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Art department will hold its annual glass art sale this Friday to raise funds for its renowned glass program. SCENE | PAGE 4

Calendar 2 Police report 2 World View 3 Classifieds 5 News 3,5,6

ENGINEERING

UTA to match $550,000 in alumni endowments The donations will help pay for scholarships and professorships. BY JOHN HARDEN The Shorthorn senior staff

UTA will double two engineering alumni’s donations of a combined $550,000, which

will be used to help finance the college’s efforts and services. Alumnus Jeff Smith, ’88, donated $50,000 and Mike Greene, ’69, donated $500,000 to the college. The university will use the Maverick Match program to double donations more than

$25,000, bringing the total to $1.1 million. Smith and Greene were the first to provide gift commitments to the college, and Engineering Dean Bill Carroll said it is working on securing more gifts that will help fund the college. “Endowments provide a

source of funds for the college that can help fund scholarships, professorships and our distinguished speaker series,” Carroll said. The gifts can be used to help free an institution from dependency on external DONATIONS continues on page 5

Communication assistant professor hopes to become a US citizen today

The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt

JUGGLING MORE THAN CLASSES Biochemistry junior Michael Ivison juggles pins between classes Monday on the Central Library mall. Ivison said he saw a juggling act at Scarborough Fair two years ago and decided to try it and has been doing it ever since. “I can pretty much juggle three of anything at a reasonable size. I’ve even juggled knives once,” he said.

SCIENCE

New crocodile species found at local dig site A high school student discovered the bones while using a tractor. BY ASHLEY BRADLEY The Shorthorn staff The Shorthorn: Sandy Kurtzman

Communication assistant professor Sasha Grant holds her son, Dominic, as she studies for her citizenship test at home on Monday. Grant says family is important to her, and being closer to her sisters, who live in the U.S., was a deciding factor for her move.

TEST OF A LIFETIME What might seem like an ordinary Tuesday to some people could be the day Sasha Grant can call herself an American citizen, if she passes her U.S. citizenship exam. The communication assistant professor has been waiting 19 years, since first applying for her visa to become a U.S. citizen in 1992. “There are thousands of people applying every day for visas, which is why the waiting list is so horrendous,” she said. “But I’ve had a great experience so far.” The number one problem is the length of time the total process takes, she said. A part of the process includes paperwork, fees, interviews, medical examinations, shots and extensive background checks. Prospective citizens must live in the U.S. for five years before they can apply

“The right to vote is what I’m most excited about. I have to wait for the next elections coming up, but as soon as I have the right to do so, I will,” Sasha Grant,

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to be a lawful permanent resident. Grant was born in Suva, Fiji, a Southern Pacific island. Because her mother worked for Canadian Pacific Air Lines and her father worked for the New Zealand Embassy, she grew up in a travel-loving and culturallyaware family. “I was exposed to people from all parts of the world,” she said. “[My sisters and I] CITIZEN continues on page 3

SPECIES continues on page 3

CAN YOU PASS THE TEST? As part of the process to become a citizen, applicants must answer up to 10 civics questions. Six out of 10 questions must be answered correctly to pass the test. See if you would pass the test with the sample questions below. 1. What is the Supreme law of the land?

6. What is the highest court in the United States?

2. Name one branch or part of the government.

7. What are the two major political parties in the United States?

3. How many U.S. Senators are there?

8. Name one right only for United States citizens.

4. We elect a President for how many years?

9. What is one reason colonists came to America?

5. In what month do we vote for President?

10. Who lived in American before the Europeans arrived? Source: Uscis.gov

6. the Supreme Court 7. Democratic and Republican 8. Vote in a federal election, run for federal office 9. freedom, political liberty, religious freedom, economic opportunity, practice their religion, escape persecution 10. American Indians, Native Americans

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Answers 1. the Constitution 2. Congress, legislative, President, executive, the courts, judicial 3. 100 4. 4 5. November

BY STEPHANIE KNEFEL

Without even knowing it, Austin Motheral, Richland High School junior, uncovered a new species of crocodile at the Arlington Archosaur Site. “We were just out there to move dirt out of the way with the tractor,” he said. “I hollered at my dad to stop

moving the tractor because I started to see bones.” Motheral said he started to uncover bone after bone until he felt overwhelmed. “It got to be too much for me to handle so we called Derek,” he said. Derek Main, geology lecturer and the Arlington Archosaur dig site’s director, is currently working to publish a paper naming the new species, which will be named after its finder, Mo-

ARLINGTON

Resident discusses issues with natural gas wells near home Energy president and education council refute concerns. BY ALI AMIR MUSTANSIR The Shorthorn senior staff

Arlington resident Jane Lynn didn’t know much about gas well drilling until it started two blocks from her home about two years ago. Chesapeake Energy operates the well site near High-

way 360 and Sublett Road, close to the Lynn household. Lynn said she vividly remembers the first time the site affected her. She said the neighborhood children, including her daughter, were outside playing when they began complaining about a smell. “It was choking,” she said. “I felt like I was choking on fumes.” GAS continues on page 5


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TODAY 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 817-272-3131.

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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.

Battle of Fallujah: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For information, contact Erin O’Malley at omalley@uta.edu. 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 information, contact Erin O’Malley at omalley@uta.edu.

Tailgate Tuesday!: 5:30-6 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Free. For information, Travis Boren at 817-272-0694.

Combat Narratives: Stories and Artifacts from UTA Veterans: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. Free. For information, contact Erin O’Malley at omalley@uta.edu.

“Last Lecture Series” sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa honor society: 6 p.m. Lone Star Auditorium. Free. For more information, contact Brittney Joyce at brittney.joyce@uta.edu.

Art Exhibition in The Gallery: “Sedrick Huckaby & Barbra Riley:” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery. Free. For information, contact Patricia Healy at phealy@uta.edu or 817-272-5658.

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

Exposure: Photos from the Second

Exploring Majors, Yourself, and MyPlan: Noon to 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. Free. For information, contact Patricia Healy at phealy@uta.edu or 817-2725658. Lecture by Ralph Roesling: 4 p.m. Architecture Building Room 204. Free. For information, contact Robert Rummel-Hudson at rhudson@uta.edu or 817-272-2314. $2 Movie — Megamind: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For information, contact the Planetarium at planetarium@uta. edu or 817-272-1183. Girl’s Night Out: 6:30 p.m. University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. Free. For information, contact Multicultural Affairs at multicultural_affairs@uta.edu or 817-272-2099.

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MONDAY Disturbance At 3:14 a.m., an officer responded to a loud noise disturbance at Timber Brook apartments, 408 Kerby St. The resident was located and she was asked to keep the noise level down. The case was cleared.

FRIDAY Disturbance At 11:14 p.m., an Arlington Hall resident reported hearing music through the walls of his room at 600 S. Pecan St. The case was cleared.

PERSONAVACATION by Thea Blesener

Team to orange out at game against Texas A&M

The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt

GREEKS GET GROOVY International business junior Ana Valdes paints “drop acid not bombs” on a ’60s themed car for Paint the Town Blue, an event in which sororities and fraternities had 20 minutes to paint a car with an assigned decade as a part of Greek Week on Monday evening outside the Maverick Activities Center. Each car had a different decade theme.

ARLINGTON

Librarians publish history book on early to late Arlington years BY JOEL COOLEY The Shorthorn staff

In Monday’s “Strikeouts seal weekend sweep” story, Enocksen was never clarified before first reference. The proper reference is junior shortstop Courtney Enocksen. News Front Desk ......................... 817-272-3661 News after 5 p.m........................ 817-272-3205 Advertising ................................. 817-272-3188 Fax ............................................. 817-272-5009 UC Lower Level Box 19038, Arlington, TX 76019 Editor in Chief ........................ Dustin L. Dangli editor.shorthorn@uta.edu Managing Editor ................... Vinod Srinivasan managing-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

The Division of Student Affairs will host a tailgate party at 5:30 tonight at Clay Gould Ballpark before the Mavericks take on the Texas A&M Aggies. Free hot dogs, hamburgers and refreshments are available for students on a first-come-first-serve basis, said Laura Kinch, Student Affairs marketing and communications assistant director. Students are invited to participate in yard games, like beanbag toss and face painting, provided by the UTA Ambassadors. “There will also be a contest for student organizations,” Kinch said. “The organization that brings the most members gets a free catered lunch.” In case of light rain, Student Affairs will have a tent available, but the game may be canceled if the weather is inclement. Student Affairs will be out again April 6 at Allan Saxe Field to support the softball team against the University of North Texas. Proceeds from that game will be given to teammate Abby Burns, who is fighting leukemia. Tonight’s game is free for students and $5 for the public.

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The history is depicted by images of historical places and events since 1849.

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Students can tailgate with Mavericks baseball

— Bianca Montes

SUNDAY Disturbance A staff member reported at 12:21 a.m. that a student refused to leave Allan Saxe Field, 1200 Allan Saxe Parkway. Three individuals were yelling during the game, which is a violation of NCAA rules. Two of them left, but one refused to leave. That individual will receive a disciplinary referral and the case was cleared. SATURDAY Fail to ID/Evading At 1:27 a.m., officers detained and identified two non-students at 1300 Cooper St. near the Texaco gas station. The officer noticed two bikes in the walk way and when he asked to whom the bikes belonged to, the two individuals took off. The officers detained the individuals after they were told the non-students were smoking marijuana. It was later determined that the two individuals, who were juveniles, were smoking K2. One of the individuals attempted to evade police and was placed under arrest. Both were later released to their parents or guardian. The case is still active.

GREEK LIFE

Two UTA librarians published their first book Monday. Arlington is a collection of photographs of the city from 1849 to 2010. Lea Worcester, Special Collections public services librarian, and information literacy librarian Evelyn Barker co-authored the book, writing captions and selecting each of the 200 photos. Arlington is published as a part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. Images of America is a series showcasing towns in America that have a rich cultural and historical presence. The book costs $21.99 and its 128 pages feature pictures of historical places and town events. An example is the groundbreaking of the General Motors plant by former Mayor Tom Vandergriff. Worcester said she plans to donate a portion of the earnings to UTA Special Collections. Worchester and Barker started working on the book in spring 2010 and finished it fall 2010. They were

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THE BOOK What: Arlington, a book of historic photos Authors: Lea Worcester and Evelyn Barker Price: $21.99 Arcadia Publishing

inspired to write about a city they love and found that Arcadia Publishing had a similar focus to theirs. The earliest image in the book is a hand-drawn map of Tarrant County, drawn in 1849. The latest photo in the book is of Cowboys Stadium taken in 2010. A good portion of the photos come from the Central Library’s Special Collections section. Some photos were borrowed from various

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Arlington residents. The Arlington Baptist College also donated a photo of the former Top O’ The Hill Terrace Casino, now a part of the college, but formerly a speakeasy during Prohibition. “I’m thrilled about it,” said Vicky Bryant, Arlington Baptist College historian. “I think our history is important to have made available to the public.” Barker said the two were lucky. “We had rich resources at our fingertips,” she said. “Everyone has been really kind and supportive.” Worcester said she has gained many positive experiences from writing the book. “It was so much fun. Arcadia Publishing did such a professional job on the layout. I want to do it again,” Worcester said. She said she enjoyed doing research and learning more about Arlington’s history. “I believe Evelyn and I had so much fun sharing tidbits of history together,” Worcester said. The book is also available in stores throughout the Metroplex. “We’re really excited and a little relieved,” Worcester said.

The baseball team will wear special orange jerseys for tonight’s game against No. 6 Texas A&M as part of an ‘Orange Out’ promotion. Fans are encouraged to join the team in donning orange clothing for the game, which is expected to be one of the highestattended games at Clay Gould Ballpark this season. The jerseys, priced at $75, will be available for purchase on a first-come-firstserve basis with proceeds going to the UTA baseball program. A pregame tailgate for all UTA faculty, staff and students featuring free hot dogs and snacks starts at 5 p.m., and the first pitch is at 6:30 p.m. Darin Thomas is going for his 100th win as UTA’s head coach, and senior catcher Chad Comer thinks a win would mark just the first milestone in what should be a long career for Thomas. “He’s one of those coaches that doesn’t need to yell to get his point across,” he said. “He’ll win a lot more games, and to get [the 100th] over [Texas] A&M would be great.” The No. 6 Aggies come into the game on a six-game winning streak. — Sam Morton

STUDENT GOVERNANCE

Applications for SC seats due today by 5 p.m. Students interested in contending for roles in the next session of Student Governance have until 5 tonight to file an application. Student Congress President Aaron Resendez said all available positions are open and anyone may apply as long as they meet the official code requirements. According to the code, an overall grade-point average of 2.25 is required for president and vice president and a 2.0 average for all other positions. Students may not run for Mr. or Ms. UTA if they have not been an ambassador, and may not run for president or vice president if they have not held a seat on congress, said SC vice president Annie Liu. Candidates are allowed to campaign March 31 through election time. Voting begins April 18 in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge and the first floor of the Maverick Activities Center. Students can get an application in the Student Governance and Organizations Office located in the University Center basement or on the Student Governance website. There is a $10 application fee. — Bianca Montes

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were always intrigued talking to everyone, and we loved interacting with people and learning who they were.” While visiting her oldest sister at Chaminade University in Honolulu, her middle sister, Christina Wallin, met her future husband, an American citizen. When Grant’s parents moved to Hamilton, New Zealand from Fiji, for better job opportunities, Grant was the only daughter who went with them. Both of her sisters were living in the U.S. while Grant finished college at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. With the stress of not being around her sisters and her father’s passing in 1995, it was apparent she and her mother wanted to move to the U.S., Grant said. While Grant was overseas, Wallin said she used any chance to communicate with her sister. “We just wanted to protect her,” Wallin said. “It was very hard. I knew everyone at the post office. I can’t even begin to explain all the phone calls, emails and letters we made.” Grant finished college in 2004, the same year her visa paperwork had gone through, allowing her and her mother to move to the U.S. They headed to San Francisco to

be closer to family. Grant’s mother was quickly granted a green card because two of her daughters were both citizens by marriage. Grant, on the other hand, had to wait. After Wallin moved to Texas, Grant looked for job opportunities in California and Texas. She moved to Texas in 2005 after getting hired at UTA. “I’m just so thrilled that she’s here,” Wallin said. “She’s a breath of fresh air every time I see her. I’m very fortunate she settled in Texas.” Out of all benefits of being a U.S. citizen, Grant said she is most thrilled to be able to vote in U.S. elections. “The right to vote is what I’m most excited about,” she said. “I have to wait for the next elections coming up, but as soon as I have the right to do so, I will.” Grant said she spent the past weekend studying and preparing for her exam today. She said she is ready to finish her dream of joining her family in being a citizen to a country she has had a bond with. “What I love about the U.S. is the diversity,” she said. “You will meet people from all over the world and walks of life.” She doesn’t know what she wants to do after the exam, but it will definitely be a day of celebrating, she said. She is contemplating a red, white and blue party in the future, but for now, she

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just wants to enjoy time with her family. “We are definitely going to celebrate with a family dinner,” she said. Advertising junior Nathan Edwards said Grant’s vivid personality and worldly experiences are unlike that of most professors. “She brings a different culture to the table, unlike most professors,” he said. “She story-tells about the differences between living here and in Fiji.” Grant said she’s confident that she will pass the test and is more excited than nervous. She said she is thankful to have a permanent place to call home with her husband and infant son. When people asked where she was from, she said she always had to explain that she was born and raised in Fiji, but spent more time in New Zealand. “It’s always been a dilemma to say where I’m from,” she said. “I’ve never felt 100 percent settled, but now I’m here for good.” Wallin said she enjoys all the little things family time brings, like knowing that both sisters get to see their children raised together in the U.S. “We cherish every day that she’s out here,” Wallin said. “Holidays are a whole new meaning.”

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Protestors push for president’s resignation A Yemeni girl holds a balloon and flashes the victory sign while seen with female anti-government protestors during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, Monday in Sanaa, Yemen. Yemen’s president, clinging to power despite weeks of protests, scrapped an offer to step down by year’s end on Sunday, as Islamic militants taking advantage of the fallen security took control of another southern town.

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Derek Main, Arlington Archosaur dig site director, said he and his crew find more crocodile bones each time they go out to digs.

the traits that tell me that it’s a goniopholis. There’s a strange depression that we find on the goniopholis that aren’t on the crocodiles found at the archosaur site.” He said they are unsure to which family the crocodile belongs, studying them further could answer questions and fill in puzzle pieces of how primitive crocodiles became the ones in existence today. He said it’s both rare and informative that the site has uncovered adult bones and juvenile ones. “It’s like viewing snapshots from when they were really young to when they were fully grown,” he said. “It’s cool to see the growth series — how they changed through their

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Obama on Libya: ‘We have a responsibility to act’

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WASHINGTON — Vigorously defending the first war launched on his watch, President Barack Obama declared Monday night that the United States intervened in Libya to prevent a slaughter of civilians that would have stained the world’s conscience and “been a betrayal of who we are” as Americans. Yet he ruled out targeting Moammar Gadhafi, warning that trying to oust him militarily would be a mistake as costly as the war in Iraq. Obama announced that NATO would take command over the entire Libya operation on Wednesday, keeping his pledge to get the U.S. out of the lead fast — but offering no estimate on when the conflict might end and no details about its costs despite demands for those answers from lawmakers.

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Species theral. Because the discovery happened during early morning hours, Main awoke to knocking on his door. As someone who doesn’t call himself a morning person, he was first annoyed by the abrupt awakening. “At first he thought we had just found bone fragments,” Motheral said. “Then he was excited to see how many bones there actually were.” Main said he was astonished at the number of bones uncovered, and every time the crew goes out to dig, they find more. “After a few days, I thought it would never stop,” Main said. Eric Allen, geoscience doctoral student at the University of Iowa, has traveled to the dig site three different times and is helping Main to map out the anatomy of the species. Main first approached him because he thought the crocodile was in the goniopholis species– a species Allen is an expert in. The goniopholis species existed during the Jurassic period. “Like mammals have hair and birds have feathers, these groups have similar traits as well,” Allen said. “I don’t see

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lives.” Motheral said, even though he doesn’t plan to go into geology or any other related field, he is excited to have found the bones. “It’s perfect for a personal narrative,” he said. “I always use the story for papers I have to write. My grandparents and everyone in my family are super proud.” Allen said he met Motheral once and wasn’t surprised he made the discovery. “Most fossil discoveries are not by professional paleontologists, but amateurs – kids,” he said. “Volunteers and amateurs are a very big part to our science.”

Colleague: NY state workers won $319M jackpot

BIN JAWWAD, Libya — Rebel forces bore down Monday on Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown of Sirte, a key government stronghold where a brigade headed by one of the Libyan leader’s sons was digging in to defend the city and setting the stage for a bloody and possibly decisive battle. The opposition made new headway in its rapid advance westward through oil towns and along stretches of empty desert highway toward Sirte and beyond to the big prize — the capital, Tripoli.

ALBANY, N.Y. — Within a state workforce already threatened with layoffs, a small group of workers has apparently found the sudden luxury of walking away from their jobs if they choose. No one has stepped forward to claim the weekend’s $319 million Mega Millions jackpot, the fifth-largest in the multistate game’s history.

CUERNAVACA, Mexico — Police in central Mexico say they have found the bodies of six men and one woman inside a car abandoned in an exclusive gated community near the picturesque city of Cuernavaca. Morelos state police say officers on Monday found three bodies inside the car and four more in the trunk in the town of Temixco near Cuernavaca. Police gave no other details. Violence spiked in Morelos state since the Dec. 2009 death of drug kingpin Arturo Beltran Leyva as splintered groups began fighting for control. In northern Mexico, the army killed four alleged gunmen in the border city of Nuevo Laredo. The army said in a statement that assailants traveling in two cars opened fire on troops on patrol on Monday. It says

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WASHINGTON — With the clock ticking toward a possible government shutdown, spending-cut talks between Senate Democrats and the Republicans controlling the House have broken off in a whomdo-you-trust battle over legislation to keep operations running for another six months. Democrats have readied a proposal to cut $20 billion more from this year’s budget, a party official said, but they haven’t yet sent it to House Republicans. That’s because they say it’s unclear whether the majority Republicans would accept a split-the-difference bargain they’d earlier hinted at or will yield to demands of tea party-backed GOP freshmen for a tougher measure.

Libyan rebels bear down on Gadhafi’s hometown

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Witness accused of torture in ex-CIA agent’s trial EL PASO — A former Cuban intelligence officer is telling a Texas jury that he was tortured in 2005 by a man who is now a key prosecution witness in the perjury trial of an ex-CIA agent. The testimony came Monday as defense attorneys for 83-year-old Luis Posada Carriles tried to discredit prosecutors’ case. The anti-communist militant is accused of lying to U.S. immigration officials and failing to disclose his alleged involvement in a series of bombings in Cuba. Roberto Hernandez Del Llano told jurors he was a major in Cuba’s counter-intelligence agency but left in 1992. Del Llano says shortly after he refused to return years later, he was arrested and tortured in a Havana jail by Roberto Hernandez Caballero, an investigator for Cuba’s Interior Ministry. Caballero testified earlier about the Cuban bombings.

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MixTAPE “Shake it fast, but watch yourself, shake it fast, show me what’cha workin’ with.” Those famous words by Mystikal in his song ”Shake Ya A--” set in motion the transition from choreographed dancing to booty bouncing on the dance floor. This week’s mixtape collects Mavericks’ favorite songs to get down and dirty to like Xtina would. Britney Spears releases her new CD, “Femme Fatale,” today. Next week’s mixtape will be of your favorite Britney songs, both recent and preshaved head.

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Here are some to-do events on campus to hold you over until Thursday’s Pulse. Exhibiting Artist Talk by sedrick Huckaby When: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Fine Arts Building Room 148 Cost: Free Contact: 817-272-5658 $2 Movie – Megamind When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Planetarium Cost: $2 Contact: 817-272-1183 Girls Night Out When: 6:30 p.m. Wedneday Where: University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom Cost: Free Contact: 817-272-2099 support the Big Event: Dorm storm When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: All residence halls Cost: Free Make sure to answer your residence hall room door because it’s gonna be The Big Event Committee asking you to join them in the largest one-day community service event at UTA. They will pass out fliers, answer questions, and take donations to help The Big Event serve the community. Contact: 817-272-2963 Guest Bassoon Recital with Christin schillinger When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Irons Recital Hall Cost: Free Contact: 817-272-3471 Faculty Trombone Recital When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday Where: Irons Recital Hall Cost: Free Contact: 817-272-3471

The Studio Art Center holds its world-class sale Friday

Department sells glass to help class By Tory Barringer The Shorthorn staff

Students and instructors working in the glass studio spend most of the year creating and working hard at their craft. They get to see their work pay off Friday at the Studio Arts Center’s annual World-Class Glass Art Show and Sale. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the courtyard of the center. Hundreds of pieces will be on sale, including paperweights, vases and larger and more involved items made purely for art. David Keens, glass professor and area coordinator of the glass art program, said the sale has been a highly anticipated community event in the past. “They work really hard all year long,” he said. “People anticipate and plan for it all year long. It’s a huge event.” Keens would not disclose details about the amount of money the sale typically makes. He did say, though, that it’s a substantial amount and most of the money in the annual operating budget is raised from the glass sale. Artists have a say in setting prices for their pieces, with many of the smaller ones coming in at $25 or less. Half of the proceeds from the sale will go to the artists, while the other half will go to the department to help pay for operating costs. The sale gives artists a chance to get experience in the business side of art. Lindsey Lavender, an art senior specializing in glass, said it’s best to show up before 1 p.m. She said most of the better pieces tend to sell early. “You can get some really neat stuff then,” she said. She has more than a dozen pieces of her own prepared, including bowls, paperweights and plates. Lavender said she is looking forward to seeing customers come to the sale. “It’s like a big event,” Lavender said. “It’s a really exciting atmosphere. Everyone has a lot of fun.” For art senior Tatara Siegel, it will be her second glass

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Art senior Cheryl Nettles molds glass with her assistant, art junior Heidi Martin, March 2 at the Studio Arts Center. Martin blows air into the pipe as Nettles shapes the molten glass in wet newspaper with her hands.

sale. She said she is looking forward to seeing the crowds come in. “The tables are completely covered with pieces,” Siegel said. “There are so many people that come in so excited. They pick things up left and right.” There will also be a silent auction that will accept bids from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The pieces available in the auction sometimes sell for hundreds of dollars. “There are more hours put into them, and normally they’re more about concept than functionality,” art graduate student Jesse England said. England, a glassblower with more than seven years of experience, began studying at UTA in fall 2010. He already has more than 100 pieces prepared for the sale. Though he is only months into his work at UTA, Eng-

land said the glass program is top notch. Keens echoed that sentiment. “Our facility is arguably one of the best in the country,” Keens said. “We have very good success in our students, and we’re very proud.” In addition to the pieces on sale, there will be glassblowing demonstrations for anyone interested in seeing the process behind the work. Glassblowing involves blowing into molten glass through a tube to inflate it. The glass is then molded into a shape before hardening. “We’re very interested in making it an educational experience for the public,” Keens said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn something about glassworking and take home something made by students or faculty.”

Art graduate student Neal Paustian takes inventory of his creations at the Studio Arts Center Thursday. Paustian and other glass students are selling their artwork from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday at the Studio Arts Center.

Tory Barringer features-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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A motivating music Maverick Music professor to retire from teaching, but never from music By allen Baldwin The Shorthorn staff

In 1976, Linton Powell was enticed to teach at UTA with the promise of being an organ teacher. He’s been teaching music history and organ ever since. This semester, Powell is retiring after more than three decades of teaching at UTA. “I have days where I think ‘Well, maybe this is not a good idea, maybe I shouldn’t retire’ and maybe there’s another week and I think ‘Yeah, it’s hard to get up enough energy to do this again,’” Powell said. “It just runs its course, but I think I change my mind every other week.” Powell said in high school he wanted to study romantic languages, but he later became interested in music after playing the pipe organ. “It’s not easy to play, but it’s very rewarding,” he said. “The kind of music you can play with four appendages is amazing.” Powell said he became a teacher because he enjoyed music and getting students excited about their future careers as musicians. Before teaching at UTA, Powell taught music history at the University of Georgia for five years. Powell said four decades of teaching has allowed him

to hone his craft. “Unfortunately, when you’re a really young teacher right out of the doctorate and teaching the subject matter, sometimes you try to put too much on everybody,” he said. “Way down the line, you figure out that it might be a little bit better to do a few things well, rather than skimming the surface of doing so many things. You get a better reaction from the students.” George Chave, music associate professor, said Powell was very concerned with other people’s success. “He would ask how things were going, how students were, how classes were going and outside things, like if anything was being performed,” he said. Chave said Powell hasn’t changed since he met him in 1992. He knows Powell as someone who likes meeting new people. “He is just as interested in our young tenure-track professors as he was when I met him,” Chave said. “And he continues to be interested with the rest of us who’ve been here a while.” Powell said his greatest accomplishment as a teacher was enlivening an academic subject like music history. “I’ve tried to make a subject like music history, which is so academic, very

The Shorthorn: Daniel Molina

Music professor Linton E. Powell may be retiring after 35 years at UTA, but certainly not from music. He plans on continuing to play the organ at concerts and with his colleagues, saying that “Musicians don’t really retire, they keep the music going.”

interesting to the point students would want to go beyond what they’re doing on a certain subject,” he said. “I think that’s when you can really see that you have succeeded in something.”

Music education junior Anne Marie Boeding, one of Powell’s music history students, said he usually starts the class by writing key terms on the board. She said the terms help her stay

on track during his lectures. “Throughout the lecture, we’ll take a break and listen to an excerpt from a piece we talked about,” she said. “I like how he breaks up the lecture like that.” Boeding said if she lectures in the future, she wants to incorporate Powell’s teaching style. Though Powell is retiring this semester, he said he’s offered to teach organ parttime for the university. He said he doesn’t plan on retiring from being a musician, though. “Different from other people that retire, I don’t think musicians ever really retire in a sense,” he said. “You retire from teaching, but as a musician, I don’t see myself retiring.” The A Cappella Choir, University Singers and Faculty & Friends Chamber Orchestra’s performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s piece “Requiem” earlier this month was dedicated to Powell, who also played the pipe organ for the piece. “It was a nice gesture, and I was moved by just the idea,” he said. “It’s a requiem. It’s a funeral piece. I always wanted to go to my own requiem and be alive.” allen Baldwin features-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu


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up in the air Kevin Deshane, lead electrical technician with TDIndustries, watches crews changing out the cooling towers on the number four cooling system before rewiring the towers on Monday.

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said. Carroll said he’s unsure of what the college will rename in honor of Greene’s gift, but the Engineering Research Building’s courtyard is a likely choice. Greene, who was unable to be reached, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He

Now, the family feels like they can’t go outside on days when hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is being done, Lynn said. Barnett Shale drilling has been a point of contention in the region for the past several years. The shale is a 5,000 square mile underground layer that contains a high concentration of natural gas, possibly the largest onshore field in the nation. Ed Ireland, Barnett Shale Energy Education Council executive director, said fracking is a process in which the gas company injects a mixture of water, sand and a minor amount of chemicals into the well to create fractures in rocks so the company can draw out the natural gas. He said the mixture is more than 99 percent water and sand and mixtures differ by company and location. “Every company has their proprietary blend that they have found works better,� he said. Ireland said despite the trade secret nature of the fracking fluid, there has been a push in the industry to release that information. Ireland said on fracking days, there are six to nine trucks on site at any given time that cause a lot of the emissions. Alisa Rich, Wolf Eagle Environmental president, said diesel trucks are only part of the source of odors. She said fracking causes a pressure event, which is when the pressure underground is removed and the gas rushes to the surface. “This is an explosion underground,� she said. “When there is an explosion, there is a pressure event.� Rich said the events release raw natural gas into the air that used to be mostly burned off by igniting the released gas, which isn’t as widely practiced in an urban setting. She said the raw gas contains multiple chemicals, like methane and other sul-

is also vice chairman of the Energy Future Holding Corporation. Using endowments and other sources of external funds to help finance the university is what it’s trying to accomplish. “That’s what we’re trying to do,� President James Spaniolo told The Shorthorn. “It’s

AUSTIN — A legislative committee is considering a bill that would make Texas the first state to demand gas drillers make public the chemicals they use to shatter and permeate thick rock formations. The bill has been presented by state Rep. Jim Keffer, a Republican who chairs the House Energy Committee. Gas drillers have kept under wraps the mix of water, sand and chemicals they use to extract once out-of-reach minerals from shale formations. The hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and horizontal drilling techniques were developed in Texas. The state is also the nation’s largest oil and gas producer. — The Associated Press

fides and could contain benzene. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has installed several continuous air quality monitors in North Texas and is planning to install more. He said the monitors show that wells maintain low emissions. “There is a very good body of information that says there aren’t any effects,� he said. Lynn, an organic gardener, said she is also concerned for her plants. She said in the last year, she had some plants produce misshapen vegetables and some plants didn’t produce at all. Rich said chemicals released during drilling could coat the leaves of a plant and inhibit or prevent photosynthesis, the energy production process in plants. “The fruit can be odd shaped and low in yield,� she said. Lynn said another issue she has is noise. She said the noise sounds like it is much closer than two blocks away. Most sites are not in sound violation, Ireland said. He said sites usually are below 78 decibels, or the average sound of a freeway. “If it is in a city, then there are local city ordinances for what the noise level can be,� he said. Noise ordinances in Arlington state noise violations are issued if the sound exceeds ambient noise by five decibels during the day and three decibels at night. A representative of Chesapeake Energy was not available for comment at 5 p.m. Monday. ali amir mustansir

not a strategy you can implement overnight. In the longer term, if you look at state funding across the country, states are providing less and less of the support for public universities.� Natural gas royalties, used in the Maverick Match program, are intended to encourage supporters to donate

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Lecturer: We need to learn from Japan Senior lecturer says we should reevaluate our nuclear operations.

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By John hArden The Shorthorn senior staff

All major sources of energy today have their own risks, and countries should learn from the accident in Japan and move forward, said Rasool Kenarangui, electrical engineering senior lecturer. As Japan continues its efforts to tackle the radiation contamination caused by a nuclear reaction explosion, all countries should reevaluate their nuclear operations, he said. “We need to collect all the facts and data to implement them in design, regulation, licensing and operation of the nuclear power plants,” said Kenarangui, who has a doctorate in nuclear engineering from Iowa State University. Bill Nye, a mechanical engineer and scientist, told a sold out crowd Wednesday in Texas Hall that there will be more nuclear accidents “because people are human and they make mistakes.” Nobody could have imagined the magnitude of disaster in Japan, he said. The tsunami-protection sea wall at the site of the reactor was six feet high, but the waves that hit the plant were 46 feet high. Nuclear energy will remain important to the future of energy in the U.S., despite the risks, Kenarangui said. Nye said nuclear energy is a good source of clean energy, but questioned whether the risks are worth it, considering there are other sources of energy. “When things go wrong, they can get really bad when dealing with nuclear energy,” Nye said. “The radiation

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In this image taken from footage released by the Japan Defense Ministry, a fire engine from the Japan Self-Defense Forces sprays water toward Unit 3 of the troubled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex on March 18. Military fire trucks sprayed the reactor units Friday for a second day, with tons of water arching over the facility in attempts to prevent the fuel from overheating and emitting dangerous levels of radiation.

from a plant’s explosion can greatly affect the environment and those that live in it, but there are other forms of energy we need to pursue.” Sunday, workers withdrew from Japan’s nuclear plant after potentially dangerous levels of radiation were detected in water there. Japanese workers are pouring coolant into the reactor to prevent a full nuclear meltdown. A meltdown can occur even after a site shuts down, because nuclear fuels can continue to produce enough heat above a plant’s operational level, said Kenarangui. According to a Japanese safety agency report, tests revealed levels of radioac-

tivity up to 1,850 times the usual level in seawater offshore the crippled nuclear plant. Jon Moore, an interdisciplinary studies junior with a minor in environmental and sustainablity studies, said people fear nuclear energy because of the possibility of a meltdown, which can release radiation into the environment. “What’s happening in Japan is frightening because of all the radiation,” he said. “But I think, in the long run, nuclear energy is good for the environment because it doesn’t create the amount of emissions like coal.”

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Speaker encourages students to make accessibility natural Notable changes to law apply to playgrounds and amusement parks. By Kevin CrouCh The Shorthorn staff

A local accessibility firm founder addressed architecture students Monday night about updated accessibility regulations. Michael Love, Atelier Design Associates founder and principal, presented details about 2010 changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act, making comparisons to the original law, signed in 1990. Local and state laws were also discussed, highlighting their effectiveness with the new standards in place. The Justice Department issued updates to the regulations in September 2010. Love said one in five Americans are disabled, including 40 percent of adults age 65 and older, and 2.4 million veterans. He said even though accessibility standards are necessary, the updates don’t have to be radically different. “The nice thing about the standards is that they don’t change very much,” he said. Architecture Dean Donald Gatzke said he wants students to focus on improving their designs with disabled people in mind, not just in compliance with the regulations. He said many students add indirect ways to include accessible design, but is seeing it less and less. “What I hope they take to heart is barrier-free design,” he said. “This isn’t about the letter of the law, it’s about the spirit of universal design.” Love said the biggest difference in the 2010 update from the original law is the regulations applied

The Shorthorn: Daniel Douglas

Michael Love, Atelier Design Associates founder and principal, speaks to architecture students about the 2010 changes to the Americans with Disability Act Monday in the Architecture Building. Love compared the architectural standards of 1990 to the 2010 standards of building for people with disabilities.

to areas like playgrounds and amusement parks. An example is playground equipment must be built on flat surfaces, unlike previous parks with pebbles and wood chips. Those locations that do not comply with the regulations will have to make necessary changes because they were not included in the 1990 law, he said. “It’s such a big part of our society,” he said, “Whether we deal with amusement parks or natural parks.” Jason Landrem, Arlington park project manager, said the city will have to work hard to implement the changes in parks around town, but acces-

sibility is always a central part of the city’s planning. “We’re always looking after the safety of the public,” he said. Love said the goal of the ADA and other regulations is not to appease the disabled community, but to protect their civil rights. He encouraged students to not make accessibility an extra part of their projects, but to include it in their fundamental design process. “I don’t want to see the access. I don’t want to hunt for it either,” he said. “I want it to be the natural route.” Kevin CrouCh news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu


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