Tag Archives: Derek Kaufman

Politically Challenged: UTA Edition

A few weeks ago a reporter at Texas Tech University asked students basic political questions about the United States, and got troubling answers. Would UTA students have the same amount of trouble as students out in Lubbock? See for yourself.

By: Derek Kaufman

Net Neutrality Gains Presidential Support

Net neutrality is defined as the principle that internet service providers should allow access to all websites and content regardless of the source, without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. Essentially, if the internet is deemed as not a public utility, ISP’s can and will be able to charge you for different websites and content you view on the internet. In a speech given by the President last week, Obama urged the FCC to keep the internet open and free. While the internet has been neutral from its creation, and at this point in time still is, the White House also stated that an open internet is not only essential to the American economy, but increasingly to our very way of life. A new study, published by Rasmussen Reports in November of 2014, showed that 61% of Americans are against government regulation of the internet, and believe it should remain open without regulation and censorship.

By: Derek Kaufman

Lady Movin’ Mavs Push Forward

The Lady Movin’ Mavs matched up against two different wheelchair basketball teams from the DFW area Saturday in exhibition matches. Playing agaisnt the Dallas Jr’s as well as the DFW Freewheelers, who are both made up of mostly male athletes, the Lady Movin’ Mavs set out to gain game experience that will help them in collegiate matches. Out of the three games, the Lady Movin’ Mavs took one from the Dallas Jr’s by a score of 50 to 39, but dropped two to the DFW Freewheelers. Going into the half, the Lady Mavs were tied with the Freewheelers at 26, but unfortunately couldn’t hold on in the second half. Week by week the Mavs look to continue improving, and with a team of mostly freshmen, have the time and talent to do just that.

By: Derek Kaufman

Movin’ Mavs vs. Alabama

The Movin’ Mavs and Lady Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball teams started their season this past Friday on Halloween by taking on the University of Alabama. Both the Movin’ Mavs and the Lady Movin’ Mavs played in two contests at College Park Center. The Lady Movin’ Mavs played in their first games since the team was founded earlier in 2014, and through some visible nerves the team struggled to gain momentum against the Crimson Tide as they dropped both contests by double digits in regulation. On the brighter side of the weekend, the men’s Movin’ Mavs came out where they left off at the end of last year and dominated play through both games against Alabama, winning their first tilt by a score of 70-47, and also their second by a margin of 44 points. With high expectations this year of bringing a national championship to UTA, the Movin’ Mavs look to get back on track before they host their next home tournament on November 8th and 9th.

By: Derek Kaufman

UTA vs. DBU Ice Hockey

For their second game of the season, the UTA Mavericks ice hockey team was hosted in Farmers Branch by the Dallas Baptist Patriots. Going into this week, DBU came in on fire with a 7 and 2 overall record, while UTA had dropped its only contest of the season so far to UNT. UTA came out strong with three goals, coming as a surprise to the Patriots. With multiple UTA players absent to either suspension or injury, the lack of depth on the bench was felt in the third period. Although the weekend might not have went as planned for the Mavs, they will have a week off to regroup before testing their luck against SMU on November 7th.

By: Derek Kaufman

UTA Hockey Loses First Home Game

This past weekend your UTA Mavericks took to the ice for their first game in over three years. The Mavs faced off against rivals UNT in an ice hockey game Friday night at the Parks Mall in Arlington to a crowd from both universities. While UTA was able to keep the score even through one period, the Eagles proved too much for the Mavs as they scored a short handed goal in the second period as well as the third, and eventually won the game with a score of five to one. With the hockey season just getting underway, the Mavs look forward to working towards their first win, as well as playing in division two ice hockey. To see the Mavs hockey schedule or other media, search for UTA Ice Hockey on Facebook or Twitter.

By: Derek Kaufman

Horrorfest Film Competition

Every year the Art Institute of Dallas hosts a film competition for current and former students called Horrorfest.  This year, Chris Skupien, who’s competed in the competition for the past five years, is feeling the pressure of having to make a film in less than seven days.  Aside from giving awards for the best film, the Art Institute also gives awards for the best weapon, best blood and gore, and other primary aspects of a horror film.  Although filming is complete, the competition is just getting started.

By: Derek Kaufman

Movin’ Mavs 2014-15 Expectations


The UTA Movin Mavs wheelchair basketball team has a history littered with national championships. However, while the team has lived up to its high standards the past few years, the Movin’ Mavs have failed to bring home a trophy despite being the number one seed in the regular season and also playing in the national championship game in two consecutive seasons. While the Movin’ Mavs seem ready for another season of basketball, only time will tell if all of their hard work over the summer will bring them back to a national championship final.

By: Derek Kaufman

UTA Block Party

Hosted by University Events and Apartment and Resident Life, the annual UTA Block Party not only provides a celebration for students before final exams are held, but also an environment for UTA students, staff, and faculty to enjoy a free night out.  In its 16th straight year, many came out to the UTA Block Party to celebrate the end of the spring semester.  From water pong to free prizes, live bands, food, and more, the block party gave students the opportunity to meet others, and blow off steam before the dreaded final exam week sets upon them.

By: Derek Kaufman