Inside The MJ... ... Award-winning newspaper for The University of Texas of the Permian Basin... Monday, March 31, 2008 Volume 26~ Issue 12 Mesa Journal The Page 2... Go Green or Go Home! Page 3... Baseball heats up Page 4... Texas Bluebonnets CAMPUS NEWS Opposing sides will discuss politics at UTPB By Mary Martinez-Gonzales Editor in chief April 15, 2008 Convocation UTPB Gym 2 p.m. Last day to submit Masters Thesis or Project to Graduate Studies Office May 2 Last regular Class Day May 2 Final Examinations May 5-8 Semester Ends May 9 Commencement May 10 JBS Distinguished Lecture Series “A discussion of National Politics” April 10, 2008 UTPB Gym 7:00 p.m. The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute at UT Permian Basin has announced, “A Discussion of National Politics” as its Spring Distinguished Lecture topic. Guest speakers will include two of the most influential chairs in the Democratic and Republican parties: Harold Ford, Jr., chair of the National Democratic Leadership Council, and Michael Steele, GOPAC chairman. Democrat Harold Ford, Jr., came to national recognition last year when he made a very close, but unsuccessful, bid for U.S. Senate in Tennessee. He was a U.S. House of Representatives member from 19972007 and was re-elected to Tennessee’s ninth congressional district four times by an average of 80 percent of the vote. He was also the keynote speaker for the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Ford, Jr. lost the Senate election by less than three percentage points to Rep. Bob Corker. Republican Michael Steele is the former Lt. Gov. of Maryland. His name has recently been thrown about as a possible candidate for the position of Vice President on the ticket with John McCain. Steele became the first African American elected to statewide office in Maryland in 2003. Steele also made an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate in 2006. He was defeated by Democrat Ben Cardin. “This event offers a unique opportunity for West Texans to see and hear a Republican chair and a Democratic chair discuss national political issues on the same stage. I hope this opportunity will inspire and provide rare insight during this fascinating presidential election season,” said JBS Director Bobby Burns. The JBS Institute had come under some criticism in the local media for not offering opposing view points with the last few speakers: Karl Rove, Margaret Spellings and Mikhail Gorbachev. “A Discussion of National Politics” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10 in the UTPB gym. The free event is open to the public and does not require tickets. For more information, call 552-2850. Spring Activities April 1, 2008 Clearly You Crystals Student Union 11 a.m.-5 p.m. photo courtesy of www.wikipedia.com Democrat Harold Ford Jr. will speak along with Republican Michael Steele at the JBS Distinguished Lecture Series on April 10, 2008 at the UT Permian Basin gym. The theme of the lecture is “A Discussion of National Politics.” Swim team wins conference championship Men swim away with with first place and women win fourth place By Chris Gracia Staff Writer April 5, 2008 Student/Faculty/Staff Softball Game UTPB Park 2 p.m. April 11, 2008 Battle of the Bands Mesa Courtyard 6 p.m.-12 a.m. April 15, 2008 Peter Bielagus Motivational Speaker and Financial Advisor Multipurpose Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. April 18, 2008 Student Achievement Banquet Multipurpose Room 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The UT-Permian Basin swim team recently competed in the 2008 Rocky Mountain Invite in Golden, Colorado. The Colorado School of Mines hosted the event. The UTPB women’s team finished in fourth place. The men swam away with a first place finish and a conference championship. The women ended with a final point total of 445. Senior team captains, JiJi Fortin and Amanda LaBrie served as the core of the group. Brenda Reyes, Cassandra Wilcox and Amanda Armack also contributed greatly to the team’s fourth place finish with good performances of their own. The men put up a whopping 929.5 point total, edging out the Colorado School of the Mines by 9.5 points. Senior Max Jordan showed why he was one of the team’s captains as he came away from the meet with a few photo by Chris Gracia Conference champs-- The UTPB swim team celebrated the conference championship at a party in their honor. first place finishes. The other team captain, Dustin Rex also held his own, finishing first in a couple of events including being a part of one of the med- ley teams that took home first place honors. Other top performers included Eddie Ortiz, Brian Schroeder, Dugger Faulkner, and Jeff Oelerich. Congratulations goes out to Coach Rankin and the entire swim team for a successful season and bringing home a championship. Page 2, The Mesa Journal Opinion/Editorial Monday, March 31, 2008 There’s Something About Mary This boom will be different, won’t it? Go green or go home By Kristen Gipson Interim Assistant Editor For most college students, money is a luxury rather than a resource. Between essays, tests, quizzes, and books with 950,000 pages (or so it seems, as you crack the book open for the second time, days before your test), who really has time for anything but eating, sleeping, and work; and really, aren’t the first two optional? Papers must be turned in, tuition must be paid, and somewhere between all the hassle, enough of the green stuff must be invested to pay for those highlighters that you buy in bulk every semester (it always seems like a good idea at the time). On the other end of the spectrum, even when the TV is only used sparingly (and only on national holidays), there is an increasing awareness in our culture about the phenomena known alliteratively as Going Green. This fundamental environmental awareness has been repeatedly pontificated on by every celebrity from Al Gore to Tyra Banks to (probably) Kermit the Frog. And while the fact that celebrity spenders are turning overnight from wasteful profligates to modern-day Captain Planets is laudable, their encouragement to us, the common people, has some flaws. Namely, most people aren’t worth millions of dollars. Now, this may be quite an inconvenient truth to Mr. Gore, whose plans for the future most likely involve saving the planet and being richly, wildly, exuberantly successful, but after a long day of exams and study sessions and classes, usually preceded or followed by work, the last thing a college student needs is to go to the bank and put aside money for a Hybrid car when they have a perfectly good (well, at least it runs) vehicle in the garage. Celebrities don’t endorse cheap products; nor should they. If they have the power to fund a solar energy plant, more power to them (literally). However, it’s a bit difficult to expect those of the populous who are not in ridiculously overpaid professions to do the same. Is there a middle ground? It would appear as though the media is telling us GO GREEN (i.e., buy our product which is expensive but oh-so eco-friendly!) or Go Home. However, upon closer inspection, there is not only a middle ground to saving the environment, but a better one (that does not involve any kind of eco-consumer-capitalistproduct in conveniently hip packaging). Remember Earth Day? Surprisingly, it still comes every April 22 like Swiss clock-work (quiet but reliable), and with it comes a plethora of pertinent information that actually saves green—both the planet and money. Some of these gems concern saving energy, such as the helpful tip to turn off lights when you leave a room, or to buy compact fluorescent light bulbs. Don’t let the prices on those bulbs fool you either; you’re really saving more than you spend. Compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are guaranteed to last for 8,000 hours compared to the meager 500-2,000 hours that incandescent light bulbs manage. It is important to note, however, that there are trace amounts of mercury (“trace” being the operative word) in the bulbs which means that it’s necessary to dispose of them properly. According to saveenergy.about.com, these bulbs are beneficial to the environment and “if every home replaced one bulb with a CFL, it would be equivalent to taking one million cars off the road.” That’s one million gasoline-powered cars, folks; not the nastily expensive Hybrids that every celebrity must own at least one of (along with a Hummer). Another consideration: buy your own shopping bags. It’s an extra investment, so if you’re not comfortable with spending a few dollars on some cheap canvas totes, ask for paper instead of plastic. Or take your own mug into Starbucks (most Starbucks will give you a ten cent discount). The idea is the same: if you buy permanent items, rather than disposable ones, the environment is cut a little break. Use cloth napkins instead of paper towels, or—if the thought doesn’t completely offend—use cloth diapers instead of disposable ones. Reuse, reuse, reuse; that’s the mantra. And in the process, save some money! For example, when buying plumbing fixtures and appliances, go for the high-efficiency models. And don’t waste: un-repaired leaks can waste 200 gallons of water per day. Watering your dry, West Texas lawn should be done only as necessary, in the coolest parts of the day, and By Mary MartinezGonzales Editor-in-Chief I worked on a research paper about the oil bust of 1986 in Midland last semester. One of the main themes of the paper was the excesses of the oil rich population during that time. I was young and single and had just moved to Midland when the boom was in its heyday. Midland had many high-end stores and boasted the largest Rolls-Royce dealership in the entire world. Times were good; everyone had money and spent it lavishly. That was a good time to be young and single in Midland. However, shortly after I arrived, things began to go south. Oil prices dropped dramatically and Midland’s First National Bank failed, causing the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission to come in and take over. FNB of Midland was the largest independent bank in the nation at one point, and it went from billons of dollars in assets to less than one million dollars in assets. One of the first business foreclosures was the Rolls-Royce dealership. The whole event did not have much of an effect on me. But, I did notice that the shift in people’s moods went from euphoric to downright depressive. Midland was not fun anymore and many people were out of jobs. Odessa wasn’t any fun either, so I moved to San Antonio and would only visit periodically. When the boom returned here, I thought about the last boom and how much fun it was, then how depressing it was afterwards. Almost everyone I interviewed about the last boom said the same thing; they did not think this one was as crazy as the last one. They thought people were approaching the oil business more cautiously and were not being as flamboyant with their spending. I tend to agree, or maybe people are being lavish, and I’m just not in the loop. Oh well, even though Midland no longer boasts the world’s largest Rolls-Royce dealership, I did see a brand-spanking-new BMW dealership just pop-up in status symbol land. Do you have a good Vintage Falcon photo? Send it in and share the joy or just embarass your friends. Send photos to www.mesajournal.edu Vintage Falcon Do you have a gripe or concern? The Mesa Journal would love to hear from you. Send a letter to the editor at mesajournal @utpb.edu Continued on page 4 GO GREEN The Mesa Journal e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Staff Editor-in-Chief: Mary Martinez-Gonzales Interim Assistant Editor: Kristen Gipson Adviser: Dr. Nichole Rougeau-Vanderford Staff Writers: Chris Gracia, Kelly Combs Romelia Elguezabal, and Kelly Wingert Layout & Design: Mary Martinez-Gonzales Photographers: Mary Martinez-Gonzales and Chris Gracia General Information: The Mesa Journal is a student publication that provides information, commentary, and entertainment for The University of Texas of the Permian Basin community. Editorial statements and advertisments do not necessarily reflect the opinion of UT Permian Basin adminstration. Letter Policy: All contributions, in good taste, will be edited for grammar, spelling, length (250 minimum), libel, profanity, and personal attacks. All letters must contain the author’s name, major, academic classification, and contact information. This information can be withheld upon request. Electronic copies of articles and letters are preferred. Mission Statement: The Mesa Journal is designed to inform, entertain, educate, and heighten awareness of students, faculty, and administrators at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Staff members will be responsible journalist by maintaining high ethical standards with fairness, accuracy, and balance. Vintage Katzenberger--Kay Katzenberger posed for a photo in her office circa 1991. The photo was found in the Mesa Journal office along with other vintage photos. Do You Have an Announcement You Would Like to Put In The Mesa Journal? Let Us Know by e-mailing us at email@example.com Monday, March 31, 2008 Sports The Mesa Journal, Page 3 Basketball Season Ends for UTPB Basketball Coaches set goals on a conference championship for next year By Chris Gracia staff writer The 2007-2008 basketball season has come to an end for both the UTPB men’s and women’s teams. The women ended the year with a 2-26 record. The men fared better with an 11-18 record. When asked to reflect on the season, women’s coach, John Hufford said, “The team performed to the best of their ability. We fought hard in every game and never gave up.” Hufford added, “The team really didn’t come together until the end of the season when the girls started to hang out together and get to know each other.” But, the team came together at the right time to produce a memorable Homecoming game, picking up its first victory against an NCAA Division II conference opponent by defeating Newman University 83-71. The fact that it was also Senior Night made the win that much more special. As for next year, “There will be a lot of freshmen joining the team. We expect to win more games and be more competitive,” said Hufford. The men’s team started off the season slow but continued to improve throughout the year. A 9-7 conference record would have earned them a place in the conference tournament had UTPB not still been under provisional status. Coach Randy Lee commented on his team’s season: “With the amount of underclassmen [we had], I was extremely proud of our team and all we accomplished.” He also reflected on all the special memories that this year’s team left with him, including a couple of last-second buzzerbeaters from Quintan Lipkins, defeating Incarnate Word, the team’s trip to Alaska, and Art Garcia’s performance on Senior Night. Coach Lee has his goals set high for next season. “My goal and theirs is to bring home a Heartland Conference Championship and advance to NCAA Regionals. I love this team and really hope we can continue to build,” Lee concluded. photo by Chris Gracia Senior Art Garcia, a guard from Midland, Texas, dribbles in for a layup against St. Edwards. Falcon Baseball Team Comes Out with Bats Swinging By Chris Gracia staff writer photo by Chris Gracia Senior Brent Hardy, from Gordon, Australia, gets a hit. The UTPB baseball team won all four games against Lincoln University at Roden field. For the UTPB Baseball team, March 8-9 was a weekend to remember. They picked up four victories against conference opponent, Lincoln University. They kept the Blue Tigers scoreless all day Saturday, with one 3-0 win and one 1-0 win. Sunday brought two more wins, 9-5 and 11-10. The Falcons pounded out twelve hits, but were only able to muster three runs in the first game of the Saturday doubleheader. Two of the runs were provided by the bat of Matt Scheffer who went 3-3 at the plate. Outstanding pitching and defense led to those runs being enough for the victory. The Falcons got a complete game shutout performance out of the arm of starting pitcher Flynn Stachowski. Though game two on Saturday brought even less scoring, there was still plenty of excitement. The game had only been scheduled for seven innings, but both teams failed to send anyone across the plate in those innings so extra frames were needed. Falcon starting pitcher Danny Frisby did an amazing job keeping UTPB in the game but got into a little trouble in the seventh inning. Brent Hardy got the call to come in from the bullpen and bailed his teammate out. Hardy went on the record to win as Mario Barredo delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth, scoring Tyler Haines. The Falcon bats came alive on Sunday. Logan Forrest led that assault in game one with a home run and 4 RBI. In game two, Forrest added two more RBI and first baseman Will Basom also contributed in 2 RBI. The Falcons blew a three run lead in the top of the last inning. It turned out to just add to the drama. Jacob Bourdeau won the game for the Falcons in the bottom of the inning with a twoout, walk-off single. The Falcons are currently 15-7 overall and 11-7 in conference play. They are in the thick of the hunt for a conference championship with a lot of season left to play. Also, Bourdeau, who ended game two on Sunday with his game winning hit, was recently awarded Heartland Conference Offensive Player of the Week honoring his offensive output between February 25 and March 2. More road woes for UTPB softball team By Chris Gracia staff writer The UTPB softball team continues to struggle on the road, dropping their last seven contests away from home. The Lady Falcons are an overall 1-12 on the road this season, compared to a 4-3 record at home. The main problem the road brings for the ladies is the inability to generate runs. An example of this is a recent trip the ladies took to Austin to take on St. Edward’s. The teams squared off against each other four times the weekend of March 8-9. The Lady Falcons were shut out three of the four games and only managed to put one run on the board in the other game. The Lady Falcons don’t seem to have that problem at home, especially in their home victories. They scored more than five runs in three of the four home wins. Sophomore infielder, Megan Lowe, provided a lot of that offensive spark. Lowe has homered twice this season and has a total of 13 RBI. UTPB will have to survive one more weekend set of four games before returning home. The Ladies will look for their bats to wake up in San Antonio against St. Mary’s. They will then return home March 29 to match up against conference foe, Texas A&M International. Working hard--Senior Judy Hart perfects her swing to prepare for the upcoming game. photo by Chris Gracia Attention all students: The Mesa Journal is seeking a Photographer/writer, an Assistant Editor and an Editor for the Fall 2008 semester. Applications may be picked up at the Mesa Journal office MB 2138 or call 552-2659 for more 2 information The Mesa Journal, Page 4 Campus Life Monday, March 31, 2008 Spring has sprung and Texas bluebonnets are in bloom By Kelly Wingert Staff Writer The bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas, and the flowers are begining to bloom in the area. The name “bluebonnet” is possibly derived from the shape of the petals, which resemble the bonnets worn by pioneer women to shield their faces from the sun. Experts also argue that the name could be derived from the Scottish term “Bluebonnet,” which is the traditional blue coloured version of the Tam O’Shanter hat. Bluebonnets grow to be an average of 12 to 24 inches in height. They cannot tolerate poorly drained, clay-based soil. If a seed is planted in poorly drained soils it will germinate; however, the plants will not fully develop. These seedlings will become either stunted or will turn yellow and soon die. Bluebonnets prefer a sloped area in light to gravelly, well-drained soil. They also required full sunlight for growth and bloom sometime between March and May. Being the state flower of Texas, there are many traditions surrounding the bluebonnets. One of the most obvious is the photographing children, families and pets among beds of bluebonnets. In fact, many families return to the exact same location each year for photographs, out of tradition. The other major tradition was started by Lady Bird Johnson, following her return from Washington, D.C. as First Lady to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Lady Bird persuaded the Texas government to seed bluebonnets and other wild flowers along highways throughout the states. Every year following this, the flowers return as a legacy of the First Lady. There is also an urban legend surrounding the bluebonnet. People often say that it is illegal to pick bluebonnets. In fact, it is perfectly legal to pick them. The confusion is said to stem from the illegal activity associated with picking bluebonnets, which is equated to trespassing on private property or parking along busy highways. The best place to see bluebonnets is in Central Texas along highways between March and May. There are hundreds of gorgeous fields that are perfect for picture taking. Bluebonnets are the state flower and thus should be treated with respect. When taking photos with the flowers, try to squish the minimum amount of flowers possible. It is also important to remember that these flowers may be on private property, so do not trespass if that is the case. Enjoy the state flower this spring but treat it with respect so that others may also enjoy it’s beauty. Photo courtesy www.kimsplace.com New restaurant opens in Odessa Photo by Mary Martinez-Gonzales New restaurants-- Jack in the Box in Midland and Weinerschnitzel in Odessa have recently opened for service. Both restaurants have enjoyed heavy customer traffic in their opening weeks. Photo by Mary Martinez-Gonzales The new Double Dave’s Pizzaworks in Midland and Odessa has buffet-style service on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday evenings and everyday at lunch. By Kelly Combs Staff writer Photo by Chris Gracia Double Dave’s Pizzaworks, a restaurant located at the old Cici’s Pizza building on the corner of Grandview Ave. and 42nd Street, opened for business in February. Junior art major Angelica Justiniano and senior communications major Veronica Mata sound off about what they thought of this new pizza restaurant. “This restaurant had really good pizza,” Mata said. “I really liked their BBQ chicken pizza and the chicken alfredo pizza.” “I went because it just opened. I had eaten before at the Double Dave’s in Midland and really liked it,” Mata added Mata also stated that she enjoyed the buffalo wings pizza, stating that it surprisingly tasted exactly like buffalo wings and pizza. Both said they liked the desert chocolate chip pizza. Mata described this as a pizza crust with icing and chocolate chips on top. “On a scale of one to ten, I give this restaurant an 11,” Mata said. Besides the food, Justiniano added that she enjoyed the staff of Double Dave’s Pizzaworks. “The staff was really friendly,” Justiniano said. “The cooks walked around the restaurant; they didn’t just stay in the back. They mingled with the customers.” Justiniano said she liked how the staff would accommodate customers by offering made-to-order pizzas. “You can request a certain type of pizza,” Justiniano said. “For example if you cannot eat meat or if you don’t want certain vegetables on your pizza, they will customize your order.” Overall these two students said they enjoyed their Double Dave’s Pizzaworks experience. “I give this restaurant two thumbs up,” Justiniano said. 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As Louis Gross says, “The two great bourgeois desires have always been to become successful and to do good.” That’s what this country was founded on— the American dream— but there is something fundamentally deconstructive about these two desires. In order to reconcile these desires, doing good must become a measure of success to the individual. In other words, if it means something to you to Go Green, that’s where the joy comes from— in doing what’s right. If Going Green equivocates in your mind, to emulating your favorite celebrity and buying fancy cars and expensive products, all the more power to you. But you might be better off investing in a Chihuahua. Buy any size pizza at regular price and get one 14’’ one-topping pizza (432)366-2000 4007 JBS Parkway (across from the university) $4.95 for The Mesa Journal Your participation in this survery is important!