I-Week or International Week, hosted it’s annual Food Fair just after mid-terms. I-Week is produced by ISO (International Student Organization) which hosts a week full of events and opportunities for organizations to contribute and be involved with other organizations. We went around to speak with Organization Leaders to see what they benefit, other than profit.
-Savannah J. Cole
The Lady Mavericks took on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers for a three game series. For the first time ever, the Chanticleers got to play the Mavericks as Coastal Carolina are the newest members of the Sunbelt Conference. The series began on Saturday as the two team played a double header. In game on the Lady Mavericks had a dominant performance from sophomore pitcher Samantha Clakely as she had a complete game with a career high 10 strikeouts. Senior Shelbi Sikes hit a two-run home run to break the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. Mavericks win 4-3. In game two, senior pitcher Sam Montes got the start. Montes along with freshman pitcher Mariah Denson pitch a shutout with six combined strikouts. Mavericks would win 2-0. In Sunday’s finale the Mavericks were behind early as Coastal Carolina catcher Kassidy Smith hit a three-run home run. But Clakely eventually settle down. The offense helped Clakely’s outing with eight runs scored in the game. The Mavericks would the game 8-5 and had their first conference sweep since 2015.
The UTA Mavericks played the 20th ranked Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns at Clay Gould Ballpark. This three-game series was a battle for control of overall first place in the Sun Belt Conference. The Mavericks held off the Cajuns’ to win game one, 5-4. The series was put on hold until Sunday, because of the chance of bad weather on Saturday. On a windy day, the series continued with a doubleheader. In game two, UTA managed to seize the moment and win 10-2. Going for the sweep, the Mavericks won game three, 9-3. Giving them sole possession of first place.
The gallery at U-T-A featured work from the alumni of the University. On display were 48 pieces of work from 25 different artist from U-T-A’s masters of fine arts program. The types of pieces ranged from traditional drawings and sculptures to newer mediums. For examples, augmented reality and event video games.
Students from the Classics club recited the epic poem “The Odyssey” written by the philosopher homer. The U-T-A Classics Club was founded to foster the classical antiquity. The objective of this student organization to inform the student community about the importance of classical studies. This was an all day event on April 27th from 7 am to 10:30 pm. This event was opened to all students and public.
Although some more frequently than others, at some point we all have to work in groups. Some love it, others not so much. The experiences of working in groups may vary, however, a common benefit is the collaborative thinking and brainstorming.
On the other side of the spectrum, the more common downside is accountability and productivity. A problem that can be fixed so long as members are given responsibilities.
In March the Governor Greg Abbot and the County Sheriff had migratory disagreements. UTA recently has been having the same dilemma. During campus elections UTA students had the opportunity to vote in favor or against UTA becoming a sanctuary campus. I got to speak to a student who has a strong and personal opinion about this dilemma. President Kharbari has the final decision on this referendum but he has yet to make a comment on this topic.
This February, students are looking to make a change. Black History Month is a month dedicated to the achievements of African-American leaders and citizens. Leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, etc., are known worldwide, but students are looking to dive further into the history. Students believe that the media plays a huge part in the role of celebrating Black History month. I had a chance to catch up with few students who gave their personal approach on how to embrace this particular month. Students hope to spread the word and realize just how important it really is.
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On Wednesday April 5th, students gathered on the basement level of the Central Library for the monthly Tail Waggin’ Wednesday. This is where students at UTA can engage with conversations with the dog owners and also can be used a stress relief mechanism as finals are approaching. I had a chance to catch up with outreach and events specialist, Kariakis Newman, and she explained he thoughts on why she feels the event is important to students around campus. For future reference, Tail Waggin’ Wednesdays will be changed for Paws for Finals for finals week in May. Students are more than welcome to stop by!
Justin Oliver – UTA News