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UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

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Marching for justice

Students, faculty and community members marched together Monday through The University of Texas at Arlington campus, demanding justice for Trayvon Martin's death and the arrest of his killer, 28-year-old George Zimmerman, KTVT/CBS 11, WFAA/ABC 8, KXAS/NBC 5, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, KDAF/CW 33, KXTX/Telemundo,  WBAP/820AM 96.7FM, the Dallas Observer’s Unfair Park blog reported. Hundreds attended the rally organized by the UT Arlington NAACP chapter, including students from UT Dallas and Texas Christian University. Many held signs and Skittles -- like those the unarmed 17-year-old Florida youth was carrying when he was shot to death in February -- as they walked. "Our voices will be heard in Arlington, our voices will be heard in Texas, our voices will be heard around the world," UT Arlington NAACP President Dontae Robison said through a bullhorn during a fiery speech.

Praise for professor's latest film

Wolf, the latest film by UT Arlington assistant film professor Ya’Ke Smith, is a movie that “needs to be seen,” according to FilmSlate magazine. The review said: “It is a sledgehammer to the gut with a script that unfolds like a slow burning wick leading to a stack of dynamite. While some films waver from the controversy they depict, ‘Wolf’ embraces its subject, assured of its direction while peeling away the layers of complexity that envelops its characters.”

Professor puts historic arguments in context

A report on KTVT/CBS 11 about debate in the U.S. Supreme Court over federal health care legislation featured comments from Tom Marshall, UT Arlington professor of political science. Marshall said those who have health care coverage, the majority of Americans, may feel like there is virtually nothing in the new law for them. The Supreme Court will hear three days of arguments on the law with a decision expected this summer.

UT Arlington is a priority

Promoting redevelopment in the Great Southwest Industrial District, exploring a possible connection to the Trinity Railway Express and helping The University of Texas at Arlington reach Tier One status are among the Arlington City Council's new goals that aim to enhance Arlington's property tax base, mobility, schools and neighborhoods, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. At a recent priority-setting workshop, council members discussed those initiatives and others that they will focus on over the next 12 to 18 months.

Talking about safe schools

Comments that White House officials made at last week’s Conference on Safe Schools and Communities held at The University of Texas at Arlington were the basis for an Advocate magazine opinion piece on the Student Non-Discrimination Act. The piece said the SNDA would provide LGBT students, and those perceived to be, with long-overdue and much-needed explicit federal protections by establishing a comprehensive prohibition against discrimination and harassment in all public elementary and secondary schools across the country based on a student’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.

UT Arlington named to "Environmental Eight"

News that The University of Texas at Arlington has been named to the “Environmental Eight” in the second round of first-ever March Madness tournament designed to reward excellence in environmental studies was featured on several websites including TMCNet, and News Blaze. The contest is sponsored by software provider Enviance, Inc. and the publication Environmental Leader. One of these eight schools, which were all named to the “Sustainable 16” two weeks ago, is now just two rounds away from being named “National Champion,” which comes with a $5,000 prize.

Former professor becomes a provost

The University of Texas at Tyler selected a former UT Arlington associate professor to hold its top academic affairs post, according to the Tyler Morning Telegraph. Alisa White will be the new provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, effective June 1.