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Black History Month

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.

Justin Oliver – UTA News

Tail Waggin’ Wednesdays

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

UTA’s 3rd Annual Maverick Musical

This past Thursday, Excel Campus Activities hosted their third annual Maverick Musical at Texas Hall. Show time began around seven o’clock and students were given free admission with their UTA ID. The “Good vs. Evil” themed event showcased four teams of UTA students. Each team was provided 150 dollars for decorations and had a maximum time limit of eight minutes to perform. The four teams were judged solely on creative talents, stage presence, originality, crowd appeal, and theme incorporation. The Company 71 team, a Wizard of Oz inspired performance, won first place and was awarded the sum of one-thousand dollars. Afterwards, students gave their opinions of the musical and staff shared what they hoped the audience took away from the event. Registration for the fourth annual maverick musical will begin next spring and UTA hopes to see you there…

Justin Oliver – UTA News

Drake’s “More Life” breaks multiple records within first week

On March 18th, 3-time Grammy award-winning artist Drake released his latest project titled “More Life.” The 22-track playlist premiered on OVO Sound Radio and was released on Apple Music, iTunes, and Spotify shortly after. Including streams, first week sales for the project accumulated roughly 505,000 copies. “More Life” was streamed 89.9 million times on Apple Music within 24 hours, shattering the records on every streaming service. Meanwhile at UTA, I had a chance to speak with Drake fans who gave their honest opinion of the rapper’s latest release. Drake is currently finishing his European “Boy Meets World” tour and no new music details have been announced for the future.

Justin Oliver – UTA News

UTA’s 10th Annual Health Fair

On Wednesday, March 1st, the 10th annual health fair was held in the bluebonnet room at the university center. This gave students a chance to learn vital health information with Spring Break coming the following week. Fitness coach Angela Chambers and Sociology major Iris Garcia gave their opinions on why they feel the health fair is important and how their particular stands effect the students. Latoya Oduniyi, health promotion and substance abuse advisor who hosted the event, explains her experiences with previous health fairs and how she has seen it grow over the years. UTA‘s office of health services organizes the health fair a year in advance to gain sponsors, donations, and send out invitations. Planning for 2018 starts now and students are looking forward to the next one.

Justin Oliver – UTA News

Study Abroad for Business Majors

On Thursday, February 23rd, UTA’s Office of International Education provided a panel to showcase ten students who had previously been apart of the Study Abroad program. The panel contained a series of pre-written questions, and also allowed students in the audience to ask questions about their decision to study in other countries. Amanda Sines, a study abroad advisor, hosted the panel and expressed her thoughts afterwords about how important she feels the program is for students here at UTA. The main mission of the program is to give students opportunities to see other parts of the world, experience other cultures, and most importantly study! UTA offers more than 500 study abroad programs within 62 countries and the experience of a lifetime is right around the corner.

Justin Oliver – UTA News

Kevin O’Leary Visits UTA

Kevin O’Leary, a successful businessman who appears on the ABC show “Shark Tank,” came to UTA this past Thursday to speak to students at the College Park Center. Garrett Martin, a managment marketing major, and William Jenkins, an accounting major, give their thoughts about their experience after the lecture. Also Jonathan Crowder, a Founding Partner at 1790 Ventures and Product Manager at Choose Energy, explains how the speech pertains to his professional life in the business world. Students look to use the knowledge from O’Leary and utilize the opportunites that may come their way.

Justin Oliver – UTA News

UTA Motivational Singer

Most people have passions for something. Whether it’s music, sports, ect., these things drive us to reach our everyday goals. Sabrina Garcia, a Kinesiology Major at UTA, has decided to make her passion a career. Sabrina shares her thoughts on her tryout with American Idol and encourages other students to purse their dreams. Ramon Garcia, Sabrina’s father, and Mike Fuentes, Sabrina’s stepdad, explain how Sabrina has inspired them as her family members. As far as the future, Sabrina landed a spot in the band Vince Vance and the Valiants. She looks forward to her first show with them on March 4th at Walter’s Tavern Lake in Dallas, Texas.

-Justin Oliver

Human Trafficking Awareness

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Students are looking to bring down the numbers of human trafficking by spreading the word on campus. Colleagues and staff are working together to raise awareness by providing facts on a billboard in Building A of the School of Social Work. Mary McCoy gives a statement on how we, as individuals, should approach this issue and Social Work Majors, Taelor Faulkner and Jacob Rosenberg, give their opinions on what students should do in this situation. Even though January is coming to a close, students and staff should encourage other scholars to still be on the lookout as numbers continue to rise. 

Justin Oliver – UTA News