UTA News 4-21-14

On the final edition for the spring semester’s newscast, we talk about the block party that UTA hosts close to the end of the semester as well as an inside look at Callie Collins who plays for the UTA Softball team.

Pro-Life & Pro-Choice

The student organization Pro-Life mavericks covered the library mall with over 3,000 crosses to remember the babies that are aborted every day. Students were surprised as they walked by to see the thousands of crosses all over the lawn. The very next day protesters began to gather outside the library. They believed a lawn full of crosses wasn’t the best approach. The Pro-Life Mavericks planned to have the crosses for five days. However, they only stand up for three days and protesters stayed there until they were taken down.

By: Valerie Maedgen

Women’s History Month

March celebrates Women’s History Month. Reporter Valerie Maedgen went around campus, as heroine Wonder Woman, to see what historic and strong women students are buzzing about.

By: Valerie Maedgen

Dr. Seuss Book Drive

An organization on campus collected books to donate at their annual Dr. Seuss birthday party event scheduled for March 1st. At the event, they plan to have a reading corner where a long distant relative of Dr. Seuss will do readings of his legendary books. Kids of all ages will be able to pick out books to read, enjoy music, food and make crafty souvenirs to take home.

By: Valerie Maedgen

The Final Campus Craze

This week the girls found seniors to talk to about their experiences at UTA.

By: Tracie Hill and Dena Adi

Dance Ensemble

UTA Dance Ensemble is a company that is part of the Kinesiology Department and is choregraphed by students. Every semester they have fundraisers to pay for the end of semester showcase. This year they decided to do something different and fun and hosted a zumba class for all the Mavericks and general public. Their sorority sister Pricilla Villansuela, who is a UT Arlingtons Alumini is also a zumba instructor who helped them by leading the class. The dance company is looking forward to their final show, as Crystal Taboada says this year they are having more perfomrnaces. One of the performances will be choregraph by her.

By: Jimena Fraga

Heartbleed Bug leaves online information vulnerable

Over 20,000 websites may still be vulnerable to the Heartbleed Bug, which is a bug in the security software OpenSSL. Internet users should change passwords, but first check to see if the websites they access are safe. To do this, visit SSLlabs.com.

by Raegan Cardwell

Bone Tissue Research

UT Arlington has many ongoing major research projects and one of them is to create new bone tissue generation. Lead investigators of this ongoing project are UT Arlington bioengineering chair and Professor Dr. Liping Tang, and Dr. Joseph Borrelli, chair of orthopedics for Texas Health Arlington. Also, working with these researchers and co-authors of the journal “Tissue Engineering Bone Using Autologous Progenitor Cells in the Peritoneum,” are senior lecturer Ashwin Nair, Jinhui Shen, Ramesh Saxena, and Cheng Cheng Zhang. They are working on to create a new technique to create new bone tissue generation by using scaffolds that will help patients who have fractured or broken bones. The goal is to use the body’s own healing capacity in the bone repair process with these scaffolds. This technique can eliminate grafting altogether.

By: Virginia Villatoro

Profile over Callie Collins

She is known as one of the main leaders on and off the softball field.  When she’s not pitching, you can find senior Callie Collins leading FCA and traveling overseas to minister to others.  This past week, Collins was awarded Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.  As her final season is coming to a close, I sat down with Callie to ask about her journey here at UTA over the past four years, what legacy she wants to leave behind with her team and what her plans are for after graduation.


By: Avery Anderson


Primary Voting at UTA

It’s that time of year again. Electoral billboards and signs cover the sides of the road, and volunteers are waiting to discuss the issues with potential voters. The Maverick Activities Center is a popular destination on campus for students to cast their ballots, and while some students are excited to participate; others avoid the process altogether.

By: Paul Bennett

Future Ready

Self-titled “futurist” Rebecca Ryan visited UT Arlington recently to deliver a lecture that was both interesting and informative. Ryan presented those in attendance with interesting ways both cities and individuals can prepare for future trends. She urged the audience to create a world that works better for more people.

By: Paul Bennett

Alumni Picnic & Tailgate

UTA’s alumni returned to campus this weekend for the annual Alumni Picnic & Tailgate. There was something for everyone, as kids were treated to an egg hunt- and adults joined in the fun for a water balloon toss. Those in attendance also enjoyed catering from Grease Monkey, a local burger joint. The Alumni Picnic & Tailgate provided great times, great food, and great fun for everyone.

By: Paul Bennett

One Day Without Shoes

By: Malissia Rogers

Tuesday April 29,2014 is national One Day Without Shoes Day. This day was first implemented by the shoemaker Tom’s and has been adopted by several universities, schools, and workplaces nation wide. You can join in celebrating with the UTA campus. From 11 a.m to 2 p.m. outside of the UC Mall students and faculty are encouraged to walk around barefoot to bring attention to children who lack health care and a valid education system. The Leadership Center is excited that each year the project grows throughout the campus. The center is hopeful that they can do more things to bring attention to the needs of children in the future.

Boston Marathon Runner

It’s been a year since the bombings in Boston at the historic Boston Marathon. An Arlington doctor looks back at his time there and how he looks forward to when he’ll return and honor the victims of the horrible tragedy.

Accolades Awards Ceremony

The College of Liberal Arts hosted the Accolades Awards Ceremony to celebrate Students and Facutly Excellence. Here, awards and scholarships were given out to recognize work excellence throughout the school year. Broadcasting Communication Professor Julian Rodriguez received the outstanding teaching award. He also received the Dean’s Accolade Award along with two members of the UTA News en Español team for their dedication and commitment with the hispanic community. Seniors Laura Romo and Angelina Armendariz received the award on behalf of the whole team and they want all the mavericks to know that anything is possible.

By: Vladimir Flores

Mavs Vs Cajuns at Gould Baseball Park

UTA baseball team  played at Clay Gould Baseball park this Saturday. But what seem to be an easy win, went sour when the Mavs loss 9-5 against the University of Louisiana-Layayette. After five scoreless innings, the Ragin’ Cajuns scored with two runs in the top of the sixth inning after a 10-pitch at-bat resulted in a double with the bases loaded. Senior hitter Matt Shortall had a two-run lead in half with his sixth home run of the season during the bottom of the sixth inning. He was one of three players to have three hits for the Mavericks and finished with one RBI and one run. But it was not enough to take home the win.

Studying for Exams

If you go around campus, you will notice a large number of students reading books, notes or researching on their laptops. The “Unforgiving” exams have returned and its time to pay your dues. But no worries; we have been down this road before and we have all managed to come out on top every time. I took the time to visit with two UTA students on campus and find out just how the get through exams, including how they study. And also see what advice the could give to other UTA students on how to get through exams.

Brandon Gordon

UTA Block Party

Hosted by University Events and Apartment and Resident Life, the annual UTA Block Party not only provides a celebration for students before final exams are held, but also an environment for UTA students, staff, and faculty to enjoy a free night out.  In its 16th straight year, many came out to the UTA Block Party to celebrate the end of the spring semester.  From water pong to free prizes, live bands, food, and more, the block party gave students the opportunity to meet others, and blow off steam before the dreaded final exam week sets upon them.

By: Derek Kaufman

Arlington Transportation

For those who live in the DFW area, there are a few ways for them to get around. they are able to use shuttles, taxis and buses. The city of Arlington is trying the Metro Arlington Xpress for the next year and a half. However, there have been a few problems with transportation within the past year and a half. For the 2014 Final Four, one media member waited so long for some sort of transportation that he went ahead and called for a cab according to dallasnews.com. A woman also expressed on the news how she had to take several transportation methods to get to AT&T Stadium. It’ll be key to see how transportation will affect future events at AT&T Stadium.

By Andre Glenn


En nuestra novena edición:

Una abogada de inmigración nos aclara algunas dudas sobre la acción diferida y los DREAMERs. El Dr. Flores nos habla sobre el cambio demográfico en el sector educativo. Y en Conexión UTA, dos presentadoras de Univision 23 nos dan tips de belleza.

Places to eat on campus

Since the connection cafe can only hold a thousdand people at a time, students find other options on campus. UTA students are picky when it comes to where they want to eat around lucnh time. There are several places to go. Enstien’s Bagels, the P.O.D. market, the Plaza court and the Connection Cafe are just to name a few.  Not to mention the new restaturants that have opened up in the past two years. Students give their reasons for choosing where they want to eat, however everyone’s taste buds are different.

By: Brianna Nathaniel