Researcher shows music industry building walls to limit data
Major record labels have capitalized on iTunes to maintain the same advantages that they held previously through physical media distribution networks, according to research by David Arditi, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies in the School of Urban and Public Affairs.
Dr. Arditi argues that major record labels are as powerful as ever and appear to generate as much money as when albums, music stores, and other historic distribution channels were part of the industry landscape.
“Music executives made it sound like this new technology on the Internet was allowing people to steal from them,” he says. “The truth is they use iTunes and other formats to control music purchases.”
His paper, Tunes: Breaking Barriers and Building Walls, was published by the journal Popular Music and Society.
Read more about Arditi's music industry research.
University monitors weather
Texas weather can hit the upper 70s one day and drop to below freezing the next. In severe weather cases, such as ice or snow, will business and classes continue?
The University closely monitors severe weather forecasts and will notify all faculty, staff, and students should local conditions affect the status of the University, including classes, programs, events, and activities.
There are numerous ways for faculty, staff, and students to access official information about the status of the University. All announcements will be communicated via University email in MavWire EXTRA (faculty and staff) and TrailBlazer EXTRA (students).
Additionally, notices will be posted on the University's home page, recorded information will be available on the University's Emergency Information Hotline at 1-866-258-4913, and announcements will be sent to local media outlets. Information also will be available on the University’s Twitter and Facebook pages.
Bursar Services closed today, Friday
Bursar Services will be closed for office renovations today Thursday, Oct. 31, and Friday, Nov. 1.
Emergency deposits of more than $500 can be made by appointment only by calling 2-2353.
UT System Administration Policy UTS166, Cash Management and Cash Handling Policy, requires that money received by the University be deposited in the Bursar's Office daily if the receipts total $500 or more and twice a week for receipts less than $500.
Disaster simulation Friday by Pickard Hall
The emergency outside Pickard Hall on Friday, Nov. 1, is only a training exercise. The College of Nursing's routine disaster simulation is set for 9 a.m.-noon. An ambulance will be on the sidewalk, a tent under trees, and manikin "victims" near the tent.
Political Science Week includes lectures on controversial topics
Contemporary hot button issues will highlight Political Science Week, Monday-Thursday, Nov. 4-7. Faculty members and guests will discuss the Affordable Care Act, same-sex marriage, foreign policy, immigration, and the Texas gubernatorial race.
Start with a mixer 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday in the University Hall lobby. See the Political Science Week schedule for speakers, times, and locations.
Volunteers needed for Homecoming
Volunteers are a vital part of the success of Homecoming 2013, Monday-Saturday, Nov. 11-16.
Assist with set-up and clean-up at each event, such as the 5K run/walk, parade, step show, The BASH, and more. Complete the 2013 Homecoming Volunteer Form.
For more details, call 2-2963.
Who's Who nominations due Friday
Nominations are needed for the 2013-14 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Read about qualifications and nomination procedures. Nominations are due by Friday, Nov. 1. For questions, call 2-9220 or email Loretta Pequeño-Griffin at email@example.com.
Golden CAN Food Drive starts Friday
The Golden Key International Honour Society’s Third Annual Golden CAN Food Drive begins Friday, Nov. 1. All donations will be given to a local food bank. Donations will be picked up Monday, Nov. 25.
The goal is to collect more than 464 pounds of canned and packaged food. Prizes will go to the department and student organization with the most total weight of goods and the most creatively decorated box.
Bring donations to:
Light up Homecoming parade with a float entry
Maverick pride lights the way for the Blue, White, Light Up the Night Homecoming parade at 5:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, on Spaniolo Drive outside College Park Center.
Complete the entry form by Thursday, Nov. 7. For questions, call 2-2963.
Wait for software support on Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)
Although Apple has released the next version of OS X, 10.9 (Mavericks), do not install it on a University-owned Macintosh computer until the Office of Information Technology announces support for it.
The Winmagic SecureDoc encryption software and other OIT-supported application software have not been tested for compatibility with OS X 10.9 and are not currently supported.
WinMagic has not announced a release date for the compatible version of the encryption software. SecureDoc compatibility testing will begin immediately after WinMagic has released a version that supports OS X 10.9. After testing, the campus community will be notified of when and how to proceed with the update.
For more information, check the Information Security Advisory Blog, or for technical assistance, contact the OIT Help Desk at 2-2208.
Thursday, Oct. 31
Biology Colloquium Series Rafe Brown of the University of Kansas discusses "Evolutionary process of diversification in a model island archipelago." Free. 4 p.m., Room 119, Life Science Building. Biology.
Friday, Nov. 1
Engaging Students 2013 Keynote speaker Anne Braseby of the Center for Teaching and Learning at UT Austin discusses the principles of team-based learning. Free. Register online. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Carlisle Suite, E.H. Hereford University Center. Office of the Provost.
Business Lecture Series Micki Kacmar, the Durr-Fillauer Chair of Business Ethics and professor of management at the University of Alabama, discusses the use of political skill in various positions and the benefits and drawbacks of being politically skilled. Free. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room 610, Business Building. Business.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation/Automated External Defibrillator This single four-hour class covers the American Heart Association’s first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies, adult CPR, and AED use. $50. 1-5 p.m., Room 102A, Maverick Activities Center. Also Dec. 6. Campus Recreation.
Chemistry/Biochemistry Seminar Series Nigel Richards of Purdue University presents “Oxalate Decarboxylase: An Enigmatic Enzyme.” Free. 3 p.m., Room 114, Chemistry Research Building. Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Monday, Nov. 4
Deadline: Urban Bus Tour Professor Emeritus Paul Geisel leads a tour of neighborhoods and cultures around downtown Dallas including West Dallas, The Cedars, Lakewood, Oak Cliff, and more. Ages 12 and older. Register online by Monday, Nov. 4. $55, lunch included. Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dan Dipert Welcome Center, 600 S. Center St. Arlington, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dallas Housing Authority, 3939 N. Hampton Rd., Dallas. School of Urban and Public Affairs.
Architecture Lecture Series Vishaan Chakrabarti of SHoP Architects in New York is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Customer Service 101 Learn the techniques of outstanding customer service including handling difficult customers, making customers the first priority, and improving listening skills. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m., J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.
Safe Zone Training Learn to respond in an appropriate, affirming, and supportive manner to LGBT individuals. Free. 1-4 p.m., Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. LGBTQA Program.
Wednesday, Nov. 6
An Overview of the Trinity River Vision Project Matthew Oliver reviews the Trinity River Vision Authority, which plans to create Trinity Uptown, a master-planned, 800-acre area north of downtown Fort Worth that includes rerouting part of the Trinity River. Reservations. Free to students, first-time guests, and ATA members; others $5. 7 a.m., Room 100, Nedderman Hall. Arlington Technology Association, Engineering.
Focus on Faculty: Peggy Kulesz Peggy Kulesz, senior lecturer and director of first-year English, discusses how face-to-face teaching and online teaching result in best practices for both learning environments. She received the 2013 President's Award for Excellence in Distance Education Teaching. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library.
ON-TRAC Learning Community Meeting Harold McNair, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, discusses his career of research, teaching, and mentoring in chemistry. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Room 305, Science Hall. ON-TRAC.
CAAS Power Hour Lecture Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History at UT Arlington, will discuss using cinema as a social tool to comment on taboo issues and speak to society’s ills in hopes of inspiring change. Free. Noon-1 p.m., Red River/Concho Room, E.H. Hereford University Center. Center for African American Studies
Architecture Lecture Series Wendell Burnette, assistant professor at Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and Arts, is guest speaker. Free. 4 p.m., Room 204, Architecture Building. Architecture.
English Department Speakers Series Author Paul Bogard, assistant professor of English at James Madison University, discusses his recent book, The End of Night, about how human beings’ relationship with the night has changed because of the increase of ambient light from cities and towns. Part of the Arlington Conservation Council's “Save the Night” program. A book signing follows. Free. 7 p.m., Planetarium. English.
Veterans Activities Fair Student veterans can learn about on-campus and off-campus programs and services to help veterans succeed. Lunch provided for student veterans. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, Room 133, Maverick Activities Center.
Diversity Lecture Series Jamie Washington, founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute, speaks on "Religious and Spiritual Diversity and Pluralism: The Road Less Traveled." Noon-1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Room 101, College Hall. Multicultural Affairs.
Authentic Assessment Strategies for Online Learning webcast Assess online learning with the Authentic Assessment Strategies for Online Learning webcast. RSVP by Monday, Nov. 4, to Rebecca Lewis at 2-5133 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A light lunch provided. Free. Noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Room 315, Nedderman Hall. Division of Digital Teaching and Learning.
Rape Aggression Defense For female faculty, staff, and students, the RAD program teaches realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. Register online. Free. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Room 102-B, Maverick Activities Center. UTA Police.
Human Resources Training Classes Fundamental Skills for Supervisors and Managers, Thursday, Nov. 7; Developing Assertive Communication Skills, Tuesday, Nov. 12; Partnering with Your Boss, Wednesday, Nov. 13; Dealing with Difficult Employees and People, 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14; and Dealing Effectively with Conflict and Confrontation, Tuesday, Nov. 19. Register online. Free. 9-11 a.m. unless otherwise stated, J.D. Wetsel Service Center. Human Resources.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)
Men's cross country ranked third in region
The cross country teams rank high heading into the Sun Belt Conference Championship Saturday, Nov. 2 in Troy, Ala.
Sophomore Eric Ojeda helped bring the men's team to the No. 3 slot in the South Central Region, behind only Arkansas and Texas. The first-year walk-on from Grand Prairie led the Mavericks to a second-place team finish at the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Listed 15th regionally last week, UTA jumped 12 spots to make the biggest move by any team in the country.
This weekend the men's team will seek its second straight league title after claiming the 2012 Western Athletic Conference championship.
In the preseason coaches' poll, the Maverick men were chosen as the favorites, while the women were predicted to finish third.
• Senior forward Brandon Edwards earned third-team All-Sun Belt Conference preseason honors, and the men’s basketball team was picked seventh in the preseason poll. The conference’s 10 head coaches voted in the Preseason Sun Belt All-Conference Team and Poll.
• The volleyball team swept Arkansas State 3-0 Friday night and defeated UA-Little Rock 3-1 Saturday night on the road. The Mavericks are 15-9 overall and 8-3 in SBC standings, tied for second. The team played Wednesday at Texas State in San Marcos.
• Baseball's Fall World Series started Tuesday and continues today, Thursday-Friday, Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The Mavericks divide into two teams for the 2:30 p.m. play at Clay Gould Ballpark. Admission is free. The Mavericks have won conference titles the last two years, including the 2012 Southland Conference Tournament championship.
• The golf team closed the fall season by finishing 10th Tuesday at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas. The Mavericks are off until the Wyoming Cowboy Desert Intercollegiate starting Feb. 21, 2014.
Badminton entries due Sunday
Upcoming deadlines for intramural sports include badminton, Sunday, Nov. 3; and poker, Monday, Nov. 18.
An adapted wheelchair division is available for table tennis with requests by Nov. 16. Contact Dgarner@uta.edu for details.
Friday, Nov. 1
Monday, Nov. 4
Voice Division Recital Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Faculty Piano Recital Young-Hyun Cho, professor of piano, will perform Brahms' Op. 79, Op. 116, Op. 118, and Op. 119. Free. Noon, Irons Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building. Music.
Holiday Extravaganza Bring the kids to this winter holiday event for cookie decorating, arts and crafts, and pictures with Santa. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Nov. 9, Palo Duro Lounge, E.H. Hereford University Center. Freshmen Leaders on Campus.
Maverick Speakers Series Emmy- and Peabody-winning CNN reporter Anderson Cooper presents. Event is sold out. See website for stand-by ticket information. 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, College Park Center. Maverick Speakers Series.
The Clothesline Project The Clothesline Project raises awareness about relationship violence and sexual assault in our community. The shirts decorated by survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault hanging on the clothesline are a powerful testimony to hope and healing. University Center Art Gallery. Through Friday, Nov. 1. Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention.
Gallery 76102: Sweetie Pie Works made of cast granulated sugar by Janet Morrow examine the notion of sweetness and our ambiguous reactions to it. Gallery hours noon-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, Gallery 76102, 1401 Jones St., Fort Worth. Through Thursday, Nov. 7. Fort Worth Center, Gallery 76102.
The Gallery at UTA: Amy Blakemore/Sarah Williams Sarah Williams' haunting paintings and Amy Blakemore's offbeat photographs provide an introspective view of human activity. Gallery hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays. Through Saturday, Nov. 16. Art and Art History, The Gallery at UTA.
MavsArt View artwork created by UT Arlington students, staff, and faculty. Free. First floor, Central Library. Through Sunday, Dec. 8. MavsArt.
Special Collections: Howdy, Mr. President! A Fort Worth Perspective of JFK Photos of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth in November 1963 are from the historic Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection in Special Collections. Gallery hours 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, sixth floor, Central Library. Through Feb. 8, 2014. UT Arlington Library, Special Collections.
The Maverick Lens: Views from the Library This annual photo exhibit reflects the diversity of learning, living, and working at UT Arlington. See also "50 Years of Views." 8 a.m.-7 p.m., sixth floor parlor, Central Library. Through March 5, 2014. UT Arlington Library.
Mindful Moments Learn techniques to help deal effectively with stress. New day and location. Free. 12:15-12:45 p.m., Fridays, Room 310, Ransom Hall. Health Services.
Tail Waggin' Wednesday Therapy dogs from Paws with Partners available for unconditional love. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., first Wednesday of each month, Central Library. UT Arlington Library.
Planetarium The fall schedule includes Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions, Pink Floyd, Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, Spacepark 360, and Stars of the Pharaohs. Public shows Saturday, Nov. 9, are canceled. Planetarium.
(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar.)