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Volume 92, No. 100

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Patriot Sweep

When slacking off pays off

Mavs find offense from unlikely sources to sweep season series over Dallas Baptist. SPORTS | PAGE 5

Lazy students are getting by in the classroom, columnist says. OPINION | PAGE 4


House OKs bill that would cut $23B James Spaniolo said UTA still does not have any clarity about how the university’s budget could be affected. Spaniolo said the news was anticipated. “I think it’s what we expect the House to do,” he said. “No real surprise.” By a 98-49 vote, the law-

Focus now on Senate, conference committee, President Spaniolo says. BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn senior staff

The Texas House approved a bare-bones budget late Sunday night, but President


makers approved House Bill 1, a $164.5 billion budget that would cut $23 billion from current spending levels. The bill includes a reduction of about $18 million per year from UTA funding, but the university has already cut more than $10 million from its budget during the current

biennium. The reduction also includes some one-time allocations, including a $5 million disbursement to the College of Nursing. Sunday’s vote was mostly along party lines, with all but two Republicans voting for

PAST BUDGETS In 2009, the 81st Texas Legislature approved a budget that would increase spending by 7.5 percent. The budget passed this week by the 82nd Legislature would reduce spending by 12.3 percent. Here is a look at budget spending over the last five years: ’06-’07 - $142.7 billion ’10-’11 - $182.2 billion ’08-’09 - $172.1 billion ’12-’13 - $164.5 billion (pending Senate approval)

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Grad program cut because of lack of students Enrolled students are encouraged to finish the program on time. BY JOEL COOLEY The Shorthorn staff

The Graduate Humanities Program will end within the next two years because of low enrollment. The program is a smaller subsection of the Philosophy Department, focusing on areas such as art and art history, classical studies and women’s studies.

A decision was made in fall 2010 after a decline in graduation was noticed by the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board. The board requires a department to produce a minimum of 15 graduates within a five year period. Phil Cohen, academic affairs vice provost, said the program is below the required level. “The fact of the matter is we don’t have enough GRADUATE continues on page 3


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Students to get more pedestrian refuge on campus There are plans to revamp the crossing on UTA Boulevard.

Students claim the current pedestrian crossing near the Engineering Research Building doesn’t provide enough protection despite pedestrian yield signs and warnings. The university has acknowledged students’ safety concerns regarding the crossing on UTA Boulevard and hopes to begin redesigning it in two weeks. The city has already approved the new design that will reduce the crossing’s width from 50 feet to 10

Social Work Abram Street Complex

Mayor: Green going to be one of best parks in Texas

Crossing Cooper Street

BY JOHN HARDEN The Shorthorn senior staff


From left, President James Spaniolo, Marni Jade Evans, sustainable sites initiative interim director, Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck and Arlington councilwoman Kathryn Wilemon release Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies at the College Park Green Dedication Tuesday afternoon.

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CROSSING LOCATION feet, allowing for increased pedestrian visibility, said university spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan. The design will also include a 24-inch-wide stop bar

Kamon Thinsurat, aerospace engineering graduate student, grills teriyaki chicken for the Thai Student Association’s booth at the Food Fair Tuesday on the University Center mall.

Painted Lady – Adult 5-6 dozen at $45 per dozen Orders for seven or more dozen are given a personal quote. Based on the prices of 6 dozen each for Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies, the total number of butterflies would be 144 butterflies. UTA released 200. The cost for 144 would be $780.

BY VIDWAN RAGHAVAN The Shorthorn staff

The crowd counted to three as three baskets were opened to release 200 butterflies and signify that the College Park Green is officially open. Between 200 and 250 people attended the dedication for the park, which included the release of Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies, speeches and free flying discs for attendees. Kishen Das, computer science graduate student, said he felt it was a good, sunny day to be outdoors.

Source: texascountrybutterflies. com/butterflies.html

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Food Fair offers a taste of diversity

Student organizations were given the option to donate proceeds from the food fair to Japan Relief. The International Student Organization chose to donate 10 percent of its food fair profits and 40 percent of the proceeds raised by selling T-shirts from previous International Week celebrations. The Asian Student Association opted to donate all proceeds to the tsunami victims in Japan. The International Student Organization will take donations and is selling T-shirts outside of the Bluebonnet Ballroom Wednesday and Friday during the fashion show and the Global Extravaganza talent show.

Some organizations donated proceeds to relief effort in Japan. BY BIANCA MONTES The Shorthorn senior staff

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Monarch – Adult 5-6 dozen at $85 per dozen

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The green is part of the College Park District, a 20-acre project including a new events center.


Arlington resident Viola Owens plays with butterflies after the release at the College Park Green Dedication Tuesday afternoon. Her mother, art education senior Edith Owens said she got Viola out of school especially to see the butterflies.

The savory smell of exotic spices filled the air outside the University Center as 20 organizations dished up traditional fare from the countries they call home. Tuesday, the university community lined up for the 34th annual International Week Food Fair. Students offered a taste of their cultures, mostly from various parts of Asia and Europe.

“This is the time of year that you can come and eat from so many different nationalities,” Melissa Fernandes, computer science graduate student said. “It’s nice to see students bring out their culture and share it with each other.” Fernandes said she already ate a samosa, a fried Indian snack filled with lentils and potatoes, and rasmalai, a dumpling dessert from Pakistan, and was mapping out what booth she would visit next. By noon, Ellen Ranit, International Student Organization president, esti-

mated at least 500 people had already visited the fair, and at least 500 more were expected. “During this celebration, we share our culture, heritage and backgrounds through our food,” she said. Ranit said this year some student organizations were opting to donate proceeds from their food sales toward Japan relief. Dylan Chang, an international student from Taiwan who is studying the English language at UTA, said he was happy to see FOOD continues on page 6

Sources: Ellen Ranit, International Student Organization president, Om Amaratana, Asian Student Association

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Windy • High 83°F • Low 62°F

TODAY Arlington Technology Association: 7-8 a.m. Nedderman Hall Room 100. Free. For information, contact Roger Tuttle at 817-924-1850.

Thursday Partly sunny • High 84°F • Low 63°F

The Big Event 2011 Blitz Week: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. University Center and Center Library malls. Free. For more information, contact UTA Volunteers at 817-2722963.

Friday Partly sunny • High 86°F • Low 68°F

Food For Thought Series: Vitamins, Minerals, Bee Pollen?: Noon to 1 p.m. Maverick Activities Center. Free. For in-

formation, contact Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.

limited. For information contact EXCEL Campus Traditions at 817-272-2963.

$2 Movie - The Other Guys: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For information, contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183.

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

UTA Softball vs. North Texas: 6 p.m. Allan Saxe Field. Free for students, $5 for public. For information, contact Jason Chaput at 817-272-7167.

What You Wish the World Could Be: The Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For more information, contact Erin O’Malley at

International Week Fashion Show: 7-10 p.m. University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. Free. For information, contact Lauren Cutcher at 817-272-2355.


“Mavs Got Talent” Show With ComicHost Cristela Alonzo: 7 p.m. University Center Rosebud Theatre. Free, seating

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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.

TUESDAY Warrant Service — Misdemeanor Officers found that a student had outstanding warrants during a routine traffic stop at 3:04 a.m. at 900 Davis St. near the Studio Arts Center. The student also was arrested and jailed in conjunction with failure to maintain financial responsibility.

Theft An officer was dispatched at 1:27 p.m. to the Watson Building, 219 Main St., in response to suspicious activity involving a financial account. A staff member reported that someone had attempted to draw funds from a university account for tuition using a check and account number that had already been used. The case is still active. Harassment An officer responded to a student’s report at 1:27 p.m. at the Life Science Building in regards to a teaching assistant receiving a harassing Facebook message from a student. She told police that she felt threatened by name calling in reference to a disagreement they were having. The case is still active. Criminal Trespass At 11:45 a.m. a public safety officer reported seeing someone who had a possible active, written criminal trespass warning at 140 W. Mitchell Circle near the Centennial Court apartments. Police transported him to jail and the case was cleared. Suspicious Circumstances At 10:50 a.m. in Lot 49, 1101 S. Cooper St., the wind blew the door of a vehicle into the door of a student’s vehicle. The second student wanted to document the incident for insurance purposes.

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UTA to conduct test of the MavAlert system The UTA community should expect a scheduled test with the MavAlert Emergency Notification System today at noon. The alert will be a test of the university’s system that contacts students, faculty and staff in case of an emergency or life-threatening situation on the UTA campus. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said UTA has done tests like this before, but on a smaller scale. This is the first test on this large of a scale by the university, she said. The system will contact individuals through email, text messages and through various devices registered with the system, but only those with their phone registered as an SMS device will receive text messages. Students, faculty and staff can update all desired methods of correspondence on the MavAlert registration page at Other tests will also take place today, including UTA’s Outdoor Warning System, which will test at 12:30 p.m., and be followed by the City of Arlington’s monthly weather warning test at 1 p.m. — Andrew Plock


MONDAY Disturbance A student reported at 3:52 p.m. that someone kept knocking on her dorm-room door at Arlington Hall, 600 S. Pecan St. She told police that she could not see who the person was, but it was later discovered that an old friend wanted to surprise her. Accident — Hit and Run Officers responded at 11 a.m. to a hit-andrun report that occurred in parking Lot 47 South, 800 Oak St., near the Business Building. The case is still active.


VP to pen safety concerns as new member-at-large

The Shorthorn: Jacob Adkisson

A DAY IN THEIR SHOES UTA Volunteers spread awareness on how a single pair of shoes affects a child’s life by going all day without wearing shoes. Participants went all day, part of the day or just a few hours without shoes to experience going without shoes. Some students who went without shoes also chose to walk the Relay for Life, which took them from Health Services to the Maverick Activities Center and back. Read a story about both of these events online at


Community reacts to Obama’s campaign The president began his re-election campaign Monday with an email to supporters.

ONLINE To read more student opinion and give your own by commenting on the story, visit

BY KEVIN CROUCH The Shorthorn staff

President Barack Obama announced Monday that he will run for a second term in the November 2012 election. The president’s campaign, Obama for America, sent an email to supporters and published a video featuring supporters expressing their enthusiasm for his re-election. Obama defeated Sen. John McCain in 2008 with 365 electoral votes to McCain’s 173. Allan Saxe, political science associate professor, said even though Obama has an advantage, he faces several challenges amid the campaign, including addressing the national debt and budget deficit. He said the president could face strong opposition that would make for a tough campaign. “President Obama is the favorite going into the election,” he said. “But a vigorous and strong Repub-

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lican opposition could, if the issues align in their favor, give the incumbent president a serious challenge.” Mechanical engineering sophomore Quinton Scroggins said he won’t support Obama and will remain loyal to Republican candidates. “He does follow some of the Democratic platform that I don’t agree with,” he said. “They want to be the savior of everybody.” Scroggins said he feels that high taxes on businesses will negatively affect customers, and that when the government gives people what they want, it causes them to stop working for it. Interdisciplinary studies senior Justin Taylor said he supported the president in 2008 and will support him in 2012. He said the president is working hard to do what he said he would, and that Obama’s second term will be when he can

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really get things done. “Obama wrote a big check with his campaign promises,” he said. “He is trying to do his best to fulfill those promises, but he has a lot on his plate right now.” Taylor said a resistant Congress and slow progress on the pullout of troops from Iraq causes Obama to look less successful as a candidate. The campaign’s email announcement said the goal is to reconnect with campaign workers from the last election while building on the support gained in recent years. Saxe said Obama may have lost some of the charisma he showed in 2008 with overexposure in the media but will use relationships with larger financial supporters to run an unprecedented campaign. “He will likely raise more money than any other presidential candidate in history,” he said. “And these huge amounts will not just be derived in small amounts from the ‘little guy.’”

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The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators formally appointed Frank Lamas, Student Affairs vice president, as the member-at-large for their board of directors. Lamas said he has spent more than 30 years working with the association in different capacities and their recognition of his dedication is an honor. “Only two people get selected to be members-at-large,” he said. “They believe I have what it takes.” Lamas said one of his first projects with the association will be penning a statement on camFrank Lamas, pus safety. Student Affairs vice The statement president will cover a variety of safety concerns on campus including possible concealed carry laws, sexual assault and drugs and alcohol abuse, he said. At this point, Lamas said he did not know when the statement would be released, but he estimated it would be finished in April.

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students graduating,” Cohen said. Within the last three years, the numbers of students entering the program has declined by three. During the 2010 to 2011 academic year only 12 students were enrolled, said Susan Hekman, Graduate Humanities Program director. The College of Liberal Arts directors have yet to decide if another program will incorporate online classes from the humanities de- What do you think partment. The coordi- about cutting nating board of- the humanities fers three options graduate to a program on program? Let the verge of clos- us know at theshorthorn. ing down. They can con- com. solidate classes with another graduate program similar to the program closing down, close the program altogether or temporarily keep the program open to try and bring in more students. The removal of the humanities program will have a minor impact on the College of Liberal Arts, Cohen said. Students will not be kicked out of the program but are encouraged to graduate in a timely fashion. Students are not being accepted into the program at this time, Cohen said. President James Spaniolo told The Shorthorn that the elimination of smaller programs could save the university money, but that is not the sole reason for elimination. “If you don’t produce any graduates in a particular major, or a particular program, they’re subject to state review,” Spaniolo said.

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Young men’s group questions Arlington candidates on city and its development By Ali AmiR muSTAnSiR The Shorthorn senior staff

Finance senior Christopher McCain sat on stage in the sparsely populated Maverick Activities Center Lone Star Auditorium. McCain, an Arlington City Council District 5 candidate, said a major problem in Arlington is citizen participation. He said the city should focus on involving the citizens more. “UTA has 34,000 students, I’m one of them,” he said. “This room should be packed, but it’s not.” City council District 5 candidates spoke on major issues along with other district, mayoral and school board trustee candidates at the Young Men for Arlington’s annual candidate forum Tuesday evening. During the forum, candidates were allotted a set amount of time to answer five pre-selected questions. District 5 includes downtown Arlington and the university. About 60 people were in attendance. Candidates were first asked what is the most important asset to the city. Several candidates cited the citizens as the most important asset, including McCain. “The people,” he said. “The people bring the jobs here, and the people hold the city together.” Attorney Terry Meza said the university is the most important aspect of the city. “Not only for the education it provides, but for the technology it provides,” she said, adding the Center for Innovation at Arlington provides a place for students who want to stay and work. Candidates were next asked how they would lower the crime rate. real estate agent Chris Hightower said he conducted a community survey and was shocked that 8 percent replied they felt less safe than a few years ago.

DiSTRiCT 5 CAnDiDATeS These five candidates are running for the District 5 city council seat. Elections are May 14.

Julie Douglas, Arlington resident

Chris Hightower, real estate agent

Terry Meza, attorney

Christopher McCain, finance senior

Lara Wolff, Councilwoman

McCain said the city should focus on keeping kids off the streets through recreational programs and keep them out of trouble. “Before we talk about crime as it happens, we need to attack the roots,” he said. Councilwoman Lana Wolff said a city-wide survey was conducted,


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and people responded that they are happy with police. Candidates were then asked about their redevelopment strategies. Wolff said the city should follow strategies already in place. “We are not a cookie-cutter city,” she said, adding that redevelopment in southwest Arlington cannot be approached the same as redevelopment in the entertainment district. Arlington resident Julie Douglas said the city doesn’t need to spend more than $1 million on how to redevelop the city. “We have a lot of citizens here who have good opinions,” she said. “I would like to see a public opinion poll taken.” Next, candidates were asked about their thoughts and stances on the proposed Hike and Bike Trail Master Plan, a system of bike lanes and trails. Wolff said the councils’ staff ’s work on the plan is like decorating a Christmas tree. “They took every ornament out of the box and put it on the tree,” she said. Finally, candidates were asked what they see as the largest problem Arlington faces. Douglas said the budget is a problem. “We can’t spend money we don’t have,” she said. “Isn’t that what your parents taught you?” After the forum, the Young Men for Arlington met to decide on their endorsements. The group was unable to achieve a super majority of more than 66 percent to endorse a District 5 candidate, said Brandon Hill, Young Men for Arlington president.

TIJUANA, Mexico — Two men killed by a gunman who opened fire while they waited in line to reach a Tijuana border crossing were U.S. citizens, a diplomat said Tuesday, and their San Diego employer described them as diligent workers who had moved to the Mexican border city so they could afford to live on the beach. U.S. Consulate spokesman Joseph L. Crook said the men were waiting in line in their vehicle early Monday almost half a mile (almost a kilometer) from the San Ysidro crossing, one of the world’s busiest ports of entry.


Aggies beat Notre Dame 76-70 for 1st NCAA title INDIANAPOLIS — Scoring at will, grabbing boards and making a key steal, Danielle Adams saved her best game for the biggest stage and gave Texas A&M its first national championship. Adams scored 22 of her 30 points in a dominating second half and answered the Fighting Irish basket for basket Tuesday night to help the Aggies bring a title to the former all-male military academy with a thrilling 76-70 victory over Notre Dame.


South Texas wildfire destroys 4 homes EL CENIZO — Firefighting crews have contained a 27-acre wildfire in a small border town near Laredo, but not before it destroyed four homes and damaged three others and an auto repair shop, according to the American Red Cross. The Texas Forest Service reports no injuries were reported in the fire in El Cenizo, a town of about 3,600 residents 12 miles down the Rio Grande from Laredo.

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The UTA community should provide feedback following emergency tests If you hear sirens outside today and get a MavAlert from the university, don’t worry. It’s a good thing. University Communications is testing UTA’s emergency notification system. Almost immediately following urgent situations, students, faculty and staff are expected to be notified by email, telephone and mobile devices. As this test goes on, the university community should be on standby awaiting a message, checking if all details in the message look in order and providing feedback to University Communications. It’s the community’s responsibility to be invested in campus security. If or when substantial events occur on campus, it creates and impacts the image one might have of the university and the life of anyone connected to it. Not only should this notification test not be taken lightly, it should be taken personally. In 2007, a Virginia Tech student murdered 32 students and faculty and injured 17. The massacre in Virginia set a series of campus security changes into motion on many college campuses. Now, many schools have a plan for alerting their population during or immediately after urgent accounts occur. UTA, like many other schools, began a university-wide effort to alert students, faculty and staff following Virginia Tech, but has had some hiccups since its early runs. In 2009, the university closed because of inclement, wintry weather. Some students were alerted by MavAlert, but the message incorrectly addressed a Curtis Jones, and some received the message hours after the university announced it was closed. In February, some students said they never got a message or received one late during the February winter storm when the university closed. Those incidents were not shooter-involved occurrences, but the university community shouldn’t take chances. Any errors on the part of University Communications should be addressed immediately after noticing them. Send an email to the department at The university community should be invested in its collective well-being. Feedback leads to change. Change leads to better security and increased efficiency. — The Shorthorn editorial board

Getting a degree is easy, especially for lazy students


fter four years at this university, I have learned a lot, but what I’ve also learned is that anyone can get a degree. Two people, in two different classes, have asked to borrow my textbooks. I willingly handed them my books, but the truth is, I wanted to throw my books at them. It’s halfway through the semester. We’ve had at least three quizzes in both of these classes, and midterms have already passed. Unfortunately, both of these people, along with many other slackers who haven’t picked up their textbooks for the semester, will probably pass their classes with flying colors. Growing up, I was taught to do my best to excel academically. In turn, I would be accepted at a university, graduate with a degree and land my dream job. I was told college wasn’t easy and that being at a university would provide me with an irreplaceable wealth of knowledge. College education has truly lost its value. As a society, we have forgotten the value of education. Rather than going to college because we are thirsty for knowledge, we are encouraged to go to college because the economy sucks and it’s the only way to get a job. This outlook on education in America devalues it for those of us who really care about learning something. What’s worse: The outlook isn’t even correct. According to a May 2010 The New York Times article, only 24 percent of students had jobs after graduation. I admit that it’s easy to sit back and allow yourself to become one of the many students that are just doing enough to get by. A lot of students don’t even show up to class unless they have to. Many professors now give random attendance grades or incorporate atten-

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MARIA MAGGA Magga is journalism senior and a guest columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at dance into their grading policies. Just show up and you’re already well on your way to an A, even if you’re booking a trip or chatting with friends on Facebook. We can’t let this happen. We are our future. As college students, we have the power to change this. Go to class and listen. Who knows, you might actually learn

something. If more students cared about their education, teachers wouldn’t have to dumb down lectures and bribe students to attend class. If more students put forth effort, class would be more fulfilling. We wouldn’t have to be forced to go to class. We’d want to. Classes need to be harder, and students need to work harder to excel in academia. We should be careful not to support the devaluing of our education. Estimated tuition cost for an in-state undergraduate this year is $8,500. Just remember, you get what you put in, and if learning how to chug a beer in six seconds is worth your $34,000 in education expenses, please drop out. You’re ruining it for the rest of us.


Déjà vu, anyone? Media still has hand in continued Middle East, North Africa oppression


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TONY SORTORE Sortore is an environmental geoscience junior and guest columnist for The Shorthorn.

olitics today is a tricky business that can be difficult to truly understand, mostly because our only ties to it as citizens are the polls and TV. However, with a discerning view of today’s media, one can discover a political agenda buried in the fluff that is “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central and “The Glenn Beck Happy Hour” on Fox News. A discerning, rather than an accepting, eye might ask the question, “Is Obama really a Democrat striving for change?” Ronald Reagan, 1986: “Colonel Gadhafi is not only an enemy of the U.S. His record of subversion and aggression against the neighboring States in Africa is well documented and well known. He has ordered the murder of fellow Libyans in countless countries.” Barack Obama, 2011: “For more than four decades, the Libyan people have been ruled by a tyrant – Moammar Gadhafi.” A discerning, rather than an accepting, eye might now ask the question, “Why has this ‘murder-

ous’ leader, Gadhafi, just now become a priority, and why has it coincided with all of these other ‘revolutions?’” Did the all-powerful U.S. really need for there to be revolutionaries in Libya before it began bombing the country? If we could overcome our short-term memory loss for a second, we might remember that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was around for 29 years. He, too, has suddenly been demonized along with other leaders whose peoples in the Middle East and Europe have begun revolting. Yes, Europe. That one barely made the news even though more than 250,000 people began protesting in London two weeks ago. As a result of today’s media, there seems to be two camps: Those who believe in “humanitarian intervention,” a theory that has been used since the early 1950s, and those who don’t know what the heck is going on. Prominent political and economic researchers, such as Canadian economist Michel Chossudovsky, have deduced that

the difference between the growing economies of countries, including China, India and Brazil, and the failing one of the U.S. is that those countries “rely on exploiting new markets while the U.S. spends billions pursuing [long-term] wars.” We basically have resource-based economies versus a military-industrial complex. While the left sees these wars as a grab for oil, and the right sees them as a bringing of democracy, Chossudovsky and many other educated minds have come to the conclusion that it is neither. They say the driving force of the U.S.’s empire building is the military. There is no left. There is no right. Colbert and Beck are one in the same, and everyone is playing the same old game.

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McCall powers Mavs past patriots Students to protest ban outside game

Reserve players step up and sweep Dallas Baptist with 6-4 win.

The three were asked to leave March 26 game after yelling at players.

By Sam morton The Shorthorn sports editor

A trip to patriot Field seems to be just what the baseball team needed to cure its offensive slump. the Mavericks racked up 13 hits and completed a season sweep of Dallas Baptist for the first time since 1989 with a 6-4 win on tuesday. powered by a unique lineup with freshman Greg McCall behind the plate, the Mavericks never trailed after taking an early 2-0 lead after two innings. McCall went 3-for-5 and hit his first homer of the season in the fourth inning, blasting the first pitch he saw off the patriot Field scoreboard in right field. But McCall’s biggest hit came as a two-out, two-run single in the seventh that gave UtA a five-run lead, effectively putting the game out of reach. “I’ve been working with [hitting coach] K.J.[Hendricks] on staying back and letting the ball get deep on the inner part of the plate, and trying to put a good swing on it,� he said. “I’m just trying to do whatever I can do to help us win.� McCall wasn’t the only Maverick making a strong case for more at-bats. Junior outfielder preston Morrow went 3-for-4 with a run to raise his season average to .556.

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Freshman pitcher Kasey Merck pitches in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s 6-4 win over Dallas Baptist. Merck pitched two scoreless innings in the win.

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Head coach Darin thomas thinks Morrow may see more time in the lineup as a weapon the team can use down the line. “It certainly doesn’t hurt his chances, and he’s certainly not on any scouting reports,� he said. “It was good to see him come in and take advantage of an opportunity.� After sophomore outfielder

preston Beck laced a single and a double in his early atbats, the patriots’ pitching staff showed him respect, giving the No. 3 hitter a free pass twice with an intentional walk and an all-curveballs-out-of-thezone walk. Beck said he’s just happy to be beating good teams again. “It feels good, especially to beat a team like that, who’s a lot better than the team we played this weekend,� he said. Sophomore starter Brody Walker and freshman reliever Kasey Merck combined to

pitch six innings of one-run baseball, giving the team a strong showing in a notoriously hitter-friendly ballpark. the win improves UtA to 3-4 in midweek games, which thomas uses to get his team ready for the weekend. “We wanted to get some other guys in there and we got a lot of big hits out of guys that haven’t been playing a lot,� he said. “that’s a credit to them, they’ve been working hard.�

three students will be handing out fliers during tonight’s game at Allan Saxe Field regarding the issuing of a criminal trespass warning that will last the rest of the softball season. At a March 26 softball game, one of the students was issued a criminal trespass warning, which prohibits him from entering Allan Saxe Field for 60 days. According to texas penal Code 30.05, a violation of the warning could result in arrest. the home softball schedule ends May 8 against texas A&M-Corpus Christi. According to the police report, the three individuals broke NCAA rules by yelling during the game and were asked to leave. “We were watching the game like we always do,� kinesiology senior John Bowman said. “We didn’t say anything derogatory, we were just yelling random things trying to get

their attention.� Bowman said they would yell phrases like “ball� or “your shoes are untied� to players from the opposing team. the students will protest tonight because they feel they didn’t break any rules, Bowman said. According to NCAA regulations, rule 5.9 Crowd Control states, “profanity, racial, sexist or sexual comments, or intimidating actions, including baiting or taunting, directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches, spectators or other team representatives will not be tolerated. Individuals making such remarks or actions shall be removed from the site of competition.� these rules are held at the discretion of the director of athletics and the on-site administrator of the host institution. Jason Chaput, Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities and Events Management, declined to comment because the matter has been referred to the office of Student Conduct. randy mcVay

online Tonight’s softball game against North Texas is dedicated to raise money to help Abby Burns fight cancer. Read the story online.

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UtA takes seventh at Morris Williams tourney Hunter Brown tied for 16th place in the Morris Williams Intercollegiate. By charlie Vann The Shorthorn staff

Led by a surprising performer, the golf team finished seventh at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate tournament in Austin. Sophomore Hunter Brown had a solid tournament in the number five spot, leading all Mavericks and finishing 13-over par. He shot a

79 in the first round, and a 76 in the second round, but finished round three with a 71. He tied for 16th with a total score of 226. “I’m excited anytime to get the opportunity to play,� Brown said. “I feel good about how I played [tuesday].� Senior Zack Fischer tied for 24th with teammate paul McConnell, a sophomore. Fischer finished the tournament 16-over par, which was disappointing under his standards. “I didn’t feel I met my ex-

pectations,� he said. “It wasn’t my best week.� He shot an 81 in the first round before improving with a 73 in round two and a 75 in round three. He had a total score of 229. Head coach Jay rees said the team needs to find more consistency and improve their misses. “We still haven’t played our best golf,� rees said. “We need to minimize the big numbers.� the demanding golf course took a toll on the Mavericks,

who dealt with 25 to 30 mph winds on the 12-mile course. “It’s very long,� Fischer said. “It wears you out mentally and physically. You can’t go to sleep on any shots.� Freshman Carson Kallis played as an individual finishing with a score of 238 and tying for 57th. the team will travel to Victoria to play in the Jim West Intercollegiate tournament this Monday. charlie Vann







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Thai tea at the food fair. “This is something I would drink in my country,� he said. “It’s fantastic.� History junior Daniel Simpson said International Week allows students to ask questions about the international student organizations and try new treats, such as apfelschorle – a popular German drink made with sparkling water and apple juice. Satu Birch, international student and Scholar Services interim director, said she makes it a point to attend the food fair every year. “I try to sample something different each time,� she said. Birch said the fair was great for students because it gave them an opportunity to share their cultures. While the fair had a lot of returning participants, new students managed to find their way to the fair, too. “I just stumbled upon this,� public relations junior Stephanie Abarca said. “It is a lot better than eating a burger from the food court in the UC.� Psychology junior Christopher Irvin said he was not a fan of the food, but he came to support a good cause. “I love to see all of these cultures together,� he said.

that’s normally found at stop signs and traffic lights to calm traffic, she said. Undeclared sophomore Jeremy Rodriguez, who uses the crossing every day, said he notices motorists driving through the crossing, disregarding pedestrians on the edge waiting to cross each day. “It’s kind of scary going across at times,� he said. “The cars are supposed to yield to us, but majority of the time, I have to yield to them.� By law, cars are supposed to yield at pedestrian crossings, but Rodriguez said one issue he regularly sees is students standing in one direction of the road waiting for cars on the other half to stop. “You’re just standing in the road as cars fly by,� he said. “I don’t think it’s very safe.� According to the Texas Department of Transportation’s study on safer pedestrian crossings, the current crossing isn’t the safest design for a street like UTA Boulevard, a road of four or more lanes. Many engineers are incorporating medians or traffic calming designs at pedestrian crossings more frequently because they allow for safer crossing, said Stephen Mattingly, a civil and environmental engineering associate professor. “The students are forced to cross four lanes at one time.

the bill and Democrats voting against it. HB 1 will now move to the Senate where it faces considerable opposition. “Waiting for the Senate to send over a better bill is just bad policy,� said Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth. “Some of them have already said they can’t live with the House bill.� Veasey said the budget will adversely affect Texas students. “You’ll see tuition increase because institutions won’t feel like they have a choice, and you’ll see enrollment drop,� he said. T h e b u d g e t online re p re s e n ts the low- What do est spend- you think about ing plan for the budget Texas since situation? Let the House us know at passed a theshorthorn. $142.7 bud- com. get in 2005. Spaniolo said the Senate is on a different course. “They’re still very much in the process of working out their bill,� he said. “Obviously, the focus is more on the Senate right now. Ultimately, it’s going to be in a conference committee.� A conference committee is used to reconcile House and Senate versions of a bill. Student Congress President Aaron Resendez said students shouldn’t worry at this point. “From what I’ve been told, that’s the worst-case scenario,� he said. “The Senate version is not the greatest, but it’s better than the House bill.� Resendez said SC representatives have contacted legislators to voice concern about cuts to higher education. Rep. Diane Patrick, RArlington, Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, and Sen. Chris Harris, R-Arlington, were all unavailable for comment.

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“It’s nice, the ambience is good and people seem to be enjoying themselves,� he said. “I’m here to see the butterfly release. I follow butterfly migration and they’re going to release Monarch butterflies, and anything related to butterflies interests me.� The butterflies were provided by 13-0 Country Butterflies, company owner Nikki Camp said. “We raise them from eggs, to caterpillars, to chrysalis

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The crosswalk does not have stop lights or walking signals, thus raising concern over student safety when crossing all four lanes. Some students have expressed fear, stating that sometimes the cars do not yield.

There isn’t an engineer in the world that would say that it’s safe,� he said. Mattingly said a median is the best option because it provides added protection for pedestrians. A median, or pedestrian refuge island, are raised areas along the centerline of a street. A median provides protection for pedestrians and allows them to cross safely one direction of traffic at a time, Mattingly said. The Engineering Research Building completion has increased foot traffic across UTA Boulevard, promoting the uni-

versity decision to redesign the crossing, Sullivan said. “The university never had to worry about that area until now, but our Facilities Management department has done a great job identifying the crossing as a need to be addressed,� she said. The university will continue to incorporate safety measures already in place, which includes pedestrian signage with flashing lights and in-roadway flashing lights that flash as pedestrians cross. Facilities Management also plans to repaint the road and

add the word “Pedestrian� to both halves of the street. Interdisciplinary junior Andy Wells said crossing the road is worst in the mornings and late afternoons and that a redesign would be helpful. “Sometimes people stop for you and let you cross, but you never want to walk out in the road and assume they see you,� he said. “It would be worth adding. It would be better to add it now than wait until someone gets hurt.�

and to a butterfly,� Camp said. The speeches by President James Spaniolo and Mayor Robert Cluck focused on the importance of partnership between UTA and the city. “I think we have a wonderful collaboration, a partnership, a kinship with the city,� Spaniolo said. “UTA and the city are one, and it’s one place to live, learn and grow for all of us. If I seem excited it’s because this is a big deal, it transcends all of us.� He said the collaboration would transform Arlington into an urban oasis. Cluck said the goal is to develop the city’s downtown

district and the park is an important step toward that. “We’re all thrilled to death that we’re opening this park, it’s going to be one of the best parks in Arlington, even in Texas,� he said. “UTA is the most important asset that the city of Arlington has and we will do anything we can to help them to further their mission.� The green is a partnership between Arlington and UTA and is part of the College Park District. The district is a 20acre urban development project, which will include a special events center, restaurants, a parking garage and housing.

Student Activities director P.K. Kelly said he felt students would like the green space. “It’s really pretty. There are people playing games and playing with Frisbees,� he said. “It’s a nice program space, too, for bands and events.� Biology senior Jerome Kirby said the park is better than he thought it would be. “It’s pretty cool that there’s a place for the students and the community to hang out,� he said.


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