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Maverick Chess Club Provides Area for Practising Skills and Spending Time with Friends

The Maverick Chess club is a great way to gain skills in chess and socialize with friends. They meet every Wednesday and Friday in the middle area of Nedderman Hall. Anyone is welcome to stop by and join in on a game whether they are a member of the club or not. All the mats, pieces, and clocks are provided. If a players is having difficulty they are welcome to ask questions. The club provides sheets where players can write down their moves to see where they might have messed up. They don’t participate in tournament but they hope to some day.

-Jessica Stroud

The Closeline Event Took Place Last Week for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Program took part in the annual Clothesline Event. The goal of this event was to raise awareness and share personal stories of domestic violence. The clothesline shows personal experiences and what people think of domestic violence. There were also flyers hanging above their tent with inspiring words. RVSP hope that this event will help others and change lived for the better. Several different colleges take part in the Clothesline Event every year for the month of October.

-Jessica Stroud

The UTA Library is Working on a Back Up Plan for Students to be on Campus when Absent

The library is currently testing out a telepresence robot that students can check out in the library. It is a iPad on a wheel and can be controlled by any PC or Apple product. The screen shows where the device is going and the controls. It can be moved up or down to make it easier to communicate in different situation. The goal for this is to let students attend group meetings when they have to be off campus. Right now they are hoping to do a role out by the end of this semester allowing students to use these.

-Jessica Stroud

The UTA Library has a New Lab for Special Projects

The Fabrication Lab or Fab Lab is the newest addition to the library. It has nine 3D Printers ranging from large scale for big projects to small scale for much smaller designs. It also has state of the art laser cutters and 3D Doodle Pens.The reason for this lab was to create an area not restricted by major to where anyone would be able to use this equipment. The library plans to expand the lab to more than double its size by the end of next summer. It is open most weekdays from 8 in the morning until midnight.

-Jessica Stroud

UTA Gives Several Options for Students to Explore Majors

Students get several opportunities during the semester to explore what majors campus holds. The most recent event was the Maverick Activities Fair. Several different Colleges participated with booths present providing facts and advisers present to answer questions. This event is not just for undecided Freshman but also for students looking for a minor or just interested in different topics. Campus had free food and refreshments available to keep students around during lunch hours. Each department has a chance to show project they’re working on and research involved. The next major focused event will be the Major Exploration Seminar on October 24.

-Jessica Stroud

Japanese Culture Society Events

The Japanese Culture Society had a fundraiser this past week selling Ramune and Yakisoba Noodles. This organization focuses on educating students from Japanese or non-Japanese backgrounds about their language, society, and culture. They are also working on their 1,000 Origami Cranes Project. The goal is to collect 1,000 origami cranes to be sent to the Children’s Peace Memorial in Hiroshima. So far they have collected over 120 and hope to obtain all 1,000 in the next few months. It takes a lot of work to collect that many cranes but they will keep working until they have 1,000.

-Jessica Stroud

Oozeball 2014

UTA hosted the 25th annual Oozeball on Friday. Hundreds of students showed up to try and compete in a game of volleyball while also wading through a huge amount of mud. It seems messy but this is one of the most popular events on campus. Getting the mud off afterwards can be more challenging than playing. Many teams were based on student organizations and residential areas.

-Jessica Stroud

Guest Speaker Larry Kemp

UTA Alumni Larry Kemp made came to visit a business class on Friday. He spoke to the class encouraging them to fulfill their potential. Plus, he explained useful tips to make it in business. Kemp works now as Vice President of Kemp and Sons. Kemp and Sons was his families business which he pushed to have over 17 million in contracts. He is giving back to the school and has the UTA baseball team dugout named after him.

-Jessica Stroud

Arlington Budget for 2015

The City Council recently held a meeting to vote over the Arlington 2015 Budget. The budget dealt with common issues like property taxes, but it also included a controversial right for shelters. It questioned whether shelters should be allowed to charge pet owners for bringing in their own pets. These charges would not apply to strays. the vote was 4-2 with the issue passing. There will be one more vote this week before the budget is officially adopted.

-Jessica Stroud