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Coming up in The Shorthorn ...

City grants Greek Row a face-lift, street replacement

• Remembering Virginia Tech one year later — a look at what happened and what is happening since the campus massacre. • Coverage of the baseball team as they take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys • A look at the annual glass art sale showcasing student and professional work


University public affairs director will leave April 30

The collaborative project between the city and UTA will include a water line. BY JHERICCA JOHNSON The Shorthorn staff

The city awarded the university a contract bid to complete the Greek Row Beautification and Utility Upgrade project.

The project is a collaboration between Arlington and the university, said Jeff Johnson, Facilities Management associate director. “This is something we’ve been talking about for the last five or six years as part of the [Campus] Master Plan,” he said. Beginning May 15, the city will replace the six-inch water

lines underneath the street with 12-inch lines. The line will run from Davis to Kerby streets to connect the west side of campus and improve the water flow within the buildings, he said. Johnson said that once the project is complete the university will resurface the streets and put in a landscape median. Currently, alternative traffic routes are being

reviewed by the city, he said. The routes include taking Fourth Street from Davis Street, taking Summit Avenue from UTA Boulevard and taking Nedderman Drive to reach the Trinity House lot and faculty lot F-8, he said. Johnson said Lot 30 will be PROJECT continues on page 4


The Life Science Building’s green roof will help environment

Bob Wright will return to his almamater and his family at the University of Houston. BY JULIE ANN SANCHEZ The Shorthorn staff

Bob Wright, university public affairs director, has resigned from his position effective April 30. “I will be going to the University of Houston,” Wright said Friday. He will be executive director of university relations at his almamater. “I went to school there ... Houston is where my children and grandchildren are,” he said. “I’m very excited about getting back.” Communications Vice President Jerry Lewis said the news of Wright’s departure wasn’t a surprise. Wright “You could tell he had been looking,” Lewis said, adding that Wright told him of his interest in working at the University of Houston. Lewis has colleagues at that university and Wright asked if he would give a recommendation. DIRECTOR continues on page 3


Professors say recession unlikely despite job losses Optimism reigns around campus as the economy continues to struggle. BY NAVID RAZI Contributor to The Shorthorn

With the economy taking a turn for the worst, professors and students remain optimistic about the future. The United States Department of Labor released a report April 4, revealing that 80,000 jobs were lost in March. They also estimated that the total job loss for the past three months has spiked to 232,000. According to the report, of the 232,000 jobs lost, the construction field lost 51,000, retail lost

12,000 and business and professional service employers cut 35,000 jobs. Economics associate professor William Crowder wasn’t too worked up about the figures the department released. “In the US economy you have millions of jobs, and the figures the [Department of Labor] have released are the net numbers,” Crowder said. “In any given month, 5.2 million people will quit a job and five million start a new job, and that remainder is the figure they are reflecting.” The slump in the economy is making its presence

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English instructor Tracy Clough plants flowers Friday on the roof of the Life Sciences Building during the installation of the university’s first green roof. Volunteers installed an irrigation system and laid 30,000 pounds of soil on the rooftop and planted a variety of grasses and plant life.

University installs first DFW green roof JUST THE FACTS Advantages of a green roof: • Green roof vegetation will absorb pollutants from rainwater • Roof surfaces like concrete and asphalt contribute to the problem of the urban heat island effect

• Green roofs can reduce ambient air temperatures and increase humidity levels in the surrounding areas • Green roofs can filter and bind dust particles and naturally filter airborne toxins • Green roofs provide high storm water management capacity Source -

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BY SARAH LUTZ The Shorthorn staff

After one year of researching everything from plant life to roofing systems, the university installed its first green roof on top of the Life Sciences Building Friday. The roof is the first of its kind in the Metroplex, said David Hopman, assistant professor and landscape architect. He said the green

roof is an experimental project that will aid in the design of the Engineering Research Building’s green roof, which will be completed around 2010. “All the way along the line we were kind of inventing the wheel,” he said. “The next one should be a lot easier — everybody kind of knows what GREEN continues on page 4


Arts Week events kicked off with open mic poetry night The event gave students an opportunity to perform, recite their own work. BY MARISSA HALL The Shorthorn staff

The crowd snapped wildly as a man, dreadlocks hanging

to his waist, stepped onto the stage. “What’s with this snapping thing?” poet Oveous Maximus asked. Maximus performed as the featured poet of Arts Week’s open mic poetry night Monday. Arts Week is sponsored by

EXCEL Campus Activities. Maximus, who has appeared on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” encouraged the audience to be vocal and clap. He wanted them to feel comfortable and told them to feel free to interrupt him. “If you feel like jumping

up and down, please do it,” he said. He performed the first poem he ever wrote, which was inspired by the way New York responded to the September 11 attacks. He spoke his poetry POETRY continues on page 3

ARTS WEEK SCHEDULE Talent Show When: 7 p.m. Where: University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom Arts Competition When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. art displayed daily Where: UC Bluebonnet Ballroom

Photography Exhibition When: daily Where: UC Gallery Student Film Festival When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: UC Rosebud Theatre




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India Unveiled Photo Exhibit: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Architecture Gallery. Free. For information, contact Suzanne Baldon at 817-272-2661 or

Faculty Biennial IX: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., The Gallery at UTA, Fine Arts Building. Free. For information, contact Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658 or EXCEL Arts Week Art Competition: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. For information, contact Gillian Talley at 817-272-2963 or

Resume/Interview Workshop: 2–3 p.m., Swift Center Training Room. For information, contact Julie Holmer at 817-272-2355 or Meeting of President’s Sustainability Committee: 2–3:30 p.m., 319 Pickard Hall. Open to all. For information, contact Jeff Howard at 817-272-5119 or Reeder School Exhibit Tours offered in Special Collections: 10 a.m., Central Library sixth floor. Space is limited. To RSVP please call 817-272-3393 or e-mail UTA Volunteers Meeting: 2:15–3 p.m., UC Student

Congress Chambers. For information, contact UTA Volunteers at 817-272-2963 or Arts Week Talent Show: 7–10 p.m., UC Rosebud Theatre. Free. For information, contact Kim Howard at 817-272-2963 or 2008 Distinguished Lecture: 7:30 p.m., UC Carlisle Suite. For information, contact the Center for Mexican American Studies at 817-727-2933 or arick@ APRIL

Wednesday Celebrating People and Planet: 11 a.m.–2 p.m., UC mall. Free giveaways. A compostable lunch will be available for $1. For information, contact Becky Valentich at 817-272-2185 or

22nd Annual Spring Percussion ‘Bash’: 7:30 p.m., Texas Hall. Admission is $5. For information, contact the Music Department at 817-272-3471 or

Relax Hour: noon–1 p.m., UC Red River Room. Free. For information, contact Mallie Townsend at 817-272-2780 or


Real Followers: 8 p.m., 311 UTA Boulevard. For information, contact Wesley Foundation at

Student Employee of the Year Awards Reception: 2 p.m., UC Rio Grande Ballroom. For information, contact Career Services at 817-272-2932 or careers@uta. edu.

Study Abroad Information Session: noon–1 p.m., UC Pecos Lounge. Free. For information, contact Courtney Bauman, at 817-272-2355 or

Dept. of Theatre Arts presents Theatrefest 2008 One-Act Plays: 8 p.m., Studio Theatre. $8 for general public, $5 for students/ seniors/faculty and staff. For information, contact Marsha Luaciu at 817-272-2669. 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

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Campus briefs

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“All the way along the line we were kind of inventing the wheel. The next one should be a lot easier. Everybody kind of knows what it is and what to expect.�

Planetarium seeks program developer for new shows

Mechanical engineering junior Mike Gobea prepares meat patties and hot dogs during the hamburger and hot dog sale at noon on Monday in the University Center mall. The sale was put on by the Interested Men of Lambda Theta Phi to raise funds for the group.

— Cohe Bolin

David Hopman, architecture assistant professor and landscape architect, on installing the university’s first green roof. See Page 1

Workshop to help students with resumes, interviewing

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Giving Back to Others

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The Big Event draws around 560 participants

Today Windy • High 73°F • Low 52°F

by abiGail howlett The Shorthorn staff

A loud noise disturbance occurred Saturday at Garden Club apartments.

The stack of fruit and vegetable cans dwindled as volunteers transported the food into a huge pantry. Site leader allison Bailey watched carefully to make sure the 80 enthusiastic volunteers at Mission arlington were hydrated. The energized group worked together to complete their task of washing cans and stocking the pantry. at the same time in Fort Worth, education junior Serena Cheng joined forces with five other volunteers to build a ramp for the Texas Ramp Projects, a Dallas-based organization that constructs ramps

A disturbance was reported Saturday at West Crossing apartments.

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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.

Two students were issued disciplinary referrals regarding possible harassment Saturday at Arlington Hall. A nonstudent was arrested for outstanding misdemeanor warrants Saturday at 1500 Cooper St. A nonstudent was injured Saturday in the Maverick Activities Center lobby. A loud noise disturbance was reported Saturday at Centennial Court apartments.

The planetarium begins recruitment for a new program coordinator and developer this week. The position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and applicants must possess knowledge of astronomy, 3-D animation and computer knowledge, including Adobe Creative Suite, said Levent Gurdemir, newly appointed associate planetarium director. The position has been vacant since the end of January and they hope to have someone in place by summer, he said. Gurdemir said the position includes creating programs the planetarium will show in addition to purchased shows. “The person will be creating programs for science, the main focus of the shows are science related,� he said.

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for disadvantaged people. a 60-year-old man watched closely as the group constructed his future route from his front porch to his car. “you see the reaction of the people,� Cheng said. “We made their lives a little bit simpler and easier.� a record-breaking number of about 560 volunteers showed up to various project locations in arlington, Fort Worth and Dallas on Saturday to participate in The Big Event, UTa Volunteers president Kristie Crosser said. The event featured 32 different projects ranging from composting to cleaning a church, Crosser said. Last

year, the event had about 500 participants and the year before about 200. Crosser said a few projects were switched around this year but a location was provided for everyone who wanted to volunteer. She had a few people show up who hadn’t signed up before and sent the overflow to Mission arlington. “Most of the people that finished early went to another site,� she said. Cheng has built ramps before, but loves the fact that her effort helped a man have an easier time getting around. about 400 volunteers met

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at the University Center after the event as part of a “thank you lunch� to eat barbecue, listen to music and receive gift certificates. Nursing sophomore Bailey enjoys these opportunities because it brings the campus together with the outside community. She joined the UTa Volunteers when she began college and it has taught her how important it is to volunteer. “[Volunteering] has really shown me who I am,� Bailey said.

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Career Services will host a resume and interview workshop for international students from 2 to 3 p.m. today in the Swift Center training room. The goal is to give international students a glimpse of what interviews will be like and how resumes should look in the United States, said Cheri Butler, Career Services associate director. “A lot of times the big issue is writing a resume and putting a lot of stuff on it that we don’t do here,� she said. In the presentation, advice will be given on what questions are asked in an interview setting or what an employer looks for on a resume. The lecture will also teach students about screening interviews. For information, contact Julie Holmer at or call at 817-272-2355.

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through memorization. “This is for the New Yorkers,” he said. “This is for the wide range of cultures.” Students also had the opportunity to perform their own poetry. Interdisciplinary studies junior Jeremy Shack performed several of his poems. He has written poetry for years. “Poetry is my way of expressing my deepest emotions,” he said. The poetry night is the first event of Arts Week, which also includes a talent show, arts competition, photography exhibit and film festival. Students will compete in the talent show at 7 p.m. in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. Instead of having different categories, judges will award the top three best acts overall, student activities director PK Kelly said. One of the acts in the show is student band Taco Thursday. Aerospace engineering juniors Matt Carroll and Joe Guzman formed the alternative-rock band with a friend about a week ago. “A friend of ours convinced us to do it,” said Carroll, who plays the drums. “His winning spirit inspired us.” Another annual event, the Arts Competition, will take place all week. Students entered artwork in six different categories, said Brian Joyce, student activities assistant director. The judges include an art professor and two Dallas Museum of Art employees. New this year is the photography exhibition, which displays student artwork daily in the UC Gallery. Talley’s love

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“It’s all perfectly amiable,” Lewis said of Wright’s exit. Lewis and public affairs specialist Sue Stevens will handle the director of public affairs

“This is for the New Yorkers. This is for the wide range of cultures.”

Look for our coverage of the one-year anniversary of the shootings at Virginia Tech

Poet Oveous Maximus recites one of his first poems during the open mic event Monday night in the University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom. Maximus says his poems express his experiences living in New York and his cultural background. The Shorthorn: Fabiola Salinas

of photography inspired the exhibit, she said. At first, EXCEL was going to have a campus theme for the exhibit, but ultimately allowed the students to decide what to photograph, said Gillian Talley, EXCEL entertainment and arts director. The exhibit showcases the work of students from campus orga-

nizations. “We didn’t want to limit them,” she said. “We gave people a little more leeway.” The week’s final event is the student film festival at 8 p.m. Thursday in the UC Rosebud Theatre. Assistant film professor Narcel Reedus helped EXCEL put the event together, Joyce said. Reedus chose his

students’ best work, including some commercials and short films. “I’m really looking forward to the movie screenings,” Talley said. “It’s given us the opportunity to work with other organizations and meet new people.”

position’s workload until the position is filled. Posting for the open position will be expected in the next few weeks, with the advertising appearing in publications like The Chronicle of Higher Education, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News, Lewis said.

“We’re going through the normal recruitment channels,” he said. “Plus we have a really good Public Affairs Office staff.” Lewis and the public affairs staff are excited for Wright and his return to Houston. Wright came to the university in November 2004 after

serving as director of communication for the Texas A&M University System for four years. Five years prior to that, he was the executive director of media relations at Southern Methodist University.

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it is and what to expect.” One thousand square feet of the building’s roof was divided evenly into different plots with identical plant life. Each plot contains a different soil type and irrigation system, he said. “There’s a lot of interest from doing it. I’ve got a lot of phone calls from other universities, developers, consultants ... ” he said. “A lot of people in the area want to do extensive green roofs but they don’t want to be the first ones.” Hopman said green roofs have become a recognized environmental solution for many problems in urban areas like urban heat island effect and carbon emissions. The roof could also provide a habitat for migrating animals and capture up to one inch of storm water. An extensive green roof consists of low-lying

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closed during the entire project. Parking at Texas Hall and the UTA Tennis Center will be relocated to Lot 33. Greek Row has been in horrible shape, said John Hall, Administration and Campus Operations vice president. He said the city will replace and maintain

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felt locally. The General Motors plant in Arlington, will stop production of sport utility vehicles for three weeks beginning April 14. The halt in production will temporarily put 2,400 employees out of work, according to The Associated Press. Arlington plant spokeswoman Wendi Sabo told the Fort Worth Star Telegram that all five models built in Arlington have dropped sharply and new orders from dealers have slowed. The Arlington GM plant has felt the sting of a slumping

plants in only three inches of soil, making it low maintenance and allowing water retention better than a intensive green roof which is more like natural landscape, he said. Hopman said news about the roof installation helped garner volunteers and donations from national companies. He said the project would not have been possible without their help. American Hydrotech Inc. donated the modular roofing system and half the soil, and Weston Solutions Inc. donated plant trays and the remaining soil. Both companies specialize in green roof planting. Hopman said the volunteers then put everything together. The department obtained approval from environmental health and safety to install the roof, said Larry Harrison, Facilities Management associate director. “We will connect the sprinkler system, and put the irrigation system in,” he said.

“[Friday] was a fantastic team work effort. Everybody was there and did their part.” Hopman said that beyond the incremental environmental benefit the green roof will bring other benefits to the school as well. He said it has already brought a larger amount of publicity than he expected. He hopes it will improve campus’ image and its move toward sustainability. “The students and the community people really had a tremendous time doing it. It was really fun,” he said. “So, I think it really helps create a sense of community at UTA.“ Colt Worek, landscape architecture graduate student, has been charged with upkeeping the green roof. “Since it’s the first time we’ve done this we don’t know what will work,” he said. “It’s going to be really interesting to see what will turn out.”

the utility lines while the university works on the beautification process. Serena Cheng, Delta Zeta member and education junior, called the road horrible also. She said the road has been hard to drive on and even non-Greeks have complained about the road. “When we do Pledge Present, we dance in the street,” she said. “But the dancing gets hard and hurts people’s legs because we always end up in pot holes.”

Cheng said having the street redone could possibly draw more people to it. “I think the beautification will definitely help the fraternities and sororities. It’d be a better face for greek life,” she said. “And it’ll make the school look better too.” The project has been scheduled to finish in mid-July, Johnson said.

economy, with SUV sales dropping more than 30 percent in March, according to The Associated Press. “This shouldn’t be unexpected. GM has been really hurting for several years now,” Crowder said. “They’re building 15 million cars a year and only selling 12 million and at some point they have to work off the excess inventory that has built up over the last few years.” Economics associate professor Michael Ward said it would be difficult to reach the definition of a recession. “It is clear that we are in a downturn. But an actual recession, which is defined as two quarters of negative growth, will be hard to meet,” Ward

said. “Our economy is growing so much that it has become quite difficult to get to the point where we have negative growth.” Accounting senior Scarlett Bullock is sympathetic to those who will be affected by GM’s troubles, but said workers and the company should have foreseen GM’s demise. “General Motors has been falling behind for years, not to mention layoffs and shutdowns are common in manufacturing jobs,” Bullock said. “This could be a positive for the company and help force them to invest in more fuel-efficient and higher quality vehicles.”

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about scene Emily Toman, editor Scene is published Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday, April 15, 2008


RemembeR See Thursday’s Scene page for coverage of the annual glass art sale and auction featuring work by students and professionals. Page 5

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people Each week, Scene gives students the chance to speak their minds.

James Aghayere, economics senior What is your comfort food? I’m going to have to go with Whataburger. It makes me sleepy. What would you do without the Internet? Flunk out of school, for sure. What would you do if you woke one day and you were the opposite sex? Play with my new goodies, definitely.

The Primetime Steppers are set to compete on BET’s “106 & Park” at 5 p.m. April 23 in New York City. From left, marketing sophomore T.J. Foster, mechanical engineering sophomore Dominique Black, nursing junior Carey Tucker and marketing senior Terry Smith are four of the six members in the Primetime Steppers.

What item would you like to see made? I think I’d go with sneakers. I’d like to see how that goes down. I like sneaker art. What do you listen to when you’re by yourself? I like to serenade myself with a little R. Kelly music — slow and sexy. I like it loud, too. If you could start any club on campus, what would it be? Horticulture Club because hydroponics are the future of gardening. But you never know, there might already be one.

The Primetime Steppers will preview their “106 & Park” routines at noon Wednesday in the University Center Rosebud Theatre.

Step Brothers Diverse band of performers take their show to New York

Kat Harkness, political science senior What is your comfort food? I guess mac and cheese. What would you do without the Internet? Probably read a lot more and be more productive. What would you do if you woke up one day and you were the opposite sex? I suppose I would start looking for answers. I would look on the Internet. What item would you like to see made? Gumballs. I don’t know, that just seems like a fun thing to see happen. What do you listen to when you’re by yourself? Talk radio. I’m, like, the lamest person alive. You’re engaged in somebody else’s conversation instead of hearing music over and over again. If you could start any club on campus, what would it be? A club to get students involved in city government. — Emily Toman

In Lone Star Auditorium, away from all noise from exercise equipment, basketball and racquetball courts in the Maverick Activities Center, marketing senior Terry Smith stops for a moment. “What’s crunker?” he asks. “We’ve got to end strong but start strong too.” Smith and the other members of the Primetime Steppers are known for their precisely choreographed movements, creative show themes and wins against teams from bigger schools. A comical group, the students were harder on themselves last Wednesday, with only two weeks left before their big moment on national television. But they still had fun clowning around between run-throughs of steps and creating new moves, conjuring ire from education junior Janae Jackson, there watching her friends. “Don’t be stupid and hurt yourself and not be able to step!” she yelled after mechanical engineering sophomore Dominique Black’s Matrix-like jump off of a wall. The reality’s just beginning to settle in, for both the team and their friends and family, that the Primetime Steppers are going to New York City to compete on BET’s “106 & Park” April 23, on the show’s Wild Out Wednesday segment. Smith e-mailed the show to audition months ago, but never really expected to hear back from them. For him and the others, stepping has become a constant in their lives. “Stepping has brought me closer to people,” said Nick Kontoh, business accounting junior and team member. “We’re bonding more, and I don’t just consider these guys teammates. They’re actual friends. I can hang with them.” Primetime began as part of the Black Student Association, but Kontoh, Smith, Black, nursing junior Carey Tucker and math junior Charlie Nguyen all stepped before at Arlington’s James Bowie High School. All competed at the state level there, with Bowie placing second in

2004 and first in 2005. Smith began stepping in church at age 5, but said he’s been hard-core about it since high school. His family has been supportive since day one, but they’re definitely more excited now. “It’s on a level that we never saw coming,” Smith said. Tucker started stepping at Bowie because of friends, and said it just kind of happened. “Just seeing it, it was kind of intimidating at first,” Tucker said. “But they’ll teach you the steps first, and then once you do it so often you can do it on the stop of a dime.” Tucker said many people can step, but they’re just afraid to try or think they have no rhythm. Having played sports before, he said stepping provides the same kind of rush felt in a game with the intense crowds. Having what he called very traditional Vietnamese parents, Nguyen said his family thought he was crazy when he began stepping at Bowie, but once they went to a step show and witnessed the atmosphere they became very proud. “I’m this geeky little Asian person stepping on stage,” Nguyen said. “As soon as [the crowd] starts yelling, I feed off of their energy.” Black said the adrenaline rush is a big factor, but that stepping is also just another way to put your name out there and get more involved in the community. Like Smith, he started stepping at a young age, and said it keeps him motivated. “Besides my family, God and school, it’s my life, or part of it,” he said. “Instead of playing games at home and sitting on the couch, I’ll create steps or something.” Marketing sophomore T.J. Foster is the only team member not from Bowie, but he also stepped in high school and at church in Waco, his hometown. The team hopes to bring more exposure to the university and show off its

Marketing senior Terry Smith, back, e-mailed a video to audition the team for BET’s “106 & Park” months ago, but neither he or nursing junior Carey Tucker expected to hear back from the show.

style just like the men’s basketball team did in its trip to the NCAA tournament. “It’s no surprise this university’s taking off,” Communication Vice President Jerry Lewis said. “Students, faculty, staff and athletics, everybody’s playing a role. It’s all good news, for sure.” BSA president Brittney Joseph said the organization has been publicizing the team’s trip as much as possible. “It’s a great opportunity for them and they’re really deserving. They’re a great group of young gentlemen,” she said. Pat Charles is senior show writer and casting director of “106 & Park,” and also created Wild Out Wednesday in April 2005. He said R&B singer Alicia Keys will be in the studio that day. Keys is premiering the video for her new single “Teenage Love Affair,” which resembles Spike Lee’s 1989 film School Daze, and wanted the show to have a similar theme. “[Her manager] said she wanted to come on WOW and wanted to know if it could fit that theme,” Charles said. “So I said, ‘How about college step teams?’ and they loved that.” WOW usually features dance teams, but the April 23 segment will include Primetime, Gamma Xi Chi from Detroit’s Wayne State University and a group from Alabama State University. Charles said it will still be like any other show, but, “It’ll be hot because [Keys] will be there.” The WOW winner is determined by viewer votes, not the in-studio audience or judges. Charles said that although competing groups do need support from


home, the best performer can win. “People at home still vote for their favorite teams. Whoever stands out and brings it,” he said. Which suits Black just fine. “Ain’t nobody really seen stepping until they’ve seen us,” he said.

Primetime StePPerS on “106 & Park” When: 5 p.m. April 23 on BET How to vote: Go to BETShows/106andpark/106_wow.htm. Click on “Vote Now.” Primetime Steppers member Terry Smith said if they win the national vote they will have the chance to return to New York as Wild Out Wednesday AllStars on Aug. 9.

UPcoming event Got Talent? Showcase When: noon Wednesday Where: University Center Rosebud Theatre. The program includes an Infiniti Dance Company performance, sorority and fraternity strut-offs and a talent segment where any talented student could walk away with a $25 gas card. With one week left before the show, Primetime Steppers will also perform their planned routines for “106 & Park” to get audience feedback.

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SportS Quoteworthy “my only feeling about superstition is that it’s unlucky to be behind at the end of the game.” Duffy Daugherty, former Michigan State head football coach (1954-1972)

utA SportS CAlenDAr Today Baseball versus Oklahoma State Time: 4 p.m. Place: Clay Gould Ballpark Golf at Southland Conference Championship Time: All Day Place: Lake Charles, La. Wednesday Baseball versus Texas Time: 6:15 p.m. Place: Austin, Texas Softball versus Tulsa Time: 3 p.m. Place: Tulsa, Okla. Softball versus Tulsa Time: 5 p.m. Place: Tulsa, Okla. Golf at Southland Conference Championship Time: All Day Place: Lake Charles, La. Friday Baseball versus Southeast Louisiana Time: 6:30 p.m. Place: Clay Gould Ballpark Saturday Baseball versus Southeast Louisiana Time: 2 p.m. Place: Clay Gould Ballpark Women’s tennis versus Texas State Time: 2 p.m. Place: San Marcos, Texas Men’s tennis versus Texas A&M Corpus Christi Time: 2 p.m. Place: UTA Tennis Center Men’s track at Baylor/Michael Johnson Classic Time: All Day Place: Waco, Texas Women’s track at Baylor/Michael Johnson Classic Time: All Day Place: Waco, Texas Sunday Baseball versus Southeast Louisiana Time: 1 p.m. Place: Clay Gould Ballpark


Lady Mavs avoid weekend sweep Men’s and women’s teams use weekend to prep for conference. By JuStin rAinS The Shorthorn staff

Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams wrapped up busy weekends sunday with the men falling to southern Methodist 7-0 and the women earning a critical southland Conference win over Nicholls state 5-2. overall, the men went 03 throughout the weekend, all in non-conference matches. they also fell to oklahoma 6-1 on Friday and lost to Louisiana-Lafayette 4-3 on saturday. the women’s sunday victory gave them their only win of the weekend. they fell to Arkansas state 5-2 on Friday and southeastern Louisiana 5-1 on saturday. Members of both teams took positives from the matches, whether in a winning or losing effort. Freshman Monika Hadvigerova said the women’s victory felt “great,” and the team showed improvement. Hadvigerova won four of her five matches over the three-day stretch, including a sweep of her singles and doubles on sunday against the Lady Colonels. the confidence she has in her doubles partner, sophomore Klara Jagosova, contributes to their success, Hadvigerova said. “I think we pretty much click,” she said. “When we’re in a groove, I think we can beat pretty much anyone.” sophomore Dmitry Minkin also felt encouraged by his team’s performance against No. 46 southern Methodist, saying the match showed that the Mavericks could play at a high level.

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Klara Jagosova hits the ball during a singles match against Southeastern Louisiana losing 6-2 on Saturday at the UTA Tennis Center as the women also were defeated 5-1 by Southeastern Louisiana.

“I feel like they aren’t a level above us,” he said. “Just maybe a little bit better, maybe the psychology [of winning]” Minkin said that psychology comes from the team’s rotation. He said bigger schools could field teams of 12-15 players, allowing them to take breaks. the Mavs send out the same six players every match. “You spend three to four hours playing each day and it wears on

ence tournament. they will travel to san Marcos on saturday to take on the texas state Bobcats. the men have finished their pretournament schedule. the conference tournament begins for both teams on April 25 and runs through April 27 in Nacogdoches.

you,” he said. Minkin blamed the team’s lackluster sunday performances on fatigue after three straight days of tennis. He also felt “bad luck” contributed to the team’s loss on saturday to the ragin’ Cajuns. “I think it was a great match and everybody was fighting hard,” he said. “All of the matches were close.” the women have one conference match remaining before the confer-

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Mavs face mid-week test against Cowboys UTA hopes to continue its winning ways against Oklahoma State and Texas in back-to-back games. By JuStin rAinS The Shorthorn staff

the baseball team continued its hot streak last weekend, sweeping the McNeese state Cowboys on the road for its eighth win in the last 10 games. If the Mavericks hope to continue their streak, they will have to do so against two of the toughest teams in the nation. tonight they face the No. 21 oklahoma state Cowboys at Clay Gould Ballpark followed by a road match-up

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with the No. 12 texas Longhorns on Wednesday. Head coach Darin thomas said a win would be great for the team, but also noted the competition is tough. “Anytime you take the field, you’re trying to win,” he said. “But at the same time we realize what we’re up against.” He went on to say the team wouldn’t change its mind-set going in to the games and could only “play good and see what happens.” Freshman centerfielder Michael Choice said he views the games as games against normal teams. “they’re a team just like we are,” he said. “they play the same game we do.” In their sweep of the Cowboys, the Mavericks did most of their damage

done, another guy comes up and gets a clutch hit,” he said. osU has won five of its last seven games, including series wins over thenNo. 8 Missouri and No. 6 Nebraska. the series against McNeese signaled the start of eight games in 10 days for the Mavs, a stretch thomas said can wear on his players, especially considering the competition and the two mid-week games. “Anytime you have to play one midweek game, it makes it difficult,” thomas said. “When you have two back-toback it’s pretty insurmountable and it’ll be interesting to see how we play.”

at the plate, scoring 30 runs over the weekend. Choice rebounded from a recent cold streak, going 5-for-14 with three rBIs in the series. prior to the series against McNeese, Choice had been 2-for-15 in his last four games. “My key was to relax and not be so tight,” Choice said. “I kind of just stood there [on] some pitches and swung.” senior David McLeod went 5-for14 over the weekend, knocking in four rBIs and junior Andrew Kainer added five rBIs while playing in only two games. senior Danny slinkman, who went 3-for-13 in the series, said offensive balance spurred the team’s success. “If one guy’s not getting the job

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Journalist rescued after 2 months of captivity in Iraq The AssociATed Press

BAGHdAd — iraqi troops freed a kidnapped British journalist for CBS News on Monday after finding him hooded and bound in a house during a raid in a Shiite militia stronghold in Basra. richard Butler’s rescue after two months in captivity was a welcome success story for the iraqi military, which has been strongly criticized for its effort to impose order on iraq’s secondlargest city, an oil hub 340 miles southeast of Baghdad.

Butler, 47, was thin but in good condition and laughing as he was shown on iraqi state television hugging well-wishers and greeting beaming iraqi officials. “Thank you and i’m looking forward to seeing my family and my friends at CBS and thank you again,” Butler said. “i’m pretty weak and i’ve lost quite a bit of weight,” he said later. “i’m looking forward to a decent meal.” defense Ministry spokesman Mohammed al-Askari said the troops were not in fact looking

for Butler. He said an army patrol conducting a sweep of the area responded after coming under fire from the house where he was being held in the Jibiliya neighborhood. one of the gunmen was wounded in an exchange of fire and another was captured while two men escaped, he said. When asked by al-Askari on iraqi television if the iraqi army was good, Butler said it was “brilliant.” “The iraqi army stormed the house and overcame my guards

and they burst through the door,” Butler said. “i had my hood on, which i had to have on all the time, and they shouted something at me and i pulled my hood off.” Basra security commander lt. Gen. Mohan al-Fireji said Butler was sitting on the floor with his head covered by a sack and his hands tied when the troops stumbled upon him. Butler had been held since Feb. 10, when masked gunmen seized him and his iraqi interpreter from Basra’s Sultan Palace Hotel.

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British journalist Richard Butler is seen in this image made available by the Iraqi Army after being freed in Basra, Iraq, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad on Monday.

Earth Day events plus Exhibits through April 30 in all three library branches. Central "UT Arlington Sustainability Projects" and "Shrinking a Landfill" on the 1st floor. On the 2nd floor find "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" plus a Bibliography handout. Architecture & Fine Arts showcases a Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Center project by students in David Hopman’s landscape architecture class. Science & Engineering is displaying books on the subject of Sustainability.

April 16 The library will have a table at the Celebrating People and the Planet at the UC Mall event. Free reusable water bottles (in Maverick colors) and information about our online Library Subject Guides and electronic resources.