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POW! – Pitch Of The Week

UTA’s Central Library hosted it’s first ever POW! Which stands for Pitch of the Week, it was held every Wednesday in April on the first floor near the FAB LAB, from noon to one p.m. POW! is a game-show-style contest where teams of three or four students, compete to pitch their proposals to randomly selected prompts. The event consisted of four rounds total, three preliminary and one final.

The final round was this past Wednesday. Team Three, Beardy McBeardo Faces took home the win, for the Pitch of the Week’s 2017 Final Challenge. Their pitch idea was for a holographic interface for video calls. According to the judges, this team had the most dynamic pitch, demonstrated clear teamwork, and appealed to the senses of the audience.


UTA at Night

Are you ever on campus late at night? Do you feel safe? If not the Mav’s Courtesy Escort offers a way to make you feel not only safe but also secure. The service will take you anywhere on campus, as well as surrounding living areas.

This service is open to all, from faculty and staff to student and campus visitors. The hours of service is from 7 3 a.m. The hours may change each semester so make sure you also call or check out their website.

-Felix Diaz and Katie Valdes

Egg Hunt

With Easter right around the corner, Parent Mavericks, which is apart of the Off-Campus Mavericks, held the first ever “Family Easter Egg Hunt”.

The event took place April 15 on the Architecture Court Yard, which is located in between both the Fine Arts building and Architecture buildings.

The event was free as well as both fun and entertaining. From kids to adults, activities included outdoor favorites from food and games to the BIG egg hunt.

-Katie Valdes

Open Mic Night

The Division of Student Affairs – Off-Campus Mavericks hosted Commuter Appreciation Day. It was held this past Wednesday,  it was an all day event from 7:30 a.m. and the last event ended around 8 p.m. Starting with a “Grab and Go Breakfast” from 7:30 a.m. until 9 a.m., for lunch a Pizza Social which was from noon to 1 p.m. where the Parking Department came to talk about all the changes to come. Followed by “Move It Mavs” from 2 p.m. til 3 p.m. which was an instructional session based on current hits, throwback jams and social line dances. Open Mic was to wrap up the night, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the Sixth floor of the Central Library.  It consisted of students who expressed themselves in front of their peers through poetry, preforming mashed up songs on the guitar and even free-styled their spoken words.

All events were free.

-Katie Valdes

Universal Yoga-Meditation Club



The University of Arlington offers free yoga and meditation classes open to all students,. Classes are every Wednesday night upstairs at the University Center, where students can learn to become more insightful of clearing their minds and becoming open minded mentally, physically, and spiritually as well as learning to cope with stress, allowing them to live a more positive lifestyle.

-Katie Valdes

Architecture Lecturer

The School of Architecture celebrates their 50th anniversary with a special guest speaker. An award-winning and UTA Alum member, Gordon Gill, speaks not only about the legacy they have with super-tall buildings, but also about their firms integrated design approach which emphasizes on a symbiotic relationship with the natural environment. They also have the philosophy which they have termed “global environmental contextualism.”

Paint Party

EXCEL Campus Activities welcomed back UTA students and non-students to start the Spring semester off right, with a brand new event, which included massive glow-in-the-dark paints, live DJ’s, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as being a FREE event to all! What could be better – paint your way back to school January 28th.

Katie Valdes