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lington roadways safe for everyone.” Between 6 p.m. and 4 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday nights between Dec. 1 and Jan. BY NICOLE AUDET 2, up to 15 officers are dedicatContributor to The Shorthorn ed to locating any intoxicated The holiday party season drivers by aggressively enforcmay bring some good fun and ing traffic laws. cheer for Arlington residents. Officer J.B. Brown, an acHowever, for the Arling- cident investigator, is entering ton Police Dehis eighth seapartment’s anson on the task “We want to deter nual DWI Task force. drunk and aggressive Force, the seaTo begin a son brings long, driving behavior to keep 10-hour shift, cold nights Brown rode spent searching Arlington roadways safe around the for intoxicated intersection for everyone.” drivers. of Interstate Sgt. Mike Holguin, The task 30 and North force began the Arlington Police Department traffic Collins Street unit supervisor month-long on Wedneshunt Wednesday in an unday night. After marked gray being briefed by Sgt. Mike Hol- Ford Crown Victoria looking guin, 12 officers headed out in for speeders. He said Sherlock’s marked and unmarked patrol Baker Street Pub and Grill in cars. the area is a typical hot spot. “The goal of this task force Brown said he still issues is to educate the public and po- routine traffic citations during tential violators,” said Holguin, the month, but he keeps his who leads the group. “We want eyes peeled for suspicious, poto deter drunk and aggressive driving behavior to keep ArPOLICE continues on page 3

Officers hope increased holiday vigilance will lessen fatal car accident numbers.

FACILITIES

New arena evaluated

Some say the addition of a multipurpose facility could give the university a more traditional atmosphere. BY ROBERT KLEEMAN

The Shorthorn: Awais Ikram

Students held candles as Texas Girls Choir sang Christmas carols at the tree lighting ceremony on the Central Library mall Thursday night.

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President James Spaniolo said he expects to have a report regarding a multipurpose building toward the beginning of the spring semester. The proposed facility would house sporting events, convocations, graduations, major speakers and other special events. Spaniolo said the report would be based on a study of the feasibility of an all-event center. “The question is whether we can come up with an affordable plan in a reasonable amount of time,” he said. “We wouldn’t be looking at this if we didn’t think it was necessary.” He said he would prefer an on-campus facility. The building would only be off-campus if there was no other way to put together a funding package, he said. Student Congress President Casey Townsend said the university would probably look at outside funding sources before asking students for more tuition or fee increases. Townsend said that though plans to build the facility are not ARENA continues on page 3

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Parade features UTA float Saturday evening’s event downtown will include a tree lighting and fireworks. BY PRINCESS MCDOWELL Contributor for The Shorthorn

Student Development Specialist Seth Ressl, along

with 10 others, is hard at work trying to defend a title held by UTA for the past two years. He admits last year’s entry was good but said he is confident that this year UTA will walk away with the best commercial float title. The Downtown Arlington

Parade Committee will hold the third annual Arlington Festival and Parade of Lights at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The parade, consisting of 61 entries including lighted floats and antique cars, will begin and end in front of City Hall. A familiar rosy-cheeked man

will bring up the rear of the procession. Last year, EX.C.E.L. Campus Activities won best commercial float with an entry titled How the Grinch Stole Christmas, complete with PARADE continues on page 10

ATHLETICS

Expansion will not conflict with Title IX regulations The Athletics Department will maintain balanced funding for both genders. BY MELISSA WINN AND MARTI HARVEY The Shorthorn staff

While many details surrounding the proposed sports expansion remain uncertain, Athletics Director Pete Carlon says his department’s compliance with Title IX will be a sure thing. Carlon said the Athletics Department has done a good job balancing men’s and women’s sports, including using roster management and would continue to do so if the expansion became a reality.

“We meet with all of our coaches and go over the amount of women and men they are allowed on their respective teams,” he said. “In instances where we don’t have a comparable male or female program, like volleyball and golf, we compare the two.” Title IX is the law prohibiting sex discrimination in federally-funded education programs and activities. The law applies to, among other things, admissions, recruitment and housing, but its application to sports gets the most national attention. There are three ways to satisfy Title IX requirements, one of which is committing to EXPANSION continues on page 3

STUDENTS ON THE SPORTS EXPANSION “If the benefits outweigh the cost, then we should institute the program. Spaniolo needs to make a decision based on the cost to students. I would go to the games if we had football. I think every college needs a football team.” Misty Pegue, visual communications junior

“We don’t have enough money for other departments. In the long run, having football and sports expansion would be nice, but we need to do justice to other departments who need more funding.” Chirag Pungaliya, biochemistry sophomore

“As long as I’m not paying for it, I don’t care. I need my money to pay for school. When you have trouble with people showing up for class, academics should be the main focus. Students didn’t come here to see a football team; they’re here to learn.” Michael Christopher, math senior

“UTA is a glorified community college. We have a football field. Why not use it? If we had a football team we could lessen the commuter school image and have better motivation for school spirit. Right now we’re just lame.” Claire Tomiak, business freshman — Compiled by Robert Kleeman


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Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar: 2:30-3:30 p.m., 114 Chemistry Research Building. DEC. Professor Harry W. Gibson will speak on “Pseudorotaxanes Self-Assembled from Molecular and Macromolecular Building Blocks.”

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Teacher Certification Information Session: 3 p.m., 101 College Hall. College of Education hosts this event.

CAMPUS NOTEBOOK

Friday December 3, 2004

Friends of the UTA Libraries: 7:30 p.m., 6th floor Central Library. The A Cappella Choir will perform many favorite holiday songs. For information, call Betty Wood at 817-272-7421.

Free Lunch: noon, Tri-C.

Dance Ensemble Fall Concert: 8-10 p.m., Mainstage Theatre, Fine Arts Building. The concert will feature a variety of dance genres that have been choreographed by UTA students, faculty and alumni. Tickets will be $5 for students, $7 for adults and free for children

under 12. For information, call 817-272-3288.

SATURDAY

Parade of Lights: 6 p.m., Downtown Arlington. All friends of the UTA community are welcome to attend and particiDEC. pate in this parade. Any individuals wishing to participate are expected to purchase a T-shirt for $10. For information, visit http://www.arlingtonparadeoflights.com.

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Nuestra Navidad: 7-9 p.m., University Center Rosebud The-

atre. For information, call Casey Gonzales at 817-272-2099.

Calendar submissions must be made by 4 p.m. two days prior to run date. To enter your event, call 817-272-3661 or log on to www.theshorthorn.com/calendar.html.

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“I think that the season brings out more than just the Christmas spirit. For some international students, such as Muslims, this is our first time to see decorations and things like this celebrated.”

College hosts final graduate forum for business students The College of Business Administration will host its last graduate forum of the semester for business students from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in 147 Business Building. Today is the deadline for reserving a spot. Alisa Johnson, graduate business services director, will speak about the graduate programs offered, admissions procedures and provide information on careers and course waivers. Students will also meet the graduate advisers and other faculty and staff. A continental breakfast will be provided. For information, call Administrative Secretary Teresa Phillips at 817-272-3005 or visit http://grad.uta.edu/leftmenupages/forums/ business.asp for reservations. — Jessica Smith

The Shorthorn: Chris Fox

Social anthropology professor Tomas Calvo Buezas gives a lecture over immigration to Spain in the University Center on Thursday evening. Buezas is from the School of Political Science and Sociology at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain.

Waqar Ghani,

information systems sophomore, on the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. See page 3

Separating Spain

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Guest lecturer discusses the unrest immigrants cause

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An officer responded to a hit and run accident Tuesday at 500 S. Nedderman Drive in lot 10. An offense report was filed, and it is under investigation. An officer investigated a broken entrance gate arm at Trinity House on Wednesday at 800 Greek Row Drive. An offense report was filed, and it is under investigation. A parking sign was found laying on the curb, with the pole broken at the base Wednesday at 700 S. Nedderman Drive in lot 9. An offense report was filed, and it is under investigation. An officer responded to a disturbance at Kalpana Chawla Residence Hall on Thursday at 901 S. Oak St. An incident report was filed, and a disciplinary referral was issued.

A visiting Spanish anthropologist's fervent words expressed the social turmoil arising from Spain's recent immigration phenomenon. Speaking to about 50 people in the University Center on Thursday evening, Tomás Clavo Buezas exclaimed, “Some people are sensitive and good to the people coming in, but there are some with mistrust who have racial hatred and xenophobia. There have been beatings and killings.” The event, organized by the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Anthropology and Political Science departments, focused on the social unrest dividing a country Buezas said was traditionally known for its homogenous makeup. The professor from Madrid's Complutense University said that many Spanish immigrants come from Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa, seeking pay that, while low, is better than the same labor in their native countries. Eighty percent of

the jobs obtained by immigrants are jobs Spaniards do not want, such as manual labor, domestic service and picking crops. However, the majority of the immigrants are women who find more job opportunities than the men, he said. According to Buezas, the racist attitudes toward immigrants stem from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the March 12 massacre in Madrid. “The Moroccans are hated the most because they’re Muslim,” Buezas said. “Jews are also highly discriminated because of their religion.” Skin color and economic class are also bases for discrimination in Spain, he said. “All the surveys [taken] by adults and students show that there is more of a dislike of darker-looking Latin Americans than light,” Buezas said. “The rich Arabs that go to Spain — there’s no discrimination toward them.” Spain itself has had a long history of its citizens leaving the country to seek better opportunities in other

parts of Europe and in the Americas, according to Buezas. Spain was the first country to develop a colony in the Americas, going back to Spanish seafarer Christopher Columbus’ sometimes-disputed discovery of America, he said. In 1975, Spain’s 165,000 inhabitants were mostly tourists. By 2000, the population had mushroomed to 923,879. Today, it is 3.5 million, including illegal immigrants, he said. “Spaniard society has been very similar in everything, so we didn’t have any occasion to be prejudice,” he said. “The phenomena of immigration is new in Spain, which has caused some racist attitudes.” Amidst Spain's changing social outlook, Buezas is optimistic. “I believe a multicultural society is good for the economy,” he said. “But coexistence is a challenge. It’s like a man-and-woman relationship, when both have to put aside their differences and come together.” TRISTAN VAWTERS news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

Organization hosts speaker on volunteer opportunities The International Student Organization will host an early Christmas party from noon to 1 p.m. today in the University Center San Jacinto Room. Candice Smith, Helping Our Pupils Excel Tutoring Center at Arlington coordinator, will speak about volunteering opportunities. The center provides free tutoring for students in fourth through eighth grades from low-income families during the school year but needs volunteers all year long. Volunteers only work one hour per week. Free food and drinks will be served, and everyone is welcome. — Jessica Smith

Step show offers students break before final exams The National Pan-Hellenic Council will host a step show, Jam B 4 U Cram, at 7:30 p.m. today in the Activities Building Lone Star Auditorium. General admission is $5 and $3 for fraternity and sorority members wearing their Greek letters. All six of the council’s organizations will perform, including a local high school team. “Students will have a chance to see the Greeks perform and have fun before they cram for finals,” council secretary Bryant Robertson said. Sororities and fraternities will each compete for a $200 cash prize. Performances are rated based on precision, content, ability to stay within time limit and costumes, and each organization’s adviser judges the show. The difference between this step show and others is that the participating councils perform the unity strut, a type of dance unifying all the councils. “It shows that we can compete, but in the end, it’s all about love,” Robertson said. — English Young

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Let There Be Christmas Lights Hundreds gathered around the tree holding candles and singing holiday songs

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ecked in little white boots and cowboy hats flecked with a sprig of mistletoe, the Texas Girls Choir gathered spectators on the Central Library mall as they sang carols like “I’ll be home for Christmas.” The 21st annual Tree Lighting Ceremony took place Thursday as a crowd of about 200 students crowded around a Christmas tree. Wax candles were distributed and students leaned close

together to light them as frigid cold winds extinguished many lit wicks. President James Spaniolo opened the ceremony by wishing students a happy holiday and good luck on final exams. Spaniolo introduced the pine tree on the mall as the “Christmas tree whose light would brighten the entire university.” “This little tree will shine as a symbol of the holiday season,” he said as he lit the tree, transforming it into a spectacle

of colorful lights and shining caught fire. He blushed as he stamped ornaments. the paper out, and The Christmas festivities carornaments had “This little tree the ried on. been collected from will shine as a After the carolyears passed, said ing, the crowd gathStephanie Reetz, symbol of the ered in the UniversiEX.C.E.L. Campus Activities traditions holiday season.” ty Center Palo Duro Lounge for refreshdirector. James Spaniolo, ments such as egg As the Texas president nog and star-shaped Girls Choir sang cookies — each deccarols, a student became so distracted that orated with colored frosting his paper wax catcher nearly and sprinkles.

Live jazz entertainment was provided by Gloria D’Arezzo & Friends as students took turns sitting on Santa’s lap and asking for gifts such as cars or good grades on their finals. Reetz said she believes events such as this help the university’s goal to become a more traditional campus. “I see a lot of things as becoming traditions,” Reetz said. “There are more committees that do the same thing each year.”

For information systems sophomore Waqar Ghani, the event was a first brush with Christmas holiday traditions. “I think that the season brings out more than just the Christmas spirit,” Ghani said “For some international students, such as Muslims, this is our first time to see decorations and things like this celebrated.”

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driver. After his shift’s end a few uneventful hours later, Brown joined the pre-dawn procession of officers submitting documentation of their citations

or arrests. All together, the task force issued 171 citations and made 15 arrests with a total of 21 charges. Ten of the arrests were alcohol-related, six for driving

while intoxicated and four for public intoxication. Sgt. Jeff Pugh, who also leads the task force, said having so many arrests the first night is very successful, especially

because it was a Wednesday night. “As we see an increase in holiday parties during the next few weeks, we also tend to see an increase in alcohol-related motor vehicle collisions,” he said. In the task force’s month of duty last year, officers arrested more than 248 offenders for drug and alcohol violations and issued 3,278 citations. During the holiday season, many more commuters shop, travel or head to parties. Not only does this mean more alcohol-related incidents could occur, but a greater amount of “road rage”-related incidents are also likely, Holguin said. Holguin, a UTA alumnus, encourages holiday partygoers to designate responsible drivers and help prevent unnecessary problems or fatalities. “We are not trying to keep people from having a good time,” he said. “Parties will happen; people will drink. If you are going to drink, have a designated driver.” He said it is the task force’s sincere desire to voluntarily prompt drivers to comply with city traffic. “Otherwise, our message is loud and clear: If you drink and drive in Arlington, you will go

a new arena on campus,” he said. “With this facility, we’d be able to attract big name college basketball teams like the University of Kentucky. Having bigger sports programs come to play here would turn us toward being more traditional.” The possibility of attracting prestigious speakers would give the university greater visibility,

Townsend said. Texas Hall is not big enough to hold some events that are staples of fouryear universities, such as graduations, he said. Undeclared freshman Simukayi Mutasa said Texas Hall is a sufficient venue to enjoy basketball games. Constructing a multipurpose building would not create enough excitement

to fill up the seats, he said. Marketing senior Shammah Chapinduka said she welcomes the idea of a new facility, especially for basketball. “I’ve never had school pride because when I want to support my school teams there’s no adequate facility,” she said. “Texas Hall is a horrible place to play basketball — the worst ever. It’s

like they’re performing because they’re on a stage, and it makes other teams look down on us.” For a university, the event facilities could use a lot of upgrading, and having a better place for basketball games would attract even more quality players, she said. Spaniolo said he hopes the possibility of a new multipur-

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tentially intoxicated behavior. If he sees a car making excessively wide turns, following other vehicles too closely or failing to stay in one lane, the officer follows for a block or two to observe the driver’s behavior. Near the 100 block of North Collins Street, Brown kept a finger on his Prolaser II, the newest speed clock, waiting to catch the first speeder. Catching speeders is his favorite part of the job, he said, because cars can travel at dangerous speeds, and if alcohol is involved, not only can crashes cause severe damage but also fatalities. About 10 minutes into the shift, Brown made his first stop. He clocked a vehicle traveling 51 mph in a 40 mph zone. Brown immediately turned on his lights and siren. The driver had not realized how fast she was traveling. After issuing a citation, Brown was back to cruising the streets looking for violators. Then, around midnight, Brown arrested an intoxicated

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definite and no time line has been given, he expects Spaniolo to approve the measure. “I believe President Spaniolo will do everything in his power to make sure there is

The Shorthorn: Mark Roberts

Though he demonstrated no signs of driving under the influence, Ivan Mireles, 20, gets searched by Arlington police officer J.B. Brown after getting pulled over for speeding Wednesday night on North Collins Street.

Students make up a large number of alcohol-related victims.

2.1 million

students between the ages of 18 and 24 drove under the influence of alcohol in 2002.

1,400

college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor vehicle crashes.

500,000

students between the ages of 18 and 24 are unintentionally injured under the influence of alcohol each year. — Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

to jail,” Holguin said. NICOLE AUDET news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

pose facility will not affect school spirit. “I hope students will fill Texas Hall and support our excellent men’s and women’s basketball teams regardless of where they’re playing,” he said. ROBERT KLEEMAN rdk5784@exchange.uta.edu

“With this facility, we’d be able to attract big name college basketball teams like the University of Kentucky.” Casey Townsend,

Student Congress president

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equal opportunity in men’s and women’s sports. If the expansion is approved, two female sports, golf and soccer, as well as men’s football would be added. This would leave UTA with nine women’s sports and eight men’s

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pressure for greater democracy in Russia. The Supreme Court is considering an appeal by Yushchenko’s campaign to invalidate the result of the runoff, which the Central Election Commission said Yanukovych won by about 900,000 votes. The appeal centers on claims of widespread violations across the prime minister’s strongholds in the east and south, near Russia. The 18 red-robed justices began hearing final arguments but adjourned hours after dark without a decision. If the court sides with Yushchenko, it would put him in a strong negotiating position with Kuchma to schedule a repeat runoff. If the court

sports, which appears to satisfy the commitment. Carlon said UTA has never had a complaint filed questioning its Title IX compliance. However, if one were filed, he said the investigators would audit the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act report filed federally each year by UTA. The report would show that the amount of funding spent on women’s sports is

substantially more than what is spent on the men’s programs. “What riles up the supporters of Title IX more than anything is the amount of money that is spent on men’s football versus the other opportunities available for women,” Carlon said. He also said while most believe that compliance means the university must meet the proportionality requirements,

rules against Yushchenko’s appeal, Kuchma’s administration might seek to inaugurate Yanukovych or schedule new elections with a more attractive candidate. As the court edged toward a ruling, Kuchma flew to Russia and won Putin’s support for his proposal to hold an entirely new election — not just a repeat of the runoff. “A revote could be conducted a third, a fourth, a 25th time, until one side gets the results it needs,” a grimfaced Putin said in televised comments from the meeting in a sparsely decorated, parquet-floored room at the government’s Vnukovo-2 airport outside Moscow before leaving for India. He said another runoff would likely “yield nothing.” Kuchma derided the idea of rehashing the runoff, saying that “I don’t know a single

country that has such a legal norm as a revote.” Yushchenko criticized Kuchma’s trip to Russia, saying “the source of power is located in Ukraine — it’s the Ukrainian people.” Yushchenko pressed his position in an address to supporters after the court adjourned, saying he would not take part in any negotiations on settling the crisis if they included talks on starting an election from scratch. “If a revote date isn’t set quickly after the Supreme Court’s ruling, we will take adequate steps against the government,” Yushchenko said. Kuchma appears to hope a new election would enable him to field a more popular successor as his government scrambles to stay in power with his 10 years in office running out.

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that’s not necessarily the case. “The women’s sports we sponsor financially by comparison are better funded than the men’s teams,” Carlon said. He pointed out that the university spends $125,000 more in women’s scholarships and about $230,000 more overall than men’s programs. “I feel confident that whatever direction we go in will be

good for the university,” he said. However, some say the women’s sports here have not come to the forefront. Charles Biel who works in the Office of International Education said he sees more attention paid to men’s sports than women’s. “That’s just because I attend more men’s games,” he said. “But all-in-all men get the most

attention.” Dhaval Desai, a biomedical graduate student, said he was not aware of golf and soccer being added with football. “I think both men’s and women’s sports deserve an equal chance,” he said. MELISSA WINN mdw1568@exchange.uta.edu

AP Photo: Dmitry Lovetsky

Supporters of opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko carry a huge sheaf of orange balloons during mass rally in downtown, Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday. Opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko scores a landmark victory with his allies in parliament voting down his rival’s Cabinet, while visiting European mediators try to broker a compromise.

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ABOUT SPORTS Britney Tabor, editor sports-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu Sports is published Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday. Page 6

SPORTS

REMEMBER Log on to http://utamavs.collegesports.com/ for recaps of Mavericks and Lady Mavericks basketball action over the winter break. Friday, December 3, 2004

THE SHORTHORN

Two Left Feet

DowntheLine BASKETBALL

This comfortable pair’s journey continues 1,200 miles from home

Doubleheader to fill Texas Hall on Saturday Fans will get a doubleheader with the Mavericks and Lady Mavericks playing at Texas Hall on Saturday. The Mavericks will take the court at 3 p.m. against the West Coast Athletic Conference’s San Diego Toreros for the first time ever. If the Mavericks win, they will tie their best start in 20 seasons. The Toreros (2-2) have lost 21 straight road games with their last road win in February 2003. The Mavericks are led by junior forward Steven Thomas, who is averaging 17.4 points and eight rebounds this season, and junior guard Brady Dawkins, who averages 5.3 assists per game. The Mavs also have the help of five freshmen players. Combined the freshmen five have averaged 30.6 points, 14 rebounds, 4.8 assists and two steals this season. The Lady Mavs will take the court at 7 p.m. hosting New Mexico State. This is the home opener for the team, which has played five games on the road. The Lady Mavericks (3-2) finished a three-game road trip Monday where they lost the first two games and won the third 62-55 over Southern Utah University. This is the first meeting in 21 years for UTA and New Mexico. The New Mexico State Aggies (2-3) enter Saturday’s game off a 74-59 win over Western New Mexico. Averaging 16.6 points and 7.6 rebounds a game this season, senior forward Rola Ogunoye leads the Lady Mavs. Lady Mavs coach Donna Capps said she is excited about Saturday’s opener and hopes to see a good crowd at Texas Hall. Fans will be pleased by the improvement in defense this season, and the team is looking forward to concentrating on its offensive execution, she said. “I think we’ll have an exciting game with a lot of action,” Capps said. “We’ve had some success on the road, and playing those teams has really made us turn the notch up on our game.” — Britney Tabor

BY MELISSA WINN The Shorthorn staff

The Shorthorn: Brandon Wade

Movin’ Mav players Joe Burmania, left, and Chris Kommer formed a friendship when Burmania lost his leg to cancer. Kommer had already lost his leg and visited Burmania in the hospitial.

Best friends usually have something in common. For Movin’ Mavs Joe Burmania and Chris Kommer, that something is the loss of their right legs. Burmania and Kommer grew up three miles away from each other in Byron Center, Mich., but were only acquaintances until bone cancer forced amputation of Burmania’s right leg in November 1996. Kommer, who is four years younger than Burmania, lost his leg in July 1995 after a boating accident. During rehabilitation, Kommer began sharing his experiences with potential amputees at local hospitals. He was formally introduced to Burmania on one of these visits. “When I was in the hospital, people who had gone through what I was going through came and talked to me, and it made me feel better,” Kommer said. “That’s why I decided I would do the same thing.” The pair became fast friends, and shortly after Burmania’s amputation, Kommer introduced him to wheelchair basketball. Kommer was 10 years old and in his second year of playing for their community team, the Grand Rapids Junior Pacers. The two have been teammates ever since. At a tournament in Stillwater, Okla., Burmania was recruited by Movin’ Mavs coach Jim Hayes, who offered him a full scholarship to UTA. “I had never really thought anything about college before then,” Burmania said. “I was working at a tool and die during the summers making some pretty good money, but I decided

to take the scholarship.” As often happens with friends, Kommer worked with Burmania at the same company. After Burmania left, the two kept in contact, and when Kommer graduated from high school, Hayes was ready to offer him a scholarship. “I was scared of college, so it took a lot of thinking to get me here,” he said. “But I knew that if I was going to college, this was my best option because Joe makes me stronger.” Burmania said he never pushed Kommer into coming to UTA and jokes that if he had known Kommer would “own the couch” at his apartment, he would’ve talked him out of it. “He’s always over at my place,” Burmania said. “He answers my phone, and people think he’s me.” Kommer admits that Burmania has “shown him a thing or two,” but they both agree that they bring out the best — and worst — in each other. “If I’m in jail, he’ll be right there next to me,” Burmania said. When they go home for the winter break, Kommer and Burmania will probably still see each other a few times. They have a lot of the same friends, but both said they want to focus on spending time with their families and attending parties. “The great thing about going to college is that you get going-away parties when you leave home and coming-home parties when you get back,” Kommer said. And, both said, it’s great to have each other to share these memories with. MELISSA WINN mdw1568@exchange.uta.edu


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OPINION

REMEMBER The Shorthorn invites students, university employees and alumni to submit guest columns to the Opinion Page. Page 7

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EDITORIAL/OUR VIEW

Commit to Caring The giving spirit should continue throughout the whole year Merry Christmahanukwanzaka, everyone! This time of year inspires generous inclinations in students of all backgrounds, and the Arlington region needs charitable souls for the holiday season. However, contrary to popular belief, charities and shelters do not all close their doors at the end of the holidays. So look for opportunities to volunteer in and around campus, and don’t pack your generous spirit away with your ornaments and decorations. Too stuffed on turkey to look for charities where you can commit your time? Never fear — there’s an

EDITORIAL ROUND-UP The issue: It’s the season for giving. We suggest: It’s ALWAYS the season for giving.

organization right here on campus that’s done all that for you. The UTA Volunteers, based in the Student Activities Department, has made getting involved hassle-free. They find the charities and plan the events, and all you have to do is show up. You can give them a call at 817-272-2963, or if you’re looking for some really hardcore contribution, you can apply for full-fledged membership. If the original recipe doesn’t suit your fancy, and you prefer your charities with a distinctive Christian flavor, perhaps you’ll find Mission Arlington more to your liking. It serves up benevolent aid by mixing

equal parts Gospel and generosity. Mission Arlington is located at 210 W. South St., just a couple of blocks from campus. They’re currently looking for volunteers for many positions as well as donations such as warm winter clothes and canned meats and vegetables. There are many other ways to help. For instance, at a Goodwill donation drop-box just west of the intersection of Fielder Road and Arkansas Lane, you can drop off clothes and household items for the needy. As you’re cleaning out your closet to make room for new winter clothes, remember those who have less than you do.

If you don’t happen to pass a bell-ringer outside retail stores this season, The Salvation Army’s Web site, http://www.salvationarmyusa. org, has details on where to send monetary donations to the organization, which provides charitable services. When that old holiday spirit strikes this season and you get the sudden urge to help those less fortunate, remember that there’s no shortage of places in need of money, supplies or even the occasional helping hand. But there’s also no reason that your generosity has to end when classes start back up again.

STAFF COLUMN

The Spool on Politics Majority rules, even when it doesn’t have much of an opinion

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s a young boy, I was taught well by We’re spending more time discussing canmy parents. didate Y’s driving record 20 years ago rather “Never stand in the middle of the than figuring out how health care for the road when a car is coming,” they said. staggering number of incoming immigrants “It might hit you and cause injuries.” would be financed or whether such a dream is While this childhood anecdote seems practi- feasible. The perception of the current populacal to most people, the politicians in our govtion’s size is not the issue. What matters is the ernment have no problem ignoring it. imagination lacking in our government leaders As historian James Barber once said: “You to anticipate the future. can’t destroy the thread of politics. It weaves a Let’s face it — politics are here to stay, and sneaky web.” it’s about How long can America survive when its time to decide leaders are the flies in the control of the politiwhich kid is cal spiders? giving up their Every sane politician strives toward one goal room to make — to get elected to office. accommodaPolitician X knows as a consequence of tions. The his/her running for office, every word he utaverage Amerters during the election process can and will be ican lives poliused against him by a journalist with an agentics on every da or the opposing party — whether true or four-minute taken out of context. Therefore, X has no decar trip, with sire to say anything that might enrage a group every footstep of his potential voters or give them reason to and every tune question their vote. “Group A is in the bag.” butchered in In layman’s terms, actually addressing policy the shower issues would be political suicide and might cost William that politician — gasp — a chunk of votes! Hung-style. While this sidestepping may prove our Every government has more dance moves than Rick posted road James, it doesn’t say much for its ability to lead sign, speed the strongest nation in the world. limit marker, toy disclaimer and critical reThis year’s big avoidance was illegal imview of Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana” has a migration. John Kerry and George W. Bush, political reason for being there. It’s an item on both Yale alumni, are far from idiotic somebody’s agenda. and understand that this controversial Unfortunately, our system preachissue is a staple of “divided America.” es that the majority must dictate polShould we let more immigrants icy, even when the majority doesn’t in? Decrease the quota of the number have much of an opinion. we let in? Abolish quotas? Stack the If Bush were to come out and borders with clones of Arnold Schwarsay “let’s lower the quota and crack zenegger? down on illegal immigration,” what Both candidates knew that an would Democrats and minorities be extreme or definite stance on the charging within 10 minutes of the issue would have been a self-inflicted speech? Racism. ROBERT KLEEMAN wound to the head. They didn’t want Is Bush really being racist here? to deal with it because not enough Opponents would say yes because voters could agree on how to deal with the payoff would be a voter heist, but it. in all truth, this is the kind of policy directness Who will be the first politician of the new this nation so sorely needs. millennium to address issues firmly and disreIt seems the words “avoid” and “manipulate” gard the hunger for more votes? Does a politiare in the job descriptions for politicians. cian like this even exist? But please don’t hate them for their issue While these questions may recall the fond ambivalence — they’re just trying to get electvocabulary triplets Carter, Iran and disaster, ed. I believe in hope and the imminence of over— Robert Kleeman is an undeclared freshman and reporter for The Shorthorn hauling what elections are about.

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LETTER

Students should complain to someone who can enact change To those who are constantly criticizing the increasing costs of public education: Write your state legislators! Instead of merely griping to a Shorthorn reporter about how much it costs to go to school and how unfair it is that we pay so much for our college experience, try writing your state representative or state senator. The Texas government needs to know how

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unhappy its constituents are with the way they currently fund education. Another note to those students who think the state of Texas should compensate them for the TEXAS Grants they lost: You lost the grants because the state doesn’t have the money to fund your grants. Again, the only advice I can give you is: Write your state representative and vote. Voting unresponsive legislators out of office is one certain way to make sure your voice is heard.

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WORLD VIEW

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Push is on for lawmakers to record votes

OFFICER RESIGNS AMID PIZZA SCANDAL

WHITE (HOUSE) CHRISTMAS

A Texas Poll conducted this fall by the Scripps Research AUSTIN — How your Texas Center found that 88 percent of legislator voted on requiring chil- the 1,000 people polled agreed dren to say the Pledge of Alle- legislators should be required to giance and observe a minute of record their votes. Eighty persilence at school is in the state cent supported a constitutional record. amendment requiring such votBut if you’re checking how a ing. state House member voted on Among the organizations parts of a homeowner insurance supporting a recorded vote rebill — or how a senator stood in quirement are AARP; the Freebanning off-road vehicles in river dom of Information Foundation beds — it gets trickier. of Texas; the Greater Dallas AsPerhaps impossible. sociation of Realtors; Campaigns In Texas, the Legislature gen- for People; the state Democraterally is not required to record ic and Republican parties; the how each lawmaker Texas Daily Newspaper voted on a bill in the Association; and the full House or Senate. “It seems to Texas Association of Individual votes are us so basic Broadcasters. recorded if representaSome Republicans to good tives and senators dein the GOP-controlled cide to do so. Dozens government. Legislature have filed of civic, public interest Your constit- bills for the 2005 legisand political groups lative session that would are pushing to require uents should require more recorded lawmakers to record know how votes. But lawmakers individual votes at cer- you vote.” have varying views on tain stages in the Leghow far to go. islature. “I strongly agree Linda Camin “It seems to us so chair of the Sunwith the argument that basic to good govern- shine Committee all the votes of the Texas ment,” said Linda on Recorded Votes Legislature should be Camin of Dallas, chair both public record and of the Sunshine Comeasily accessible,” said mittee on Recorded Votes for the state Sen. John Carona of Dallas, non-partisan League of Women who proposed a constitutional Voters of Texas. “Your constitu- amendment requiring certain reents should know how you vote.” cord votes. Texas is one of 10 states that Carona tried unsuccessfully to doesn’t require a recorded, or pass a similar measure last year. roll-call, vote on final passage “To me, it’s like motherhood of every bill in either legislative and apple pie,” said state Rep. chamber, according to the Na- Dan Branch, a Dallas Republitional Conference of State Legis- can. “It’s very difficult to say, ‘Hey, latures and research by The As- I’m against recorded votes.’“ sociated Press. But Branch, who also has Texas lawmakers might hold a filed a recorded votes bill, cau“voice vote,” meaning they shout tioned against “simplistic, broad out yes or no on a bill, without change.” any record of how each person Roll-call votes on simple provoted. In a “division vote,” there’s cedural questions would slow a brief show of how the majority down the Legislature’s work durstands — House members, for ing its 140-day biennial session example, push their electronic and cause more votes to be used voting buttons — but there is no out of context in election season, final record of individual votes. Branch said.

FORT WORTH — A Fort Worth police officer has resigned three months after being accused of offering a pizza delivery driver a break on a traffic ticket in exchange for pizzas. Officer David Towson, who had been on the force five years, resigned in October after administrators recommended an indefinite suspension, which is the equivalent of being fired, police Lt. Abdul Pridgen said Wednesday. Towson, who was assigned to the traffic division, was placed on restricted duty in July after a pizza driver told internal affairs investigators that Towson offered to not write her a ticket if she would take pizzas to a certain address, Pridgen said. Towson admitted to investigators his part in the agreement, Pridgen said.

BY KELLEY SHANNON

Associated Press Writer

IN THE NATION BUSH REJECTS POSTPONING IRAQI ELECTIONS WASHINGTON — President Bush said Thursday that Iraq’s elections must not be delayed from their scheduled date of Jan. 30, rejecting calls from more than a dozen political parties there to postpone them until security at the polls can be ensured. “It’s time for Iraqi citizens to go to the polls,” Bush told reporters in the Oval Office at the start of a meeting with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The national Christmas tree is seen in The Ellipse in front of the White House after the annual tree lighting ceremony in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

BY ANGELA K. BROWN Associated Press Writer

Hundreds of mourners were expected at a Killeen church Friday for a memorial service for the seven soldiers killed when their helicopter crashed shortly after leaving Fort Hood. The group, assigned to the 4th Infantry Division, was en route to Texarkana on Monday morning to inspect 225 Iraq-bound Humvees being repaired at the Army depot. The Black Hawk was flying through thick fog that obscured all but the lowest few hundred feet of a TV transmission tower, whose red warning lights had been knocked out in a storm last week. The UH-60 hit the tower’s support cables and went down near Bruceville-Eddy. Fort Hood officials said they expect a large crowd at the Friday morn-

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METHODIST JURY CONVICTS LESBIAN MINISTER PUGHTOWN, Pa. — A jury made up of United Methodist Church clergy convicted a lesbian minister Thursday of violating church law by openly living with her partner in a committed relationship. The Rev. Irene Elizabeth Stroud could be defrocked as a result of the ruling, which came on the second day of her church trial. The same 13-member jury was set to meet Thursday afternoon to decide her penalty. — The Associated Press

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ing service at the Christian House of Prayer, which seats 2,100 people. The service was to feature speakers, the singing of hymns, scripture readings, a silent tribute, the playing of taps and a 21-gun salute. “This tragedy has hit the whole community,” Fort Hood spokesman Dan Hassett said. Killed were Brig. Gen. Charles “Ben” Allen, 49, of Lawton, Okla.; Col. James M. Moore, 47, of Peabody, Mass.; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Douglas V. Clapp, 48, of Greensboro, N.C.; Capt. Todd T. Christmas, 26, of Wagon Mound, N.M.; and Spc. Richard L. Brown, 29, of Stonewall, La. Also killed were the pilots, Chief Warrant Officer 2 David H. Gardner Jr., 32, of Mason City, Iowa, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Mark W. Evans Jr., 27, of Jacksonville, Fla.

Russian, American tensions mount BY ANNA MELNICHUK

Texas is one of 10 states that doesnʼt require recorded votes on bills for final passage by state legislatures, making it difficult or impossible to find out how a legislator voted on a given issue. Dozens of civic, political and public interest groups are pushing to require lawmakers to go on record.

WASHINGTON — A hormone patch that works to restore a woman’s sex drive should not be approved until more studies are completed to determine the drug’s risks, federal health advisers said Thursday. The advisers voted not to recommend approval, with several of them saying they were not satisfied with the number of women studied so far, the length of the studies and the possible benefit of the drug.

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mated 20,000 spectators because of the amount of available activities. Donna Darovich, former UTA public affairs director, who heads the parade committee’s public relations, said students could expect something they have never seen before. “A parade held at night in itself is something you don’t see every day,” she said. “This is something they won’t see anywhere in the area.” Hightower-Pierson said the committee planned the festival again this year in order to do something special for the downtown area. “We think it’s important as a community to have a town center and town activities,” She said. “The festival is like a beautiful, big city but yet with a hometown feel.” Ressl said the event is not too much of the cliché, “fun for the whole family.” “It’s the kind of thing that really is meant to be just relaxed — a fun, entertaining event for everybody,” he said.

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ON LEAVE FROM STUDYING Mechanical engineering sophomore Byron Rose takes a break from studying Thursday on the University Center mall. With the start of December, much of Mother Nature’s color has disappeared.

its own grinch. This year’s float, Winter Wonderland, will have an ice-skating rink and a little forest including icicles and snowflakes. “Our floats have won in our division in these last two years, so we’ve gotta defend our title,” Ressl said. Paula Hightower-Pierson, Downtown Arlington Parade Committee chairperson, said the parade would feature a group of entries with something for everyone. “We have a Hispanic lowrider group with dancing cars, real Chinese lions with Taiwanese lanterns and lighted covered wagons from Tempe, Arizona,” she said. Hightower-Pierson said musicians will line the parade’s route, and people will be handing out popcorn, hot chocolate and cider. At City Hall, a Christmas tree will be lighted, and patrons can watch a laser fireworks show in the building’s parking lot immediately after the parade. She said she expects this year’s event to draw more than last year’s esti-

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