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The Movin’ Mavs lose the championship game by 1 point heartbreaker to archrival Wisconsin-Whitewater, 61-60, in One shot, two bounces. front of a rowdy Texas Hall One national champion- crowd. ship lost. “I just wanted to win it so With the clock showing :05, bad for all of us,” Paye said as Movin’ Mav Michael Paye took he fought back a constant flow what would be the last shot of of tears. Saturday’s National IntercolleCoach Jim Hayes said that giate Wheelchair Bashad he been able to call ketball Championship. For more a timeout, he would’ve As the ball hit the tournament told the team to do exfront rim, bounced a coverage actly what it did. couple of times and fell see page 10 “Nine times out of into the hands of the 10, that shot falls,” he Warhawks’ Jake Counts, Paye’s said. “This time, it didn’t.” tears said it all. The Mavericks held the lead For the third consecutive year, the Movin’ Mavs lost a WHEELCHAIR continues on page 9 BY MELISSA WINN

The Shorthorn sports editor



PLAYER David Eng Scott Zessin Jose Leep Jeremy Campbell Jake Counts

PLAYER Paul Ward Jeff Townsend Josh George Zac Niemann

TEAM UTA Whitewater Edinboro Whitewater Whitewater


The Shorthorn: Brandon Wade

Movin’ Mav Michael Paye reflects on the team’s loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday afternoon at Texas Hall. The Mavs missed a game-winning shot with 1.4 seconds left on the clock.


Student deserts city council race Friday Campaign requirements proved too demanding for the young Democrat. KAYLA MURILLO Contributor to The Shorthorn

Heidi Anderson obtained her 90th signature Wednesday, acquiring seven more than were required to file for candidacy for a seat on the Arlington City Council. But Friday, she called her campaign quits before it really began. “It was a really hard decision, but in the end it would have came down to reality and economics,” the University Democrats president and history senior said. “It’s way too expensive, way too timeconsuming and just beyond what I could do.” When finding signatures, Anderson said students were supportive. “I don’t think anyone who

was registered to vote in the city said no,” she said. Anderson was trying for an at-large position, which meant she would represent the entire city instead of a single district. “If it had just been a single district, I could have done it, but my district wasn’t up,” she said. She said the incumbent city councilman Gene Patrick, running at large for District 8, received his official endorsement from former Rep. Martin Frost, an ex-congressman, and competing against him would be difficult. “For every $1 I would have spent, Gene Patrick would have spent 10,” she said. Patrick said he heard a UTA student was considering running and that he encourages such actions. “I would not certainly stand in their way,” he said. “We need more younger peo-

ple involved in the process, not fewer.” He said he encourages students to become involved because that is how he was introduced into the political world. “I would treasure having a student on my committee if they wanted to help,” he said. Heidi Anderson However, Patrick said he understood why running for a seat in an at-large district is difficult for a student. “This is such a big city,” he said. “It’s a massive undertaking. It takes a lot of time and money.” Political science sophomore Jeremy Serna, a University Democrats member, said

the news was disappointing because he encouraged Anderson to run. “I was looking forward to someone from UTA running,” he said. “Even if she didn’t win, it would send a message to city council that we are here and you have to listen to us.” He said the university is a big part of the city. “It’s sad for UTA in general,” he said. Since Anderson is no longer campaigning, she said she would help Aftab Siddiqui in his campaign for District 3. However, she said she would encourage a student who was considering running for a political position to consider the time management involved. “I would say go for it,” she said. “I would say start early. I waited way too late to start.”

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Students focus on drug policy Students for Sensible Drug Policy celebrate Hunter Thompson’s work. BY TRISTAN VAWTERS The Shorthorn assistant news editor

Members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy gathered around engineering senior Charles Vaughn as he read excerpts from the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas to honor author and journalist Hunter Thompson. “There’s nothing more horrifying than a man in the depths of an ether binge,” Vaughn read Monday afternoon in the free speech area on the Central Library mall.

Thompson, 67, shot himself Feb. 20 after weeks of pain from a host of physical problems that included a broken leg and a hip replacement. “He was one of the most literary people of the 20th century,” said organization President Bindu Nair. “He wrote openly about drug use and his philosophy that someone who does drugs doesn’t make them bad.” Thompson was known for his “gonzo” style of journalism, which drew in the audience and made them feel they were experiencing the action. Some of his writings are said to have been drug-induced. MEMORIAL continues on page 9


War and Peace Lost Boys of Sudan will visit campus to discuss genocide BY BRIDGIT J. COOPER Contributor to The Shorthorn

After living through one of Southern Sudan’s most grave historic periods, political science junior Apuk Auyuel smiles and calmly recounts her peaceful life in Northern Sudan while, unknowingly to her, a raging war and a famine took place in the South. Auyuel lived in Sudan from her birth in 1983 until

1994 and said she has lived her entire life as a refugee. Auyuel was born in the Southern Sudan town of Bhar El Ghazal, where her father worked for the government, the same year the civil war began. Two years later he was relocated to Juba in the north. “There was a sense of being an alien. I was not embraced by the people,” she said.

Sudan has had two civil wars between the North and the South in the past 50 years. In 1983, war erupted between the Muslim northern government, representing around 70 percent of the country, and the non-Muslim rebel south. Four million people were scattered to neighboring African countries such as Uganda, Egypt, Ethiopia and Kenya.

Children were separated from their families, and some traveled to America, where they later became known as Sudan’s Lost Boys and Girls. The Lost Boys are coming to UTA at noon today in 100 Nedderman Hall to discuss Global Realities of Racism and Ethnic Cleansing. Religious and political LOST BOYS continues on page 6

The Shorthorn: Andrew Campbell

Engineering senior Charles Vaughn reads from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on Monday on the Central Library mall. Members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy read publicly to honor the author who committed suicide Feb. 20.



CAMPUS NOTEBOOK Tuesday March 8, 2005

CALENDAR TODAY Counseling Services: 2-3:30 p.m., 216 Davis Hall. Coping with Stress: The Relaxation Response. Reduce the negative impact of stress. Learn to elicit the relaxation response and cope with everyday stress. Free. For information, visit http://www.counseling.

Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, Inc.: 7:22 p.m., upper UC. Game Night. Free games, door prizes and refreshments. Xbox, Taboo, card games and more. Free. For information, visit student_orgs/nuiota or e-mail

Students for Sensible Drug Policy: 7:30 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, ActiviProject G.O. and P.I.N.K. H C R MA ties Building. Busted: A Ladies: 7 p.m., GuadaCitizen’s Guide to lupe Room, University Police Encounters Center. Celebrate Inter(movie screening). national Women’s Day. You can’t defend We will examine the social, your rights if you don’t know political and economic status what they are. For information, of women around the world. e-mail or Free pizza. For information, call 817-874-3909. e-mail project_go_uta@yahoo. com.



216 Davis Hall. Reducing test anxiety. Learn how to prepare for exams and manage test anxiety. Free. For information, visit

Maverick Chess Club: noon-1 p.m., upper UC. General meeting. Free. For information, e-mail

Campus Recreation: 6 p.m., Lone Star Auditorium, Activities Building. Softball play begins March 21. Entries are due today at manager’s meeting. $20 per team. For information, call 817-272-3277.

Project G.O.: 7 p.m., Guadalupe Room, UC. General meeting on leadership, education and entrepreneurship. Free. For information, e-mail project_go_

Students for Sensible Drug Policy: noon, Central Library mall. Learn about the reality of the war on drugs. Free. MARCH For information, e-mail


Science Education and Career Center: noon-1 p.m., 122 Life Sciences Building. S.C.O.R.E. Seminar: “Forensic Odontology: Taking the Bite Out of Crime.” Come listen to Dr. Paula Brumit speak about her experiences as a forensic odontologist and how she helped identify victims from Sept. 11. Free pizza and drinks. For information, call 817272-2129. Counseling Services: 2-3 p.m.,

Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, Inc.: 7:22 p.m. upper UC. Buckle Up America. There will be a general session, and a police department speaker will give information on safety. Free. For information, visit http://www. or e-mail

Department of Music: 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, 105 Fine Arts Building. UTA Symphony Concert. Call 817-272-3471 to confirm event. For information, visit facilities. 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





“The score doesn’t really matter. It would hurt no matter what.”

The UTA jazz band saxophone section warms up just before its performance at Juan Seguin High School on Saturday. The performance was part of the 31st annual UTA Jazz Festival in which area middle and high schools competed for awards and recognition from college recruiters.

Jason Nelms Movin’ Mav, on losing the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championship to Wisconsin-Whitewater, 61-60, this weekend. See page 1


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The Shorthorn: Casey Crane

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POLICE REPORT This is a part of the daily activity log produced by the university’s Police Department. To report a criminal incident on campus, call 817-272-3381.

The university hosted the event hoping to attract talent and to provide musical opportunities. BY ROBERT KLEEMAN The Shorthorn staff

UTA police responded to a reported hit-and-run accident Feb. 28 at 901 S. West St. An offense report was filed, and the case is being investigated. UTA police responded to a minor accident Wednesday at 500 W. Mitchell St. No one was injured. An incident report was filed, and no further action was taken. An officer found that a faculty/ staff sign in a parking lot was struck Thursday at 500 S. Nedderman Drive. An incident report was filed, and no further action was taken. A female student was reportedly arrested for outstanding warrants Thursday at 701 S. Nedderman Drive. An incident report was filed, and the student was cleared by the arrest. A person reported that he loaned his vehicle to a friend but didn’t get it back at the agreed time. An offense report was filed, and the case is being investigated. UTA police responded to loud noise at a party Friday at 419 Summit Ave. Nonresidents were asked to leave. An incident report was filed, and disciplinary referrals were issued. A person reported that someone threw a beer bottle at her bedroom window Saturday at 1112 Greek Row Drive, causing it to shatter. An offense report was filed, and the case is being investigated.

As James Martin High School’s jazz ensemble awakened the sounds of the genre’s legend Quincy Jones, university music faculty listened attentively, imagining the young talents as future UTA students. Twenty-one high school and middle school ensembles competed Saturday in the 31st annual UTA Jazz Festival, held at Juan Seguin High School in South Arlington. After the competition, there was an evening concert featuring the two UTA jazz bands, the Martin High School jazz ensemble and two guest musicians. The high school ensemble was invited to perform in this year’s concert after earning top honors in the 5A division during last year’s competition. Jazz Studies Director Tim Ishii said the event has traditionally been held at Juan Seguin because Texas Hall is difficult to reserve during the spring semester due to athletics. He said he would like the event to return to UTA next year. Ishii said he uses the competition to scout stand-out musicians. “This event was very successful on

many levels,” he said. “We offer a feed- Clint Strong. Strong said competiback clinic for the students and give tions and concerts are one of music’s them constructive criticism and ways most important by-products. “These festivals allow some of the to improve. We give students a service and make ourselves visible to them. students who shine to get college-level faculty to look at them,” There are some stand-out he said. “Also, you need musicians, and maybe we “These festivals fellowship. These events can encourage them to give musicians a chance look at our program more allow some of gather and hear each closely.” the students who to other play.” Music performance juStrong has played the nior Amanda Dickinson, a shine to get colguitar for popular counjazz band trumpet player, lege-level faculty try artists including Merle said that although the UTA Haggard and Willie Neljazz program is relatively to look at them. son and jazz artists Herb small, it is experiencing Also, you need Ellis and Howard Robhealthy growth. erts. “At least 10 join the jazz fellowship. These He said that while perprogram every year,” she events give musiforming at the event, he said. “It’s good because recalled being in a similar our jazz division isn’t big. cians a chance to pair of shoes. About 30 to 35 are cur- gather and hear “Looking at the kids rently playing.” play, it reminds me of Brian Clancy, Carroll each other play.” being in high school,” he High School sophomore said. “Of course, it was difwhose band won first place Clint Strong, guitarist ferent for me because I in the 5A division, said the contest did not clear up his decision on was already gigging then, but I still had some experiences like what these where to attend school. “I know that Mr. Ishii has come with young musicians are having. I always high hopes of making this a well-known tell them to keep their ears open, keep band,” he said. “I still don’t know if I’d their eyes open and to always have a want to come here. Personally, I’m a big good time.” fan of [University of North Texas].” The festival featured guest saxoROBERT KLEEMAN phonist Marchel Ivery and guitarist

Panelists discuss AIDS in black community Wednesday Concerns about AIDS within the black community will be discussed Wednesday. The Student P.O.W.E.R. Association hosts the forum at 7 p.m. in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. “We’re aware that The organization’s presiright now this is dent Patreece an issue really Dade said she invited Student affecting AfricanDevelopment Americans.” Specialist Maleka Mahdi from Patreece Dade Student Health Student P.O.W.E.R. Services to Association president direct a discussion by a panel of experts on the topic. The panelists include Tracy Edwards, Fort Worth AIDS Outreach Center director, Veronica Sutton of the Tarrant County Health Department and Valda Combs, AIDS minister and community activist. The event will begin with a welcome period and purpose statement from the organization before the panelists are introduced. After about 90 minutes, the floor will open for questions from the audience, Dade said. “We’re aware that right now this is an issue really affecting African-Americans,” she said. There will also be people from the Tarrant County Health Department conducting free AIDS tests. Attendance is free and open to the public. For information, call Dade at 817-300-1868. — Meredith Moore

Group honors Ann Richards for Women’s History Month Project Get Out is hosting a meeting to discuss international women’s influence on society as part of National Women’s History Month. The meeting will be at 7 tonight in the University Center Guadalupe Room. Biology junior Kinglsey Nwogu, vice president and group founder, said the meeting will focus on women’s struggles and accomplishments to celebrate International Women’s Day. They will not focus on one particular woman but an array of women who have set a good example, he said. Throughout the month, the group will pass out flyers and post banners celebrating former Texas Gov. Ann Richards. “We chose her because she is a local figure,” Nwogu said. “We need to know women who are important to Texas history, and she would be good since she was the first female to become the Texas governor.” — Kayla Murillo

CORRECTION Friday’s “Mavericks shoot for title” story should have stated that it was Tamesha Graves’ fifth start and that Louisiana-Monroe would remain the top seed in the tournament after winning a third tiebreak.

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Learn how to cope with and reduce the negative impact of stress from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today in 216 Davis Hall. For information, visit Page 3

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Beginning Sept. 1, 2005, all Americans will be entitled to one free annual credit report from the three credit reporting agencies. Until that time, the country is being phased in geographically, with Texas residents having their first opportunity to a free report in June 2005. This is just part of the Fair and Accurate Transaction Act of 2003. For the complete text of the act, visit, H.R. 2622. Credit consumers should obtain periodic copies of these reports in order to confirm their accuracy and to clarify any potential problems. It is also another way to determine if fraudulent activity has occurred in your name.

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QUOTABLE The Shorthorn asked students, “Do you have any credit cards, and how much do you owe on them?”

LON CORBETT advertising sophomore

“I have $330 in credit card debt. It sucks. You just have that burden on you all the time. You get a paycheck, and you know it’s not all yours.”

Getting in debt may be easier than ordering pizza

credit limit on his first card. He now owes $500 worth of architectural supHungry students beware. Think plies for class. Asked how he could twice before cashing in on those free make payments on his account with no meal offers. It could end up costing job or income, he said, “every few weeks, my grandmother sends me spending hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. Architecture freshman Kyle Cathlina money, and I use that.” If he makes “just wanted the minimum free pizza,” payment of but ended up $12.50 per with a credit month on his card. $500 debt at Upon aran 18 percent riving at interest rate, Nizza Pizza to it will take claim his free seven years to meal, he was pay off. Addmet in line by ing interest of someone who $365 brings instructed the total debt him how to fill to $865. For out a form in what started order to cash out as a free in on the deal. pizza offer, “ T h e y Cathlina could didn’t tell us find that pizza what it was costing him alfor,” Cathlina most $1,000. said. “And If he were they told us to to double his hurry up bemonthly paycause of all of ment to $25, the other peothe debt would ple in line.” be paid off in Then a two years with credit card accrued interarrived in the est of $98. mail. Credit card Free food debt is at an The Shorthorn: Casey Crane is a common all-time high tactic comArchitecture freshman Kyle Cathlina shows his hand, in this counpanies use to but there’s no bluffing the card companies. About 83 try, more than get students percent of undergraduates have at least one credit doubling in to apply for card and one in five students maintain a balance of the past decredit cards. $3,000 to $5,000. cade. Nizza Pizza In a recent and Domino’s are local eateries participating in Ci- study by Nellie Mae, a national student tibank marketing campaigns aimed at loan financing institution, 83 percent of undergraduates have at least one UTA students. Cathlina is now upset that his credit credit card, and the average balance last records show he has applied for two year was $2,327. One in five students credit cards, especially since he did not maintains credit card balances between $3,000 and $7,000. intentionally apply for the second one. These credit card companies use offHe received a $700 BY BETH HARRISON

Contributor to The Shorthorn

campus locations where students hang out to solicit because it’s difficult for them to get on campus. “Credit card companies are not allowed to solicit on UTA’s campus,” said Jamie Williams, Student Governance and Organizations associate director. “They are allowed to visit campus two times per year as scheduled by the university, one of those being Activities Fair Day.” Even then, they are charged a fee, and the collected money goes into a general scholarship fund. The placement of fliers on students’ cars in UTA parking lots is not a practice authorized by campus officials either. “It’s not legal,” Williams said. “But since we can’t be stationed out on campus everywhere, we do count on people letting us know about these types of activities.” Kinesiology junior Jerrod Kirklin is “in debt up to my eyeballs.” While attending Texas State University, Kirklin was enticed by the credit card companies on campus. As a freshman with a work-study job paying $500 a month, Kirklin obtained four cards, including a platinum card with a $1,000 limit. “I thought I just won the lottery,” he said. Credit card company representatives filled out the applica tions for

him. He received on-the-spot approval from Discover and Capital One. Growing up in a poor neighborhood and suddenly having access to this amount of purchasing power had an effect on Kirklin. “I did some damage from 18 to 21,” he said. “I bought stuff. I wanted new Jordan’s, new video games and nice clothes — material things. That’s where my mind was.” Kirklin has accumulated $4,000 in credit card debt, which has become stressful for him. He worries if he will have to work for the money after he graduates or if he will be able to take a job that makes him happy. Kirklin wants to be a coach and teacher and realizes his potential earnings will fall between $30,000 and $40,000. “I’m not going to be rich,” he said. But Kirklin wonders if it will be enough to pay off his student loans and bills at the same time. “Once I get out of debt, I will never get another credit card,” he said. He cut up the ones he had, but each month he still receives the monthly statements and makes payments on year-old debts. BETH HARRISON

PETER WILSON marketing senior

“I have no credit card debt. Don’t order a credit card unless you have the money to back it up.”


“I have $200 in credit card debt, $17,000 in student loans and a $1,000 parent plus loan.”

LAWANDA JACKSON social work graduate student

“I’ve learned from my experience of getting a credit card and not being able to pay for it. I no longer have credit card debt.”

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Stewart released Friday BY SARA KUGLER Associated Press writer

NEW YORK — Fighting back tears at times, Martha Stewart told cheering employees on her first day back at work Monday that prison was a life-changing experience that made her realize her company may have been out of touch with ordinary Americans. Dressed in a chocolatebrown suit and pumps, Stewart addressed her employees from a stage where a simple bouquet of yellow daffodils sat in a glass vase atop a stool. Behind her were giant posters of her magazine’s April cover with a photo of daffodils and a headline appropriate for the day: “Just in time for Spring.” “I love all of you from the bottom of my heart — I’m really glad to be home,” she said, choking up at the end of her speech. Afterward, she stepped off stage and embraced coworkers one by one. Stewart, 63, told the employees that she “learned a

great deal about our country” in meeting a cross-section of Americans at the federal women’s prison at Alderson, W.Va. She said that her experience would lead to changes at her homemaking empire that would make it more accessible to ordinary people. “We’re going to engage and inspire new readers and new viewers for whom these topics may have seemed alien, unfamiliar or even — believe it or not — superficial,” she said. The company was perhaps too focused on the technical aspects of entertaining and cooking, she said, and not enough on why people need to nurture and take care of each other. “Starting now, we must communicate not only the how-to that we’ve been so proud of, but also the why,” she told the group gathered at the Manhattan offices of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, overlooking the Hudson River.


HOUSTON — An Irving man who claims he came up with the idea for the hit television show “American Idol” asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday to order a federal district court to hear his case. U.S. District Judge Sim Lake in 2003 dismissed the claim of Harry Keane Jr. without hearing it and ordered him to pay the network’s legal fees of nearly $130,000. But on Monday his attorney said

IN THE NATION BOLTON NAMED FOR U.N. AMBASSADOR WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton, a tough-talking arms control official who rarely muffles his views in diplomatic niceties, was chosen Monday by President Bush to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Senate Democrats immediately assailed the nomination, arguing that it didn’t make sense for the president to pick a diplomat who has sometimes been critical of the world body at a time when mending fences with the international community was imperative. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Bolton’s selection sent “all the wrong signals.”

IN THE WORLD INSURGENT ATTACKS IN IRAQ LEAVE 33 DEAD BAGHDAD, Iraq — Iraqi insurgents set off bombs and fired rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons at military convoys, checkpoints and police patrols in a spate of violence Monday that killed 33 people and wounded dozens. The terror group Al-Qaida in Iraq, led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility for much of the bloodshed.


Martha Stewart waves as she receives a standing ovation after arriving for a meeting with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. employees Monday in New York, after five months in prison.

Man seeks ‘American Idol’ court date Associated Press writer

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Keane deserves a trial. “This appeal does not address the fact that Harry Keane created ‘American Idol,’ ” said Denman Heard. “The only thing he wants is to have his day in court and present his case to a judge or jury.” The network’s attorney, Robert Shaddox, said Keane “filed all of the complaints he could think of. He pled too much.” Keane claimed misappropriation of his work and trademark and copyright infringement. He claimed that he created the show in

which aspiring pop stars compete for a recording contract before a panel of tough judges. He later dropped the copyright claims. Keane’s lawyers advised him against public comment. But he told reporters after the hearing that he thought the case went well. Three judges from the New Orleans-based circuit court are hearing cases at the South Texas College of Law in Houston this week. Another lawyer for Keane,

Daryl Moore, argued that the case should not have been dismissed because his client has legitimate claims that should have been heard by a jury. “The trial court refused to accept the facts as true,” Moore said. By disclosing his idea to Fox, Moore said, Keane believed that he was entering into an implied contract. “According to industry standards, it is reasonable to think that he expected payment,” Moore said.

MDEIREJ, Lebanon — Syrian soldiers loaded trucks with furniture and other supplies Monday and drove east from the Lebanese mountain posts they have held for decades, the first signs of a redeployment to Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley announced by the leaders of the neighboring nations. The pullback began as more than 70,000 Lebanese shouting “Freedom! Sovereignty! Independence!” thronged Beirut in the biggest demonstration yet of anti-Syria anger that has fueled recent street protests. Washington rejected the redeployment as insufficient.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC PRISON FIRE KILLS 134 HIGUEY, Dominican Republic — Rival gangs battling over the drug trade in an overcrowded, vermin-infested prison set their bedding ablaze and blocked the entrance to their cellblock, killing at least 134 inmates in one of Latin America’s worst jailhouse blazes. Some died in a stampede to escape the flames after guards forced open the jammed door in the cellblock known as Vietnam, one survivor said, while others were killed by smoke inhalation.

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Drop the Change Students should have the option to take and drop more than just five classes The Undergraduate Assembly will vote on the change proposed by the Academic Standards Committee to the university’s drop policy at 2:15 p.m. today. Committee Chair David Gray touted the change as an attempt to increase the graduation rate and help students along in their chosen programs. While these are admirable goals, we believe the proposed change is too drastic and would cause undue stress to the already-frazzled student body. As it stands now, the drop policy divides the semester into three categories: the first six weeks, the seventh through the 12th week and the remainder of the semester. During the first six weeks, a student may drop any class with an au-

EDITORIAL ROUNDUP The issue: The Undergraduate Assembly will vote today on a proposed change to the drop policy. We suggest: The assembly should vote against this proposal.

tomatic W grade. From the seventh through the 12th week, a student may drop a class with a W if he or she has a passing grade or drop with an F if he or she has a failing grade. Students may not drop a class after the 12th week. The administration has noticed a trend in professors allowing failing students to drop their classes midsemester while still receiving a W grade. To combat this inconsistency, the committee has proposed dividing the semester into two categories: two-thirds of the way through, and the remainder of the program — which may or may not be the standard 16 weeks, depending on the department.

Under the proposed plan, a student may drop any class with an automatic grade of W prior to the two-thirds mark. No student could drop a class after the two-thirds point. If left under these guidelines, this would be a clear and reasonable proposal. However, the committee has slipped in an extra proviso: limiting the total amount of classes that can be dropped during one’s college career to five. As it stands, there is no maximum number of drops a student can have on his or her record. Not only is the five-drop limit an arbitrary assessment, it stifles experimentation and piles unneeded stress on students. One of the biggest advantages of

the no-limit drop policy is that a student is free — even encouraged — to step out of his comfort zone and try something new. If the class is not to his liking, it may always be dropped. This new policy implies that experimentation and trying new things have no place in college. Further, a student who might have five dropped classes would be unable to drop any other class, regardless of the reason. Students who hadn’t yet reached the five-drop threshold would still have that hanging over them, screaming at them not to screw up, because every class counts, and every drop counts against them. This is a harebrained idea and ought to be dropped faster than a freshman drops Calculus 4310.


Split Society ‘Organization aims to promote unity and networking within an ethnic group’


he black faculty, staff of blacks, and we strive to and student mixer last positively impact the black week carried the title “Celcommunity through service ebrating African-American and scholarship. Presence in Higher EducaHowever, as our contion” and was hosted by stitution clearly states, you do not have to be black to the Student P.O.W.E.R. join. Like any other ethnic Association, which I am a organization these white proud member of. individuals find threatenSome white individuing to desegregation, we als on campus have voiced do in fact encourage the complaints against the attendance of students organization, claiming our and faculty from all races. sponsorship of events like While we advocate black the mixer promotes segrereparations and try to raise gation. awareness about These inthe issues facing dividuals are the black comill-informed munity, we also about the group encourage black and do not students to mainhave grounds tain equal rights to make these and exercise their claims, as many voices politically of them have so they might be not attended our represented at events or any of CAMILLE ROGERS UTA and nationour meetings. ally. While the Student P.O.W.E.R. event was targeted toward Association is not a group acquainting and uniting of angry black people that the black students and facmeets once a week to beulty at UTA, our president moan how “the man” is extended an invitation to various student groups and holding us down. We encourage black students to organizations on campus recognize the great strides and encouraged all interthose of our race have ested to attend. made since our emancipaNot one of another race who came to the mixer was tion in 1865 and also to turned away. In fact, one of realize that there are still problems in our commuour most notable attendnity that we must take an ees was Student Congress President Casey Townsend. active stance against. I am perplexed as to The small amount of nonblacks who chose to at- why whites feel threatened by organizations like ours tend our event found they which promote unity, were warmly welcomed representation and netand offered us their supworking within an ethnic port and encouragement. group. I honestly don’t They learned about the feel as if white students association’s affiliations have — or have ever had in the black community, — a difficult time findcore beliefs and mission at ing and networking with UTA, which some whites other white students and find troubling. faculty on campus. Whites Our organization’s goal in our society do not have is to promote activism a history of being broken, and intellectual growth






— Camille Rogers is a biology sophomore and a Student P.O.W.E.R. Association member.

EDITOR IN CHIEF Jessica Freeman Since 1919

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disenfranchised or raped of their culture. Furthermore, I dare somebody to tell me whites as an ethnic group have ever lacked representation in America. A group composed predominantly of whites is not given a second thought; they don’t carry the burden of being branded “the white club.” In fact, many predominantly black organizations (e.g. black Greek organizations) formed because prominent white organizations historically excluded blacks, or did not actively recruit blacks once the organization acquired the one or two minorities needed to make themselves “multicultural.” What is so controversial about an ethnic group doing the same thing with the hopes of accomplishing something positive for its people? Past and present pursuits of black equality and representation have always been seen as far-reaching by those who feel as if blacks have had plenty of time to “catch up” and are no longer struggling. For example, Martin Luther King Jr., who now is revered for furthering the civil rights movement, was called a “communist” by whites in his day for his aggressive advocation of black equality. People who make brash and insulting accusations of racism toward groups like these are only falling into the trap of ignorance, as so many others have in the past. I encourage these individuals to attend our future meetings and events to better educate themselves about our organization.


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ecently, the Student P.O.W.E.R. Association held a mixer for black students, faculty and staff. On the surface, this sounds like a good idea for people of color to get together, meet one another and discuss issues. However, I feel these types of functions do nothing but serve to segregate themselves, and thus, they are inherently racist. I find this an extremely sad commentary in this day and age. What I found most appalling was the presence of the group’s founder, Bryan Muhammad. This is a man who is a member of the Nation of Islam, which has in the past — and continues to — spout off racist doctrine against white people. I don’t see how any advocate of equality — regardless of color — could be a member of such a militant and blatantly racist group. The sermons that have come out of the Nation of Islam, such as the book The Goddamn White Man, are racist and divisionary speeches that do nothing, save to plant the idea that every white person is out to oppress blacks utterly ridiculous and insulting! This was no more evident than in a March 1 article in The Shorthorn, where Muhammed said the association’s focus is to “inform black students that the U.S. government has been historically against them.” What specifically is he referring to here? Probably slavery which has been abolished in this country for almost 150 years.

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Why bring this up It would seem to me, as now, in 2005? Is the it would to anyone with black community concommon sense, that they tinually supposed to fall in some way endorse the back on this tired old Nation of Islam and their argument that the white racist propaganda. man enslaved them and Why must we have they will forever be subthese race-based groups ject to inequality? and organizations onFurther, he said, “The campus? Is that not havsystem is designed to ing a segregationist polimake you a better slave of cy? And by having such a submission. The majority policy, does this not help have the mindset of ruldeter unity where everyership, and we have the one looks at each other, mindset of a slave just “not by the color of their trying to get a skin, but by the job when out content of their of school. They character?” tolerate us, but Stop rethey don’t want hashing the us here.” injustices of the Since when distant past, does the enand instead tire white race look to make a — which I’m brighter future. assuming he’s America is not HUNTER BONNER referring to as the same coun“the majority” try it was in — declare, or otherwise the mid-20th century in imply, that we have the terms of human rights. mindset of rulership? I We have progressed light don’t recall either canyears ahead of our fordidate — both of whom mer selves and, last time are white — saying that I checked, there weren’t in the last presidential separate drinking founelection. tains at the University I have black friends Center, nor did I hear who go to school here, recently of UTA denying and they don’t have the acceptance to this school mindset of being a slave. because someone was In fact, as a white person, black. my goal is to get a betIf we as a society are ter job when I get out to completely stomp out of school, so how does racism, it’s time to get rid what he said only apply of organizations based to black people? Am I a on race and start to have victim of my own race organizations based on now? Perhaps the Ku who you are. I would love Klux Klan believes what to see this campus dehe is referring to, but void of organizations like very few white people are P.O.W.E.R. and any other members of this racist organization based on organization! These are color, where the only race idiotic and ill-founded you have to be to become statements to make. a member is the human What does this say race. about the Student — Hunter Bonner is an information systems senior. P.O.W.E.R. Association?

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Gallery exhibit explained today One artist expands on his three projects featured in “Anthropology in Print.” BY KAYLA MURILLO Contributor to The Shorthorn

Artist Mel Chin will discuss his works from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today in 148 Fine Arts Building. “The talk will concern mutated objects and strategies, political to personal critique, primetime broadcast television, hopes for conceptual landscapes, big

name dropping and lifting and a [weapon of mass destruction],” Chin said. Benito Huerta, art and art history associate professor, invited him to speak. “We are old friends,” Chin said. “He has a series of lectures, and he asked if I could come and speak. Sometimes it’s about sharing ideas with fellow artists.” Chin is one of 24 artists whose work is exhibited in The Gallery at UTA’s “Anthropology in Print.” He said he gets his ideas from the

world around him. “My inspiration can come from different forms of tragedy, history, dreams, conditions that we live in that aren’t always apparent like invisible pollution,” he said. He said the three pieces he submitted each deal with different issues. “One is about the inadequacy of poetry in the face of the abyss that exists between us sometimes, between people or culture,” he said. “The other one is about how

it is very difficult to represent oneself and through iconography we are able to do that. The other one is about how sometimes we must make tribute to those who work so hard on our behalf.” Chin also submitted a concept for rebuilding the area where the World Trade Center once stood. He said the idea was neither a

building nor a monument. “I was questioning the whole history of philosophy, psychology and sociology of archeology through my submission,” he said. Huerta, whose work is showcased in the exhibit as well, said students should attend Chin’s lecture.

“I promise you it will be thought-provoking and entertaining,” he said. “He works all around the country and abroad. His work is usually of a serious nature, yet he approaches the work with humor and curiosity.” KAYLA MURILLO

“My inspiration can come from different forms of tragedy, history, dreams, conditions that we live in that aren’t always apparent like invisible pollution.” Mel Chin, artist

Lost Boys

gion of Sudan, is Auyuel’s new concern. She is afraid the same thing that happened during the Rwandan genocide in 1994, when more than 800,000 Tutsis and Hutus were killed in 100 days, will ensue in Darfur. Since December, more than 1.8 million refugees have fled to the desert and neighboring countries such as Chad. More than 70,000 people have died. People are now starting to return home. In January, the North and South Sudanese regions signed a peace treaty requiring a permanent cease-fire and an agreement on wealth and power sharing. Auyuel said she plans to return to Sudan after she earns her degree. “All of Sudan is my country, and it is wonderful,” she said. “For the sake of humanity, I am my brother’s keeper.”

Political science junior Apuk Auyuel, a former Sudanese refugee, stands patiently between Science Hall and Geoscience Building. Auyuel’s family survived Sudan’s 1983 civil war by fleeing through Egypt’s open border.

Auyuel knew nothing about the people in the South until a coup occurred in 1989 and her father lost his job. continued from page 1 The government made it conflicts and access to natural impossible to know what was resources have played a sig- happening, she said. “The war was the governnificant role in the wars, said history associate professor Al- ment’s secret,” Auyuel said. When her family found reflusine Jalloh. uge through Egypt’s There was water open borders, she felt poisoning in Bhar El sympathy for Sudan. Ghazal and the gov- LOST BOYS “It’s crazy. It’s like ernment denied food See the Lost you can get caught up aid from humanitar- Boys at noon in the emotion when ian workers. Arab today in 100 you see people around militiamen, called Nedderman Hall you who don’t know the Janjaweed, raped as they discuss where their families Southern women, Global Realities are,” she said. who often gave birth of Racism and President Bush Ethnic Cleansing. to unwanted babies. initially tried to stay According to BBC out of the Sudanese News online, the discovery of oil in Sudan plays conflict, but pressure from a role in U.S. involvement. evangelical groups, such as About 320,000 barrels are the Friends of the Episcopal pumped per day, which would Church, eventually led him in provide an alternative to the 2004 to sign into law a bill that imposed sanctions on Sudan. Middle East. Darfur, in the western reWhile living in the North,



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here,” Education Dean Jeanne Gerlach said. The scholarship will be awarded this year, thanks to a $500 donation by education associate professor Jon Leffingwell. An onBY JESSICA SMITH The Shorthorn staff line application will be posted, but Mary Lynn Crow has contrib- deadlines have not been decided, uted a lot of time to the College of said Louann Schulze, assistant Education. dean for student affairs. LeffinNow, the progwell could not fessor and her be reached for MARY LYNN CROW husband, Charles comment. Farmer, are do- ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP The scholarnating money to REQUIREMENTS ship began with give more stua $500 initial dents teaching 1. Applicants must be declared donation by education students and plan to opportunities. Gerlach and was “My whole life teach in Texas public schools. awarded at the is centered around 2. The minimum overall 2004 “Celebrathe university,” required GPA is 3.25 as well as tion of Excela 3.25 minimum GPA in all Crow said. lence in Educaeducation courses. The two agreed 3. Applicants must be either tion,” part of the to match every U.S. citizens or permanent university’s andonation made residents. nual Academic to the scholarship 4. Applicants must have at least Excellence Week. endowment cre- nine semester hours of study This year’s award ated in her honor left to complete their degree. winner will be this year up to The application deadline has announced at $5,000, which not been decided, but an the same event will double the online application will be April 4. endowment up to available once the deadline is After the $10,000. Further, announced. 2004 event, offithey have written cials asked Crow in their wills that a portion of for permission to create the entheir estate will be contributed to dowment in her honor, and she the endowment. agreed. “She’s just been one of our She has taught at UTA since most loyal teachers that we’ve had 1969, and before that she was

Mary Lynn Crow and her husband will contribute to the scholarship endowment.

on the children’s television show “Romper Room.” She also served as interim director of the college, then called the Center for Professional Teacher Education, from 1995 to 1997. Development Director Lesly Bosch Annen and Gerlach said the agreement reflects the college’s No. 1 priority: to increase the number of scholarships available to students as well as money in the college’s current endowments. Currently, the Mary Lynn Crow Endowed Scholarship is awarded to only one student, who receives $500. Annen said officials hope the scholarship amount will eventually increase. Gerlach said scholarships and endowments are the college’s first priority because many of its students simply cannot cut a check to pay for college. “These scholarships are huge for our students,” she said. Gerlach said Crow is great because she has managed to keep her classes student-focused during her 36 years of teaching, for which she has won many awards. But that has been Crow’s overall approach, she said. “My whole philosophy is student-centered,” Crow said. JESSICA SMITH

Speakers deliberate on recent developments in DNA sequencing software. BY RICHARD-MICHAEL MANUEL Contributor to The Shorthorn

Biologists sometimes have trouble with numbers. The biggest problems come from searching for proteins, but computers can solve that problem. That’s where graduate students Jieping Ye and Ying Liu come in. Their solution is to make better software to make computers more helpful. Ye shared the first part of an improvements discussion with students and staff Monday. Liu will continue the discussion from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday in 315 Nedderman Hall, which is open to everyone. The 30 million to 500 million sequences in DNA, which scientists mapped in April 2003, hold information that could help researchers cure diseases, but it’s not the codes themselves that are important. It’s the proteins that those codes

become, according to Human Genome Project information. The 13-year project mapped out the entire human DNA for researchers. DNA builds life, but proteins make life livable. Everything the body does, from having babies to fighting disease, requires proteins to work properly. If science can identify those proteins, new cures can be developed, Ye said. Both men focus on improving methods for getting desirable sequences. Ye discussed how software could be used to find useful DNA areas. Common codes in known areas of DNA can be found through database searches. But that’s not where possibilities end. By finding common codes within proteins, those same groups of numbers may then be used to hone in on a protein area, which has not been discovered. The project called GeneTrek uses a text-mining system to search for short codes, like find-


ing words in word-processing software. He said his research at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, has one such research database. It is available at http://www-users.cs.umn. edu/~jieping/. Liu will discuss how “microarrays” can be used to analyze the whole genome, instead of looking at small sections at a time. He works on the project, called Bea-Partition, at the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology. Through a process called data mining, researchers will be able to search for commonalities inside the entire genome even faster. According to Liu, the process will revolutionize research. Ye said anything that can reduce the time which researchers use to find what individual sequences do will help get therapies to the market faster. “This research is essential,” he said. RICHARD-MICHAEL MANUEL


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Only 1 Mav qualifies for national championships Levi Armstrong will be the only Maverick representing UTA’s track and field team at the NCAA Championships March 11-12 in Fayetteville, Ark., after no Mavs were able to take advantage of an extra opportunity to qualify. The squad traveled to Ames, Iowa, for a Last Chance Meet hosted by Iowa State over the weekend. Distance specialist Lisa Haglund captured first place in the one-mile run, however, her time of 4:58.03 was 11 seconds off the provisional qualifying mark. Kelley Jackson lost his first 35pound weight throw event of the season, finishing 10th with a toss of 17.12 meters, more than 2 meters short of the provisional mark of 19.50 meters. Kansas’ Sheldon Battle won the event with a throw of 20.38 meters. Armstrong qualified for the championships at the Tyson Invitational earlier this year with a vault of 17 13/4 meters. — Arya Ahmadi


Tennis men and women secure wins here, away The Mavericks men’s and women’s tennis teams escaped weekend action unscathed. The women defended home court, finishing the weekend 2-0 against conference opponents. After being shut out in their last match against Baylor, the Lady Mavs put up back-to-back shutouts in a doubleheader against Nicholls State and Southwest Missouri State on Saturday. The team remained strong Sunday, defeating Southeastern Louisiana, 5-2, to claim a share of first place in the Southland Conference. The men competed at the HEB Invitational in Corpus Christi. They began the tournament Friday with a 4-3 loss to Nebraska. The Mavs then fell in all three doubles matches but were able to pick up singles wins. The following day, the team defeated New Orleans, 5-2. Niels Buksik and Ian Vazquez paired for the lone Mavericks doubles win with an 8-1 victory over Patricio Rodriguez and Roman Shkruupy at the No. 3 spot. After failing to pick up the doubles point, the men rallied back taking five of the six singles matches for the win. The Mavs then knocked off Wichita State 4-1 on Sunday. With doubles play canceled, the match went straight to the singles where the team strung together three consecutive victories after dropping the No. 2 spot to clinch the victory. Vazquez and Alberto Agis were perfect, winning all of their singles matches to remain undefeated at 8-0. The squad is now preparing for a six-game homestand over the next two weeks.


Mavs coast to win, 75-45 come out like we did,” she said. “Gee, I didn’t have much to criticize for a while.” Both teams’ play supported the playoff atmosphere that filled Texas Hall in front BY PRINCESS MCDOWELL of a season-record crowd. The Shorthorn staff The Ladyjacks tried to shoot After pummeling Nicholls their way back into the ball State on Friday night to win game after guard Kirby Killthe school’s first ever regu- ingsworth hit back-to-back lar season Southland Con- threes. A bucket by guard ference Championship, the Jaliyla Muhammad cut the Mavericks hammered Ste- lead to eight, but the Ladyphen F. Austin, 75-45, to ad- jacks couldn’t get closer. The Mavericks responded vance to the second round of with an 18-1 run, includthe conference tournament. Three of the five Maver- ing nine free throws. Guard icks starters scored in double Maryann Abanobi’s second figures. Forwards Tamesha shot from the charity stripe pushed the Graves and lead to its Rola Ogulargest of the noye had 14 first half, 25 and 13 repoints. The s p e c t i v e l y, Mavs led at while guard halftime, 47Terra Wal26. lace added UTA’s 47 12. Guard points was Ta b i t h a the highestWesley fell Tamesha Graves scoring half a point shy forward this season. of the mark The Maverwith nine. SFA was forced to play icks had only three turnovers without all-conference selec- and shot a blazing 55.6 pertion LaToya Mills, who went cent from the field. They also down earlier this season had 16 points off 11 Ladywith a foot injury. The La- jacks turnovers. Although the tempo dyjacks ended their season losing seven straight games slowed drastically, the defensive intensity remained at a without her. The Mavericks jumped high level in the second half. out to an early lead behind The Mavericks began using three-point shooting from most of their shot clock as their guards, who shot 8-10 a result of stingy Ladyjack to build a 20-9 lead in the half-court defense. The rebounding edge widened for first seven minutes. SFA head coach Lee Ann the team, due mostly to ofRiley gave credit to UTA for fensive rebounds. After a tie-up on the Mavsetting the tempo early. “UTA wanted the game,” erick end of the court, ofshe said. “They started like ficials called a technical foul 9-10. We had a hand in on SFA forward Alex Bowtheir face and they were still man, although it appeared that Muhammad pushed knocking down shots.” Mavs head coach Donna guard Krystal Buchanan Capps said she was pleased to the floor after she tried with the way the team start- to separate the Ladyjacks from other Mavericks on the ed. “It’s a coach’s dream to floor.

The women advance to the second round of the Southland Conference postseason tournament.

“We were sending a message: We’re not beating you by three or four, more like 30 or 40.”

A win over Nicholls State earns the team a spot in the SLC tournament. BY KEVIN BUEKER The Shorthorn staff

The Mavs staved off elimination and vaulted into the Southland Conference Tournament with a 78-66 win Friday over Nicholls State in Texas Hall.

First-team all-conference selection Steven Thomas fouled out with a season-low five points, but his teammates more than picked him up. “He gets banged on a lot, but he’s our engine,” forward Kenneth Henderson said. “Most of the time, if he’s not going, we’re not going. We were trying to get him some help.” Henderson and guard Myles

Rain turned what would’ve been a treacherous Big 12 swing into a weeklong layoff for the Mavs. After having their meeting with Oklahoma postponed last week, the team will take on Texas A&M at 7 tonight in College Station. The Aggies are 12-4 but have been shut out twice in five home games. They swept Southern California, Notre Dame and Texas State in the Round Rock College Classic last weekend. At 7-8, the Mavs look to get to the .500 mark for the fifth time this season. The Aggies, ranked No. 9, are the fourth nationally ranked Big 12 opponent for the Mavs. The Mavs have beaten Baylor and lost to Texas and Texas Tech. Starting pitcher Jake Baxter will take the mound for the Mavs, and lefthanded pitcher Jon Michael Cline will go for the Aggies. In their only 2004 meeting, the Mavs won 5-4, with every UTA run coming in the final two innings. — Kevin Bueker

Buchanan converted both technical shots. Earlier this season, Buchanan was whistled for a technical for her role in a scrap with forward Zedralyn Butler. From that point on, just as in the first meeting between the teams, every loose ball and potential dead ball was a battle for not just physical possession but also for mental dominance. The lead grew for UTA amidst the physical play, peaking at 31 behind a threepointer by Buchanan. All starters for UTA sat with two minutes left to play. Graves said the team made a statement with the win. “We were sending a message: We’re not beating you by three or four, more like 30 or 40,” she said. “Our defense is no joke.” The Mavericks play their second round game against fourth seeded Northwestern State at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Texas Hall. PRINCESS MCDOWELL

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SCHOOLS Texas State UTA Louisiana-Monroe Northwestern State Southeastern Louisiana


UTA UT-San Antonio Northwestern State Texas State McNeese State


Southeastern Louisiana Louisiana-Monroe Stephen F. Austin UTA Lamar


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Guidry combined for 44 points, and each set career highs in six categories. Their 16 boards also gave the Mavs their first rebounding edge in three games. Guidry scored nine straight points to give the Mavs a 16-5 lead and then scored the first eight points of the second half for a 51-32 lead. “Without those two performances, we would have had a

hard time winning,” head coach Eddie McCarter said. Thomas and guard Jarrett Howell, the team’s top two scorers, produced only 11. Nicholls State guard Stefan Blaszczynski rained in eight field goals and nine free throws for 26 points. A 17-6 Colonels run dropped the Mavs lead to five points before UTA pulled away in the final five minutes.

“The fans were behind us, pushing us, even though we had lost three games at home,” McCarter said. “They’ve been behind us all season long.” The win clinched the conference’s eighth seed and a first round meeting at Northwestern State tonight in Natchitoches, La. The 13-3 Demons share MEN continues on page 9


Lady Mavs win 2nd conference series victory UTA took two out of three games this weekend from the Nicholls State Lady Colonels.

Weather gives men break from Big 12 play

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Mavs look for 1st-round win tonight

— Arya Ahmadi


Guard Tabitha Wesley drives the lane while SFA post Kendria Smith tries to stop her during the first round of the Southland Conference Championship Tournament on Monday in Texas Hall. Wesley went three for nine with a total of nine points during her 25 minutes of play.

BY PRINCESS MCDOWELL The Shorthorn staff

The Lady Mavericks softball team’s bats lifted the women to their second conference series victory, defeating Nicholls State over the weekend, 2-1. The team was led by left fielder Katie Jones, who went 6-10 in all three games. Pitcher Jill Garro shut out the Lady Colonels in the first game, 3-0, and allowed five hits in seven innings. Right fielder Autumn Petrino’s aggressive play got the Lady Mavericks on the board first. After she singled to left field and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by shortstop Amanda Swofford in the bottom on the second inning, she stole home plate to score the first run of the game. The next batter, second baseman Jenna Fortune, reached first base on an error and scored Swofford to leave the score, 2-0. Swofford recorded the third and final run for UTA in the sixth inning after being walked by the pitcher. The doubleheader’s second game saw the Lady Mavericks fall, 6-4. A strong fourth inning by both teams

lit up the scoreboard. After Nicholls State plated three runners, the Lady Mavericks responded with three scores of their own. The Lady Colonels answered back in the sixth. A wild pitch by Lauren Hebert and an error by catcher Lacey Ledbetter allowed two Lady Colonels to score and establish a one-run advantage. NSU left fielder Teri Clouarte added an insurance run in the seventh to end the game, 6-4. The Lady Mavericks let the good hitting performance carry over into Sunday’s game. The team had 11 hits and was led by the offense of first baseman Dee Jay Nelson. Nelson went 3-3, scored twice and had nine putouts. Nelson said the team excelled behind its pitching staff. “We are finally clicking and performing the way we should,” she said. The team scored in four of the game’s six innings. After jumping to an early lead, the Lady Mavs doubled their fun in the second. Petrino singled to bring home designated hitter Kristin Moore with the bases loaded. After NSU’s pitcher walked Swofford, Jones earned an RBI bringing the score to 4-1. Swofford said timely hits were the key to Sunday’s victory. “We had a lot of determination to come out and finish the series,” she said.

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Outfielder Autumn Petrino slides into home plate while NSU pitcher Nichole Wagner dives to tag her out Sunday at Allan Saxe Field. The Lady Mavs won the game, 7-3.

Pitcher Elizabeth Fuentes relieved Garro in the top of the fourth after she gave up a solo home run, a single and a double to the first three batters. Fuentes would allow four hits and zero runs in four innings of work. UTA added two insurance runs in the sixth for a final tally of 7-3. Head coach Debbie Hedrick said the

big win is something for the team to build on in the future. “We were playing aggressive,” she said. “We just need to keep little mistakes out at the plate, but we attacked the good pitches.” PRINCESS MCDOWELL

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(1) Wisconsin-Whitewater

1. Wisconsin-Whitewater 2. UTA 3. Edinboro 4. Illinois 5. Arizona 6. Southwest Minnesota State 7. Oklahoma State

(1) Wisconsin-Whitewater, 68 Bye

Friday (1) Wisconsin- Whitewater, 61

(5) Arizona, 44 Thursday

(4) Edinboro, 38

(4) Edinboro, 69

Saturday (1) Wisconsin-Whitewater National Champions

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the regular season championship with Southeastern Louisiana. NWS is on an eight-game winning streak and are 13-1 at home. In their season finale, the Demons beat McNeese State 103-73 and clinched their first conference championship in 31 years. “We’re just happy, even with the 7-9 record, that we were able to get in,” McCarter said. “For those three teams that aren’t going to the tournament, it’s an empty feeling. We wanted to avoid that at all costs.” Against Nicholls State, all 10 players played at least nine min-

utes, and none registered more than 31. McCarter has expanded his bench, looking for the right mix on the court. “We’ve shown spurts of being a great basketball team, and at times, we’ve shown spurts of a not-so-good team,” Henderson said. “But, we know what we have to do.” As one of the conference’s youngest teams, the main goal for the Mavs is to gain experience. Only four players have logged more than three postseason minutes. “Anything can happen. We just hope we peak [this] week,” McCarter said. “We wipe the slate clean — it’s a new season.” KEVIN BUEKER

Forward Steven Thomas glances at the referee in midshot to see the call in Friday’s victory against Nicholls State. Thomas went two for four from the field and one for two at the free-throw line for a season-low 5 points and fouled out late in the first half.

(3) Illinois, 77 Thursday (6) Oklahoma State, 44

(3) Illinois, 44

(7) Southwest Minnesota State, 23



(7) Southwest Minnesota State, 52

(2) UTA, 60 Bye (2) UTA, 61 (2) UTA

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for most of the last three minutes until Warhawks Jeremy Campbell launched his sixth 3-pointer of the day with a little more than a minute left. “We made the adjustment at halftime not to lose him,” Hayes said. “But he popped open and drained it.” Whitewater coach Tracy Chynoweth said that until that point, he didn’t think his team had a chance.

“That was the first time in 39 minutes of basketball that I felt we had the upper hand,” he said. “It was also the first time I felt like I was strategizing to win the game as opposed to slowing [the Mavs] down. If ever there was a game that deserved to end in a tie, that was it.” The Mavs’ starting five of Paye, Jason Nelms, David Eng, Danny Fik and Joe Burmania played all but 24 seconds of the game. Eng had 25 points, Paye had 14, and Burmania had 9. Fik and senior Nelms, playing in the last game of his college career, each had 6.

“It’s bittersweet,” Nelms said. “But I don’t think we could’ve done anything different.” Saturday’s one-point loss was reminiscent of two years ago when the Mavs lost to UWW, 6159. Nelms was on that team but said this defeat was different. “The score doesn’t really matter,” he said. “It would hurt no matter what.” Sophomore Kevin Page didn’t feel the same way, saying he would rather have lost in a blowout. “When you lose by a hundred points, you can look at lots of things you did wrong,” he said.

“But losing by one, you can’t make up for that one mistake, and it’s all you think about.” Hayes said he was proud of the way his team played and that it was a shame someone had to lose. “You can think of all the clichés in the world, but that was the best game of the year,” he said. “I would go to any battle at any time with each and every one of those boys. They left their hearts out on the court, but unfortunately, stuff happens.” MELISSA WINN

“You can think of all the clichés in the world, but that was the best game of the year. I would go to any battle at any time with each and every one of those boys. They left their hearts out on the court, but unfortunately, stuff happens.” Jim Hayes, coach

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does not advocate drug use but contends that the legal status is more harmful to people than the drugs themselves. “The drug policy in America is flawed because we’re locking up people indiscriminately,” Vaughn said. “It’s not the government’s place to baby-sit us.” Though Vaughn is not a supporter of drug use, he believes that people should have the right to do drugs because it is a personal decision. “People should be able to do whatever they want, just

as long as they don’t hurt anyone else,” he said. “Anything humans do, they can get addicted to it, such as sex or the Internet. Jail never fixed an addiction. You just find more connections there.” Vaughn does believe drug use can be beneficial. Marijuana, for example, can be used as a mental stimulant. “It makes your thoughts more creative, and you think at a faster rate,” he said. “The best pot was used by the old jazz musicians. Marijuana is simply

not harmful.” Undeclared freshman Tyler Hargrove was one of the spectators who believed there should be a change in the drug policy. “I stopped by because they were reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and I own the movie,” Hargrove said. “I think the problems with the policy has to do with corruption in the government because they import the drugs from Mexico.” TRISTAN VAWTERS



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Freshman Aaron Gouge (left), junior David Eng and the Movin’ Mavs get fired up before Saturday’s game.


For the first time since 2000, UTA hosted the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championship. The Movin’ Mavs advanced to the finals to face the team’s nemesis, WisconsinWhitewater. A last-second shot from Michael Paye hit the rim and bounced out, and the Mavs lost Saturday’s championship, 61-60. The defeat was the third consecutive time the Mavs have fallen to Whitewater in the finals. Sophomore David Eng led the Mavs with 25 points, and senior Jason Nelms scored six points in his last game as a Movin’ Mav. Movin’ Mav Danny Fik tries to make a shot as WisconsinWhitewater’s Matthew Scott, left, and Zac Niemann, right, try to block Saturday afternoon at Texas Hall.

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Junior Joe Burmania shoots over freshman Matthew Scott at Texas Hall. Burmania was four for nine with a total of nine points.

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Movin’ Mav Micheal Paye looks up at the score board in disbelief Saturday afternoon in Texas Hall after the Mavs lost to Wisconsin-Whitewater 61-60.

Senior Jason Nelms holds the second-place trophy the Movin’ Mavs won during this weekend’s championship tournament.