reach the capital Tripoli. A heavy bombardment of Tripoli also began after nightfall, with at least nine loud explosions and anti-aircraft fire heard, an Associated Press reporter in the city said.

Nuclear plant downplayed tsunami risk TOKYO — In planning their defense against a killer tsunami, the people running Japan’s now-hobbled nuclear power plant dismissed important scientific evidence and all but disregarded 3,000 years of geological history, an Associated Press investigation shows. The misplaced confidence displayed by Tokyo Electric Power Co. was prompted by a series of overly optimistic assumptions that concluded the Earth couldn’t possibly release the level of fury it did two weeks ago, pushing the six-reactor Fukushima Dai-ichi complex to the brink of multiple meltdowns.


Tiny amounts of radiation reach Neveda RENO, Nev. — Nevada has joined several western states in reporting that minuscule amounts of radiation from Japan’s damaged nuclear plant are showing up. But as with the other states, scientists say there is no health risk. Extremely small amounts of the radioactive isotopes iodine-131 and xenon-133 reached a monitoring station by Las Vegas’ Atomic Testing Museum this week, said Ted Hartwell, manager of the Desert Research Institute’s Community Environmental Monitoring Program. Hartwell said he’s certain the isotopes came from Japan because they’re not usually detected in Nevada. But he said the readings were far below levels that could pose any health risks. California, Colorado, Hawaii and Washington have also reported tiny amounts of radiation from the Japan accident. Officials have said those levels also are not harmful.

Pipe bomb explosion injures man VACAVILLE, Calif. — Authorities say a Northern California man was injured when a pipe bomb hidden inside a Sunday newspaper exploded as the man reached for the paper from his driveway. The blast at about around 10:20 a.m. Sunday forced the evacuation of surrounding homes in a cul-de-sac in Vacaville, which is located between San Francisco and Sacramento. Vacaville city spokesman Mark Mazzaferro says a bomb squad from Travis Air Force Base is helping to search the cul-de-sac for other potential explosives. The victim was airlifted to a hospital although the extent of the person’s injuries wasn’t immediately clear. It also wasn’t clear whether the attack was random or the man was targeted. Residents within a roughly half-mile radius have been advised not to approach any suspicious packages.


Judged innocent, man waits in prison DALLAS — Ben Spencer sits in prison three years after a judge ruled him innocent of a deadly March 1987 Dallas carjacking. Now 46, Spencer’s in his 24th year in prison as he waits for an appeals court ruling on the judge’s recommendation that his conviction and life sentence be overturned. The Dallas Morning News reports the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has given no timetable for ruling on state District Judge Rick Magnis’ recommendation. However, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins and the family of Jeff Young, who was beaten to death in the carjacking, stand by the conviction.

Man leads police on chase with 3 children HOUSTON — Houston police say a man driving a pickup carrying three children led officers on a high-speed chase that ended in gunfire. The children weren’t hurt. Police say an officer spotted the man arguing with a woman in the truck Saturday night. As the officer approached, the man pulled the woman out of the truck, jumped in and sped off. Police chased the man for more than 20 minutes. The chase ended when the man slammed into a metal fence, got out of the truck and began running. An officer shot him in the leg when he pulled something black from his pocket. It was a cellphone.







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Elementary education senior Theresa Parenica covers her face in multi-colored pigment powders during uTA’s Holi festival Sunday afternoon outside of the Maverick Activities center. The colored powder, or gulal, was available for purchase and came in colors such as green, yellow and red.


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Students cover each other in colored powder to observe Holi, an Indian festival that celebrates the coming of spring By Bianca Montes The Shorthorn senior staff

The vibrant colors of pink, yellow, green and red decorated the west lawn by the Maverick Activities Center Sunday as students celebrated Holi, an Indian festival of color. Campus organizations, including The Indian Student Association, International Student Organization, Hindu Student Council and the Fine Arts Society of India, joined together to host the victory of righteousness over evil. Students were provided two large color packages at entry to douse patrons with during the festival. The colored powder represents the coming of spring and well wishes. Marketing senior Prashant Dwivedi said Holi is a day to forget about all the differences in the world. “You don’t see their skin,” he said. “The colors mean that there is no racism. There is only one thing – humanity.” Students cheered across the lawn and some reminisced celebrating Holi while in India. Jayani Karecha, marketing research graduate student, stood along the side of the Maverick Activities Center taking in the sight of students dancing in the online field immersed in color. for video “This is just like we celecoverage of the brate in India,” she said laughevent and to ing. “It is so great to see people submit your own celebrating Holi again.” photos, visit In the middle of the festival, theshorthorn. elementary education freshcom. man Rachel Kuntz stood wideeyed with a giant smile across her face – she was completely soaked. “This is amazing,” Kuntz said. “Most religions don’t have festivals of color.” Kuntz, who attended the festival with friends, laughed about students telling her she was too white, “They kept pouring color on me,” she said. “You can just rub powder in the face of people you don’t know,” Kuntz said. “And, they will just rub it right back in your face.” By the time she left the festival, she was red – including her teeth. Prior to the event, organizers expected more than 300 students to attend; however, because of the 52-degree weather, less than half made it out to Holi. Students gathered in large groups under a water hose dancing to Bollywood-style music and enjoyed the festivities. “It is a huge success,” said Ellen Ranit, International Student Organization President. Ranit estimated, based off of the color package sales, that the organizations had raised at least $800. Money earned from the festival will go back into the hosting organization to help fund future events, such as International Week, which begins April 4 with the annual Grand Opening. Holi was celebrated March 20 this year, but campus activities were postponed for convenience. “Today is a day for students to forget all of their sorrows, said Swanand Phadke, Hindu Student Council president. “If someone here is sad, we will find them and share the happiness in our lives with them.” The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt

Each Holi participant received two packets of Gulal, dry colored powder that is to be thrown on other people during the celebration to represent the colors of spring.

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Holi participants filled water bottles full of water and Gulal and threw it at each other during the celebration on Sunday.

“You can just rub powder in the face of people you don’t know. And, they will just rub it right back in your face.” Rachel Kuntz

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The Holi Festival participants ended the celebration by spraying everyone off with a hose.

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All 400 packets of Gulal were sold during the Holi celebration on Sunday afternoon behind the Maverick Activities center.

The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt

Computer science graduate student Vritant Naresh Jain gets sprayed in the face to clean off after the Holi festival on Sunday.


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