This year’s homecoming parade was the first to take place in the fall semester like other schools. Traditionally, homecoming was in the spring semester. Not only was this year’s fall parade a first, it was also the first time the boys basketball team played the Oklahoma Sooners! The excitement carried on throughout the night of firsts.
Some UT Arlington students spent their Halloween talking amongst their peers about love and relationships. While this may seem like a talk more appropriate for the month of February, the Iota Fraternity felt that this was the perfect time for students to understand one another better. Food, drinks and candy was available to all participants. The hosts also encouraged them to give some insight on the variety of topics. This allowed them not only to ask questions, but also act as responders to questions their peers had. UTA students did not have to rely on the Iotas to answer all the questions. They were there primarily to lead the discussion.
This year’s big annual student led tradition , Bedraces, took place on Thursday. UT Arlington students gathered at the football stadium and prepared to take home the title of Bedrace Champions 2012. There was another major contest during the event that the teams were dying to take home. They wanted to win the costume contest. This year’s theme was “A Blue Carpet Event,” and the teams lived up to that title. Some dressed as fallen stars, horror creatures and even witches and warlocks. Students were also able to challenge themselves in the obstacle course provided by the university, leaving no one out of the fun.
The Skin Cancer Foundation offers free testing on their tour bus. They travel to different locations, with local dermatologists on board, and within minutes they are able to let people know their status. If they find any suspicious signs of cancerous skin, they give recommendations and referrals. UT Arlington was their latest stop on the tour. Students came out by the dozens to have their skin screened. They were also able to ask the dermatologists questions, and take free sun screen and health magazines. This was one of the many free health events UT Arlington offers throughout the semester.
Allen Rose is a Korean War veteran who was drafted at the age of sixteen years old. He is the proud father of three boys who all grew up to be football coaches and a loving husband of over thirty years. Allen accomplished all of his lifetime dreams and more and today he spends his days watching repeat episodes of M.A.S.H and doing crossword puzzles. He loves being retired and him and his wife have lived in Town Village for six years.
UT Arlington will be adding five new restaurants to the college park district this summer. There are a variety of choices which reflects the diversity of the campus itself. Students and faculty alike are excited about the changes happening around campus, and the speed of those changes. One of the residential advisors for Arlington Hall believes students will be most happy about the relatively short distance his residents will have to travel to find a meal, besides the typical cafeteria food. Many agree that the distance will be one of the reasons why these new restaurants will be so successful. Although they are set to open this summer, there will be a huge grand opening in the fall semester.
One month ago today was the day Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. As of today, Zimmerman has still not been arrested. CNN posted a wanted flyer for Zimmerman created by the Black Panther Party, on their website this weekend. There are protests being held all over the Dallas metroplex in response to this injustice. Today the UTA NAACP will host a their own march in front of the library mall on campus. Participants will wear hoodies just as Trayvon did, as a symbol of support for Trayvon’s family and as a sign of disappointment in the officials who have yet to fairly handle the matter.
American Airlines had a recent break down from one of their flight attendants. The plane was in mid take off when the attendant began making horrific statements over the loud speaker. Although they were able to contain her shortly after, the plane was forced to return to its overhead at DFW Airport, and delay the flight. Some of the statements included potential terror threats that she said would have occured had the plane not turned aroung. Recent updates have led investigators to believe that she was suffering from a prior medical condition, and she had not taken the proper medication for it that day.
New member pledge presents is a presentation of the new members of various fraternities and sororities on campus. These members come up with their own dances and skits to compete with their peers as to whose new member class is best. There’s a compilation of judges from various sports teams on campus who determine the winners of the night. Chapters are allowed to choose the winners of other fun categories however; one of those categories include fan favorite. Team spirit was high throughout the night. Even with a minor technical error, the chapters had a great time and shined through the dark.
This video is a sound bite from CNN on the day the groundbreaking for the African American museum took place. It is a part of the Smithsonian collection of museums showing how honorable a monument of this capacity will be to Americans. President Obama had serveral kind words to say about the impact civil right’s leaders had on America, and how their struggle is now being displayed as greatness. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is set to open in 2015. The groundbreaking and announcement of something of this magnitude is a great ending to Black History Month.