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America’s drug habits shouldn’t fuel atrocities across the border

An urgent admonition to all stoners concerning yesterday: take pains to ensure that your herb is homegrown. If not, acknowledge at the least that...

Official: Chatroulette a paradise for predators

A new Web site that allows users to connect randomly with one another via webcam has exploded in popularity, but many experts find the site to be disturbing and warn that it's a paradise for predators, according to a press release from the Texas Attorney General's office.

Chatroulette connects people of all ages to one another for private, anonymous chats. A 'next' button on the top of the screen allows users to cycle at will through the 20,000-plus viewers who are logged on at any given time.

Professor applies passion in biology career

As a child growing up in Arkansas, Ray Drenner had a pet raccoon named Rebel. Drenner and Rebel spent most of their time together, fording streams, catching crayfish and learning about the ecosystems of the creeks and streams of Arkansas.

Rebel, Drenner explained, had imprinted on him; the animal thought the boy was his parent. It appears, however, that the animal may have imprinted something even more enduring on the man.

Art student showcases artwork in two exhibitions

The art of DJ Perera, a senior studio art major, will be displayed in two exhibitions in the Metroplex during the months of March and April.

The first exhibition, titled "Introducing DJ Perera," will be hosted at the ThirdSpace Gallery in downtown Dallas until April 3 and will feature between 12 and 15 paintings.



Perera said this is a display-and-sale exhibition, with paintings starting at $600.



"It's going to be the body of work that I've created for the past year," Perera said.

Stroke of Genius: Sri Lankan student grows into prolific artist

Editor's note: This article was revised for accuracy at 5:58 p.m. Feb. 24.

In a sun-bright studio, surrounded by paintings saturated in vibrant colors, a lone artist stoops to pour acrylic paint into opaque blobs on a white canvas. Hours later, when the acrylic has dried, he dips his brush into oil paint and whooshes it across a canvas - the first abstract forms of an interpretive figure.



The process is a messy one, DJ Perera explained as his wide eyes, held inches away from the canvas, followed the brush as it traced a green line across the artwork.

Homeless children in Fort Worth area increase

Each day, Jo Carter, the liaison specialist for homeless students in the Fort Worth Independent School District, sorts through a massive stack of forms on her desk.

The forms, which steadily increase in number each day, ask a series of questions that help to identify students in need of assistance because they are homeless. The forms are the only way the school district has of seeking these children in need, and they cannot reflect actual number of homeless children, Carter said.

Employers predicted to hire fewer graduates

Employers expect to hire 22 percent fewer college graduates on a national scale from the class of 2009 than they hired from the class of 2008, according to a study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers,

The deteriorating economic situation is the catalyst for the anticipated decline in hiring, according to a press release issued by NACE.



John Thompson, executive director of Career Services, said the strain on jobs has affected students on campus graduating in 2009 as well.

Official: Gas drilling could start before year’s end

Editor's note: A response from Chesapeake was added to this story at 8:14 p.m. April 29.

Drilling for Chesapeake Energy Corporation's master development plan could begin sometime before the end of the calendar year, a university official said in an e-mail.



Brian Gutierrez, vice chancellor for finance and administration, wrote in an e-mail that the university views the plan as a positive agreement between campus, Chesapeake and the community.

Skiff and Image sweep TIPA awards

The Daily Skiff and Image magazine took the 2009 Sweepstakes awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention in Dallas on Saturday.

The Skiff and Image, which won the most awards at the journalism competition in the daily newspaper and general interest magazine categories, garnered 40 awards, including 13 first place awards. Individual students received 19 awards recognizing their work for Student Publications.

Committee selects leaders of student publications

The student publications committee selected the fall 2009 Daily Skiff editor-in-chief, advertising manager and Image Magazine editor-in-chief Friday.David Hall, a junior news-editorial major, was...
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