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Beat the stress
Osama bin Laden’s death marks the end of an era but OPINION | PAGE 4 raises questions, columnist says.
If final exams have you down, pick up a pencil and relax with Sudoku and crossword puzzles. FINALS MADNESS | SPECIAL SECTION
Bill would require fetal sonogram HB-15 states that women will have all information in making abortion decision. BY ALI AMIR MUSTANSIR The Shorthorn senior staff
The Texas Senate passed an amended bill requiring women seeking an abortion
to complete a sonogram and listen to a description of the fetus 24 hours before the procedure. House Bill 15, often called the abortion-sonogram bill, will now go back to the Texas House of Representatives to approve the amendments. If the amendments are ap-
proved, it will be sent to Gov. Rick Perry to be signed. If not, it will go to conference committee so the two groups can find a compromise. The bill states that patients are given the option to see the sonogram and hear the fetal heartbeat. Holly Morgan, North Texas
Planned Parenthood communications director, said she is opposed to the bill because Planned Parenthood already offers sonograms as standard medical care. She said the bill isn’t about the medical procedure. “This isn’t a sonogram bill,” she said. “This is a ‘We’re
going to make you look at and hear a description whether you like it or not’ bill.” Morgan said more than 60 percent of women who obtain an abortion already have one child, thus already know what they are doing. She said they are already making the most difficult decision of their life.
“It’s already difficult in Texas to get an abortion. Now, we are shaming the women,” she said. Morgan said she doesn’t see any benefits of the legislation. She said the governor pushed the issue through as SONOGRAM continues on page 6
Suspicions arise about death of bin Laden Doubters want proof and govt. to release photos of the killing. BY J.C. DERRICK The Shorthorn senior staff
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English junior Nick Moore deals cards during the spring 2011 Poker Tournament on Tuesday in the Maverick Activities Center.
It’s all in the cards
Osama bin Laden continues to impact the world even after he’s dead. Or is he? The Obama administration’s decision to withhold photos of the fallen terrorist leader has caused some to question whether it actually happened. Brent Sasley, political sci-
ence assistant professor, said there is no need to worry. “I’m as convinced of the death of bin Laden as I’m convinced that there was a landing on the moon,” Sasley said. Sasley, who specializes in Middle East politics, said the United States has no reason to be dishonest about the killing. “If the United States was lying, and he actually showed up, the United States would be in an even SUSPICIONS continues on page 5
GM crosses its fingers for plant expansion bid
About 50 students participated in a highstakes poker tournament with the chance to win a $50 UTA bookstore gift card and a Tshirt. Players received chips worth 5,000 tournament dollars in advance and played until there was only one participant left standing, or in this case sitting. The first place winner received the $50 gift card and championship T-shirt, second place received a $25 gift card to the UTA Bookstore. Business junior Leo Slagle said he enjoyed having the opportunity to play poker with other students. “It was fun getting to hang with students and to relax before the finals,” Slagle said. Broadcasting sophomore Daniel Ruiz won the tournament with a final chip count of 250,000.
The local structure will add 110 jobs, thousands of indirect jobs. BY ALI AMIR MUSTANSIR The Shorthorn senior staff
— Allyson Kaler
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The Arlington General Motors plant has proposed a $240 million, 107,800 square foot addition to their existing structure, if it is chosen for a new project. Andrea Roy, Arlington economic development specialist, said the positive benefits of this expansion
would be twofold; it would maintain the 2,300 jobs at the plant while creating 110 additional jobs. She said the plant also provides thousands of indirect jobs. Indirect jobs are jobs at businesses that provide a service to the plant, like an office supply store or restaurant. Arlington plant spokesperson Donna McLallen said she could not release specific information on the project at this time. She said GM continues on page 6
An underground world lies beneath campus Hot water will be shut down on May 25 for maintenance on various machines. BY JOEL COOLEY The Shorthorn staff
About 12 feet below the surface of UTA sits a vast labyrinth of tunnels that connect the campus in more ways than one. This intricate tunnel system is nearly as old as the university and serves more of a purpose than just conjuring thoughts of a dimly-lit and unused tunnel system housing cables and pipes. The system serves students on a daily basis whether they know it or not.
“Without the energy plant, none of the buildings would have heating or air. We’re pretty much the heart of this campus,” utilities operations supervisor Santiago Pink said. Tunnel entry ways look like concrete rectangular structures above ground, some with grating around the bottoms. Some are surrounded by 4-foot tall square metal frames that protect the structures from damage or collision by campus service vehicles and spelunking students. Often times, steam can be seen rising from the grating around the bottoms. Entrances are often used as air vents for escaping steam. The tunnels are also used to chill water
and steam lines. On May 25, the hot water dispersed through the campus via the tunnels will be shut down for periodic maintenance on various machines, Pink said. Pink expects to spend a minimum of two to three days in the tunnels. Workers will replace valves, shut down multiple boilers for repairs and install new pumps on boilers that have burnt out within the past year for its annual maintenance upgrade. He said repairs will be made as swiftly as possible so operations on TUNNEL continues on page 6
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The underground tunnel system will be closed on May 25, because of the Thermal Energy Plant cutting off the hot water.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
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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 more information contact Erin O’Malley at omalley@ uta.edu.
Food For Thought Series: Cutting Edge Warm-Ups: Noon to 1 p.m. Maverick Activities Center. Free. For more information, contact Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.
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 email@example.com.
$2 Movie - Tron Legacy: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For more information, contact the Planetarium at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Developing Sustainable Urban Infrastructure to Solve Gigaton Problems: 6-7 p.m. Nedderman Hall Room 100. Free. For more information, contact Tracey Kocher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-3679.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Gallery. Free. For more information, contact Patricia Healy at phealy@ uta.edu or 817-272-5658.
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 email@example.com or 817-272-5119.
Opening Reception for Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition: 5-7 p.m. The Gallery at UTA. Free. For more information, contact Patricia Healy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817272-5658.
Exploring Majors, Yourself and Resources on Campus: 1-2 p.m. Ransom Hall Room 303. Free. For more information, contact the Advising Center at 817-272-3140.
$2 Movie - Tron Legacy: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For more information, contact the Planetarium at email@example.com or 817-272-1183.
Magnificent Sun: 6 p.m. Planetarium. $6 for adults, $4 for children. For more information, contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183.
UTA Baseball vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi: 6:30 p.m. Clay Gould Ballpark. Free for students, $5 for public. For ticket information, contact Jason Chaput at 817-272-7167.
Ladies Bike Ride: 5:30 p.m. Starts at Maverick Bike Shop, 402 S. Cooper St. Apt 109. Free, all levels of experience encouraged. For more information, contact Sarah Lutz at 817-301-2795.
Printing stopped for half hour because of outage Abdul Faraz, engineering management graduate student, waited for five minutes to print five pages in the Central Library. “The printing is slow,” he said. Students were unable to print anything for 30 minutes Tuesday because of a campus-wide outage. Mohammad Tareen, Office of Information Technology help desk supervisor, said the outage started at about 1:20 p.m. The printers had stopped working and the Pharos server had to be rebooted. “We don’t know the cause right now, but we are looking into it,” Tareen said. The printers were up and running around 2 p.m. but were yet to print at regular speed.
WEDNESDAY Suspicious Circumstances A student reported at 9:31 a.m. that he had received messages on Twitter, which he was concerned about. The case is still active.
Criminal Mischief Vandalism Police responded to a criminal mischief report at 2 a.m. in Student Lot 29, 1100 Fourth St. A student told police his tires had been slashed between 8 p.m. Thursday and 6 p.m. Monday. The case is still active. Harassment A student reported at 12:11 p.m. that she had been receiving harassing phone calls from her ex-boyfriend. An incident report was filed and the case is still active. Lost Child Officers responded to a report at 1 p.m. of a lost child at the University Center, 300 W, First St. A Springtown High School student was reported missing when the school’s tour went from the University Center to the Planetarium. She was found on the west side of the Chemistry and Physics building, 700 Planetarium Place.
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COMPUTING AND TECHNOLOGY
TUESDAY Simple Assault Officers responded to a disturbance report at 1:57 a.m. at Pecan Place, 1010 S. Pecan St. The reporting person told police a male attempted to enter his neighbor’s apartment by breaking a window. Police found that a dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend had escalated. She slapped him and received a citation in connection with physical assault. He had tried to enter her apartment through the window after leaving and received a citation in connection with criminal mischief.
Welfare Check Officers were dispatched at 3:50 p.m. to Meadow Run apartment’s clubhouse, 501 Summit Ave. to make a welfare check at the request of a professor in regard to some emails. The student was located in his apartment and told police he was well.
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Interdisciplinary studies senior Karen Rawls, left, is inducted into Phi Kappa Phi honor society by Barbara Becker, School of Urban and Public Affairs dean, during the convocation Tuesday in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. Rawls said she is the first person in her family to graduate from college and didn’t realize she was smart enough to get into the honor society.
Honors society chapter initiates 100 new members Phi Kappa Phi distinguishes students, faculty and staff for their academic excellence. BY CHRIS BATES The Shorthorn staff
The Phi Kappa Phi chapter at UTA initiated 100 new members into its honor society that recognizes students, staff and faculty for academic excellence Tuesday. The Chapter of Excellence initiation ceremony took place in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. The chapter is one of more than 300 chapters nationwide, said David Silva, academic affairs and Phi Kappa Phi secretary-treasurer. Phi Kappa Phi began at UTA in April 2007, and the organization is an honor society for the top students and faculty at UTA. He said since its installment, the chapter has initiated more than
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Silva said Phi Kappa Phi is not a student organization but a campus organization that includes faculty members, not as “advisers,” but as core members, with faculty members serving in key leadership positions. Interdisciplinary studies senior Karen Rawls said she is very proud to be a Phi Kappa Phi member. “I’ve worked hard for this, and it’s nice to get recognized,” she said. Initiation into the chapter is by invitation only. Student invitations are drawn from only the top 7.5 percent of juniors, the top 10 percent of seniors, and the top performing graduate students, as recommended by the Graduate Faculty in each department, Silva said.
Members of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority reported to UTA police that a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity had thrown aluminum foil filled with feces through the front window of the sorority house. The reporting person told police Sunday that the fraternity member had called and told her he didn’t know it would break and would pay for the window, Rick Gomez, UTA Police assistant chief, said. He said the fraternity received a disciplinary referral, which goes through student conduct. Sigma Chi President Tommy Abney said he did not know about the incident and had not been contacted by anyone at the university regarding it. Members from the Alpha Chi Omega house declined to comment. — Sarah Lutz
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remember The women’s tennis team will face No. 7 Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in May. Read about it at theshorthorn.com Page 3
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Late rally too much for UtA to overcome
Chad Comer and Jesse Payne score four out of the five Maverick runs. By sAm morton The Shorthorn sports editor
After a late-inning collapse at the hands of stephen F. Austin on sunday, UtA’s bullpen needed a shutdown game before this weekend’s series with texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Instead, it gave up five runs in the final two innings to Louisiana tech on tuesday to drop a 7-5 midweek game in ruston, La. “sometimes, we’ve been making pitches too good for the hitters,” senior catcher
Team to face UNT for cancer awareness The Mavericks are coming off a disappointing weekend against McNeese State, but they hope to turn things around tonight when they head to Denton to take on North Texas. The Mavs (31-21, 18-9 SLC) played North Texas at Allan Saxe Field April 6, dropping a 1-0 decision during UTA’s Orange for the Cure game. Admission to the game was free and donations were encouraged to raise money for Abby Burns, a Texas Woman’s University senior softball player who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia a few months ago. North Texas will be holding a similar event tonight. Admission is free and fans will be encouraged to make donations to help Burns with her medical bills, with both teams wearing orange jerseys to symbolize leukemia awareness. Head coach Debbie Hedrick said it’s an honor for her team to play for Burns. “It’s nice to have a community event that helps out with cancer, and it’s great because she’s a fellow softball player,” she said. “It feels very good to help, and we’re happy to do it.” The Mavericks went 15-5 in March, but they have recently struggled against conference opponents. They’ve lost three of their last four conference series and went 8-8 in April.
Chad Comer said. “We’ve had a few mishaps the past week, but we’ve got Wednesday and thursday to fix them.” tied 2-2 in the seventh inning, senior pitcher Mark picca came in with two men on base and two outs, tasked with getting Bulldogs’ first baseman Alex Williams out. on the second pitch of the at-bat, Williams belted a three-run blast to right-center field that put Louisiana tech ahead. UtA came right back in the top of the eighth, stringing together a pair of hits before Comer pounded a two-run double that brought the Mavericks within one. two batters later, junior outfielder preston
Morrow’s sharp grounder was booted, scoring Comer and tying it up at 5-5. After taking momentum into the bottom of the eighth, freshman pitcher Brody Walker got the first two batters out and it seemed like UtA would cruise into the ninth with a chance to get a lead. But Walker walked the next batter and senior third baseman Brian Nephew misplayed a ground ball that gave Louisiana tech two base runners. Consecutive singles later, the Bulldogs took the game back and won, 7-5. “I ran up on a dribbler down the line and it just stayed low and snuck underneath my glove,” Nephew said.
“We just need to regroup in practice and go from there.” Freshman pitcher John Beck started for the Mavericks, going three innings and giving up a run. the Mavericks used five relievers tuesday, but none were particularly sharp — only freshman Chase Weaver didn’t allow a run. of the Mavericks’ eight hits, Comer and junior shortstop Jesse payne had four of them and scored all but one of UtA’s runs. Nephew scored the other run. payne, who’s been fighting back from a hamstring injury that caused him to miss 10 games this season, has started to look more comfortable at
Junior forward Kevin Butler sat out last season because of his transfer status but is excited and ready to play. Butler said his goal for the season is to make it to the conference. “I just want to be a leader and help out my coaches and the players,” Butler said.
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transfer student looks forward to being a Maverick
By Josh Bowe
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utA At north texAs Where: 6 tonight at Lovelace Stadium in Denton. What you need to know: The Mean Green went 6-11 in April, and the Mavs went 8-8. The Mavericks have excelled with a 2.23 ERA this season, while UNT has been less impressive with a 3.74 team ERA.
the plate after adjusting to fifth spot in the lineup. Despite the Mavericks’ recent woes, payne remains adamant they’ll bounce back. “these last few games have been rough, no doubt,” he said. “But we’re still confident and we’re ready for Corpus Christi, who we know is a really good team.” the Mavericks jumped on the board in the second inning when sophomore first baseman Cody Dyvig hit a sacrifice fly and senior outfielder Nick orr drove an rBI single into right field to give them an early 2-0 lead.
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LaMarcus reed’s season had just ended. the junior forward stood in an empty room, save for a few reporters, and expressed his disappointment when Ut-san Antonio ended UtA’s season on March 5. When he spoke of the future, one name immediately came to reed’s mind. “Kevin Butler – he’s a guy that just goes and goes,” reed said. “He just goes in practice. that’s amazing to me that he has that motor.” Butler transferred to UtA from texas Christian before the season after spending two years as a Horned Frog. Because of his transfer status, he had to sit out his junior year. But he’ll be back as a senior and needless to say, he’s excited for his final year. “I really wish I could have been out there playing,” Butler said. “Watching every game from the sideline was tough. I could have helped the team out when we were struggling a couple times.” Indeed, second-half swoons were one of the main reasons UtA was left out of the southland Conference tournament for the first time in nine years. Head coach scott Cross realizes that if his team got one more stop or one more rebound, some games could have swung the Mavericks’ way. And now with Butler, Cross feels he has another able body to do these things. “A lot of those close games, we would have won if we had a guy like him,” Cross said. “He’s another blue-collar guy. He’s a guy that’ll be one of our top rebounders — if not our best rebounder on the team.” rebounding and defense have been the main pillars of Cross’ philosophy since he arrived at UtA. Despite their limited size, the Mavericks were fifth in the conference in rebounding margin last year. Cross said Butler will only increase that. In two years at tCU, Butler averaged modest numbers, scoring 4.3 points per
game and grabbing 4 rebounds per game. However, 45 percent of his total rebounds were offensive rebounds. UtA finished ninth in the conference in offensive rebounds per game and Cross likens Butler’s ability to rebound from his drive to play the game. “He’s a high-energy guy,” Cross said. “He’s got a big-time motor. He’s always active, and that makes our other guys better.” Butler also brings experience to a team that, for the most part, lacks it. UtA had the second-least experienced team in Division I basketball last year, and Butler brings in more than 63 games (and 22 starts) of experience from playing in the Mountain West Conference. the decision to leave tCU is something Butler wasn’t too elaborative on. He said he’s more focused on what’s ahead. “the head coach didn’t give me a ton of confidence,” Butler said. “We just didn’t agree on many things, so I decided to leave.” once Butler knew he wasn’t going to spend any more time with the tCU program, coming to UtA wasn’t too hard for him. Cross recruited Butler out of Duncanville High school and had already formed a relationship with Butler. “I had to find out who wanted me first,” Butler said. “once I heard they wanted me to come I was happy. I just made my decision then.” And Cross reciprocates those feelings about having Butler on his team. the Mavericks blew three second-half leads during the final weeks of the season. Now, with Butler on the court and not the bench, he knows the ball will bounce UtA’s way a bit more often. “He’ll probably play as many minutes as anybody on our team, without a doubt,” Cross said. “He plays outstanding defense and has a nose for the ball.” Josh Bowe email@example.com
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ecently, I was voted out of Student Congress. I was initially dismayed, but I remembered that I may now take what I have learned and put it to use as an empowered sophomore next semester. I can continue finding areas for improvement, communicating with senators, writing resolutions to be sponsored, increase campus awareness of SC and bring issues to light. Basically, I will do more of the hands-on type work I did not do in SC. My experience in SC can hardly be called negative. I will not say there were no low points, but the high points were numerous and rewarding. For a newly appointed senator and college freshman, the learning curve TONY CARRILLO was steep. Luckily, there were people there to help me in my duties. Among the numerous other experiences which enabled further maturation were: being a member of university committees, attending the Conference on Student Governance Organizations, learning more about Carrillo is an the democratic process aerospace and being a part of the engineering freshman lively concealed handguns and guest columnist debate. for The Shorthorn. I applied this knowlJoin the discussion edge to do my job as by commenting at senator in the form of resolutions I saw to be theshorthorn.com. advantageous for students. Attending the Conference on Student Governance Associations taught me more about the role I play in the university community and stuffed my head with new ideas for improving the job SC does. The fall 2010 student elections taught me another thing: An active electorate is a well-represented electorate. Having more people turn out to vote makes hearing every voice easier. This leads me into my SC experience, which took up much time this semester on the concealed handguns on campus debate. It was, and still is, a controversial issue relevant to students in a significant way. SC handled the issue well. All senators were working hard to reach out to their constituents and other students to obtain their views. The discussion culminated in a vote stating the student body is against having concealed handguns on campus. I hope that future controversial issues are brought before the students in the same way or in a way that draws more student involvement. I did all of this as a freshman who was scrambling to adjust. I could have joined Freshmen Leaders on Campus, but one little thing got in the way: SC. It was a grand year of service, which I will follow with continued activity on campus. I hope that more will consider joining SC or becoming more involved in campus life. SC is not an entity there to be looked at, but a group of students who are there to serve. They thrive on the input students give them, so sit down at a computer or go down to the SC office in the University Center basement and contact someone who represents you to let them know how you feel and what you think.
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No need to rush
Government shouldn’t pressure students to graduate in 4 years Students graduating this month deserve a round of applause. Their accomplishments shouldn’t go unnoticed, but neither should those of students striving to make it to graduation day. Everyone isn’t on the same path to walking the stage. Not everyone will graduate in four, five or even six years. It’s time for the state and federal government to recognize that. Education agencies should reduce the emphasis placed on when students graduate and focus more on students making it to college and college retention. It hasn’t taken all the students graduating later this month four years to graduate, and it doesn’t dictate the value of the degree. A notion exists that students should graduate high school, attend college, graduate from there and then get on with life. However, some students are figuring that out while in college; life is just beginning. College should be a place for students to
grow intellectually. Pressuring institutions and students to restrict such development is impractical. Many students stay in school because they want more education or just aren’t ready to move on. Others have life off campus to worry about, such as being a parent or having a full-time job in addition to being a student. That’s the case many for students at UTA. The average UTA student taking classes is 27 years old. Also, some classes required for certain degrees aren’t available each semester, and some are only offered in the mornings, when many students have to work. That curtails students’ plans of graduating within a time frame. Class offerings don’t always match up with life’s availabilities. Education policy makers are implying “Tough. Move on,” with initiatives such as President Barack Obama’s 2020 goal to make the U.S. No. 1 in education. To meet that end, Obama said the
number of college graduates must increase by 50 percent before 2020. He is taking steps to make it happen by developing college-completion tool kits with policy suggestions for states to forward the education goal. There’s also a lot of money involved. In March, the Obama administration proposed two programs: $123 million in funds for programs that provide innovative ways to improve graduation rates and retention; $50 million would go to states and institutions that successfully increase college completion rates. The Obama administration puts millions of dollars into reforming college retention. It’s would be respectable to be No. 1 worldwide in education. However, if the intent is to just hold a top spot on some international list, then pride alone shouldn’t put a fire under students to graduate in a certain time frame. — The Shorthorn editorial board
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People buy newspapers reporting the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, at local newspaper printing press in Karachi, Pakistan Monday. Osama bin Laden was slain in his luxury hideout in Pakistan early Monday in a firefight with U.S. forces. Headline reads: “Osama bin Laden is dead.”
Not an al-Qaida partner Bin Laden’s hiding out in Pakistan doesn’t make the country guilty
received a message from a friend in Pakistan Sunday night who bypassed all greetings to say, ‘we got him.’ Osama bin Laden, the man who symbolized terrorism everywhere, was dead. After years of various rumors about his death, I was skeptical. News agencies reported a firefight in Abbottabad. It was the scene of a shootout between the U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six and bin Laden, al-Qaida’s leader. Bin Laden was shot in the head. The battle location raises questions of Pakistani involvement. Abbottabad is home to the Pakistan Military Academy, the equivalent of West Point. The distance between Abbottabad and Pakistani capital Islamabad is approximately the same as the distance between Arlington and Plano. Conspiracy theorists contend that it was the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence harboring bin Laden. The Pakistani government has good reason to be silent about its involvement. In light of the recent killings of prominent Pakistani politicians by militants, the reluctance of the government to accept involvement in the attack is understandable. As for the question of location, the point of a hideout is that it would be the last place anyone would suspect. The allegation of
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Pakistani intelligence involvement is ludiother, the voices of rationality and logic crous, especially when Pakistani blood has were drowned out. In the name of national been spilled the most in the war on terror. security, civil liberties took a blow as fear If the Pakistani Inter-Servicprevailed over common sense. es Intelligence knew about turned into places SARANG WAFAI Airports his location, why did they not where rights guaranteed in the capture him? Intelligence First and Fourth Amendments operations require meticuwere disregarded. American lous planning and long hours Muslims felt marginalized by of surveillance that can go on society as media stereotyped for years. them as ‘foreigners’ or potential Billy Waugh, an ex-CIA terrorists. Muslims were subject operative who followed bin to McCarthyism-inspired witch Wafai is an Laden in Sudan, spent years hunts. It reminds me of a quote economics graduate observing him, and yet it by American Founding Father student, Pakistani took 15 years to kill him. James Madison: “If Tyranny and Take a moment to reStudents Association Oppression come to this land, it member all those who lost will be in the guise of fighting a UTA chapter vice their lives in this war. Solforeign enemy.” president and guest diers, as well as civilians, I hope bin Laden’s death columnist for The regardless of nationality, have Shorthorn. marks the end of an era. An all suffered in this conflict. era dominated by fear. Where Join the discussion It isn’t just people who have politics was about preventing by commenting at suffered. Politically, the world nightmares instead of pursuing theshorthorn.com. became more polarized with dreams. A time when intolerance a minority hijacking the narand hate flourished. When the rative. An extremist in the ability to question was dampcaves of Afghanistan got more exposure ened. With bin Laden’s death, we can safely than the average Joe. Stuck between radisay: “Mission accomplished, but the fight is cals on one side and Islamophobes on the not over.”
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Bin laden’s death may not be defining moment for all young Americans The AssoCiATeD Press
First there were a few cheers. Then, as news that osama bin laden was dead beamed from TV screens around them, the crowd at a campus bar erupted. For once, Alyssa Pupino thought, she was in the right place at the right time. “i really don’t think i would’ve felt more American if there was a slice of apple pie sitting right in front of me,” says the junior at ohio State University. They partied Sunday night at ohio State and Notre dame and Stanford and many other campuses, rejoicing in the death of the man who claimed responsibility for the greatest act of mass murder on American soil. Students from George Washington University joined the throng chanting “USA! USA!” outside the White House.
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worse position. All credibility would be shot,” he said. “There’s absolutely no incentive to lie, so i take the United States’ word at this.” Still, some people remained unconvinced in lieu of actual photos. Architecture freshman Abel Gonzalez said he’s inclined to not believe the story. “There’s no body, and they didn’t show the video of it. They just said he’s dead,” Gonzalez said. “i need the proof with the pictures, the videos.” While the conspiracy theories would be quelled by producing photos, there is also concern that they could incite violence from bin laden’s allies. Political science professor Victoria Farrar-Myers said the obama administration must proceed with caution. “We have to separate between retribution and justice. There’s a fine line between them,” she said. “i struggle personally with this idea of wanting justice for those who died, but wanting also to not appear as a nation that celebrates brutality.” White House spokesman
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Commentators and others cast bin laden’s death as a defining moment for young Americans who grew up in the shadow of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, nearly a decade ago. on Twitter, someone posted a link to a photo of celebrations at the University of delaware and called it an “intense sense of closure for people who were frightened little kids in ’01.” But it was also, to be truthful, an excuse to party and let loose for a few hours. Sean Morrow, a senior at Clark University in Massachusetts, watched with fascination as his friends’ Facebook pages lit up with photos and status updates from various impromptu gatherings on other campuses. “it’s kind of surreal to watch people celebrating someone’s death,” says Morrow, a political science major. But he understands it because, for him and many others his age, bin laden was Jay Carney and counterterrorism chief John Brennan went on the record with a news conference Monday, but the additional details have only raised more questions for some. Various major news outlets, citing “administration officials” as well as Monday’s news conference, have given conflicting reports regarding the involvement of Pakistan, bin laden’s wife, the number of helicopters used in the mission and how much resistance was put up by bin laden. internet coders have preyed on the public’s desire for visual aid, circulating a Facebook virus disguised as a video of the raid on bin laden’s compound. Bin laden was reportedly shot in the chest and head, causing some to worry about the graphic nature of published photos. Farrar-Myers said the photos would have to be chosen with care. “i think in some way there has to be at least some released photos — carefully selected pictures,” she said. “Until that happens, i think there will always be a question on whether or not this is true reality. i also think there needs to be some sensitivity to the fact that these are really pictures that will be difficult for people to process, regard-
their boogeyman, “the main negative person of our generation.” Add to that the news broke late at night — and that many college students are finishing up exams and ready to blow off steam — and the stage was set for revelry, he says. A defining moment? Perhaps, he and others say, because they say they will always remember where they were when they heard the news. But some — even a number of young people themselves — are doubtful that it will shape them in the way that, say, the death of JFK molded baby boomers. “it now becomes part of the narrative of 9/11. But there’s little to lead us to believe that this will be the watershed moment for them that we might like it to be,” says Alexander riley, a cultural sociologist at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. “They’re treating this news
item like they’re treating other news items.” And that is with an intensity, in the moment, but also a quickness to move on to the next topic. richard laermer, a publicist in New York who tracks youth trends, calls events like these “bolts from the blue,” which resonate until the next hot topic arises. “Twitter was all about osama bin laden until 5 a.m. (Monday) when suddenly the hottest topic was the rap singer drake, who has a new duet out,” says laermer, author of the book “2011: Trendspotting for the Next decade.” “i think we like to give them credit for something. i think they swagger and make these great statements,” laermer continues. But in the end, he likened the scene outside the White House more to “dick Clark’s rockin’ New Year’s eve” than a serious reaction.
your view Do you believe Osama bin Laden is dead? “Yes. They wouldn’t announce it otherwise. They were able to go into his residence and show the blood. It would discredit the president completely if it wasn’t true.” Vanessa Woods, theater arts sopho-
a plane now.”
Randall Gilbert of Ledbetter, Ky. happily accepts a sandbag from Gaylon May, also of Ledbetter, as volunteers formed a passing line Monday to transfer bags to the back of a sandbag wall constructed around the home of Courtney Hopkins in Ledbetter. Most of the volunteers were from Ohio Valley Baptist Church nearby. This group helped owners of several houses place bags around those structures before the owners headed for higher ground under threat from floodwaters of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers.
Bin Laden’s neighbors noticed unusual things ABBOTTABAD, Pakistan — When a woman involved in a polio vaccine drive turned up at Osama bin Laden’s hideaway, she remarked to the men behind the high walls about the expensive SUVs parked inside. The men took the vaccine, apparently to administer to the 23 children at the compound, and told her to go away. The terror chief and his family kept well hidden behind thick walls in this northwestern hill town they shared with thousands of Pakistani soldiers. But glimpses of their life are emerging — along with deep skepticism that authorities didn’t know they were there.
SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico — A gas explosion Tuesday in a coal mine trapped 14 miners and injured another in northern Coahuila state near the U.S. border. A mine employee wearing a mask and air tank was lowered into the shaft to evaluate conditions for a possible rescue at the small mine, and emergency personal and federal and state officials gather outside the pit head. There were no confirmed deaths and as of Tuesday afternoon rescue crews had yet to reach the trapped miners, said Luis Martinez, mayor of the town of San Juan de Sabinas, Mexico, where the mine is located, about 85 miles southwest of Eagle Pass, Texas. The 14 miners had gone down the 197-foot deep shaft when the explosion happened early Tuesday.
“I haven’t seen his body, I don’t trust the news. I won’t believe it until I see a body.”
Senate Democrats eye $4T budget savings plan WASHINGTON — The top Democrat in the Senate on budget matters said Tuesday that he’s preparing a fiscal blueprint to slash the deficit by $4 trillion over the upcoming decade — a plan built on the bipartisan findings of President Barack Obama’s deficit commission. Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., said the plan calls for a complete overhaul of the tax code — stripping out numerous tax write-offs while lowering income tax rates — but would leave Social Security untouched. The tax reform idea would generate an overall revenue increase of perhaps $1 trillion over the coming decade.
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less of how we feel about the person.” Sasley said he believes releasing photos would be helpful. “Would photos help? i think they would,” he said. “i wouldn’t be surprised if dNA evidence wasn’t shown
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“No I don’t. It’s the timing. People are concerned about gas prices and the economy. This is a good boost for Obama. I think he’s trying to boost himself.” Emily Davis, education junior
“I don’t really think it changes much either way. I don’t care if we got him or not. I want to take my shampoo on
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House passes bill to allow guns in parking lots AUSTIN — A proposed law would force companies to allow employees to keep guns in their locked cars. Employees would be allowed to keep any gun they are legally allowed to possess to keep their weapons in their vehicles, even at work. Under current law, employers may ban workers from bringing guns onto company property. Republican state Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt said that many companies do not understand the sporting culture in Texas, and why many Texans carry guns in their cars. He said the measure is a “parking lot-only bill.”
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
School recognizes 150 students Dean says that students receiving awards have set very high bars. by ednA Horton The Shorthorn staff
When Verlyncia Alvarado transferred from El Centro College in Dallas, she was studying business administration but still not sure if that was what she wanted to do. “I asked myself one question,” the social work senior said. “‘What do you want to do?’ And the answer was I want to help people.” Alvarado was one of 150 students honored at the School of Social Work Academic Excellence Convocation on Tuesday. Students received recognition for outstanding achievement, scholarships and fellowships. Social Work Dean Scott Ryan welcomed the students and their families to the convocation. He said the students who were recognized have worked hard on their achievements. “When we look at students that are being recognized this evening, they have set a very high bar,”
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more would be released if the plant were selected for the project. Roy said GM is identifying plants from around the world that could take on the project. “It’s a corporate thing right now,” she said. Roy said the plant provides the state an estimated $790 million annually through things like car sales or indirect plant purchases. “It’s the gift that keeps on giving,” she said.
he said. “As many of them move along and graduate we look forward to seeing them move along in their careers.” Alvarado, who is also a single mom, balances school with taking care of her 5-year-old daughter. She said sometimes it’s hard, but she still manages to get everything done. She serves as social work constituency council vice president and makes A’s in all of her classes. She received recognition for the $500 Carolyn C. and Santos H. Hernandez Endowed Scholarship she was awarded. “I feel honored because I know a lot of people applied,” she said. “Sometimes balancing it all is challenging because you end up doing one more than the other.” Libby Kay, social work adjunct lecturer, gave students who were graduating tips on how to transition from the classroom to practice. “You must stay grounded,” she said. “You will never walk in someone else’s shoes, but you will walk close enough to share the path.” She told students to be patient, know what is an emergency and what isn’t,
learn to say no and mean it, and get regular exercise. She also encouraged students to practice self-care, like getting enough sleep and to always have a positive attitude. “A positive attitude can make a bad day meaningful and unforgettable,” she said. Alvarado will begin her internship next semester, when she hopes she will be working with the Child Protective Services. She said a lot of people think the organization only works with children, but she chose it because it is helping the whole family. In the fall she will begin working on her master’s in social work. Right now, she said she feels tired and overwhelmed. This year she was diagnosed with asthma and had to have surgery on her sinus cavities. She said she has never missed a class, though. She takes her asthma medicine, and she powers through. “I’ll make it through,” she said. “I always do.”
Robert Rivera, Arlington District 3 city council representative, said the most important impact is jobs. He said the economic downturn has made long-term stability a major issue for the economics of Arlington, and 110 new jobs can have a major impact. “Those jobs represent heads of households,” he said. Rivera said the plant has been a long-time benefit to the city, and the issue is its longevity. He said if the corporation chooses to expand it, there is a guarantee that the plant will stay open. “It is absolutely paramount that this plant stay
open,” he said. Marketing assistant professor Elten Briggs said many towns have an economy based on the auto industry. He said Arlington is not like that. “110 jobs is a small dip as far as Arlington goes,” he said. Production at the Arlington plant began in January 1954. The plant produced its eight millionth vehicle in August 2006. McLallen said the plant is expected to produce its nine millionth vehicle soon.
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emergency legislation, but that other issues, like the budget, should have been first priority. Education and programs like The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, are being cut, Morgan said. She said those cuts hurt the children this legislation is aimed at helping. “These people are not pro-life, they are pro-birth,” she said. “And whatever happens after that, well, tough luck.” Morgan said Planned Parenthood will not perform an abortion after 13 weeks, but most women who have
the procedure are less than six weeks pregnant. She said in that time frame, there is little to see in a sonogram. Dashawn Thompson, political science graduate student, said she is glad the senate passed the bill because of the humanity of it. She said future issues should not be used as a reason to avoid responsibility. Thompson said the decision was the safest thing the senate could do to address the issue without having an outright ban. “Somebody has to take a stand, and for that I applaud them,” she said, adding that the fetus is a human life and this makes people see that. Thompson said she doubts the effectiveness of the bill because a decision has likely already been made.
“I don’t think making people get a sonogram will make people change their decision,” she said. Business management senior Sylvia Ipaye said her cousin had an abortion and had to ask to see a sonogram. She said seeing the image wouldn’t be as traumatizing as the process itself. “Even though you may seem like you are set in your idea, seeing the sonogram may change your mind,” she said. Sen. Chris Harris, R-Arlington, said via email he is pleased to see HB 15 pass. “This measure will ensure that women have all the information to assist them in making a knowledgeable decision,” he said. Ali Amir mustAnsir firstname.lastname@example.org
your vieW What do you think of a bill that requires women to get a sonogram before an abortion? “I feel like that’s guilttripping. It’s a lot of pressure on the mother. The government should just stay out of it. Take care of the roads, I’ll take care of my baby.”
“I don’t think it would make much of a difference. If you’re pregnant you should have the baby, unless it’s some extreme case like rape or abuse.”
Mahwish Yasin, biochemistry junior
Luke Brigmon, industrial engineering
“I think women should have a choice to get an abortion whether or not she has a sonogram first.” Austin Miller, software engineering
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campus involving hot water and steam may resume as soon as possible. Pink said this is a measure meant to prevent an unexpected shutdown in the boilers. In the event of an unexpected shutdown, Pink said the resulting damage would have an extremely negative impact on the campus. The tunnels are also currently undergoing lighting upgrades. The system was built in the ’20s by the university to connect key buildings and provide electrical and plumbing services. The tunnels have a variety of purposes, including housing electric cables, telecommunications services, plumbing, thermal energy and even computer services for the Office of Information Technology, said Jeff Johnson, maintenance and special projects director. Now, nearly all buildings on campus are connected via the tunnel system. There are about 50 entrances located on campus, and some buildings have more than one entrance, so that accessibility issues
may be avoided by maintenance workers. Larry Harrison, mechanical operations and grounds director, said nearly 65 percent of the buildings can be accessed from the tunnel system. Various entry ways are often in rarely used parts of campus, such as basements and older laboratories. Though the tunnels were expanded to fit the needs of the university, they were also a costly addition to the campus, Johnson said. The tunnels are closed to students, but they weren’t always that way. Prior to 9/11, many of the entrances were minimally guarded and were easy to enter, UTA Police assistant chief Rick Gomez said. But after the attacks, UTA Police closed all entrances and upgraded security around the entrances. The main goal in doing this was to prevent anyone with malicious intent from gaining access into the tunnels, he said. Since then, wrought-iron gates and doors have been placed between buildings to prevent any unauthorized access. Police also perform regular checks of the tunnels to ensure their security. The only people who have keys to
the gates and other entrances are the UTA Police Department and the Office of Facilities Management. Since the closing of the tunnels to the public, there have been very few unauthorized entrances made, Johnson said. Johnson said in the ’60s and ’70s, it was reported that many students would venture into the tunnels to play games like Dungeons and Dragons. He said there are also reports of students sneaking into the tunnels to use drugs and do other sorts of illegal activities. “The tunnels have always interested students,” Johnson said. “It’s unfortunate that students can’t go down there.” In the past, homeless people, criminals and cats have made the tunnels their home, Johnson said. While there have only been a handful of students to ever see the tunnels, The Shorthorn was allowed last August to enter the tunnels to take photos of damage because of heavy flooding that occurred on campus. Since then, Johnson said no students have been allowed into the tunnels. Joel Cooley email@example.com