UTA News 3-31-14

This week, we talk about the ACES program along with an inside look at one of the ACES members and his research on termites. Also we have in sports NCAA’s Final Four coming to Arlington and the impact it will have on the area.

Gender Wage Gap in Texas

As Texas prepares to elect a new governor there is one issue that seems to overshadow the election. The issue is the gender wage gap and why males in the workplace still outearn females even when they are doing the same job. Both Wendy Davis and Gregg Abbott are committed to improve the paychecks of women, however in different ways. Abbott believes that the laws already provide for equal pay. While, Davis believes that there should be new laws and that the governor shouldn’t be afraid to fight for equal pay no matter a person’s race or gender.

By: Malissia Rogers


The Association of Mexican American Students had a tamale sale to raise funds for their organization.  AMAS is one of the largest multicultural organization on the UTA campus.  Students don’t have to be of Mexican or Latin descent or speak Spanish to join AMAS.  AMAS is involved in several other events on campus including intermural sports and greek life.  AMAS holds meeting every Friday at noon in college hall.

BNSF Railway Conference

The Center of Mexican American studies of UTA presented BNSF Railway. They talked to students and staff about what BNSF is and what they do. BNSF is a company dedicated to transport different types of freight around the United States. They are looking for new talent and offer employment opportunities and internships to students who are interested in the rail industry. BNSF is a strong company and by having bases in countries like Mexico and Canada, they’re not only helping the economy here in the U.S. but the economy in those countries. If you are interested and would like more information, you can visit their website at http://www.BNSF.com.

By: Rosa Ramirez

Trivia Night

The student organizations played Jeopardy- style game of UTA facts and history. Members of the organization either played in the game or cheered for their team. The three teams had to pick a number between 1-10 and who ever came close to that number went first. The categories ranged from Traditions, Mascots and Dates, to important people. Example of questions asked ranged from When was UTA founded to Who is named after a street? The teams were allowed to use UTA ambassasdors as a life line if they needed help answering a question. For the last rounds each team had to write down how much they were willing to wager and then they had 2 minutes to list all of the univeristy’s name change in chronological order. Next the teams had to sing UTA’S fight song and each team member had to sing it correctly. The winning team won the large trophy.

By: Virginia Villatoro

Garland Teachers

The North Texas Dream team invited the community from the city of Garland to support five teachers who might face deportation at the end of this school year. These teachers were in the process of obtaining an H1B visa that would allow them to work legally in the U.S. For unexpected reasons, their visas have been denied and now they’re facing deportation. The community had the chance to talk to the board representatives and asked them to support these teachers because they feel like they’re not really doing anything. After listening to the community, one of the board members had an unexpected reaction and promised to do everything they can to provide help.

By: Vladimir Flores

UTA Students Experience Hunger

The organization UTA Volunteers and Oxfam America hosted the annual Hunger Banquet at UT Arlington. Mavericks chose a random paper with a label that symbolized a social class. Participants closed their eyes as they were guided into the room where they were placed in the social class indicated. Once there, participants opened their eyes into their social class. The low class was sitting on the floor, the middle class was on chairs and the high class had chairs and tables to have dinner on. This event was organized to help others realize the limited amount of resources the low class has compared to the middle and high class.

By: Cristina DeLeon

UTA’s Customized Cap and Gown

Graduation is just around the corner and the Class 2014 is getting ready to put on their caps and gowns. UT-Arlington seniors came out to the Grad Finale at the UTA Bookstore to buy their graduation regalia. Students had the opportunity to take their diploma pictures for free, as well as, the chance to order their graduation rings and invitations. Two students, Pamela and Kristen, who are both graduating in May, told us how they feel about walking across the stage. In addition,the UTA Bookstore Director, Paul Beaulieu, explained us how students should wear their gowns in order to participate in the ceremony, and also how does the new UTA costume looks like.


Angelina Armendariz

Spring Fitness

Hopefully Texas is saying goodbye to winter, and hello to Spring! The warm weather tempts everyone outside, and with shorts and tank tops coming up, its time to get into shape. Arlington has a variety of parks. River Legacy offers 6 miles of running and mountain biking trails plus a circuit station for toning your body. If you need a park closer to campus, Howard Moore Park is located off Davis and Tucker. This park offers running trails and tennis courts. To stay fit this spring add a 30 minute activity outside such as basketball, hiking, skateboarding, or taking a quick walk. Plus, the vitamin D from the sun will do you some good after this long winter!


By:Monica Davis

Termite Research

Microbiology senior Luis Velazquez presented his undergraduate research during ACES last week. His research focused on termites and their ability to become a sustainable resource. After extracting the termite’s hindgut and isolating the microorganism called “Verrucomicrobia” the lab cloned it and used the staining method to find positive clones for endo 1,4 beta d glucanase activity and xylanase activity. Ultimately the goal of his research is to a more sustainable resource to use in the future.

By: David Bansigan

ACES Presentations

Professors at UTA can serve as mentors to students they think excel at research and presentation. Thye encourage these students to present at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students symposium, or ACES. The symposium showcases the work of students with all different kinds of majors. Students are judged by a panel and the winners even get cash prizes.

By: Tracie Hill

Treadmill Workstations as an Alternative For Traditional Desks

The typical desk may become a thing of the past. With obesity rates going up and inactivity becoming more like in the film Wall-E, a new technology is combining desks and treadmills. Treadmill workstations has the worker walking on a treadmill as they perform tasks at a pace between one to two miles per hour. Darla Hamann, an associate professor from the School of Urban and Public Affairs, and her team of researchers along with the Mayo Clinic have performed studies on the productivity level for workers. In a 52 week study, the team found that productivity levels at first were low because of the learning curve, but afterwards, productivity increased exponentially. Treadmill workstations are in use by companies such as Google and the General Mills Headquarters as well.


By: Omar Castillon

Millenials in Adulthood

The most recent generation: The Millenials have crossed the line of adulthood. this generation has unique charactristsics that set it apart from all the rest. They are digital natives used to constant change and to be always present to everybody else through social media. They are also the first truly ethincally and culturally diverse generation; the most tolerant and open-mibded. But new data suggests that it also has its own chalenges to face. They are more unattached than former generations to traditional social institutons such as organized politics, religion, culture, and even marriage or traditional family. These are times of profound social change, achange experts call a “revolution.” How are millenials? In this story, a few numbers will give us a broad picture of their strenghts and their weaknesses.
Adolfo Muniz

March Madness!!!

When you hear about rebounds, dunks, emotion, upsets, buzzer beaters!!! You know it must be March Madness!!! While we have started off with over 68 teams the tournament is finally coming to an end and only one team can be crowned champion. This year both the Final Four and the National Championship will be played at the AT&T stadium in Arlington, Texas. I decided to go around campus and talk with students on what they think about the tournament so far and even get their predictions on who they think will walk out of Arlington as National Champions. If you are a basketball fan you can’t miss this story!

Brandon Gordon

UTA Ice Hockey Returns

It’s an exciting time for club sports at UTA as UTA Ice Hockey is returning to the university after the team disbanded in 2011.  In their first scrimmage back, UTA faced off against SMU in what might be the beginning of a new in town rivalry.  While the Mavs unfortunately fell to the Mustangs 9-4 in their first scrimmage in over three years, many members of the team say that they are looking forward to growing as a group and playing in the American Collegiate Hockey Association as a Division 2 team.  Official games will not begin until the Fall semester.

By:  Derek Kaufman

Fundraising for Honored Sisters on Campus

A little rain didn’t stop the National Assiocaiton of Colored Women’s club and the Collection of Brothers from selling crawfish last friday. The clubs team up to fundraise for the Honored Sisters on campus. They were also selling potatoes, corn on the comb, turkey necks and soft drinks. The proceeds will go towards their pagent which will be later in April.

By: Brianna Nathaniel

Comedy Night at the Rosebud

The Maverick Excel Series presented stand up comedian CJ Toledano at the University Center’s Rosebud Theatre. The theatre opened its doors on Tuesday  7:00pm, March 25th. With a creative and mischief mind, Toledano included a wide range of themes on his routine; from college life to personal anecdotes, as he showed the lite side of life with a good sense of humor, even if sometimes is not. After the show, UTA students left the Rosebud with positive reviews.

By: Carlos Mendoza


En nuestra Octava Edición de Primavera 2014:

UT-Arlington celebra el mes de la mujer con una conferencia de liderazgo. También un estudio nos ayuda a entender mejor la generación milenio en la edad adulta. En Conexión UTA, un famoso comediante visito nuestra universidad dando un show a los Mavericks. En Deportes, los últimos detalles del equipo femenil de tenis.


UTA went up against SMU at the tennis center. They had just come off of a road loss against San Jose State and wanted to get back to their winning ways. The Lady Mavericks were coming into the matchup 8-7 and a 5-2 home record. Last year, the Mustangs defeated UTA in their matchup. The matchup between the two schools started off in a doubles competition where UTA would go on to win all three of the matchups that were taking place. They would also go on to win the singles competition as well. UTA won the overall matchup between the two schools 4-3.
By Andre Glenn

Women Leadership Summit 2014

The Division of Student Affairs at UTA hosted the seventh annual Women in Leadership Summit. This event was part of the women’s history month activities. The conference consisted on different workshops with the same purpose, that is to promote leadership among women. Students could interact and network with people from all majors. The workshops were offered by female faculty leaders and they mentioned that they can be seeked for support or advice at anytime. One of the most interactive workshps taught students the importance of social media and the consequences it can cause from posting a single photo.

By: Vladimir Flores

UTA News 3-24-14

On this week’s edition, we take a look at what Sanjay Gupta had to say during his visit at the College Park Center. In sports, we get a recap of UTA Baseball and in entertainment we learn about student’s opinions about influential women.