Residents around DFW gathered at Dealey Plaza in Downtown Dallas to honor those lost in acts of terrorism. The recent attacks in Paris motivated the event coordinators to plan a vigil and shared their thoughts on the grassy knoll along with guest speakers of different religions. Organizers also coordinated the event in hopes of shedding light on the importance of combating xenophobia in the area. Attendees were of all different backgrounds and beliefs, bringing signs displaying messages advocating peace. Those who attended were also involved in the Muslim Student Association at the University of North Texas. Students can show support for our own MSA here at UTA as well.
Health facilities are preparing for the flu shot season beginning this month. The health center at UTA us offering the vaccine for $20 and provide it for free for those with student health insurance. Healthcare providers are encouraging those to get vaccinated before an outbreak occurs, especially college students. Students are at a very high risk due to the close interactions they inhibit in classrooms and close-quartered living situations. The vaccine takes up to two weeks to become activated in your system. More information about the flu shot is provided in the link below as well as the health center immunization clinic hours.
SB11, or Campus Carry, will take effect August 1, 2016 which allows license holders to carry concealed hand guns on campus. Student Congress President, Emmalie Moe, comments on the open dialogue encouraged by the university’s campus carry committee. Chair of the committee, John Hall, proctored the first meeting earlier this afternoon in the Blue Bonnet ballroom. Several town hall meetings this semester will be held through mid-October, inviting the community to express any concerns prior to drafting provisions considered by the UT System Board of Regents. Meetings are open to anyone that would like to attend. Below is a link to the complete schedule of meetings.
Earlier in the semester, a young woman posted on Facebook she was followed by a man in a white truck to campus. She included a detailed account of the man meeting her in a lot on campus pointing a gun at her an yelling threats. These threats, she described, regarded her faith as a Muslim. UTA Police interviewed the young woman in their investigation and she later admitted the incident to be false. Since, then UTA students a part of the Muslim Student Association have shared their reaction and how they have adjusted to other misfortunes this year in relation to their faith.
Residents along Pecan Street are adjusting after the recent arrest of 24-year-old, Daron Nickens, who was pulled over at Lot 49 near the Fine Arts Building. Nickens slapped the buttocks of a young woman headed toward an elevator at the Heights at Pecan. Minutes later, Nickens exposed his genitals to a second victim walking near Pecan Place Apartments. UTA police recognized Nickens from surveillance video and he was later arrested and charged with indecent exposure. Residents of the apartment complexes were e-mailed a bulletin from UTA police notifying them of the incident immediately.
The University of Texas at Arlington has an established police department dedicated to protecting our campus. This semester, the department has seen everything from an on-going phone scam to an arrest for indecent exposure on Pecan Street. Still, officers feel it has been a relatively calm semester compared to others. That is partly due to the amount of assistance they have received from the campus community, calling in with helpful tips on existing cases and reporting any suspicious activity around the university. The department encourages this team work to continue to keep a safe campus.
Fellow UTA student, Kelly Walters, was killed in a hit and run accident near Ellis Elementary School this past January. A suspect is yet to be found as family and friends continue to mourn the loss of the bright, young student. Walters was a double-major in Political Science and Psychology with aspirations to be in politics one day. She was just a week away from travelling to Morocco to study the condition of women’s rights.
Police are continuing to investigate and are searching for a 2007-2010 dark grey Chrysler. For any tips regarding this case, call 9-1-1 or contact investigator David Szatkowski at 817-459-5786.
By: Kristen Victorin