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UTA In The News — Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday, September 19, 2016

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Record enrollment

As the North Texas population continues to grow rapidly, so does the student population at The University of Texas at Arlington, which set a new record enrollment this fall, the Star-Telegram reported. The preliminary census recorded almost 40,000 Texas-based students enrolled this semester, UTA said this week. Globally, more than 45,000 students are seeking degrees through UTA this fall.

Latino millennials influence

Latino millennials could play a key role in the presidential election, The Dallas Morning News reported. Jonathan Manuel Roman-Diaz, a 26-year-old UTA student, said the Democratic Party had reached out to him, but the Republican Party had not. He said they're urging everyone to vote and saying that “If you can vote, go out and vote. If you think it doesn't matter, it does.”

Movin' Mavs player interviewed

The Univision Network interviewed Ricardo Lucien, a member of the UTA Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team, about his life as a student-athlete with disabilities. Lucien chose basketball after a shooting in Venezuela that left him unable to walk. “Their [Movin’ Mavs players] disabilities do not prevent them from playing a very, very competitive game,” said UTA President Vistasp Karbhari. “In fact, we have some athletes in the Paralympic Games, and we are very proud of them.” The website story also included an interview with Movin’ Mavs head coach Doug Garner.

Student on paralympics rugby team

Josh Brewer made the U.S. Paralympics rugby team, KEZI 9 ABC in Eugene, Ore., reported. He was recently signed as a wheelchair basketball player at UTA.

Interim provost on Think

Ron Elsenbaumer, UTA interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, will be one of the guests on Think, KERA 90.1’s program about a wide variety of topics. Elsenbaumer, who will be on at 1 p.m. Wednesday, will talk about strategies of paying for college.

ClaimBuster talk

Bill Adair, director of the DeWitt Wallace Center and Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism & Public Policy at Duke University, was interviewed on WNET PBS 13's The Open Mind program in New York about ClaimBuster, an automated fact checking software program they helped build with The University of Texas at Arlington. UTA's Chengkai Li, a UTA associate professor and director of the Innovative Database and Information Systems Research Laboratory, was a chief contributor to the project.

UTA alum grand marshal

Grand Marshal Todd Maria uses rugby as a vehicle for serving the LGBT community, the Dallas Voice reported. Maria, who describes himself as a nurse by trade, earned his master's degree from UTA. He is a hospital administrator in Plano.

Higher Education News and Trends

Costs to implement campus carry have been considerably smaller than what was originally estimated, the Star-Telegram reported.

State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, said that using the Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, could ease dire warnings about budget shortfalls when the Legislature convenes in January, the state lawmaker wrote in an Austin American-Statesman op-ed piece. Howard said higher education funding from the state is still less than it was a decade ago.