It was a great day for Maverick Baseball. Albeit a bit windy and chilly, Clay Gould Ballpark came alive at the Pink Out themed game against Arkansas State, April 15th. The Pink Out Game was part of a three-game series against the University. The first game of the series was postponed until after the second, in a double header against the university. It was definitely a windy weekend, with wind speeds in the twenty-plus mile an hour range. Reporter Madison Korta had a chance to check out the second game in the series.
With parking still remaining a concern for UTA students, one garage has been created to alleviate the concerns, the West Campus Parking Garage. Constructed in two parts to allow students to have access to half the garage early, the West Campus Garage recently celebrated its grand opening, to commemorate the project’s completion. Reporter Madison Korta had a chance to attend the celebration. At the West Campus Parking Garage Celebration, free food, UTA gifts, a car show, and a ribbon cutting ceremony were just some of the events happening. In commemoration of the completion of the Parking Garage, the University invited staff and students to participate.
At the Excel Campus Limits Music Festival, food, and most importantly bands were in the lineup. The festival lasted for a few hours, and the music didn’t disappoint. EXCEL Campus Activities also offered special swag for the event. The bands for the event included Black Fossil, Freeloaders, Sphynx, and more. The festival was free for those with Student ID, $10 for staff and faculty, and $15 for general admission. The festival brought both the campus the the Arlington community together, as the event was hosted at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington.
With transportation options on the rise in Arlington, one method is increasingly becoming popular within the community. With the loss of one of the major transportation options in the city, a new option has become available, and that option is Via Rideshare. Via Rideshare is a growing transportation option, in which you share a ride with others, and split the cost. For around two dollars, members of the Arlington community are able to access the service. For now, however, Via Rideshare is available to those in select locations in Arlington, but hopes to expand in the near future to more places. Reporter Madison Korta had a chance to ride along with one of the drivers, and got an inside look at the service.
On February 1st, the Lady Mavs Basketball Team faced off against Appalachian State University in a thrilling match, which kept fans on their toes. In the first half, the Lady Mavs put their game faces on and led by one point. In the second half, the Lady Mavs were able to score the game winning goal, with only seconds on the clock. In the second half, The Lady Mavs scored 26 points to 24 over Appalachian State, with Rebekah Van Dijk scoring the game winning goal with eight seconds of the clock remaining, leading the Lady Mavs to a 49-48 point victory. Overall, Shelby Richards and Crystal Allen each scored the most points for the team, with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Lauren Billie also had a high of 9 points for the season. This was the lowest winning score for the Lady Mavs this season. Coach Krista Gerlich said the match was tough for both sides, but said that the team conquered the challenges.
To many Greek organizations on campus, Philanthropy is their main focus. For sorority Alpha Kappa Delta Phi, their Philanthropy is breast cancer awareness. The sorority held their first Mr. Pink Competition, in which male students had the opportunity to dress up and showcase their talents for the UTA community. The event was held on November 2, at the UC Bluebonnet Ballroom. Proceeds from the event went to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, as well as $300 went to the charity of the winner’s choice. Junior Henry Prieto won the competition. The sorority hopes to hold another competition next year.
Each semester, UTA holds its campus elections for positions in Student Congress as well as the UTA Ambassadors. This fall, many students participated and campaigned for the available positions, which included Homecoming King and Queen, student senators, ambassadors, and many other positions. The candidates included many students from various organizations and a diverse group of majors. Many UTA students attended the event, and some came out to support their friends and fellow students. Three students talked about their experiences in voting, as well as if they have voted before during campus elections. For some, it was their first time participating in elections.
Each fall, many students and their parents attend the Parent and Family Weekend, put on by the Parent and Family Center. Parents have the opportunity to get an inside look at what the event offers, as well as to see a sampling of UTA’s events, such as basketball games, and to getting an inside look at some of the university’s organizations. Many families were in attendance, including the Lewis family, who came with daughter Chloe. In addition to attending the event, Chloe was there to promote her organization, the UTA Ambassadors.
With over 40,000 students, and over 200 organizations on campus, many students are making their way to becoming leaders among the campus community. For sophomore Erica Hernandez, being a leader isn’t second nature. Hernandez is very involved on campus. She is the president of one organization, Malala’s Mavericks and a member of the Association for Mexican American Students. Hernandez takes UTA News on a tour of her favorite spots around campus, and why they are meaningful to her, as well as gives us a look at what this busy Maverick does with her free time.