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UTA In The News — Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

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Building an outstanding institution, keeping tuition down

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial said UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo’s recent proposal not to increase tuition, when a hike was expected, shows university officials know who their primary constituents are: the students. The newspaper said UT Arlington officials have been keenly focused on building an outstanding institution of which North Texas and the entire state can be proud. That hard work is evident by the school's recent phenomenal growth -- of enrollment, educational programs and the campus complex.

The future of Mexican immigration

KXTX/Telemundo Dallas interviewed Susan Gonzalez Baker, director of the UT Arlington Center for Mexican American Studies, about the decrease in the number of Mexicans migrating to the United States. Gonzalez Baker said the decline is a temporary phenomenon and that as the economy improves, Mexicans will continue migrating to this country.

Hispanic poverty

Maria Martinez-Cosio, an associate professor in the UT Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs, said Hispanics need to advance beyond a high school education in a KXTX/Telemundo Dallas report about new figures from the U.S. Census showing the rate of poverty increasing among Hispanics. She said they have to go to college because current jobs in the economy require that advanced level of education.

Federal funds and Gov. Perry

Even without the stimulus spike, the percentage of federal funds in the Texas budget is now higher than it was under Perry's gubernatorial predecessors, Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Ann Richards, said Richard Cole, a UT Arlington professor in urban and public affairs. Cole was quoted in an Associated Press story that ran in the Austin American-Statesman, the San Antonio Express-News, the Orange County Register, the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, WTHR Channel 13 in Indianapolis, WWBT Channel 12 in Richmond, Va., and other outlets across the country. "All governors ask for help from the federal government, but most aren't making the case Perry is making," said Cole, referring to his criticism of government programs in the story.

Paying for county buildings

Rod Hissong, associate professor of urban and political affairs at The University of Texas at Arlington, was interviewed in a KTVT/CBS 11 investigative story about $50 million in cash or planned investments for construction projects that were OK’d by the Tarrant County Commissioners Court. Taking so much money out of government coffers for brick and mortar means less in revenue for the emergency needs of a struggling economy, Hissong said.  “In my mind, it sends the message that those folks who are struggling probably have less political clout … and less political leverage … when these decisions are made,” he said.

Speaking up about abuse

UT Arlington student J.C. Derrick wrote a commentary for The Washington Post about his views on the scandal at Penn State in light of his own experience as a sexual abuse victim. Derrick said he hopes people are inspired to begin speaking out against the despicable evil of child abuse.  “The worst thing we can do is pretend that the negligent behavior at Penn State is the exception and not the norm. The reality is that people everywhere are hiding the same kind of secrets,” Derrick said. Derrick, a journalism major, is currently an Archer Fellow in Washington D.C., working as an intern for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Cooling off electronics

ITWorld and Media-Newswire wrote about a project where partners UT Arlington, Binghamton University and Villanova University are developing methods for operating electronic systems and cooling equipment so they can be dynamic self-sensing and self-regulating systems that are predictive, stable and verified in real time. Financial support will come from the National Science Foundation and 15 companies, including Microsoft, IBM, Facebook, Commscope, General Electric, Corning Inc., Emerson Network Power and Emerson Delaware Valley Liebert, Verizon and Comcast.

Moving forward for Perry

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about Gov. Perry’s memory lapse during last week’s televised presidential debate and whether his campaign can recover. Moving forward, Saxe said the candidates have to be very careful when discussing foreign policy. “There are great pitfalls because if they cannot understand foreign policy very well, and thoroughly answer those questions... This is where Newt Gingrich, and I believe Mitt Romney, are going to be very strong,” Saxe said.

Jobs for veterans

DFW/FOX 4 mentioned the Veterans’ Activities Fair held Thursday at UT Arlington. The event was sponsored by the University’s Student Veterans Advisory Council.

Ben & Jerry on campus

Ben & Jerry's founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield will speak at UT Arlington at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, North Texas e-News reported. The businessmen also will be at Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops in Highland Village from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. that same day for a meet and greet fundraiser event for SpiritHorse Therapeutic Center, which provides free therapeutic horseback riding services to North Texans.

United We Dream meeting

About 450 students and recent college graduates attended the third National Congress of the United We Dream Network this weekend in Irving, including Jennifer Cortez, a member of the North Texas Dream Team and a recent graduate of The University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said. Cortez, who is not undocumented, said one way to sway allies is for those who are working to get federal legislation passed to step forward and tell their stories. "They are saying, 'I'm here. I'm undocumented, and I'm getting an education,' " she said.