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UTA In The News — Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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Alert system activated

A call to Dallas police about an armed man who could be headed to the UT Arlington campus resulted in activation of the campus’ emergency alert system and the cancellation of all classes and other activities for several hours Wednesday, several media outlets in Dallas-Fort Worth and throughout the state reported, including The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KXAS/NBC 5, WFAA/ABC 8, KDFW/FOX 4 and KEYE/CBS (Austin). A man identified by police as a UT Arlington student was later located in Dallas and transported to a mental health facility. In a report on KTVT/CBS 11, a former FBI agent said the University’s actions were appropriate given today’s climate.

Historic perspective

Professor Marvin Dulaney, the chair of UT Arlington's history department, was quoted in a Dallas Morning News story comparing celebrations of Juneteenth, the holiday stemming from the June 19, 1865 date when Texas slaves were declared free, and Jan. 1, the day in 1862 that President Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation. “Juneteenth is so celebrated because that’s the day that slavery for sure ended,” Dulaney said.

New chief

KXAS/NBC 5 announced the hiring of UT Arlington graduate Kim Lemaux as the University’s new police chief. Lemaux is currently a deputy police chief for the city of Arlington.

Journalism and technology

The Neiman Journalism Lab website featured new research by UT Arlington communication professors Mark Tremayne and Andrew Clark. Their paper "New perspectives from the sky" was recently published in the journal Digital Journalism. It lays out the current uses of drones by the media and private citizens.