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UTA In The News — Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

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Mexican drug cartels and the marijuana vote

Fox News interviewed Alex del Carmen, UT Arlington professor and chair of criminology and criminal justice, about states that recently voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use and what that could mean for Mexican drug cartels. “You look at what we’ve done on the border by adding more agents, by being able to improve our technological devices,” Del Carmen said. “And the cartel has always managed to get drugs to the U.S. in spite of our efforts."

Fiscal cliff

In a story about the so-called fiscal cliff, Roger Meiners, the John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor of Economics and Law and chairman of the UT Arlington Economics Department, told the Fort Worth Business Press that the flat economy is worrisome. “We have no real net growth. The economy is just flat,” Meiners said.

Black Friday sales

Ritesh Saini, a UT Arlington assistant marketing professor, is quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about Black Friday sales. He said when shoppers hit on an unexpectedly low price they don’t necessarily pocket the savings. “Typically, people make it up by buying more. Their budgets do not change,” Saini said.

Earlier sales times

Elten Briggs, a UT Arlington associate professor of marketing, said the earlier sales times that holiday shoppers are experiencing feel more like a permanent change than a passing fad. “I tend to think it is more the new normal,” Briggs told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It’s kind of like airline bag fees. When the first airline started it, there was a little uncertainty about it. Then you get used to them and realize this is going to be a new way of life.” The article was carried by the Miami Herald, Bloomberg Businessweek and several other media outlets.

Texas Travel Freedom Act

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate political science professor, in a story about the Texas Travel Freedom Act. State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview, filed the measure to prevent governmental agents from touching private areas of travelers without probable cause. “It is a popular bill with the public at large, but lawmakers and judges might regard it as interference with security measures,” Saxe said.

International students and the U.S. education system

Jay Horn, executive director of the UT Arlington Office of International Education, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that international students are drawn to the U.S. education system because there is a diversity and flexibility of academic programs, a wide range of tuition costs and internship opportunities.

Arlington's $325 million bond package to be paid off early

Arlington officials say the 30-year, $325 million bond package voters approved to lure the new Cowboys Stadium is on track to be paid off three years early, the Dallas Morning News reported. Terry Witt, an accounting professor emeritus at UT Arlington, pushed hard against city money going to both the Cowboys and Rangers’ stadiums. He hasn’t changed his mind, but says paying the bonds early will help drive public support for similar future projects. The story was also carried by Yahoo! News and the El Paso Times.

Student essays on JFK assassination made public

Essays written on Nov. 26 and 27, 1963 by students at what is now UT Arlington are casting light on reaction to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Duane Keilstrup, a newly hired German-language instructor at what was then Arlington State College, asked his students for their thoughts on the assassination. He tucked the submissions away until recently. With this year’s anniversary approaching, he decided that it was time to share the insights. In their essays, students, like the rest of the nation, tried to make sense of it all. The article was also carried by Stars and Stripes.

Affordable bachelor's degree plan

UT Arlington is among other universities mentioned in a National Journal article about Texas schools that have developed an affordable bachelor’s degree plan for $10,000. The article was carried by Yahoo! News and other media outlets.

College Park District dedication

The dedication for the new College Park District at UT Arlington drew hundreds, reported, hailing the urbane new development as transformative for the University and for the revitalization of downtown Arlington.

Graduate Architecture program among best

The UT Arlington School of Architecture's Graduate Landscape Architecture program is tied for thirteenth place on the Architecture News Daily‘s Top 15 Landscape Architecture, Graduate list. Others tied for the spot include UT Austin, Auburn University, and the University of Washington. Harvard University ranks first.

Tapping into potential reserves

In a story about potential oil and gas resources in Indiana, (Boston) mentioned UT Arlington’s successful natural gas program and the way revenues have been utilized to encourage gifts to the University’s endowment. The story initially aired on NPR’s All Things Considered.

United Way of Tarrant County teams with UTA

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial about funding for the United Way of Tarrant County noted that the UT Arlington School of Social Work provides evaluations for some of the organization’s programs.