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                            gift guide


     What UTA Students Expect
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    Best and Worst Gifts
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                      Homemade Holiday                                                                                              All I Want for
Some find making gifts                         “And you can save money, depend-         doesn’t know well.
a heartfelt alternative to                     ing on what you want to make and             She said she got the idea to make
                                               the supplies you use.”                   her own cards after seeing how
holiday shopping                                   Mark Fulenwider said he wishes       Christmas cards at stores are cheesy
                                               he could save money this holiday         and have stupid jokes that “just            UTA students talk about                    She said she doesn’t get to go
           BY MEGAN WRIGHT                     season. The mechanical engineering       aren’t you.” She said nice-looking                                                home that often, since she lives
            The Shorthorn staff
                                               sophomore said he doesn’t make the       cards from a store can also be really       what they expect to get               in Houston and doesn’t have a
    They’re coming.                            presents he gives.                       expensive.                                  this year                             car.
    The holidays are speedily ap-                  “[I don’t] because I’m lazy,” he         “I said, ‘Well, if I scrapbook, I can                                              Austin also said cards are
proaching, and with them comes                 said. “I should because I’m broke        make [a card] myself,’” she said. “I               BY MEGAN MAGAÑA                nice at Christmas, just to let
the shopping.                                  this semester.”                          can make one for half the cost.”                     The Shorthorn staff          others know you are thinking
    Finding gifts can be a fate worse              While he agreed that homemade            She said she makes cards by us-                                               about them. She said home-
                                                                                                                                        Interdisciplinary studies ju-
than death, with holiday shoppers              gifts are appreciated more, he said      ing pictures of herself and her fian-                                              made gifts were nice, like the
                                                                                                                                    nior Stephanie Reetz said she
elbowing and pushing their ways to             the receiver could have hurt feelings    ce, cut-outs and other supplies from                                              collage she made for her sister
                                                                                                                                    will not spend a lot on gifts this
checkout counters.                             if the present looks bad. He said that   stores like Hobby Lobby or Recol-                                                 in the past.
    But there is a way to avoid all            could happen if the giver isn’t an       lections.                                                                              “There’s nothing wrong with
                                                                                                                                        “As a college student on a
the horrors of Christmas shopping              artist.                                      “I dress [a card] up and make it                                              making your own,” she said.
                                                                                                                                    tight budget, presents will not
— homemade gifts.                                  “It might look like you didn’t try   look real cute,” she said. “It’s kind of                                               Austin said she also enjoys
                                                                                                                                    be as spectacular this year,” she
    Some people choose to person-              when you did,” he said. “That’s prob-    a cheap way to give gifts and lets ev-                                            stocking stuffers, such as candy
alize what they give by making the             ably why I don’t make them.”             eryone know that you’re thinking of                                               and small knick-knacks.
                                                                                                                                        She said she will just buy
gifts themselves.                                  Rothberg said Michaels’ store        them during the holidays.”                                                             “My mom always puts little
                                                                                                                                    gifts for her family and boy-
    International business junior              associates can help people like Fu-                                                                                        necessities in my stocking,” she
Kristin Farr said she plans on using           lenwider invent and execute hand-                                                                                          said.
                                                                                                                                        “His will probably be the

a technique she learned from her               made gift ideas. The store also holds                                                                                           Undeclared        sophomore
                                                                                                                                    most expensive present,” Reetz
mother — crocheting.                           classes and demonstrations on how                                                                                          Kean Briones said he would
    “Last year I made a blanket for            to use store products and various

                                                                                                                                        She said she was hoping to        travel to Austin to spend time
my grandma, so I’ll probably make              craft techniques.                                                                                                          with his family. He said the gift
                                                                                                                                    get a digital camera from him.
her another one,” she said. “It was                These events occur at the store                                                                                        exchange was for the children in
                                                                                                                                        She said she might make
red and fuzzy.”                                year-round on Saturdays and Sun-                                                                                           the family, but he still expected
                                                                                                                                    presents for her mom and sis-
    Farr said people should make               days. Prices vary depending on the                                                                                         to receive some presents.
                                                                                                                                    ters to save money and that she
more gifts because the handmade                class and does not include supplies.         For a list of arts and craft classes,   expects to receive clothes.                “[My parents] get extra gifts
gifts mean more to the receivers.                  Rothberg said the store is hav-          visit these local merchants.                                                  they think would be nice for me
                                                                                                                                        Reetz said she liked that,
She said these presents are nicer              ing a knitting and crocheting event                                                                                        and my brother,” he said.
                                                                                                                                    since it would save her from
and more from the heart than any-              starting at noon Sunday. She said
thing store-bought.                            both techniques are popular right
                                                                                            • Michaels at 1108 W. Ar-               buying them for herself.                   Briones said that this year,
                                                                                              brook Blvd. in Arlington, or              Hibest Zikru, political sci-      he really wants an Apple iPod
    Sharon Rothberg, event coordi-             now for homemade gifts, along with                                                                                         so he can take it to the gym.
                                                                                              call 817-468-1983.                    ence graduate student, said
nator for the Arlington craft store            beading and making items for home                                                                                               “The iPod will allow me to
                                                                                                                                    she’d rather do something for
Michaels, said she also thinks giving          décor.                                                                                                                     burn calories and listen to mu-
                                                                                                                                    charity this holiday season.
homemade gifts is better than just                 English junior Victoria Young-           • Hobby Lobby in Arlington,                 “I’m just against consumer-       sic at the same time,” he said.
buying them.                                   blood said she likes to make cards             4628 S. Cooper St., also has          ism,” she said.                            Biology sophomore Laura
    “Because it’s something you                and cookies for her family dur-                classes.                                                                    Maroun said she’ll be travel-
                                                                                                                                        She said the idea of Christ-
made with your own hands, I think              ing holidays. The scrapbooker said                                                                                         ing to Massachusetts to see her
                                                                                                                                    mas is to show love to family
it shows thoughtfulness,” she said.            she buys cards only for people she                                                                                         family this year.
                                                                                                                                    and friends, and that should oc-
                                                                                                                                    cur everyday.                              “We usually spend Christ-
                                                                                                                                        “I rather do that throughout      mas Eve at my Aunt Janet’s
                                                                                                                                                                          house and exchange gifts with
                                                                  We’re FOCUSED on
                                                                                                                                    the whole year,” Zikru said.
                                                                                                                                        Anthropology        freshman      the family,” she said.
                                                                                                                                    Sara Austin said she is expect-            She said that on Christmas
                                                                  your camera needs!                                                ing school supplies from her          Day, she spends time at her own
                                                                                                                                                                          house with her immediate fam-
                                                                                                                                    family or just little things that
                                                                                                                                    she wants. She said she would         ily, and they open up the rest of
                                                                                                                                    not buy those things for herself,     their gifts.
                                                                                                                                    but her parents and her sister             Maroun said she asked for a
                                                                                    See yo                                          would.                                down comforter this year, since
                                                                                           u at th                                                                        the winters are so cold in Mas-
                                                                                   Tech Fa         e UTA                                Austin said she’d buy gifts
                                                                                           ir Nov.                                  for her family for being so sup-      sachusetts.
                                                                                  Come b            16th!
                                                                                         y the A                                    portive, especially her sister.            “I love Christmas — it al-
                                                                                     Camer       rlingto
                                                                                            a boot       n                              “It’s easier to buy stuff for      ways goes great,” she said.


                                                                                                                                    siblings,” she said.

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  • Prices that won’t ruin your budget
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                                                                        Holiday gift cards that can be exchanged          ��������            Thereʼs more of ʼem …             … the values vary …
                                                                                                                                                                                Average value of gift
                                                                                                                                                                                                            … and folks like ʼem.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Overall satisfaction
                                                                        for food are shown on a rack at a Path-          ��������             Purchased or received             cards purchased             (10 point scale)

                                                                        mark grocery store in Brooklyn, Wednes-          More people are
                                                                                                                      discovering the gift
                                                                                                                                              70 percent                      $60                           9

                                                                        day, Oct. 19, in New York. The cards come        of letting people
                                                                                                                        choose their own
                                                                                                                                                                               40                           6

                                                                        in a denomination of the buyer’s choice or    present – gift cards.
                                                                                                                         Easy to find and
                                                                                                                                                                               20                           3
                                                                        in specific denominations, i.e., $25 or $50.   wrap, they are grow-
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                                        What are the best and                                                                                      “

                                        worst holiday gifts you

                                        have ever received?                                                                                  Irum
                                                                                                                                        Biology S

                 Best:                                               Best:                                  Best:                                  B
                 “Money.”                                            “A car.”                               “My Doc Marten                         “
                 Worst:                                              Worst:                                                                        W
                 “Clothes.”                                          “$5.”                                  Worst:                                 “
                                                                                                            “A snowman with                        I
                                                                                                            hair ties on it.”

         Nashid Chowdhury                                Josh Dennis                                 Shannon Fulmer                     Nariman
         Biology Freshman                      Business Administration Freshman                      Education Junior              International B

                Best:                                                Best:                                  Best:                                  B
                “A $500 gift                                         “A lot of money.”                      “A dice ball package                   “
                certificate to Best                                                                         which includes a
                Buy.”                                                Worst:                                 pedicure, manicure,                    W
                                                                     “A personalized                        massage and facial.”                   “
                                                                     piggy bank to save                                                            g
                                                                     for a car instead of a                                                        a
                                                                     real car.”                                                                    d
           Logan Hull                                    Craig Joyce                                  Crystal Keane                         Ben
          Art Freshman                               Undeclared Freshman                             Education Junior              Mechanical Eng

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                                                                                                            “A guitar.”                            “
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                                                                        (equal or lesser value)
                                                                                                            Worst:                                 W
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 Best:                                     Best:                              Best:                                  Best:
 “A ticket                                 “A bicycle when I                  “Sergeant Snuggles                     “My laptop.”
 to Pakistan.”                             was like four or five              from Build-A-Bear.”
                                           years old.”                                                               Worst:
 Worst:                                                                       Worst:                                 “Underwear that fit
 “Socks.”                                  Worst:                             “Russell Stover                        too tight.”
                                           “A fluorescent-                    Candy.”
                                           colored shirt.”
m Abid                            Vishwas Bedekar                     Rachel Benson                            Jared Boone
Sophomore                  Mechanical Engineering Grad Student      Anthropology Junior                       Finance Junior

 Best:                                     Best:                              Best:                                  Best:
 “Cash.”                                   “A diamond necklace                “A sewing machine.”                    “My daughter. She was
                                           from my boyfriend.”                                                       born around Christmas,
 Worst:                                                                       Worst:                                 and she’s my miracle baby.
 “Getting a shirt that                     Worst:                             “My mother marrying                    Worst:
 I really didn’t like.”                    “A cheap makeup kit                my stepdad.”                           “An engagement ring my
                                           I’ve never used.”                                                         fiancé bought with my
 Hajisaghat                        Rachel Harrison                     Amanda Hobbs                           Molly Hoffman
 Business Senior                    English Senior                 Political Science Junior           Interdisciplinary Studies Senior

 Best:                                     Best:                             Best:                                   Best:
 “A shotgun.”                              “An iPod from four of             “CDs.”                                  “Money.”
                                           my friends.”
 Worst:                                                                      Worst:                                  Worst:
 “One of those carryover                   Worst:                            “An ugly shirt. It was                  “A gift basket of
 gifts since my birthday                   “When I was young,                really ugly. It was                     lotion.”
 and Christmas are nine                    my mom gave me a                  like, hideous.”
 days apart.”                              girly shirt.”
n Loup                               Lam Nguyen                     Michelle Oboarekpe                          Ailiya Raza
 gineering Junior           Medical Technology Sophomore           Accounting Freshman                        Biology Junior

 Best:                                     Best:                             Best:
 “A car.”                                  “A CD player.”                    “A trip to Hawaii.”
 Worst:                                    Worst:                            Worst:
 “A curling iron.”                         “My grandmother’s                 “A pair of socks that
                                           attempt to give me                said HO HO HO with
                                           socks.”                           a Santa Claus on
                                                                             each ankle.”
 Stevens                           Katina Vassileva                   Lino Yamaguchi
ations Junior               International Business Sophomore       Psychology Sophomore
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                   O F F I C E O F I N F O R M AT I O N T E C H N O L O G Y                                   Tech Sells
    UTA COMPUTER STORE                                                                                        Video games, cell phones
                                                                                                                                                                   $299.99, offering purchasers the
                                                                    on gift lists this season                            console with a wired controller.
                                                                                                                                                                   The second bundle is $399.99, but
            UTA ID REQUIRED                                       Store Hours                                            BY KAYLA MURILLO                          it includes a wireless controller,
            Centralized Location                           Mon - Thurs   8am - 6pm                                        The Shorthorn Staff
                                                                                                                                                                   an extra 20 gigabyte hard drive
                                                                                                                  Most students have figured out                    and a headset.
             Ransom Hall #113                              Friday        8am - 5pm                            by now that Santa Claus is not re-                      Coleman said new video games
                                                                                                              sponsible for the gifts they receive.                will be released around the same
                                                                                                                  It’s family, friends, co-workers or              time as Xbox 360 and are expect-
                            UT Microsoft Campus Agreement Software Distributor:                               mere acquaintances who buy holi-                     ed to sell quickly. Some of these
                                                                                                              day gifts each year.                                 games include Need for Speed,
          Microsoft   Windows XP Professional Upgrade                              $14
                                                                                                                  Just like Santa holds a list filled               available Nov. 16, and NBA Live
          Microsoft   Office 2003 Professional                                      $21                        with the gifts each person wants,                    06, available Nov. 21.
          Microsoft   Offfice XP Professional                                       $21                        people can hold a list of their own.                    Interdisciplinary studies soph-
          Microsoft   Mac 2004 Standard                                            $7                             Each year, certain products are                  omore Amanda Brown said the
          Microsoft   Office Mac 10.0 w/ Virtual PC 6.1                             $21                        released before the holidays and are                 console would be trendy this holi-
          Microsoft   Office 2004 w/ Virtual PC 7.0                                 $14                        seen as the popular gifts of the sea-                day season as gaming has become
          Microsoft   FrontPage 2003                                               $7                         son.                                                 more popular because of the new
                                                                                                                  This year is no different.                        technology.
          Microsoft   Visual Studio.Net 2002                                       $40
                                                                                                                  Each holiday season, Toys R Us                      “The graphics are supposed to
          Microsoft   Visual Studio.Net 2003                                       $50                        produces a “Joy List” showcasing                     be starting a whole new genera-
                                                                                                              the best toys of the year.                           tion,” she said. “But, it’s going to
                                                               Adobe Student     Non Student Academic             One of the items featured on the                 be very expensive.”
                                                               Licensing Program Discounts                    list is Nintendo’s Game Boy Micro.                      Instead of the Xbox, Brown
          Acrobat 7.0 Standard Edition                         $45                 $96.20                     The handheld gaming device looks                     said she wishes someone would
                                                                                                              like Nintendo’s old wired control-                   buy her the new Motorola cell
          Acrobat 7.0 Professional Edition                     $55                 $129
                                                                                                              lers but has the same graphics as the                phone, ROKR. The cell phone has
          Creative Suite CS2                                   $225                $399                       Game Boy Advance.                                    the capabilities of a regular cell
                                                                                                                  Chris Coleman, assistant store                   phone, but has iTunes as well.
                                                                                                              manager for GameStop on Cooper                          “It’s a cell phone with an iPod,”
                                                                                                              Street, said anything associated with                she said. “It’s two in one.”
                                                                                                              Microsoft Xbox 360 will be popular                      Nursing sophomore Bethel Ze-
                               Macromedia Student/Faculty/Staff Discount                                                                                           haie said she thinks cell phones
                                                                                                              this season.
          Macromedia Studio 8 $99                      Available for Mac OS X and Windows                         “It’s the only next generation                   will be a coveted gift for Christ-
          To be used on personally owned machines.                                                            console that comes out before                        mas.
          Includes Dreamweaver 8, Flash Professional 8, Contribute 3, FlashPaper 2, and Fireworks 8           Christmas,” he said.                                    “They’ve made so many up-
                                                                                                                  Microsoft offers two differ-                       grades and changes,” she said.
                                                                                                              ent packages people can purchase                     “Now there are so many cool cell
                                 Apple Computer Educational Discount                                          through stores. One bundle costs                     phones available.”

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             Power Mac G5                          iPod Nano                    PowerBook Laptop

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                                          THE SHORTHORN                                                                                              Photo courtesy of Apple Computer, Inc.
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