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Students exhibit work that fuses film and other mixed media until Friday in the Gallery West. SCENE | PAGE 4 ENGINEERING


Meningitis law could Second dean candidate says be expanded in 2012 research is key

Bill requires all students to be vaccinated, even if they don’t they live on campus. BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn senior staff

Wednesday, the Texas Senate Higher Education Committee is holding a hearing to consider a bill that would require all first-time higher education students to receive a meningitis vaccination. The current law, passed in 2009 by the 81st Texas Legislature, mandated that students who live on college and university campuses must get a meningitis vaccination. Now, SB 1107 would require all incoming students to be vaccinated, regardless of where they plan to live. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said UTA will do what it takes to meet any new state requirements. If passed, the bill would take effect Jan. 1. “The university’s position is that we’re going to follow state law,” she said. The bill is authored by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and co-authored by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, and Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville. The author’s reasoning for



Meningitis is inflammation of membranes around the brain and spinal cord. It can go away on its own or become a life-threatening emergency.

There are two kinds of vaccines available. Both can prevent two of the three most common meningitis strains in the U.S.

Who is at risk: • Children • People living in a community setting • Pregnant women • People who work with animals • People with compromised immune systems Symptoms include: • high fever • severe headache • stiff neck

• vomiting or nausea • confusion • seizures Source: Mayo Clinic online

THE BILL Bill number: SB 1107 Author: Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth If passed: Would require all first-time higher education students to get a meningitis vaccine

State funding is the biggest problem at UTA, USC’s JeanPierre Bardet said Monday. BY JOHN HARDEN The Shorthorn senior staff

The university must search for ways to cut its dependency from state funding or struggle to reach Tier One, said the second engineering dean candidate in a public forum. Jean-Pierre Bardet, University of Southern California civil engineering chairman, introduced himself to the UTA community Monday and said the state’s budget crisis and cuts to education will hurt research. UTA has a clear vision and

research goals, but state cuts will prevent it, Bardet said. “I’m not naive to the issue. Budget cuts are affecting everyone, not just Jean-Pierre BarTexas,” Bardet det, University of said. “We have Southern California to make ourcivil engineering selves relevant chairman to the community and take advantage of the private sectors and alumni. That’s where the money is.” FORUM continues on page 6


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THE CURRENT LAW • In 2009, the 81st Texas Legislature passed legislation that requires new students living oncampus at higher education institutions to get a bacterial meningitis immunization. These requirements apply to students living oncampus who were either freshmen or transfer students. The law was named for Jamie Schan baum, a UT-Austin student who got a severe case of meningitis in 2008. She lived, but lost her legs and some fingers. • In 2001, the 77th Texas Legislature required schools to inform all new students about bacterial meningitis. Source: The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and The Texas Tribune


The ages most common for people with Meningitis


The average number of Americans infected each year from 1998-2007


The percentage of those infected that will die from the disease

Vehicle, bicycle collide near ERB er’ so I clip my backpack, went up the hill and right before I cross the crosswalk, she gets closer and closer to me.” She said she stopped, motioned BY SARAH LUTZ for the vehicle to back off and The Shorthorn staff started uphill again. She said just A student reported being as she crossed the crosswalk at the struck by a white Nissan while Engineering Research Building, traveling east on UTA Boulevard the driver of the vehicle revved the engine and then hit her, near the Engineering striking the bike’s back Research Building Friwheel with the vehicle’s day afternoon. license plate. Hernandez The cyclist, interdissaid the vehicle drove off ciplinary studies senior afterward. Eleonor Hernandez, Assistant police chief manages the Maverick Rick Gomez said HerBike Shop on the cornandez filed a report ner of UTA Boulevard and provided a license and Cooper Street. She plate number. The posaid she was going home when the vehicle began Eleonor Hernandez, lice contacted the driver of the vehicle. Gomez traveling too close for interdisciplinary studies senior said because both acher comfort. counts are so different, “I notice that it’s too close to me as I cross the cross- the report will be submitted to walk, so I motion for her to back the district attorney, once the reoff and I smile and I get back on port is completed. Then, the D.A. there,” she said. “I’m like, ‘OK she’s going to want me to go fastCOLLIDE continues on page 5

The incident was the first on campus this year to involve a motorist and a cyclist.


The percentage of adolescents and young adults out of all meningitis cases Source: National Meningitis Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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YouTube star Anjelah Johnson to perform The comedian, famous for her “Bon Qui Qui” skit, will provide laughs tonight in the UC. BY BIANCA MONTES The Shorthorn senior staff

Growing up in San Jose, Calif., Anjelah Johnson said she never realized she’s funny. “Everyone in my family is funny,” she said. “It is just something we do.” Johnson first became an Internet sensation with her viral video “Nail Salon.” The video has grossed more than 22 million hits on YouTube.

Fusing the characteristics of her “ghetto-fabulous” brother and one “crazy chick” tending a drivethrough at a Memphis, Tenn., burger chain, the comedian fashioned her infamous MADtv character “Bon Qui Qui,” a fierce, loud-mouthed woman, whose video has received close to 45 million hits on YouTube to date. Tonight, EXCEL Campus Activities will host Johnson’s performance to a sold-out audience of more than 900 people in the University Center JOHNSON continues on page 6

WHEN AND WHERE When: 7:30 tonight Where: University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom Tickets are sold out and standby seating is not available.

The Shorthorn: Allyson Kaler

TAKE THAT Anjelah Johnson, comedian

(From left) Rosemary Albrecht, international business in Spanish senior, practices self-defense moves with anthropology senior Christopher Rodriquez during the UTA Martial Arts Club’s practice Monday at the Maverick Activities Center. The club practices self-defense as well as jujitsu, taekwondo and karate.

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Violent Universe: 6 p.m. Planetarium. $6 for adults, $4 for children. For information, contact the Planetarium at planetarium@ or 817-272-1183.

Wednesday Partly Sunny • High 81°F • Low 67°F

UTA Baseball vs. Houston Baptist: 6:30 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Free for students, $5 for public. For information, contact Jason Chaput at 817-272-7167.

Thursday Mostly Cloudy • High 88°F • Low 71°F

Clavier Series Piano Recital: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall. Free. For information, contact the Music Department at music@ or 817-272-3471. — National Weather Service at

Comedian Anjelah Johnson: 7:30 p.m. University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. Sold out. For information, contact EXCEL Campus Activities at or 817-272-296.

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.

THE SHORTHORN is currently SUNDAY accepting applications Warrant Service During a routine trafficfor stopthe at 11:46 p.m., following The Shorthorn: Allyson Kaler officers arrested a nonstudent on 100 positions Cooper St. between Main and Abramfor the Finance senior Daniel Delgado sells hotdogs, chips and drinks at Delta Sigma Pi fraternity’s food sale. The funds were raised streets in connection with outstanding Summer & Fall Semesters; for the chapter. Upcoming events for the fraternity include cleaning up Lincoln Park and the Rose Ball. warrants out of Addison. • Reporters (news, Disturbance sports and features) A loud noise was reported at 7:38 p.m. at STUDENT LIFE • Ad Sales Rep the Meadow Run apartments on 501 Sum• Photographer (includes mit Ave. video) Theft Editorial Cartoonist Officers responded to •a theft report at 2:10 p.m. at the Maverick Activities Center, • Graphic Artist 500 Nedderman Drive. A nonstudent reand ported that his iPhone (hand-drawn was stolen from the second floor near the indoor track area. computer-generated) The case is active. • Copy Editor • Page Designer Warrant Service with the American Legions,” he During a routine traffic•stop 2:36 a.m., University spokeswoman says AdatArtist said. officers arrested a nonstudent near the NIGHT block tickets are sold out but • Online Content Producer He said he has never thrown Social Work Complex, 201 Cooper St. in AT THE discount tickets still available. in front of a crowd of that many connection with outstanding warrants. He (news webcast) was transported to the Arlington Police people before and has seen peoBALLPARK • Online Assistant BY CHRIS BATES Department jail. ple online not do so well. The Shorthorn staff When: 7:05 “I have three sons who play Apply through our p.m. Monday Disturbance baseball, and I promised them I Provost Donald Bobbitt will website at www. throw the first pitch at UTA’s Where: RangAt 1:16 a.m. police responded to a loud would not embarrass them and er’s Ballpark noise disturbance at Centennial Court not get the ball over the plate like night at the Rangers Ballpark for What: Discount apartments on 801 Bering Drive. in some YouTube videos,” he said. application Or call the first time in front of sold out tickets outside Donald Bobbitt, “I promise to get the ball over the sections filed with the UTA comprovost the UTA block (817) 272-3188 formunity. SATURDAY plate.” are available Drunk Driving more information. University spokeswoman Laura Diaz, criminology and at using the During a routine traffic stop at 1:02 a.m., criminal justice senior, will be Kristin Sullivan said two sections Must be a UTA student. password rangers. officers arrested a nonstudent in con-

Provost to throw first pitch at sold out game

of block seating were available for UTA’s section, but sold out within two and a half weeks for the game at 7:05 p.m. Monday. Discounted tickets outside the block are still available for purchase and price depends on the section. Last semester, only one set of block tickets were sold, this semester two sets were sold because of the success the Rangers had last year, Sullivan said. She said only 750 tickets were sold for the UTA section this semester in order to save money. In spring 2010, 1,000 tickets were sold and 750 tickets were sold in fall 2010, she said. In its fifth year, the season sold out quick, and Sullivan said next semester’s night at the ballpark is still being discussed. “We are contemplating whether to have a night next semester

nection with driving while intoxicated. The nonstudent was transported from 100 Border St., near the First Baptist Church, to the Arlington Police Department jail. FRIDAY Criminal Mischief At 7 p.m. a student reported his vehicle had been damaged while at Lot 50, which is located south of Doug Russell Road, 1200 West St. The case is active. Demented Person At 6:01 p.m. a student at 701 Nedderman Drive making threats toward her mother and herself was placed under an emergency committal and escorted to John Peter Smith Hospital.

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or not,” she said. “It all depends on when the season ends, last year it didn’t end until October.” Tickets for block and individual seating were available online, and purchasers received a ticket print out. Ticket holders need to come to exchange the print out for the actual ticket in the lower level of the University Center at Student Activities. All tickets must be picked up by 5 p.m. Monday. Bobbitt said last semester President James Spaniolo threw the first pitch, but because of scheduling conflicts, Bobbitt will be doing it this semester. Bobbitt said he doesn’t need a lot of practice at throwing a baseball because he was a pitcher when he was younger. “I played baseball for years

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attending the event for the first time with three friends and said she is excited. “I purchased the tickets because I love baseball,” she said. “I am more of a Yankees fan but like the Rangers, too, especially with the success they had last year.” Sullivan said the event is great for the community. “I think it’s one more example of how our community is coming together with how well all the Metroplex sports franchises are doing. It’s what we need,” she said. Monday, the Rangers take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Discount tickets outside the UTA block are available at using the password rangers.

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Combat Narratives: Stories & Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans: 9 a.m. to 7 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 Six Flags Over Texas: 9 a.m. to 7 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 or 817-272-5658. WEDNESDAY Celebrating People and Planet: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. University Center mall. Free. For information, contact Becky Valentich at becky@ or 817-272-0199. $2 Movie — Morning Glory: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For information, contact the Planetarium at or 817-272-1183. Keith McHenry Food Not Bombs lecture: 7-10 p.m. Maverick Activities Center Lone Star Auditorium. Free. For information, contact Becky Valentich at or 817272-0199.

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Mexico judge orders 16 police officers detained for 40 days MEXICO CITY — A Mexican judge ordered 16 police officers to remain detained for 40 days pending an investigation into their alleged involvement with the Zetas drug gang in a region where authorities have found a series of mass graves, prosecutors announced Monday. The 16 municipal police officers from San Fernando, in the border state of Tamaulipas, are being investigated for organized crime, kidnapping and homicide, federal prosecutors said in a statement. They were detained last week for allegedly protecting members of the Zetas and covering up the kidnappings of bus passengers and others who traveled a highway connecting San Fernando to the U.S. border. Authorities have recovered 145 bodies since early this month in San Fernando, where authorities say the Zetas killed 72 Central American migrants in August.

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Asia nuclear reactors face tsunami risk

Caroline Kilel of Kenya reacts as she hits the tape at the finish line to win the women’s division of the 115th Boston Marathon Monday in Boston.

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The skeleton of what will soon be one of the world’s biggest nuclear plants is slowly taking shape along China’s southeastern coast — right on the doorstep of Hong Kong’s bustling metropolis. Three other facilities nearby are up and running or under construction. Like Japan’s Fukushima Dai-ichi plant lies within a few hundred miles of the type of fault known to unleash the largest tsunamispawning earthquakes. Called subduction zones, these happen when one tectonic plate is lodged beneath another. And because the so-called Manila Trench hasn’t been the source of a huge quake in at least 440 years, some experts say tremendous stresses are building, increasing the chances of a major rupture. Should that happen, the four plants in southern China, and a fifth perched on Taiwan’s southern tip, could be in the path of a towering wave like the one that struck Fukushima.

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SB 1107 was in response to a Texas A&M student’s death in February, and a recommendation from a Centers for disease Control and Prevention committee. in late January the Advisory Committee on immunization Practices recommended that all college students be required to be vaccinated against meningitis. Meningitis, an inflammation of membranes around the brain and spinal cord, is most common in people between the ages of 17 and 21. Because of the low risk to older adults, marketing senior Kristine Barys said she thinks the law should only apply to younger students. “Maybe the typical col-

lege age, like 18 to 24-yearolds, should get it,” she said. “i wouldn’t want it because i’ve had all my vaccinations. Why would i want to get more?” The bill would warrant proof of a vaccination within the last five years. HB 4189, the bill passed two years ago, took effect Jan. 1, 2010, and Sullivan said the transition to that law was successful. “We were really pleased. As of the deadline, we had very good compliance with the law,” she said. “When the residence halls opened on Monday, Aug. 23, of the 4,300 students in residence halls and on-campus apartments, we had 55 who were not in compliance.” The 55 students were

15-state tornado outbreak is deadliest since 2008 WASHINGTON — The devastation is stunning — homes and lives shattered as the deadliest swarm of twisters in three years battered up to 15 states. Ultimately, this could turn out to be among the top 10 three-day outbreaks for number of tornadoes, though experts can’t be sure until all the reports are sorted, said Greg Carbin of the federal Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla. While tornadoes occur regularly, their power always shocks.

RIO DE JANEIRO — Hesitantly, with their parents by their side, students returned Monday to the Brazilian public school where a man shot and killed 12 children less than two weeks ago. There are still four students recovering in hospitals from bullet wounds suffered when Wellington Oliveira opened fire at the Tasso da Silveira public school in Rio de Janeiro on April 7. Two of them are in critical condition. Oliveira shot himself after being cornered by police. The school’s director, Luiz Marduk, said the first days will be spent in therapeutic activities such as painting and poetry. The students will receive individual attention as they resettle into their routine. Teaching will resume when the students are ready, in about three weeks, he said. To prepare for the students’ return, volunteers painted the bullet-riddled and bloodstained walls of the school in the working class neighborhood of Realengo. The two classrooms where the greatest number of children were killed were refurbished and will be turned into a library.

Biology sophomore Travis Anteau dives for a hit Monday at the Arlington Hall volleyball courts. Arlington Hall and Baptist Student Ministry came together to play volleyball and grill hot dogs and hamburgers.

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is making less money than he used to, though it’s still a lot: He and wife Michelle reported income of $1.73 million last year, mostly from the books he’s written, according to his just-filed tax return. That was down from the $5.5 million of a year earlier. The president, who has been campaigning to raise taxes on the wealthy, paid the government $453,770 in federal taxes, about a quarter of the income.

Students return to Rio school where 12 children were shot

The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt


Obama’s tax return: Income down — to $1.7 million

allowed to move in once the mandatory 10 days had passed after being vaccinated. Vanassa Joseph, Tarrant County Public Health’s senior public information officer, said people should always take advantage of the opportunity to be vaccinated. “Whether you’re talking about local, regional or national public health, we definitely recommend that people vaccinate themselves and their children against preventable diseases,” she said. Health Services charges $130 for a meningitis vaccination.


Lake turns into ring of fire MINERAL WELLS — The shores of a North Texas lake have become a ring of fire as wildfires force lakefront residents to flee. At least 18 homes and two churches around Possum Kingdom Reservoir went up in flames Monday as at least three large wildfires approached consolidation into one massive complex of flame. Trooper Gary Rozzell of the Texas Department of Public Safety said flames become so intense that columns of heat were sending cinders high into the atmosphere, where ice condenses on them and falls. He called it “ice-capping” that’s “like a roof falling in.”

Syrian activists begin sit-in for President Assad ouster

Texas dad charged after son found dead in box

BEIRUT — More than 5,000 anti-government protesters in Syria took over the main square of the country’s third-largest city Monday, vowing to occupy the site until President Bashar Assad is ousted and defying authorities who warn they will not be forced into reforms. The government, however, blamed the weeks of anti-government unrest in the country on ultraconservative Muslims seeking to establish a fundamentalist state and terrorize the people in the latest official effort to portray the reform movement as populated by extremists.

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HOUSTON — The family of a 10-year-old disabled boy whose decomposing body was found in a cardboard box had twice been investigated by social workers, though no abuse was found in the first case and the second claim couldn’t be fully investigated, according to records released Monday. The boy’s father was charged with serious bodily injury to a child after the boy’s body, was discovered in the family’s vehicle in Houston.



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Which sitcom had the best theme song? The Fresh Prince of BelAir. I know the song word for word. Ariana McZeal, Which ninja history junior turtle are you like most? Donatello, I am a huge nerd.

Which sitcom had the best theme song? My favorite was Friends. It was my favorite show. Which ninja turtle are you most like? Kayla Woodward, Probably a psychology senior mix between Leonardo and Donatello, I like to lead, but I’m pretty nerdy.


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Here are some to-do events on campus to hold you over until Thursday’s Pulse. Betsy Williamson Reconsidering Art History: A solo exhibition When: 11 a.m. today Where: Gallery 76102 cost: Free contact: 817-272-0365 Introduction to West Dallas: Urban structure and Guidelines When: 5 p.m. today Where: Architecture Building Room 204 cost: Free contact: 817-272-2801 clavier series Piano Recital When: 7:30 p.m. today Where: Irons Recital Hall cost: Free contact: 817-272-3471 $2 Movie: Morning Glory When: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Planetarium cost: $2 contact: 817-272-1183 Keith McHenry: Food not Bombs When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Lone Star Theatre cost: Free Author, artist and Food Not Bombs cofounder Keith McHenry will demonstrate how to prepare solar baked goods at the Celebrating People and Planet event that afternoon and give his presentation about the history, principles and global campaign. - contact: 817-272-0199 RHA Block Party and springfest concert Featuring We the Kings When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: University Center mall cost: Free contact: 817-272-0487

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Film junior Richard Warner examines his video art project Monday at the Studio Arts Center. Warner’s project displays a wall of painted art and a video of the downtown Dallas skyline.

Mixed Media

SignalS Students to display video art at campus gallery

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By Tory Barringer The Shorthorn staff

When art senior Alfred Ramirez created his piece for his class’ video art exhibit, he wasn’t trying to be avantgarde. He was just trying to find a parking spot. “I was just trying to think of an idea on the way to school one morning,” he said. “Parking at the school is a hassle, so I decided to film myself trying to park and figured it would be over in a few minutes, but then it took longer. It kind of became an endurance thing.” Ramirez’s parking video lasted 40 minutes, all of which will be on display at “Auto Visual Fixations,” a video art exhibition at the Gallery West in the Studio Arts center. The exhibition kicks off today at 5 p.m. with a reception by the featured artists and will be display until Friday. The theme of the exhibition is cars. Art senior Amanda Poore said the class quickly recognized the motif. “We noticed a pattern when we started putting in videos that a lot of people were including cars,” Poore said. “We decided to make that our theme, since it seems like a thing a lot of people are interested in.” To further evoke the idea of cars, some of the students visited junk yards and brought back scrap parts. The pieces will be laid around the gallery for the exhibition. Poore’s own piece strays from the theme and instead focuses on suburban life. She filmed images of common scenes with a sinister undertone -- for example, a kitchen knife coated in tomato sauce that looks like blood. To increase the drama, she underlaid a suspenseful sound track. She tried to capture the tension in a tedious life but also admitted she “just thought it would be kind of funny.” Bart Weiss, art and art history associate professor and video art class teacher, encouraged his students to think intuitively for their art. He said video art is different from filmmaking in that the focus is less on storytelling and more on ideas. “Video art is different from what they normally do,” he said. “Many of our students are interested in narrative filmmaking. each of them [video art students] has a very different sense of vision. I have tried to push them to think, how does video art work for you? each of them did what they felt most comfortable in moving forward.” Film junior Richard Warner filmed himself driving around at night. He used video feedback, a process that involves pointing a camera at its own monitor, to intensify the lights of the city and the other cars. He called the piece “Urban Feedback” and joked that he learned more about his own driving than anything else. “I found out I was a better driver when I was working with a camera than most people are when they’re just driving,” he said. He said the term “video art” is a short sell and described it more as “artwork with a technological brush.” Film senior Daniel Moreno described video art as a combination of all the fine arts. What sets it apart is that artistic media are translated through a video image. Moreno’s own piece incor-

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Art senior Alfred Ramirez finished his multimedia art project Monday. Ramirez’s project consists of a video and parts of cars.

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Art senior Amanda Poore works on the final setup for her art project Monday at the Studio Arts Center.

porates sculpture and video to put a spotlight on fast food culture. He sculpted a cocoon and filled it with several substances to create a “nasty” feel for anyone who reaches inside. A monitor by the cocoon will display video Moreno filmed to increase peoples’ discomfort with what they’re feeling. He said it can be a difficult thing for people to fully grasp. “It’s something that has to

be awoken inside you,” Moreno said. “It’s something not all filmmakers understand or appreciate. It’s not just an image. It’s all metaphorical and subtextual. You’ll see different perspectives on how to express oneself. Hopefully, we’ll accomplish that with all the pieces.” Tory Barringer

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Film junior Daniel Moreno displays his media art project that asks the question, “Do we know what is in our fast food meat?”

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Graduate studies wins campus Recyclemania competition UTA’s winners will receive a plaque during a 2 p.m. reception today in the UC. By Vidwan RaghaVan The Shorthorn staff

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Biology graduate student Shweta Panchal decides which herbs she wants to take at UTA Earth Day in Spring 2009 on the University Center mall.

UTA goes green for Earth Day UTA will celebrate Earth Day Wednesday by planting 80 trees and educating students about sustainability. Sustainability Office Director Meghna Tare said 50 volunteers will plant the trees, donated by the city of Arlington, between 8 a.m. and noon at 14 sites across campus. Those interested should go to Lot 30, locates south of the Tennis Center, at 8 a.m. Wednesday, she said. Recycling coordinator Becky Valentich said about 28 vendors offer education and products between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the University Center mall. Products will include a $1 environmentally friendly lunch consisting of a baked potato, fruit and a drink, she said. “Every year we give away herb plants, this year we’re going to request that they bring something to be recycled, like a battery or bottle or can, in exchange for an herb plant,� Valentich said. Valentich said Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry will demonstrate a solar cooker in the morning on the UC mall and will give a lecture at 7 p.m. in the Lone Star Auditorium. – Vidwan Raghavan


After 10 weeks of recycling, the Office of Graduate Studies emerged victorious in a campus-wide competition to see which group could recycle the most. The effort was part of Recyclemania, a national competition between universities to see which could recycle the most from Jan. 23 to April 2. Sustainability Office Director Meghna Tare said UTA’s winners will receive a plaque during a 2 p.m. reception today in the University Center San Jacinto Room. The 13 participating groups recycled 7,852.574 pounds. The Office of Graduate Studies placed first by

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will determine if the charges are accepted. “Their stories are different, it’s one of those shesaid-she-said kind of things,� Gomez said. The driver of the Nissan told police the cyclist turned around, yelled and stopped in the road. She told police that after stopping a couple times, the cyclist threw her bike at the vehicle. Gomez said the incident is classified as an aggravated assault because if the vehicle driver purposefully rammed Hernandez then it would not be considered a minor accident but an assault. “But then again, you have

Commencement tickets are available today Commencement ceremony tickets for May graduates will be available at 9 a.m. today. According to the commencement website, students registered for the ceremony will receive an email to their UTA address providing them with a username, password and instructions to reserve their tickets. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said students eligible to graduate can reserve four tickets. She said it’s up to each dean’s office to decide if more tickets are available for students that need them. Each school organizes its own ceremony and students should direct questions to their dean’s office, she said. – Vidwan Raghavan

contributing 1,991.4 pounds, and University Center Operations placed second with 1,279.62 pounds Loretta Doty, graduate studies support specialist, said the group strove hard to recycle. “We’d go around and remind people to recycle,� the graduate studies green team co-chairwoman said. “Some of us use an empty Kleenex box as a trash can for small things, which ensured bigger items like bottles were recycled.� She said her group had replaced trash cans with recycling bins before it became university policy. Her green team also took steps such as recycling boxes when they got packages and recycling old files and paper. “It was exciting because I guess we’re very competitive,� Doty said. “We were surprised to win over both

University Center Operations and Facilities Management.� Eric Johnson, UC operations event manager, said he is happy to place second, and his group had reduced its waste. “Over time, we’ve reduced how much we use, we’ve gone to double sided printing, and for some things, I’ve gone four pages per page,� he said. He said his group also had limited the number of trash cans they used before the university required it. “I wish everyone would learn as much as they can about recycling,� Johnson said. “It’s really just a habit, and over time you get used to it.� UTA placed 296 out of 363 nationally, and 13 out of 22 in Texas.

to prove intent,� he said. According to campus reports, this is the first oncampus incident this year to involve a motorist and a cyclist. There have been 12 accidents involving cyclists since January in Arlington’s District Five, which surrounds UTA from Pioneer to Division Street, and from the east end of the city to Bowen, according to city reports. Last year, there were 46 cyclist accidents, and 38 in 2009. Hernandez said she received no injuries and only her back wheel was damaged. She said though shaken up after the accident, her commute to campus and cycling habits have not changed very much. “As far as where I need to ride — no — the distance

— no. Has it made me more cautious — yeah,� she said. “I don’t trust motorists as much.� Aerospace sophomore Jonathan Whitney said he’s been riding to campus from his home near SH 360 for two semesters and has had several close calls during the commute but nothing that stuck in his memory. “I think I used to be more hypersensitive to cars and then I had to realize that they weren’t actually trying to kill me,� he said. “Everyone makes mistakes, but hopefully it doesn’t cost my life.� Chad Banta, engineering management graduate student, said he saw a cyclist use the wrong brake and almost fly off the bike when riding around campus

texaS-wide Recyclemania ReSultS Total amounts in pounds-perperson each school recycled 1. The University of Texas Medical Branch 28.19 2. Southern Methodist University 20.97 3. Trinity University 12.07 4. Rice University 11.51 5. Richland College 11.49 6. Texas State University-San Marcos 10.78 7. Baylor University 9.58 8. UT-Austin 8.70 9. UT-Dallas 7.14 10. UT-San Antonio 6.96 11. University of Houston 6.37 12. Texas A & M University 5.24 13. UT Arlington 4.82 14. University of St. Thomas 4.69 15. University of the Incarnate Word 4.33 16. University of North Texas 3.89 17. Mountain View College 3.49 18. Lone Star College-Kingwood 2.39 19. Houston Baptist University 2.29 20. North Lake College 1.25 21. Tarrant County College District 1.21 22. Eastfield College 0.94

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near the Fine Arts Building. He said most accidents he has seen around campus have been because of cyclist error. He said he hasn’t seen one around campus that involved a vehicle. Arlington resident Trent Degray, who goes to the Maverick Bike Shop for his bicycle, said he was almost struck by a car that failed to signal and did not see him as he crossed the turn-in. “It’s never black and white,� he said. “Everyone needs to do their part to avoid accidents. But usually, it’s more cyclists trying to avoid cars rather than cars should be trying to avoid cyclists. Because they will kill us if they hit us.� SaRah lutz







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Jean-Pierre Bardet, University of Southern California civil engineering chairman, delivers his presentation Monday in Nedderman Hall for the College of Engineering’s dean search. Bardet is one of four candidates looking to replace Engineering Dean Bill Carroll.

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The French-born engineering candidate is one of four candidates, one of who will replace Engineering Dean Bill Carroll after he steps down this fall. About 60 people attended the forum and asked Bardet questions after he completed his presentation. Question topics ranged from how Bardet would handle budget cuts to his proposed management style. Bardet said his management style relies on weekly meetings and giving department chairs a larger role in decision making. “ T h e q u e s t i o n s online asked lets you know What what’s on do you want p e o p l e s ’ out of the new m i n d s engineering and what dean? Share they care your thoughts at a b o u t , ” theshorthorn. com. said Provost Donald Bobbitt. Bobbitt said Bardet’s answers were thoughtful, and he addressed the core needs of the university, which includes generating research, developing faculty and reaching Tier One. Bardet has a clear vision that includes students, said recent civil engineering graduate Reza Bayat. “He didn’t have much time to go very in-depth with his goals and plans, but he touched on the core issues and offered solutions,” he said. Bayat said he appreciated Bardet’s presentation that covered how reaching Tier One can benefit students and the community. Bardet said more research spending means more jobs and more resources for students. “It’s important for a dean to have a clear vision for the students, too,” Bayat said. After each forum, attendees are asked to fill out an online survey to rate candidates’ traits, like leadership, communication and dedication. The university’s hiring committee will review each online survey before making its final decision.

The Spring Scholarship Gala will feature four student ensembles By allen Baldwin The Shorthorn staff

other candidates Open Forums All forums are at 2 p.m. in Nedderman Hall Room 100. David Peters was the first to present on April 11.

April 21 Theodore Bergman, University of Connecticut mechanical engineering professor

April 25 Craig Benson, University of Wisconsin-Madison geological engineering chairman

April 11. Read about it at David Peters, Washington University engineering professor

Bobbitt said the timeline to hire a new dean is flexible and could take the entire summer. He said there are variables the university has to consider when making its decision. President James Spaniolo would like to have someone hired by September, he said. The next dean candidate forum is April 21 in Nedderman Hall Room 100. Mechanical engineering professor Theodore Bergman from the University of Connecticut will present.

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Music students practiced their instruments and pieces for months in anticipation for one of the Music Department’s biggest concerts in a decade. The department’s Spring Scholarship Gala will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. Four ensembles will perform: The Jazz Orchestra, Wind Symphony, A Cappella Choir and Symphony Orchestra. “They’ve been rehearsing this at least a semester,” Music Department chairman John Burton said. “It’s been something they’ve been gearing towards. They knew that one of the final concerts of the spring semester would be this concert.” Burton said the concert will only feature student musicians, no faculty or guest performers. “In order to get our four top ensembles to play, you’re looking at a long concert and to add anymore to that, people would be there from 6 p.m. in the evening to 11 o’clock,” he said. “This is for our students. The faculty has multiple opportunities to perform, so we really wanted to feature our students.” Music education senior Denisha Porter said Symphony Orchestra members practiced the music on their own to be ready for rehearsals. “When we go to rehearsal, we’re supposed to know our parts,” the cellist said. “Rehearsal is not for individual practice. It’s so we can learn to play together as a group.” Music junior Robert Morganfield said the Wind Symphony musicians practiced on their own at least two hours a day. “I do breathing exercises,” he said. “I practice the music constantly, every little articulation, every little dynamic.” Tickets are $25 and the proceeds go to an endowment that will be used to fund scholarships for music students. “Every year, our student body gets better and better, not only in the Music Department, but across the university,” Burton said. “The growing numbers of students, and quality of students we attract require

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Jazz studies junior Brenner Schmitt plays his trumpet with three other members of the Jazz Orchestra on Friday night at Texas Hall. The Jazz Orchestra is one of four groups performing at the Winspear Opera House at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Dallas.

“This is for our students. The faculty has multiple opportunities to perform, so we really wanted to feature our students.” John Burton, Music Department chairman

when and where Four student ensembles will perform at the Music Department’s Spring Scholarship Gala, including the Jazz Orchestra, Wind Symphony, A Cappella Choir and Symphony Orchestra. When: 7:30 p.m. Monday

that we raise scholarship money to be competitive with the other university’s they are considering.” Burton said the department hopes to sell out the venue and raise $50,000. Music service fraternities and sororities were allowed to sell tickets to the event. “We’re going to go to different locations and sell tickets,” Morganfield, a member of Tau Beta Sigma honorary band sorority, said. While the ensembles have performed at places like Bass Hall in the past, Burton said this will be the first time any of them will play at the Winspear Opera House.

“When we have an opportunity to perform at a world-class venue, everybody’s excited,” said jazz studies director Tim Ishii. “I remember the first time I played at a venue like that, and it’s exciting. One of the things that’s embedded in my teaching is that you’re never going to know where you’re going to perform.” The Winspear Opera House is a venue built for opera, not ensembles. There’s more open space above the performers and the audience in the venue. The pit that musicians usually play in will be raised and the ensembles will perform on the stage.


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Bluebonnet Ballroom. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and standby seating is not available. Tickets for the event sold out on March 29, six days after they went on sale. Accounting junior Mandy Boxill said she did not think the performance would sell out as quickly as it did. “I kept putting off buying a ticket,” she said. “I missed my chance.” EXCEL Campus Activities picked Johnson to perform after committee members surveyed students about which comedian they would be interested in seeing, said Jasmine Brown, EXCEL entertainment and arts director. Comedians like Kevin Hart and Bo Burnham were some of the other options on the list. Communication junior Landon Vasek said he was surprised when he saw posters on campus advertising the event.

In addition to MADtv and YouTube appearances, Johnson has recently appeared in films and other television shows. • Marmaduke — voice actor as Afghan in the 2010 film • Our Family Wedding — plays Isabella Ramirez • Ugly Betty — plays Wendy • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel — plays Julie Source:

“I have been watching her videos on YouTube for years,” he said. “As soon as the tickets went on sale, I bought a pair.” Johnson said she is not a stranger when it comes to performing at universities. “I’m actually wearing a shirt right now from High Point University in North Carolina,” she said in an interview with The Shorthorn.

Where: Winspear Opera House in the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas Tickets: Cost $25 and can be purchased at the department’s website.

“In general, you have to take acoustics into consideration,” Porter said. “When we play at Irons Recital Hall, we’re told to play everything shorter and more articulate because the sound bounces around, but I’ve never played in an opera house before.” allen Baldwin

“I like that I can be a part of getting them away from the books, because I was always trying to get away from the books in college.” anjelah Johnson, comedian She said the shirt was given to her by the university. “All these colleges I perform at, they give me a Tshirt, and I’ll wear it to the gym,” Johnson said. “I’m sure everyone at my gym thinks I am a real studious young lady. “ Above all, Johnson said she looks forward to giving students an opportunity to get away from their textbooks. “I like that I can be a part of getting them away from the books, because I was always trying to get away from the books in college,” she said. Johnson said she dropped out of college to pursue an acting career. Bianca Montes


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