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Volume 92, No. 72

Since 1919

Cordero the Great

They gather in peace

Senior sprinter Cordero Gray is on the road to becoming SPORTS | PAGE 6 one of the best runners in UTA’s history.

The Muslim Students’ Association promotes tolerance, not destruction, guest columnist says. OPINION | PAGE 4


Animal research could get building The $15-million facility would double the size of the current space used for research. BY JOHN HARDEN The Shorthorn senior staff

UTA plans to construct a shared facility between the Colleges of Engineering and Science for animal re-

search as listed in its plans for future construction projects. The preliminary plan is to begin construction January 2015 and have it completed in 2017. The $15-million facility would double the current space of 13,000 gross square feet, according to the plan submitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The

old space would eventually be renovated for the College of Science. The new facility is listed as a priority in the university expenditure plan that outlines a list of university projects the university would like to construct. Other priorities include renovation of the Life Science Building, a University Center parking garage

and expansion of the Nanofab center. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said there is no immediate need for the facility, but it may evolve into a need as the university increases research activity. “Central administration is just looking at projects that have longterm potential, but since nothing has

been approved, priorities can change as the campus grows,” she said. The budget for the renovation of the vacated space would be about $3 million, for a total project cost of about $20 million. Funding sources for new construction could include tuition reveFACILITY continues on page 5



Scholarship will honor late alumna Scholarship goal is set at $50,000, $25,000 to be raised, the rest matched by the university. BY VIDWAN RAGHAVAN The Shorthorn staff

The Criminology and Criminal Justice Department is creating a scholarship in honor of alumna Jillian Smith. The department is currently ironing out the details of the scholarship. Smith was a police officer who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 28, 2010. Randy Butler, Center for Criminal Justice Research and Training director, had Smith as a student during her time at UTA. “We could build a statue or a monument in her memory, but a scholarship is a living instrument, it is a lasting and continuous tribute. The recipients will help keep her memory alive,” he said. Alejandro del Carmen, Criminology and Criminal Justice chair, Jillian Smith, police said the specifics of the officer and alumna, scholarship were still was killed in the line of duty. being decided. “Typically, we meet with the family and ask them what parameters need to be set,” he said. These criteria include the scholarship’s name, the amount and the number of students awarded. Del Carmen said he hoped to raise a total of $50,000. He said fundraising events would be held once the parameters are set and hopes to start by the end of spring. Myke Holt, Liberal Arts development director, said the current goal of $50,000 would be met by raising $25,000 through donations and the rest via the Maverick Match program, where the university matches donations with an equal amount. Holt said the suggested name is the Officer Jillian Smith Endowed Memorial Scholarship. She said a committee in the criminology department met on Jan. 24 and decided to establish the scholarship. The committee SMITH continues on page 5

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Psychology sophomore Andrew Goff plays the Wii game “Just Dance” during the Career Center Carnival Kick-Off Tuesday in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. The carnival was a starter event for Career Month that informed students of upcoming events.

Career center offers tips, tools at carnival Students learn tricks on how to get a job at KickOff informative sessions and workshops. BY JOEL COOLEY The Shorthorn staff

The Shorthorn: Jacob Adkisson

Education sophomore Arianna Lopez shoots a basket Tuesday at the Career Center carnival. Lopez was walking by as she spotted carnival games and decided to participate.

The Career Center Carnival Kick-Off this semester featured palm readers, games and cotton candy. The festivities took place in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge and attracted about 250 people. Debbie Villagomez, Career Center Employer Relations coordinator, said the center thought the carnival would be a great way to gather student interest. “It’s something fun to kickoff Career Month with,” she said. Psychology sophomore Andrea Goff said she came to the carnival to see what it was about. “I think it’s a good icebreaker to lighten the mood for the rest of the month,” she said.

MONTH EVENTS How to Find a Federal Job 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, University Center, Concho Room. Internship Workshop 1-2 p.m. Thursday, UC, Guadalupe Room. International Student Workshop 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, Swift Center. Job Fair 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 23, Maverick Activities Center.

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On-campus store off to a slow start New store in Engineering Research Building has yet to gain attention from campus. BY MELANIE GRUBEN The Shorthorn staff

A new on-campus convenience store, the P.O.D. (Provisions on Demand) Express, opened in the Engineering Research Building this semester, and business has been slower than expected. “Students still don’t really know that the store is there,” Raj Surinarain, Dining Services retail manager said. Surinarain said this first month was a “soft opening,” and in the future

they will have a grand opening for the P.O.D. Express. He said the store got off to an unexpectedly slow start and the current customer flow should increase after the grand opening and other means of advertisement. “We are shooting for between 200 to 300 people into this location, at least, per day. That’s what we expected,” Surinarain said. The store sells school supplies, drinks and some food items in the center of the Engineering Research Building, with tables and seating nearby. Ramya Musani, P.O.D. Express employee, described business as fairly slow. “This started a month back, and

ABOUT THE P.O.D. EXPRESS Hours: Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, closed Saturday and Sunday Sells: school supplies and food and drink items

not many people know it’s here,” Musani said. “The environment is very good, very calm.” Musani said the store typically gets 50 to 60 customers per day, composed mostly of students. She added that one reason business is slow is because the building is new, and not all the normal occupants are moved in. STORE continues on page 5

The Shorthorn: Sandy Kurtzman

Electrical engineering graduate student Safwan Nuneer, left, jokes with structural engineering graduate student Michael Ross at the P.O.D. Express on Jan. 31. in the Engineering Research Building. Ross said he likes the convenience of the store because he doesn’t have to leave the building and walk to the University Center.

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‘Katrina’s Son’ to kickoff Black History Month

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Juan Andrade Torres, a retired professor with his Ph.D. in history and social anthropology, autographs his novel, Jacksboro Hwy, on Tuesday afternoon in Carlisle Suite. About 30 people showed up to the presentation including fans from Cancun, Mexico.

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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.

MONDAY Theft At 6 p.m. a student reported her cell phone stolen at the Maverick Activities Center on 500 W. Nedderman Drive. The case is active. Robbery At 6:08 p.m. a nonstudent reported READ that someone atMORE tempted to take his cell phone while he To read was in Lot 33, which is located north of a brief the MAC, on 800 about the UTA Blvd. There was robbery, no weapon and the nonstudent was able see page to keep his phone. 3. The suspect fled the area and officers were unable to locate him. The case is active. Criminal Mischief or Vandalism At 1:30 p.m. an officer reported graffiti on the call box at Doug Russell Park on 700 Mitchell St. The case is active. Assault At 12:25 p.m. officers responded to a fight in progress at the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Center on 140 Mitchell St. Two nonstudents were involved in an altercation, which ended in an assault involving family violence. The case is active. Injured Person Medical Assist At 10:17 a.m. an officer responded to a student having a seizure at the MAC on 500 W. Nedderman Drive. The student was transported to Arlington Memorial Hospital. Investigation At 6:56 a.m. officers responded to a water leak at Kalpana Chawla Hall on 901 Oak St. The pipe was shut off.

Juan Andrade Torres said he wants Mexican community to see itself in his novel. BY STEPHANIE KNEFEL The Shorthorn staff

In his latest book, Jacksboro Hwy, author Juan Andrade Torres depicted the lives of undocumented and documented Mexican immigrants living within Fort Worth. Andrade spoke Tuesday at a book signing hosted by the Center for Mexican American Studies about the fictional novel he compiled through research he was conducting about immigrants in Fort Worth. Andrade is a retired professor with his Ph.D. in history and social anthropology, and is the author of 16 books. He said his main hope for the novel is for the Mexican community to relate to the story lines. “I wanted the Fort Worth immigrants to be able to identify with the characters in the novel,” he said. “I wanted them to see themselves in the stories.” English assistant professor William Arce said this novel is impor-

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TODAY Art Exhibition in The Gallery at UTA: John Hitchcock and Texas Prints : 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All Week. The Gallery at UTA. Free. For more information, contact Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658. Alternative Spring Break Hot Dog Fundraiser: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, contact the UTA Volunteers at 817-2722963.

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tant for students to expose themselves to because it discusses various social and political aspects around their community and demographics. Arce said he respects Andrade’s work on immigration, especially because the topic needs more understanding. “Dr. Andrade is very committed to immigrant rights issues,” he said. “This is an area of study and research that needs a lot of attention.” Finance senior Jose Romero attended the lecture because he was honored by the idea of getting the opportunity to listen to a Mexican author. “I thought this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up on,” he said. “I never thought that I would have this opportunity to hear a Mexican author here on campus.” Andrade’s novel hits close to home for Romero, who is the child of Mexican immigrants. “After so many years of hearing about the immigration problems,” he said. “It’s relieving that somebody would actually take it and put it into a story. Up to this point, immigration has always just been an issue, not a story. It’s much more than an

Study Abroad Fair: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. UC, Palo Duro Lounge. Free. For more information, contact Blake Hart at 817272-1120. Graduate Admissions and Financial Resources Workshop: Noon to 1 p.m. UC, San Saba Room. For more information, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 817-272-5286. Panel Discussion on Printmaking in Texas: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Fine Arts Building, Room 148. Free. For more information, contact Patricia Healy at 817-272-5658. How to Find a Federal Job: 12:30-2:30 p.m. UC, Concho Room. Free. For more information, contact the Career Center at 817-272-2932. $2 Movie - Secretariat: 5:30 p.m. Planetarium. $2. For more information,

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issue, immigrants in this country have become as much a part of the country as much as anything else.” Susan Baker, Center for Mexican American Studies director, said the thriving world of Mexican immigrant culture around Fort Worth is one that students should not be afraid of, but be willing to study and embrace. “We have worlds within worlds in the cities that we live in,” she said. “Not everybody here is going to live in the Metroplex their whole life. So for those who are interested in moving to another city when they graduate, I would like Dr. Andrade’s work to sit in the back of their minds and they should be on the lookout for them.” Baker said students of all backgrounds have a lot to gain from studying the diversity Mexican culture brings into our communities. “The better we integrate those cultures into our world, the most diversity we enjoy by celebrating and integrating these newcomers into our society,” she said.

Multicultural Affairs will resume Black History Month events Wednesday with the screening of Katrina’s Son in the University Center Rosebud Theatre. The Kick-Off event was canceled last week because of inclement weather. Tierra Chatmon, Black History Month chair, said they might work activities into other events instead of rescheduling the Kick-Off event. Katrina’s Son, written and directed by assistant professor Ya’Ke Smith, is a short film that tells the tale of children affected by Hurricane Katrina. While celebrating prominent black leaders is easy to accomplish, Chatmon said the film was chosen because it is important to remember the struggles, as well, and to celebrate them. “The one thing that I want people to walk away with is that, although Hurricane Katrina did happen five years ago, we’re going to feel the impact of that storm for years and years to come,” Smith said. The film screening will take place at 7:30 p.m. — Bianca Montes


Rangers GM Jon Daniels to lecture Wednesday Jon Daniels, the Texas Rangers general manager, will speak at noon today as part of the Kinesiology Department’s Anderson Sport Performance Lecture series in the Lone Star Auditorium. Daniels, a Cornell graduate, will lecture on “Creating a Competitive Advantage,” which will discuss aspects of the Texas Rangers baseball operations department. The lecture is free and open to the public. — Sam Morton



contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183. UTA Men’s Basketball vs. Sam Houston State: 7 p.m. Texas Hall. Free for students. For more information, contact Jason Chaput at 817-272-7167.

Katrina’s Son film screening with Professor Ya’Ke Smith: 7:30 p.m. UC, Rosebud Theatre. Free. For more information, contact Multicultural Affairs at 817-272-2099. THURSDAY Intramural Racquetball entries due: All day. MAC. For more information, contact Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277. Internship Workshop: 1-2 p.m. UC, Guadalupe Room. Free. For more information, contact The Career Center at 817-272-2932.

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Global Grounds International Coffee Hour: 4-5:30 p.m. UC, Palo Duro Lounge. Free. For more information, contact Lauren Cutcher at

Magnificent Sun: 6 p.m. Planetarium. $6 for adults, $4 for children. For more information, contact the Planetarium at 817-272-1183. Green Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies: Necessity and Opportunity: 9:30-10:30 p.m. Trimble Hall, Room 115. For more information, contact Jeff Howard at 817-272-5119.

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PUPPY LOVE ABOVE: Architecture graduate student Selina Cinecio sits with the remaining seven-week-old puppies her dog had. Cinecio brought the border collie and labrador retriever mix puppies to the courtyard to give them away for free. About 15 people walked past to look at the puppies and five took some puppes home.



Proposed sonogram mandate for abortions curtailed

Puerto Rican man accused of burning family fit for trial

AUSTIN — A proposed law that would require doctors to show women a sonogram of their fetus before performing an abortion will be modified to give the woman greater control over what she sees and hears, the bill’s main author said Tuesday. The original Senate Bill 16 required doctors to display a sonogram to women seeking an abortion, even if the patient asked not to see it. The bill also required doctors to describe the sonogram image and play the fetal heartbeat for the patient. The bill would have allowed a woman to “avert her eyes” but did not allow her to decline the information, as it was originally drafted. State Sen. Dan Patrick, RHouston, said he never intended for the bill to put pressure on a woman seeking medical help. Patrick will lay out a new bill when he chairs a committee hearing Wednesday.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Prosecutors in Puerto Rico say a judge has ruled that a man accused of setting his family on fire on New Year’s Day is mentally fit to stand trial. A statement from the U.S. island’s justice department Tuesday also says that Justino Sanchez Diaz has been charged with a sixth count of murder. That charge stems from the death of a hospitalized victim Jan. 29. Also among the dead are the suspect’s elderly mother, a nephew and the nephew’s fiance from Seattle. Police allege Sanchez doused family members with gasoline when they sat down for dinner and set them on fire. It is unclear if Sanchez has entered a plea in the case. Defense attorney Luis Gonzalez did not return calls for comment.

10 injured in gas blast in southeastern Turkey

Worker unaccounted for at petroleum plant fire

ANKARA, Turkey — A governor in Turkey says a liquefied petroleum gas tank exploded at a petrol station, injuring 10 people at an adjacent supermarket in southeastern Turkey. Gov. Mustafa Toprak says Tuesday’s blast occurred in Diyarbakir, the largest city in the country’s Kurdish-dominated southeast, where Kurdish rebels have been waging war for autonomy for decades. Toprak has ruled out terrorism and says the explosion was caused by a faulty gas valve. He says one of the 10 injured was in critical condition.

MONT BELVIEU — A company spokesman says one worker is unaccounted for following a liquid gas pipeline explosion at a petroleum plant outside Houston. Enterprise Products spokesman Rick Rainey says the worker is a contract employee who was supposed to be at the site at the time of the blast but didn’t show up at a secure area where employees are told to report in case of an emergency. The mid-day explosion burst open a line carrying mostly butane and propane at an Enterprise Products storage facility in Chambers County.

RIGHT: Architecture senior Amelia Nguyen holds one of the eight puppies her dog had Tuesday afternoon in the architecture courtyard. Nguyen said she wished she could have one but her parents wouldn’t let her.

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Middle school students reenact musical dance


Dancing to the title soundtrack the film musical "Fame" a group of about 40 NOVA School students perform while circled around the state seal in the Capitol Rotunda in Olympia, Wash. on Monday. Described as a brief, random act of culture, the dance troupe from the Olympia independent middle school comprised of 109 students had been practicing for the performance since the Christmas season as an after-school project. The event is in advance also of the school's Prospective Family Meetings' open house on Sunday.

Nonstudent reports attempted cell phone robbery At about 6:11 p.m. Monday, a nonstudent reported that someone attempted to steal his cell phone when he was on the sidewalk along Lot 33 at 800 UTA Blvd. Police assistant chief Rick Gomez said police believe it is not related to a string of cell phone robberies in November 2009. He said the complainant resisted and was able to keep his cell phone. “Right now, it just appears to be a random act,” he said. “We’ll certainly be on the look out for any other suspicious activity in and around our campus.” The UTA police bulletin described the suspect as a black male, approximately 20

years old, 5 feet 8 inches, average build with a red scar on his cheek, wearing a dark blue hoodie and gray sweatpants. Gomez said students should remember to avoid walking alone at night. They should call the police station for escorts or to report suspicious activity. “It’s just not worth sustaining a serious injury or your life for property that can be replaced,” he said. Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the UTA Police Department at 817-272-3381.

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Spaniolo to testify before Sentate Finance Committee UTA President James Spaniolo is scheduled to testify before the Senate Finance Committee today in Austin. Spaniolo will appear before the committee along with other UT System presidents, as representatives from Texas Tech University and San Angelo State University. According to the Senate Notice of Public Hearing posted online, each speaker is limited to three minutes, after which senators are able to ask questions. Sen. Chris Harris , R-Arlington, was not re-appointed to the Senate Finance Committee for this session. However, Royce West, D-Dallas, a UTA alumnus, sits on the committee. The committee is chaired

by Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, and vicechaired by Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo. Spaniolo’s testimony is a normal part of each legislative session, but the legislature is grappling with a budget shortfall between $15 billion and $27 billion for the 20122013 biennium. The meeting will be streamed live on the Texas Senate website. It’s set to begin at 9 a.m., but the final witness list was not available at press time. For updated information, please visit or the Texas Senate website.

— J.C. Derrick

Companies say they are owed millions for BP work

Obama to call for $53B for high-speed rail

NEW ORLEANS — Several companies that were hired to help BP respond to the massive oil spill claim the company or one of its subcontractors owes them millions of dollars for their work. Ricky Myers, who owns Rhino Construction in Bay St. Louis, Miss., said Tuesday that BP contractor O’Brien’s Response Management owes him $650,000 for his company’s work cleaning up beaches and barrier islands after the spill. Myers said BP officials have assured him the company has fully paid O’Brien’s, but other subcontractors say BP deserves some blame. BP spokeswoman Heidi Feick said the company is working with its major contractors “to provide support as necessary.” Myers said much of the money owed is “retainage,” or money that is withheld until the quality of a subcontractor’s work can be verified. Myers said the retainage money was supposed to be paid within two weeks of the work’s completion, but some companies have been waiting for months to get any of that money.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling for a six-year, $53 billion spending plan for high-speed rail, as he seeks to use infrastructure spending to jumpstart job creation. An initial $8 billion in spending will be part of the budget plan Obama is set to release Monday. If Congress approves the plan, the money would go toward developing or improving trains that travel up to 250 mph, and Barack Obama, U.S. connecting existing rail lines to president new projects. The White House wouldn’t say where the money for the rest of the program would come from, though it’s likely Obama would seek funding in future budgets or transportation bills.


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Human spirit always triumphs Despite tragedies, people will pull through in the end


f I were to die today, and had one last wish, what would I choose? I would choose to have more than one wish, then I would make my wishes come true and I would gladly die. I would not wish for common but extraordinary things like nice cars or pretty ladies, for I know not whether there are highways where I go to and also, I don’t have a driver’s license. I would wish to convert to a religion that believes in reincarnation and that I come back as temptation to the human spirit. My last wish would be that you continue to read this story to the very end. As a reincarnate, I would like to be considered a hopeless failure for I know it would be an impossible task for me to NELSON break the human spirit. Earlier last month, ONYANGO America witnessed the fatal impact that harsh political rhetoric had in Tucson, Arizona. It was a sad tale of lives lost and futures altered. However, the aftermath of the events were — unfortunately — downplayed. The media in all its wisdom, chose to pay little attention to the strength Onyango is a biology of the human spirit in junior a guest the events that followed columnist for The the Tucson shooting. The Shorthorn. shooting was a temptation to the elasticity of the Join the discussion collective human spirit. Would it break under the by commenting at harshest of circumstances? Unlike political rhetoric, some clichés are true. When wiser people back then said that there is strength in numbers, they passed down their timeless truth and wisdom to us. After every disaster that attempts to sever the human spirit, only one thing remains constant: When human beings unite to combat fear, facing a threat or overcoming a common enemy, no barrier is insurmountable. Of the worst events in human history, many have been extremely harrowing, some disgusting, some inexplicable, but the common denominator in all the tales is the final light that humans shine on the lives of others during times of darkness and despair. When students assemble in an exam room to face a tough exam, it is much easier to suffer the feeling of despair in a group than alone. The same mentality applies to a family that comes together after the death of a loved one to comfort and console each other. In both cases, the strength found in numbers is certainly the reason humans come together and find solace especially in times of need. Remember the saying, “A problem shared is half solved?” Imagine what happens when it’s shared among hundreds or thousands of people with a common will and spirit to overcome whatever trying situation might be at hand. In my few days as a reincarnate, I would realize some truths about the human: floods can dampen but not drown the human spirit, road accidents can drive the human to a emotional breakdown but can’t kill it, jail terms can try to lock it up, but it always gets out, earthquakes might open it up but it never falls through. As a “temptation to the human spirit,” I know I would fail miserably trying to break it, then I would have one last wish: to understand the limits of the human spirit... then I would fail again.

DISCOMBOBULATION by Houston Hardaway

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Students need to attend games Gaining the recognition of our sister schools requires us to show up When ESPN featured junior forward LaMarcus Reed dunking on the Kansas Jayhawks in January, Kansas fans crowded their stadium. If the game were in Texas Hall, the room still would have had more Kansas fans. We can’t have that. The men’s basketball team, 11-10, is looking good, and the women, 6-14, need some work. Fortunately, the teams’ game and morale can both benefit from the same thing: our butts in the seats at games. With College Park Center expected to open later this year, Mavericks have just months to build their campus spirit. If nothing else, use it as a chance to see the last basketball game played on a theater stage. Without fans to fill

the new center, it will be a ghost stadium considering the turnout Texas Hall has now. UTA dropped its football program in 1985. Former university President Wendell Nedderman said attendance, a million-dollar deficit and rising costs were all factors in his decision. The actions of the campus community affect students’ lives and athletic futures. We need to get our act together. The change begins by laying off the 25-year-old bring-football-back mantra and appreciating what we have. Mavericks must represent, have pride in their school and commit for a lifetime. UTA sports have the power to bring the campus togeth-

er like other universities. Students at our sister school in Austin are known for showing up at sporting events and cheering on fellow classmates to victory. UT-Austin, TCU and Texas Tech are top universities, and it would be foolish to think their sports programs had nothing to do with it. We can get there academically and athletically. We’ve got the numbers — more than 30,000 actually. Games are free. Mavericks have a variety to choose from, too. We have baseball, basketball, golf, softball, tennis and track to look forward to this semester. We all know we can make time for a game or two. — The Shorthorn editorial board


The Shorthorn: Thea Blesener

Fighting A False Accusation Muslim Students’ Associations aren’t branch of Egyptian terrorist group


or the past couple of days, I have woken up to my parents watching the news about the current situation in Egypt. Sometimes it’s CNN, others it’s Al Jazeera. They sit and ponder at how much the country has changed in only a few days. The Egyptian people’s desire for a democratic government is one of the most inspirational revolutions of our time. Their voices have finally come out after being oppressed for 30 years by a “democratic” president whose net worth is estimated to be anywhere from $40 billion to $70 billion. For comparison purposes, Bill Gates’ net worth is $53 billion. Does this raise any questions as to how he obtained this large amount? It should when 20 percent of the Egyptian population lives below the poverty line and another 20 percent lives close to it. He became a billionaire at the expense of his people. Poverty and oppression affecting both Muslim and Christian Egyptians is what sparked this revolution for a new government, not Islamic Fundamentalists who want to rule the country and


whose ultimate goal is to “destroy the Western way of life” as Fox News host Glenn Beck said on his show. Beck also ignorantly and bluntly said that these people have “branches” to spread the message of destruction in the United States and called the Muslim Students’ Association one of them. This is farthest from the truth. The goals of UTA’s Muslim Students’ Association are to provide an Islamic atmosphere for students on campus, to promote understanding and lasting relations between Muslims and non-Muslims, and, most importantly, to clear misconceptions about Islam through various events like Islam Awareness Week. If anything, our Muslim Students’ Association, and those across the nation, wants to bring about a greater sense of tolerance and understanding so our future generations can respect one another’s differences. At 7 p.m. Thursday, the Muslim Students’ Association will host an interfaith panel held in the University Center Concho Room where we bring an imam, a priest and a rabbi to talk about the

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REEM ABUHANDARA Abuhandara is a biology senior, Muslim Students’ Association at UTA public relations officer and guest columnist for The Shorthorn. Join the discussion by commenting at similarities and differences between the three prominent religions in the world. This event is open to everyone, not just the Muslim students on campus. The goal of the event is to educate the UTA community and to give them the opportunity to seek answers and ask questions from a reliable source. If this event is not an example of one that promotes tolerance, then I don’t know what is. Before Beck makes ridiculous accusations of Muslim organizations, I would like to invite him on behalf of all the Muslim Students’ Associations in the nation to attend one of the events we hold. Maybe then he could see the truth and gain a different perspective on Muslim organizations.

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Graduate student Poornima Mynampati said the store is an excellent resource for students and should be a more common luxury. “I think every building should have this because it saves a lot of time,” Mynampati said. “I think they shouldn’t have to go to the UC every time. People should be able to grab whatever they want and continue with their studies.” The prices are more or less the same as its sister store’s in the University Cen-

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nue bonds, UT System revenue bond proceeds, external gifts, private donations and natural gas royalties, said Provost Donald Bobbitt. Tuition revenue bonds have to be approved by the state and are used to finance university construction projects. Construction would depend on the outcome of the legislative session at that time, Sullivan said. All of the listed projects are on the institution’s plan,


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Other events include resume critiques, speed networking, informative workshops and the job fair on Feb. 23. “I will definitely be at the resume critique on how to get a federal job,” Goff said. Alumna Mellany Simmons came to the carnival hoping to get tips for finding a job. “I just graduated, and I’m looking for helpful hints on job hunting,” she said. “They have tips that regular students can’t access.”

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MARKET LOCATION ter, The Maverick Market, Mynampati said. She also said that while some convenience store prices are higher, the services they provide are worth the product cost.


but requests for funding have not been submitted yet, said Thomas Keaton, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board finance and resource planning director. Construction time lines, square footages and cost estimates could change by the time the project is actually submitted for approval, he said. Animal research involves the use of live vertebrates for research training, experimentation, teaching, demonstration, display or biological testing. JOHN HARDEN

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The Shorthorn: Sandy Kurtzman

TINKERING WITH TILES Tom Rethard, computer science engineering lecturer, looks at samples of click-together tile Tuesday in the robotics lab at the Engineering Research Building. The tile will be installed next month in the Smart Hospital as part of the research project on aging conducted by Manfred Huber, computer science and engineering associate professor.








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Senior sprinter looks to go the distance Cordero Gray sets his sights on breaking UtA records. By Josh Bowe The Shorthorn senior staff

then try out for the olympics in 2012.” that’s about as far as Gray has thought things out. there’s still a southland Conference championship to be won this season, and that’s his focus right now. “First, I have to focus on this indoor season. I don’t want to think too far ahead,” Gray said.

Cordero Gray just wants to go back to sleep. His alarm might as well be a garbage truck when it blasts him awake at 6:15 a.m. the senior track star would like nothing more than to just roll back over and pull the covers up. “Everyday when I wake up I’m like, ‘why am I doing this?’” Too small for football he said with a laugh. Being this good all four years But he’s woken up every morning for the past four years at UtA would make someone think Gray had running down in Arlington. “I just want to be the best, at an early age, but it wasn’t that’s why,” he said. “I just hate always that simple. At Kennedale High school, mornings.” Gray wanted to be a Gray is in the prostar shining under cess of becoming one onlIne the Friday night lights of the best sprinters and lighting it up inever at UtA, after his For the side a packed gym. collegiate career ends full story, visit “Early on, I wantthis season. He set ed to play basketball. the all-time best 60meter dash time on Jan. 29 at But, then I realized I was too the Houston Invitational with a short,” the five-foot, eight-inch time of 6.67 seconds, narrowly tall Gray said. “‘Maybe I’ll play beating out former UtA-great football,’ but then I realized, Jared Connaughton’s 2006 ‘dang, I’m too small to play time of 6.68. on saturday at football.’” Gray decided to pick up the Varsity Apartments shocker Quad, he had a nation-best track his freshman year at Kentime of 6.23 seconds in the 55- nedale, and admitted it wasn’t the best start. He said he wasn’t meter dash for that week. He also ranks second in the even the fastest one on the 100-meter dash. His time of team. His mother sharon Dan10.16 seconds is just behind iels wasn’t as pleased with the record-holder Elston Caw- switch. “I used to want him to play ley’s time of 10.14 seconds. He was an All-American his ju- football,” Daniels said. “But he nior year, but his ambitions are told me, ‘Mom, I don’t want greater than just setting records to play football, I want to run track,’ so then I thought well, at UtA. “this summer, I want to he’ll just have to deal with the make it to the World Cham- heat now in a track meet.” Gray knew he could continpionship team,” Gray said. “I hope to run professional and ue running in college after fin-

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out on.” Former UtA coach roy Williams knew Gray through summer camps, so head coach John sauerhage gave him an offer that topped most other schools. When sauerhage brought him in, he knew he had a special runner on his hands. “We knew he’d be good,” sauerhage said. “We’ve always had good sprinters at UtA. Cordero fit the mold of someone who can come in here and be one of our top sprinters.”

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Interdisciplinary studies senior Cordero Grey wants to break the school’s record for the indoor 60 and 200 meter dash this weekend at the Iowa State Classic so he can make it to nationals. “I just want to make my mom proud, she loves to watch me run no matter if I win or lose,” he said.

ishing third in-state his sophomore year. then, it was just a matter of picking a school. Gray received offers from some bigger schools, such as texas A&M and Arkansas. Gray spent his first 11 years living in Arkansas and couldn’t believe the offer

his hometown school gave him. “Arkansas, where I’m from, only gave me 10 [percent scholarship],” Gray said. “that was a big kick in the face. so, every time I race them, I want to beat them real bad. Just to show them what they missed

Gray doesn’t understand what an off-day is. During the off-season, he’s routinely waking up to lift weights or run as early as 6 a.m. “Why do we have to get up so early to lift weights?” He said. “But, then we’ll do a lot of over-distance training.” the over-distance training is to make the real races mentally easier. so, instead of running 100 meters, he’ll run 300 or 350 meters at a time – just to make the real event a cakewalk compared to the training. Durham’s working with Gray now to make his late-race better. she said Gray has his start down, now he just has to finish his races better. “Cordero’s start is amazing,”


By sam morton The Shorthorn sports editor

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Unless another Michael Choice comes along, don’t expect a fireworks show this season at Clay Gould Ballpark. the NCAA mandated in August that, at the start of the 2011 season, all NCAA baseball teams, including UtA, adhere to a new baseball bat standard that bans all compositebarrel bats. the Ball-Bat Coefficient of restitution standard may sound like an obscure sabermetric statistic, but it serves to measure the bounciness of the ball off the bat. Under the old Ball Exit speed ratio standard, composite bats compress more when contact is made with a pitched ball, giving the ball an extra boost. this effect is just like a trampoline, where one can jump higher than if they were on flat ground. But the new formula dampens that effect by 10 to 15 percent and essentially makes metal bats act like the wood ones used in professional baseball. UtA hitting coach K.J. Hendricks said because the new standards are universal, it won’t affect the way the team approaches the 2011 season. “We’re thinking positive about it, because it actually plays into our approach anyway,” Hendricks said. “We’re going to see more ground balls and line drives, which is something we work on every day. We’re going to see more small-ball and games decided by the little

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reactions split on new baseball bat standards NCAA regulations take the pop out of bats, says senior catcher.

Durham said. “His last phase, he anticipates the finish too much and he starts reaching. In practice, we’re going to push him back, because he anticipates the finish way too much. the last 10 meters of his race we’re perfecting.” Gray knows he’ll have to get better, not just to compete against the tops of the track world, but also his own teammates. Freshman Clayton Vaughn has finished close behind Gray in a couple of meets this season. Fittingly, most of the track members love hanging out to play “Call of Duty” on the weekends. the best player? that would be Vaughn. Gray said if he doesn’t watch out, Vaughn might be besting him in reality, too. “I need to set all the records as low as I can, so he [Vaughn] doesn’t beat them all in four years,” Gray said. Gray has until May to set all the records he can at UtA before he’s off to be a professional runner. His mother thinks even when he’s done running, he’ll be a coach because he loves it so much. that’s still months and even years away. Gray still has to cross some things off his checklist before he graduates. “First of all, I want to win an indoor and outdoor conference championship as a team,” Gray said. He smiles again. “I want to win the 60, the 200 indoors. the 100 outdoors. I want to be an All-American in indoor and outdoor. then, nationals too.”

things, which is what we preach here.” the new bats haven’t been received with open arms by returning players, who have used the old standardized bats their entire career. senior catcher Chad Comer thinks the new rules have taken the pop out of the bats. “It’ll still go if you hit the sweet spot, but the thing is, they shrunk the sweet spot,” he said. “You can tell it’s different the first time you hear it. It doesn’t have the same ‘ping’ as it used to. I bet if you took [a new bat] and a good wood bat and squared up with both of them, the wood bat would go farther.” But, Comer did concede the new bats wouldn’t have affected the school’s homerun king and recent draft pick, Michael Choice, who hit 16 home runs in 2010. “He would have still hit 13 or 14,” he said. “He’s Mike, he’s that good.” senior shortstop Jesse payne said the weaker bats will allow the team’s outfielders to play closer to the infield, allowing him to make more plays. “A lot of those pop-ups [other teams] don’t barrel up on are going to be easier to get to, so I’ll be able to catch those now,” he said. While payne is optimistic it’ll help his defense, he’s still not a fan of the bats. “It’s like you’re swinging a concrete rod,” he said. “But other teams have to use them, too, it’s not just us. It’ll definitely make for more 3-2 games.”

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Mavs need to play big, contain Clavell Be ready for an angry Bearkat team: UtA handled sam Houston state in Huntsville in January. It was the Mavericks first win at sam Houston state in 11 seasons. Expect a very fired up and energetic Bearkat team to be in texas Hall. Combine that with UtA’s slow starts over the last few weeks, and that could mean trouble for the Mavericks in the opening minutes. Contain Gilberto Clavell – again: Clavell leads the southland in scoring at 20 points per game and hauls in 7.5 rebounds per game, as well. Head coach scott Cross has routinely called Clavell the best player in the conference. UtA was able to manage Clavell in its previous meeting, holding him to 16 points and only onlIne 10 shot a tt e m p t s . For keys the Mav- to the women’s ericks are game, visit going to have to deny him the ball again and not let him dominate the game. Keep the big men happy: Freshman Brandon Edwards and sophomore Jordan reves dominated Monday night as UtA made a concentrated effort to work the ball into the paint. the Mavericks only made one three pointer – an oddity considering how much the team has gunned throughout the season. With freshman guard Darius richardson out again with a sprained ankle, the Mavericks are going to rely on reves and Edwards much more. – Josh Bowe

sam houston state at uta When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Texas Hall Radio: KVCE 1160 AM Live Stats: Series: SHSU leads 33-21