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Dancing Decision

We all make thousands of decisions everyday. Some are big and some are small. Some mean nothing at all. But, some impact our lives forever. Let’s hear from Afnan Dahduli, a junior interior design major who made the decision to no longer publicly perform her passion in order to respect her beliefs. Afnan not only spend hours in the Architecture Building for her interior design classes, but hours in the dance studio.

Reachelle Spieker

SAAC Press Conference

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee or SAAC is excited about the growth they are seeing in student involvement on campus. With a goal to increase school spirit and take away the  disconnection the high amount of commuter students have to campus involvement, SAAC has multiple fundraisers and events planned. This week look for drop boxes for a canned food drive. On Thursday, the volleyball team matches up against rival Texas State. this game is the Dig Pink game benefiting breast cancer awareness. First 250 fans will receive a free pink T-shirt and everyone else is encouraged to wear pink. Last years game set the record attendance at College Park Center. Game time is 6:30 p.m.

Movin’ Mav & Dallas Mav

Dr. Abu Yilla is a Kinesiology professor who advocates for the widening acceptance of sport different than just the big three. He played for the Dallas Wheelchair Mavericks, the UTA Movin’ Mavs and U.S. and Britain National Paralympic Teams. As an ex-professional wheelchair basketball player and awarded athlete who moved from abroad, he brings a unique perspective to the table challenging his students to broaden their minds and question their current mindsets. Dr. Yilla teaches three classes at UTA, including Sociology of Sport where his students enjoy the ability to speak freely and have open debate.

Reachelle Spieker

Step Up To Injustice

Homecoming 2014 was a great time for students to take a break from class and have some fun. The annual step show, hosted by UTA’s National Pan-Hellenic Council, is one of the weekends most anticipated events. Held in Texas Hall, the event is a time to celebrate Greek pride, and earn bragging rights for a year.

Entitled, Step Up To Injustice: this year’s event sought not only to entertain but to promote social awareness. In collaboration with NAACP and sponsors, Texas Trust Bank, the event expanded this year’s completion to any organization on campus. Making this year’s Step Show, one for the ages.

 

 

by:Tony Curtis Hughes

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

2014 Student Elections

Student election results are pending but the excitement behind the 2014, campaign is confirmed!!! With positions on the ballot ranging from UTA Ambassador, to Homecoming King and Queen, nominee’s  campaigned up to the last minute to earn students vote.

Held on Election Tuesday, UT Arlington’s day at the polls served as a microcosm to the national day of decision. Student Affairs officials hope is that Mavericks not only become active in campus policy but use the opportunity as a springboard to particpate in social event that shape our local, state, and national community.  

 

By: Tony Curtis Hughes

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