Tuition proposal subject of The Daily Texan editorial
UT Austin's student newspaper, The Daily Texan,
highlighted this week's proposal by UT Arlington President Jim Spaniolo
to avoid a tuition and fees increase for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The editorial said: "Spaniolo’s request for a tuition freeze is the
first public indication in the system of an institution’s upcoming
tuition policy. Other system institutions that would have used the
Legislature’s higher education budget cuts to justify tuition increases
will now need to find more individualized reasons for a tuition
increase. Spaniolo’s decision to seek a tuition freeze shows that
despite budget woes, institutions need not rely on a tuition increase to
maintain their operations."
Gov. Perry's 'oops' moment
interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political
science, about Gov. Perry’s memory lapse during Wednesday night’s
presidential debate when he forgot which three federal agencies he would
cut as president. Political analysts are now asking if Perry’s “oops”
moment cost him his campaign. “It’s a possibility that he can be
resilient and come back, but frankly it’s doubtful,” Saxe said.
KDAF/CW 33 interviewed UT Arlington students for reaction to Gov. Perry’s gaffe during the televised debate.
Rep. Patrick keeps focus on improving education
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
profiled the Tarrant County legislative delegation, which includes Rep.
Diane Patrick, R-Arlington. A former schoolteacher and faculty member
at The University of Texas at Arlington, Patrick will continue her focus
on improving public and higher education. In a prelude to the 82nd
legislative session, Patrick conducted her fourth annual Education
Policy Summit at UT Arlington in October, drawing ideas from more than
200 education experts.
UT Arlington student wins Greenovation contest
Yahoo! News reported
that Benjamin Johnston, a UT Arlington doctoral student in biomedical
engineering, won the Texas Greenovation Contest, an annual competition
aimed at inspiring students, entrepreneurs and business owners to
identify green business ideas. Johnston earned first place with his idea
for a microbial fuel tube. His concept breaks down organic waste cast
out by food processing companies, wastewater treatment plants, and
others. The concept helps reduce waste and lessen the impact on the
environment with membrane and photovoltaic technologies. Additionally,
the hydrogen bi-product of the process could be used to power equipment
within an organization. The event was sponsored by The University of Texas at Arlington, the Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence and TMAC. Johnston received a prize package valued at nearly $15,000.