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Wednesday February 15, 2012

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Games fail to draw full crowd Athletics director says he’ll try to persuade student organizations to attend events at new arena. BY TRAVIS DETHERAGE The Shorthorn staff

The 7,000-seat College Park Center was sold out for the last two men’s games, but fans didn’t fill up the seats. Athletics director Jim Baker is aware of the issue, and he said he’s trying to fix the fact the $78-million center hasn’t filled up in any of the four basketball games played since the grand opening on Feb. 1, the day Baker also took over. “We’re giving away 7,000 tickets, and we’re only filling 75 percent of the seating,” Baker said while speaking at a luncheon for season ticketholders and athletic club members on Tuesday. “We need to fill 100 percent of the seating for the last few games.” Baker encourages people to show up for the last few games at College Park Center this season and is telling

people that if you buy a ticket but can’t go, give your ticket to somebody else. Before Baker arrived at UTA, he said he wanted to build momentum going into next year. The men’s basketball team will host the University of Oklahoma at the College Park Center, and Baker is trying to get UT-Austin, the program he came from, to play there as well. “We had great student attendance these last few games, and they helped out by bringing great energy to the arena,” he said. “It felt like the energy they brought helped give the men’s team a win during the first game at College Park Center.” The grand opening on Feb. 1, a soldout doubleheader that was expected to fill the College Park Center to capacity, had an announced attendance of 6,228 — 750 less than anticipated. “Those people who did buy tickets did not show up,” university spokeswoman Kristin Sullivan said. Saturday’s Homecoming game EMPTY continues on page 5


Students learn importance of having consent Health Services and program inform attendees of resources on campus, such as counseling. BY ERICA TERRELL The Shorthorn staff

Valentine’s Day for some UTA students began with an event geared toward discussing the importance of safe sex by defining what consent means. Health Services and Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program teamed up to host the event. Jacob Becker, the program’s peer adviser and political science junior, provided a definition of consent. “Consent is the presence of a clear and verbal yes. The action must be of someone’s free will,” he said. Upon arriving, students saw three booths filled with information on abstinence, sexual assault, emotional abuse, sexually transmitted infection prevention and testing. Once students surveyed the

SIGNS OF ABUSE •Using harmful language • Using physical violence • Exclusion • Sexual coercion, harassment or assault • Using threats • Minimizing, denying or blaming • Using intimidation • Using technology • Using social standing

tables, they were given a chance to be interviewed about what they thought consent meant. Questions were posed in an open-ended manner to encourage discussion. Some examples were: How do you get or give consent when you want to kiss someone? What is the wildest thing you’ve said to a woman/man? Is it sexy when the woman/male lets you pick the movie when you go out?

The Shorthorn: Casey Holder

Dancers from the Dallas Black Dance Theatre perform the Dallas Black Dance Theatre perform “A Boundless Journey” Tuesday night in the University Center Rosebud Theatre. The performance was the first act in “A Night of Soul” presented as part of UTA’s celebration of Black History Month.

Dancers depict changing culture The lights came up to reveal five dancers as they crawled across the stage in an interpretive dance, revealing how African culture has changed and grown in America over time. Multicultural Affairs held “Night of Soul” Tuesday night in the University Center Rosebud Theatre. The performances were presented by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. “They are a pretty well-known dance group in the Dallas area,” said student organizer and business senior Kevin Shyu.

The event kicked off with a reception including punch and cookies billed as a “Mocktail” party for students and alumni to mingle. “The idea is to bring UTA alumni together to talk about the past and the present. It is a chance for them catch up on things,” Shyu said. After the reception, a crowd filled about 75 percent of the auditorium to watch the performance, which was received with cheers and loud applause.


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UTA repairs tripping hazards Project smooths pavement between University Center and Woolf Hall. BY KRISTA TORRALVA The Shorthorn staff

The Shorthorn: Casey Holder

Pavement Services is fixing tripping hazards on the University Center mall. Construction is underway to improve sidewalk conditions for those on foot or cycling.

Cyclists whose regular routes pass through University Center and Woolf Hall ran into construction Tuesday afternoon. The construction is part of a campuswide effort to repair trip hazards in the concrete, said Don Madison, construction project coordinator with the Office of Facilities Management. “We had some unevenness and holes in the concrete. We’ve had cyclists fall and people trip,” Madison said. The construction project includes about 45 locations. There are about eight left to repair, Madison said. He said construction began in December and should finish by the end of February. “Unless it rains. That sets us back,” he

said. The project costs about $106,000, Madison said. Finance junior Lu Suo regularly rides her bicycle past the construction area. She said she isn’t sure the construction is really worth the cost. “It wasn’t much trouble to begin with,” she said. Slippery pavements are Suo’s main concern. Once, her bicycle slipped on the pavement when it was raining and she fell onto the concrete. “If they make the surface smoother, it will be more slippery,” Suo said. Psychology freshman Alex Solomons said he rides his bike a few times a week and has never had a problem with bumps. “If you’re having problems with bumps, you probably shouldn’t be riding a bike,” he said. @KRISTAMTORRALVA

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Staff reports stolen golf cart At 1:30 p.m., a staff member reported a theft of a golf cart at the University Center. It was rented from American Golf Carts for the Homecoming parade on Saturday. “When American Golf Carts came to pick them up, they found one missing,” said Rick Gomez, UTA Police assistant chief. The case is active. Simple assault A female student reported at 1:27 p.m. that another female assaulted her inside the north side of Lot 47, which is located south of the Business Building. The student said another student threw a drink at her and drove off. The reporting student gave police a license plate number, but the female has not been located, Gomez said. The case is active.

Theft At 8:45 a.m., an officer met with a staff member regarding a stolen laptop at 702 Planetarium Place. The staff member reported that a student checked out a Dell Latitude with a 17-inch screen on Feb. 7 and never returned it. According to the student, she responded by email and said she never checked out a laptop, said Rick Gomez, UTA Police assistant chief. The laptop is valued at $882. Police are investigating.

CORRECTIONS AND CLARIFICATIONS Bring factual errors to The Shorthorn’s attention via email to or call 817-272-3188. A correction or clarification will be printed in this space. Wednesday’s editorial “Team up for transit” should have said the student started a petition, not a poll. In Thursday’s paper, the article “Three teams of Mavericks speed across campus in Mav-Mazing race” should have said the winners were told to pick up another prize on Thursday.

The Shorthorn: Casey Holder

THE MEANING OF LOVE Communication freshman Maria Martinez defines love in one word for the Baptist Student Ministry on Tuesday afternoon on the Central Library mall. Her answer: confusing.




Students helm discussion panel on slavery today

Sex Monologues continue at 7 p.m. on Thursday

Seminar covers tips for talking to other cultures

Health Services and Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program will present Sex Monologues Part 2 on Thursday. The event is part of a campaign for sex education and will cover the subject of sexual consent. The event will begin with a skit at 7 p.m. in the University Center Palo Duro Lounge. The monologues will depict issues of consent and relationship violence, said Yvonne Medrano, communication assistant for the health center. “The monologues will be designed as a skit that shows scenarios of consent and relationship violence that UTA students may find themselves in,” she said. A panel discussion will follow the skit. During the discussion, students will be able to ask questions on consent and relationship violence.

University College is partnering with the Office of International Education to present That’s Not What I Mean: Learn How to Engage Other Cultures Effectively, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday in Science Hall Room 331. Roxanna Latifi, student development specialist of University College programs, said students will get tips on how to understand different cultures, what they say and how to handle situations effectively. Intercultural program coordinator Ariella Chi said the reason for the seminar was students didn’t have many opportunities to be trained to handle multicultural workforces. She said they will use the Describe, Analyze and Evaluate system to teach students how to better handle intercultural interactions.

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The Africa Program and the Center for African American Studies will present a student panel discussion on the TransAtlantic Slave Trade and reparations, making amends for wrongdoing through forms of compensation. The event will take place from noon-1 p.m. today in the University Center Rio Grande Ballroom room A. Some African nations, such as Sierra Leone, have started to acknowledge the selling of African slaves to Americans by granting African-Americans dual citizenship, said Alusine Jalloh, director of the Africa Program and an associate history professor. The student panel will be asked three questions and include representatives from various backgrounds, such as African, African-American, Caucasian and other ethnicities. —Keiohna Allen

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WHAT NOT TO WEAR TO AN INTERVIEW • A backpack instead of a briefcase or portfolio. • Short skirts or revealing clothing. Skirts should cover thighs when seated. • Overly bright or large patterned clothing, except for creative fields like advertising or computer programming. Otherwise, it is best to stick with navy, black or green. • Heavy makeup on women (or any makeup on a man). • Ill-fitting clothes. Few people can wear things straight off the rack. Take out time to have garments tailored. • Fishnets, patterned hosiery or bare legs (no matter how tan you are). Women should stick with neutral color hosiery that complements their suit. • Men whose socks don’t match their shoes, or whose socks are too short and leave a gap of flesh between the top of the shoe to the pantleg when they are seated. • Rumpled or stained clothing: If interviewing late in the day, try to change to a fresh suit beforehand. • Scuffed or inappropriate footwear like sneakers, stilettos, open-toed shoes and sandals. • iPod, ear buds, cell phones — put them away before you enter the building.

The Shorthorn: Michael Minasi

Mike Mott, Family Video district manager, explains good business casual fashion choices at the Dress for Success seminar hosted by the Career Center on Tuesday at the Maverick Activities Center. Other topics included how to dress as a business professional and on what not to wear to a job interview.

Employers: Dress conservatively at fair Business share advice for appearances, from hair all the way to shoes, BY BRANDON GRAY The Shorthorn staff

A backwards cap, a ratty shirt, baggy jeans and tennis shoes to a financial services job interview is not the way to apply for a job, said Alex Seltzer, a Northwestern Mutual employee recruiter. Seltzer was one of three employers in a Dress for Success workshop Tuesday afternoon. Each employer had a table with its own theme — what not to wear, the appropriate business attire and what is the business casual look. The other two employers were from Family Video and the North Texas Tollway Authority. Employers gave advice on how to dress for job interviews and how to dress for next week’s on-campus job fair at the Maverick Activities Center. Tollway Authority recruiter

Kimberly Shaw said she has seen extremes — from wearing not enough clothes to Homecoming attire. “Find something in the middle. Wear a nice suit. Men — don’t wear white socks to interviews,” she said. “It is very distracting to see thick white socks during an interview. Stilettos should be no more than three inches for a woman.” Shaw said during the oncampus job fair, students should find a way to distinguish themselves from the crowd because there could be a lot of people present. “Quirky ties are OK for the job fair, probably not for the interview. It is a great idea to create business cards and give them to prospective employers. It is OK for ladies to wear a bright color to stick out during these events, just make sure to cover it with a darker jacket.” she said. Seltzer said for the job fair, men can’t go wrong with a shirt, tie and dress pants. “Wear conservative col-

ors. Remove facial jewelry. Be clean shaven the day of the interview,” he said. “If you want to keep your hair, trim it.” Mike Mott, Family Video district manager, said he uses the “EASY” method for his interviews. “The EASY method means Ethics, Attitude, Style and Yes. If the applicant makes the first three, they will get the job. We too often get the guy or girl that dresses in street clothes,” he said. Mott’s advice for the job fair for guys is to wear darker -colored shirts. “It gets hot in the gym, sweat may be visible under your armpits if you wear a brighter shirt,” he said. Anthropology junior Brandon Butler said he knew some of the information from previous workshops he’s attended. “The workshops reminded me to update my business attire,” he said. “I usually dress according to the employer’s expectations. For example, when

Festivities include Dean for a Day, glow-in-the-dark table tennis a carnival.


BY RUSSELL KIRBY The Shorthorn staff

College of Engineering Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet will change out of his suit and tie to swap places with a randomlyselected engineering student Wednesday, Feb. 22. While a student will sit comfortably at his desk and attend his morning administrative meetings, Bardet will experience life as a UTA student, attending the student’s classes and taking his notes. “I cannot forget that students are, by far, the largest constituency of the college. I need to listen to them,” Bardet said. “I really want to understand where they’re coming from and to understand what you care about.” Engineering Student Council members and administrators within the College of Engineering have scheduled a series of university-wide events for next week. The Dean-fora-Day switch is a part of the week-long celebration of National Engineers Week. Each day from Monday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 24, the College of Engineering will offer students a variety of games, food, tours and more. “I’m excited to see it all come together,” administrative assistant Dusti Craig said. “I think it’s going to be a really fun week.” Craig took charge of organizing the Engineering Carnival, which was also a revised event absent from previous Engineering Week calendars. Craig coordinated the placement of an inflatable obstacle course, bungee run and student-led carnival games in the Nedderman Hall atrium for Friday, Feb. 24. She also made arrangements to bring ping-pong tables, black lights, concessions and music to Nedderman Hall

I interviewed with Walmart, I dressed with a blue shirt and khakis. I got that job so I will continue to do that in future interviews.” Shaw and Seltzer both recommended that students go to places such as Dillard’s, JC Penney, Joseph A. Bank, Ross and Marshalls to catch specials and buy affordable clothing. Finance senior Nien Nguyen said he learned a lot in an hour. He said his attire didn’t match well in past interviews. “Based on what I learned, I need to make changes. I will follow the advice I learned in the sessions and dress more conservatively,” he said. @BGISBRANDONGRAY




Prior to Engineers Week • Voting for Mr. and Ms. Engineer: Monday through Friday, Nedderman Hall Room 242 • Resume Workshop by Carole Coleman: 6 tonight, Nedderman Hall Room 100 • Dozen Puzzle Contest: Starts at 4 p.m. Thursday, ends 5 p.m. Monday Monday • Departmental Displays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nedderman Hall atrium • Sammies and Sodas Picnic: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Nedderman Hall atrium • Mr./Ms. Engineer Crowning:: Noon, Nedderman Hall atrium For more of the calendar, visit

for the Glow-in-the-Dark Ping Pong Pallooza at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21. This is the newest event in the celebration. Craig said the administration and Engineering Student Council tried to design events that could appeal to a large audience of students. Among these events is industrial engineering professor William Corley’s annual ‘Dirty Dozen’ Puzzle Contest. Sent to all engineering students 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, the challenge offers a $1,000 scholarship and one year of in-state tuition to the winner. Corley, who sponsors and runs the contest, said that the challenge centers on the fun in learning. Engineers Week is a time to recognize the contribution of engineers to society, Bardet said. “When you practice engineering, you quickly realize that technology is only part of the equation,” Bardet said. “The most important element is people.” @HEYRUSSELLKIRBY



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Life in the limelight New athletics director needs to keep the sports momentum going With a new commitment to athletics comes new expectations. Jim Baker is only a few weeks on the job as UTA’s new Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, and under his leadership comes revised expectations from the students and fans of UTA sports. In July, all sports are moving to the Western Athletic Conference, a conference with better competition than the Southland Conference, and UTA has the new $78 million College Park Center. Simply staying put is out of the ques-

tion now. More media outlets are writing about the Mavericks than ever before. UTA is on the map, and there are new responsibilities to keep it there. Baker seems to already understand those realities. In an ESPN Radio interview earlier this month, Baker said his first big plan is to help improve the outdoor sports, specifically baseball and softball. The College Park Center took care of basketball and volleyball, and now Baker wants to take care of baseball and softball


Numbers don’t equal parking with the College Park Center I must admit, I find the new College Park Center very nice and attractive to the student who desires a little more school spirit, which has been missing from this university. However, its lack of resources to accommodate events underwhelms the attractiveness. Those in charge of planning for events here have grossly underestimated a student’s willingness to give up parking for the new stadium. For example, I received tickets and went to the Feb. 1 home game and was very excited about the whole experience. What I didn’t like was the fact the money I spent on a residence parking pass was made obsolete when I found out I couldn’t park anywhere near my dorm after I had left to run errands. I was informed I needed to park on the north side of Arlington Hall, which by now had become full. In the end, I parked a fourth of a mile off of campus and walked back. While I may not know if this inconvenienced anyone else other than myself, what I do know is the parking supply was very limited to begin with, and as such the demand was incredibly high. Just ask anyone who lives off campus. When you decrease the parking supply even more, you are going to get problems. Just to give people an idea of what kind of problem this is causing, I will give you a few numbers. The main parking lot that is affected is the one right in front of Kalpana Chawla Hall. According to the Housing Office, there are approximately 419 students living in residence halls. The hall has its own separate parking lot with approximately 30 spaces on the north side and approximately 40 spaces on the south side. Now if everyone has a car, that still leaves 349 cars that need to be parked. Now, add Arlington Hall residences’ vehicles and more than 900 cars are looking for spaces. There are simply not enough parking spots in the garage, on the north side of Arlington Hall, or in Lot 38, which is located north of Arlington Hall, where residents are advised to go. Lastly, consider all the students who commute to campus and use parking Lot 47, which is located west of KC Hall. On the likelihood that these students will use lot 38 as well, that leaves a huge problem for students, as such a problem for UTA. While I appreciate the attempt to improve the image and school spirit of UTA, I believe that because of poor planning, it will be made obsolete. As for me, I don’t see this problem being corrected, let alone addressed, any time soon and will look for housing off campus in the likelihood that this problem will continue to grow. — economics senior Jason Zellmer

by upgrading their facilities. Neither team has an indoor facility to practice in when the weather is bad. Not only does Baker need to take care of these sports, but track, tennis and golf as well. There’s also the maintenance of UTA’s reputation as a student-first athletic program. Former Athletic Director Pete Carlon was very proud that UTA hasn’t had any major violations with the NCAA. Baker comes from a bigger program at UT-Austin that has dealt with this subject, because of the

program’s prominence and the high-profile athletes it recruits. With that comes the potential for more violations, something Baker can help prevent with his background at a bigger school. UTA wants to get to that level of national recognition. UTA will also need to add more sports, but not specifically football. UTA currently doesn’t field a soccer team for men or women or have gymnastics. Eight teams in the WAC have women’s soccer, and Texas State and UT-San Antonio, which will join

the WAC with UTA in 2012, also have women’s soccer teams. Winning is now a bigger expectation. The men’s basketball team is 19-5 and undefeated in the SLC at 11-0. Track and field has had multiple All-Americans in the last few years. With Baker at the helm, winning shouldn’t be a surprise. It should be an expectation. UTA is getting noticed a lot more nowadays. It needs to stay that way. — The Shorthorn editorial board


Places to go, people to see Students ponder Arlington public transportation City needs to follow in Dallas, Fort Worth’s steps To the editor, I’m writing in response to The Shorthorn story about a student who started a petition to get public transportation in Arlington. I signed the petition, and I think the city needs to take it seriously. Growing up in Fort Worth and Dallas allowed me to frequently turn to public transportation to get from point A to B. These two cities have made huge efforts to make public transportation convenient and green. However, Arlington has not followed in their footsteps. In Arlington, you must strongly depend on your car because if you don’t have one, you’re basically stuck. My fiancee and I recently went from a two-car household to one because of a nasty hit-and-run by one of Arlington’s many crazy drivers. This has made even a simple trip to the library or grocery store more difficult if we are the unlucky one without a car that day. There is no bus or rail to catch. Not to mention his 10 to 12 hour shifts at the General Motors Assembly Plant may not always fit well with my UTA school/study schedule. Our options are to either walk for miles and haul back what we need or buy a bike to ride in a city without safe biking paths. Honestly, after seeing a man run a stop sign, hit our car, then just drive away, I am terrified of what could happen to me on a bike in this busy city. Arlington needs to offer its citizens public transportation. This city is trying to run with the big dogs with stadiums, amusement parks, upscale shopping and restaurants. Yet any major city would laugh

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at us if it saw our lack of interest in public transportation. Public transportation: It’s green, it’s convenient, it will help with traffic and it is 100 percent needed in Arlington. — broadcast communication freshman Camille Suttles

University holds the solution for student transportation The issue of public transportation is becoming more and more important to UTA students. With gas prices rising yet again, and parking becoming even harder to find, a public transportation system within the university would become both a major selling point for new students and a major relief for current students. Buses that

run to popular areas such as The Parks mall, The Highlands or even just to pick-up points within a few miles of classes would immensely cut the level of stress for students, while freeing up parking spaces for students who commute from outside the bus radius. Many students may not have vehicles or live just far enough away that walking/biking is impossible. By only making these transit systems accessible to UTA patrons, they would also be safer than any public transit that the city would produce in the future (and lets face it, it’s highly unlikely that they will). Also, transportation provided by UTA would stimulate local business and provide an example to the city of Arlington that would perhaps make them more willing to set up a more expanded system of their own. — nursing sophomore Leah Hatton CYCOLOGY

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against Texas State also sold out, but almost 1,000 less people attended the men’s basketball team’s 20-point win. Baker said Saturday’s weather, which didn’t get above 40 degrees, may have prevented people from showing up. Attendance for the women’s games hasn’t been close, filling the arena with 648 and 1,008 fans in their two home games. Before Baker took over for Pete Carlon two weeks ago, he said he would reach out to several student organizations to try and persuade them to go to games at the center. Baker said he hasn’t personally done that yet, but the UTA administration has. “[Vice President for Student Affairs] Frank Lamas has been doing a great job, and he has been a big part of getting students to come out,” Baker said.

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Both the health center and the program provide counseling for those students who feel they need to speak with someone. Daniela Martinez, a representative for the program and interdisciplinary studies senior, provided insight into the services offered for UTA students. “We offer support services for UTA students who have been raped or sexually assaulted,” she said. “After students come to us, we connect them to community resources, such as shelters or family centers.” Both Health Services and the program tried to ensure the event was inviting to all students. Martinez discussed the strategy to attract students. “We try to make discussion fun when relating to students on such a serious subject,” she said. Interdisciplinary stud-

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Mechanical engineering senior Ben Engstrom showed up to watch a game at the center, and he said he liked what he saw. “It was a great facility and it was nice and very impressive,” Engstrom said. But some UTA students, like kinesiology major Preston Dean, have yet to appear at a game because of their busy schedules. “I don’t have time, but I would like to go,” Dean said. This summer, UTA expects to complete construction of the College Park District in the 27,000 square foot allotment next to the center that will contain restaurants, Vandergriff Hall and The Loft apartments that will create more of an urban environment, Sullivan said. Baker said that will help drive traffic to the new arena. “All the retail that will be on campus will bring more students,” Baker said. “We will be able to build on that.”

Erica Castillo, aerospace engineering and physics junior, bought a jumbo cupcake for Valentine’s Day in the University Center. She said she stopped by to help the Society of Women Engineers raise money, which is a group she takes part in. The organization was raising money for its Lunch and Learn workshops and other outreach programs.

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February 15, 2012

Running the gauntlet

Coaches’ Poll (first place votes in parenthesis): 1. Texas State (11) 2. Southeastern Louisiana 3. Stephen F. Austin 4. UT-San Antonio 5. Sam Houston State (1) 6. Lamar 7. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 8. UTA 9. McNeese State 10. Northwestern State 11. Nicholls State 12. Central Arkansas

Mavs prepare for tough season against nationally-ranked opponents BY MICHAEL ELDRIDGE


The Shorthorn staff

Sports Information Directors’ Poll

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.


Texas State (11) Stephen F. Austin Southeastern Louisiana UT-San Antonio Lamar Sam Houston State Texas A&M-Corpus Christi UTA McNeese State Nicholls State Northwestern State Central Arkansas

PLAYERS TO WATCH: No. 11 – Shortstop Ryan Walker (SO) Walker was named to the preseason All-Southland Conference team this year. He is in his first year at shortstop after playing second base and in the outfield last season. Walker hit .322 and led the team with 37 RBIs in 2011. No. 5 – Outfielder Preston Beck (JR) Beck was second on the team last season in RBIs and slugging percentage and had 19 multi-hit games. The 2011 Southland All-Academic was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2010. No. 19 – Pitcher John Beck (SO) Beck is the opening-day starter for the Mavericks on Friday at Louisiana Tech and was 3-3 last season with a 4.04 ERA. He was third on the team in innings pitched in 2011 and also notched one save. No. 15 – Catcher Greg McCall (SO) McCall replaces Chad Comer, who was the starting catcher last year but graduated. McCall is an offensive catcher, said head coach Darin Thomas, but will share the position with sophomore Daniel Garcia.

The Mavericks are ready to prove the doubters wrong with the toughest schedule in the Southland Conference. UTA opens its last season in the SLC against its future Western Athletic Conference mate Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. Friday in Ruston, La. After the threegame series against the Bulldogs, the Mavericks don’t take a break with a visit to Austin to take on the Longhorns. The trend of tough opponents does not stop there, for the Mavericks will share the diamond with five teams that finished last season with an RPI below 35. RPI stands for Rating Percentage Index, and it ranks teams based on their wins and losses and strength of schedule. The lower a team’s RPI, the better quality that team usually is. “It doesn’t get any tougher than that,” head coach Darin Thomas said. “Our schedule is tough. We had the toughest schedule in the conference last season and I would expect it to be that again.” UTA will play host to Texas Christian University, Baylor, Dallas Baptist and Texas State this season. All four teams were in the NCAA Division-I tournament last season. On the road, it is even tougher for the Mavericks, because UTA will travel to Baylor, University of Oklahoma, UT-Austin and Texas A&M from the Big 12, as well as other tournament teams including Texas State, TCU, Dallas Baptist and Wichita State.


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2 Jake Pinchback


3 Travis Sibley


4 Michael Guerrero


5 Preston Beck


6 Daniel Garcia


7 Cody Dyvig


9 Brandon Lawrence


10 Philip Incaviglia


11 Ryan Walker


12 Stewart Hill


13 Adam Boydston


15 Greg McCall


16 Emil Litterer


18 Sam Hansen


19 John Beck


Sophomore catcher Daniel Garcia swings at the ball during practice Tuesday at Clay Gould Ballpark. The Mavericks will play their first game of the season Friday against Louisiana Tech.

20 Stephen Krolick


21 Michael Oberto


23 Michael Guerra


Thomas said that the schedule just comes as is, and its difficulty is something that just happens when creating a schedule by seeing who has a spot open. “You use the first three [weeks] to get you ready for the conference schedule,” Thomas said. “You just go one weekend at a time and try to take two out of three each time.” Preparation for the schedule has favored UTA this year with spring-like conditions in January and early February. Last season the Mavericks spent much of the

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time unable to practice because of the wintry conditions. Thomas said this showed last year when the team started slowly. “It is a big deal that we got to be out there,” he said. “We wanted to get everyone reps and we have been able to do that. We have been able to get our pitchers throwing and batters swinging.” The Mavs want to improve on their disappointing season last year. UTA is picked seventh in both preseason polls this season, and, if health is maintained throughout the year, Thomas said the team should improve on that position.

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25 Jordan Vaughn


26 Derek Miller


28 Colten Boothe


29 Michael Morales


32 Zach Thompson


33 Chase Weaver


34 Collin Reynolds


35 Kasey Merck


36 Adam Westbrook


37 Brent Bollinger


38 Preston Morrow


39 Ryan Scott


40 Matt Shortall


41 Kennedy Winn


42 Chad Nack


43 J.M. Twitchell


SOFTBALL POLLS Coaches’ Poll: 1. Texas State (4) 2. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (5) 3. UTA (1) 4. McNeese State 5. UT-San Antonio 6. Northwestern State (1) 7. Sam Houston State 8. Central Arkansas 9. Stephen F. Austin 10. Southeastern Louisiana 11. Nicholls State

Sports Information Directors’ Poll 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

Texas State (6) UTA (1) Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (4) McNeese State UT-San Antonio Northwestern State Central Arkansas Sam Houston State Southeastern Louisiana Stephen F. Austin Nicholls State

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Senior catcher Erica LeFlore is the team leader of the Maverick softball team, which is fielding seven seniors. LeFlore wants to coach softball as a career after she graduates.

‘Bittersweet’ season Erica LeFlore has one last shot to lead UTA to SLC championships BY DEMARIO DAVIS The Shorthorn staff

This season marks the end of senior catcher Erica LeFlore’s softball career at UTA. LeFlore has played softball for more than 11 years, starting as a catcher with the Texas Crush club team in Mesquite. LeFlore started softball at age 10, when her father decided he didn’t want her to be a cheerleader anymore. Her first tryout was in a cast — she broke her arm the weekend before. She went in a cast and outhit every player trying out. At that point, she fell in love with the sport. This love drove her on and off the field. As a physical education senior, her goal is to coach high school softball. She was an assistant for the Texas Glory, one of the top select teams in Dallas-Fort Worth. “I like teaching, I like sharing the knowledge of the game,” LeFlore said. “I like to see them learn. I like making them want to play.” But before she begins coaching


“I have only known her for a short time, but her maturity, patience and leadership were noticed instantly,” Robinson said. “She plays an integral role as a leader of this team and as a great catcher.” Her teammates take to her leadership, too. Junior pitcher Teri Lyles has developed a relationship with her catcher on the field that helps her out when she’s on the field. “She helps us out a lot,” junior pitcher Teri Lyles said. “She keeps communication open between not only the pitchers but the team as well.” It has yet to sink in for LeFlore this is her last season. The Southland Conference Tournament is not until May 10 in San Antonio, and it cannot come any faster — or go any slower for her. “It’s bittersweet because it’s my last year,” LeFlore said. “But I will be able to go out, start my career and be an adult.”

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when she graduates, there’s still a job to do — win the Southland Conference with her teammates. LeFlore knows the Century Link Classic tournament this weekend, hosted by Texas State, is important for the team. Texas State is projected to win the Southland Conference by both the coaches and sports information directors and will face off against UTA Saturday morning. “I wish we could always play with the intensity that we have when we play Texas State,” LeFlore said. “This is a totally different tournament. We got the jitters out, and we’re going to come out ready to play.” Hitting coach Rone Robinson is only in his first season, but he already saw what kind of impact LeFlore can have on the team.

BASEBALL 2012 ROSTER: No./Name 1 Courtney Zink


2 Hillary Steed


3 Erica LeFlore


4 Kari Karr


5 Teri Lyles


6 Kaylee Bowman


7 Samantha Kennedy


8 Meagan Michele


9 Stephanie Gonzalez


11 Courtney Enocksen


14 Lauren Siple


15 Rachel Forshaw


16 Kersti Rowan


17 Callie Collins


19 Kallan Thompson


20 Charne Office


21 Taylor Zink


22 Kelsey Kaiser


27 Sarah Higginbotham FR/HS

No. 3 – Catcher Erica LeFlore (SR) LeFlore has some big shoes to fill after losing a standout first baseman and the team’s current graduate assistant coach Rebecca Collom. LeFlore was second behind Collom last year in RBIs (31), home runs (six) and total bases (66). Her play will have to carry over into this season in order for the Mavericks to be successful. No. 20 – Outfielder Charne Office (SR) Office is an athlete with a great arm. Office has picked up her play with the passing of each season. Last season, Office recorded 10 multi-hit and seven multi-RBI games. Office ended the season tied with LeFlore at 31 RBI. No. 5 – Pitcher Teri Lyles (JR) Lyles is a key component to the pitching staff because she has great control on her pitches. Her win-loss percentage was .500 last season and she kept batters limited, maintaining a 2.37 ERA. No. 17 – Pitcher Callie Collins (SO) Collins set the stage on fire as a true freshman last year, garnering Southland Pitcher of the Year and First Team honors. Collins led Mavericks pitchers with 18 wins and held her opponents to a 1.72 ERA through 195.1 innings. Teams know who Collins is now, so hopefully there is no sophomore slump. No. 1 – Infielder Courtney Zink (SR) Zink started in a team-high 58 games last season. Zink is a solid hitter who led the team in triples last season with two. Zink is also a great fielder, leading the team in assists, and was second in fielding double plays to Rebecca Collom last year.