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UTA In The News — Thursday, May 3, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

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State employee numbers

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram blog, Watchdog Bytes, reported that the State Auditor's Office is out with a new study looking at the number of full-time state employees for the first quarter of this fiscal year. Texas arts and education agencies took the biggest hits. Among state universities, employment at the UT Dallas campus rose almost 11 percent, while employment at UT Arlington dropped a tenth of a percent. Take note, the auditor says, that the numbers were self-reported and weren't checked for accuracy.

Benson interview

ESPN 1420 AM reported that Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson sidestepped questions Wednesday about UT Arlington, a school widely speculated to be ready to join the Sun Belt in Olympic sports. UT Arlington does not play football. In a later interview, Benson made it pretty obvious UT Arlington would be a great addition to the league.  The addition of UT Arlington would bring the Sun Belt to 12 schools, ten of which play football. And, Benson spoke of how much better it is to schedule when you have twelve schools.

Conference questions

Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson said the University of North Texas would forfeit one year’s worth of revenue from the Sun Belt Conference if it moves to Conference USA, The Dallas Morning News reported. Benson said the Sun Belt’s exit policy would require UNT to notify the league of its departure by June 30. UNT would then remain in the league for the next year without receiving any revenue from the conference. UNT and Florida International, which are expected to join C-USA in the next few days, have not notified the Sun Belt they are departing. The report mentioned that the conference also has had discussions with UT Arlington. A related report appeared in Hispanic

Texas Supreme Court race

In an item about the Texas Supreme Court race, Fort Worth Star-Telegram Columnist Linda Campbell mentioned that Justice Steve Smith, a product of Everman schools and UT Arlington, made a name in legal circles by initiating the lawsuit that dismantled affirmative action as Texas higher education had practiced it up until 1996.

Gender inclusive housing at UT Austin

Some UT Arlington students expressed support for a UT Austin student proposal that would allow mixed-gender roommates in residence halls, KDFW/Fox 4 reported. The practice is called "gender inclusive housing," and proponents say it provides a safe, peaceful option for gay, lesbian and transgender students who are sometimes paired up with roommates who are not.

City-University partnership

KTVT/CBS 11 and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the City of Arlington’s Canon Print Center is a concept the city may copy and expand. The city partnered with The University of Texas at Arlington to use Canon Business Solutions’ Business Services to take on their printing tasks. Printers and copiers of all shapes and sizes handle everything from business cards to huge blueprints. No one’s sure what the exact annual savings of the partnership will be. But the estimates are gaining attention. “I’m saying hundreds of thousands,” said Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck. “But I just don’t know how many hundreds of thousands.” The broadcast report is also posted at