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Volume 92, No. 111

Since 1919

Golf Leads SLC Tourney

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With one round to play, UTA holds a one-stroke lead in the conference tournament. SPORTS | PAGE 3

Students recite Homer’s The Odyssey NEWS | PAGE 6 for 15 hours straight.


Driver arrested for DWI after pedestrian hit University police say student was driving on the wrong side of the road while intoxicated. BY VIDWAN RAGHAVAN The Shorthorn staff

The student driver who hit a pedestrian at the intersection of S. Nedderman Drive and Planetarium Place on Monday was intoxicated, according to a UTA police report. A Ford Explorer hit the student as she was walking across the crosswalk at 8:48 a.m. The student was taken to Harris Methodist Hospital and the driver arrested. Assistant police chief Rick Gomez said the accident was an unusual case. “This is a case where the driver was entirely at fault. He was intoxicated and driving on the wrong side of the road,” he said.

Gomez said UTA Police could not release the names of either the student or the driver. According to the Arlington Police Department, Cameron Abelson was arrested Monday in connection with driving while intoxicated at UTA; he has since been released on bond. Abelson is a business student according to the UTA website. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said the student who was struck was in stable condition as of Tuesday morning. The student suffered fractures to her lower back, wrist and leg, Sullivan said. Physics associate chairman Jae Yu said he did not see the accident but witnessed the aftermath. “I parked my car and I heard sirens,” he said. “I saw the student, in the northwest corner of the junction, ACCIDENT continues on page 5


Police: Suspect followed counselor Thursday evening The student was reported to both Colleyville and university police prior to murder-suicide. BY SARAH LUTZ

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Police suspect business senior Antonio Garcia of following staff member and his previous counselor at UTA, Adria Villarreal, as she drove home from UTA Thursday night, said Raymon Cannon, Colleyville crime prevention and community services officer. The following evening, Garcia is suspected of shooting and killing Villarreal’s husband, Belo Corp. executive Steve McIntosh, moments before taking his own life outside Arlington Country Day School Montessori, where McIntosh was picking up his 3 -year-old-daughter in his wife’s vehicle, said Tiara Richard, Arlington Police Department media relations coordinator. Joyce Hunt, head of the Arlington Country Day School Montessori day

care, said she did not want to offer a comment. Cannon said Villarreal did the right thing Thursday night by driving to a populated location and calling the police. “Officers responded very quickly and she provided a bit of background,” he said. “Multiple officers were unable to locate the subject ... My guess is as soon as she went to a populated area, he got spooked and left.” Police escorted her home and strongly suggested she notify campus police because a great deal of what she had explained involved the campus, Cannon said. Friday morning, she informed UTA Police that Garcia had been folSHOOTING continues on page 6

The Shorthorn: Daniel Molina

HE WALKS THE LINE History sophomore Thomas Mitchell slacklines between two trees Tuesday on the Central Library mall. Slacklining resembles tightrope walking, except the rope is loosely anchored between two points. Mitchell and business freshman Nate Hartzfeld have been slacklining on campus for three weeks and hope to make a slacklining club soon.


Spaniolo: I’m rooting for Senate Administrators discuss Texas bills and the effects they’ll have on the university. BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn senior staff

UTA is actively looking for additional sources of revenue to ad-


Board members and student government get excited about upcoming semesters.

FORUM continues on page 5

Alumnus’ BookDefy offers safe option for textbooks The website designates businesses for students swapping books to meet at.

BY ALI AMIR MUSTANSIR The Shorthorn senior staff

SC continues on page 5

“The short answer is yes. We are looking at other sources of revenue,” Spaniolo said. Spaniolo and Bobbitt held the town hall meeting to give an update and answer questions about the 82nd Texas Legislature. Spani-


Executive board positions selected by SC

Student Congress swore in the new president, vice president and senators and selected the remaining executive board members. The new congress nominated, heard and elected the remainder of the executive board: finance senior Bryan Albers, parliamentarian, undeclared sophomore Alaina Cardwell, incumbent secretary, whose position now includes the responsibilities of program director because the position was eliminated, and mechanical engineering sophomore Alex Whitaker, external rela-

dress reductions in state funding, the university’s top two officials said Tuesday at a town hall meeting. President James Spaniolo and Provost Donald Bobbitt opened the floor for questions for the third time this semester and fielded multiple queries about revenue.

BY EDNA HORTON The Shorthorn staff

The Shorthorn: Allyson Kaler

Mechanical engineering sophomore Alex Whitaker takes her place on the executive board as External Relations Director Tuesday evening in the Student Congress Chamber. Elections were also held for the Parliamentarian and Recording Secretary positions during Tuesday’s meeting.

Derek Haake was complaining about the cost of textbooks in class when his professor told him instead of complaining, he should do something. Haake, who graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in political science from UTA, took his professor’s advice and started a website called BookDefy in 2006. The original website was created for students to check textbook prices and see who offered the best rates. Now, Haake has further developed the website

BOOKDEFY BookDefy is a free social website that allows students to safely and privately sell, trade or buy textbooks.

into a safe way for students to sell or swap their textbooks. “I did a fair amount of market research, and I surveyed a lot of students,” he said. “I found out that students are wary of book swapping, because it’s not private and it’s not safe.” When students make an account with BookDefy, their personal information is not shared with the other BOOKDEFY continues on page 6

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Mostly Sunny • High 72°F • Low 52°F

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

Thursday Mostly Sunny • High 77°F • Low 59°F

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

Friday Mostly Sunny • High 85°F • Low 69°F

The Executive Dinner: 6-9 p.m. Arlington Sheraton Hotel. For information on tickets and pricing, contact James Sharp at or 817-272-5832.

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

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 Theft A student reported at 10 p.m. his backpack stolen from the lockers at Maverick Activities Center, 500 Nedderman Drive. The case is active.

Combat Narratives: Stories And Artifacts from UT Arlington Veterans: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Library sixth floor. Free. For information contact Erin O’Malley at

Theft A student reported his iPhone stolen at 9 p.m. from the courtyard at Nedderman Hall, 416 Yates St. The case is active.

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 information contact Erin O’Malley at

Minor Accident A faculty member struck the cement base of a telephone pole at 5:42 p.m. in Faculty Lot 13, which is located east of the Business Building, on 700 Pecan St. There were no injuries.

Theft A student reported at 11:23 a.m. his bike lock stolen between 11 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Monday from the Arlington Hall breezeway, 600 Pecan St. He told police that he locked the bike with a chain lock to a bike rack, and when he returned, the chain lock was gone.


In Tuesday’s “Student get sponsors for record swim,” the sum deck should have stated that the clothing brand will sponsor his effort. It is unclear how long the swim will take. The story also should have stated that the sponsorship was motivated by the loss of Dino Jack’s mother to cancer.

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Magnificent Sun: 6 p.m. Planetarium. $6 for adults, $4 for children. For information, contact the Planetarium at planetarium@ or 817-272-1183. UTA Symphony Orchestra Concert: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall. $5 for public, $3 for students and seniors. For information, contact the music office at or 817272-3471. TheatreFest: 8 p.m. Studio Theatre, Room 137. $10 for public, $7 for UTA community and senior citizens. For information, contact the UTA Theatre Arts Box Office at 817-272-2669. FRIDAY $2 Movie - Tangled: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For information, contact the Planetarium at or 817-272-1183. Faculty Vocal Recital: 7:30-8:30 p.m. Irons Recital Hall. Free. For more information contact the Music Department at music@ or 817-272-3471. SATURDAY

Sustainability-Focused Literacy Instruction in K-12 Classrooms: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Trimble Hall Room 115. Free. For information, contact Jeff Howard at or 817-272-5119.

Nursing junior Eden Rodgers practices different stitches Tuesday night during a suturing clinic at the Maverick Activities Center.

Department of Biology Colloquium Series: 4-5 p.m. Life Science Building Room 124. Free. For information, contact Linda Taylor at or 817-272-2872.

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Animal Shelter Volunteering: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at the Mav Express office at 8:30 a.m. Free, but must register. For information, contact UTA Volunteers at or 817272-2963.

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Advisers encourage major decision Online survey MyPlan helps gauge student interest in possible career options. BY JOHN HARDEN The Shorthorn senior staff


Girls Gone Riding: 5:30 p.m. Start at Maverick Bike Shop, four to five mile bike ride. Free. For information, check Facebook event: Girls Gone Riding or contact Sarah Lutz at 817-301-2795.


Minor Accident Officers were dispatched regarding a minor accident at 6:26 p.m. inside the Centennial Court apartments complex, 820 Bering Drive. Both parties involved exchanged insurance information and no injuries were reported. Investigation A staff member reported at 10:54 that he was missing a university key. He completed a Lost Key Form at the Wetsel Building, 1225 Mitchell Circle. He also returned a key that did not belong to him to the evidence technician. The case is active.

p.m. BlackFinn American Saloon, Arlington Highlands. Free. For information, contact Brian Joyce at or 817272-3213.

As the semester ends, students approaching the mid-point in their sophomore year should begin honing in on their desired major, said academic adviser Lynne Von Roeder. The Advising Center hosted a seminar Tuesday for students struggling with choosing a major. The center has resources to help students struggling with deciding a major because of uncertainty usually associated with picking a career. “The career path you choose will most likely be your career for the next 50 to 55 years, so you have to make sure you pick something you’re happy doing,” Von Roeder said. “The first step is to take time to find out what interests you.” Von Roeder said the biggest advantage to many campus resources is that they’re online and available 24/7, like MyPlan — a

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site for exploring majors and careers. Undeclared freshman Roberto Rodriguez said he’s interested in pursuing a degree in engineering but has had a hard time deciding what branch he wants to pursue. “I’m interested in civil and electrical engineering, but I’m not sure on how I should make my decision,” he said. After learning about MyPlan, Rodriguez said he will go online and take a survey to gauge which career is the best match. MyPlan is a free Internet resource for college students that can help them make wellinformed decisions about their education and careers. The site’s resources include career-assessment tests, career and job descriptions, and a salary calculator for certain jobs. To access the site’s services, students need to use access code WKP3SEP. Von Roeder said the key to picking the right major is a process of self-discovery that can change as students begin to develop interests in other fields. “Students should begin picking their major around their sopho-

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more year but, your first major may not be your last,” Von Roeder said. “The university requires you to decide a major by 75 attempted hours, and by that time, you should have at least an idea of what interests you and what doesn’t.”

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Von Roeder also cites the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as a good source for the current state of jobs in regions across the country. Josh Miles, a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics analyst, said the agency updates its data regularly, which can inform people on where their career field is heading. “We make predictions that sometimes go 10 years ahead,” he said. “We track growth, and we track other changes so that students can understand what they’re getting into.” Miles said colleges and recent graduates typically request data more than any other demographic. Rodriguez, who is still deciding on his major, said he believes civil and electrical engineering are safe career choices and hopes to make a decision soon. “Summer is coming up, and I’ll get a little break between now and fall,” he said. “Hopefully, I’ll figure something out before then.”

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about sports Sam Morton, editor Sports publishes Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday, April 27, 2011


remember We’ve got your SLC Championship coverage right here, so pick up Sports on Thursday as UTA goes for it’s fourth SLC golf title. Page 3

The ShorThorn

College Park Center

premium seating open for UtA donators UTA hopes to fight its way into the sports arena with cheaper premium seats. By Josh Bowe The Shorthorn senior staff

residing in the Metroplex filled with fellow Division-I schools and professional sports, UtA is trying to make season tickets a more affordable option for sports fans. the university has opened its premium season ticket seating options to be reserved in the upcoming College park Center for the 2011-2012 season through donations to the athletic department. two areas are available – courtside seats and club-level seats, which are in the lower bowl area at center court. this applies to men’s and women’s basketball, along with

volleyball. A donation allows for up to four season tickets to be purchased. A minimum $500 dollar donation to the Maverick Club is required for courtside seating, while club-level season tickets are $250. so far, UtA has only filled one-third of the seating areas, with plenty more still available. Athletic director pete Carlon and Gregg Elkin, associate athletic director for external affairs, wanted to make the premium seats at the College park Center affordable for families. “We want this facility to be a focal point – but we don’t want to give them away,” Carlon said. “We wanted to make it reasonable for a family to come out.” the donations are cheaper compared to other big schools in the state and around the

closely involved in the project and is helping build the new brand of the College park Center. He reached out to 12 or 15 UtA supporters and concluded on the $500 and $250 figures. “the overwhelming opinion was one, they love the new arena,” he said. “they also see this as a transitional period. they understand that they’ll have to step up their support.” Alberts likened the project to an expansion team in professional sports with the newness and uncertainty of it all. “this is all so new, real new,” he said. “our first priority is to drive people to the arena and build a fan base, and we don’t want the first excuse to be that it’s too expensive.”

area. texas Christian requires a $2,000 donation for premium seats at Amon Carter stadium, while North texas requires the same $500 and $250 donations for its men’s and women’s basketball games, respectively, but they aren’t all-inclusive. “How much to give compared to what you pay is next to nothing when looking at other big schools, such as oklahoma and texas,” Elkin said. “It’s a very small output.” Along with reserved season tickets, donations also allow boosters access to the Maverick Club hospitality suite and a reserved parking pass. UtA enlisted the help of CsL Marketing Group to conduct research and surveys to get to donation numbers. Brad Alberts, senior vice president of sales and marketing, has been

Courtside seats

Club seats

Hospitality Suite Courtesy: UTA

College Park Center With the new arena set to open this winter, the Athletic Department is accepting donations in exchange for premium seating.

Josh Bowe



UtA pulls in front at sLC tourney McCall saves Mavs won their third sLC title. southeastern Louisiana shot a 278 to gain four strokes on UtA. rees thinks winds will be By Charlie Vann strong on Wednesday, which The Shorthorn staff could play to UtA’s advansenior Wes Worster shot tage. “I hope it does blow bea 66 on tuesday while the UtA golf team stands in first cause that gives us better place of the southland Con- chance to win,” rees said. “It ference Championship with makes it tougher on other guys. our guys know how only one round to play. “I feel I had a great round,” the pins and greens play.” sophomore paul McConWorster said. “Around the nell concurred that the team green, I was pretty solid.” is ready for whatWorster is curever the weather rently tied for second online brings to the course place with a total Wednesday. score of 140, while For the “We’re prepared the team rides mo- leaderboard, visit theshortfor whatever the mentum on its quest weather conditions to winning a fourth are,” McConnell conference title. the team shot a 291 in said. “We know this course.” McConnell shot a 72 on the first round and a 282 in the second round as it holds Monday and tuesday, stayon to a one-stroke lead over ing even par on the course. southeastern Louisiana. McConnell feels he needs Lamar, stephen F. Austin to better his short game to and Ut-san Antonio com- jump ahead in the tournament. plete the top five. “When I miss the green, I “our guys are playing well,” coach Jay rees said. need to go up and down and “our goal every day is to get the momentum going,” have best round of the day. he said. senior Zack Fischer is 1 We did that on Monday. We didn’t do that on tuesday, under par, and tied with Mcbut we still played a great Connell for tenth place after recovering from a first round round.” tuesday’s 282 tied the 73 with a 71 on tuesday. school record for the lowest score in a conference tournaCharlie Vann ment since 2005, when they

with late rBI single

Mavs need to hold onto a one-stroke lead in today’s final round.

Freshman hits winning run in the seventh inning to beat Houston Baptist.

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By sam morton

some noise in the conference, so taking two or three this this time, UtA didn’t need weekend is going to let us do any late-game heroics to pull that.” After letting an early fourout a 7-6 tuesday win over run lead slip away in the first Houston Baptist. In the second game of a inning, UtA’s bullpen saved the home-and-home series with day. Four relievers held the Husthe Huskies, freshman designated hitter Greg McCall broke kies to just two runs on six hits a 6-6 tie with an rBI single in during the next eight innings, the seventh inning as the Mav- snuffing out Houston Baptist ericks held on to sweep the sea- scoring opportunities along the way. son series with Hous“It was windy outton Baptist at Husky online side, but they pieced it Field in Houston. together,” head coach McCall and junior For the Darin thomas said. first baseman Jordan full story, visit “they did really good Vaughn, the No. 6 and theshorthorn. holding them to two 7 hitters in the lineup, com runs in eight innings.” combined to go 4-forWith two outs and 8 with five rBIs to lead UtA to its fifth win in its runners on the corners, McCall, last six games, giving the team who has been fighting to get momentum for this weekend’s back into the lineup, drove an looming battle with first-place rBI single into right field that would put the Mavericks up stephen F. Austin. senior third baseman Brian for good. “I’ve been working hard Nephew went 4-for-5 with a double and an rBI, improving lately, trying to make some adhis average to .363. He said justments to some kinks in my he’s happy to see things click- swing,” he said. “I just want ing with a big weekend ahead to come through and help the team whenever they need me.” of them. “We need to get as much momentum as we can get,” he sam morton said. “We’re looking to make The Shorthorn sports editor

The Shorthorn: Aisha Butt

Senior Wes Worster putts at the 2011 Southland Conference Men’s Golf Championship Tuesday afternoon at the Waterchase Golf Club. Behind Worster’s 66 on Tuesday, the Mavericks are in first place in their quest to win their fourth SLC championship.



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Glenn Beck’s red attacks on U.S. public education lack merit


hen one thinks of undergraduate and graduate education, the words “university,” “college” and “party” come to mind. However, according to Glenn Beck, students attending universities are immersed in a program designed to “re-educate” them and “indoctrinate” them in the same manner terrorist groups do. He insists that universities are a threat to the United States. This is clearly an attack on public education in the U.S. and the integrity of highereducation facilities. It is despicable to think that presently, higher education should be demonized for reasons for which the Cold War was fought. Glenn Beck is a news commentator for Fox News TONY CARRILLO Channel who only attended one course at Yale University before dropping out of college entirely, never earning a degree. His views on American public education are well known to be hostile. He favors abolishing public education entirely. The problem in his view of universities arises from the support he uses for his Carrillo is an one-sided argument: Comaerospace munism. engineering freshman “Our children are being submerged in the filth of and guest columnist communism, submerged in for The Shorthorn. the filth of lies,” Beck said. Join the discussion Yes, that formidable Cold War foe is apparently back by commenting at again. Beck said universities retrain students to become evil little Stalinists who likely desire nothing short of world domination. Look up “The Domino Theory.” According to Beck, “There are a lot of universities that are just as dangerous with indoctrination of our children as these terror groups are in Iran or North Korea.” It is clear that Beck is “off his rocker” from this quote. Universities aren’t indoctrinating students because every college-educated person would be communist and share the congruent views. This is not the case, however. People know very well that there are those out there with leftist views, but they also know that there are not three million anti-American communists coming out of college every year. Part of Beck’s “solution” to public education is the founding of his unaccredited and bogus online university. The focus of Beck University is to allow its students to “get the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” through the teaching of religion, American history and economics. If universities are “re-education camps,” then it is probably safe to say that Beck U. is a propaganda machine made to manipulate peoples’ thoughts. While his so-called “university” will offer people a new perspective on the above subjects, it will better fulfill the function of spreading Beck’s own false views. So, in effect, Beck’s final solution to the “communist” teachings of universities is to offer his own biased teachings, biased from a logical perspective. It is hard to see how Beck can save the minds of students with his re-education camp. Communism is not being forced upon students by universities. They do not instill a communist doctrine in the hearts and minds of students. That honor is bestowed upon Beck himself, except he prefers fascism. He is a propaganda machine spouting nonsensical gibberish whose sort of speech is what you see when logic and reason are forgotten. As Pink Floyd once stated: “We don’t need no [sic] thought control.” Fortunately, as much as it may disappoint Beck, we just get the education.

THE CANDID HORN by Abhishek Satham Oh no... My EARTH is melting.

Since 1919

The Shorthorn invites students, university employees and alumni to submit guest columns to the Opinion page. Wednesday, April 27, 2011


College is not communism in disguise

I guess we could save EARTH.


Be fair to grads

Students should be allotted more tickets for graduation Next month will mark the highlight of students’ college careers as thousands are expected to walk across the stage in Texas Hall, completing an academic journey. It takes years to get to that point. This year, graduating students are allowed to invite a minimum of four guests based on the amount of tickets allotted per graduate. Students must request more tickets through their dean’s office if four isn’t enough. For future commencement ceremonies, university leaders should provide at least double the current minimum number of tickets given to graduating students. A diploma is why many students attend college. The day it happens should be marked with happiness, but some might not see it that way because they didn’t have enough tickets for everyone. Walking across the stage is one of the most important events in a student’s academic career. They should be able to share that moment with

as many people as possible. Texas Hall, the site for commencement ceremonies, seats between 2,709 people, for stage productions, and 3,309, for athletic events. Thousands of students graduate in this venue. Therefore, more ceremonies should be scheduled for the December commencement to accommodate students who would have the option to invite a minimum of eight people. That way, Texas Hall won’t be overcrowded but can still hold a room full of more family and friends. Having eight tickets would be more practical than four. That gives students an opportunity to invite more friends and family. Some commencement ceremonies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas don’t require tickets for guests. Texas Christian University outrightly allows graduating students to invite an unlimited number of guests. Texas Christian has no reserved seating except for disabled

guests. Texas A&M University is another institution with the same practices. In UTA’s case, not regulating who has tickets would be impractical and unwise, but graduating students need a little more wiggle room. Four tickets aren’t enough. College Park Center will be another venue for commencement ceremonies beginning May 2012. The venue, which will seat between 6,600, for sporting events and concert seating, and 7,500, for center stage setup seating, would be the ideal place for students to graduate and have at least eight people cheering each of them on. Many students walk on stage toward a degree once. After thousands of dollars, contributing to academia and embracing life as a Maverick, the university owes its students at least four more tickets. That’s not asking for too much. — The Shorthorn editorial board


It’s not a free Friday anymore

The Shorthorn: Thea Blesener

Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes require more work for students


’m so excited. Instead of going to school just four times a week, I finally get to complete my week and go for that fifth day. Where is this coming from? Well, UTA has decided that next semester, all of its journalism and communication classes that currently take place on Monday and Wednesday will now meet on Friday as well. As much as I love having Fridays off, it will be so much fun to make the trip up to campus for just one or two 50-minute classes. It takes most of my teachers 20 minutes just to get everyone settled in and start lecturing, so there will basically be only 30 minutes of class time each day. The upside to this is that we also would get more homework, because we will have less class time to complete those formerly in-class assignments. That’s okay, I don’t have much of a social life anyway, and I won’t miss it. My teachers have told me that UTA is trying to prove to the UT System Board of Regents that we are currently utilizing all of our facilities to improve our chances of get-


HEATH RUSH Rush is a journalism senior and guest columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at ting a new building. Wonderful idea — clearly we’re using our facilities better by losing up to 70 minutes of class time each week. Speaking of our facilities, I just love all of that extra exercise I’m getting climbing those four flights of stairs because an elevator is out of order. I also enjoy the men’s restroom on the fourth floor: It’s always been my dream to pee in a steam room. As I exit the stairwell and continue down the hall, I pass by all of those wonderful, unused classrooms on my right. Those $1,200 Apple computers look nice with no one sitting in front of them. I keep moving down the barren hallway to my news

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editing class, to the greetings of my six fellow classmates. All the while, I can’t help but think that it sure would be nice if we had another building to help house all of these students. I get past that feeling and sit down at my computer to begin the 15-minute boot-up process. It’s all worth it, however, to get up, get dressed and make the drive to campus one more time a week. I know that the university will reimburse me for my gas money, seeing as how it obviously cares so much for its student body. The College of Engineering and the College of Science just recently finished their big, shiny new building. I suppose those colleges did a better job of convincing the Board of Regents that they were using their facilities better with the Monday and Wednesday class setup. And kudos to those guys in engineering for pulling off the funding for their big new building. It really looks great. Oh, by the way, what are you guys doing with Nedderman Hall?

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olo called the House budget bill “austere,” but said he has considerably more hope for the Senate’s version. “To be honest, i’m rooting for the Senate,” Spaniolo said to laughter from the audience. “i hope you’ll join me.” Senate Bill 1 passed through the Finance Committee last week and would cut about $12 billion less than House Bill 1. The Senate bill could come to the floor for debate as early as today, after which, the two chambers will assemble a conference committee to work out the differences. “When the conference committee comes together, it’s almost like a whole new process,” Spaniolo said. “i think we may see a final bill by the end of May, but we may not. The one thing we that no state agency is going to receive anything close to what it received two years ago.” UTA could stand to lose $37 million in 2012-13 biennium funding with the House bill. Spaniolo said he will not know how much would be


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she was actually screaming.” Yu brought up the question of pedestrian and cyclist safety during a Town Hall meeting with President James Spaniolo and Provost donald Bobbit Tuesday. John Hall, Administra-



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• Ronald Elsenbaumer, Research-Federal Relations vice president, said UTA’s restricted research expenditures will be about $35 million to $36 million this year. “Just a few years ago, in fiscal 2008, we were at $23 million,” he said. • John Hall, Administration and Campus Operations vice president, said as the university enacts the master plan, more and more traffic will be moved to the edge of campus to create a more “pedestrian-friendly” environment. • Jean Hood, Human Resources vice president, said the university has been working for many months in preparation for the tobacco-free policy that begins in August, including Health Services sessions and online sessions to help people quit smoking. However, “People choose to be tobacco-free,” she said. “We are certainly not requiring people to become tobacco-free.”

cut in the Senate bill until it is finalized by the Senate. Spaniolo and Bobbitt both cited efforts to mitigate the effects of the cuts by increasing revenue. Spaniolo said the university is preparing to launch its first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, which will add to the existing $76 million endowment. “it’s not a huge amount,

President - Jennifer Fox

tions director . SC elections were held last week, Jennifer Fox, former external relations director, and former Programs director Jeff Hazelrigs were elected as president and vice president respectively. Albers said he is excited about the upcoming year. “i’m still in shock,” he said. “it’s an experience to stand and speak in front of everyone.” Albers said aside from running an efficient meeting, the parliamentarian is responsible for heading the rules and Appropriations Committee, which deter-


• President James Spaniolo said the university is not interested in pulling back its research efforts. “Research and teaching are inseparable.” On tobacco-free campus: “It’s important for all of us to recognize that it’s going to be an evolving state. It’s going to take time as we begin the process of changing the culture.”

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Vice President - Jeff Hazelrigs Parliamentarian - Bryan Albers Secretary - Alaina Cardwell External Relations Director Alex Whitaker

mines if organizations receive requested funding, and for the Maverick discount Program, which gives students discounts at local stores. Whitaker said she intends to do her work through constituency councils. The external relations director is a new position

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tion and Campus operations vice president, said in response that pedestrian safety is a key consideration in the Campus Master Plan. “The idea is to move vehicular traffic to the edges, creating a more pedestrian-

but seven years ago it was $34 million, so we’re making progress,” he said. Spaniolo said the university is not interested in reigning back natural gas drilling, despite the depressed market. “it may not be what we hoped for, but $3 million a year is still a significant amount for us to reach our strategic goals,” he said.

Spaniolo added that the funds would continue to be used for strategic purposes rather than “plugging holes” in the budget. Bobbit said one of the best ways to combat budget reductions is to continue to grow in enrollment. He said first-time, full-time freshmen applications are already more than 12,000, up from 10,500 at this time last year. last year’s number was already a record, easily surpassing 2009’s number of 8,000. “When you hit a grand slam, it’s hard to do more,” Bobbitt said. Bobbitt said the university is also bringing in additional revenue through meeting the training needs of North Texas Fortune 500 companies. About 70 faculty and staff attended the meeting in the Maverick Activities Center second floor lounge. The meeting was open to students, but none attended, including Student Congress representatives. Spaniolo said future town hall meetings may be held, but none have been scheduled at this time.

started last year. it serves as a liaison between the SC and external governing bodies that affect the university and SC. “i’m really excited,” she said. “i’m a little in shock still, but i think i will do a good job.” Science senator Brian ravkind was also nominated for the external relations director position. He said he is disappointed he wasn’t elected. “if i wasn’t running, i would have no feelings about it,” the psychology junior said. “i just want to see what the future brings.” ravkind said students need someone with tenacity representing them outside the university. He said he hopes to see great things

from Whitaker. ravkind said the other two were good choices and supports both. “Alaina has done a good job and will continue doing so,” he said. ravkind said the parliamentarian position has a heavy workload and is confident Albers will be able to handle it. “He’s got experience,” he said. “He has a strong demeanor.” Cardwell was not available for comment after the meeting. The Secretary and Programs director is responsible for items like meeting minutes, correspondence and SC bulletin board posts.

remembering A DisAster Activists from the environmentalist group Greenpeace, wearing cloaks and masks, display 25 lanterns to highlight 25 of the world’s alleged worst nuclear disasters, during a protest at the Department of Energy at suburban Taguig city, south of Manila, Philippines, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster Tuesday. The activists are calling governments all over the world to abandon all plans of developing nuclear power plants especially in the wake of the recent nuclear power crisis in Japan.


Sony: Credit data risked in PlayStation outage

friendly environment here on campus,” Hall said. He said the university has already taken some safety measures, such as renovating the crosswalk on UTA Boulevard next to the engineering research Building. Yu rides his bicycle on a regular basis, and the event worried him. “it was distressing. i’ve never seen an accident hap-

pen in the last 10 years. i’m sure there have been some, but i haven’t seen them,” he said. Gomez said pedestrians should be safe if they take proper precautions. “it’s like they taught us when we were young, look both ways before crossing,” he said.

Gadhafi’s grip on western Libya slipping TRIPOLI, Libya — Moammar Gadhafi has suffered military setbacks in recent days in western Libya, a sign that his grip may be slipping in the very region he needs to cling to power. His loyalists were driven out of the center of the city of Misrata, a key rebel stronghold in Gadhafi-controlled territory. A NATO airstrike turned parts of his Tripoli headquarters into smoldering rubble. And rebel fighters seized a border crossing, breaking open a supply line to besieged rebel towns in a remote western mountain area.


Floodwaters threaten to overrun levees POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. — Floodwaters threatened earthen levees protecting thousands of homes in the nation’s midsection Tuesday, rising so fast in some places that panicked residents didn’t have time to pile up sandbags. Storms have unleashed more than a foot of rain across the region, and the forecast offered little hope for relief. Another, larger system was brewing along the same path, bringing several more days of rain and the possibility of tornadoes.

Women surpass men in advanced degrees

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LOS ANGELES — Sony Corp. said Tuesday that the credit card data of PlayStation users around the world may have been stolen in a hack that forced it to shut down its PlayStation Network for the past week, disconnecting 77 million user accounts. Industry experts said the scale of the breach was staggering and could cost the company billions of dollars.

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WASHINGTON — For the first time, American women have passed men in gaining advanced college degrees as well as bachelor’s degrees, part of a trend that is helping redefine who goes off to work and who stays home with the kids. Census figures released Tuesday highlight the latest education milestone for women, who began to exceed men in college enrollment in the early 1980s. The findings come amid record shares of women in the workplace and a steady decline in stay-at-home mothers.


Funnel clouds, tornado menace North, East DALLAS — Multiple tornadoes have been reported as severe thunderstorms rumbled over parts of North and East Texas for a second consecutive day. There have been no reports of injuries or serious damage from at least four tornadoes that touched down about 50 miles south and southeast of Dallas, but downed tree limbs were common as tornadoes touched down briefly.






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lowing her. Police determined no offense was committed and the case was cleared, according to the report. The Arlington Police Department is the lead department on the case and is currently interviewing people who spoke with Garcia in the time leading up to Friday’s events. The police are trying to get an idea of Garcia’s mindset based on his words and behavior with the people police are now interviewing, Richard said. Police have an indication of what happened but need to continue gathering interview details and forensic evidence, she said. “We try not to release that because there might be something that comes from another piece of evidence that changes that belief,” she said. She said police are still investigating where Garcia obtained the gun, but they do know it was his. She said she doesn’t know if he had a concealed handgun license, but that the investigator does know. Villarreal had been counseling Garcia but recently stopped and referred him somewhere else, according to an Arlington Police Department press release. The release said there isn’t an indication that her relationship with Garcia was anything but professional. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan would not say how long he had received counseling from Villareal. Villarreal is the assistant director of counseling services at University College and a Behavioral Intervention Team representative. Sullivan said many counselors in the University College are licensed psychologists, and that the intervention team includes representatives from around the university. She said staff members at both have similar credentials. On Feb. 28, UTA Police re-

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SHOOTING LOCATION Garcia and Steve McIntosh were both found dead with gunshot wounds Friday evening at the County Day School Montessori.

sponded to a report at Health Services of Garcia being emotionally disturbed with suicidal thoughts, according to police reports. After police determined he was in danger of his own personal safety, Garcia was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital’s mental health facility. Sullivan said Health Services includes a nurse practitioner and has the authority to prescribe and monitor medication. She said she could not comment on what criteria the health center uses to determine when a patient needs to be referred somewhere else. President James Spaniolo told attendees at Tuesday’s town hall forum that people in the counseling center were “beyond touched,” and that university police are working with the Arlington police on the case. “We need to try to maintain a safe and healthy environment,” he said. “With a campus this size, we get all the slices of life — the good, bad and ugly.” Geology senior Ludmila Veloso was Garcia’s neighbor. She said he seemed to keep to himself. She did not know him well, but she also didn’t try really hard to get to know him. Biology sophomore Kevin Nguyen said Garcia hardly said anything to him. He said all he could ever recall of his neighbor was seeing him get in and out of his big truck. SARAH LUTZ


Club gives 15-hour epic recitation Students keep oral tradition alive with telling of ‘The Odyssey.’ BY JOEL COOLEY The Shorthorn staff

Keeping the tradition of oral recitation alive in the age of technological storytelling, the University Classics Club hosted Homerathon, a 15hour long recital of Homer’s The Odyssey. The Odyssey is a story about the Greek war-hero and king of Ithaca, Odysseus, on his journey home from the Trojan War. The Odyssey is the sequel to The Iliad, Homer’s other epic. In Homer’s time, the stories were told orally and it was not abnormal for the recitation to take days. Charles Chiasson, philosophy and humanities associate professor, began Homerathon at approximately 7 a.m. by reciting the first ten lines of The Odyssey in Greek, a tradition that he has done for nearly 20 years. The Homerathon is a modern-day re-creation of reciting an epic in the manner ancient Athenians would have in public forums. While epics appeal to a very limited crowd, Chiasson said he wants to make it a very fun, lively event that everyone can enjoy no matter their level of interest in classical literature. “It’s a very goofy college

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users, he said. Communication between students happens only on the website. Students are then paired with other students from their school to ensure they are receiving the right book. The company has designated

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History senior Adam Guerrero reads from The Odyssey during Homerathon Tuesday on the University Center mall. The University Classics Club hosted the annual 15-hour long recital of Homer’s The Odyssey.

thing that students can do to take their minds off of their final paper,” Chiasson said. While the number of speakers has been down this year, Chiasson said the quality of the reading has been better than in previous years. Various University Classics Club members spoke at the event, as well as passersby who had a few minutes to spare. Fifty-nine speakers took turns with the 15-minute intervals. Kristen Thornton, Uni-

versity Classics Club member and philosophy senior, has spoken at the Homerathon for two years and said she enjoys the opportunity to express her love for classical literature. “I love this, especially Greek tragedy. I think it’s a lot of fun, especially if you like The Odyssey,” she said. Within the past few years, other Texas universities such as Baylor have adopted the Homerathon as a way for students to blow off steam and

show their love for classical literature, Chiasson said. Philosophy sophomore Jaryth Webber said he was a Greek literature enthusiast who took an opportunity to stop by for several 15-minute parts. “I’m having a good time observing. I think this is cool, and I think it should happen more often,” Webber said.

safe businesses where students can meet and make the swap. Haake said what he envisions with BookDefy is a connection with a local business. “That way, the owner or the manager is aware that there is a swap, and it can be supervised and completed safely,” he said. He also envisions these businesses offering the students incentives if the swap is made there. Haake said he wanted to help as much as he could with the site, from helping students find the best prices for books to helping save the environment. Recently, he partnered with Trees for the Future, a non-profit organization that plants trees in areas experiencing deforestation. “I’ve always been passionate about things like deforestation, Trees for


not just chopping and burning the trees, but planting new ones also, that the community can use.” Susham Modi, Haake’s friend and UTA alumnus, helped Haake start the site in 2006. Modi said that Haake did all the programming, and he edited the site for errors. He said right now, they are working with the student associations at different universities to push it forward and generate advertising. He said they are even using students themselves to promote the site through word of mouth or by asking them to place fliers on bulletin boards. “The next idea beyond Facebook is the studentbook exchange,” he said. They could save even more money, and signing up for the site is free.”

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the Future goes out to areas in the rainforest and tries to plant trees there,” he said. The partnership between the two companies was a result of Haake’s initiative, said Gorav Seth, Trees for the Future head of partnerships and operations. He said the organization will plant one tree for every book sold, bought or swapped through the site. The organization helps by distributing seedlings to areas of the rainforest that have been affected by deforestation, Seth said. They provide agroforestry training and empower rural groups to reforest trees to their lands. “The trees are planted by the community for the community to use,” he said. “Our work is on moving forward,




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