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Spaniolo approves fountain President OK’s diversity committee ideas, including lecture series, banners. by alexa garcia-Ditta The Shorthorn staff

The answer to the yearand-a-half long Hall of Flags battle came in the form of a fountain, banners and lecture series. President James Spaniolo, approved three immediate provisions of the Committee on Diversity and International Understanding’s final report, Wednesday. The provisions aim to respect and embrace on-campus diversity. Spaniolo signed off on—

• constructing a globe-like fountain in a highly-populated area of campus • hanging banners bearing countries’ names in Nedderman Hall in place of the previous Hall of Flags • and hosting a university wide diversity-related lecture series. “I am very pleased and appreciative of the committee’s efforts,” Spaniolo said. “Those were the three [provisions] that really stood out as ones we could address right away.” In a press release, Spaniolo said he hopes to complete these projects this academic Flags continues on page 6

“I’ve seen examples of globes from around the world that look incredibly nice, and if we do ours right, it could be a great symbol for UTA.” collins Watson

Student Congress president and biomedical engineering graduate student


The Shorthorn: Kyle Clothier

Josh sankey, arlington Hall residence director, gives the Panda Express panda a hug in the University Center food court Wednesday. The panda handed out coupons to promote Panda Express Week.

health services

Bateson replacement found David Mumaugh, health promotion and substance abuse advisor, is a new faculty member at Health Services. Mumaugh previously worked at the University of North Texas in a similar position.

Q-and-A with Health Services’ new substance abuse coordinator. by Jessica bautista Contributor to The Shorthorn

David Mumaugh began working as Health Services’ new health promotions and substance abuse coordinator Monday. He hopes to bring more evidence-based research to the university as it pertains to the use of alcohol and drug use on campus. Mumaugh received a bachelor’s in social work at UT-Austin where he gained five years experience at the substance abuse resource center.

David Mumaugh Q: What is something different that you hope to bring to the university? A: I hope to implement a core survey sometime this semester. It will give the Health Center sUbstance continues on page 3

The Shorthorn: Scott Russell

Fraud uses UTA’s name Phone solicitors claim to represent the university to sell magazines and DVD’s. by emily aberg The Shorthorn staff

The university was notified Monday that it’s name is being used in an unauthorized fundraising scheme. Public Affairs director Bob Wright and Rick Gomez, university assistant police chief said, calls have been placed to individuals from a woman calling herself “Ashley,” who claims to work for a company called Integrity Sales on behalf of UTA’s theater department. Wright said the university has received calls from several nearby cities, including Azle, Red Oak and Grand Prairie. Gomez said he’s never seen a solicitation scheme involving a person claiming to be a university or a university department representative.

He said crimes involving illegal solicitation usually occur once a semester and on campus — representatives visit campus and, disguised as students, visit dormitories and student housing trying to sell subscriptions. Integrity Sales, located in Glendale, Ariz., solicits book, DVD and magazine subscriptions. Phone calls received by the university state the sales pitch claims proceeds go toward sending members of the university’s theater department to London to recreate a production of the BBC television show “Fawlty Towers.” The pitch also claims to send proceeds to “troops overseas.” The company’s Web site, states “it does not sponsor any scholarships, tuition fees, or participate in any educational programs in affiliation with any school or institution.” It also says FraUD continues on page 3

stuDent activites

Rihanna tickets going faster than past acts All reserved seating sold out for singer’s Oct. 2 Texas Hall concert. by emily aberg The Shorthorn staff

Five minutes. That’s how long it took Wednesday to sell out the 350 priority seats to singer Rihanna’s October concert. Mardie Sorensen, Student Affairs assistant vice president, said ticket sales went far better

than expected. Almost the entire floor of Texas Hall — about 1,300 tickets — were gone by 12:30 p.m., a half-hour after selling began in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge and online. Several students waiting in line grumbled about the online ticket buyers. One student complained the priority seats should have been reserved for people waiting in line. International business freshman Adriana Rivera said she

did everything she could to ensure priority seats. “I was online on my cell phone trying to buy tickets while I was waiting in line, but I still couldn’t get them,” she said. “I’m pissed.” Student Activities director Seth Ressl said most major university events take more time to sell out. Poet Maya Angelou and comedian Carlos Mencia sold out after several weeks of ticket sales, he said. “I’ve never seen such a high

volume of ticket sales on the first day,” Ressl said. “Absolutely not.” Ressl said his department tried to make the first day of sales an event in itself. Rihanna’s recent success at the MTV Video Music Awards might have generated more excitement on campus. The R&B singer won two awards, including Monster Single of the Year. “It doesn’t hurt that she’s riHanna continues on page 6

The Shorthorn: Kyle Clothier

students wait in line to purchase Rihanna tickets in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge Wednesday. Reserved seating sold out in five minutes for the Oct. 2 event.





Thursday September 13, 2007

TODAY Tennis:: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Maverick Activities Center. Sign . up for tennis SEPT (single and doubles). For information, contact Tak at or 817272-3277.


“Al Souza: Addenda”: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, 169 Fine Arts Building. Includes more than 50 works and explores Souza’s large-scale puzzle paintings, cut-paper pieces and quixotic spitball and lint constructions. Free.

Runs through Oct. 6. For information, contact Patricia Healy at 817-2725658 or phealy@ How to Be Successful at a Job Fair: 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m., 608 Business Building. Learn how to dress, present yourself, network and create a winning resume. For information, contact Debbie Villagomez at careers@ or 817-272-3258. Wesley Foundation Event: noon, 311 UTA Blvd. Free food. For information, contact Kent Seuser at 817-274-6282 or

Best Buddies Organizational Meeting: 2 p.m., University Center Concho Room. Students are matched up in one-on-one friendships with a person who has an intellectual disability. For information, contact Regina Davis at The Link International Friendship Program Orientation: 6-7 p.m., Swift Center. Coordinated by the Office of International Education. To foster an appreciation for how others live and view the world by matching international students and scholars with Arlington families and individuals. For information, contact Courtney Bauman at or 817-272-2355.

Interfraternity Council Formal Recruitment Orientation: 6:30-8 p.m., University Center Rosebud Theatre. For all male students interested in joining on of the council’s 10 fraternities. For information, contact Billy Spring at or 817-437-8322.

or 817-323-9223.

Delta Xi Nu Poetry Night: 7 p.m., University Center Red River Room. Read and/or listen to poetry. For information, contact Ashley Bonner at

Organ and Harpsichord Recital: 7:30 p.m., Irons Recital Hall, 105 Fine Arts Building. Music professor Linton Powell will perform French, German and Spanish compositions. Free. For information, contact the Music Department at or 817-272-3471.

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“Alcohol is this unexplained social phenomenon. Students can talk more openly about pregnancy and STD’s than if they had an addiction to alcohol,”

Career Services seminar to help students find jobs

WARM-UP Student Alumni Association members “break the ice” with potential members Wednesday night in the University Center Red River Room. After the SAA meeting, the potential members visited information booths, ate pizza and asked general questions about the association.

David Mumaugh, Health promotion and substance abuse advisor on the most prevalent abuse on campus.. See Page 1

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Responding to the Rig



Students share opinions about living near gas site

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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.

An officer investigated the assault of a student Tuesday at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house. A vehicle was towed for outstanding parking citations Tuesday from Forest Glen apartments. An officer took a report of a burglary Tuesday at Arlington Hall. A student reported his backpack stolen Tuesday at the University Center.

Students surrounding the first campus gas drilling site have mixed opinions about living near a natural gas rig. Carrizo Oil and Gas Inc. is expected to install a rig this semester on eight to 10 acres of land, located on Pecan and Mitchell streets near the Continuing Education-Workforce Development Center. Alumna Emily Denson, who lives in the Center Point apartments, said she has a lot of questions and concerns about air pollution. She said the city has enough issues with air quality and believes drilling for gas is safer to do in rural areas away from people.

“What happens if there is a spill or something catches on fire around these parking lots full of cars,” she said. “I just don’t like it being so close to people like that.” Information systems junior Randy Bedford said he learned about the drilling site from a “just say no to urban gas drilling” protest. He said he’s worried about heavy traffic. “They have large trucks that tear up the roads fairly quickly,” Bedford said. “But I am a little happy that I don’t live as close as some.” Colton Kingtley admitted he was “totally clueless” about drilling and he assumed the university would post a notice on his apartment door before

the drilling. The marketing senior lives in the Cottonwood Ridge North apartments. “I’m not too concerned because I’m a senior and I’ll be out of here in a little while, but I can’t wait to see it. It should be interesting,” he said. “That’s Texas for you, an oil well going up across from your apartment.” Carrizo is working with the city to examine a sewer line that runs near the campus drilling site, said a city official. Roger Venables, the city’s real estate services manager, said the sewer line runs parallel to Southdale Street. He said the city is waiting for Carrizo to finalize its site plans.

“They know where it is and that it exists, but they are still configuring their drill site to determine where they are going to drill,” he said. “Once we have that information then the city can go from there.” Calls to Carrizo were not returned for comment. Chemistry and biology junior Carlos Serrano said he isn’t worried about the drilling and understands why other students might be anxious. “I think their concerns are real and it is a risk, but its good for the university,” Serrano said. LARISSA M. ROBINSON

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Psychology Society to host bake sale, car wash The Psychology Society will have a bake sale from 9 a.m.-noon Friday in the Life Science building lobby. Psychology senior Daniel Gandara, Psychology Society president, said they are raising money to finance events, seminars and establish a scholarship for undergraduate students. “We are looking to bring more resources to students and get them networked with our alumni,” Gandara said. The student run organization encourages students in strengthening their skills and knowledge of psychology. The group is also having a car wash from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at Just Brakes, 107 N. Collins. — Emily Toman

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Career Services will host a seminar from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in 216 Davis Hall. Career Development Specialist Debbie Villagomez will discuss how to use the Career Services database to decide which seminars and job fairs to attend to increase students’ chances of getting good jobs. “Last semester, 675 students got to have an interview on campus with off-campus companies,” Villagomez said. “At least a fourth of them landed a job.” More than 70 companies hold interviews in Davis Hall, which has four to five off-campus companies present a day. The jobs include full- and part-time positions and internships. There will be various seminars throughout the semester to prepare students for on-and-off campus job opportunities. The seminars and events include the Selling Me to Employers seminar at 2-3 p.m. Monday in 216 Davis Hall and the Employer Showcase job fair at 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. For more information, contact Villagomez at 817-272-3258, or go to for future events.

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Graduate, doctoral students can get a stipend New funding given allows graduate students to return full-time. By Jessica Bautista Contributor to The Shorthorn

A School of Nursing faculty member received $92,765 this summer in federal funding for graduate and doctoral students. Susan Grove, master of science and nursing associate dean, said funding was given July 1. The funding allows graduate students to go to school fulltime because it pays a stipend

to the student who receives the scholarship, said Jennifer Gray, nursing program doctoral associate dean. Grove said the program has been receiving federal funding for over 20 years, and she wanted to continue helping students with scholarships. Stipulations for receiving a scholarship include being a full-time student and seeking a degree in either the master’s or doctoral nursing programs. Jean Ashwill, undergraduate student services’ assistant dean, said almost 100 percent

of undergraduate students who received money from the Health Resources and Services Administration have graduated. HRSA provided $284,838 for undergraduate nursing students this year, which is very unusual, Ashwill said. Recipients are awarded $1,200 to $1,500 each year if they receive one of the 25 scholarships. Half of the funding will be awarded in the fall and the other half in the spring. Grove, a Grand Prairie nurse practitioner, works part-time at the university. She hopes the

funding will have an effect on the shortage of nursing practitioners in the area. “The funding should be an encouragement to nursing students to go full-time,� she said. Ten percent of the funding goes towards doctoral students, Grove said. Gray said the funding is geared toward the graduate program because it’s larger. The program has anywhere from 20 to 25 recipients of the scholarship, while there are no more than two in the doctoral program, she said.

Gray said that it is difficult for doctoral students to go to school full-time while maintaining a job. Only ten percent of all nursing students go to school fulltime, Grove said. “The challenge for doctoral students is that they are professionals going to school,� Gray said. “Graduate students in the nursing program are being prepared for different roles than doctoral students are.� Jessica Bautista

“The challenge for doctoral students is that they are professionals going to school. Graduate students in the nursing program are being prepared for different roles than doctoral students are.� Jennifer gray

nursing program doctoral associate dean


Undergrad helps with UT-Southwestern study Biology student was the only one among a group of graduate students. By PhilliP BoWdeN Contributor to The Shorthorn

Biology junior Zack Salo has been working with UTSouthwestern Medical Center researchers, and they’ve found a gene that could lead to new ways to fight obesity. Working under Dr. Jonathan Graff, UT-Southwestern developmental biology and internal medicine associate professor, Salo aided in the examination of a gene known as adipose. It’s a gene that acts as a switch, increasing or decreasing the metabolism in correspondence with the availability of food, Salo said. “Adipose is a very important breakthrough in obesity research,� Salo said. “It could lead to a better understanding of obesity, and if you really want to combat a problem, you have to understand it.� Salo said his experience at

UT-Southwestern began simply. “I’d like to be able to tell you that someone at UTA told me to go to UT-Southwestern, but that’s just not the case,� he said. “I just went to UT-Southwestern and applied for a job.� Salo was an undergraduate among a group of researchers, mostly of students in their graduate and post-doctoral studies. “It’s five generations of scientists working together to solve a problem,� Salo said. “The most important thing is the scientists that Jon [Graff ] is training. They’re being groomed to become the next generation of top-level scientists.� Salo expressed how grateful he was to Graff, not only for the opportunity to do research, which has potential to affect millions of lives, but also to have his name attached to the research. “I was given a rare opportunity to go beyond the level

of a technician on the project,� Salo said. Salo noted that work in the lab could generate stress. “Science is not an easy field, you have to get results,� Salo said. “When you realize that something you’re studying could affect millions of lives, it’s less stressful.� Salo’s father, Ron Salo, said he was proud of his son’s commitment and enthusiasm for his research. “I think a lot of students are looking for something to care about,� Ron said. “I’m happy when I see Zach doing this, he actually cares about the subject matter.� After his research with Graff, Salo mentioned a new sense of direction in his life. “He [Graff ] has taken a career that was going nowhere and focused it toward an M.D./ Ph.D program,� Salo said. Dr. Graff was not available for comment. PhilliP BoWdeN

“I’d like to be able to tell you that someone at UTA told me to go to UT Southwestern, but that’s just not the case. I just went to UT Southwestern and applied for a job.� Zack salo

Biology junior

Photo illustration: Robert Rodriguez

A woman who calls herself “Ashley� has been doing a sales scheme by soliciting magazines, saying the proceeds will go the university theater department and to troops overseas. The company that she claims to work for, Integrity Sales, states that they don’t have any affiliation with any school or institution on their website.

Fraud continued from page 1

that should a participant contact a customer, that the “participant is not permitted to state or imply such.� Gomez said solicitors sometimes use an institution’s name to

sound legitimate. “It’s a hard sell, and they know using our name will make them sound more credible as solicitors,� he said. “They also just know who to target. They’re contacting older people trying to play off people’s empathy for the troops.� Wright said the solicitor doesn’t specify which “troops overseas� are supposed to get the funds.

“I would advise people to, whenever they get this kind of solicitation, ask for the person’s phone number and if they don’t give it to you, there’s probably something wrong,� he said. “You can also check them out with the Better Business Bureau.� emily aBerg

“They also just know who to target. They’re contacting older people trying to play off people’s empathy for the troops.�


Bob Wright, public affairs director



Substance continued from page 1

and me an assessment on how substances are used here. There is a significant amount of research involved with substance abuse, and I hope to bring more evidence-based research to the university. Q: How much need is there for substance abuse counselors on campuses? A: I like to go through a “harm production approach,� meaning I focus on what the risk is. Q: What kind of substance abuse is most prevalent on campus? A: Definitely alcohol. Students experiment with other drugs, but it is rare that it becomes an addiction. Alcohol is this unexplained social phenomenon. Students can talk more openly about pregnancy and STDs than if they had an

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Bob Blum Q: How vital is it for the university to have a substance abuse coordinator? A: It is vital to the health, well-being, and successful learning of students. Q: What does this job entail? A: The position involves helping and encouraging our students to adopt healthy lifestyles to facilitate the learning process and carry forward into adult life. Jessica Bautista

“Alcohol is this unexplained social phenomenon.� David Mumaugh health promotions and substance abuse coordinator


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addiction to alcohol. Q: Are freshman more at risk for alcoholism than others? A: At young ages, individuals are more prone to experimentation than anything. They have a newfound freedom at college that they sometimes can’t deal with. The age range where teens take their first drink is anywhere from 13 to 16 years old. Q: What contributes to substance abuse on campus? A: Students tend to selfmedicate thinking that they need a drink. Peer pressure of course plays a big role in alcohol use. Q: What can students do to prevent substance abuse? A: If a student has a concern and they’re too afraid to face their friend, they can always make a referral to the Health Center saying that their friend may have a problem with substance abuse. Just be a good friend. Since peer pressure plays a big role in alcohol use, stu-

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world events

Quake shakes Indonesia associated press

JAKArTA, indonesia — A strong earthquake shook Southeast Asia on Wednesday, collapsing buildings, killing at least five people and injuring dozens in indonesia. Nations as far away as Africa put coastal areas on alert, but only a small tsunami hit Sumatra, the island ravaged by the 2004 tsunami disaster. Frightened people fled their homes and ran inland, fearing a repeat of the 2004 earthquake and tsunami that struck a dozen nations around the indian ocean, killing an estimated 230,000 people. “everyone is running out of their houses in every direction,” Wati Said reported by cell phone from Bengkulu, a town 80 miles from the quake’s epicenter. “We think our neighborhood is high enough. God willing, if the water comes, it will not touch us here. ... everyone is afraid.” one witness, Budi darmawan, said a three-story building near his office fell. “i saw it with my own eyes,” he told el Shinta radio. The 8.4-magnitude quake was felt in at least four coun-

tries, with tall buildings swaying in cities up to 1,200 miles away. The tremor was followed by a series of strong aftershocks, further rattling residents. Telephone lines and electricity were disrupted across a large swath of indonesia, making it difficult to get information about damage and casualties. Suhardjono, a senior official with the local meteorological agency who like most indonesians uses only one name, said a small tsunami, perhaps 3-feet high, struck the city of Padang about 20 minutes after the quake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center also reported a small wave. Most damage appeared to come from the ground-shaking of the tremor. Two people died when a car dealership collapsed in Padang and another was killed by a fire that broke out on the fourth floor of a damaged department store, a witness, Alfin, said by phone. excavation machinery was being used to search the rubble for survivors, he said. The Health Ministry said two people died in Bengkulu. The Social Affairs depart-

Wounded officer dies in shootout during call LUBBOCK, Texas — A West Texas police officer who was shot in the face during a weekend gun battle died Wednesday, making him the third lawman to die in the standoff. University Medical Center spokesman Greg Bruce said Cpl. Abel Marquez, 32, died from his wounds sustained Saturday evening. Marquez and two other officers responded to a domestic violence call Saturday night from a home shared by Larry and Judy White. The two other officers, Cpls. Arlie Jones, 48, and John “Scott” Gardner, 30, were fatally shot in the backyard as they tried to make contact with the shooter.

Tropical storm forms off Texas gulf coast

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Residents and rescuers inspect a building destroyed by earthquake in Padang, Sumatra island, Indonesia, Wednesday. The massive 8.2-magnitude earthquake killed at least ten people, injured 100 and triggered a small tsunami in western Indonesia on Wednesday, authorities said. Warnings for destructive waves were issued across much of the Indian Ocean region.

ment said seven had been killed in and around the town. The differing tallies could not be reconciled immediately. At least 194 people were injured in Bengkulu, reported Amin Kurnia, a doctor

who said most were being treated in a compound outside the hospital because its walls were cracked. The undersea temblor hit around 6:10 p.m. at a depth of 18 miles, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

in indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, hundreds of miles from the epicenter, office workers streamed down stairwells as tall office buildings swayed. High-rises also were affected in Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.



Pats Belichick apologizes for videotape flap

Kanye West projected winner in album sales

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FoXBoroUGH, Mass. — This videotape needs no interpretation: New england Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked out of his news conference Wednesday when pressed repeatedly about the sideline spying scandal that landed him on NFl commissioner roger Goodell’s crowded docket. Ten minutes before his regular availability, Belichick issued a one-paragraph statement apologizing to his team and confirming that he has spoken to Goodell about an “interpretation” of league rules that ban videotaping of the opposing sideline. “Although it remains a league matter, i want to apologize to everyone who has been affected, most of all ownership, staff and players,” Belichick said. “Following the league’s decision, i will have further comment.” it was not clear whether Belichick was apologizing for his actions or the distraction it has caused his team as it prepares for Sunday night’s marquee game against San diego. But if he thought — or even hoped — that the standing-room crowd of media was there to talk about the Chargers, he failed to prepare in the manner that has made him one of the most successful coaches in the history of the league. Never one to relish his interactions with the media, Belichick grimly refused to respond to a half-dozen questions about the scandal, possible punishments and the potential effect on his team. Begging for a football question, he seemed ready to abort the news conference after just a few minutes at the podium. “Any questions about the Chargers?” he pleaded in his standard, other-things-to-do monotone. “Want to talk about the football game? if not, i think that statement pretty much covers it.” it appeared that there were none, before one reporter asked about Chargers running back ladainian Tomlinson. The prospect of defending against the reigning NFl offensive player of the year is not the sort of thing that usually cheers up opposing coaches. But Belichick smiled. “i think the Chargers are a concern. Their football team is a concern. That’s what we’re concerned about,” he said. “Whatever happens out there Sunday night, out there on the field, that’s when everybody will make their statement.” After another 15 minutes of football questions, though, the subject returned to the spying scandal. “is there any other question on the Chargers?” Belichick said before walking out. “oK. Yep. That’s all. oK. Thank you.” NFl security confiscated a video camera and tape from Patriots video assistant Matt estrella on Sunday when he was working on the New York Jets’ sideline during New england’s 38-14 victory. The league has confirmed that it is investigating whether the Patriots were taping the Jets’ defensive coaches as they signaled to players on the field.

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HOUSTON — Tropical Storm Humberto formed off the Texas coast Wednesday, promising to bring more rain and possibly flooding to a state coming off one of the wettest summers in more than 50 years. Forecasters warned residents along a 270-mile stretch of coastline extending into southwestern Louisiana to brace for the storm, which was expected to slosh ashore south of Houston overnight Wednesday. Between 5 to 10 inches of rain was expected, with some spots possibly getting as much as 15 inches. But authorities said evacuations were not necessary.

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Senate Democrats reject general’s plan WASHINGTON — A day before President Bush’s war address, Senate Democrats rejected a four-star general’s recommendation to keep some 130,000 troops in Iraq through next summer and sought legislation that would limit the mission of U.S. forces. Their proposal was not expected to set a deadline to end the war, as many Democrats want, but restrict troops to narrow objectives: training Iraq’s military and police, protecting U.S. assets and fighting terrorists, Democratic party officials said.

Exxon seeks arbitration on Venezuela oil project WASHINGTON — Exxon Mobil Corp. said Wednesday it has filed a request for arbitration over Venezuela’s nationalization of the Cerro Negro heavy oil project. The Irving, Texas-based oil company said it had held a 41.67 percent interest in the project with $750 million in book value before a unit of Venezuelan National Oil Co. expropriated Exxon’s stake in June. The change in control over the stake was a result of a nationalization decree issued by Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez early this year.

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Official prototype of kilogram losing weight A kilogram just isn’t what it used to be. The 118-year-old cylinder that is the international prototype for the metric mass, kept tightly under lock and key outside Paris, is mysteriously losing weight — if ever so slightly. Physicist Richard Davis of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, southwest of Paris, says the reference kilo appears to have lost 50 micrograms compared with the average of dozens of copies. AP Photo: Matt Sayles

Kanye West performs during Rolling Stone magazine’s 40th anniversary VIP party at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Sunday.

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NeW YorK — 50 Cent may be getting hip-hop’s equivalent of a gold watch next week. early reports have Kanye West beating 50 in their much-hyped battle of album sales: West’s “Graduation” is on pace to sell about 575,000 to 700,000 its first week out, while 50 Cent’s “Curtis” is on track to do 550,000, according to Billboard magazine. As of day one, Kanye had sold 437,000 copies to 50’s 310,000, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Both albums came out Tuesday, and a confident 50 Cent famously announced that he would retire if West outsold him in first-week sales. “i just don’t view him as compe-

tition based on our previous sales histories,” 50 Cent told The Associated Press last month. But it looks as if 50 underestimated the power of West, and perhaps, overestimated his own appeal. “i don’t think it’s helped 50 that so many of these prerelease singles that have come out have fizzled on the charts right away,” said Jonathan Cohen, Billboard’s senior editor. “There were street date changes. it has just not been a good run-up to this record for him.” Meanwhile, Cohen says West is having a more “charmed” experience, despite his recent tantrum at the MTV Video Music Awards after going home empty-handed.

“These tantrums he goes on, these outlandish comments he makes, they don’t really hurt him,” said Cohen. “if anything, they’ve got more people interested in what he’s all about.” Still, don’t finalize those retirement party plans for 50 just yet; there are several days to go before a final tally is determined, and he could catch up and overtake West. “it is a projection,” Cohen said of the initial sales predictions. “it can very easily deviate.” And there’s still the potential of a third-party candidate winning the race: country superstar Kenny Chesney, who’s “Just Who i Am: Poets and Pirates” also was released on Tuesday, is so far on pace to sell 400,000 to 550,000 copies.

Russian president fires prime minister MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday replaced his long-serving prime minister with an obscure Cabinet official — a surprise move that could put him in the running to succeed Putin in next year’s presidential election. The nomination of Viktor Zubkov, who currently oversees the government’s fight against money laundering, appeared to have caught much of the Russian political elite off-guard. Putin had been expected to announce in December whom he would back to run for president next year — and Russia’s two first deputy prime ministers — former Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov and gas giant Gazprom board chairman Dmitry Medvedev — were considered to be the leading contenders. — Associated Press

ABOUT SCENE Joan Khalaf, editor Scene is published Tuesday and Thursday. Thursday, September 13, 2007


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In a battle for status and title, two of today’s most influential rap artists, Kanye West and 50 Cent, go for the gold — or platinum — with a little friendly competition.

Each week, Scene gives Mavericks the chance to say what they’re thinking.

Ace Iqbal, computer science graduate What has been your most awkward date moment? This right now, I guess. Kidding of course. I haven’t had one so far. What food disgusts you? Seafood, sushi. It’s not cooked. It’s raw. What’s your favorite YouTube video? The one with the baby laugh. It’s a small baby laughing, and he laughs so much, he falls. What’s your favorite word? I can’t say that. You know the four-letter word I’m talking about. What’s grinding your gears? I’m sitting with a guy. Can you imagine how pissed off I am? Where did you park today? At my house, half a mile away. Do you believe in magic? Of course. I have seen stuff. I don’t know how it happened. I don’t believe in black magic, though.

Two students defend their favorite rappers. JESUS WALKED... TO GET KANYE’S ALBUM

Virginia Le, nursing sophomore What has been your most awkward date moment? Going to a shooting range. It was a first date. He’s my current boyfriend right now. What food disgusts you? All the weird stuff like intestines and ears. What’s your favorite YouTube video? “Sparkling Wiggles.” It’s kind of racist. What’s your favorite word? “Awesome.” I always find myself saying it. What’s grinding your gears? School. Coming back from summer. Where did you park today? A mile away. I’m just kidding. Do you believe in magic? No. That actually pisses me off. It makes me mad that I can’t figure it out. — Joan Khalaf

One rapper is celebrating graduation, the other just figured out how to spell his name. There is no competition. As a Kanye West fan, I was worried about his new album Graduation, but he’s exceeded my expectations yet again. Kanye doesn’t just grab catchy beats and rap nonsense, he writes lyrical cocaine with rhymes that you’ll catch only after several listens, leading to astonishment and laughter. With his new self-titled album Curtis, 50 Cent’s lyrics are laced with innuendo, and understanding his rhymes only leads to irritation and squirming. If you must support 50, you’re better off buying his Vitamin Water — you’re ANTHONY WILLIAMS slightly nourished and he “gets money.” Yes, Kanye is a bit conceited, as is 50, but he is more forthright with his feelings. In his song “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” he raps, “I’m on TV talking like it’s just you and me, I’m just saying how I feel man. I ain’t one of the Cosby’s, I ain’t go to Hillman.” While he didn’t go to Huxtables’ fictional college, Kanye has grown. From his early work as a producer and his near-fatal car crash, Kanye has matured through his troubles and in a way has graduated. And like every other graduate, friends and family can only wonder what’s next. Too bad the same can’t be said for Fiddy. — Anthony Williams is a broadcast journalism senior and editor-inchief of The Shorthorn.

P.I.M.P. STILL KING Spoiled kids may get their way, but Kanye West won’t. The narcissistic rap artist went head-to-head Tuesday when he dropped his third album, Graduation alongside 50 Cent’s Curtis. Curtis is entertaining, classic and catchy. Featuring artists like Akon, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland, the tracks are a collaboration meant for selling out. Kanye lovers would say Graduation provides variety and a cleaner image. Although the artist has vowed to have cleaner music, a few naughty words have slipped onto his tracks. He either went back on his word or JOAN KHALAF contradicted himself. Although both artists are conceited, Kanye pushes it too far with his lyrics in “Stronger” which say, “Bow in the presence of greatness ... You should be honored by my lateness, that I would even show up to this fake shit.” Fiddy is confident without having to verbalize it. The expressions on his face when he is performing or around Kanye say it all. The meaning in 50 Cent’s music may only be skin-deep, but Kanye’s seriousness will ultimately be his downfall. Relax. It’s just music. — Joan Khalaf is a journalism sophomore and Scene editor for The Shorthorn.

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Getting the Job Done To become chair or dean, candidates must first be approved. By Jhericca Johnson Contributor to the Shorthorn

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done a lot in the last couple of days to make her more visible,” Ressl said. Ticket revenue goes back to the money set aside from the student services fee for the spring and fall concerts hosted by Student Affairs. Back in the ticket line, social work junior Whitney Thomas and criminal justice sophomore Edrica Boswell said they arrived at 11 a.m. to ensure priority seats. Both said that when they got there, the line went all the way down the end of the lounge and had made almost a full circle back to the table. Both thought someone should have

overseen the line. “I’d be happier if I had gotten the priority seating, but so many people skipped,” Thomas said. The two said they planned on getting to the concert itself “extremely early” to make sure they got the next-best seats. Biology senior Ti Phung was in the UC Palo Duro Lounge during sales but said he planned to buy tickets later that day. He said he learned over the years to buy tickets online and to aim for the first-row balcony seats. “These people don’t know,” he said. “Just buy your tickets online. I’ve been to Ludacris and the comedy shows, and you can see so much better in the balcony.” emily aBerG

“I was online on my cell phone trying to buy tickets while I was waiting in line, but I still couldn’t get them. I’m pissed.” adriana rivera, international business freshman

Imagine a university that accepts a random person as a professor and makes him or her department chair. At UTA, a phenomenon like that could never occur. All faculty undergo a reviewing process by each department from a pool of applicants, according to the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office’s Web site eoaa/. Currently, the university is hiring 23 positions in departments including English, linguistics, history and mathematics. The first step to hiring a new professor is to notify the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office. Next, the department is required to form a search committee. Each search committee varies based on the department size, but they all contain at least two people in the department, the department dean and one person on the outside. Diane Walker, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office director, said there is an entire manual on the hiring process. The office deals

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year. Spaniolo created the Committee on Diversity and International Understanding last fall in response to the removal of the Hall of Flags in May 2006. He charged the group with formulating new ways to promote diversity among university community members. The committee, composed of administrators, faculty and students, held open forums to gather suggestions for how best to promote international

only with the positions that tive outreach to get a diverse require tenured and tenured application pool,” Walker said. Philip Popple, social work track professors, like dean and chair positions. They also keep search committee chair, said track of the final paperwork his job is to coordinate the after a faculty member has search process. His job began been hired. Walker said the at the end of August and will last until May. process can last up Popple said he has to 12 months. “I’m sure that been a committee “It helps the inchair man about six coming faculty be- we’ll be able to times. come prepared to find someone. “It’s been about switch,” he said. the same at the An office member But you never other schools I’ve will visit the depart- know. For my been to, however, ment and go over position they UTA is more creeverything the comative,” he said. mittee can and can’t searched for Each committee do. The job of the two years before has a time frame office member is to they found me. to find a potential make sure the comIt’s rare, but it candidate, Popple mittee is diverse. said. Usually, it’s “The system has happened.” the same as the acaworks pretty well,” demic calendar the she said. “It’s a little Perry schoon university runs by. different than other education associate dean search committee However, if a cansystems.” didate isn’t found Next, the com- chair within the time mittee must present their ideas to the office mem- frame, the process has to start ber. The hiring ideas include all over, he said. Popple said one of the biggest advertising the open position, Walker said. Most ads are issues is devoting substantial amounts of time to getting one placed on UTA’s Web site. “Most of all, out of the person to come and then having searches, we look to see an ac- that person reject the offer.

Perry Schoon, education associate dean and search committee chair, said he asks for volunteers within his department. His committee makes sure its dean and the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office approve the written job description. “Once the cut off date hits, the Equal Opportunity Office has to approve of the pool of candidates,” Schoon said. “If they don’t approve, we can’t continue with the search.” If the committee does approve, the process continues with a phone interview, Schoon said. Then, the candidates are invited to the school to interview with the committee and the dean. Next, they are asked to give a presentation or teach in a classroom. The committee gives a recommendation to whomever hires that particular position, he said. “I’m sure that we’ll be able to find someone,” he said. “But you never know. For my position they searched for two years before they found me. It’s rare, but it has happened.”

ture “rocks.” “I’ve seen examples of globes from around the world that look incredibly nice, and if we do ours right, it could be a great symbol for UTA,” said the biomedical engineering graduate student. Watson also appreciates the student and administrator input the committee received. “I’m proud that the committee did a good job at including students at every step,” he said. Spaniolo chose to remove the 123 flags from the Nedderman Hall atrium midMay 2006, citing the Vietnamese flag controversies

that arose. The Vietnamese Student Association protested the internationally recognized Socialist Republic of Vietnam flag then hanging in Nedderman Hall. Students said the communist flag represents a horrific period in Vietnam’s history. The Shorthorn reported in 2006 Spaniolo also received 17 letters from state representatives and legislators threatening him to remove the flags or possibly lose $70 million for the university’s engineering research building.

diversity. After several meetings and report revisions, Spaniolo received the committee’s final report in June. Frank Lamas, Student Affairs vice president committee co-chairmen, appreciated Spaniolo’s positive response to the group’s report. “I’m very pleased,” he said. “The committee was a positive step that allowed us to gather various opinions and draft a report that shared the collective opinion of our university.” Student Congress president Collins Watson was one of five student representatives on the committee. He thinks the globe-shaped fountain struc-

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Fashion Files WHILE SEARCHING FOR THEIR OWN STYLE, STUDENTS OFTEN FIND SIMILAR LOOKS Personal style is a way of expression and a way students present themselves. Although unique, there is a similarity between the way females and males dress on campus. Scene asked students: “What makes your style unique?�

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“I shy away from dressing like others and don’t follow the trends. I think it’s cool because of how I wear it. This is normal dressing for me. Sometimes I dress weird.�

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Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts, Vincent Cassel Director: David Cronenberg Rating: R A London midwife (Watts) is devastated after a young teenager dies giving birth. Determined to retrace steps, the midwife finds the motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s diary and dives into it, trying to find answers. By doing so, the midwife finds much more than she ever expected â&#x20AC;&#x201D; murder, betrayal and the darkest secrets of a notorious organized crime family.

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