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Age is just a number

“DSG” Rocks Out

Volleyball features a stark mix of youth and experience to start their season Friday. SPORTS | PAGE 3

The Davis Street Group, a community of duplexes, has an all-day music concert featuring 10 bands. PULSE | SECTION B

ADMINISTRATION

UTA sharpens its focus on retention The university held Success U, a two- advised a room full of students, many of whom concerns about their academic futures. day event this week, with an estimated bore“You can’t do any of this if you aren’t there,” 1,100 attending to boost retention. he assured students.

FRESHMEN RETENTION RATES

In recent years, the university began work on improving an important factor in its race to become a nationally recognized research institution: freshman retention. In the 2008-2009 school year, the first-time freshman retention

BY WILLIAM JOHNSON The Shorthorn staff

Words of advice from David Silva to incoming freshmen: “Show up.” Dressed in full red and black graduation robes, the vice provost for academic affairs

2006-2007: 62.0% 2007-2008: 61.4% 2008-2009: 60.5% 2009-2010: 65.1% 2010-2011: 69.9%

RETENTION continues on page 4

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Mavs moving in

MAVERICK SPEAKERS SERIES

Emmitt Smith tickets available Oct. 3

From moving to convocation, UTA welcomes students

Premium tickets cost $25 and include seating and parking. BY SHELLY WILLIAMS

Samuel Dominguez (right), aerospace engineering freshman, and his cousin Mel Rodriguez unpack his fridge Monday afternoon during UTA’s movein event. Dominguez chose Brazos House because of its proximity to the heart of campus.

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New and returning students race through the inflatable obstacle course Wednesday at the MavsMeet AfterParty on the Central Library mall. The afterparty provided students with free food and various activities.

Welcome Week started with the arrival of new and returning students to campus during Monday’s move-in. Students, along with their boxes and boxes, and boxes of stuff, stormed campus housing to make a part of campus their own. From there, events continued Tuesday through Thursday and will go into the weekend. Students started with waffles but created mountains with whipped cream, syrups and other toppings at Waffleopolis.

About 1,100 students got even more preparation for college during Success U. Ya’Ke Smith, art and art history assistant professor, brought the crowd to applause at the MavsMeet Convocation. Then the crowd rang in the fall semester at the MavsMeet AfterParty. The university community has already done all of this, but Welcome Week is far from over. -Dustin L. Dangli

Whether it’s asking Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. founders how they came up with so many flavors or idolizing NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith, undeclared freshman Nisar Parekh said he is looking forward to UTA’s fourth Maverick Emmitt Smith, Speakers Series. NFL’s all-time “I’m a big leading rusher fan of [Emmitt Smith’s] from the When: 7:30 p.m. time when I used Oct. 20 to watch foot- Where: Texas ball when I was Hall younger,” Parekh Tickets available said. “I admire his Oct. 3 on dedication and utatickets.com work ethic.” Smith leads the series, starting Oct. 20 in Texas Hall. Tickets are available Oct. 3. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. ice cream, follow Smith. SPEAKERS continues on page 7

HEALTH SERVICES

FACILITIES

End of faculty, staff care to have limited impact

Lecture hall goes high-tech

Less than 20 members used the services monthly as of September 2010. BY TRA NGUYEN The Shorthorn staff

Though Health Services is discontinuing services for faculty and staff Wednesday, it will not be detrimental to UTA employees, according to university spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan. As of Sept. 1, 2010, less than 20 faculty and staff members used the health center each month. Approximately 1,000 students visited the health center monthly. The university is implementing the policy to focus on students, Sullivan said. Most staff and faculty have their own means for healthcare, she added.

Employees who work more than 20 hours a week at UTA have the option to receive insurance provided by the university. The health center, though, removed three support staff positions because faculty and staff will no longer be served. Such budget cuts have affected all departments on campus, and this is just one of the many ways to put the students first at UTA, Sullivan said. Track assistant coach Brandon Berger said he would rather have the service available to him. Berger said he has used the center to treat poison ivy and the seasonal cold. Though he didn’t visit the center for urgent medical needs, it was useful because of its location. “I never had to wait whenever I HEALTH continues on page 7

Eric Bolsterli, Liberal Arts assistant dean and senior lecturer, demonstrates the digital whiteboard feature in UTA’s “future classroom.”

University Hall Room 108 now features improved acoustics and seating. BY SHELLY WILLIAMS The Shorthorn staff

As doors open for the first day of school, students will get a taste of UTA’s classrooms of the future in University Hall Room 108. The renovated room opened Friday and the university came in below its $785,000 budget, said Institutional Construction Director Bryan Sims. The exact figure is still being gathered, he said. The redesigned classroom has HD projection capabilities, and features an interactive touchscreen whiteboard instead of a regular dry-erase board. It also seats 250 students, which is about 50 less than the original classroom, Sims said.

The Shorthorn: Casey Holder

“It needed to be comfortable and it needed to be functional,” Sims said. “That was extremely important to us as the students came in.”

Students previously had desks that were small and cramped, Sims said, but now they have tables with plenty of room and CLASSROOMS continues on page 4


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POLICE REPORT

WELCOME WEEK

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.

UTA gives international students a ‘big howdy’ International students can receive a welcome from multiple Christian organizations on campus and Arlington community members at the Big Howdy party on Saturday. The event will include cultural dance, music, free food and a raffle at 6 p.m. BIG in the University Center Rio Grande Ballroom, and Red HOWDY River and Concho rooms. Admission: This year, the Big Howdy will Free feature an Indian Chai Tea When: 6–9 area for students to sample p.m. Saturdifferent teas as well as a day game room. Where: “When first walking University into a place full of diverse Center Rio students, it seems like a Grande Ballculture shock,” said archiroom, and tecture junior Tenaj Pinder. Red River “It [Big Howdy] is a very fun and Concho experience because you rooms get to meet and learn about other cultures around the university.” The goal of the Big Howdy is to acquaint American and international students, and develop long-term friendships, said Ron Bunyard, International Students Inc. director. The goal is also to familiarize international students with the campus. “We are very grateful for the community volunteers and the university as a whole,” Bunyard said. “The event is very big, last year there were more than 700 American and international students.” — April Moore

TUESDAY Criminal Trespass Warning At 11:06 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Central Library in response to a call that a patron at the library was viewing inappropriate material on the computer. Disturbance At 5:12 p.m., officers were dispatched to Meadow Run apartments with reference to a loud noise disturbance. A student was issued a campus citation for playing his music too loud. Injured Person Medical Assist At 3:19 p.m., a staff member requested emergency medical personnel at the Maverick Activities Center for non-life threatening medical injuries. Injured Person Medical Assist At 1:51 p.m. a public safety officer was dispatched to an injured person call from Arlington Hall. A student was transported to Arlington Memorial Hospital for treatment.

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SHE’S A BALLER Alumna Bianca Sauls plays a pick-up game of basketball Wednesday at the Maverick Activities Center. Sauls graduated in the spring but still visits the MAC daily for a game of basketball with friends.

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ADMINISTRATION

Spaniolo will talk about UTA success on local show University President James Spaniolo will be featured Friday on the public broadcasting station KERA on the show CEO. CEO features discussions with North Texas business leaders from the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. “Spaniolo will talk about how UTA is succeeding as its enrollment soars to more than 34,000 students, and the alternative sources of revenue the college is forced to look at as state funding shrinks,” said Chris Wagley, KERA’s marketing and communication director. “We were eager to have Jim Spaniolo on CEO because he is a dynamic leader of an James Spaniolo, important university University at a critical moment President for higher education in Texas,” CEO host Lee Cullum said. “We admired many of the stands he has taken at UT Arlington and the persistence with which he pursues a productive life of learning for all his students.” Spaniolo will also give details about College Park District construction and the university’s efforts to achieve national recognition for research. The episode airs at 7 p.m. Friday on KERA TV with rebroadcasts at 11:30 a.m. Sunday and at 10:30 p.m. Monday. CEO can also be heard at 5 p.m. Sunday on KERA FM.

Social Work Survival Snacks: 8:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Social Work Complex Building A. Free snacks. For more information, contact the School of Social Work at 817-272-3181.

One World, One Sky: 2 p.m. The Planetarium. $6 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, contact The Planetarium at 817-272-1183. Ice Worlds: 6 p.m. The Planetarium. $6 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, contact The Planetarium at 817-272-1183. Cycling Sallies Ladies Bike Ride: 6:30 p.m. every Thursday. Meet at Maverick Bike Shop. The Maverick Bike Shop hosts an all-female bike ride starting from the shop. For more information, contact Sarah Lutz at 817-301-2795. Welcome Back BBQ: 7-9 p.m. Greek Row, in front of University Village. Mingle with fellow Mavericks and eat free barbecue from Spring Creek Barbecue. For more information, contact Greek Life at 817-272-9234. Texas Rangers Discounted Tickets: 7:05 p.m. Rangers Ballpark. UTA community can get discounted tickets to games. For more information, contact the Texas Rangers at 972-RANGERS. EXCEL Welcome Back Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: 8:30 p.m. Free. Maverick Activities Center west lawn. For more information, contact EXCEL Campus Activities at 817-272-2963. FRIDAY

— Shelly Williams

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Social Work Survival Snacks: 8:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Social Work Complex Building A. Free snacks. For more information, contact the School of Social

managing-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu News Editor ......................... Johnathan Silver news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu Assistant News Editor ........ Vidwan Raghavan assistant-news.shorthorn@uta.edu Design Editor ........................ Lorraine Frajkor design-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu Copy Desk Chief .................... Natalie Webster copydesk-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

International Office Big Howdy Party: 6 p.m. Rio Grande, Red River and Concho Rooms in the University Center. Free. Music, line dancing, food and a raffle for international students. For more information, contact the International Education Office at 817272-2355.

Work at 817-272-3181. $2 Movie - Source Code: 5:30 p.m. at The Planetarium. $2. For more information, contact The Planetarium at 817-272-1183. UT Arlington Student Night with the Rangers: 7:05 p.m. Watch the Texas Rangers take on the Los Angeles Angels. $5 tickets are available to current students at www.utatickets.com.

Pink Floyd: 7 p.m. The Planetarium. $6 for adults and $4. A laser light show with the music of Pink Floyd. For more information, contact The Planetarium at 817-272-1183.

Texas Rangers Discounted Tickets: 7:05 p.m. Rangers Ballpark. UTA community can get discounted tickets to games. For more information, contact the Texas Rangers at 972-RANGERS.

Texas Rangers Discounted Tickets: 7:05 p.m. At the Ballpark in Arlington, the UTA community can get discounted tickets to games.

The Lion in Winter, a classic drama!: 8:15 p.m. Fine Arts Building Room 137. The drama is set in 1183 and written by James Goldman. For more information, contact the Theatre Arts Department at 817-272-2650.

The Lion in Winter , a classic drama!: 8 p.m. Fine Arts Building, Room 137. The drama is set in 1183 and written by James Goldman. For more information, contact the Theatre Arts Department at 817-272-2650.

SATURDAY

Pajama Jam - Get Your Glow On: 9 p.m. University Center Bluebonnet Ballroom and Bowling and Billiards. Free. Wear pajamas and participate in glow-in-the-dark bowling and watch glow-in-the-dark dancers. For more information, contact the Division of Student Affairs at 817272-6080.

Hot High: 100 Low: 79 Wings, Wieners, & Water: 11 a.m. Student Governance and Organizations Office offers free Buffalo Wild Wings, hot dogs, water slides, water balloons and snow cones. Location to be determined. For more information, contact Student Governance and Organizations at 817-272-2293.

One World, One Sky: 2 p.m. The Planetarium. $6 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, contact The Planetarium at 817-272-1183.

Accident, Minor At 11:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Fine Arts turnaround for a report of a minor accident involving a UTA service vehicle. A staff member backed his vehicle into a car driven by a student. There were no injuries. MONDAY Suspicious Person An officer was approached in Lot 50 on 1200 S. West St. at 6:50 p.m. by an individual who needed help with her vehicle. The individual displayed paranoid behavior. Arlington EMS was contacted and she was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital. Suspicious Circumstances At 1:34 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Nedderman Hall because a student became upset and argumentative with a staff member. The student left the area prior to the officer’s arrival.

CHARLIE by Mason LaHue

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Ice Worlds: 6 p.m. The Planetarium. $6 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, contact The Planetarium at 817-272-1183.

Movin’ Mavs Back to School Game: 1 p.m. Texas Hall. Free. Team is split with blue vs. white, and alumni will coach. For more information, contact Doug Garner at 817-272-3410. $2 Movie - Source Code: 2:30 p.m. The Planetarium. $2. For more information, contact The Planetarium at 817-2721183.

NanoCam: 5:30 p.m. The Planetarium. $6 for adults and $4 for children. Learn about life forms invisible to the human eye. For more information, contact The Planetarium at 817-272-1183.

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Theft At noon, a student reported that her digital camera had been stolen from her apartment at Centennial Court apartments. The case is active.

Spacepark 360: 2:30 p.m. The Planetarium. $6 for adults and $4 for children. For more information, contact The Planetarium at 817-272-1183. Welcome Back Splash: 5 p.m. Maverick Activities Center outdoor pool. Free. Food, music, swimming and sports. For more information, contact Campus Recreation at 817-272-3277.

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ABOUT SPORTS Josh Bowe, editor sports-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu Sports publishes Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Thursday, August 25, 2011

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VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW 2011

Generation

Setter Amanda Welsh leads a team of five incoming freshmen

Seniors prepare for final season together

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typical college team features a balance of young and old, new and veteran. For UTA volleyball, the scale of experience is weighted toward two extremes — freshmen and seniors. The Mavericks will enter the 2011 season with 13 players on its roster: five seniors, a junior, a sophomore and six freshmen. It’s a unique circumstance that head coach Diane Seymour isn’t sure she’s seen too much of before. “We’ve been heavy older and not so heavy young before,” Seymour said. “But not as dramatic as this.” UTA will kick off its new season 10 a.m. Friday at the El Paso Sports Commission Volleyball Invitational against Southern University. Even with the extreme difference in age, Seymour couldn’t imagine a better scenario for her young freshman class. “I think it’s a good situation,” she said. “If you’re going to bring in six young freshmen like this, then they’re lucky to have these five seniors.” — Josh Bowe

BY JOSH BOWE The Shorthorn sports editor

The Mavericks’s offense has the finishers. Seniors Amanda Aguilera and Tara Frantz combined for 6.22 kills per set last season. They have the defense. Senior Alicia Shaffer had 613 digs last season — second most in a single season in Maverick history. The only question is how the ball will get from Shaffer to Aguilera and Frantz. UTA will have a new setter for the first time since 2007 — and she’s a freshman. “Setting is a hard job, you’re the quarterback of the team,” freshman setter Amanda Welsh said. “I feel like I’m connecting well with the team. Everything is becoming smoother and easier.” Welsh leads a group of five freshmen venturing from high school to the college game. With plenty of playing time available from head coach Diane Seymour, the class will have to adjust right away. Coming from Westlake High School in Austin, Welsh said there’s a notable difference between high school and college volleyball. “It’s definitely a lot faster,” Welsh said. “The tempo of the game is at a dramatic pace.” Seymour wasn’t left with much of a choice after former setter Raegan Daniel graduated in the spring. There were no other setters on the roster to step into her vacancy. But that also doesn’t mean she doubts Welsh’s ability to succeed. Seymour said all of the freshmen, not just Welsh, have been committed since day one to take hold of her teachings.

“They’ve been very coach-able so far,” Seymour said. “They adapt very quickly to what we’re asking. Their willingness to change immediately is very good.” Welsh’s fellow freshmen are middle blocker Ashley Bennett, outside hitter Amy Davault, defensive specialist Caroline Namazi, outside hitter Chelsea Rekieta and defensive specialist Valerie Stetzer. A lone sophomore and junior separate this group from the five seniors, a gap that will force many of these freshmen into the lineup perhaps earlier than expected. “It’s more of a good pressure, a competition throughout the team, but in a good way,” Bennett said. “We have to start now.” Luckily, the entire class has bonded, Bennett said. The shared experience of being freshmen at UTA has provided the group outlets for one another. “It’s great having those people on that have your back and being in the exact same situation that you’re in,” Bennett said. “Going through the hard stuff, going through the soreness and going through missing our family.” And then there’s the senior class that Bennett, Welsh and other freshmen have leaned on early in practice. Bennett wants nothing more than to repay the seniors by finishing the season in style. “I’ve looked up to them so much,” Bennett said. “I think they all know that how much we all really look up to them.” JOSH BOWE sports-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

Amanda Aguilera, senior outside hitter

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Amanda Welsh, freshman setter

VOLLEYBALL VOCABULARY Here are some key terms that will show up in volleyball stories and stat-sheets. Kill - An attack that results in an immediate point or side out. Dig - Passing a spiked or rapidly hit ball; slang for the art of passing an attacked ball close to the floor; a defensive play to save the ball from a kill attempt. Set - The tactical skill in which a ball is directed to a point where a player can spike it into the opponent’s court. Service error - An unsuccessful serve in which one or more of the following occurs: the ball hits the net or fails to clear the net, the ball lands out of bounds or the server commits a foot fault. Outside hitter – a left-front or rightfront attacker normally taking an approach which starts from outside the court. Libero – A defensive specialist that is not limited by rules of rotation and can stay on the court for all plays. Position was created in 1999 to help create more rallies and exciting plays. Source: volleyball. com

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BY JOSH BOWE The Shorthorn sports editor

Amanda Aguilera doesn’t feel any different. The senior outside hitter doesn’t feel older or any extra pressure to be a leader. She takes a moment to think about her final season, her last at UTA. She then realizes that her career is coming to a conclusion. “I feel more like it’s my last chance to make an impact,” Aguilera said. “Before we leave, we need to set a tone for the freshmen for what is expected of them.” Aguilera, along with her four fellow seniors, will have one more shot. Head coach Diane Seymour’s recruiting class of 2008 will see its collegiate career come to an end this season. Aguilera hopes for a better result than last year’s Southland Conference Tournament semifinal exit. “You could always go further,” Aguilera said. “I think we’re at the point where all the seniors will play and we all know each other so well. I think the freshmen are catching on really quick.” The departure of the team’s primary leader last year, Bianca Sauls, won’t just be filled by Aguilera alone. Libero Alicia Shaffer, middle blocker Emily Shearin and outside hitters Eld-hah Kaswatuka and Tara Frantz, are all seniors. Shearin led UTA with 126 blocks last season and was fourth in kills per set (1.64). Shearin has already consoled the freshmen on multiple occasions as she said she feels responsible for being more of a leader this season. “They look up to us as role models, so we have to be aware of what we do,” Shearin said. “There’s definitely pressure on putting a good face out there.” The five seniors are guiding the six freshmen — an age gap that Aguilera and Shearin said they’ve never seen before. But it isn’t something either of them thinks will hold the team back from accomplishing what

it wants to do. “It’ll be a challenge,” Shearin said. “Our bench is a lot deeper. If a situation comes up, they are able to step in if we needed them to. It’s not like they’re true freshmen — they will play.” While the seniors will rely on the freshmen to bring in reinforcements, Seymour will be relying on her seniors to keep the team on track. Seymour has already seen the seniors take charge of practices so far. “They’ve been patient when they’ve needed to be patient,” she said. “It’s like you have a bunch of little babies, you have to stroke them sometimes and discipline them sometimes.” Whether it’s discipline or encouragement, the freshmen have taken after the seniors’ lead. Freshman middle blocker Ashley Bennett said she’s very thankful the seniors provide them an example to work off of. “Having all the older girls is really awesome,” Bennett said. “We’re watching them, wanting to be like them.” Seymour received an immediate first impression that the seniors were ready to take UTA further than last season when they showed up for summer workouts. A conference final appearance is their goal, Seymour said. “They all came back in really great shape,” Seymour said. “They came back in the second summer session in July and really got after it. That showed a sign of commitment to me that they were different about their approach.” Different. Aguilera said she wasn’t feeling different. But in her last ride through UTA, she hopes for a different ending. “We came in as a freshman group that was bad and we’re ending on a senior group that is really good,” Aguilera said. “I think we’ll be good.” JOSH BOWE sports-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

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Libyan rebels aim to secure their capital TRIPOLI, Libya — Libyans hunting Moammar Gadhafi offered a $2 million bounty on the fallen dictator’s head and amnesty for anyone who kills or captures him as rebels battled Wednesday to clear the last pockets of resistance from the capital Tripoli. While some die-hard loyalists kept up the fight to defend Gadhafi, his support was crumbling by the hour. His deputy intelligence chief defected, and even his foreign minister said his 42-year rule was over.

Hurricane Irene menaces Bahama Islands NASSAU, Bahamas — A large and powerful Hurricane Irene roared its way Wednesday across the entire Bahamas archipelago, knocking down trees and tearing up roofs and posing the most severe threat to the smallest and least populated islands, officials said. Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said there have been no major injuries or deaths according to preliminary reports he has been receiving from throughout the widely scattered islands. But he added that they would not know the full extent of damage from the Category 3 storm until it is clear of the country on Friday.

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Apple says Steve Jobs resigning as its CEO SAN FRANCISCO — Steve Jobs, the mind behind the iPhone, iPad and other devices that turned Apple Inc. into one of the world’s most powerful companies, resigned as the company’s CEO Wednesday, saying he can no longer handle the job. The move appears to be the result of an unspecified medical condition for which he took an indefinite leave from his post in January. Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook, has been named CEO.

Red ink continues as deficit slips to $1.28T WASHINGTON — After months of unrelieved gloom and discord, Congress and President Barack Obama are starting to make a dent in the federal budget deficit. It’s projected to shrink slightly to $1.28 trillion this year, and bigger savings from this month’s debt ceiling deal are forecast over the next decade. No one’s celebrating. There will be plenty of red ink for years to come.

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Houston joins list to end red-light cameras HOUSTON — Houston has become the latest U.S. city to turn off its redlight traffic cameras, less than a month after Los Angeles did the same. Groups opposed to such cameras say the Houston City Council’s vote Wednesday reflects a gradual nationwide trend to abandon the devices, largely because of arguments that the cameras simply generate revenue without improving safety. More than a dozen cities ban the cameras, as do nine states. Houston residents voted nine months ago to banish the cameras, which ticket motorists running red lights. The company that operates the program says canceling the contract will cost Houston $25 million.

Extreme heat surges electrical demands AUSTIN — The manager of the state’s power grid is again urging Texans to conserve electricity as extreme heat pushes demand near record levels. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas initiated a “Level 2” emergency Wednesday, asking large-scale customers to shut down parts of operations as reserves fell below 1,750 megawatts. Kent Saathoff, ERCOT’s vice president of system planning and operations, said the risk of rotating outages was low, but the agency urged customers to conserve from 3-7 p.m. each day through the weekend. Austin broke an 86-year-old record Wednesday with its 70th day of triple-digit temperatures this year.

Panel: Navy Captain who made videos can stay NORFOLK, Va. — The former commander of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier who produced raunchy videos aboard the USS Enterprise can remain in the Navy despite a finding that he committed misconduct, a Navy panel ruled Wednesday. Capt. Owen P. Honors let out a sigh of relief after the board of inquiry read its decision, then embraced his wife after months of uncertainty about his career largely came to a close. The board was deciding whether to recommend to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus that Honors should be kicked out of the Navy after nearly three decades of service because of the videos. Among other things, the videos included simulated same-sex shower scenes, anti-gay slurs and references to prostitution in foreign ports.

Sophomores, juniors and seniors can still sign up to be a mentor in the expanding program. By Krista M. torralva

portant to match mentors and mentees early in the semester, so mentors can help freshmen find classes and adjust to UTA. Alfers said the program also aims to match freshmen with an upperclassman who is pursuing the same major. However, she believes it is not crucial to pair students with the same major, because freshmen usually take basic classes. Marroquin said he agrees, and not all of his mentees are advertising majors. “even if i didn’t know something for my mentee, i usually knew someone who did, so i could help them out that way,” he said. Maikowski said previous departmental studies show students who start in the program as a mentee generally graduate sooner and with higher GPAs than those who do not enroll in it. “i think orientation scares them a little. Mentors bring them down to earth and eases the transition from high school to college,” Maikowski said. Maikowski said the program has seen friendships last past the year the program requires. “We’ve seen mentors and mentees in each other’s wedding parties before,” Maikowski said.

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Jesse Marroquin anticipates mentoring up to 30 freshmen this year. The advertising senior told freshmen during orientation they could request him and counted almost 30 who expressed interest. He is one of the 400 trained UTA Hosts mentors being paired with incoming freshmen this year. He currently has 13 “mentees.” “i love meeting people and being able to be their point of reference to anything UTA,” he said. “i was ready to take 30 or more.” UTA Hosts, which stands for Helping other Students to Succeed, is a program that aims to pair freshmen with returning students in the same major or college. Sophomores, juniors and seniors can mentor for one academic year. UTA Hosts still accepts applications for mentors and mentees. Mentors will be trained before being matched. Applications can be filled out online at www. uta.edu/studentgovernance/hosts or in the Student Governance and organiza-

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tions office located in the University Center lower level. As the number of freshmen mentees nears 900, the 400 trained mentors are taking multiple students under their wings. “in nine years, this has been the largest number of mentees,” UTA Hosts adviser Molly Alfers said. “And we’re still receiving applications.” UTA Hosts has seen a jump from 534 freshmen last year to 861 so far this year. Alfers said she thinks more people are joining because freshmen realize the mentors have experience to offer them to transition into UTA life. Alfers said there are mentors, such as Marroquin, who requested multiple mentees. Consequently, Alfers and Troy Maikowski, UTA Hosts student coordinator, aren’t worried about the numbers. “our biggest challenge is to get it done quickly — that time element,” Alfers said. “The patience with the process is the most important thing.” Maikowski and Alfers said it is im-

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rates were at 60.5 percent. in the 20102011 school year, that number rose to 69.9 percent. last fall, the university transformed the inside of ransom Hall into University College, a help center for advising, counseling, tutoring and supplemental instruction. The latest program from University College is Success U, a program held Tuesday and Wednesday, is designed to prepare freshmen for college. Silva led a panel of professors that spanned the gamut of the university’s colleges and programs through multiple sessions. The program Silva led, “QuizA-Prof ”, set out to address students’ concerns with their future professors and to note proper classroom etiquette. Senior Vice Provost Michael Moore helped workers during the event. While an official head count is underway, Moore said about 1,100 students showed up. “The number of students who came demonstrates a thirst for the program,” he said. “i think the students appreciate it and want it.” From its inception last year, evidence of the University College’s success are apparent. Business management sophomore Allison Hayes began using University College since her freshman year. She also joined a freshman interest group, a program created to help retain freshmen. There, freshmen are taught success strategies by more experienced students and with help from a faculty supervisor. in Hayes’ case, it worked. As a product of UTA’s retention strategies, Hayes said she believes they work. “once you’ve been around, you begin to see things in a different light,” she said. “it’s important to pass this information to incoming freshmen,” she said. “University College is a great asset to have to make your year a successful one.” Becoming involved on campus is

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easily accessible swivel seats. Jim Walker, Ford Audio Video project engineer, said they helped UTA create a new lighting and audio system operational from the teacher’s workstation. Walker said the classroom also has better speakers, better acoustics, and that when teachers or presenters are wearing a microphone, feedback from speakers is not something they’ll have to worry about. He said mostly everything in the classroom can be operated right from the teacher’s workstation. “Any source can be plugged in here [the workstation],” he said. “The controls for everything on the system are literally right here on the touch panel. Full-flexibility from the podium area hopefully means that set-up and shut-down are much easier and quicker.” eric Bolsterli, liberal arts assistant dean, said eight teachers would use the classroom this semester, and the challenge may come with figuring out the new technology. University spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said there would be training available, if needed. “As time goes on, more and more professors are going to be tech-savvy,” Bolsterli said. “The ones in their 20s and 30s, they’ve all got iPads, so having this stuff here is great. Those who aren’t as tech-savvy are going to have to get in and start using this stuff.” There are no immediate plans to renovate other classrooms, Sims said. But officials will make similar renovations to Geoscience Building room 100 by January.

“Honestly, I think UTA does more than a lot of other schools. Other schools are in the middle of Rush Week.” James Doyle, undeclared freshman

Christy Andrews, biology freshman

“I would want more interaction with professors about what they expect. Not necessarily a one on one, but more of a group session.” “I’d like less of them telling us what we should do and more of a Q-and-A, like advice from older students and asking them how they did it.”

Jackson Youngblood, psychology freshman

crucial, political science adviser Bobbie Brown said. “if students can get connected in the university,” she said, “then they stand a much better chance.” WilliaM JoHNsoN

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For lease $1250/ month fully furnished 3 bedroom, 1 & 1/2 bath house, close to UTA. Two car garage, W/D, walk-in closets, privacy locks on doors, security system and water included in rent. NO pets & NO smoking inside. Call Mrs. Brown 972-2912871 Walking Distance to uta at 1107 S. Center, 4 bedroom, $650/month (817) 265-3789 non smoking, single furnished room $400, unfurnished $360. Reference a must with student ID 817-705-0350 charming house 1-1-1 large yard, hardwood floors, 1.2 miles UTA. $700 + utilities. 817-8603311 or 817-887-3334 rOOmmatEs roommate neeDeD Close to UTA. $375 per month plus utilities. 802 Truman St. (919) 939-0520 roommate WanteD Two bedroom townhouse at Arkansas/ Cooper $100 deposit, $325 a month rent, split utilities. Call/ text Tony at 214-697-2519 room For rent Midtown apt complex. If you are interested please contact me at 214-529-2350

Housing rOOmmatEs complete FurnisheD BeDroom close to UTA, utilities included, whole house privileges. $400/ mo. 817-7093967 after 6pm one or tWo Female roommates looking for two bedroom apt. rent $525 which will be divided by two/ three 682-234-7954 rent BeDroom in 2600 sq Ft full bath, shared kitchen, fully furnished, all utilities paid, $750/ month in South Arlington, Sublet Rd & Cooper. Call 267-608-3283 or email ssnehroberts@gmail. com rooms 4 rent Starts @ $350. W/ D, internet. Close to UTA (817)8296876 tWo BeDroom, tWo Bathroom $200 deposit, $354 a month rent, split utilities. Call/text Wendy at 817-323-9782

tOwnHOmEs toWn house For rent 2 Bedroom, 1.5 bath, across from a baseball field on Fielder. Large bedrooms upstairs, hardwood floors, fireplace in living, and bonus room for office. 2 covered parking places, community pool $1050/month. Call/text Chris 817-946-1402


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Thursday, August 25, 2011

The ShorThorn

Welcome Week

Convocation speeches welcome new Mavericks to college life It made me feel like I was really part of the UTA family, Avalon Gordon said. By Nicole luNa The Shorthorn staff

New and returning students in UTA gear filled Texas Hall to be welcomed to a new school year at the annual MavsMeet Convocation on Wednesday. Science Dean Pamela Jansma began the convocation by addressing incoming freshmen and the returning student body. “You’ve found your home here, and we welcome you warmly, today and always,” she said. Jeff Walker, film and art senior, introduced Ya’Ke Smith, keynote speaker and art and art history assistant professor. “In times of confusion, he

guided me as a mentor. In time of doubt, he inspired me as an artist. In times of despair, he comforted me as a friend,” Walker said. Smith hugged his student as he proceeded to the podium. His speech centered on success and how to achieve it. “Success without true struggle is nothing more than a gift. And if you give me something, you can take it back — sweep it right out from under me at anytime,” Smith said. “But if I struggle to get it, it’s mine and you can’t have it.” Smith went on to speak about his own life experiences. While his friends were dealing drugs and involved in gangs, he was locked in a library reading about the great men and women he wanted to be like, he said. He told students that they all had the keys to their own

success. It doesn’t matter where they came from, he said, whether a student was privileged or poor, they have everything they need to succeed, they just have to access it. “What never dissolves is the impact you’ll have on people, that’s something that is immortal — it will live long after you’re gone, because the people you impact will impact others,” he said. When Smith finished his final remarks, he received a standing ovation from the audience. Film freshman Avalon Gordon found Smith’s speech insightful and inspiring. “It validated my goals to apply myself and get involved with the school,” she said. “The convocation made me feel like I was really part of the UTA family.”

The UTA marching band played a new rendition of the alma mater, which was rewritten by associate music professor George Chave. After the convocation ended, students were invited to an after party on the Central Library mall where they had food, refreshments and activities. Biology freshman Jennifer Nguyen said the convocation was great and not too formal. “They made sure they were relatable to us so our freshman year wouldn’t be so scary,” she said. The one piece of advice Nguyen said she would take from convocation is to make an effort to show up to class because it shows an effort toward graduating. Nicole luNa news-editor.shorthorn@uta.edu

The Shorthorn: Sandy Kurtzman

Ya’Ke Smith, art and art history assistant professor, speaks at the MavsMeet Convocation on Wednesday in Texas Hall. Smith encouraged students to get involved at UTA and to take responsibility for their lives and careers.

a Welcome Week in pictures Food, fun and luggage collide as students return to campus

The Shorthorn: Erika Dupree

Parents and students gather with their belongings while moving into Arlington Hall on Monday.

The Shorthorn: Sandy Kurtzman

Nursing junior Natalie Reding squeezes paint through a grid and onto a pair of spinning sunglasses at the MavsMeet AfterParty on Wednesday on the Central Library mall.

At Waffleopolis on Tuesday, students had the option to decorate their waffles with toppings ranging from chocolate chips to ice cream. The Shorthorn: Richard Hoang

The Shorthorn: Sandy Kurtzman

This pair of customized sunglasses was made by nursing junior Natalie Reding at the MavsMeet AfterParty on Wednesday on the Central Library mall.

The Shorthorn: Casey Holder

Mel Rodriguez carries a load of her cousin Samuel’s stuff to his room Monday afternoon during the campus move-in event. Rodriguez came with Samuel’s mom, sister and nephew to help with the move and to say goodbye to the incoming aerospace engineering freshman.

The Shorthorn: Erika Dupree

Frank Lamas, Student Affairs vice president, welcomes students moving into Lipscomb Hall on Monday.

The Shorthorn: Michael Minasi

Geology freshman Mike Parker loads his possessions into a mule in Kalpana Chawla Hall parking lot Monday morning. The Move-In Event hosted by the Apartment and Residence Life made volunteers available to help new students and their families battle the heat and get into their new rooms.

The Shorthorn: Michael Minasi The Shorthorn: Sandy Kurtzman

Biology junior Nadia Siddigi (left) and biology sophomore Sabrin Arafat attach squares of paper written by other students using paper mache paste to a horse statue on the Central Library mall on Wednesday.

Nursing freshman Aldo Bautista (left) and volunteer Ragenna Prince (right), an assistant director in Facilities Management, help geology freshman Mike Parker (not pictured) for the Move-In Event in the Kalpana Chawla parking lot Monday morning.


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