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Volume 92, No. 104

Since 1919

Bass Hunters

Cutting funds, adding years

The once 3-member bass fishing team now boasts 15 members and took third place in March tournament. SPORTS | PAGE 3

Columnist: Cutting summer Pell Grants would put graduation plans on hold. OPINION | PAGE 4


University releases candidate names Tier One remains a top priority in selecting a new engineering dean. BY JOHN HARDEN The Shorthorn senior staff

Engineering chairmen and professors originating from universities with annual research expenditures between $300 and $700 million make up the remaining candidates applying for engineering dean. Mechanical engineering professor Theodore Bergman at the University of Connecticut, civil

engineering chairman JeanPierre Bardet at the University of Southern California and geological engineering chairman Craig Benson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are the candidates whose names were released on Tuesday. One of the main challenges facing the next dean is leading the college’s efforts to achieve Tier One research status by working to meet all required criteria, including increasing research funding and expendi-

ENGINEERING DEAN CANDIDATES The candidates will conduct forums at 2 p.m. on different days in Nedderman Hall Room 100. David Peters went first on Monday.

Theodore Bergman, University of Connecticut mechanical engineering professor

Jean-Pierre Bardet, University of Southern California civil engineering chair April 18

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Craig Benson, University of WisconsinMadison geological engineering chair April 25

DEAN continues on page 4

Public relations senior Brandon Hurtado runs a resume critique business to help students get hired

David Peters, Washington University engineering professor

Monday. Read about it at


Exercise classes decreased for fall semester years. Priority must be given Department chairwoman to academic majors, Louise Fincher said approxisays kinesiology adviser. mately 36 sections, 18 in fall BY CHRIS BATES The Shorthorn staff

The Department of Kinesiology is cutting exercise classes because of an increase in enrollment and lack of part-time faculty to compensate. The department is reducing the number of classes from 51 this semester to 20 in the fall. The department has gradually reduced the number of courses during the past two

2010 and 18 in spring 2011, have been cut during this academic year. Fincher said the reasons for the cuts are twofold. “First, we’ve had a steady increase in the number of kinesiology majors,” she said. “Secondly, we’ve had a reduction in part-time faculty dollars.” Fincher said the cuts have CLASSES continues on page 6


The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt

Public relations senior Brandon Hurtado runs his own resume critique company through his home. Hurtado said he charges a fraction of the price of most resume critique companies because he really wants to help other people.

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A public relations senior is helping students prepare for careers after college with his resume critique business. Clearwater Consulting is a full-service resume development company that critiques, constructs and recreates resumes. Brandon Hurtado has helped more than 367 job seekers to date. “The company’s core values are to help students and working professionals develop a resume that highlights who they are, without breaking the bank,” he said. Hurtado charges $50 for a resume consultation and revision. The company started in 2009 after Hurtado attended a Public Relations Student Society of America “speed meet” for jobs.

“I knew that my resume was decent, but after interviewing with a hiring manager from Chesapeake Energy, I was blown away at the inconsistencies in my paper,” he said. “He completely butchered my resume with red ink.” Hurtado said he knew if he was going to be a successful communications major, he would have to research what hiring managers were looking for on his own. After attending several job fairs and hiring conventions, Hurtado felt he had a better grasp of what hiring managers were looking for. “After visiting several Wordpress sites, blogs and even other resume consulting services,” he said, “I was able to combine a

SC launches new Maverick Discounts Program website Improvements include categories on the main page to sort discounts. BY BIANCA MONTES The Shorthorn senior staff

Student Congress officially unveiled the new face for the Maverick Discount Program website Monday. The program provides a minimum 10 percent discount to the UTA community for services, including

travel and entertainment to restaurants and retail. SC senators took notice of a need to redesign the website last year when previous parliamentarian Marcia Vasquez was in office, said parliamentarian Timothy Johnson. “The original website wasn’t organized, and it wasn’t user-friendly,” Johnson said. DISCOUNTS continues on page 6

RESUME continues on page 5


Arlington rakes in revenue from Super Bowl Mayor Cluck expects an Super Bowl XLV, and the are still coming in. even larger increase with numbers April Nixon, Arlington the Rangers in full swing. chief financial officer, said the BY ALI AMIR MUSTANSIR The Shorthorn senior staff

Arlington officials are happy with the 4.4 percent increase in tax revenue from

city made $139,000 more than when the city hosted the NBA All-Star game in February 2010. Nixon said the city has seen a revenue increase for

the fiscal year as well. She said revenue is up by about 1.1 percent than budgeted for the first five months of the fiscal year, from October 2010 to February 2011. “We are about $200,000 better than budget at this point,” she said. Deputy city manager

Trey Yelverton said looking at sales tax revenue alone doesn’t completely show if the city earned what it expected from the event. He said everyday purchases, like groceries, might not be from Super Bowl traffic. SUPER continues on page 6

The Shorthorn: Daniel Molina

WORKING THE WALL Tad Loftis, aerospace and mechanical engineering sophomore, scales a rock wall on Tuesday at the Maverick Activities Center. Loftis said he loves climbing because “it’s addicting and it’s free.”

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Calendar submissions must be made by 4 p.m. two days prior to run date. To enter your event, call 817272-3661 or log on to

Sunny • High 81°F • Low 65°F

TODAY UTA Volunteers The Big Event Planning Meeting: Noon to 1 p.m. Nedderman Hall Room 100. Free. For more information, contact Tiffany Kaminski at tiffany. or 817-2722963.

Thursday Mostly Sunny • High 86°F • Low 54°F

Exploring Majors, Yourself, and Resources on Campus: Noon to 1 p.m. Ransom Hall Room 303. Free. For more information, contact the Advising Center at or 817-272-3140.

Wednesday Sunny • High 75°F • Low 42°F — National Weather Service at

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.

MONDAY Vehicle Burglary A student reported at 5 p.m., the window to his vehicle was shattered while his vehicle was parked in Faculty Lot 1 at 1307 W. Mitchell Circle, west of the Maverick Stadium, and an unknown person stole his wallet. Criminal Trespass Warning At 7:27 p.m., an officer observed a nonstudent and a white, nonresident male soliciting magazine subscriptions at Centennial Court apartments, 820 Bering Drive. He received a criminal trespass warning for the complex and left the property without incident. The case was cleared. Disturbance Officers investigated a disturbance report at 6:30 p.m. at Meadow Run apartments, 417 Summit Ave. The resident adviser was notified of the two students causing the disturbance, and the case was cleared. Missing Inventory An officer responded to a report at noon at Nedderman Hall, 416 S. Yates St., to investigate a lost a credit card that personnel use to make small order purchases. The case is still active. Criminal Trespass Warning A Centennial Court apartment employee reported at 3:44 p.m. that several nonresidents were using the pool area at the complex, 700 W. Mitchell Circle. They were all issued criminal trespass warnings for the complex at the staff member’s request. They left the area, and the case was cleared. Minor Accident Officers responded to a minor accident at 12:48 p.m. in Lot 26 at 1301 W. Mitchell Circle, near Maverick Stadium. The accident involved a university state owned vehicle. The drivers exchanged insurance information. There were no injuries, and the case was cleared. Investigation A student reported her vehicle had rolled out of a marked parking space and struck another student’s vehicle in Lot 47, north of Mitchell street near Lipscomb Hall. No damages or injuries were reported, and the case was cleared.

CORRECTIONS In Tuesday’s story “Student Fee allocation set to go to UTA president,� the headline was misleading because the allocation doesn’t come from Student Services fees. In Tuesday’s “Print store, employee positions to be cut� story, Maverick Print was incorrectly referred to as the Maverick Print Store. It is part of Business Affairs.

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 Managing Editor ................... Vinod Srinivasan

Lecture by Greg Ibanez: 4 p.m. Architecture Building Room 204. Free. For more information, contact Robert Rummel-Hudson or 817-272-2314. $2 Movie - The Social Network: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For more information, contact the Planetarium at or 817-272-1183. Principles of Lean Enterprise Transformation: 6-7 p.m. Nedderman Hall Room 100. Free. For more information,

contact Tracey Kocher at tkocher@uta. edu or 817-272-3679.

Exposure: Photos from the Second Battle of Fallujah: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For more information contact Erin O’Malley at Combat Narratives: Stories & Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For more information contact Erin O’Malley at What You Wish the World Could Be: Early Years of 6 Flags Over Texas: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For more information contact Erin O’Malley at Art Exhibition in The Gallery at UTA: Master of Fine Arts Exhibition: Master of fine arts students display their artwork. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery at UTA. Free. For more information, contact Patricia Healy at phealy@uta. edu or 817-272-5658.

Hall Room 115. Free. For more information, contact Jeff Howard at howardj@ or 817-272-5119. President’s Convocation for Academic Excellence: 3:30-5 p.m. Texas Hall. Free. For more information, contact Linda Wilson at or 817-2723838. Adventures in Antiquity: 3:30 p.m. Fine Arts Building Room 2102A. Free. For more information, contact Charles Chiasson at or 817272-3216. Department of Biology Colloquium Series: 4-5 p.m. Life Science Building Room 124. Free. For more information, contact Laura Mydlarz at mydlarz@uta. edu or 817-272-2872.

Magnificent Sun: 6 p.m. Planetarium. $6 for adults, $4 for children. For more information, contact the Planetarium at or 817-272-1183.


View more of the calendar and submit your own items at

Culture, Environment, and the Literary Round-table: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Trimble

A smaller percentage of students dropped classes as compared to the spring 2010 semester. As of April 1, the deadline to drop classes, about 4,325, 12.8 percent of UTA’s 33,788 students, dropped at least one class, compared to about 4,120, 14.3 percent of 28,826 students, in the spring 2010 semester. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said the number typically drops after the withdrawal deadline when the appeals process starts. She said the drop rate lowered because of the university’s efforts to improve and localize student resources, moving resources to University College so they are not spread around campus. She said the university is focusing on the first two years of students’ academic careers, which are crucial to being successful with a degree plan. “We want more students to stay in school, get their degrees and graduate on time,� she said.

Boosters raise $500 for athletes The Maverick Club sold $5 barbecue plates to help fund student-athlete scholarships. BY JOEL COOLEY The Shorthorn staff

News Editor ............................... Monica Nagy Assistant News Editor ............. Andrew Plock Design Editor .............................. Marissa Hall Copy Desk Chief .................... Natalie Webster Scene Editor ............................ Lee Escobedo


Spokeswoman: University efforts lower drop rates



Newy Scruggs, area sportscaster and radio host, spoke with Maverick Club supporters about the importance of making a name for your organization in a city of professional athletes. Scruggs spoke at Spring Creek Barbecue at 12:45 p.m. to a crowd of about 50 Maverick Club supporters, fans and athletes. The event raised $500 for studentathlete scholarships by selling $5 barbecue plates. Scruggs is a sports anchor for Channel 5 in Dallas and also hosts his own show on the radio station 105.3 “The Fan.� Scruggs was brought in as a guest speaker for the event because of his credibility and authority on national and local sports, said Maverick Club Director Michella Gaiser. “What we do is try to get local celebrities to attract a different type of crowd that engages the community in UTA athletics,� Gaiser said. According to, the Maverick Club is the primary UTA athletics booster organization for the department. The group supports the athletic department through various methods, including annual donations and monthly luncheons. Scruggs spoke about the current situation of sports in the Metroplex, and how UTA’s athletic program is being enhanced by the completion of the College Park Center. Scruggs said that if you build something new, people will come. “A sign of a great university is that you’re always growing,� he said. All 14 head coaches and directors of UTA athletics were present for the luncheon.


— Kevin Crouch


Delta Xi Nu sorority to give AIDS the boot Wednesday

The Shorthorn: Jacob Adkisson

Newy Scruggs, Channel 5 sports anchor and 105.3 “The Fan� host, answers questions from Maverick Club supports on Tuesday at Spring Creek Barbecue. The Maverick Club supports the athletic department through donations and promoting events.

Volleyball head coach Diane Seymour said it’s great to have someone to bring the university and alumni together. “A lot of times, it’s about reconnecting more alumni, and growing,� Seymour said. Scruggs said that networking and hard work is what will help a club grow in a hard market.

Opinion Editor ...................... Johnathan Silver Sports Editor ............................. Sam Morton Photo Editor ......................... Andrew Buckley Online Editor ........................ Taylor Cammack Webmaster ......................... Steve McDermott

“UTA is doing the right thing,� Scruggs said. “It’s a pro-sports market, and it’s tough to break through. UTA is swimming with some big fish, and everybody is fighting, especially in a big sports town.� JOEL COOLEY

We have a bar feature on Fallout Lounge in Dallas.

— Bianca Montes

Student Ad Manager ........... Dondria Bowman Campus Ad Representative ........ Bree Binder Marketing Assistants................... RJ Williams, Becca Harnisch


Delta Xi Nu sorority is set to raise AIDS awareness on the Central Library mall with its annual event, Stomp Out AIDS. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, the sorority will be on the mall with the Texas Rangers’ mascot, Captain, and guests from the radio STOMP station 97.9 “The Beat.� OUT Health Services When: 11 a.m. will partner with the to 1 p.m. sorority by providing today free condoms and Where: CenAIDS testing to stutral Library dents. mall “Anytime a student can get anything free to protect themselves against disease — that is awesome,� said event coordinator Exzavia Hicks. Local top-40 cover band Sweet Sexy Sugar will provide live music for the event, and disc jockey Tenay from 97.9 “The Beat� will provide freebies to attendees with the radio station’s street team. The event is free to students and Hicks estimates at least 400 students will attend.

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Opinions expressed in The Shorthorn are not necessarily those of the university administration.




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remember The baseball team plays Mary Hardin-Baylor at 4 p.m. today at Clay Gould Ballpark. Pick up Sports on Thursday for the recap. Page 3

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Chalk talk

Bears escape Mavericks’ grasp in extra innings, 9-4 Baylor outlasts UTA by exploding for five runs in the tenth inning.

Baylor 9, Uta 4 (10)

By Sam morton The Shorthorn sports editor

Dropped pop flies, fielders falling down, a 6-minute delay to dry the field, and a multi-car collision on park row and Fielder street that attracted a bevy of flashing lights directly in the batter’s eye symbolized a strange night at Clay Gould Ballpark. the strange events couldn’t justifiably end in only nine innings, but unfortunately for UtA, the extra inning didn’t go its way. Baylor exploded for five runs in the top of the tenth inning to win a three-anda-half hour midweek game, 9-4, on tuesday night, dropping UtA for the fifth straight time. the Bears squandered opportunities all night long and left 16 runners on base, but UtA was never able to muster up and rally past them. With all momentum heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Mavericks were retired in order. that’s when Baylor took over and hit

The Shorthorn: Daniel Douglas

Senior shortstop Jesse Payne commits an error late in the Mavericks’ 9-4 loss to Baylor Tuesday at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavericks will take on Mary Hardin-Baylor at 4 p.m. today at home.

back-to-back triples to lead off the tenth before connecting on a three-run homer to blow what was a tight game out of the water. “You’ve got to win it before you get to extra innings, because they’re pitching staff is a little deeper,” head coach Darin thomas said. “You

have your chances to win and if you don’t get it done, then they get a little new life and sometimes that’s all it takes.” Baylor struck in the third inning when outfielder Logan Vick launched a pitch over the right-field wall to give the Bears an early 1-0 lead. the Bears then loaded


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Preston morrow Morrow had a big pinch-hit single in the seventh to raise his average to .412 and threw out the go-ahead run at home plate in the ninth inning.

the bases that same inning, but sophomore starter Brody Walker induced a flyout to get out of the jam. the Mavericks struggled to break through until the fifth inning, when Bears centerfielder Brooks pinckard lost freshman outfielder Jake pinchback’s flyball in the lights. the ball dropped about 15 feet behind him, scoring two more runs to give UtA a 3-1 lead. But UtA’s shutdown inning didn’t go as planned. the Bears worked long atbats against junior righthander Michael oberto, got runners on and got two big hits — the biggest of which was a double over the head of junior outfielder phillip Incaviglia, who fell down breaking for the ball — to regain their lead. “It’s frustrating,” freshman outfielder ryan Walker said. “We just need to start executing hits in key situations.” Junior outfielder preston Morrow tied it back up with a pinch-hit single up the mid-


Senior Wes Worster finished one stroke back from winning his first collegiate tournament this weekend. Worster finished second with a career-best 210, as UTA finished third at the Jim West Intercollegiate in Victoria this week. “I’m proud of the way Wes played all week,” head coach Jay Rees said in a press release. “Now, we just have to keep working hard over the next two weeks to get ready for the conference tournament.” Worster was the only Maverick to start the tournament hot. His 68 was better than senior Zack Fischer’s 77, which was second best for UTA. Fischer recovered to finish in 12th place after shooting a four-over 220. Sophomore Paul McConnell rebounded from a first-round 80 and shot a 72 and 73 on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, to finish strong. UTA won the Jim West Intercollegiate last year, but a 14-over par finish relegated it to third place while Louisiana Tech took first after finishing 1-under as a team. Southeastern Louisiana’s Philipp Westermann won the individual tournament.

Brian nephew The senior went 3-for-5 to continue his hot streak at the plate. He’s now hitting .353 this season. ryan Walker Walker had a pair of hits and an RBI from the leadoff spot.

dle in the seventh. the Bears got the goahead run on third with only one out in the ninth, but Adam Boydston coaxed a shallow flyball that Morrow caught on the run and gunned home to beat the runner, giving UtA the ninth-inning momentum they would later lose. “We’re just as good as these teams,” Morrow said. “We’ve got to stay ready because we know we can beat them.” Sam morton

— Sam Morton

Books, lines and sinkers By Charlie Vann The Shorthorn staff

When mechanical engineering sophomore todd Fontenot wants to find relaxation, he picks up a fishing pole and heads out to a lake. He embraces the nature around him and waits for a bite from a little creature below the watery surface. “sitting out on the lake, you’re out in nature,” Fontenot said. “You forget about the school world, tests and exams.” Fontenot, who’s been an avid fisher his entire life, is currently the vice president of the UtA’s reformed Bass Fishing Club. He said he inherited his passion from his parents. “It started with my family,” he said. “My dad has been fishing for 40 years.” Fish like to come together in one spot and hide behind rocks below, which Fontenot compares to UtA students. “Fish are like humans, like kids on campus,” Fontenot

said. “they like to conjugate.” With a growing number of members in the club, his statement couldn’t ring more true. the club has technically been around for five years, but has seen more than a year of inactivity in the past. But just like a school of fish, the club is back on track with 15 current members this spring. people don’t need to have experience to join the club. they can just join to learn, have a good time and get away from the hectic college life. “Everyone gets together and has fun,” Fontenot said. But the club takes its competitions quite seriously. In March, Fontenot and club president steve Cermak competed in the National Guard FLW College Fishing tournament on toledo Bend Lake in Hemphill, right on the texas-Louisiana border. the two captured five bass that combined to weigh 14-pounds, 8-ounces, and re-

ceived third place out of 40 teams. stephen F. Austin’s five were the same weight, but it took second because it signed up for the tournament first, which is the tournament’s tiebreaker rule. By placing third, the club earned $1,500, while the university received $500 into the president’s Discretionary Fund and will be used for scholarships. the next major event on the horizon is the Boat U.s. Collegiate Championship at Lake Lewisville in May. there will be more than 100 teams from around the country in that tournament. Bass fishing takes patience and little bit of luck, club member Colin Gowin said. With the help of an electronic tool called a depth finder, a fisherman can find structures underneath the water, an indication that fish might be around. “If you get lucky, you get lucky,” the mechanical engineering sophomore said.

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Bass fishing club spawns 15 members

Fin. Team 1 Louisiana Tech 2 Southeastern Louisiana 3 UTA 4 Louisiana-Lafayette 5 Texas State 6 College of Charleston 7 South Alabama 8 Sam Houston State 9 Stephen F. Austin 10 UT-San Antonio 11 Houston 12 Cal State Fullerton 13 McNeese State 14 Houston Baptist 15 Houston-Victoria

Score -1 +7 +14 +24 +29 +30 +31 +33 +34 +50 +55 +57 +59 +64 +65

Total 863 871 878 888 893 894 895 897 898 914 919 921 923 928 929

UTA reSULTS Fin. Team 3 UTA 2 Wes Worster 12 Zack Fischer T25 Hunter Brown T32 Paul McConnell T68 Enrique Livas

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inDiViDUALS T19 Carson Kallis (I) T52 Brian Smith (I)

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Steve Cermak, right, and Todd Fontenot present the fish that earned the UTA Bass Fishing Club third place during the 2011 National Guard FLW Fishing Tournament in March. Cermak and Fontenot reformed the club after a year of inexistence.

SLC Standings Team Texas State Stephen F. Austin Southeastern Louisiana Lamar Sam Houston State UTA Texas A&M-CC McNeese State Central Arkansas Nicholls UT-San Antonio Northwestern State

courages students to grab a pole and join. “It’s open to any part-time or full-time student,” Cermak, a nursing senior, said. “We want to establish UtA as a competitor in bass fishing.”

“You’ve got to make the fish commit.” Gowin said fishing with his dad while he was growing up was a bonding experience, and his love for fishing has led him to the club. the club tries to get together on saturdays and fish on Lake Lewisville and en-

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Lecturer: Hydrogen, fuel cell is way to go General Motors Co. representative discusses fuel efficiency, future. By edna horton The Shorthorn staff

With gas prices rising, ways to save money on fuel and reduce greenhouse gasses was the key point of a lecture during Business Week 2011. Craig Eppling, General Motors Co. regional communications manager, outlined in his lecture, “What is the Future of the Automobile and How are we Going to Power It,� the advantages and disadvantages of flex fuel, hybrid, electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles. Eppling took a look at the automobile’s history and how it has progressed with new technology. He said America uses 25 percent of the world’s oil and only produces 10 percent. He said the reason to make cars more efficient is because the U.S. is not the only country using oil, and the more it is used, the more it will cost. “What’s going to happen in the oil market? The prices are going to go up, and worse case scenario is we won’t be able to get it,� he said. Eppling said GM is looking at ways to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making fuelefficient vehicles. One way is with a flex-fuel vehicle, a car that uses ethanol 85 instead of gas. Ethanol is a renewable fuel that can be made from corn, wood waste, grass and municipal waste, he said. “There will always be landfills,� he said. “We will always have a fuel source.� He said its advantages are that it costs the same as a regular vehicle, and ethanol burns cleaner than gas. But he said only about 30 gas stations in the Metroplex offer flex fuel. The lecture was part of the Business Week theme of “Corporate and Social Responsibility and Ethical Leadership.� David Gray, business associate dean, said the week is for students to see someone in their field discuss how effective business decisions are made.



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to do with spring 2010’s parttime faculty losing $36,000 of their budget. She said enrollment growth has caused the need to divert part-time faculty dollars to support academic major courses. Kinesiology senior Randy Salinas said a reduction of courses could be both a good and a bad thing. “The good thing is it forces people to take their classes and graduate,� he said. “The bad thing is no easy classes offered

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Amy Schultz, communications and community relations associate vice president, said the biggest improvements they were looking to make were a more searchable site and a simple way for students to get the discounts. UTA community members can get discounts by presenting a current Mav ID to local business participants. Discounts are currently separated in categories on the main page of the website, and a search engine was added for users to seek out a specific vendor, she said. Johnson said keeping discounts current in the past was a struggle, because the ven-

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“There is nothing in that transaction that says they were in town for the Super Bowl,� he said. Yelverton said the city estimated the game would bring more than a million dollars in revenue during a 12-month period. He said revenue from hotel tax would not be available until the middle of next month. Yelverton said hotel tax figures for second quarter 2011, January through March, are not yet available, but the city

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Craig Eppling, General Motors Co. regional manager of communications, speaks to business students about the future technologies that could be implemented in automobiles Tuesday in the Business Building.

“They will share events and problems that they are familiar with, and the decisions they made and how they handled them,� he said. Eppling said the next step to lowering greenhouse gas emissions is to offer more hybrids. Hybrids switch between an electric battery-powered motor and gas-powered engine, thus using less gas. He said electric cars are another way to create a more sustainable product. The Chevrolet Volt produced by GM has a battery that powers an electric motor but has a gas-powered engine to extend the range. The Volt can drive for about 30 miles on one electric charge, and can be recharged with a household electrical outlet. He said the future of the electric car depends on the advancements in technology and the ability to create efficient energy sources. “Battery technology, that’s to help [grade-point averages].� Kinesiology adviser Becky Garner said, via email, the situation will be beneficial to students and she will continue to teach exercise classes and other coursework. “The class reductions were not an option for our department,� Garner said. “Rather, they were a necessity due to mandatory budget constraints.� She said though it was a difficult decision, the department’s first priority is to support undergraduate and graduate academic majors. chris Bates

your future,� he said. “Researches are looking into nanotechnology and electric capacitors that can store more energy,� Electric cars are disadvantaged by their cost and because there are no recharging stations, he said. The Volt is priced at about $41,000, but he said you get a $75,000 tax credit for owning one. He said the best solution is hydrogen powered or fuel cell vehicles, but they are still being tested. Undeclared business sophomore Fariya Ahmed, said she studied hydrogen power in school, and Eppling’s lecture was informative, giving her insight into a company she knew nothing about before. “I think that was the most interesting thing he talked about,� she said. “The fact that they are going to use hydrogen in cars.� edna horton

availaBle classes Schedule of Exercise classes still available in the fall: • Fitness Walk (Internet course) • Jogging for Fitness (Internet course) • Exercise and Sport for the Handicapped • Swimming: Beginning • Swimming for Fitness • Intercollegiate Athletics • Exercise and Weight Management • Scuba Diving • Advanced Scuba Dance classes offered: • Dance Performance Source: MyMav registration

dors and their discounts were manually entered. University Communications and the Office of Human Resources teamed up with Student Congress to help create a user-friendly site for all Mavericks. “We figured, if we came out with a better website, we could get more discounts for students,� Schultz said. Going forward, Johnson said because of the website, the coupons will stay current because vendors have the ability to log on and set up their own discounts. He said it was hard to keep track of the different vendors and their discounts. “I would like the website to become a regular part of UTA,� Johnson said. “I want everyone to know about the website, and businesses to rapidly join up to give students more discounts.�

Linguistics graduate student Stefani Goode said after two semesters at UTA, she did not know what the Maverick Discount Program was. “As a grad student, I don’t have the money to throw around,� she said. “Discounts are good.� Schultz said everyone involved with the new website will continue to look for ways to improve the site and increase awareness. With the launch of the new UTA Mobile Application, she also said adding a link to the website was an idea worth looking into. As of right now, she said, their goal is to increase awareness of the program and get the word out on campus.

did see a 19 percent increase, about $220,000, in hotel tax revenue for first quarter 2011, October through December, because of people in town to begin Super Bowl set up. He said according to Smith Travel Research, hotel visitors were up 900 percent from the same weekend in 2010. He said the city has also collected $7.7 million from Super Bowl ticket tax and parking tax. Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck said he was concerned about revenue from the event after a week of winter weather. He said people came in on Feb. 4, 2011, which only gave the city three days or less to

capture the sales opportunity. “We had horrendous weather, ice and snow,� he said. “I was concerned we would have a negative number.� A sold-out Cowboys game earns the city about $80,000, Cluck said. Cluck said the game was a total sellout with parties and activities afterward, which contributed to the increase. He said now he is excited about baseball season. “Now, I expect to see huge numbers in sales tax coming from the Rangers,� he said.

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April brings sexual violence crackdown Joe Biden is at the forefront of the public awareness campaign.

of Civil rights. The letter details new guidelines for compliance with Title iX, a law prohibiting sex discrimination in education, emphasizing schools’ responsibility to respond to sexual violence. Charity Stutzman, UTA relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program coordinator, said publicity has increased this month, but the problem is nothing new. “For people who work in the university environment in the field of sexual violence prevention, as i do, it’s a conversation that we have every day,” she said. Stutzman said one in four students has been the victim of sexual assault. She said the number is one in three for interpersonal violence, such

as stalking and sexual harassment. “Colleges and universities are very aware that sexual violence, especially toward women, is very much a real problem,” Stutzman said. “College students are at high risk.” rick Gomez, UTA assistant police chief, said reports of sexual assault have not been a pervasive problem at UTA. When they do happen, Gomez said alcohol is usually involved. “A lot of the reports of sexual assault have been what we call ‘acquaintance sexual assault,’ where the victim knew the suspect,” he said. “in most cases it involved alcohol. either the victim, the subject, or both had been consuming alcohol.” Gomez stressed the importance of understanding the connection between alcohol and sexual assault. “When we go out and talk to groups and do crime prevention presentations, we always talk about how drinking can lead to those types

of situations,” he said. “We always advise people of the consequences that could be involved when people drink.” Stutzman said the fact that sexual assault cases are so under-reported makes the issue complex. She said victims often don’t report an incident because, among other things, it causes flashbacks similar to the Post Traumatic Stress disorder experienced by troops after returning from combat. “it’s revictimizing through the whole process,” she said. “Most survivors are very aware that it was sexual assault, but what they’re afraid of is that others won’t think it was sexual assault.” Biden said victims should never have to explain themselves, regardless of how they’re dressed or what clothes they’re wearing. “rape is rape, is rape, is rape under any circumstances,” he said. “Anyone who disregards ‘no’ is committing a criminal act.”

and experience in a way that they haven’t seen before,” Hurtado said. Hurtado said his job isn’t about making money. “i enjoy helping others find work, especially in the economic state of our nation,” he said. After finding out about Hurtado’s business, Ali Khan, public relations and business junior, asked him to touch up his resume. “He did an immaculate job,” Khan said. “He made it look formal and professional, but hip.” Khan said when he takes his resume to public relations

workshops, they’re impressed. “They didn’t find any mistakes,” he said. Hurtado’s first tip for basic resume improvement is to lose the “objective.” Hurtado said to replace it with three bullet points that highlight skills and experience. “Hiring managers want to know who you are without having to scroll through your entire resume,” he said. Hurtado said the resume shouldn’t exceed 2 pages, no matter what the major is. “Bullet points are best because lengthy paragraphs are less appealing to the eye,” he said.

Hurtado said to list your education last. “Most people will debate over this,” Hurtado said, “But i believe in communicating your professional strengths and experience first.” Public relations senior Ashley Montgomery said Hurtado urged her to focus on the work she has done in school to get an internship, and build a portfolio. “i went to him for help because i heard of what he did and how it has helped other students,” she said.

relations. engineering professor david Peters, from Washington University in St. louis, was the first candidate to introduce himself to students, faculty and staff in a forum on Monday. After each forum, attendees are asked to fill out an online survey to rate candidates’ traits, like leadership, communication and dedication. “it’s great that everyone gets to help with the decision to choose our next dean,” said aerospace engineering junior Janki Patel. “if there’s someone you really want to lead you, then show up and show your support for them.” The university’s hiring committee will review each online survey before making its final decision this summer. The

committee is lead by Provost donald Bobbitt and other administrators. At Monday’s forum, Peters said it’s difficult to pass up leading one of the top engineering colleges in Texas that’s on a path to national status. “UTA has a lot going for it,” he said. “it has a talented faculty, a new research building and a president with a clear vision. As dean, i would make sure i help the university meet its research goals.” The next engineering dean will have one of the most challenging and invigorating jobs, elsenbaumer said. “We want to find the leader who can look into the future and identify technologies and systems that will make our lives and our world better,” he

said. “it’s a tall order, but an amazing opportunity for the right candidate.” elsenbaumer said the next dean will need to align academic research and development with teaching the next generation of engineers, as well as discover technologies that fuel economic growth. The next three candidates will each hold a forum to introduce themselves to the campus community. Bardet will speak April 18. Bergman will speak April 21, and Benson will speak April 25. each forum starts at 2 p.m. in Nedderman Hall room 100. The forums are open to students, faculty and staff.

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month has a high-profile champion this year. Vice President Joe Biden is involved in a public awareness campaign against sexual violence, aimed at cracking down on incidences involving high school and college students. last week, Biden told more than 500 college and university presidents on a conference call that the results will not change until they create a culture of zero tolerance for perpetrators. “These guys are scum. There is no manhood in them,” Biden said. “Until we make it clear that that’s exactly how we feel, and you feel as college presidents, we’re not going to make the kind of headway we have to make.” Biden’s public comments come in conjunction with a letter released by the office

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plethora of advice into a template for success.” Hurtado said because each student’s major and job interest is unique, he treats each person as an individual. “No two people that use my service have the same resume,” he said. Hurtado said he tries to focus on keyword insertion, graphic appeal and formatting techniques. “Most of all, i want to help them communicate their skills

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tures, according to the engineering dean application. The three remaining engineering candidates, one of whom might replace engineering dean Bill Carroll after he steps down in August, each come from a university with research activity expenditures higher than UTA’s. in 2010, UTA’s research expenditures peaked at a little more than $60 million. UTA expects each candidate to bring motivation and experience that will help the university reach Tier one, said ron elsenbaumer, vice president for research and federal

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thiS moment in time Civil War reenactors gather at White Point Garden near Fort Sumter, S.C., for a candlelight sunrise concert Tuesday to commemorate the moment the first shots of the Civil War were fired. The South Carolina ceremony begins the four-year national commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.


Japan equates nuclear crisis to Chernobyl TOKYO — Japan ranked its nuclear crisis at the highest possible severity on an international scale — the same level as the 1986 Chernobyl disaster — even as it insisted Tuesday that radiation leaks are declining at its tsunami-crippled nuclear plant. The higher rating is an open acknowledgement of what was widely understood already: The nuclear accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant is the second-worst in history. It does not signal a worsening of the plant’s status in recent days or any new health dangers.

Ivory Coast generals pledge loyalty ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Five generals pledged their loyalty to President Alassane Ouattara on Tuesday following the capture of the country’s strongman leader after a four-month standoff, as French and Ivorian forces worked to eliminate the last pockets of resistance. Ouattara’s spokesman Patrick Achi confirmed that the generals who had been fighting on Laurent Gbagbo’s side until his capture swore allegiance before Ouattara one by one at the Golf Hotel, where he set up his presidency after Gbagbo refused to acknowledge losing the November presidential election.


Obama jumps into debt-reduction debate WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, jumping into a debt-reduction debate that will help define the rest of his term, will outline his ideas Wednesday for curbing the costs of Medicare and Medicaid and taking other steps to turn around the nation’s spending habits. Ahead of his effort, House Republicans warned they would not consider any plan that includes tax increases. Obama will give congressional leaders of both parties a preview of his speech, scheduled for delivery at 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, during a private meeting as the White House on Wednesday morning.

Oil price drops more than 3 percent NEW YORK — Oil tumbled more than 3 percent Tuesday after Goldman Sachs warned investors that crude is due for a “substantial pullback.” Goldman analyst David Greely noted that global supplies remain “adequate” even though the rebellion in Libya shut down production there. Before fighting broke out in February, Libya exported about 1.5 million barrels per day 2 percent of global demand — mostly to Europe.


Budget deal would free up education money AUSTIN — The federal budget deal negotiated to avoid a government shutdown would remove the strings a Democratic congressman had attached to $830 million in funds for public education in Texas. If passed into law as expected later this week, the bill would remove a requirement that Republican Gov. Rick Perry use the funds to supplement existing school spending rather than just replace state funds in order to balance the budget. Perry praised the agreement to do away with the requirement, which he called a “political stunt.”











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Student organizations need to keep song selections in check Blaring music with explicit lyrics plagues common grounds on campus. Organizations are putting UTA’s reputation on the line when they blast vulgar music during events on campus at places such as the University Center and Central Library malls. These groups should be regulated by either the Student Conduct Office or Student Governance and Organizations Office, if groups won’t self-police. When the weather is nice, groups organize outside of buildings that receive a lot of foot traffic. Music is part of some groups’ set up. That’s fine. However, when the music spews tasteless words, that crosses the line. We’re all adults here, proponents might say, but UTA frequently hosts grade schools. The university isn’t a place where children should get two unrelated messages: Higher education is in my future, and it’s OK for me to say these words. Musical selection also could leave a negative impression on visitors, prospective students and their parents. If the wrong words pass through loud speakers and the right person comes along, that could be a deciding factor in whether someone chooses to be a Maverick. Not all people on campus put cursing or inappropriate language in the “acceptable” category. Noon to 1 p.m., when most groups occupy the malls, is enrichment hour for many students, faculty and staff. While some UTA community members might indulge in groups’ activities outside, others might choose to eat quietly or study for a test inside. However, when loud, inappropriate music, depicting sexual acts and dishing dirty details, creeps into neighboring buildings, it becomes a distraction. It shows inconsiderate behavior on organizations’ parts. These groups shouldn’t pack up and leave, though. What they do obviously draws a crowd. It’s tradition. They just need to check themselves and invest in clean versions of explicit songs. Surely groups can argue that free expression encompasses music, but others can counter that sentiment by saying they’re offended. This all boils down to respect. Organizations should be more considerate of the rest of the university community. — The Shorthorn editorial board

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Students need financial support for summer classes to graduate on time


n a perfect world, everyone would be able to go to college and graduate in four years. With high unemployment, more people are going back to school to maintain their jobs, or better yet, find a job. However, this four-year ideal is a thing of the past, and with President Barack Obama’s aim to cut Federal Pell Grant spending for summer sessions, people are in a position to spend even more time in college. Now, in Obama’s defense, his proposal is far less than what Republicans proposed, which is an estimated 20 percent, according to The Washington Post. So what does that mean for the incoming UTA student? Well, for the rest of this year, students are alright. But one must consider the students such as myself who have to work, pay bills and still go to school full-time to retain loans and grants. As a working student, I want to get out of school as quickly as possible, but cuts to Pell Grant spending during the summer would put a dent in my plans. Because of the impact of this issue, it shows that school retention is far less when people are obligated to spend far too much time in college. Students worrying more about how they will pay for college as opposed to simply getting a degree impacts retention rates, which also ties into why students really need a particular grant so they can go to school during the summer. The retention rate for sophomores alone is low. Considering that $9 billion of taxpayers’ money is going to students, usually sophomores who may drop out is a dilemma in itself, according to an ABC


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Also, Obama should focus on preparing students for college while they’re still in high school, because many students who come out of secondary schools are simply not prepared for college. There are programs in place to help students graduate early from college. However, for the 23.4 percent of students going back to college, according to a National Retail Federation survey, retention will be affected if students are forced to only go to school during fall and spring semesters. Obama made many campaign promises to pump more money into education. However, this cut shows hypocrisy. Though there are alternatives, students may have to take on more classes during the spring and fall semesters. Pell Grant spending doesn’t take effect until next year, so students should cram all the classes they can into this summer.


More dangerous than protective Having handguns on campus won’t prevent or stop a catastrophe


hose of us who have experienced major campus shootings at UT–Austin, Virginia Tech and elsewhere have real-world knowledge of these situations. Many of us, and I am one, are firearm owners and hunters. We oppose any legislation removing the rights of students, faculty, staff, administration and boards of our schools to control our campuses through regulation of firearms. This is the story of my experience with the most tragic campus shooting in history prior to the even greater tragedy at Virginia Tech. On Aug. 1, 1966, at 11:45 a.m., I was in the Student Union on the campus planning to meet my friend Sandra Wilson for lunch. I waited there for her until after 1 p.m. We did not have lunch together that day. Sandra was shot and seriously injured by UT-Austin Tower sniper Charles Whitman as she walked. On March 22, nearly half a century later, she came to Austin and testified with me against Senate Bill 354 in a hearing of the Texas Senate Committee on Criminal Justice. She flew down from Chicago at her expense to make her less than threeminute statement. She immediately returned to Chicago to meet family responsibilities that she had interrupted because of her great concern that the bill denying colleges and universities the right to control firearms on their own campuses must be stopped. Whitman methodically began shooting targets of opportunity picking his first on the south mall, my friend Claire Wilson. He wounded 31 people and killed 16, including Tom Eckman, another friend, who was with Claire. Claire was eight


months pregnant, and the bullet seriously wounded her and killed her baby. Claire was unable to attend the Senate committee hearing and provided a written statement of her opposition to the senate bill. Whitman was high up on the observation deck of the tower. Handguns, the type of firearm used for concealed carry, shot from the ground would have been inaccurate and useless, and any handgun shooter would have been quite foolish in exposing himself to accurate rifle fire. I witnessed a man who, despite my and others’ warnings, attempted to view the tower from a window in the Student Union and was shot through that window as a result. While an armed civilian, given the right circumstances, could stop such a shooter, the odds are much higher that his intervention would bring about greater harm. During the recent Tucson, Ariz. shootings, an armed civilian nearly shot a person attempting to restrain the actual assailant. It is much like seat belts. There are instances when being thrown clear off a car in a crash will save a life, but research shows wearing a seat belt is almost always the best protection from injury and being thrown clear often results in serious injury or death. Many proponents of concealed carry on campus speak of the right to protect oneself — that highlights the irony in training required for a license. The training emphasizes the firearm is not to be used to protect others, but only to protect the bearer, yet protection of others is a frequently given rationale for campus concealed carry. The training and background

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JIM BRYCE Bryce is a UT–Austin alumnus and guest columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at checks of those with concealed carry permits are offered by proponents as assurance of the safety of concealed carry. But consider the record of Whitman prior to his fateful appearance on the UT-Austin Tower. While he had some problems in the Marines, he was honorably discharged. He would have had no problem obtaining a concealed carry permit under the rules in force today. Research on the crimes, murders, mass shootings, law enforcement killings and suicides those with permits have committed are worth reviewing. And bear in mind that concealed-carry laws are drawn to prevent transparency in revealing such information, so these numbers are certainly much lower than would be shown with truly open records. Proponents argue that few students will be qualified for concealed carry permits as one has to be 21 or older to obtain a permit. This assertion is demonstrably incorrect. Research of readily available records at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reveals that more than half, 53 percent, the students in Texas schools of higher education are 21 or older. The risks significantly outweigh the benefits. Attempts to pass legislation seeking to deny universities their rights to control firearms on their campuses should be struck down.

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