UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs hosted a documentary screening and discussion about water conservation. CAPPA Dean Adrian Parr shared insight about her documentary
which detailed the struggles face by families in the slums of Nairobi, Africa in regards to clean water. Derica Peters, North Central Texas Council of Governments member, also talked about why water conservation is an important issue in North Texas as well as globally. The speakers offered students advice on how to conserve water at home and demonstrated why water conservation is an important practice for everyone to contribute to.
UTA’s Student Publication, The Shorthorn, received its fourth consecutive Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker award – commonly called the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate media. The Pacemaker recognizes excellence in reporting, writing, photography, graphics and design. Student journalists at The Shorthorn use all of these elements to produce a daily digital newsletter and weekly print edition. A few students were also recognized individually, including multimedia editor Duy Vu who won first place spot news photo among three other awards for excellence in photojournalism. Editor-in-Chief Narda Perez said The Shorthorn staff is proud to be recognized for all the hard work they put in everyday, but at the end of the day their work is to serve the community, not to win awards.
K-Pop music boomed through the speakers as students danced, ate and played games at the annual Korean Harvest Festival celebration. The gathering, hosted by the Korean Student Association, brought together students of all different backgrounds to take part in the festivities. In Korea, the Harvest Festival is traditionally celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar during a full moon. Those who celebrate the holiday gather with family to eat a large meal and thank their ancestors for a successful harvest. The event at UTA was potluck-style, which allowed students to bring their favorite Thanksgiving or Harvest Festival dishes to share.
A group of art students studied abroad in Florence, Italy over the summer, and brought back experience in both art and life. The students were tasked with creating a photo gallery while in Italy, to showcase at the university art gallery when they returned. One student, Carimar Vargas, found it difficult to decide on a subject matter at first but said she’s always been fascinated by the human form. This drew her to capturing photographs of statues while abroad. Students also created booklets filled with their photography and drawings, on paper crafted in Florence. The students showcased their work at the Arlington Museum of Art as well.
Every year during the fall and spring semester, UTA hosts campus elections for a variety of positions including Student Senate, Homecoming Court and Student Ambassadors. For the first time ever, UTA’s Graduate Student Senate is holding campus-wide elections this fall. In previous years, the Graduate Student Senate was open to any graduate student who wanted join, but without a formal election process there wasn’t equal representation for each college. By introducing elections, Graduate Student Senate President Anshul Talati said the body can better reach and serve graduate students on campus.