Lejin isn’t just a dancer. He has created his own style of dance that combines hip hop and animation which he calls cinema. He created his style of dancing to let people know you don’t have to follow the trends, you can create your own style that allows you to stand out as a performer.
Have you ever wondered how life would be without the wide variety of programming we have available today? Well not too long ago people had very few choices when it came to television. It took an innovative mind to fulfill the needs of the public and create something to exceed expectations. Bill Rasmussen unveiled the story behind the successful ESPN network to UTA NEWS. Rasmussen shares his journey from working in early media to setting a different standard for television in the late 70s. This is an exclusive not only sports fans cannot miss, but anybody who enjoys the modern programming we have now.
Every semester here at UTA, campus ministries come together to host a 72 hours of prayer by providing a tent for people to come and pray in. The week of October 28th, this white tent was set up in front of the Library on the center of campus. The tent is open for 72 hours straight starting at 8pm on Monday until 8pm on Thursday. Over 1,000 people came by the tent to pray and give prayer requests. Leaders of the organizations were happy to see the impact the prayer tent had this fall on UT Arlington’s campus.
Students who served in the military are given great resources and opportunities to find work in corporate settings, thanks to the career services department at UTA. There is an ongoing workshop series specifically for Student Vets. Resources and opportunities include job search techniques, resume and cover letter building and critiques, and other helpful tools for student vets. the workshop series has taken place at least once each semester for the past several years at UTA. with Veterans Day right around the corner, more events and opportunities will arise for student veterans to get involved and educated on what all there is to be offered on and off campus.
Arlington Water Utilities is giving away water efficient toilets as part of a program called “Go With The Flow”. Residents can qualify for up to two free toilets if their home was built before 1992 and is still using old facilities.
The first fraternity at UTA, Kappa Sigma, was shut down in 1994 for undisclosed reasons. On Sunday night, it was officially brought back. 48 new members were inducted to the organization. Two of the inductees into the new brotherhood are actually brothers. The fraternity’s main mission statement is to help the community by pursuing philanthropy efforts where they can.
UTA students are recommending the new iphone video app Vine. This is a new social media network that allows you to make six second videos and then post it for friends to view and also share. This app is available to download for free in the itunes app store.
The Hispanic Society organized a cultural event at the University Center on October 31st, at 12:00 pm. “Dia de los muertos” is a festivity rather than a ceremony. The celebration is intended to share time remembering those who are not living among us:parents, relatives, frienda and loved ones. Some of the activities involved was building an altar where pictures, of those remembered, are placed. Bread, food and other offerings are placed, based on what the departed used to like, or enjoy, in the world of the living. Like other cultural activities, from the Hispanic Society, “dia de los muertos” accepted donations. The gathered funds will be fully donated to programs assisting in education, health, and well being to isolated native american communities, in modern hispanic countries.
This past Thursday was Halloween and the Greek community open their doors to trick or treaters. This event was called the Great Pumpkin Carnival. The event took place on Greek Row which allowed organizations to come out and meet members of the community. The carnival had plenty of activities for trick or treaters such as the ring toss, bobbing for apples, face painting and the bean bag toss. Greek Life members also joined in the fun and dressed up in many different costumes and even took part in some of the activities. For more information on upcoming events for fraternity and sorority life, go to www.uta.edu and search for fsl.
Hispanic or Latino? Although many spanish speaking people in America do not care to be called either Hispanic or Latino, others do have a preference between one of the two terms. According to a survey made by the Pew Research Center, 50% of the of Hispanic Adults in United States do not have a preference for either term but the state of Texas is an exception. About 46% of Hispanic Texans prefer to be identified by the term “Hispanic,” while 8% say they prefer “Latino.” The Director of Center for Mexican-American Studies, Dr. Christian Zlolniski, said there used to be a difference between the two terms in the 1970′s-1980′s.
Rocktober may be long over, but that doesn’t mean you lost your chance to get to know the final band that performed. Dallas based band The Raven Charter rocked out as part of UTARadio.com’s Rocktober concert series. They are a progressive rock band that has performed around the metroplex including some venues in Houston. They even opened for Sevendust. Their powerful sound brought fans of the band as well as new fans that were intrigued by their performance. The Raven Charter’s upcoming concert will be Friday 8pm November 22nd at The Grotto in Fort Worth. The concert is open to all ages.
Tis’ the season for UTA students to show their athletic side. UTA Intramurals provides students with an opportunity to play a variety of sports including flag football, soccer and volleyball. Becoming involved with intramurals allows students to make friends and relieve some stress out in the fields. While some students play just for fun others are in to wipe out the competition.
The legendary Bill Rasmussen founder of ESPN visited UT Arlington on Thursday making him the second personality of the Maverick Speaker Series this semester. Rasmussen shared many anecdotes and laughs with his audience at Texas Hall. Some of the attendees were able to enhance their experience by asking him questions during a Q&A session. When the event ended Rasmussen gave autographs and signed his book “Sports Junkies Rejoice: Birth of ESPN” for those who purchased it before the show
For domestic violence awareness month The Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention program organized an event called Sexversation that will be held Tuesday in the Lone Star Auditorium at 7 pm.
Sexversations is a entertaining and powerful educational talk about inspiring straight talk and clever discussions about sex, intimacy, relationships, safety, sexuality and questions to open your mind and challenge your conscience, according to the website of Kelly Addington and Becca Tieder, the two speakers of the event.
Maverick Madness is the basketball season kick-off at UTA. Attendees got to meet and interact with the faces of the basketball teams at the event. The event got the crowd pumped about the upcoming basketball games. A few selected members of the crowd were able to participate in contests throughout the night. This year the event featured “Acrodunk” an acrobatic basketball show which captivated the audience. A lucky raffle winner got a chance at free tuition but unfortunately did not get to take it home.
The South Street Art Festival at Downtown Arlington, was filled with visitors from surrounding cities. Downtown Arlington sponsored this event in order to promote the city to people in the metroplex area. The South Street Festival was a free three day event that offered free concerts. Spectators were able to walk on south Street where tents were set up, each with their unique touch of craft. This was a festival created in order to appreciate the culture of art.
The UTA volleyball team played its first game in the Sunbelt conference on friday night. Military, faculty and staff were recognized on this occassion and received complimentary tickets to game. The UTA community showed their excitement about being in the new conference and anticipated a win for the home team. At half-time there was a special mention and video played in honor of the military attendees. The volleyball team dominated most of the sets and won the game giving UTA its first victory in the Sunbelt.
Alan and The Beards arrived unannounced and unplugged at UT Arlington last Friday, trading in their amps and electric guitars for acoustic ones. The group will be playing their next show at Prophet Bar in Dallas on November 15th.