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Tuesday’s headline and story, “Students must make second payment of installment plan or be dropped,” were incorrect. Students on the installment plan will not be dropped from classes after the March 3 deadline of 11:59 p.m. if they do not pay the second installment on time. Students who do not fulfill the tuition payment requirements by the end of the semester risk not receiving credit for hours taken that semester.

Nonfiction OneBook selected The selection committee opted to choose the topic before selecting a book. BY SARAH LUTZ The Shorthorn staff

On Thursday, the OneBook-Conversations Program

announced Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future as the selection for fall 2009 and spring 2010 freshmen. The OneBook Program creates a common experience for all incoming freshmen, and with a speaker series co-

inciding with the book, the program promotes community through learning and the exchange of ideas, said Christopher Conway, OneBook faculty co-chairman. In the past, the OneBook ONEBOOK continues on page 3

ONEBOOK SELECTION Title: Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future Author: Bill McKibben Summary: The book examines how a globalized economy affects its citizens. It measures the cost of limitless economic growth against a more localized economy.

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Pickard Hall was evacuated when a fire alarm went off Tuesday morning. The alarm was set off when smoke from a small brush fire outside the building got sucked into the ventilation system.

Pickard Hall evacuated due to fire Tuesday A lit cigarette butt ignited leaves in a heating and cooling vent, leading to smoke being drawn into the building, University Police chief says. BY JASON JOYCE The Shorthorn staff

sues to canaries used by miners to check the toxicity of the air where they worked. The birds would fly with the miners, and if the bird flew back and lived, the air was fine. If the bird didn’t return, the air was toxic. “Those left out is like that of the canary in the mines,” she said, and comparing it with

An improperly disposed cigarette butt sparked a small fire that resulted in the evacuation of about 700 people from Pickard Hall on Tuesday morning, officials said. The fire began when someone smoking outside Pickard Hall threw a lit cigarette butt into a vent connected to the building’s heating and cooling system. The butt ignited dry leaves inside the vent, and the resulting smoke from the fire was drawn into the building, University Police Chief Robert Hayes said. “Unfortunately, they don’t pay attention to university regulations,” he said. “What happens is they stand around the air handlers and drop their butts in the vent.” Fortunately, the fire was small and quickly extinguished, Arlington Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Holloway said. Because it occurred in

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Harvard Law School professor and author Lani Guinier presents her lecture, “Rethinking Race & Class,” Tuesday night to a packed UC Rosebud Theatre. She spoke about how issues affecting minorities and women are often patched over without dealing with the greater institutional or cultural causes.

Lani Guinier advocated a critical approach toward social and racial matters. BY CAROLINE BASILE Contributor to The Shorthorn

Lani Guinier wants people to think critically and outside the box concerning race and class issues. She said Tuesday night the

focus should not be on those who are underperforming, excluded and facing different challenges, but on fixing the reasons. “This is a plea ... not to think about just race, but think about connecting race and class, race and gender, gender and class,” Guinier said at the University Center Rosebud Theatre.

The lecture was part of the Diversity Lecture Series, the Maverick Speaker Series and Women’s History Month. In 1998, Guinier became the first black female tenured professor at Harvard Law School. Before that, she was a tenured professor for 10 years at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She compared societal is-

ENTERTAINMENT

Battle of the Bands to offer diversity Last year’s winner competes against three other groups Friday. BY DUSTIN L. DANGLI The Shorthorn staff

Four bands with university ties will compete at Bowling and Billiards for the right to open at the university’s third annual Springfest. Each band performing at Battle of the Bands must have at least one member enrolled in at least six credit hours at the university. Springfest 2009 is a concert and sports tournament festival hosted by EXCEL Campus Activities, Campus Recreation and the University Events Office, said EXCEL President Anne Brough. The EXCEL Campus Traditions Committee narrowed the show from eight applicants to four bands: R.B, News Team Assemble, Brandon Steadman Band and last year’s winner,

VladamiR. 2008 marked the first time the winner got to open for Springfest, EXCEL Vice President Maggie Garza said. “With an opening act as the prize, it allowed Battle of the Bands to have bigger names come to perform,” she said. VladamiR vocalist and guitarist John LaRosa said he enjoyed the show, and most bands want the prize. “It was hands-down, without a doubt, the greatest show and experience we have ever had as a band,” he said. “Maybe even as individuals.” At least three judges will decide the winner based on musical talent, stage presence, originality and crowd appeal. EXCEL is still working on contracts for judges who are in the music business or have a musical background, said Angie Mack, EXCEL campus traditions director. The audience votes on the People’s Choice Award for the

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WHEN AND WHERE When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: University Center Bowling and Billiards

band they enjoyed most. The winning band and People’s Choice Award recipients get $200 each. Genre diversity will make this year’s competition different from the past, Mack said. She said the Brandon Steadman Band is more country rock, but R.B has an R & B feel. Each band must play a three-song minimum within 15 minutes. Matt Jones, UTA Radio production director, will host the night. Mack said cover, pizza and soda are free. Bowling and billiards will cost $1. DUSTIN L. DANGLI news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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Finance freshman Tyler Doel sinks a pingpong ball into a cup Tuesday in Arlington Hall. The (Root) Beer Pong Tournament raised alcohol awareness on campus.


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DOG DAZE UTA video services director Lisa Evans-Reagan stops to pet Cyba outside the University Center on Tuesday afternoon. Cyba, a shepherd/husky mix was accompanying Rob Gilbride as he passed out pamphlets to promote the screening of the documentary film Seeing Through the Fence on Tuesday night in College Hall.

Art Exhibition — Michelle Dizon and Vincent Valdez: 10 a.m.5 p.m., The Gallery at UTA. Free. For information, contact Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658 or phealy@uta.edu. SHAC Student Health Fair 2009: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., UC Palo Duro Lounge. Free vision, dental, chiropractic screenings. For information, contact Donielle Smith at 817-272-0071 or dnsmith@uta.edu. Stress Management 101: noon1 p.m., 216 Davis Hall. Free. For information, call Counseling Services at 817-272-3671. Career Exploration Sessions: noon-12:30 p.m., 216 Davis Hall. Free. For information, call Counseling Services at 817-272-3671. Study Abroad Information Session — Focus on Spanish Speaking Countries: noon-1 p.m., UC Blanco Room. Free. For information, contact Blake Hart at 817-272-1120 or studyabroad@uta.edu. Honors College Council Dean’s Forum and General Body Meeting: noon-1 p.m., 100 College Hall. Free. For information, contact Cathy Prichett at 817-272-5409 or hcc@uta.edu. Focus on Technology 2 — Open Access to Scholarship: noon1:30 p.m., UC Rio Grande Ballroom. For information, contact Tommie Wingfield at 817-272-2658 or wingfield@ uta.edu.

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HEALTH

Depression, stress, anxiety screening a success 50 people took part in an event aimed to diagnose mental health issues. BY SHAMBHU SHARAN Contribtuor to The Shorthorn

Mental health screenings attracted 50 students, faculty, staff and volunteers Tuesday afternoon in the University Center. Mental Health and Counseling services host the event once a semester to help students achieve their academic goals and to provide an outlet to measure their emotional well-being.

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Guinier those excluded because of class, race or gender to the delicate bird. “There’s a certain visibility of it. People see what’s happening to the bird but try to fix the bird, not the air.” Guinier said the lesson in the miner’s canary story is to watch the canary. The example she used is based on her and UT-Austin professor Gerald Torres’ book, The Miner’s Canary, discussing race’s current conditions. “We can learn from it and be inspired by it,” she said. “And working

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ter said. “Treatment is based on the problems of students,” she said. “We use cognitive behavioral strategies to address depression and anxiety. It depends on students and their concerns.” Microbiology junior Sagun Manandhar participated in the stress screening. “It was nice to attend the event,” he said. “I got direction where to go. I got some fliers, ideas to meet with doctors and counselors. Sometimes, I feel confused about myself. I think Counseling Services can help me to solve my problems,

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Attendees were directed to various screenings concerning depression, stress and anxiety. Depression and subsequent treatments vary case to case, said Mental Health Services Director Marie Bannister. “We see individuals who have various difficulties,” she said. “We do evaluations and talk to them. We provide psychological counseling. Depression may be genetic, and individual factors affect it too.” Students may get depressed dealing with academic, family, personal, financial and other demands, Bannis-

anxiety and depression.” Manandhar said his problems are mostly money related with tuition, rent, day-to-day expenses and transportation problems — on top of being an international student. “I miss my family,” he said. Tara Mallesh, computer science graduate student, participated and said she enjoyed talking to counselors. “It is a good thing UTA is hosting such an event to help us. It was interesting to know my score. I am all right. I don’t have depression,” she said. “I got information about their stress management events. It

with them to help them survive and help the miners survive.” In the 1980s, Guinier was the director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s voting rights project. She came into the public eye when she was nominated by former President Bill Clinton in 1993 to head the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. After her lecture, Guinier participated in a 30-minute question-andanswer session moderated by criminology associate professor Robert Bing. Bing praised Guinier for her “spellbinding presentation intersecting race and income.” Biology sophomore Amaris

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Juarez said the lecture was inspiring to women. “It made me motivated to go higher in my education,” she said. Multicultural Affairs Director Leticia Martinez said she was excited by how Guinier’s lecture inspired the audience to think critically about race and social class. “One main goal of the Diversity Lecture Series is to inspire deeper discussion,” she said. “It’s to make people want to investigate what they just heard further, sinking into it, debating it and discussing it.” CAROLINE BASILE news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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Selection Committee chose a theme based on the book. This time, from August to October 2008, faculty, staff and students submitted book ideas on the OneBook Web site based on the pre-chosen theme of sustainability. Increased university interest in sustainability caused the committee to change the selection process, Conway said. “We also realized that the valuable work happening on campus with the President’s Sustainability Committee, as well as the increasing importance of the topic in state and national politics, created an invaluable opportunity to lead a constructive conversation about how we can promote sustainability,” he said. The committee examined more than 30 books but decided many were not as interesting. “Bill McKibben’s Deep Economy stood out for the clarity of its writing and the immediate relevance of its subject matter,” Conway said. “The selection committee felt that the book would challenge students to become more aware of how their patterns of consumption relate to energy resources, food safety, human rights and community.” The fourth book selected for the series is the first nonfiction choice. It discusses how individuals can support sustainability and how Americans define happiness in

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The ShorThorn consumption, said Gretchen Trkay, instruction and information literacy librarian. She suggested Deep Economy to the committee in the fall because it’s read in first-year English, where students learn about argument, composition and incorporating outside sources. The book will help spark awareness of several interrelated issues, said Stacy Alaimo, President’s Sustainability Committee co-chairwoman. She said she hopes more faculty across the campus use the book because it works in all disciplines, topics and classes. Undeclared freshman Shannon Holloway said her experience with this year’s book, The History of Love, makes her believe a nonfiction book will be worse than a novel. “I think it’s going to be very boring, and no one is going to want to read the book,” she said. “I didn’t want to read this year’s book. It was terrible. I thought it was a terrible theme.” Electrical engineering freshman Cody Riggle said he likes the theme because it might bring more speakers. “I think it’s smart to choose the theme first because if you pick the book, then you have to tack on a theme to it,” he said. Past OneBook selections were The Kite Runner, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale and The History of Love. Sarah Lutz news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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Sociolinguist speaks about southern hip-hop, language

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The professor addressed the effect music has on African-American English. By Johnathan SiLver Contributor to The Shorthorn

“The Dirty Third” lecture Tuesday addressed, among other topics, the pronunciation of “usher” versus “ursher,” how Lil’ Jon says “yea” and how some people say “her” instead of “hair.” Jennifer Bloomquist, Gettysburg College sociolinguist, spoke to 50 attendees in 200 Trimble Hall about how southern hip-hop affects AfricanAmerican English (AAE). The dirty third refers to the third coast — the South. Bloomquist discussed hiphop’s relevance to how black and white people evaluate themselves. In a colleague’s study, white people identified with their family role or professions, but blacks identified with their ethnic group, she said. Studies said social dislike for AAE surrounded the college/university setting less than six years ago, Bloomquist said. At the time, AAE-speaking Pennsylvanian students rejected a southern-published book used for Bloomquist’s linguistics lecture. “ ‘Oh no, Bloomquist, uh-uh — that’s country,’ ” she said was her students’ response. “ ‘We

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don’t say it like that.’ ” Within six or seven years of her lectures, southern hip-hop trickled north, and students wholly accepted the culture, she said. Bloomquist also discussed how history provoked southern artists. She showed a photo of artist Ludacris dressed in Confederate flags on a stage at the 2005 Vibe Awards. Unseen in the picture, Ludacris eventually took off the clothes, revealing African national colors, and proceeded to stomp on the Confederate clothes. “We’re so much a videobased culture now that artists look to videos and pictures as a way to fill in the blanks that aren’t coming through in music,” Bloomquist said.

Gettysburg College sociolinguist Jennifer Bloomquist discusses how southernAmerican rappers dominate popular hiphop and have a significant impact on African-American English on Tuesday in Trimble Hall.

Wearing the Confederate flag and desecrating it allows the artist and an entire demographic to reclaim the flag, trash it and then feel better about it, she said. At the end of the speech, many of the attendees requested elaborations and personal conversations. Linguistics professor Jerry Edmondson said he agreed with her assertion of the South’s influence through music. “In pop culture, it’s southern language that dominates,” he said. “The talk was spot on, using music as one of the most influential shapers of languages in this country and beyond.” Johnathan SiLver news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

MOndAy Harassment A female student met with officers at the Police Building at 4:38 p.m. to report an individual making harassing phone calls to her. Officers filed a report to document the incident. Simple assault Police responded to a call at 500 Pecan St. at 3:56 p.m. to take a report of an alleged assault. The nonstudent told police that a nonstudent residing at a homeless shelter in Arlington had assaulted him in the Arlington Hall parking lot. Theft Police responded to a call at Davis Hall, 701 Nedderman Drive, at 9:29 a.m. to take a theft report. A staff member told the officer that a golf cart had been stolen by an unknown individual. Criminal mischief or vandalism A faculty member contacted police at 8:16 a.m. to report that a security shutter had been damaged by an unknown individual at Nedderman Hall, 416 Yates Street.

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Gretchen Trkay, instruction and information literacy librarian, suggested Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future to the OneBook Selection Committee in the fall. She said the work discusses how individuals can support sustainability efforts and how Americans define happiness in consumption.

one of the building’s HVAC vents, smoke was drawn into Pickard Hall, accumulating in the first two floors until it triggered the building’s fire alarms. People were left to stand on sidewalks and wait for University Police to give the all-clear to return to their classes. Nursing junior Joy Cunningham said she and her classmates in a second-floor classroom smelled something burning, but initially thought it smelled a little like incense. It wasn’t long until the smoke scent became stronger, triggering the fire alarm, she said. A guard extinguished the small fire before any damage was done to the building, Holloway said. University staff had to reverse the building’s HVAC system to clear out

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About 700 people re-enter Pickard Hall after waiting for University Police to give the all-clear to return to their classes.

the smoke and its scent, Hayes said. By 10:45 a.m., fire officials and University Police determined the building

safe to re-enter. The entire situation could have been avoided if the smoker properly extinguished and disposed the

cigarette butt, Hayes said. JaSon Joyce news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu


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Withholding stimulus funds for political posturing does not help Texans

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The Shorthorn invites students, university employees and alumni to submit guest columns to the Opinion page. Wednesday, March 4, 2009

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It

Just Take the Money Already Several Republican governors are planning to deny their constituents money from the federal stimulus package in an effort to show opposition to its passage. These governors are acting in their own interests instead of allowing much-needed funding for education and infrastructure. Gov. Rick Perry is part of this group and said in a letter to the president that while he will accept the funds, he reserves the right to reject anything he sees as a burden to the state. The Legislative BudEDITORIAL get Board states that ROUNDUP $16.8 billion will be The issue: slotted for Texas, diGov. Rick Perry agreed vided among health and to accept funds allocated for Texas from human services, educathe stimulus package, tion, transportation, saying he reserves the criminal justice, housright to reject what he feels will be a burden ing, infrastructure and on the state. homeland security. We suggest: This is a big piece of He should put Texans the pie — second only ahead of political grandstanding and to the $21.5 billion accept the money. California will receive, according to an article in the Fort Worth StarTelegram on Monday. Texas is set to receive $6.2 billion for education — planned for school districts, education technology, special education grants, education for homeless children and fiscal stabilization funds. In the Star-Telegram article, Perry called the stimulus package a “gift horse” and said Texans could be saddled with “an old nag.” State Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, accused Perry of hypocrisy in the article — saying the governor will take money all day for business incentives but when money for education and Health and Human Services is up for grabs, Perry can’t be bothered. Reports in The Dallas Morning News say Perry will try to use this in a gubernatorial campaign fight with U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. The New York Times placed the blame for Republican governors digging in their heels on presidential ambitions. There is a stipulation in the stimulus package that allows state legislators to override their governors and vote for receiving the funds even if the governors reject it. This is precisely what Texas lawmakers plan to do, according to the Morning News article. Gov. Perry should embrace the funding for education in our state. Texas students deserve a better chance at making a good life in a world where education plays such a large part of economic and social stability.

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ttending an all-male boarding school taught me a lot. The Catholic priests and brothers did a good job of maintaining discipline in the way we dressed and carried ourselves on campus. One thing they didn’t know was how perverted our minds were. We spent most of our time imagining things we didn’t have around — girls. We would stretch our imaginations as far as they could go. One student fantasized a three-part adult movie starring himself and named it “Intestines I, II, III.” It was an imaginary hit among our friends. After high school, most of the boys

started dating and, again, imaginations were misused. This time it was fantasizing about nude girls, and describing them vividly to friends. Thank God I realized what imaginations were really meant for. Prior to this, “imagine” meant swimming in this hypothetical world where everything went your way — women, good grades and being a celebrity with all the attention — to the extent that you imagine you’re Oprah. I discussed this issue with a friend, and we came away with a solution: Our thoughts and dreams are exclusive to us — we must implement authority and control to filter out what is not up to our standards. Everything around us is just the figment of someone’s imagination that was created and given life. Houses, electricity, the Internet, paintings, cell phones, clothes, music, everything. It all started with an idea or an image. Great scientists like Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein, multi-talented engineer Leonardo da Vinci and painters like Rembrandt van Rijn and Pablo Picasso all made use of their imaginations to create. In fact

thought processes, the first step of the scientific method, is imagination. Engineers worldwide develop models for whatever work they do, and imagination plays a major role. Is your imagination constructive or are you still dreaming about a ménage à trois? Imaginations are powerful. They hold keys to unlocking certain results we have been waiting for. Our imaginations today could be our future. We should not spend time creating negative images and situations that will lead us nowhere. Let’s start imagining constructively and come out with tomorrow’s solutions today. Most of us HUMPHREY will graduate KLOBODU and enter the work world where stakes are high. Your boss will expect you to earn every dollar you are paid. That is where imagination, visualization and constructive modeling helps. We have to start somewhere, and I believe it is now. Unleash your creativity through imagination. The world needs your contribution.

— Humphrey Klobodu is an engineering graduate student and a columnist for The Shorthorn

GUEST COLUMN

Obama is not the Abortionist in Chief Pro-life advocates shouldn’t place blame on the president

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his is in response to the “Red Envelope Day” event. The Red Envelope Project’s Web site asks readers to join a group of people on March 31 in sending red envelopes to the White House. The back of the envelope should read ‘This envelope represents one child who died because of an abortion. It is empty because the life that was taken is now unable to offer anything to our world. Responsibility begins with conception.’ ” Conception is underlined. The White House address is listen on the Web site. What is sending Barack Obama a red envelope going to do except waste trees? Obama doesn’t like abortion — he has said that many times. He isn’t running around urging people to get abortions. He isn’t “pro-abortion,” he’s “prochoice.” Pro-choice means that, although he does not like abor-

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tion and does not agree with it at all, he realizes that he is just one man and that it is not his place to decide whether someone lives or dies — especially since there are so many different circumstances surrounding each case. Instead, the “choice” is left up to the mothers who decide to get the abortion, not Obama. So instead of slamming Obama on abortion, you should get a list of women who are having abortions and send them red envelopes to your heart’s content. If Barack Obama did ban abortion, do you really think that would stop abortions? No. Instead, there would be thousands of illegal, underground clinics using dirty tools, and the abortions would be performed by unlicensed, uneducated people instead of doctors. The government really can’t control abortion, so get off

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still killing each other Barack Obama’s back. even though it’s against It’s like you are using the law! There’s realObama as the whiply nothing we can do ping boy for what about it is there? American women are People are going choosing to go out to do what they want and do. to do, so let’s not say It’s the same conit’s the government or cept as murder. president’s fault when People: We don’t TYSON JONES it is obviously the murlike murder. Why derer’s fault. doesn’t the governI’m just saying it’s really ment say they are anti-murder!? It’s the president’s fault! not fair to point the finger at Barack Obama as if he created Do something! Government: Ok, then let’s or loved abortions. The only people that can be held acsay it’s illegal to kill people. People: Sounds good! That countable for having abortions are the people that have them. will solve everything! Government: Alright. Understand that I am also not Done. It’s now official that kill- judging anyone who has had or will have an abortion. I uning people is illegal. People: Yay! We’re going to derstand that it’s your choice make so much progress now and is not my or anyone else’s that it is written on a piece of business. paper that killing is illegal. Government: Actually, peo— Tyson Jones is a theatre ple are still killing each other. arts senior and guest columPeople: Oh no, people are nist for The Shorthorn

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Mavs no match for No. 11 Horned Frogs Early pitching struggles and defensive errors limit team in cross-county matchup. BY ROBERT MATSON Contributor to The Shorthorn

The Maverick baseball team put themselves in a bad position early against No. 11 Texas Christian, allowing five runs in the top of the first inning, and had to play catch-up the rest of the game before ultimately falling 11-3 Tuesday night at Clay Gould Ballpark. UTA starting pitcher Ryan Robinson, a senior, made his season debut and struggled to find his command and get ground balls in the first inning. Robinson hit the first two batters of the game and went on to allow five runs on three hits in the frame which set the tone for the rest of the ballgame. Robinson’s night was through soon after, having completed three innings and allowing six runs — five of them earned — on six hits and two walks. Mavs head coach Darin Thomas said he was disappointed in the start because of the limitations it puts on the team for the rest of the game. He said that in all of their wins and in the close loss to No. 4 Texas, his team got good starting pitching and didn’t have to rally. “When you get down six, you can’t run, you can’t bunt, you can’t really do anything,” Thomas said. “You’re just playing station to station trying to string hits together against a good pitching staff.” The win is TCU’s sixth straight of the season, moving them to 6-1, and is the 11th consecutive time the Horned Frogs

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Time — 3:05. Attendance — 437. Records — TCU (6-1), UTA (4-5).

have beaten the Mavs (4-5) going back to 2004. Thomas said he knows the Frogs are a solid team and expects them to be highly ranked for most of the season. “That’s an Omaha-type team right there,” he said. “You give those guys two or three more weeks and they are going to be in the top ten for the rest of the year.” TCU sophomore starting pitcher Greg Holle (2-0) gave the Frogs four strong innings of work, allowing one run on three hits and striking out three. One player TCU had trouble getting out was UTA sophomore center fielder Michael Choice, who tied a career-high with four base hits. Choice went 4-for-5

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on the evening improving his season batting average to a teamhigh .462. He said he feels confident at the plate right now. “I’m just taking it pitch-bypitch, taking what they are giving me,” Choice said. “A lot of times they don’t give me good pitches to hit, but I got them tonight and was ready to swing.” The Mavericks continue to prepare for conference play when they face NAIA Iowa Wesleyan this Thursday at Clay Gould Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Above: Designated hitter Matt Otteman eyes the ball at the bottom of the first inning Tuesday at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavericks lost to the Horned Frogs 11-3. Left: Third baseman Evan Raley tags out TCU shortstop Taylor Featherston Tuesday at Clay Gould Ballpark.

ROBERT MATSON sports-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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