The University of Texas at Arlington 2013 Homecoming could not come to an end without a huge celebration. Campus Organization ‘Excel’ made sure Mavericks had a good time by inviting the Illumina Live “iExperia” tour to College Park Center for a light show. The event was equipped with glow lights, DJs, robots, food, and special entertainment. The party provides a fun and safe environment to students who would like to stay on campus and celebrate in a drug free, alcohol free environment. Different genres of music played in the stadium that would cater to every students taste, and UTA definitely closed out the homecoming weekend successfully.
This past Saturday, Las Vegas hosted the UFC 167 pay per view with the main event featuring the welterweight championship. The Champion George St. Pierre went up against the Dallas Native Johny Hendricks for the welterweight title. The match ended in a controversial split decision in favor of GSP after a dominating performance from the challenger Hendricks. With a rumored rematch to be in the works, fans will have to wait and see who will be the next to challenge for the title.
For the thousands of people diagnosed every year with life-threatening blood cancers like leukemia and lymphoma, a cure exists. Over the past 25 years Be The Match, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. Patients depend on Be The Match and its supporters to find a match to save their life. Donor recruiters visit UT Arlington when sponsorship funds allow it, yet many students are unaware of the simple and easy process of donating. One student, however, will be forever greatful for what this program has done for her young life.
There’s a student athlete that wants to be the next top runner in the Swedish National Track Team. Hannah Nilsson’s biggest dream is to represent her hometown internationally. She would like to continue to pursue her running career in Sweden after she graduates from UTA. Hannah says she’s happy to attend UTA since she really wanted to study abroad and is enjoying her time in Texas.
There’s a new popular spot to spend a fun day or night in the city of Fort Worth. The Sundance Square Plaza is a one acre shopping, restaurant and entertainment facility in the heart of the city. The plaza has a built in stage for concerts, movie screenings and plays. There are also many restaurants and stores located in the plaza for the public to chose from. At night the scenery at the plaza is magical with dancing fountains and gigantic color-changing light umbrellas. The place is becoming popular among the cowtown residents who believe this project will make the city more attractive to tourists.
Arlington voters repealed a century-old ban on the sale of liquor within city limits last week. The proposition was originally backed by the Texas Rangers as a way to ease restrictions on the sale of alcoholic beverages. However, the wording of the proposition was vague enough to make Arlington a “wet” county. Voters hope this proposition will help keep some previously lost tax revenue within city limits.
The University of Texas at Arlington is hosting their annual Golden Key Canned Food Drive from now until November 25, 2013. The event is more important for members of UTA this year since funding for the federal food stamp program was cut on November 1, 2013. Therefore, faculty and students are looking to step up their efforts in an attempt to beat the record collection of 464 lbs. Things are off to a good start and will hopefully surpass the previous record by leaps and bounds. The best non perishable items are canned foods: beans, tuna, ham, soup, fruit, chili, stew, peanut butter and for packaged foods: energy bars, pudding cups, fruit rolls, crackers, granola bars . -Kristen Kerr
UTA DJ- Mike MCCants is a talented DJ thats hosts the friday afternoon slot playing classic RnB from the 80s and 90s. His taste in music is what makes him such a good DJ as he spins the records and giving us good music.
The Asian heritage month which was help at the university of Texas in Palo Duro Lounge was an exciting event. It centered on Asian cultures, traditions and a little bit of their history. They also had foods and drinks available to students and admission was free.
Moving Mavs Head Coach Doug Garner has surprisingly not always been a basketball coach. Coach Garner feels that it has always been his calling to coach players with disabilities and shares his passion for the game and coaching.
The time for the finals is almost here, and for students this is a very stresful time. Stress is a psichological response engrained in our natural make -up to deal with situations the mind perceives as dangerous and it is useful in situations where our attention is needed, but it can also impair our capacity to think clearly. The succes series at UTA was a series of talks open to the public aimed to deal with this and other hard issues affecting every student’s life. There are a variety of techniques to fight back stress but as the experts tell us, it is better to understand the nature of what is happening to us to aleviate it.
In addition to being aware of their surroundings when people walk at night or in an uncomfortable position, people need to be aware of things that could damage computers. The ransom virus is something that could potentially delete all the personal files on a computer. Here is what a couple students have to say about the virus.
There are a lot of elements to design that people aren’t aware of. Without it, the world would be very boring. It was important for AIGA to dedicate an entire day to inform, motivate and challenge the future artists the impact that design brings to marketing, advertising and overall inspiration to the world.
Shaunda Poster graduated from UTA last Spring and has already taken the local sports world by storm. She is the in-game host for FC Dallas, she hosts the pre-game and halftime show for the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, promotion/marketing duties with CBS Radio and if that wasn’t enough, she also is a sideline reporter for highschool football for TXA-21. Despite her very busy schedule, Shaunda says she’s just getting started.
Thrift Stores are becoming more popular among young people, and when you’re on a budget you may actually find that secondhand stores have the items you need for much less. With music, fashion, and anything that identitfies as ‘Pop Culture’, thirft shops always carry a variety of things, most of which have a story or backdrop. It is common to find small treasures within these stores that you may never find in shops that are not labled as consignment shops. Texas Thrift, a local store in the Arlington area is familiar with UTA students popping in for mini shopping sprees, but several students have no idea how much money can be saved in just one trip.
The month of November is dedicated to prostate cancer awareness in men, and many male students at The University of Texas at Arlington participate by not shaving their breads or mustaches for 30 days. While the activity of growing facial hair can be seen as a fun and interesting challenge, many individuals do not understand the message behind the beards. ‘No Shave November’, or ‘Movember’ was created to not only be a topic of discussion, but to spread the word about prostate cancer, and any other aspects related to men’s health. November is seen as a time for men to schedule an appointment with their primary care physicians because early detection reduces the chance of other risk factors.
With robberies and crimes increasing in the Maverick Country, students and faculty started to pay more attention to their safety. The UTA Police Department offers a free self-defense class for women, also known as the R.A.D. Program (Rape Aggression Defense), which teaches women what to do in case they’re attacked. The class helps them build confidence to defeat a person and to make a plan to escape from them. The most important thing about this program is to let women know how important is to be empowered so that they can save their lives.
Una encuesta nos dice la preferencia que tienen las personas entre ser llamadas “Latinas” o “Hispanas.” Un programa enseña a niños como cuidar su apariencia física para prevenir ser víctimas de bullying. En Conexion UTA, les tenemos detalles de la celebración del Día de Los Muertos en la Universidad. Y en Deportes, no se pierdan la entrevista exclusiva con Bill Rasmussen, fundador de ESPN.
Smartphone cameras are very common today. They allow people to take pictures and videos of anything that are either nearby or something people want to capture to remember. When people take pictures, they can edit them right at that very moment. When they record a video, they can upload them onto YouTube if they want to straight from their phones. There are also several effects that people can add on their photos when they take them. Videoconferencing is possible as well due to these cameras. People can either Skype or Facetime someone from long distance as long as they have wi-fi.
By Andre Glenn
The UTA Softball team is preparing for another season as it will begin in February of 2014. The team has improved in the past two seasons in win totals. Just two seasons ago, the team had 15 wins and this past season they reached 25 wins. They have been doing schrimmages in the offseason to help prepare themselves for the upcoming season. The team is coached by Kristie Fox and Andy Jarvis is the assistant coach. They will have tournaments outside of Texas, as they will play in California and in Arizona. Their first home game will be against Weber State.
By Andre Glenn