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Mastering the Stage

The UT Arlington theater class “Acting II: Scene Study” enhances theatre majors study on acting, memorization and knowledged of performance. Here’s a behind the scene look at “The Scene” by Theresa Rebeck, theater majors Whitney Jones, Kevin Duran, and Ashley Peeks Reford bring to life the characters of the play. Instructed by Brandi Andrade, putting together a great performance takes hard work and dedication, and of course a passion for theatre. These actors will perform “The Scene” during finals week. Students interested in this class can log onto for more information on all the exciting events and courses with the UT Arlington theatre department.

-Latresa Mattox

Juneteenth Exhibition

It has been 150 years since African Americans were given freedom in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. This intimate journey to the present has been documented in pictures at the “Juneteenth Exhibit” by the Center of Greater Southwestern Studies. This celebration of black heritage features a variety of photographs, highlighting black legacy. The exhibit opened on March 28, 2015 and will run through August 9, 2015. Students will be able to step into the past and really get a sense of the history of African Americans and the value of freedom. The exhibit is located on the sixth floor of the Central Library in the parlor.

– Latresa Mattox

What’s Cooking UTA?

Welcome to the first edition of What’s Cooking UTA? On this episode, I went inside Mad Mike’s Ice Cream shop located in Pantego, Texas. Here you can find a variety of amazing ice cream, shakes, and fresh made waffle cones. Owner Mike Stephens offers traditional flavors as well as seasonal flavors such as peach and lemon crunch. He values every single customer and hopes to create not only a place to have ice cream, but a complete experience! Visit Mad Mikes everyday, except on Mondays for a great and tasty trip into the world of Mad Mikes!

– Latresa Mattox

Cooper Street Bakery

Bakeries are the best at keeping things sweet and memorable. Cooper Street Bakery offers so many amazing baked treats that it’s impossible to choose just one. They have a variety of cakes, cookies, pies, and candies that are made right in the store! There something for everyone here, even if you’re not craving something sweet. Owner Tammy Gruver has put in years of hard work and it shows through the delicious taste and variety of her baked goods and items. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, give your love one a delicious baked treat. Students can log onto for more the menu and offers!
– Latresa Mattox

UTA Dance Ensemble

The UTA Dance Ensemble is preparing for their annual fall concert, which begins on December 5th and ends on December 7th. They’ve been working hard all semester long and are excited to show everyone their efforts. The ensemble practices on Tuesday and Thursday nights,  which includes a pre workout before going into dance steps. The last part of the practice is dedicated to the concert material. Auditions are held at the beginning of every semester and are open to everyone, so anyone interested in dance should check out their Facebook page for spring audition dates!

– Latresa Mattox

Women’s Basketball

The UTA Women’s Basketball team started out the season with a victory over Missouri Valley College. Throughout the game, the Mavs dominated the scoreboard with confidence, strategic plays and Maverick spirit. The roar of the crowd and the beat of the drums led to an exciting game and final. The final score was 90 for Mavericks and 32 for Missouri Valley College. During the press conference, Head coach Krista Gerlich and the players have high hopes for season despite the imminent tough road ahead. One thing is for sure, the Mavericks will work hard to achieve their goals. The next home game will be November 26th at College Park Center against Northern Arizona! Be there Mavericks!

– Latresa Mattox

Top O’Hill Terrace

Did you know Arlington had a casino? Top O’ Hill Terrace, now ironically located on the Arlington Baptist College campus, is the historic and breathtaking site of casino in operation nearly a century ago. Known as “Vegas Before Vegas” the site attracted legends such as Frank Sinatra, Buster Keaton and Mae West. The site was also known for notorious gangsters, which applied to the dangers of gambling at Top O’ Hill Terrace. Students are highly recommended to take the tour, led by the Vickie Bryant. The historic significance of this site should never be forgotten. The next tour is scheduled for December 8th. Students can also log onto the website at

– Latresa Mattox

UTA Write Club

Did you know the name Write Club is a reference to the movie Fight Club? Writers around UTA can join the Write Club for a weekly session to improve writing skills and have fun! The club meets every Thursday from 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. in Preston Hall, Room 200. Writers of all levels and experience are encouraged to come by, whether you’ve written a novel, poetry or even a rap. During the meeting you are given a prompt to write on and discuss, and also the opportunity to share your own personal works if you wish.

– Latresa Mattox

Astronomy Day

On October 25th, the UTA Planetarium hosted Astronomy Day, an exciting day of space education and fun for students and families. The event lasted from 2 – 10p.m. The National Space Society of North Texas, The Fort Worth Astronomical Society and The Moon Society were all part of the event, giving out various items such as pamphlets, buttons, and stickers. There were also special presentations by the president of the Moon Society Ken Murphy and the president of The National Space Society of North Texas Ken Ruffin. The planetarium also presented discounted shows, such as  “Spacepark 360: Infinity”. This memorable event gives the UTA community a chance to educate themselves about the world beyond, not only do you gain knowledge but you discover just how amazing space can be. Students can log onto the planetarium website at to discover all that it has to offer students and the community.

– Latresa Mattox