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With Monday’s groundbreaking of pizzeria Mellow Mushroom, expected to open late this fall near the College Park District, Downtown Arlington and UTA communities look forward to area growth and receiving a

Student fee allocation set to go to UTA PIECE OF THE PIE president Student committee makes funding recommendations based on student needs. BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn senior staff Courtesy: Mellow Mushroom

Mellow Mushroom serves pizza, such as this one, as well as salads, calzones, hoagies and more.

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The Shorthorn: Allyson Kaler

Mellow Mushroom’s mascot, “The Dude,” spins pizza dough for attendees during the groundbreaking ceremony Monday at the corner of Front and Center street. The first restaurant was founded in 1974 in Atlanta.

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Kim Slawson, Mellow Mushroom franchise owner, and her husband Montie Slawson spent six years finding the perfect spot for her second store. They found it on Center Street. The new pizzeria broke ground yesterday next to Babe’s Chicken and Arlington Music Hall. The restaurant is expected to be complete late fall, about the same time as the College Park District. Kim said Babe’s, the music hall, future establishments — Grease Monkey Burger Shop and Social Club, and Flying Fish — and the proximity to the university contributed to the decision. “This is a great corridor,” she said. “How can it get better than this?” Greg Collins, city planning graduate student, said the location is solid. He said being close to the university, other businesses and a historic part of Arlington adds to the appeal. “It will draw people for a number of reasons,” he said. “It will draw the whole city, not just students.” According to their website, three college students in Atlanta started Mellow Mushroom in 1974. The first store was a shack near Georgia Tech and designed to be eccentric. Each restaurant

This week the Student Services Allocation Committee will send a letter to President James Spaniolo with recommendations for addressing possible 5 or 10 percent budget reductions. The advisory committee, which met last week, is making the recommendation based on two days of

testimony from department heads and their staff members. “The letter is just a recommendation from the students of what we feel should be funded and how things should be funded,” said allocations committee chairwoman Melanie Johnson. The purpose of the committee is to provide the president with recommendations on behalf of the student body for budgets that receive funds from the student services allocation. The nine committee members in-

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Professors not conducting research is an issue preventing UTA from reaching national research status, said engineering dean candidate David Peters. Peters, an engineering professor at Washington University in St. Louis, showcased his work experience to UTA students, faculty and staff Monday in Nedderman Hall. The forum was one of four to help the search for the next engineering dean. More than 60 people attended the forum to hear Peters speak about his plans to make UTA a top-50 research university. “I was specifically told not to promise anything, but I can say that

I have the experience to address some of the challenges UTA faces,” he said. “Faculty productivity and student retention isn’t something specific to UTA. I’ve dealt with it.” David Peters, Peters said engineering dean buying out older candidate faculty not conducting research and replacing them with younger faculty is a way UTA can reach its goals. “We have to utilize every resource we have, and if something isn’t working, we have to either fix it or change it,” he said. Peters has more than 30 years of leadership experience from institutions like the Army Research FORUM continues on page 6



Candidates aim to make student voices heard Students can meet some SC candidates at a forum at noon Wednesday on the UC mall. BY BIANCA MONTES The Shorthorn senior staff

Sixty Mavericks have begun their platform for seats in the upcoming Student Governance elections. Student Governance will host an

Undeclared sophomore Francisco Sayan rides a inflatable alligator down a slide Monday on the Central Library mall. Sayan and other members of Alpha Tau Omega are raising awareness and donations for the Autism Society.

open forum at noon Wednesday on the University Center mall for students to get to know the candidates running for Student Congress president, vice president, and Mr. and Ms. UTA. “This is an opportunity for students to ask what they want the candidates to do for them,” said Student ELECTIONS continues on page 5

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Theft suspicion leads to secure cellphone bins The Sustainability Office is replacing campus cellphone recycling bins because of suspected theft from the old ones. Sustainability Office Director Meghna Tare said six secure bins will replace the previous five. There were two in the University Center and one in the Maverick Activities Center, Davis Hall and the Central Library. The new bin might go to University Hall, she said. “Someone took out phones from the old one in Starbucks,” Tare said. “We noticed that it was full one day, and there were fewer phones the next.” She said locks on the new bins would stop people from reaching in and taking the cellphones. Out of the six, three are in place, and the others should be in place by today, Tare said. With the new bins, the department would get $2 per phone recycled, she said. The school did not receive revenue from the old bins, instead the recycling company donated the money generated to charity. “We aren’t doing this for the revenue,” Tare said. “Whatever we get will be used towards sustainable initiatives.” In the past year, the old bins gathered about 60 cellphones, 35 of which were recyclable, Tare said. – Vidwan Raghavan


Print store, employee positions to be cut The Maverick Print Store is set to close and its 10 employee positions eliminated. According to its website, the print shop serves the UTA community and local non-profit organizations. It offers printing services such as business cards, campus maps and letterhead. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said the 10 affected full-time employees were notified Monday. “The university is looking for anyway we can save resources to eliminate spending that is not critical to the mission of the university,” Sullivan said. She said the university would save an estimated $400,000 per year in salaries and benefits. Along with having to make cuts to the budget, another reason for cutting the print shop is a decrease in demand. “There has been a decline in demand for campus printing,” Sullivan said. She said every department is looking at ways to save money, and Business Affairs and Controller had made this decision. “The bottom line is that this is outsourcing that takes salary and benefits off the university’s payroll,” Sullivan said. The shop would close on Aug. 1, and the closure will not affect Maverick Mail, which is in the same department. Questions regarding printing services should be directed to Ehren Wixson, Business Services executive director, at — Vidwan Raghavan

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clude: Brittanee Adams, Jennifer Fox, Melanie Johnson, Annie Johnston, Carson King, Olusola Oyewuwo, Aaron Resendez, Rosita Tran and Phillip Troung. “We did the best we could for the mass of UTA, rather than what was our personal interest,” Johnson said. “We thought of UTA as a whole when we were deliberating and asking questions.” The meeting was closed to The Shorthorn, and Johnson said she could not disclose the specific recommendations of the committee. Jeff Sorensen, Student Affairs assistant vice president, said department representatives presented budgets based on this year’s funding, followed by the impact of 5 and 10 percent cuts. “Reductions at those levels involve programs - eliminating or consolidating or reducing,” he said. Sorensen oversees Multicultural Affairs, the Parent and Family Center, and Student Governance and Organizations. He said the reductions would also hinder their ability to hire students and send faculty and staff to conferences. Following testimony on Wednesday and Thursday, the committee met for deliberation on Friday, which Johnson said went very well. “I was surprised our deliberation went so smoothly,” Johnson said. “There wasn’t a whole lot of bickering about what our interests were. As a group, we came together pretty good on the decisions we made.” Lisa Nagy, Student affairs assistant vice president, coordinated the proceedings and said Spaniolo will reply with his take on the recommendation. “The president, through another letter, will either accept the recommendation and/or make comments about the recommendation,” she said. “I think the president really takes very seriously what the students have to say.” Johnson said she does not expect any immediate action from Spaniolo, given the uncertainty surrounding the state budget. “It’s not a big rush because we won’t know about the budget cuts til the summer anyway,” she said. “Even when he gets the letter and looks at it, he doesn’t know what he can do with it because he doesn’t know what the cuts will be.” Spaniolo said he will be able to comment on the committee’s findings once he receives the letter. The 82nd Texas Legislature is in the process of formulating a 2012 to 2013 budget with a shortfall of more than $20 billion from current spending levels. The current House proposal would cut UTA funding by about $18 million per year.

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a Shady retreat Psychology senior Sarah Strittmatter studies cognitive psychology Monday outside College Hall. “All the leaves have come out, so there is a lot of shade. I love to be outside. It’s my favorite place to be,” Strittmatter said.


early to tell if Peters is the ideal candidate. “He definitely has a lot of experience, but I wish he would’ve spent more time giving specifics,” he said. “I’m getting ready to apply for grad school here, and I want to make sure the next dean knows how to meet the need of the students” After the forum, students, faculty and staff were asked to take an online survey to rate Peters’ traits, like leadership, communication, commitment and collaborative efforts. The university’s hiring committee, which comprises the provost and other members of administration, will review the feedback forms before making its final selection, said Carter Tiernan, student affairs assistant engineering dean.

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Labs, Georgia Tech and Washington University. He has helped publish more than 60 research papers and secured more than $8 million is research grants, contracts and funding. “A dean must lead by example,” he said. “I have experience motivating faculty, securing research dollars, balancing budgets and retaining top-level faculty – everything UTA is being challenged with now.” Engineering Dean Bill Carroll is stepping down from his position in August, but he said he plans to stay at the university to conduct research in computer engineering. He has served as dean since 2000 and is the longest-tenured

The other three candidates are schedule to speak at 2 p.m. on April 18, 21 and 25 in Nedderman Hall 100. The names haven’t been released.

engineering dean in the university’s history. “Whoever is selected to follow Carroll will have big shoes to fill,” said university spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan. “However, this is an exciting time to be working for the College of Engineering. There’s a lot happening, and it’ll be important for the dean to keep the momentum going.“ One challenge the next dean faces is meeting the demands of the economy, Sullivan said. Electrical engineering senior Juan Estrada, one of the few students to attend, said it’s still too

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(From left to right) Kim Slawson, Mellow Mushroom Arlington owner, breaks ground with Jean Collins of Burk Collins and Co. Monday afternoon on the corner of Front and Center Street. Mellow Mushroom is set to open in fall 2011.

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is privately owned and expected to be as unusual as the original. The store caters to the dietary needs of those who are gluten sensitive, vegan, vegetarian or just want some pizza. Kim said it would also have about 40 draft beers. She said the restaurant would also showcase several art pieces, some of which may be in 3D. “So bring your glasses, you may see something you never expected,” she said. Kim said a bike rack might also be added. Collins, a member of Bike Friendly Arlington, said he is thrilled the store might have a bike rack because it displays dedication to customer’s needs. “It doesn’t matter the speed that people get there,” he said. “What matters is customer care.” Arlington City Councilwoman

The Shorthorn: Allyson Kaler

Lana Wolff said she loves the food at Kim’s first location, near Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She said the restaurant isn’t just a pizza place, it’s unique. “I love that they chose Arlington because they can build it any-

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Ivory Coast standoff ends with capture ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — A bloody, four-month political standoff ended Monday when troops loyal to Ivory Coast’s elected president — backed by French ground and air forces — captured the West African country’s longtime leader who had refused to give up power. Video of former President Laurent Gbagbo being led into a room in a white undershirt was broadcast on television as proof of his detention. He would not sign a statement formally ceding power after losing a Nov. 28 election to economist Alassane Ouattara.

France bans face-covering Islamic veil PARIS — France’s new ban on Islamic face veils was met with a burst of defiance Monday, as several women appeared veiled in front of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral and two were detained for taking part in an unauthorized protest. France on Monday became the first country to ban the veils anywhere in public, from outdoor marketplaces to the sidewalks and boutiques of the ChampsElysees.


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WANTAGH, N.Y. — Suspected human remains were found in two locations along a remote New York beach highway Monday, bringing to 10 the number of potential victims of a possible serial killer. The discovery came as police expanded a search from Long Island’s Suffolk County westward into the Jones Beach area of Nassau County, just over the border from New York City. The expanded search was prompted by Suffolk’s discovery in the past two weeks of four sets of unidentified human remains.

Bringing Bach Back Performance junior Briggs Colby Howe, left, performs his junior violin recital accompanied by performance graduate Josh Cunningham Monday in Irons Recital Hall. Howe performed pieces from Bach, Beethoven and Kreisler.

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Student Governance Elections are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 18 and 19 in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge and the Maverick Activities Center.

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Congress President Aaron Resendez. “This is their chance to know who they are electing.” Voting for student elections begins April 18 in the “I want to work closeUniversity Center Palo Duro ly with administration to Lounge and the first floor make sure students have a of the Maverick Activities voice when it comes to budCenter. get cuts,” she said. “We need Carter Bedford, Student to be a part of that conversaGovernance and Organiza- tion.” tion director, said Candidates from it is important for all of the elected students to realize onLine seats are dedithat the candidates Are you cated to increasing running will repre- going to vote? awareness for their sent their voices to Share why or why department by dethe school. veloping a more exnot at theshort“These students horn.coom. ternal program. are at the tables “It’s time to get where a lot of imout of the baseportant decisions are being ment,” Fox said. made,” he said. Current Mr. UTA Ricky This semester, Jennifer Irving said creating proFox, current external rela- grams that encourage school tions director, and Jeff Ha- pride is what the job is really zelrigs, current program all about. director, are running unopThis semester, Irving and posed for Student Congress Ms. UTA Miriam Zehaie president and vice president. created Spirit Week to inFox said this semester, voke more pride in students. Student Congress had a lot “I hope that is something to deal with because of leg- that will continue,” Irving islature, and the main point said. of her platform is to make Bianca Montes sure students have a voice in campus finances.

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PHOENIX — A federal appeals court on Monday refused to lift a stay blocking major parts of Arizona’s immigration law from taking effect and said the federal government is likely to be able to prove the controversial law is unconstitutional. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals turned down an appeal filed by Gov. Jan Brewer. She had asked the appeals court to lift an injunction imposed by a federal judge in Phoenix the day before the law was to take effect on July 29, 2010. The U.S Justice Department sued to block the law, saying it violates the U.S. Constitution because enforcing immigration law is a federal issue. U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton issued an injunction preventing four major parts of the law from going into effect pending a trial. Monday’s ruling by the three-judge panel upheld that injunction.

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Comptroller mistakenly posts records SAN ANTONIO — The personal information of about 3.5 million Texans — including addresses and Social Security numbers — was mistakenly posted on public servers controlled by the state comptroller’s office and remained there for nearly a year or more before officials discovered the problem, the agency said Monday. There was no indication any personal data had been misused.

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NWS confirms 3 North Texas tornadoes

Science Senator Henry Tran Navjot Singh Sarpreet Singh LaRance Delasbour Sydney Bay Roshani Patel Pauline Sourygnavong Timothy Johnson Anne Russell

DALLAS — Officials have confirmed that three tornadoes and a storm packing severe straight-line winds were responsible for widespread major damage around North Texas. The American Red Cross says the storms early Monday destroyed or heavily damaged 15 homes. A National Weather Service storm survey team has confirmed that tornadoes struck rural areas south and east of Dallas and Fort Worth. Tornadoes struck at 1:11 a.m. Monday just west of Alvarado (al-vah-RAY’-doh), 23 miles south of Fort Worth, and northwest of nearby Rio Vista, 30 miles south of Fort Worth.

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SUPA Senator Todd Lockman Student Governance and Organization director Carter Bedford and Student Congress President Aaron Resendez

AUSTIN — Efforts to allow concealed handguns in college classrooms stalled in the Texas Senate for a second time Monday, leaving a measure that seemed headed for approval now struggling to survive. The measure’s Republican sponsor, Sen. Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio, said he didn’t have the necessary support to call the bill for a vote. Wentworth would not predict if or when he would try again.









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Who was the last person you made a mix cD for? “My boyfriend in high school four years ago. It was a nice way to share Keelee James, our interart history junior ests.” Who is your favorite Disney villain and why? “Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. She has the best sense of style, and she’s uber powerful and can turn into a dragon.”

Jesse nolet, English freshman

Who is your favorite Disney villain and why? “Probably Jafar from Aladdin. He embodied a lot of weird, mystical evil to me.”


MIxTAPe Renowned for their forward thinking in theatre, food and painting, France is not as well known for music. For record collectors who don’t know where to begin in their search for Parisian vinyl, here’s a starter list that shows the diversity of France’s music scene. Next week’s mixtape theme features the best theme songs from TV shows. Send your choices to features-editor.shorthorn@uta. edu.

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Who was the last person you made a mix cD for? “I made one for myself. It was a mix of instrumental, psychedelic songs.”


Mc solaar – “Bouge de là” (“Move Out of My Way”) Air – “Sexy Boy” Daft Punk – “Digital Love” charlotte Gainsbourg – “The Songs That We Sing” Justice – “D.A.N.C.E.” Yelle – “Je veux te voir” (“I Want to See You”) Phoenix – “Too Young” M83 – “Kim & Jessie”


Cultivating a green city Horticulturist chowgene Koay is cultivating the future of agriculture By Tesia KwarTeng The Shorthorn staff

A deep fascination with plants and nature blossomed inside interdisciplinary studies senior chowgene Koay, leading him to use his green thumb in his home, on campus and in the surrounding community. Utilizing all-natural resources, Koay grows his own food through aquaponics. This system combines hydroponics, growing plants in nutrient solutions with or without the use of an artificial medium, and aquaculture, farming fish. While attending UTAustin, he began searching for community gardens to grow food and his ideas. “I just wanted to grow my own food,” he said. “I figured food is a daily medicine, we take more of it than anything else in terms of concentration.” He found Sunshine community Gardens in central Austin, where he volunteered for six months before receiving his own plot. Within the first month, he was able to grow enough food to feed himself, his friends and neighbors. “I had lettuce, spinach, cilantro, coriander, and later I had squash, zucchini and cantaloupe. Then I started bartering with my neighbors and had even more to share,” he said. When he transferred to Arlington in fall 2008, he continued to hone his skills through the campus’ environmental Society, which he now presides over. Installing gardens at people’s homes is one project the society does on the weekends. Their mission is to reach out, not only to students, but also locals so they can learn more about how to utilize the environment. Interdisciplinary studies


Here are some to-do events on campus to hold you over until Thursday’s Pulse. Art exhibition in The Gallery Master of Fine Arts exhibition When: 10 a.m. today Where: The Gallery cost: Free contact: 817-272-5658 Music Honors Recital When: 7:30 tonight Where: Irons Recital Hall cost: Free contact: 817-272-3471 Lecture by Greg Ibanez When: 4 p.m. Wednesday Where: Architecture Room 204 cost: Free contact: 817-272-2314 $2 Movie- The social network When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Planetarium cost: $2 contact: 817-272-1183 Adventures in Antiquity When: 3:30 p.m. Thursday Where: Fine Arts Building Room 2102A cost: Free contact: 817-272-3216

Magnificent sun When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Planetarium cost: Free contact: 817-272-1183 Doubt When: 8 p.m. Thursday Where: Mainstage Theatre cost: $10 general public, $7 students, senior citizens, faculty and staff contact: 817-272-2669

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Koay has been working on this vertical aquaponics system for about four months.

“I just wanted to grow my own food. I figured food is a daily medicine, we take more of it than anything else in terms of concentration.” Chowgene Koay

Interdisciplinary studies senior

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Interdisciplinary studies senior chowgene Koay built a green house over spring break where he stores some of the plants he grows via aquaponics, a sustainable system that produces food by combining the process of rearing aquatic animals and cultivating plants in water. “One day I would like to own my own business doing this, it will allow people to take care of themselves and the people around us,” Koay said.

senior ellen Ranit is the environmental Society’s secretary and said Koay is very active. “He’s pretty hands-on and loves to take on new projects,” she said. “He’s inquisitive, so he goes out and learns about things and he shows his support to the community.”

In August 2010 Koay set up a booth at the downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market to educate people in the community about alternative gardening methods. Through this exposure, the opportunity to work on a larger scale was presented to him. The connections he made

at the market opened up three acres of land for him to use where he created a food forest, a larger scale of the aquaponics system, and worked on other projects. “It never would’ve happened if I didn’t start doing what I was doing,” he said “It goes back to the idea of community, getting people

involved and being consistent with that, because there’s so many people with resources.” civil engineering sophomore Ann Mai, environmental Society publicist, said building relationships is important within a sustainable community. “chow knows so much about gardening, and he has so many connections with a lot of other groups in the metroplex that are doing similar things to what we’re doing,” she said. “He constantly has different ideas and is a good teacher. I want to learn as much as I can from him before he graduates.” When he uproots from UTA, Koay plans to start a business in growing produce with the food forest and aquaponics system. “To me, it’s the future of agriculture, essentially, urban agriculture,” he said.

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Color outside the lines Maggie Moore discovered her affinity for painting while in high school, and now has her first independent show at the Show and Tell Art Festival. By allen Baldwin The Shorthorn staff

A first show can be an exciting and nervous time for an artist, especially someone that’s hitting his or her stride and finding his or her style. Art senior Maggie Moore will have her work shown in her first independent show at the Show and Tell Art Festival from Friday through Sunday at 1912 Wenneca Ave. in Fort Worth. The festival will include artwork from local artists and live music from acts, including convoy and the cattlemen and DJ Phlow. Moore said she’s excited about her work in the show and is interested to see how people respond to it. “It’s kind of a getting-my-feet-wet show,” she said. “I’m anxious and a little bit nervous. I’ve never been in a show like that, where other people than people from school are the viewers.” Moore said she became interested in painting in high school. “My friends and I were just bored, so we just got some acrylic paint and started painting, and it wasn’t bad,” she said. “After that, I just started doing it. I was just really interested and I got more interested in the art world.” Moore said she likes to do selfportraits. She said she also tries to incorporate philosophy into her work. “I’m most familiar with myself, and I want to project what I’m thinking,” she said. “The reason I put a lot of philosophy into my work is because it’s something I think about a lot. Questions of existentialism are constantly

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Art senior Maggie Moore makes some final touches to her painting Friday at the Studio Arts Center. Her painting is made over pages from a philosophy textbook displaying some of her interests ranging from metaphysics to existentialism.

on my brain, and I want to get the viewer to think about them.” Though Moore was hesitant to tell her parents that she wanted to do art for a living, she said they were very supportive. She said they even paid for her to study in Argentina for a wintermester. Moore said she mostly works on her paintings outside of class. She has the most fun when she’s not working on a school assignment. “I enjoy doing the assignments in class, but I still have boundaries,” she said. “As far as the classes I’ve taken, there wasn’t much room for experi-

menting, and now I’m getting into advanced classes where I can do whatever I want and I’m excited about that.” Marilyn Jolly, art and art history associate professor, said Moore was quiet and less secure about what she was doing in her water media class more than a year ago. Jolly said there’s been a real difference in her work from then to now. “During the time between water media and now, she’s been developing her work,” Jolly said. “I see a pretty dramatic change in her self-confidence. The class she’s in now pushes students not only to expand in the

materials used, but it also pushes them to grow conceptually.” Jolly said Moore’s ability to organize and design were apparent during class assignments. “Her strength is design and her understanding and ability to use formal aspects of painting, where we deal with composition and color,” Jolly said. Students in Jolly’s Intermediate Painting class often critique each other’s work. Jolly said these critiques help her students grow as artists. “During critiques, we usually say her colors really compliment each other, and she has a good grasp on that,” art junior Alan Linnstaedt said. “Her composition is really well done. The critiques we hear from her are positive.” Though her paintings are serious, Linnstaedt said he thinks of Moore as a fun artist. “Her painting style is fun,” he said. “She doesn’t have a lot of control in the way she paints. It’s more flexible, loose painting.” Moore said when she first started in her water media class, she didn’t have a good grasp on what she wanted to do and how she wanted her work to look. “Since then, I’ve grown, and now I’m starting to figure out my style and what I want my art to be about,” she said. “I have a better grasp about myself as an artist.” allen Baldwin

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Wildfires rage through West Texas plains This is driest March for Texas since 1895, according to AP. By Kevin crouch The Shorthorn staff

West Texas fire crews are working to contain several large fires with the help of Sunday’s storms. According to the Associated Press, more than 60 homes have been destroyed by the flames, fueled by high winds and extreme drought conditions. Texas is experiencing its driest March since 1895, according to the story. The fires began Saturday and affected areas included Fort Davis and Midland. Jason Dunn, National Weather Service meteorologist, said the fires burning in West Texas are dangerous and hard to fight, especially in mountainous areas. Though the recent rain helped, there isn’t much aid in sight for the crews, he said. “I don’t see any significant chances for rain anytime soon,� he said. Strong winds from the south and continuing dry conditions will continue to fuel the wildfires, he said. According to the AP, all of Texas is experiencing a drought, with 65 percent of the state seeing extreme conditions. The story said forest and fire crews have responded to 654 fires so far this year that burned 916 square miles

AP Photo/, Alberto Tomas Halpern

In this Saturday photo a volunteer firefighter sprays a fire that began outside Marfa, Texas, and was carried by winds to nearby Fort Davis. The fire danger remains high in West Texas where firefighters are battling a blaze that’s destroyed dozens of homes in two communities, and crews are trying to contain fires elsewhere in the state.

and destroyed 189 homes. Dunn said the existing fires are not expected to spread to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but dry and windy conditions have fire crews on alert. “What we would have to watch for is new fires around this area,� he said. Nursing senior Francis Kangere said he lived in Midland for six years, and few people live in the outlying areas. The vast areas of dry grass provide a large space for fires to spread, he said. “West Texas is extremely dry,� he said, “Just a flick of a cigarette can make it go out of control.� He said fires don’t often

hit towns, but when they do, it is a set up for disaster. However, he said towns are equipped to fight the flames. Dunn said the strong winds have hindered efforts to contain the fire. He said the windy conditions prevented air support, including planes that drop water on the fires where they are spreading. According to the National Weather Service, south winds between 10 to 20 miles per hour are expected today and Wednesday in Arlington, with no chance for rain until Monday. Kevin crouch


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Biology junior Kara Crouch measures out her chemicals in General Chemistry Lab Monday in the Chemistry Physics Building. UTA is planning to add a refresher course to help students do better in classes like this one.

Refresher course to prepare students for chemistry Chairman says course aims to improve future chemistry grades. By Ashley BrAdley The Shorthorn staff

To solve the problems of students receiving D’s, failing or withdrawing from general chemistry courses, the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department is adding a refresher chemistry course in fall 2011. The department will offer Chemistry 1300, which will cover lower levels of chemistry so students can prepare for what is taught in General Chemistry 1441. “The DFWs [D’s, F’s and withdrawals] are higher than they should be,� said Rasika Dias, chemistry and biochemistry chairman. “There are too many students wasting money because they are getting bad grades.� He said the course can be used toward elective credits, but not science credits. Dias said this problem is national. He said students aren’t fully prepared for general chemistry because they have forgotten the information, or weren’t taught everything they need to know from their high schools. “There are good students, but they’re under-prepared,� he said. “I don’t like to see

people failing like that. No matter what anyone thinks, we don’t like to see high fail rates.� Chemistry junior Merin Philip became interested in chemistry when she was young, so she took opportunities to study and learn more about it. When she lived in India, she studied heavily in the chemistry field, then took an advanced placement chemistry course in high school when she moved to Texas. That’s the only reason she passed, she said. “Chemistry is hard material unless you’ve practiced it for a long time,� she said. “A year in high school isn’t sufficient knowledge.� Though this course has been sporadically taught before, this is the first time the department has decided to make the class available every semester. Because they are still in the planning process, the department hasn’t decided what students to place in the refresher course. Dias said the department is either going to set up a survey, incorporate entry exams in the general chemistry course, have advisers direct students to the class or a combination of all three. “This is happening,� Dias said. “Being in the course is not a punishment, but a way to help them out.�

Krishnan Rajeshwar, chemistry and biochemistry associate dean, said he taught the class a couple of years ago, but sees a higher demand for the class now because there is a higher number of people enrolling. “There’s a need for it,� he said. “Before you jump into it without having good classes in high school, it’s better for them to take baby steps.� Dias said Jimmy Rogers, chemistry and biochemistry senior lecturer, is probably going to be the one who teaches the class because he has taught it before. Because he teaches the general chemistry course, he knows the problems students run into. “The whole point is to prepare students so they can succeed in general chemistry,� Rogers said. “That class traditionally has a reputation of being a hard class.� He said he wants students to pass, but not by making the general chemistry class easier. “It’s very important that we maintain high standards,� he said. “We want more people to pass, but without lowering the standards.�

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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.

Injured Person Medical Assist A nonstudent was injured at 8:40 a.m. during a dance competition at Texas Hall, 701 W. Nedderman Drive. Her right arm buckled, and a family friend transported her to Arlington Memorial Hospital in their own vehicle.

Sunny • High 79°F • Low 53°F

MONDAY Disturbance Officers responded to a domestic disturbance at 1:54 p.m. at Centennial Court apartments, 715 W. Mitchell Circle. One student was arrested in connection with public intoxication.

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SUNDAY Disturbance Police responded to a loud noise complaint at 11:01 p.m. Residents in the volleyball court at Centennial Court apartments, 702 W. Mitchell Circle, agreed to leave the area. Disturbance Officers responded to a disturbance between children on the basketball court at 7:53 p.m. at the Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Drive. The altercation and the game ended prior to the police officers’ arrival. EMS treated one child that was hurt. There was no identifiable

Maverick Club Luncheon with guest speaker Newy Scruggs: Noon. Spring Creek Barbecue 3608 S. Cooper St. $5. For information, contact UTA Athletics at 817-272-2261. Exploring Majors for Pre-Nursing Majors: 2-3 p.m. University Center Rio Grande. Free. For information, contact the University Advising Center at or 817-272-3140. Tailgate Tuesday!: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Free. For information, contact Travis Boren at or 817-272-0694.

Violent Universe: 6 p.m. Planetarium. $6 for adults, $4 for children. For information, contact the Planetarium at or 817-272-1183. UTA Baseball vs. Baylor: 6:30 p.m. Clay Could Ballpark. Free for students, $5 for public. For information, contact Jason Chaput at 817-272-7167. Music Honors Recital: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall. Free. For information, contact the Music Department at music@uta. edu or 817-272-3471.

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Vandalism At 11:45 a.m., officers found nonpermanent ink on the stairwell at the Maverick Parking Garage, 708 West St. The case is still active. Injured Person Medical Assist Officers responded to a medical assistance call at 12:15 a.m. at Timber Brook apartments. The student was transported to Arlington Memorial Hospital. SATURDAY Injured Person Medical Assist Officers responded to a medical assistance call at 7:10 p.m. at Forest Glen apartments, 412 S. Cooper St. The student was transported to the Medical Center of Arlington.

Agency Assist While en route to Fort Worth campus, a public safety officer witnessed a roll over accident at 4800 I-30 near 820. Criminal Trespass Warning A nonstudent received a criminal trespass warning at 3:54 a.m. in connection with sleeping in the bathroom of the clubhouse at Centennial Court apartments, 700 W. Mitchell Circle. Warrant Service At 12:31 a.m., a nonstudent was arrested during a routine traffic stop in connection with outstanding misdemeanor warrants out of the Arlington Police Department. The subject was taken to jail. FRIDAY Graffiti At 3:04 a.m., a public safety officer reported seeing graffiti on the stairs in the courtyard of the Architecture Building next to the fountain, 601 W. Nedderman Drive. Two robots and the phrase “We are all robots,” connecting the two robots was written in black marker in the middle of the

stairway next to the fountain down to the ground. There were no witnesses and no suspects. The case is still active. Marijuana Possession At 12:21 a.m., an officer was doing close patrol of the Maverick Parking Garage at 601 W. Nedderman Drive because of the amount of graffiti in the area, when the officer came across a suspicious vehicle sitting in the garage with three people in it. When he approached the vehicle, he could smell burned marijuana. One person was arrested in connection with outstanding warrants and one student was arrested in connection with marijuana possession. Loud Noise At 12:40 a.m., a Meadow Run apartment resident approached UTA officers. She stated an unauthorized and unscheduled party with alcohol was occurring after hours at the apartment clubhouse at 501 S. Summit Ave. The organizer of the gathering was located. The subjects were asked to leave.

Interning with a Conqueror Broadcast senior travels with Travel Channel and gets experience BY JOEL COOLEY The Shorthorn staff

Working for an internship with the Travel Channel has taken Erick Fernandez places. The broadcast senior worked with the camera crew and cast of the television show Bert the Conqueror from Dec. 16 to 21. The show is about a man who travels the country seeking thrills through amusement parks and other ventures. Fernandez plans to work for the Travel Channel again this fall, but this time he’ll try out for a paid internship. “It’s opened up so many new skills that I’ve learned,” Fernandez said. “The set of skills you get in broadcast you can apply anywhere.” He traveled with the crew to Huntsville, Texas, to film an off-road drag racing event. He also helped the crew when they traveled to Six Flags Over Texas to film Bert as he tackled the Titan and Mr. Freeze roller coasters. As a ‘runner’ for the crew, Fernandez did the behind-the-scenes work for the crew, like carrying spare batteries, making sure equipment was working and helping carry cameras around. Fernandez found the internship through a Department of Communication email. He responded spur-ofthe-moment, the same day. He received notice that he and another Mayde Gomez, student had been broadcast senior picked shortly thereafter. “The chance to do that was amazing,” said Fernandez. “It was pretty unreal.” He said his internship opened the

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Broadcast senior Erick Fernandez interned for a week with the Travel Channel in December by assisting workers and actors of the show Bert the Conqueror. The show spotlights thrill rides around the country and featured Six Flags in Arlington’s “Mr. Freeze” and “Titan” on Sunday.

doors for more opportunities. He now has an internship with Major League Gaming, in which he interviews gamers after competitions. The internship lasts until the end of summer. Broadcast senior Mayde Gomez worked with Fernandez for the Travel Channel. Gomez said working with a professional camera crew was an invaluable experience. “It’s different than what we go to

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school to learn,” Gomez said. “We received so much hands-on training,” Samantha Chamilli, Sharp Entertainment production coordinator, was in charge of finding local students to help with the production of the show. Chamilli said the students had good resumes, work ethic and she liked their quick responses to the application. “They were great. They took initiative, and we heard nothing but good

comments,” Chamili said. Fernandez offered advice to students looking for employment. “As long as you meet people, there are tons of new angles to pursue,” he said. The episode that Fernandez worked on titled “Texas” aired on April 3.

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