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Volume 92, No. 108

Since 1919

Tradition back on track

Shakin’ them off

The 50th anniversary of Six Flags Over Texas marks the comeback of the Texas Giant. PULSE | SECTION B

The softball team isn’t threatened by pair of teams gunning for SPORTS | PAGE 6 the SLC throne.


Experts suggest Pell Grant changes Recommendations include changing full time from 12 hours per semester to 15. BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn senior staff

Significant changes will come to the federal Pell Grant program if a group of financial aid

experts has its way. The seven-person panel sent a letter last week to the College Board containing several recommendations, including one that would require students to take 15 hours to be considered fulltime instead of 12. Sandy Baum, a faculty member at George Washington Uni-

Earth Day was celebrated two days early because more students would be on campus.

versity, led the group’s efforts to fend off undesirable “quick fixes” to the program designed for lowincome students. “We think our approaches would be much better for students than cutting the max [Pell Grant award] across the board,” Baum said via email. UTA distributed $322.8 mil-

Volunteers helped plant 50 trees across campus as fast as they could.

lion in financial aid this academic year, including $43 million in Pell Grants. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said the program is a big part of financial aid packages, so students would likely pick up the extra hours if it was required. “We think our students would

adjust their course schedule to meet the requirements,” she said. Criminal justice junior Keyana Branford said it’s not that easy. “College is hard enough as it is,” she said. “It’s easy when you start as a freshman and GRANT continues on page 4

Celebration attendees traded recyclables for herbs.

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Springfest, Block Party offer break before finals About 2,500 people are expected because of the collaboration of the events. BY JOEL COOLEY AND BIANCA MONTES The Shorthorn staff

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From left, landscaping architecture graduate student Zoe Zhou helps Arlington resident Amanda Bird and business graduate student Valerie McDonald choose a plant to take home during Earth Day Wednesday on the University Center mall. Students exchanged recyclables for small herbs, such as chives and sage.

UTA celebrates Earth Day early

The Residence Hall Association and EXCEL Campus Activities will give students a final chance to blow off steam on campus with the Block Party and Springfest tonight. WHEN AND Last year, EXCEL and WHERE UTA Volunteers When: 6-10:30 partnered their tonight events, Springfest and The Big Where: Event. This year, University the Residence Center mall Hall Association and EXCEL Cost: Free brought the Block Party and Springfest together. The event will be held from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on the University Center mall. The Block Party and Springfest are both held every spring semester to let residents and students connect with one another before finals week, said Joe Watkins, Lipscomb Hall residence director. The Block Party will feature inflatables, a photo booth, food and live music. Watkins said the main goal of the event is for students to enjoy their EVENTS continues on page 3

Between 500 and 700 students flooded the University Center mall. BY VIDWAN RAGHAVAN The Shorthorn staff

The UTA community celebrated Earth Day by planting trees, exchanging recyclables for herbs and learning about food sustainability. The festivities began at 8 a.m. Wednesday for 22 volunteers who helped plant 50 trees across campus, including around Lot 30 and Clay Gould Ballpark. Grounds maintenance supervisor Jan Hergert said not all of the 50 volunteers who had signed up came to the planting. “We have 89 trees given by the city of Arlington. Our goal is to plant as many as we can in four hours,” he said.

He showed the participants how to correctly dig a hole to ensure the trees can grow properly. Biochemistry seniors Chris Parikh and Chris Wilson said environmental sustainability was important in their field of study. “I think it’s important, not only as a chemist, but as a person within society, to take it upon yourself to maintain the environment you live in,” Parikh said. Wilson and Parikh are officers for the Chemistry and Biochemistry Society and said their group helps better the quality of the campus. “I think it’s our responsibility to alleviate carbon dioxide accumulation in the atmosphere, and a great way to accomplish that is by planting EARTH continues on page 3


Students prepare for town plan presentation The plan includes ways to increase business with the expansion of I-35. BY KEVIN CROUCH The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt

Cindy Hader, Fort Worth Vegetarian Society vice president, speaks with broadcast communication sophomore Natalie Kahan about vegetarian groups in the metroplex at the Earth Day celebration. The event included vendors that featured environmentally friendly products.


Campus Rec associate director bares karaoke skills on CMT A watch party will be held at appearing on Country Music Mavericks Bar and Grill for Television’s karaoke show, The Singing Bee. the episode airing Friday. The Singing Bee makes BY CHRIS BATES The Shorthorn staff

Chris Muller, campus recreation associate director, will be

contestants sing through the lyrics of a song and attempt to finish the song without any help. Muller’s episode will air at 7 p.m. Friday.

Muller said he got on the show by trying out at an audition in Dallas on Jan. 8. He got a call three weeks later from the production company, The Gurn Co., to be a contestant on the show in February. A watch party for the first airing will be held this Friday at Mavericks

Bar and Grill in Arlington. Muller said the experience on the show is something he will never forget. “It was a great experience,” he said. “The production company team, as well as other MULLER continues on page 4

Chris Muller, campus recreation associate director and The Singing Bee competitor

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Students working on a comprehensive development plan for a central Texas town are preparing their final vision to be presented to city officials and community on May 10. Bruceville-Eddy, located between Waco and Temple, near Interstate 35, is addressing issues facing the town with the help of seven urban and public affairs students. With the planned expansion of I-35, Bruceville-Eddy businesses should work protectively to continue their economic success, said Michele Berry, a city and regional planning graduate student working on the plan. She said she hopes the plan will help the city become a closer comTOWN continues on page 5

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New bullpen mantra Despite tight sLC, UtA looks ahead bears fruitful rewards Sam houSton State UTA’s pitching staff has seen a 6.03 ERA in 2010 drop to 3.58 this season. By Sam morton The Shorthorn sports editor

Compete. that’s what UtA pitching coach Jay sirianni preaches to a revived pitching staff that has seen a reversal of fortune from last season’s 6.03 ErA disaster. “We’ll hear that nine or ten times a game from him,” junior closer Adam Boydston said. “It’s what he tells us all the time, and after the Houston series, we’ve started listening to him.” After getting swept by Houston to open the season, UtA has gone 21-14, keyed by an effective bullpen that reestablished the notion of solid relief in Arlington. Four new freshmen and a year of experience has given way to a cleaner 3.58 team ErA, proving that head coach Darin thomas can use his bullpen with confidence again. “A lot of guys failed to be effective last season,” thomas said. “But with a year of experience behind them, they’ve learned and gotten better.” It’s no secret that UtA leaned heavily on its starting rotation in 2010. Jason Mitchell, rett Varner and Logan Bawcom combined to pitch more than 306 of the 530 innings UtA played last season. While they all enjoyed the best seasons of their careers, the heavy usage of the three told the tale of an inconsistent bullpen. the eight different Mavericks who made more than five appearances out of the bullpen last season surrendered 185 runs in only 191 innings. that’s an 8.72 ErA coming in late in the game. Boydston, who made three appearances before needing to undergo tommy John surgery to reconstruct his elbow, said injuries played a big part in last

uta at central arkanSaS Bear Stadium | Conway, Ark. 6 p.m. Thursday Lance Day (3-5, 2.61) vs. Ryan Angus (3-2, 4.03) 6 p.m. Friday Calan Pritchard (3-1, 3.89) vs. Dustin Ward (5-3, 5.74) 1 p.m. Saturday TBA vs. TBA Central Arkansas Bears Record: 18-19, 8-10 SLC Player to Watch: CF Jonathan Davis (.388, 4 HRs, 22 RBIs) The Mavericks are 6-0 lifetime against the Bears, but this year looks different. Typically a cellardweller, the Bears are red-hot, having taken two games from both Texas State and Southeastern Louisiana at home.

season’s struggle. “We had three or four guys get hurt early on, so that made it tough,” he said. “But consistency just wasn’t there. there were only a few guys left and they battled. It was tough.” Yet this season’s bullpen hasn’t had the benefit of a dominant starting rotation for the entire season. In fact, only junior pitcher Lance Day has started every weekend, forcing the coaching staff to go with the hot hand on weekends. Junior reliever Michael Morales, generally used as Boydston’s setup man, has only allowed a single run in more than 21 innings so far this season. He said this season’s new NCAA bat standards, which took a lot of pop out of the bats, helped the pitching staff be more confident in pounding the strike zone. “our job is to keep the game where it’s at,” he said. “Just don’t let them get away from us.” Sam morton

With two teams hot on its tail, Mavericks remain focused on task at hand.

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Allan Saxe Field 4 p.m. Friday 6 p.m. Friday 1 p.m. Saturday

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this season has been a close race between UtA and texas A&M-Corpus Christi for the southland Conference regular season title. Now, with only three weeks left in the season, texas state is on UtA’s heels in third place after hitting a 10-game win streak. the Mavericks’ .762 win percentage leads texas A&MCorpus Christi’s by .12 percentage points, while texas state sits at .708. With such a tight race, the upcoming series against sam Houston state seems like a must-win situation for the Mavericks, but senior first baseman rebecca Collom said they just need to go out and play like they do every week. “We should be taking every team the same. We want to beat everybody,” Collom said. “It’s just another series, and we want to go out there and take care of business.” the Mavericks didn’t take care of business in an 8-0 loss to the No. 5 texas Longhorns on tuesday, but the No. 5 team isn’t easy to beat. UtA did take two out of three from stephen F. Austin last weekend, which put it back in the conference lead after A&M-Corpus Christi dropped two games to sam Houston state. Head coach Debbie He-

Sam Houston State Bearkats Record: 17-26, 9-11 SLC The Mavericks are 10-4 at Allan Saxe Field, while Sam Houston State is 6-9 in away games. The Mavs have a .407 slugging percentage, and the Bearkats have a 4.33 team ERA.

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Sophomore outfielder Kallan Thompson practices hitting Wednesday at Allan Saxe Field. The Mavericks currently lead the Southland Conference, but have two teams right on their tail.

drick said the team focused on the basics this week in practice. she said it is working on bunting, bunt defense and situational drills to help sharpen the players’ reflexes in real-game scenarios. she feels her team can have a successful weekend if it stays focused and plays with energy. “I want to sweep, and I

Public relations freshman Linda Aqvist strikes the ball during practice on Wednesday afternoon at the UTA Tennis Center. The Mavericks ended the season with an overall record of 17-4.

think we can,” Hedrick said. “We need to come out with intensity. We need to be aggressive at the plate, and our defense and pitching need to be strong.” the team swept three conference opponents this season, including texas state in the opening weekend of conference play.

solid play on offense, defense and pitching have all contributed to the success in 2011. Hedrick also said the team has done a great job of making adjustments, and its 9-1 record in series finales is proof of its ability to close out a series. Junior catcher Erica LeFlore, who has four home runs and 25 rBIs on the season, said there is no pressure this weekend. she believes that every game is important and they need to come out and play like they have all season. “We need to take it one game at a time,” LeFlore said. “We need to make sure we stay relaxed and don’t look too far ahead.” Because of Easter on sunday, the series will be played Friday and saturday at Allan saxe Field. the first game of the Friday doubleheader is scheduled for 4 p.m. randy mcVay

online eXtraS | Before the season started, the women’s tennis team’s set its sights on winning the Southland Conference regular season championship. Now, after the Mavericks accomplished their regular season goal by going undefeated in conference play, their focus now turns to the SLC tournament next week.

Megan Turner, Breonna Baldwin, DeAndrea Smith and Brittany Culbertson appear to be on track to the outdoor SLC title after setting the Northwestern State Invitational meet record last weekend with a time of 3:43.21. That time is nice, but the women’s 4X400 relay team is reaching for the elusive time of 3:39 – the UTA school record, which they’ll be gunning for at this weekend’s Baylor Invitational. The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt

D E T N A W P HEL The Shorthorn is currently accepting applications for the following positions for the Summer & Fall Semesters Apply through our website at or call (817) 272-3188 for more information. All positions are paid and for currently-enrolled UTA students only.

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munity, including an area where the community can meet. “We definitely want to give them a central point,� Berry said. “It will help them create a community identity.� She said ideas for centralizing the community include a trail system that will go throughout the town and lead to a downtown area where a farmers’ market and other community activities can take place. Signs and a common design scheme will also help develop the town’s own identity, she said. Barbara Becker, Urban and Public Affairs dean, said the ideas contributed by the students focus on entrepreneurial opportunities, as well as how existing businesses can adjust to the changes. “They have a land-use plan so they can seek funding for a water system that will connect to a sewer system.� Berry said getting funding to support the plan would be a challenge for the town, but that expanding I-35 could bring more tax revenues. Becker said because there is not a set date on when I-35 will be expanded, Bruceville-Eddy may face problems when waiting to implement the plan while trying to keep

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building an idea Architecture sophmores Blake Crill, left, and Ulises Reyes work on their class project Wednesday in the Campus Center between the Nanofab Building and the Maverick Activities Center. The architecture model is the final project for all students in Basic Design and Drawing II, featuring two houses with a chess board courtyard.




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the community optimistic. She said the town is ready for the changes, and has a city staff with a strong vision. “There’s a serious buy-in from the community of what the leaders want and see needs to be done,� she said. Aaron Ledford, city and regional planning graduate student, said city officials must be ready to adjust to how they govern the town after the changes are implemented. He said they will face a learning curve that may present a big issue, and that limited community involvement in the informational meeting held in March challenged the team’s ability to form ideas that cover all the town’s requests. Becker said participation in the meeting was high compared to other larger towns, which shows that the community is ready to give input. The students distributed surveys during the meeting to gather ideas from community members and city officials. Berry said several of the surveys were returned, helping the team develop informed ideas. Becker said the first version of the final plan will be mailed to city officials next week for some final input before the team makes their full presentation to the community on May 10.

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Third engineering dean candidate to speak Thursday Mechanical engineering professor Theodore Bergman from the University of Connecticut Theodore Bergman is the next engineering dean candidate to be introduced to the campus. Bergman will speak at 2 p.m. today in Nedderman Hall Room 100 in a forum to faculty, staff and students. The forum is the third of four in the search for the next dean. Engineering Dean Bill Carroll is stepping down from his position in August, but said he plans to stay at the university to conduct research. After each forum, attendees can take an online survey to give feedback on the candidates’ characteristics. The university’s hiring committee, will review the feedback forms before making its final selection, said Provost Donald Bobbitt.

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Free workshop offers hands-on stitching experience UTA’s Global Medical Training will give an opportunity to practice stitching at a “Pig Suture Workshop.” The free workshop will be 6–9 p.m. Tuesday upstairs in the Maverick Activities Center. Because medical patients often need stitches, the group is holding the workshop to give a hands-on experience with the medical tactic. “Each individual will be getting their own pig feet and then learning the procedure of cutting and sewing the pig feet,” Phuong Pham, Global Medical Training public relations representative said. The event is open to the pubic. Participants must register beforehand at www. — Ashley Bradley

Students learn to keep a budget at seminar Specialist encourages students to choose budgets to fit their jobs. By edna Horton The Shorthorn staff

Students discussed how the lifestyles they want to have are affected by the careers they choose after graduation. Sherry Inman, Money Management International education specialist, presented Money and Lifestyles: Where Does it all Go? Wednesday, to a group of about 20 students. Inman told students to start thinking about what kind of lifestyle they want to have and if their career will suit that lifestyle. Jennifer Luken, Student Support Services director, said the discussion combined two past programs that focused on budgeting and managing finances. She said the combination made the discussion more engaging and effective for students. She said it was a look at financing for lifestyles. “Budgets are not something students want to think about,” she said. Inman asked students what their majors were. She suggested they get an internship or job closely related to that career so they can be sure it’s what they want to do.

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you’re just doing basics, but then you start working, you have kids and the courses get harder.” Branford suggested students be required to take 15 hours per semester as freshmen and sophomores, then 12 as upperclassmen. According to the letter, 42 percent of Pell Grant recipients took between 12 and 14 hours in 2007-08. Political science junior Timeka Warren is one of

Then, she told them to think about what kind of lifestyle that career can afford them. “For example, if you are an education major, are you going to be happy with the lifestyle that an education person is going to have?” she asked. Inman told students to think about where they wanted to live after getting a job. She used an example of a $48,000 starting salary that would give them a paycheck of $4,000 a month. Students suggested how much they would spend a month on food, car payments and entertainment. After the bills and necessities were paid, if the total money spent to live was $3,620, students would be left with $380. Inman said that leaves no money for what she calls “stuff.” “Stuff is extra doctors when you get sick, extra medicine, car repairs,” she said. “Stuff is savings and many people don’t have that.” Inman said if students take into consideration where they want to live and what lifestyle they want as a result of their career choice, they will be successful when they graduate. Biology senior Jazmin Leyva said she came to the seminar to learn about money them. She said picking up extra courses is not always an option. “I was going to take 15 hours this fall, but the courses I was going to take aren’t available at the right times, so I’m taking 12,” she said. “It’s not that we don’t want to, but classes aren’t always available.” The letter to the College Board acknowledged the impact of its recommendations on students, but also recognized the reality of additional reductions. “Before any comprehensive analysis can be completed, we expect that the cur-

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Sherry Inman, Money Management International education specialist, creates a list of fees during the Money and Lifestyle Seminar Wednesday afternoon in the Business Building. Students learned how to manage their money and choose the right career.

management. She said she regularly uses a website to calculate what she spends so she can see where her money is going. She said Inman had good advice for students.

“I learned to make a list of all your expenses so you can see where all your expenses go,” she said.

rent budget pressure will lead Congress to consider cuts to the Pell Grant as part of the deficit reduction effort,” the letter said. Earlier this month, the federal government avoided a shutdown with a deadlinebudget deal aimed at addressing the country’s growing debt. Among the cuts was the elimination of summer Pell Grant awards, but the maximum Pell Grant award held steady at $5,550 per year — for the time being. “We are having conversations with policy makers and are optimistic that they will consider our ideas,” Baum

said. The letter also suggested trimming years of Pell Grant eligibility for an undergraduate degree. Currently, students can receive a grant for up to 18 full semesters. The letter estimated $800 million savings per year if students were only eligible for 12 semesters. The Pell Grant program has exploded in the past five years, rising from $14.2 billion in 2005-06 expenses to $34.4 billion 2010-11.

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contestants on the show, just made the experience that much more greater.” Muller said the host of the show, Melissa Peterman, made the experience stand out. He never knew how funny she was until talking to her for about 30 minutes with the other contestants. Donna Duncan, campus recreation administrative assistant, said she never expected Muller to participate in something like this. “I just can’t picture Chris doing something like that,” she said. “Not only singing karaoke on stage and in front of an audience, but just anywhere. It makes me laugh just thinking about it.” Duncan said from what other people have told her, Muller likes to sing karaoke and dance a little bit. Amber Muller, Muller’s wife, said just thinking about him on the show makes her smile. “He enjoyed being on the show, and it has been very exciting for our family and friends,” she said. “It will be a lot of fun to watch Friday night and see how things turn out. “ She said her husband only sings karaoke at home and in the car, and she would love to see him do it again. Chris Muller said singing karaoke is not something he does regularly like the other contestants, but he was interested because he has seen past episodes and loves country music. He said he always wanted to be on a game show. “I thought it was a great fit for me,” he said. “I prepared by listening to a lot of songs, downloaded lyrics and listened for any repeat lyrics so I wouldn’t mess up.” Muller said his advice for other people appearing on the show is to have fun. He said they should prepare but not over prepare, and enjoy the journey because out of the six contestants on the show, there’s only a 17 percent chance of winning. cHris Bates

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trees,” Wilson said. Between 500 and 700 students flooded the University Center mall to visit vendors who were lined up from Woolf Hall to Ransom Hall. Among them was the Environmental Protection Agency, a Chevrolet dealer displaying the Chevy Volt and a student’s aquaponics display. Students waited patiently while holding plastic bottles and cans to exchange them for herbs. Business freshman Allison Hayes said it was good that the UTA community was coming together to celebrate Earth Day. “This plant is a living reminder of the environmental choices we make,” she said about the herb she got. Sustainability Office director Meghna Tare said 500 plants were claimed by 12:30 p.m. Across the mall, Keith McHenry, Food not Bombs cofounder, informed people about his view on the discrepancy between spending on military versus poverty alleviation efforts. He also demonstrated a solar cooker. “Instead of four hours to bake two loaves of bread, it might take six hours, because it’s overcast,” McHenry said. He said people could go to

Doctor warns nuke workers are at their limit


FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Workers battling the crisis at Japan’s stricken nuclear plant suffer from insomnia, show signs of dehydration and high blood pressure and are at risk of developing depression or heart trouble, a doctor who met with them said Wednesday. The crews have been fighting to get the radiation-spewing Fukushima Dai-ichi plant under control since it was crippled by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan. Tokyo Electric Power Co, the plant operator, said 245 workers from the company and affiliated companies were stationed at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant Wednesday.

Two Western photojournalists killed in Libya

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Operation management junior Kiet Quach answers a question about the environment after spinning the wheel of environmental service at the Earth Day celebration Wednesday afternoon on the University Center mall. People who answered the question correctly received a reusable water bottle.

www.thechangewekneadnow. net if they want instructions to build a solar cooker. “I’m going to give out the bread if it’s done by then,” he said, referring to his talk scheduled at 7 p.m. Wednesday. While Earth Day is on Friday, Tare said it was celebrated on Wednesday because more students would be on campus. Vidwan RaghaVan

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last few weeks of school. “We felt this would be a good time to have a dual event and target everyone on campus,” he said. The council is expecting a large turnout because this is one of the biggest events of the semester, said Emmanuel Yadoglah, Arlington Hall Council vice president. Springfest will start after the Block Party ends at 8 p.m. It will open with Battle of the

Seed balls were created from seeds, water, clay and compost at the Earth Day celebration Wednesday afternoon.

Bands winner Fellow Freak. The night will feature a local Fort Worth band, The Orbans, and We The Kings, known for its hit with Demi Lovato, will headline. We The Kings was chosen by EXCEL members who were looking for a group with a good enough name to bring to the school, said David Potter, EXCEL university events director.

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He said the partnership with the Block Party will be better than The Big Event last year, because many students who did The Big Event went home afterward and did not stay for Springfest. “This year we planned with Block Party because we would get a better turnout and more exposure,” he said. Wilfrid Ngantsongui, Arlington Hall resident and fi-

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nance freshman, said he will attend the event because of how close it is and because he is available. “I have the free time to go,” Ngantsongui said. Mike Taddesse, assistant director of Greek Life and University Events said usually 1,800 to 2,200 people show up for the show. He expects 2,500 for this year’s collaboration with the Block Party. “Even if we don’t hit that, I want the feedback,” he said. “We do this for the students.” Joel Cooley and BianCa Montes

MISRATA, Libya — Two Western photojournalists, including an Oscar-nominated film director, were killed Wednesday in the besieged city of Misrata while covering battles between rebels and Libyan government forces. Two others working alongside them were wounded. British-born Tim Hetherington, co-director of the documentary “Restrepo” about U.S. soldiers on an outpost in Afghanistan, was killed inside the only rebel-held city in western Libya, said his U.S.-based publicist, Johanna Ramos Boyer. The city has come under weeks of relentless shelling by government troops.


MLB takes over operation of Dodgers NEW YORK — Major League Baseball is taking the extraordinary step of assuming control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a team increasingly paralyzed by its owners’ bitter divorce. Once among baseball’s glamour franchises, the Dodgers have been consumed by infighting since Jamie McCourt filed for divorce after 30 years of marriage in October 2009, one week after her husband fired her as the team’s chief executive. Frank McCourt accused Jamie of having an affair with her bodyguard-driver and performing poorly at work. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig told Frank McCourt on Wednesday he will appoint a MLB representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the club. At the same time, Frank McCourt was preparing to sue MLB, a baseball executive familiar with the situation told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because McCourt had not made any statements.


Ogden: School plan would use Rainy Day Fund AUSTIN — A Texas Senate plan to ease massive cuts to public schools over the next two years would still require about $3 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund, the head of the chamber’s budget Committee said Wednesday. Shortly after approving a proposal to add nearly $6 billion more to schools than was first proposed, Sen. Steve Ogden said the overall budget would still be short. “In my opinion, we need $3 billion out of the Rainy Day Fund to balance this budget,” Ogden said. He said he would ask the committee to approve the amount as a last resort on Thursday, when the Senate Finance committee takes up the full two-year state budget. The fund, which is made up of oil and gas tax revenue, is estimated to have a balance of $9.4 billion, based on official state projections. Conservatives, including Gov. Rick Perry, have opposed tapping the fund for the next two years despite a revenue shortfall that will exceed $15 billion.

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TODAY The Walls that Surround You: Sustainable Architecture: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Trimble Hall Room 115. Free. For more information, contact Jeff Howard at or 817-272-5519.

Friday Windy • High 90°F • Low 70°F

Exploring Majors for Pre-Professional Health/Science Majors: 2-3 p.m. University Center San Saba Room. Free. For more information, contact the University Advising Center at or 817-272-3140.

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Global Grounds International Coffee Hour: 4-5:30 p.m. UC Palo Duro Lounge. Free. For information contact Lauren Cutcher at

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Multicultural Greek Council Showcase and Afterparty: 5-10 p.m. UC Rosebud Theatre. For information, contact Regina Lattimore at or 817-272-9234.

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Residence Hall Association Block Party and Springfest: 6-10:30 p.m. UC mall. Free. For

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more information, contact Mike Taddesse at or 817-272-0487.

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

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.’ FRIDAY

Spring Percussion Ensemble Concert: 7:308:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall. Free. For more information, contact the Music Department at or 817-272-3471.

Chess Tournament: Noon to 2 p.m. Nedderman Hall atrium. $2. For information, contact Evan Roney at evan.roney@mavs.

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

UTA Softball vs. Sam Houston State: 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Allan Saxe Field. Free for students, $5 for public. For information contact Jason Chaput at 817-272-7167.

Combat Narratives: Stories And 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

$2 Movie — Morning Glory: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For more information contact the Planetarium at or 817-272-1183.

What You Wish the World Could Be: Early Years of Six Flags Over Texas: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For more information contact Erin O’Malley at


Violent Universe: 1 p.m. Planetarium. $6 for adults, $4 for children. For information contact the Planetarium at planetarium@ or 817-272-1183. UTA Softball vs. Sam Houston State: 1 p.m. Allan Saxe Field. Free for students, $5 for public. For information contact Jason Chaput at 817-272-7167. $2 Movie —- Morning Glory: 2:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For more information contact the Planetarium at or 817-272-1183.

Magnificent Sun: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $6 for adults, $4 for children. For more information contact the Planetarium at or 817-272-1183. Pink Floyd: 7 p.m. Planetarium. $6 for adults, $4 for children. For more information contact the Planetarium at or 817-272-1183.

Mission Arlington volunteering: 8 a.m. to noon. Mission Arlington. Free, sign up is needed. For information contact UTA Volunteers at or 817-272-2963.

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Minor Accident A minor accident occurred at 7:16 p.m. involving two students on 300 E. First St. There were no injuries.

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Minor Accident Two students backed out of their parking spaces at 6:58 p.m. and struck each other in Lot 33, located north of the Maverick Activities Center, 800 UTA Blvd. There were no injuries. Cruelty to Animals At 2:49 p.m., someone reported a dog in a vehicle with the windows up in Lot 47, located south of the Business Building, 800 S. West St. The dog’s owner was located and issued an Arlington citation in connection with cruelty to animals. Warrant Service During a routine traffic stop at 1:35 p.m., a student was arrested in connection with outstanding warrants near Lot 49, located east of the Centennial Court apartments, 1101 West St. Investigation At 8:57 a.m., a staff member came to the police station on 700 S. Davis St. to report a disruptive student in her class.


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Social work junior Marquita Brown works with Stefan Ateek, social work adjunct professor. She created a brochure for the Innovative Community Academic Partnership, a program created by Ateek that involves the community of Tarrant County to raise the standards of living.

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“From a spiritual standpoint, she really is living the life of Christ. She does it by not just going to church, but by helping people and seeing the needs of others.� Yolanda Johnson

Brown’s godmother and president of Re-changing Lives

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Marquita Brown chose what she wanted to do with her life by taking the advice of a higher power. In high school, during her junior and senior years, Brown didn’t know what she wanted to do. She asked someone she knew from church for career advice and she told Brown to pray. She said after that, she had a clear understanding of where her life was headed. Brown is a work-study student for the School of Social Work, and she helps her godmother with her nonprofit organization. She said both jobs were a result of her prayers. “I started to have dreams about coming here and working with children,� the social work junior said. “God told me that’s what he wanted me to do.� Brown began volunteering while she was in high school. She said after graduating, she wants to work with troubled teens at Promise House in Dallas and eventually begin her own nonprofit organization. Promise House is an organization for teens who are homeless or runaways. It provides teens with short-term and long-term housing, education services and counseling. Brown said even this decision was one that God gave her. “God said, ‘What about Promise House?’ and I knew I should be working with troubled teens,� she said. Currently, she is also on the board for her godmother’s nonprofit organization Re-changing Lives. Yolanda Johnson, Brown’s godmother and president of Re-changing Lives, has known her for eight years and said she is different from most people her age because of her devotion to her faith. “From a spiritual standpoint, she really is living the life of Christ,� she said. “She does it by not just going to church, but by helping people and seeing the needs of others.� Johnson said the organization works with juveniles between the ages of 13 and 18 who have been incarcerated.

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It provides them with GED classes, etiquette classes and job assistance. She said it shows teenagers a different way of living that they may not have had a chance to see before. Johnson said having Brown as her secretary has helped her in many ways. She said Brown is creative and comes up with ideas to build the organization that she may not have thought of before. “I love the way she’s a go-getter,� she said. “She’s really outgoing, and she’s able to achieve anything.� Stefan Ateek, social work adjunct professor, said he chose Brown from the seven candidates who applied for the work-study job because of her writing ability and her creativeness. He said the work at his office usually demands master’s or doctorate students, but Brown showed him she could do just as much as higher level students. “She is a very neat person,� he said. “Where she exploded was when she made a brochure for us, I think when she did that, it showed that she can be creative, too.� Ateek said by working with Brown, it changed the way he looked at work-study students. He said that they could do more than just file or shred documents. He said Brown has helped him with planning meetings, writing and strategic planning. Brown said she is glad she was given the chance to work with Ateek. She said she does whatever needs to be done and if there isn’t anything to do, she finds something to work on. “With this job, here I’m not limited. I get a chance to grow,� she said. Brown said she knows when she graduates, the experience she gained will help her with her future career. “My whole life is focused around God and how he can use me to help others,� she said.

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