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Finding parking on campus can be a hassle, especially the first few weeks of school.
Daniel Collins Staff Reporter Each day, thousands of students commute to campus, flooding the university with vehicles. Competing for spaces and rushing to make it to their classes on time is part of many students’ daily routine. Freshmen need to know that failing to follow parking guidelines or using the appropriate parking decal may hit them hard in the pocketbook.
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Parking and Transportation Services have posted permit prices online on their Web site at www.parking.utep.edu. For the 2007-2008 school year, silver premium parking permits cost $175, regular perimeter lots cost $125 and remote lots cost $75. These permits can be applied to more than one vehicle, giving students who car pool the option of switching decals to other cars. There are five silver student premium parking lots close to the main campus. Students who purchase the limited silver parking permits are guaranteed parking whenever they arrive on campus. “I can get there five minutes before my classes and still find parking,” said Monet Muñoz, junior history major. “When I get there and when I leave there’s always maybe half the parking lot still empty.” Students who purchase remote parking permits may have to allow more time to get to class. The Miner Metro shuttle service transports students from parking lots to the main campus. “The Miner Metro is useful if you don’t want to spend a large
amount of money,” said Adam Ortega, freshman business major. Some students have complained that the shuttle’s unreliability makes them late to class. The Miner Metro’s east and west routes run every 20 minutes, from 7:25 a.m. through 5:40 p.m. on weekdays. Due to the construction of a new parking garage, one parking lot was closed last year. With construction nearly finished, students and faculty should expect access to 1,667 new parking spaces by the beginning of the fall semester. Permit holders for the new garage will have an electronic tag on their vehicles that will activate an automated gate, allowing access only to students with appropriate tags, said Emilio Martinez, director of parking. “It’s actually an intelligent parking garage in that it tracks the number of vehicles inside,” Martinez said. Prices for these parking permits have not yet been determined.
Students can receive parking citations for parking in non-parking or emergency spaces, for neglecting to place their parking decal on the windows of their vehicles, or for parking in a location other than the one specified by their decal. “A false sense of security seems to exist,” Martinez said. “There’s a perception that these vehicles won’t be found when they are in a sea of cars and that’s not necessarily the case.” Students may pay fines online on the parking Web site or at
the Academic Services Building, room 122. If students believe they received a parking violation in error or have compelling circumstances to dismiss the ticket, they also have the option of filing an appeal online or in person. Student appeals are reviewed by judges appointed by the Student Government Association (SGA). “If the student doesn’t agree with the response from SGA, they do have a second appeal option,” said Mary Jauregui, office supervisor for parking and transportation. Jauregui said citation fees range from $10 for an expired parking meter to $60 for parking in a handicapped parking space. Should the same vehicle be ticketed for parking in a handicapped space more than once, a $25 fee will be added. Failure to pay the citation or file an appeal within 18 days will result in a $15 late fee. A boot will be placed on cars that have five or more parking violations. The boot costs $50 to remove. Booted cars risk being impounded if the owner doesn’t contact the department within 72 hours. At least one car on campus gets booted daily, Jauregui said. Muñoz’ advice for students is, “Get there early. If you’re going to buy one of the perimeter permits, you might not find parking right away.” Daniel Collins may be reached at email@example.com.
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Finding your place @ UTEP Dr. Julie M. Wong Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Going to college is a lot like creating a MySpace site. You have an opportunity to meet new friends and establish a new community. Creating a space where you are comfortable and can be yourself is both exciting and challenging. I have created my own space at three universities, including getting my Bachelor of Science degree from San Jose State University, my Master of Arts from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. Below are tips I learned that helped me graduate and get through school at my own pace. ·Focus on the goal of walking across the stage at graduation in a set number of years. You must give up short-term gratifications for long-term gain. ·Get to know at least one person on campus that cares about you. It might be a professor, an advisor or a staff member. Everyone needs someone they can go to and say, “Hey, I need some help.” ·Study in groups. Research shows that students who collaborate and learn from others often earn higher grades and have fewer academic problems. ·Schedule your study time. This way, you won’t feel guilty when you want to have some fun. Time management will be one of the most important life skills you will develop. ·Get involved on campus with something you enjoy. Involvement on campus can be with a professional organization, fraternity or sorority, student intern, student government, job on campus, or a campus-wide committee. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do as long as you do something. Research indicates that students who are involved on campus have an overall better experience, higher grades and are more likely to graduate. UTEP has more than 150 organizations that crave newcomers like you. ·Take care of yourself. Eat, sleep and exercise. Getting enough rest and eating the right foods will help your body and your brain function more effectively. ·Get help when you need it. The moment you feel uncomfortable or
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• If you’ve ever been sailing in the Bahamas, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that the name “Bahamas” comes from the Spanish words “baja mar,” which mean “shallow seas.” • In 1994, a man was told by the Internal Revenue Service that he would be allowed a deduction for only one of his three children. Infuriated, he threatened to turn his other two kids over to the federal government. In a wise move, the IRS subsequently decided to allow all three deductions.
• You may find it hard to believe, but a newspaper in Wisconsin, the Oconto County Reporter, really did run the following headline: Panty Pests Easy to Control. Perhaps this was the result of a typo – or perhaps the people of Wisconsin simply have some problems we don’t often experience in the rest of the country. • The residents of the Italian city of Syracuse, in the province of Sicily, put a kind of chocolate sauce on stewed vegetables. • It was roughly 400 years ago, in Elizabethan England, when The Bard of Avon, William Shakespeare, made the following obser-
vation: “To say the truth, reason and love keep little company nowadays.” He might as well have left off “nowadays” – that chestnut is a universal truth for all ages. • Those who study such things say that when a star goes supernova, anyone who happened to be present for the star’s collapse would hear a recognizable note: the F note above middle C. The record at hand does not state how the scientists figured that out, considering that with present technology, they probably weren’t actually out there with a tape recorder. (c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.
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Correspondent Being accepted to UTEP is just one of the major steps incoming freshmen take. Then, they must figure out which classes to take, how many and what they can do to best prepare them for life after college. For those students who need help with this process, UTEP offers many forms of academic advising. UTEP’s Academic Advising Center, located on Hawthorne, across from the Physical Science building, is geared toward helping freshmen that are undecided in their major.
“The biggest advice we can give freshmen is to attend orientation,” said Pat Caro, director of the Academic Advising Center. “The primary reason for that is because we have a math workshop and that’s going to help them advance in their math if they do better.” Caro encourages freshmen or new incoming students to prepare by taking the following steps: ·See an advisor. ·Have an idea of what you want to major in and pick up a degree plan from that department. ·Find someone on the university staff and/or faculty that you can connect with and use them as a resource to help you get through your academic career. Students who connect with a campus official are more likely to be successful. ·Network: talk to people who are in careers that you are interested in and find out how they got there. ·Don’t be afraid to ask questions in class. Take notes in class and do your assignments–these are the tools to be successful in college.
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The demands of the college curriculum may be another factor that can lead freshmen to feel overwhelmed. It is during these times of stress and indecision that students may need to discuss how they feel with a counselor at the University Counseling Center, located at 104 Union West. “One of the things that new students may have a problem with is managing their time,” clinical counselor Dr. Brian Sneed said. “In high school, the students are required to go to their classes, while at the university that is not necessarily so. And so it may be easy for students to lose perspective of their goals and therefore not accomplish them.” To help avoid becoming overwhelmed, Dr. Sneed says: ·Take the University 1300 courses; you’ll learn useful skills. ·Have a social support system, join a club or organization. ·Talk to a counselor if you are undecided about what major or career path you would like early on. “If you really feel like you need help and it seems like you can’t talk to anyone else... seek help with at the University Counseling Center,” said Aaron Stillman, graphic design and chemistry major junior. “Students need to know what their options are instead of thinking the end of the world is upon them and acting rashly for any reason.” For more information, contact the counseling center at 747-5302.
Graduation is not the only thing freshmen should focus on. In fact,
UTEP’s Career Services says that while being able to meet the real world head on with a degree is positive, students are strongly encouraged to look into the job market, and get involved co-ops and internships before they graduate. Career-planning advice: ·Don’t wait until your senior year to visit career services, start as early as possible. ·Visit the career services Web site at www.utep.edu/careers. ·Register online for free through JobMine. ·Freshmen should start to build their resume no matter their experience. ·Periodically check to see if you qualify for co-op and internship programs. ·Get familiar with the companies that are offering jobs and attend career fairs. ·If undecided, take the pinpoint survey, which will give you an idea of what job(s) you are most compatible with. ·Students may visit the career services department to use the computers and consult with staff to work on their resumes and to research careers. Senior and English and American literature major Alexis Sein encourages freshmen to visit career services. “Although I didn’t use it myself, looking back I wish I had,” Sein said. “It’s a resource that not many students here at UTEP use or find the time to use.” The Career Services may be reached at 747-5640. Their resource center is located at 114 Union West.
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To drop or not to drop: that is the question Maria Adriana Mendoza Correspondent The first weeks of school are crucial for all students, especially for freshmen. After mid-term exams, most students have a general idea of the quality of their class performance. For students who may be failing, there is the option to drop the class before the drop date. However, there are also ways to pick up oneâ€™s grades and avoid a failing grade. Students whose workload has gotten the best of them often find themselves pondering the question: should I drop this class or not? Sometimes students chose to drop a class to avoid damaging their grade point average (GPA) or financial aid award (as long a the student finishes 75 percent of their coursework per semester). Permission from a professor is not required. Teresa Rivero, student support specialist at the Registrarâ€™s Office, said the class drop deadline is usually after mid-term exams (Nov. 2 for the fall semester). In order to receive a full refund on tuition, classes must be dropped by the 12th class day (Sept. 12 for the fall). Dropping a class after that date will result in receiving a â€œWâ€? for the class. For senior Ivan Torres, print media major, dropping a class was the best decision he could have made.
â€œI dropped matrix algebra my first semester at UTEP, it was a very challenging class and my math skills were low,â€? Torres said. Torresâ€™ GPA for that semester went up, but if he had decided to stay in the matrix algebra class, his GPA would have dropped, he said. â€œOne of the main reasons I dropped the class was because I receive financial aid and if I failed, not only my GPA would go down, but I would get a warning from the office about my financial aid,â€? Torres said. Students must also be mindful about how many classes they drop in one semester. Financial aid requires 75 percent of classes to be completed each semester. Sandra Garabano, director of graduate studies for language and linguistics, said students should be careful when deciding to drop a class. â€œIf the student knows he or she is failing, then I would recommend that the student drops his or her class,â€? Garabano said. â€œA bad grade will damage his or her GPA and may put his or her future in jeopardy if the student wants to attend graduate school.â€? For Christian Tovar, creative writing major, dropping his geology class was a bad decision. â€œI was taking a geology class and my grades were not so good, so I dropped it before the mid-term exam,â€? Tovar said. â€œOne of my friends was with me in that class
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Before condeming yourself to failure, speak to your professor about class options. If you know you wonâ€™t be able to handle requirements, or youâ€™ve overloaded yourself with work, you can always drop a class instead of risking a permanent F on your transcript. and his grades were poor as well, but he kept it and at the end of the semester he passed the class with a B. I took it the next semester, but my new professor was tough and the tests were harder. I ended up with a C, I barely made it.â€?
The decision to drop or stay in a class is not an easy one. Before dropping a course, the student should go to their adviser and weigh the options to make sure their decision will not affect their grades and financial aid. There is also the option of asking a profes-
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sor for an incomplete in a course. Each department has its own rules and guidelines for granting an incomplete for a class. Students need to check with the professor and department offering the class. â€œUsually an incomplete will last for a year and depending on the situation, you can get it extended,â€? Rivero said. A student may be able to finish coursework or a course project without having to retake the class. â€œYou will always have a second chance, but it could not be as good as the first,â€? Tovar said. â€œTry to keep up with your grades so later on you donâ€™t have to decide whether to drop it or not.â€? For more information about dropping a class and UTEPâ€™s academic schedule, visit www.utep. edu/register.
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Have a headache? Stomachache? A rash that won’t go away? Or maybe you just need an aspirin. The Student Health Center is a service that provides medical care for students at extremely low prices. No insurance? No problem. Part of the perks of paying thousands of dollars a semester at UTEP is access to affordable medical care. They even offer contraceptives, so before you promiscuous freshmen start dropping your trousers, go check them out 6. Thy cell phone has an off button – use it.
Michael Hash Correspondent Six years ago, I entered UTEP as a wideeyed, optimistic and ill-informed freshman. My inordinately long stint as an undergrad has taught me some things that may be of help to incoming freshmen, which may not be offered at new student orientation. 1. Thou shall befriend thine professors.
Even though your professors may be socially awkward, unhygienic tools who haven’t updated their wardrobe since the Reagan years, they are more with it than you think. They managed to get multiple degrees in the field in which you are pursuing, so it would behoove you to establish a friendly repertoire with them. It seems far away, but one day you will need a job, and letters of recommendation and the connections your professors have made through the years will certainly come in handy. 2. Thou shall read The Prospector and get involved.
Thy world of UTEP is at thy hands if you pick up The Prospector. It is your duty to stay informed and pick up a copy every week, or suffer the consequences of being ignorant to the world around you. The Prospector is your outlet. If thou have a grievance, put it in writing, send it to the editor and it shall be printed. You may also find the latest breaking news and information about anything that
You have heard it all before, but it won’t hit you until you get in that crowded bookstore the first week and drop an easy $400 on books. There are alternatives, but you have to act early. The bookstore typically releases the required texts for each semester a few weeks in advance. This gives you time to go check them out and then order them online. This saves tons of cash. But if you’re a hardcore cheapskate, try asking around. Maybe your friend or older sibling has taken the course before you and would be willing to lend you the text. It’s always worth a shot. 4. Win or lose, thou must support thy athletic teams.
If you want to see your professors turn into murderous, fire-breathing demons of rage, leave your cell phone on during class. There is nothing that professors hate more than being interrupted by your Shakira ring tone. Your social life is really important, but finding out what the plans are for Friday night can wait an hour. Trust me. 7. Blessed is he that carpools.
It is so easy to turn your back on a losing team. There are over half a million fair weather fans in this city that do it season to season. But now that you are officially a Miner, show the boys and girls some love. Football and basketball games are free for students and fun. There’s definitely a social aspect to the games, especially during football season. Getting together with your friends for a barbecue before a football game is an excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon. 5. Thy Student Health Center may cure what ails you.
Parking stickers, like books, are so expensive that some students have been known to sell their kidneys on the black market in order to afford them. If you’re unlucky enough to have a 7:30 a.m. class, parking off campus is an excellent option. But if you value your sleep and schedule classes during normal hours, carpooling is a great idea. Go halfers on a sticker with a friend that has a similar schedule. You’ll save a lot of money and you’ll be helping out the environment. 8. Thou shall not squander thine financial aid away.
The black hole of college debt is one that is extremely difficult to get out of, but lucky for you, there’s an easy solution – only use it for actual college expenses. Depending on your parent’s income, you will be offered anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars by lending firms. It is very enticing to take out more than you need, but it would be smart to think twice about it. Sure, your Dodge Neon would look amazing with 20-inch wheels, and that new Coach bag would make all your friends jealous, but four years from now, paying that stuff off with interest is going to sting. 9. Thou shall make new friends.
On the first day of classes, it’s expected that you will gravitate towards those that you recognize from high school. I mean, sure, that guy you had in sophomore English class is more approachable than that girl who looks like she went to school on the West side. But after a while, branching out is not only necessary, but fun as well. You will find that college is a time when you are exposed to people from not only all over El Paso, but also all over the world. Take advantage of the situation and make some new friends. 10. Thou must avoid being idle and graduate quickly.
There are plenty of reasons why people don’t graduate in four years – part-time jobs, indecision of what to major in, losing credits after a transfer, chronic partying, etc. The fact of the matter is, the longer you take, the more expensive it gets. Every year, tuition increases while scholarships and aid remain static. The longer you dillydally around, the more you will pay out of your pocket. So be diligent, attend full time and graduate ready to take on the world as a professional in the career of your choice. Michael Hash may be reached at pmhash@utep. edu.
MyVillage@utep: Surviving your first roommate Victor SantanaMelgoza Correspondent So you have finally moved out of mom and dad’s place and now you are on your own! Congratulations! Moving away from home can be a scary proposition, but don’t worry, you’ll be fine. This might also be the first time you will be living with someone who you are not related to. Now you will have to negotiate everything from stay-over guests to food in the refrigerator. Here are some tips on how to succeed with your new roommate.
Tip 1: Speak up. Get to know your roommate. You don’t have to be the best of friends, but you do have to live with your new roommate for the next few months. Discuss what you expect from each other. Don’t be afraid to tell your roommate if his/her actions bother you. Let each other know when important events (tests, papers, competitions, etc.) are coming up. Tip 2: Give a little. Be prepared to compromise. Remember both of you have to live there. Something that might be fine with you may get on your roommate’s nerves and vice versa.
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Miner Village has about 430 residents. Tip 3: Don’t stress. There are always going to be little things that will annoy you, but the key is to keep the lines of communication open with your roommate. Try to ask yourself if the thing that is bothering you is that big of a deal. If you can’t see eye-to-eye with your roommate, bring in a Resident Advisor (RA) to help see if a compromise can be reached. Tip 4: Assume nothing, ask. Remember, you are just getting to know this person. Things that may
have been normal at your house may be totally foreign to your roommate. Rather than waiting for someone to get aggravated, the easiest thing to do is ask first. Tip 5: Respect each other and yourself. Be honest with yourself and be honest with your roommate. If you are a slob, be honest about that. If you like loud music when you study, be sure to tell your roommate about it. That way you both can respect each other’s needs, without compromising yourself.
So, you followed all these tips, you’ve done everything you can think of, but you just can’t get along with your roommate– talk to your residence life assistant about the possibility of changing roommates. Good luck on your new adventure in living on-campus. The ties that you make in Miner Village will usually last your whole college life! Make it a good one! Victor Santana-Melgoza may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Carlos Silva Jr. Sports Editor So high school is over. The Friday Night Lights sporting events with raucous crowds of 500 students/parents are gone. But fear not, you have been upgraded to Miner Maniac status, which allows you to attend any UTEP sporting event for free, as long as you have your UTEP ID card. One of the main sports you will experience during the fall semester is UTEP football. You will be infused with Orange Fever as you enter the historic Sun Bowl, along with 51,500 passionate Miner fans.
To give you a leg up on all those die-hard fans, here is a preview of what to expect this fall.
A common theme shared among players and coaches of the UTEP Miner football team is their regret for last season’s end of the year collapse. “It was disappointing,” head coach Mike Price said. UTEP started off the 2006 season with a respectable 4-2 record, but their collapse came during the last six contests. The Miners were outscored 205 to 125 and ended the season 1-6. The season
left Miner fans with a bad taste in their mouth. The 29 seniors on the squad, which included NFL-bound Jordan Palmer (Redskins), Johnnie Lee Higgins Jr. (Raiders), Zach West (Patriots) and Alex Obomese (Cowboys), exhausted their eligibility and now Mike Price’s recruits are ready to step up. Price believes this team is ready for the season and that the team is different from last year’s squad. “We are probably not as good a team, right now, as we were a year ago at this, but we will be better at the finish,” Price said.
Defense was an issue last year, but with the return of red-shirt senior Jeremy Jones, the current UTEP defense may be the best fans have seen in past years. Jones is coming off a leg injury and will be assisted by junior Arizona State transfer Adam Vincent, who has impressed the coaching staff during spring football practice. Vincent recorded six tackles in the UTEP Spring Game. Senior Quintin Demps was held out of the UTEP Spring Game because of an injury, but says he will be ready for the upcoming season. In 35 career games, Demps has tallied 12 interceptions, seven behind Charlie West, UTEP’s all-time interception leader. On the other side of the field, seniors Marcus Thomas and Lorne Sam are UTEP’s offensive weapons. Both made significant contributions last season, but like their counterparts were plagued with injuries. “Last year I was 90 percent,” Thomas said in a recent interview. “I had a hamstring injury and my finger broke. I am just ready to play and get my senior season going.”
Thomas led the Miners by rushing for 513 yards, 3.3 yards per carry, and scored five of the offense’s eight touchdowns. Sam played in eight games last season as a quarterback/wide receiver, but had to miss four games because of a knee injury. He ranked second on the team in rushing, by gaining 91 yards on 16 carries, while catching 12 passes for 172 yards (14.3 yards per catch).
Season outlook The Miners are geared up to make a splash in Conference USA. With a majority of the team’s reloading, the Miners have the opportunity to bring the conference championship to the Sun Bowl. Make no mistake about it; the Miners will make noise in the conference. But will the fans come to the Sun Bowl and make opposing teams stumble? It’s up to you. “Its going to be exciting and you’re going to love the atmosphere,” Price said. “It’s big-time college football in El Paso; there is no question about it. There is not a better crowd anyplace you can go.” Carlos Silva Jr. may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mysports@utep / get fit in college Carlos Silva Jr. Sports Editor
Herman Rojas Correspondent Just because you didn’t receive an athletic scholarship to play your favorite sport doesn’t mean that your days of being in shape are over. There are many ways that college students can remain in top physical condition and have a lot of fun in the process. “Everything we offer is geared towards students,” said Ruben Espinoza, associate director of Recreational Sports. “We try and do as many activities as we can and offer something for everyone with any skill level.” The Recreational Sports Department offers a variety of intramural sports throughout the year as well as a number of different fitness classes. In addition, the university offers two facilities, which are loaded with an abundance of exercise machines and equipment.
During the summer, Recreational Sports will offer nine events throughout the eight weeks of classes. Since classes are shortened, the department holds fewer tournaments. Recreational Sports is sponsoring volleyball, paintball, racquetball, flag football, three-onthree basketball and indoor soccer tournaments in June, all of which are free of charge to students. “We try to do as many activities as we can,” Espinoza said. “The summer is scaled down because students do not have the same time frame, in terms of their schedules.”
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The fall and spring semesters include longer tournaments that last four to eight weeks and includes a pre-season, regular season and post-season. All the leagues include different skill levels to cater to everyone’s needs.
If you are looking for a way to make friends (or friendly rivalries) or already have a group of friends that enjoy sports, then UTEP has you covered. If you are looking for a competitive environment or just want to play for fun, the variety of sports will have you wanting for more. UTEP offers different sports for competition throughout the year such as flag football, basketball, soccer (indoor and outdoor), softball, volleyball, fencing and dodge ball. There are also a variety of skills, competitions and video game tournaments throughout the year that are available to any student who is interested.
Memorial Gym is home to some of UTEP’s intramural sports. When games are not in session, there are two floors available for recreational basketball, volleyball, badminton and fitness classes. Also on the premises are a weight room and eight racquetball courts, which offer an upper-level viewing area. Memorial Gym’s foyer offers table tennis tables and a foosball table.
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program. The program has come a long way since Pettit started five years ago. “My main goal is to let students know this program is available to them,” Pettit said. “Our trips are designed with beginners in mind, but also cater to different skill sets.” The program runs whitewater rafting trips, backpacking trips to the Gila Mountains and popular ski trips to Ski Apache at discounted prices. “We offer day hikes to the Oregon/Franklin Mountains for $5 to overnight weekend camping trips to the Guadalupe’s for $40,” Pettit said. “The most expensive trip we have is the spring break trip for $190, which was a six-day trip to Big Bend National Park.” Another advantage to the trips is the all-inclusive price. Every trip’s cost includes transportation, food and equipment fees.
“Once you pay the fee, there is nothing else you have to worry about,” Pettit said. There is also a camping equipment rental program for adventurous students. The program allows students to rent individual items or packages that range from one-person for one - three nights ($15), four - seven nights ($23) to a six-person package for one three nights ($65) and four - seven nights ($98). There is also a water sports rental plan that allows students to prepare themselves for white water rafting trips. Just like its camping counterpart, the water sports rental plans allows for individual and package rentals. “The point of college is to expand your world view,” Pettit said. “We want to expand on the experiences students can have by offering these trips.”
The name of the building pretty much explains the center. The 7,600 square-foot exercise room is stocked with some of the latest exercise equipment to build muscle or test your stamina, while the facility also boasts two temperature-controlled indoor pools. The recreational pool offers basketball, volleyball and water aerobics, while the competitive pool offers water polo and lap swimming. All you will need to access any of the facilities is a valid UTEP ID. The center is located off Sun Bowl Drive, just north of UTEP’s main campus.
There are a number of fitness programs that UTEP offers for anyone looking to get into shape or reduce stress. Students can choose a class that is right for them. They range from intense workouts to recreational classes. Some of the fitness classes available are yoga, body sculpting, weight training, kick boxing, and several different types of aerobic classes such as hip hop, aqua and Latin aerobics. Some of the fitness classes require a fee, but the charge is less than other off-campus locations and the department offers discounts for students who take additional fitness classes. For more information on any of the facilities and activities Recreational Sports offers, call 747-5103 or visit www.utep.edu/rsd.
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As this year’s editor-in-chief of The Current, the student newspaper serving UM-St. Louis, I welcome you to our campus. The youngest of the four campuses in the University of Missouri system, UMSt. Louis was founded in 1963. With a student body of about 15,500, UM-St. Louis is the largest public higher education institution in the St. Louis metropolitan area. As one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse universities in the St. Lou-
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Ofﬁcials back name change ELISE HASTY Reporter
In step with the logic used when UM-Rolla decided to change its name, administrators said dropping the Columbia designation from MU’s name could gain the campus more attention on a nationwide basis. The For All We Call Mizzou national steering committee first proposed changing MU’s name to the University of Missouri, as it was originally founded, in a letter, MU spokesman Christian Basi said. For All We Call Mizzou is the university’s national fundraising campaign. Basi said Chancellor Brady Deaton and many staff members support the proposal. “Changing the name to designate the university as the state’s flagship campus allows
us to maintain the ability to compete with universities in the nation,” he said. Basi said the state of Missouri recently reported a reduction in future high school graduates, which means collegiate recruitment could be more challenging. “We want brand recognition as the major state university,” Basi said. In April, the UMR campus officially announced its name change to Missouri University of Science and Technology. UMR spokesman Andrew Careaga said the official name change would take effect Jan. 1, 2008. Careaga said funding for many of the costs associated with the name change, such as signage and promotional materials, is given by private donors, but many reoccurring supplies, such as stationery, will not be included as part of that budget because they are purchased yearly. Careaga said students and staff were involved in the name change see NAME DROP, page 16
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During a press conference Monday afternoon, Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri CEO Peter Brown addresses the brief that Planned Parenthood filed in federal court. The brief requests an injunction against a House bill that requires health centers to be licensed as ambulatory surgical centers. abortion lawsuit
Planned Parenthood fights to continue abortion services Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri presented a case in court asking for an injunction preventing them from having to halt abortion procedures in the Columbia and Kansas City centers. The centers will have to stop providing abortions by Sept. 28 because of legislation passed last session. The legislation would leave the St. Louis clinic as the only establishment allowed to perform surgical and medication abortions in the state. Planned Parenthood has presented a case against this legislation, due to the protec-
tion provided to them by a grandfather clause included in regulations passed in the late ‘80s. “Our architect is looking at an estimate of $1.2 to $1.3 million if we were to comply with the general abortion center regulations,” said Peter Brownlie, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri. “The current regulations, which have been in place since the late ‘80s, do include this category of abortion facility and we believe we should be decisive of this.” According to Brownlie, their facilities have performed
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Freshmen Taylor Bonderer and Kelsie Blakley pose for a photo during Bid Day on Aug. 18 at Francis Quadrangle. After going through the Greek recruitment process, both were both chosen for Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
New recruits rush in MARTY SWANT Senior Staff Writer Approximately 1,160 women strived to become a member of one of 13 MU sororities during recruitment last week. The number of women who participated in recruitment was the largest number of potential members in five years, said Julia Hornaday, the public relations officer of the Panhellenic Association. Each chapter made its quota of 69 new members and some
exceeded that number. This is only the second time in the history of MU that each chapter met their quota. The record-breaking week began on Aug. 13, when freshman Kelsey Mirando woke up at 5:30 a.m. to get ready for the first day of the week-long recruitment process. Monday was “Open House Day.” The women were placed into one of 16 groups with each being led by Pi Chis, women who chose see RUSH, page 5
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Renovations to the McDavid and Hatch residence halls are complete, and students calling the halls home this semester will have the opportunity to enjoy updated and improved facilities, as well as a fresh look. Residential Life Director Frankie Minor said students living in the renovated halls will not only enjoy improvements in air conditioning see RES HALLS, page 16
The Department of Residential Life has formed a new program to provide its staff an opportunity to learn workplace English for Spanishspeaking employees and Spanish for English-speaking employees. Residential Life Director Frankie Minor said there has been a dramatic increase in non-English speaking employees in the past five years, primarily within the custodial staff. Minor said approximately 40 percent of the custodial staff does not speak English as their first language. The goal of the program is to offer training for staff to communicate between themselves as well as with students.
“Communication is such an important aspect of all of our jobs,” he said. Another goal of the program is to improve cultural understanding, Minor said. The classes, which will take place for one hour twice weekly for 16 weeks, will give Spanishspeaking employees an opportunity to learn English, which Minor said might in turn provide more employment opportunities for them within the department or elsewhere. Residential Life explored the idea first with Spanishspeaking employees on campus and received positive feedback. English speakers also see BILINGUAL, page 16
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Contributing Writer After months of searching and interviews by the provost search committee, NT President Gretchen Bataille has announced the new provost. Wendy Wilkins, former dean of College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University, was named the new provost of NT July 30. The selection came after inviting back two of five candidates to the NT campus to meet with the president, chancellor and board of regents. The other four candidates that were in consideration for the position were David Allen, College of Engineering dean at University of Nebraska, Gary Olson, College of Arts and Sciences dean at Illinois State University, Chrisann Schiro-Geist, senior vice-provost
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Contributing Writer Each semester brings changes for students to acclimate themselves with including parking and transportation rules. Changes to the NT Parking and Transportation system for 20072008 are relayed to students in orientation, via the NT Parking and Transportation Web site, and City of Denton Web site. When it comes to commuting to campus, NT has a variety of options; such as the e Trans system which is the shuttle bus system around Denton for commuting students. According to the NT Parking and Transportation Web site there are now two shuttle systems for students. NT shuttle systems are free for students, faculty and staff. The e Trans system circulates throughout Denton, and has several bus routes, according to the NT Web site. Among the routes are: Mean Green, North Texan, Centre Place, Eagle Point, UNT Research Park, Bernard Street, Colorado Express and Sam Bass. Routes for e Trans run daily, every eight to 24 minutes with service starting at 7:30 a.m., and routes that run nightly and on weekends. The Commuter Express is a fairly new shuttle bus system, which started last year, and that runs between Denton, Lewisville, and Dallas; there are two on-campus stops on the commuter. Joe Richmond, associate director of transportation services, gave advice in an email. “Get to the bus stop early the first few days because the busses will be full just before class times,” Richmond said. “Be sure and be at the stop, the buses will not wait because they have to keep a schedule.” The e Trans system is for students to take advantage of during the semester, but students, faculty and staff must be aware that there are many students that must commute to campus. For students seeking alternative transit options; the transportation department suggests rideshare or bicycling to campus. Rideshare, AlterNet Rides, is a free service provided to students, faculty and staff looking to commute by carpool to campus. Information on rideshare can be obtained through the e Trans Web site or the office of commuter services. The service can be used to find rides to campus, NT events, work and more. Parking options for students give them the choice to park either at the
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The eTrans System circulates throughout Denton and has several bus routes. meters, located throughout campus, or purchase a permit and park in parking lots. Lots on campus correspond to the type of permit obtained. For students, permit options include resident, premium, and general parking; the permits have designated lots and many lot spaces are free to students with or without permits after a certain time in the evening. Elizabeth Knighten, Mesquite junior, gives her suggestions for commuting parking for incoming freshmen, “Use other means of transportation, take the bus or carpool. It’s hard for students who know the campus to find parking so it would be even harder for new freshmen,” Knighten said. According to NT campus parking maps and the Parking & Transportation Web site, residential parking is designated for students residing on campus, premium parking is set for students. and faculty and staff, and is located closer to buildings for classes. General parking is for students but is limited in proximity to campus buildings. The prices for permits vary between semesters
and are valid only for the semester they are purchased. Permits are required for students, faculty and staff opting to park in any parking lot on campus. According to the NT Web site, any violation of parking regulations will result in a citation affecting the student’s account and must be paid by the owner of the vehicle to avoid any collection fees. Impounding of vehicles can also result from violations of parking regulations, and payments must be made in full to the proper department in order to regain possession of the vehicle. According to the Parking & Transportation Web site, students can communicate with the Parking department by several means: the office located in the Sullivant Public Safety building on Wilshire Street near campus, the NT Parking and Transportation Web site www.unt. edu/parking/, or the customer service line at 940-565-3020 for any questions or concerns. The department has these communication resources in place for students to obtain information about rules and regulations during the semester.
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Housing opens two new halls By R ebecca Hertz
Contributing Writer NT campus housing will open two new residence halls just in time for the fall semester. Honors Hall and Legends Hall are scheduled to open Aug. 19, said Tiffany Roussel, assistant director of business operations, department of housing and residence life. The halls have been under construction since July 2006 according to IN house, an NT campus news publication. Sharon Turner, assistant director of the Office of Business Services, said the total construction budget for both buildings was $31.5 million. Money for the construction projects comes from the sale of bonds. The money is then repaid from student rental income, said Elisabeth Warren director of housing and residence life. Legends Hall will offer 276 resident spaces in private and semi-private rooms. Honors Hall will house 200 students in semi private rooms, Roussel said. Carl Mosier, hall director for Legends Hall, said private rooms have a shared bathroom. Semi-private suites have a single entry with two separate bedrooms, a kitchen-type area and private bath that will be shared by two students. Each room will have a bed, desk, closet and vanity sink, said Mosier, Roanoke graduate student. All rooms are uncarpeted and have vertical blinds on the windows, he said. The new halls will not have onsite cafeterias, Roussel said. He also said there will be one hall director and five resident assistants on staff in each hall. Legends Hall is located on the northwest corner of West Sycamore Street and Avenue D next to College Inn. Legends is an 83,300-square-foot structure, said Harald McFarling,
construction manager for NT. Roussel said, “Legends is primarily occupied by upperclass students, much like Mozart.” All rooms at Legends have been reserved for the fall semester, he said. Mosier said amenities at Legends include a computer lab, study rooms, a lounge and a TV and gaming area. The hall will have an elevator, laundry facility and community kitchenette, he said. “The best feature to me would be the common areas on every floor,” Mosier said. “There is either a large study room or lounge at the corners of each floor that will help build community on the wings.” The Legends front desk will be open until midnight every day, Mosier said. College Inn will handle any calls received after midnight, he said. The closest resident dining facilities for Legends are West Hall and Bruce Hall. Honors hall is located on the northeast corner of Eagle Drive and Avenue D near Mozart Square. The residence hall is 73,000 square feet, McFarling said. Jenna Elliott, administrative assistant for Honors College, said Honors Hall is open to Honors College members only. Students must maintain their Honors College membership to qualify for residence. “The rooms were designed in the same style as the semiprivate suites at Mozart Square,” Elliott said. Gloria Cox, dean of Honors College said a new baby grand piano will sit in the lobby of Honors Hall. The Honors brick garden will be constructed at the rear of the building facing Clark Hall with a pathway of personalized bricks representing the NT community, she said. Bricks may be purchased at Honors College for $50, Cox said.
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Legends Hall will have amenities including a computer lab, study rooms, gaming area and a lounge. Legends offers 276 living spaces, both private and semi-private. Other amenities include music practice rooms, study rooms and a computer lab according to the housing department brochure. Bill Rose, hall director for Honors Hall, Keller graduate student, said the Honors front desk will be open from 8 a.m. to midnight daily. Cox said there will be a seminar room that can also be used for dinners and other events, and a furnished apartment for use by visiting scholars, Cox said. The most convenient residence dining halls for Honors are Clark Grill and Mean Greans, Cox said “We are delighted that the new Honors Residence Hall is nearing completion,” Cox said. “We believe that students will be pleased with the new hall and all the special opportunities it will offer,” Cox said.
NT selects new provost Continued from page 4 been serving as interim provost since February said he plans to go back into retirement after his service at NT is complete. Ness said the provost’s job description is being redesigned at NT. In the past it has been the vice president for academic affairs that was equal with all other vice presidents but now it is a senior vice president described as a leader among equals. Ness said the provost is the second i n com ma nd at N T. “We wanted you [the provost candidate] to be from a school
like ours, a doctoral granting research institution, because that is what we are and what we are moving towards,” Ness said. Bataille said Wilkins is coming to NT from two major research u n i ver sit ie s, A r i z on a St ate University and Michigan State University. “So what she brings to us is an understanding and knowledge about how things get done at these major universities,” Bataille said. Ness said the provost search committee took into consideration the evaluations of faculty and students obtained during the forums when selecting the candi-
dates and submitting its evaluation to Bataille. Bataille said she did not attend any of the forums. She said she felt it inappropriate to attend them because she wanted people to feel free to ask the questions they wanted to. Bataille said Wilkins’ first day at NT will be Aug. 16, more than two weeks earlier than the Sept. 1 date she had wanted to have the new provost on campus. In a previous NT Daily interview, Wilkins said she is looking forward to working with other members of NT administration to make a difference in the future of NT.
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the horizontal bar. Registering the bike is free, but being caught without registration costs $5, according to the Web site. Cameron Palmer, Garland graduate student, said, “In order to get your bike registered, which is free, you just need to have a serial number visible. I didn’t have one and they lent me an engraver to put a unique identifier on the frame.” Palmer said having a bike registered allows the NT police to know who the owner is when a bike is found. “One time I went into the post office [leaving my bike against the wall] at the Union and as I was picking up my mail they called me to make sure my bike they found outside hadn’t been stolen,” Palmer said. “Now that’s service.” Bicycles must be parked only in bicycle racks and if bikes are found anywhere other than the designated racks, such as chained to a tree or pole, they will be impounded. All impounded bicycles are disposed of after 30 days, but if the impounded bike has the appropriate NT registration sticker on it, the owner will be notified and may pick up his or her bike from the Sullivant Public Safety Center located at 1700 Wilshire St., according to the Web site. Students living in the dorms may lock their bicycles outside in the rack, or they may opt to take their bike into their room, provided the bike is clean before entering the lobby. Students may not ride bicycles inside the dorms under any circumstances. Any bicycles left behind at the end of the spring semester are disposed of, according to the Web site. Incoming students, or returning students wishing to make the change to bicycle commuting are faced with a variety of decisions from what kind of bicycle to purchase to what kind of lock is most secure and where to take the bike if it needs repairs, according to the Web site. “The most important thing for students is reliability,” said James
Bikes, pedestrians share walkways Contributing Writer In an effort to alleviate campus parking problems, bicycle use is recommended by the NT Department of Parking and Transportation. For students living on or near the NT campus, bicycle riding has become an alternate option for commuting all around Denton. NT’s policy concerning bicycle use on campus sidewalks was changed in the fall of 2006 and now cyclists are allowed to share the sidewalks with pedestrians. Previously, bicycles had to be walked to racks once the rider entered the main part of campus. “We had a bicycle consultant come in and do a study on bicycle use on campus,” said Joe Richmond, NT associate director for Transportation Services. “The consultant recommended that we change the policy in order to increase biking to campus.” NT Spr ing ju n ior Da n iel Richardson, who frequently bikes to campus, said he thinks it’s great that he can now ride his own bike on the sidewalks through campus. “Before it was inconvenient to ride my bike to class because I had to walk it from the Union to the racks at the GAB, but now I can ride my bike all the way up to the building,” Richardson said. Parking and transportation employees said they also hope to create safe routes for cycling on campus and to coordinate these routes with the city of Denton’s bicycle routes. “We are currently working with the City of Denton to establish a route from the main campus to Research Park,” Richmond said. Although some bike riders won’t have to endure trying to find a parking space on campus, the NT Department of Parking and Transportation does have some regulations for bicycle use on campus, according to their Web site, www.unt.edu/transit Students must register their bicycle with the NT Parking Office and display a valid NT decal on the front of the vertical seat-tube, below
Students must register their bikes with the NT Parking Office and display a valid NT decal. Holland, long time employee and son of the owner of Denton Bicycle Center. “If you go to a specialty store you know the bike was made correctly and that the store will stand by the bike.” Holland also recommends finding a bicycle that is comfortable to ride and has a smooth tread for sidewalk and street riding. Denton Bicycle Center is located at 1700 N. Elm St., and repairs bicycles as well. “We mostly repair a lot of flat tires,” Holland said. “After that, we do a lot of brake and gear adjustments.” Another Denton area bicycle shop is Bike O Rama, located at 530 S.
Locust St., which offers a wider range of used bicycles as well as repairs. “Most of the time we bring dead bikes back to life, ” said Mark Steck, owner of Bike O Rama. “We rebuild and repair them to meet peoples personal need and money constraints.” Steck recommends that prospective student bike riders look for a mountain bike, which is the most versatile and easiest to maneuver. Rebuilt bicycles from Bike O Rama can range from $50-$500 depending on what the customer needs. Bicycle security is another important variable to consider when riding a bike to class. Locking up bikes
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while away from them is highly recommended. Both Holland and Steck suggest the use of a U-lock over a cable or chain lock, according to the Web site. “Most thefts are thefts of convenience so any lock will help, but a Ulock is an extremely strong system and certainly the most reliable, especially for overnight use,” Holland said. Palmer said he agreed that U-locks were the most reliable. “For a lock, I definitely say use Ulocks; Kryptonite preferably,” Palmer said. “Anything other than a heavy duty U-lock, it’s as if you’re not even locking it up.”
Theft around campus remains major concern By Michelle Melton
Contributing Writer Deputy Chief Ed Reynolds said theft has become a top concern of the NT Police Department. In 2005, 34 bu rg la r ies were reported on campus and surrounding public proper t y, accord i ng to t he N T Pol ice Department Web site. Reynolds said NT police officers patrol public off-campus areas with adjoining streets to the university in addition to the campus.
He s a id t he r e p or t e d burglaries in 2005, five of which took place on public property, are comparable to those in previous years. A total of 41 burglaries were reported in 2004 and 39 in 2003, according to the department’s Web site. Though fewer burglaries were reported in 2005, Reynolds said the NT Police Department has not recognized any trends regarding decrease of crime. “Universities are relatively
safe locations,” Reynolds said. He sa id a major it y of bu r g la r ie s t a ke plac e w hen st udents leave proper t y such as laptops u nat tended, leave dorm rooms unlocked or leave valuables inside vehicles in plain sight. A nd rew M i l ler, McK i n ney sophomore, said he always locks his bicycle on campus, but he does not take precautions with other belongings. “I’ve seen the signs in the library that say ‘don’t leave your
backpack out in the open,’ but I do all the time,” Miller said. “I’m a pretty trusting guy; I like to think no one w ill stea l my stuff.” In addition to burglary, motor vehicle theft has been an issue on and around campus, Reynolds said. In 2005, 10 instances of motor veh icle t hef t were repor ted, compared to 16 in 2004 and 13 in 2003, according to t he NT Police Department Web site. Re y nold s s a id to pre vent
vehicle theft, students should make sure all doors are locked a nd a ny proper t y of va lue is hidden. Reynolds said students should also be aware of their personal sa fet y. St udent s w a l k i ng on c a mpu s at n ig ht shou ld let someone know where they are and stay in well-lit areas, and be aware of emergency phone locations. More cr i me stat ist ics a nd safety tips can be found at www. unt.edu/police.
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NT offers free tuition to 350 freshmen By Elizabeth Knighten
Contributing Writer Three hundred and fifty students have received the Emerald Eagle Scholars Program award for the Fall 2007 term said Sarah Collins, associate director for enrollment management. The fall semester will initiate the award President Gretchen Bataille introduced during her 2007 inauguration speech. “The program is built around four pillars: financial aid, campus engagement, campus employment, and intellectual engagement,” said Collins. According to the NT Student Financial Aid Web site, all eligible students must be an incoming freshman, a Texas resident, be dependent on their legal guardians for financial assistance and live in a household with a yearly gross income of less than $40,000. The students must also have completed the free application for federal student aid before the due date, sign a commitment statement,
attend freshman orientation and be eligible to receive a federal Pell grant. “Students sign an agreement to complete at least 30 hours in each academic year and they must make academic progress each semester with a cumulative 2.5 grade point average,” Collins said. According to the financial aid Web site, a student’s tuition and mandatory fees will be paid for each semester, however a student must complete 15 hours per semester. Students who qualify for the Emerald Eagle Scholars Program will participate in the work study program, get involved with extracurricular activities and meet with a mentor. “UNT’s Emerald Eagle Scholars Program may be different than others in the state of Texas because it has an academic component and provides mentorship/engagement elements,” said Lisa Goodwin, assistant director for student financial aid and scholarships, in an e-mail. Melissa Ruud McGuire, director of students success programs at NT
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said, “What we are trying to do is pair each incoming student who requests a mentor or a student who is part of the Emerald Eagle Scholars Program with both a faculty or staff mentor as well as a peer mentor because we think they [students] can gain insight from both perspectives.” McGuire said staff or faculty must meet with a student at least once a month, either doing an activity or via e-mail. However for the peer mentors, the requirement is that they meet with the eligible students biweekly. McGuire said the mentoring portion of the program is comprised of volunteers who commit one year to the students they are paired with. “It is a way for mentors to give back to the university and help incoming students,” McGuire said. NT is also moving forward with new financial aid advertisements for the Emerald Eagle Scholars Program, McGuire said. Collins said the NT marketing department is developing a bilingual brochure that will be sent out to prospective students.
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The fall semester will initiate the award President Gretchen Bataille introduced during her 2007 inauguration speech. “I think that it [Emerald Eagle Scholars Program] gives students who may doubt their ability to afford UNT, the incentive to go ahead and apply for admission,” Collins said. While the first year of the program is about to begin, McGuire said the logistics of how the scholars program is going to work in years to come is still to be determined. Collins said if a student who is
already accepted to the Emerald Eagle Scholars Program breaks any of the agreements, the student will no longer be eligible for the program, but they will still be eligible for federal and state grants. “I think we will see more students who realize they don’t have to go to community college for their first two years—they can afford UNT,” Collins said.
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Dance, theater updates Antigone for fall performance By Mandy Sweeney
Contributing Writer The NT’s dance and theater department will present an updated version of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy “Antigone” in the upcoming fall semester. Andrew B. Harris of the theater faculty will direct the production. “Antigone” is a Greek tragedy written around 441 B.C. and is a part of the Theban plays. The story’s main character, Antigone, is a young woman who has a conflict with her uncle King Creon after the death of her brothers Eteocles and Polynice. The king orders that Eteocles be buried with honor while his enemy Polynice is left unburied and without burial rites. Outraged, Antigone makes the decision to give her brother a proper burial, because she believes the law of gods is higher than the law of the state. Harris said individuals will find the play interesting because it is the tale of an outspoken woman who was willing to risk her own life to uphold her beliefs. He said this act of courage displayed by a female would have been shunned during the time the story was written. “You have to stand up for what you believe...assuming that it’s a good cause,” Harris said. “That cause should be something you are willing to stand for without fear.” Making the Greek tragedy
appeal to the audience is one challenge Harris said he faces. “How can we do plays that will interest individuals today,” Harris said. He said he is currently working on ways to make the story connect with a modern audience. “The musical selections will help to make Antigone more compelling,” Harris said. Juliana Choi, NT doctoral student, is the musical composer for the show. She said she plans to use a mixture of ancient Greek and contemporary music selections. She said she wants to incorporate acoustic and electronic music mixed with singing. An open audition will be held on Aug. 23-24 for students looking to join the cast and rehearsals will begin in September. The production will be presented at the University Theatre Nov. 9-18. Harris’ production credits include shows in Chicago, New York and Texas, including “Tennessee Williams,” “Suddenly Last Summer” and Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Ernest,” Harris said. He is also the recipient of the 2007 Golden Pen Award from the United States Institute for Theatre Technology for his book “The Performing Set, the Broadway designs of William and Jean Eckart,” Harris said.
Farrow honors genocide survivors with torch relay KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) - Mia Farrow joined genocide survivors in a torch-lighting ceremony Wednesday at a Rwandan school where thousands died in a 100-day frenzy of killings in 1994. The 62-year-old actress, whose screen credits include “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo,” is leading an Olympic-style torch relay through countries that have suffered genocide to press China, host of the 2008 games, to help end abuses in its ally Sudan’s Darfur region. More than 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million been chased from their homes in Darfur since 2003, when tribes of ethnic African farmers rebelled against the Arabdominated central government, accusing it of neglect and discrim-
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ination. “We welcome China’s recent U.N. vote to allow a peacekeeping force into Sudan,” said Jill Savitt, director of Dream for Darfur, the group that organized the ceremony. “However, China now must continue to press Sudan to ensure that the words on paper translate into action. That means adequate and verifiable security on the ground in Darfur.” The U.N. Security Council has authorized a joint U.N.-African Union operation of 20,000 peacekeepers and 6,000 civilian police for Darfur. Sudan at first resisted the proposal, but backed down. The new force will absorb a 7,000member African peacekeeping force now in Darfur, and was to be in place by year’s end.
Fall fashion fads for college students By K risleigh Hoermann
Contributing Writer With every new season, new fashion trends evolve, and fall 2007 is no exception. This season offers many fashionable options to college students who want a casual, stylish and budget-friendly wardrobe. “This fall is all about fitted pants, fitted jackets, short coats and chunky belts on the outside of the jacket. Beautiful boots are also a must,” said Natalie Lo, Galleria Dallas’ Gucci selling supervisor. For students who have long walks to and from class during the ever-changing Texas weather, and desire a substitute for a sweatshirt and sweatpants, a medium-weight jacket or chunky knit sweater are the most stylish ways to keep warm on cool days, she said. Sweaters are taking on a lot of different silhouettes and will flatter most body types, said Dee Knight, fashion merchandising associate professor at NT. Big, chunky and over-sized sweaters will replace skinny sweaters from previous seasons, she said. When preparing for a night out this fall, platform shoes and a little sparkle will make the outfit, Knight said. Metallic gold and pewter will replace last spring’s silver. “We’ve seen the platform shoe be extremely important, but we’re going to see it a little more subtle this season,” Knight said. “It’s a bit more refined look to go along with the fashion.” Louise Barnard, key holder at Billy Reid in Northpark Center said, a new trend in shoes are ankle boots, or booties; women are moving away from tucking their pants into boots the past few years, and many runway models are pairing their favorite booties with skinny jeans or tights. Ricardo Ferrer, sales associate at Carolina Herrera in Northpark Center, said recent fashion shows during Fashion at the Park at Northpark Center in Dallas showed t hat bright colors a nd gaudy clothes are out this fall season and are replaced with a minimal and feminine look. “The palette of colors this season will be a lot of dark colors – dark grays, dark chocolate browns, dark emerald greens, deep navy blues – they are very intense,” Ferrer said. Knight said, on campus green is the color to wear – especially on Fridays. Ferrer said that college is an important time to start collecting
classic and qua lit y wardrobe pieces. Female students should invest in basics like a black pencil skirt, white button-dow n top, neutral lightweight jacket, black strapless dress and black pointytoe pumps, Ferrer said. For male college students who want a comfortable yet stylish look, chunky knit sweaters and fitted jackets are viable options, Ferrer said. “These items are great additions to a guy’s wardrobe because they can update and extend the wardrobe so effortlessly,” Knight said. Accessories are also very prevalent this season with the arrival of minimalism. “T he ha ndbag ha s a l most become art to carry,” Knight said. “We’ll see patterns and maybe a lot of decorations on handbags.”
Ferrer said it is possible to be fashionable without going overboard. For many college students who are on a strict budget, many stores locally and nationwide offer couture silhouettes and lines at lower prices. Target is a popular choice a mong you ng adu lts. Specialty clothing stores, such as Club Monoco, Express, Forever 21, Gap, H&M and Zara offer trendy clothes and solid basics at low prices, he said. K n ig ht repeated a ph ra se written on a wall at the Dallas Apparel Mart, “You can ignore fashion, but why would you want to miss out on one of life’s little pleasures,” she said. “What we wear is an expression of our own individuality – who we are and what we want to be,” Knight said. “It’s just fun. That’s the way you have to look at it.”
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by our customers,” Thomas Rose, one of the creators of Art Six and NT alumnus said. “The Better than Sex Latte is white chocolate, caramel, espresso, steamed milk, whip cream, chocolate and a secret ingredient.” Rose said Art Six was originally started by three couples who enjoyed having coffee on Sunday mornings
and thought it would be better to work for themselves. Rose and Olivia de Guzman are operating it now. “We just ask for more help, it’s hard to do,” Rose said. “We’re about to hit our third year, please spread the word and keep Denton local. We’ve got lattes, there’s no tall and don’t order Frappuccinos.”
Coffee shops offer specialty buzz BY M ARITZA SANCHEZ
Contributing Writer There are a variety of coffee shops near campus with different atmospheres and specialties available to students. Some shops offer organic and others offer their own specialty. Kharma Cafe, located at 103 Avenue A, has late hours of operation which allows students to get coffee after having some drinks at the bars on Fry Street. They are open 8 a.m.-2 a.m Monday through Friday from. and 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Specialties at Kharma include the chai tea latte and bagel sandwich. A regular cup of coffee costs 50 cents. “We have good, cheap coffee and you can smoke here,” manager John Finn said. “We also keep our prices low for the students.” Finn said they do not have a schedule of events, but they let people do what they want, such as the occasional poetry readings and band performances.
For a really late-night coffee splurge, Jupiter House is open 24 hours and is located at 106 N. Locust St. Other than coffee, Jupiter House also offers organic products such as hand-crafted smoothies and wheat grass. Casandra Palo, barista at Jupiter House, said the quality of coffee beans is what makes their coffee taste so fresh because a cup of coffee has fresh week-old roasted beans. A cup of coffee costs $1 or an espresso shot costs $1. Palo said the environment at Jupiter House is mostly studious; they do not have any events. “The environment changes with the people, it’s kind of like a blank canvas and all of our customers paint the picture,” Palo said. Customers said that they were satisfied with the customer service and the staff was friendly. Palo said the owner, Brandon Weist, recycles and tries to buy from local vendors. “I really like the brand and the owner, he knows I’m a bass player
and sometimes he’ll put a star in my milk, he personalizes and other places don’t do that,” Kirk Burkhardt, customer from New York City, said. “They have the best latte on both sides of the Mississippi. It has a New York City vibe except much larger cause there’s young folk and old folk, even though it’s in a college town.” Art Six coffee shop has events, such as jazz night every Thursday at 8:30 p.m. and a movie night every Friday at 9 p.m. They also have theatrical events and art work displayed on their walls for sale. “There is no other quality shop in Denton that has events and as a performer this place has been vital to me,” Freddie Schulze, NT alumnus and musician said. “It stimulates a domestic environment; I call it a second home.” Art Six is located at 424 Bryan St. and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-midnight. A regular cup of coffee costs $1 or unlimited coffee with a bakery item costs $3.75. “Most of our drinks are created
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Health center brings new services this fall By M aria Espinosa
Contributing Writer NT’s Student Health and Wellness Center is ready to welcome students back this fall with new services. The wellness center opened its doors Jan. 16 in the new Chestnut Hall located at 1800 W. Chestnut St. The second floor houses the wellness center, while the pharmacy is located in the first floor. The College Optical Center is set to open sometime during the fall semester and a dental facility is still being determined, said Reginald Bond, executive director of the wellness center. The wellness center is a licensed medical center qualified to provide health care for the NT community, including urgent care for accidental injuries, basic diagnostic x-rays, women’s care exams, laboratory testing, immunization and pharmaceutical services, in addition to other medical and therapeutic services. Both will be located on the first floor of the wellness center. “I want students to come and see the building because it is theirs and they are paying for it,” Bond said. He said students use three services the most: examination with a medical physician, prescription refill and lab work. “Since the spring semester, we attend 100 students more per week,” Bond said. Kyle Phillips / NT Daily Students enrolled in the current semester are eligible for services at The NT Health and Wellness Center is a licensed medical facility, the wellness center free of charge, which can provide emergency care for accidental injury. but there are discounted charges for extra services such as: lab x-rays, from the wellness center when she ness center. “I encourage students to come pharmacy, nutritional consulta- had a cold the beginning of the and visit us so that they can be tion and specialty physician visits, spring semester. “I find the services provided by aware of what we have to offer according to the wellness center Web site www.healthcenter.unt. the health center very assessable for them,” Bond said. Medical visits for students are by students and at a fair discounted edu. Seda Sobay, Wichita Falls senior, price for college students especially appointment only, with the exception of Saturdays when they have said, “My experience at the wellness in the pharmacy,” Sobay said. An Open House event is set for a walk-in clinic for acute care only center exceeded my expectations because the staff was very friendly, Aug. 29 at Chestnut Hall in the from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A student ID Lobby/Rotunda to inform students is required to check in, according to helpful and knowledgeable.” Sobay said he acquired services of the services provided by the well- the wellness center Web site.
Public libraries offer a treasure of resources By Sara Barnard
Contributing Writer The city of Denton is home to three public libraries full of resources for use by all of the city’s 103,000-plus residents and its approximately 40,000 university students. Emily Fowler Central Library, North Branch Library and South Branch Library host a number of events which are designed to bring the Denton community together each month, according to the Denton libraries Web site, library. cityofdenton.com. “One excellent example is our first ever One Book, One Community program titled Denton Reads,” said Eva Poole, director of libraries for Denton’s public library system. “Librarians and staff from our public library, both university libraries [UNT and TWU] as well as DISD [Denton Independent School District], worked together to bring [author] Julia Butterfly Hill to Denton.” The mission statement for the Denton public library system includes goals to “enrich and advance the community by providing quality materials and services.” To reach these goals, the library staff has tried to create an environment for learning and studying appropriate for all ages. With these goals in mind, Denton’s public library administrative staff has tried to keep the libraries’ collection of reference materials and media up to date, and the library policies and computers member-friendly. All three of Denton’s public libraries are networked with the City of Denton’s library Web site. The site allows readers to view their accounts, view the specific books that have been checked out and outstanding fines, according to the library Web site. All of the libraries also have a telephone renewal system, which allows patrons to extend due dates, as long as the book, movie, or CD is not already overdue. All three branches have a self-checkout system, similar to many grocery store’s self-checkout lanes, to help in eliminate long lines,
according to the library Web site. With a library membership, patrons can use computers both online and offline outfitted with student-friendly programs, like Microsoft Office. They can retrieve tax forms and information and receive help with the IRS Web site. Meeting rooms are also available at all branches, according to the library Web site. In addition to books, which may be checked out for three weeks at a time, patrons may also check out compact discs, videocassettes, and audio books for three weeks at each library branch. DVDs may be checked out for two weeks at a time, according to the library Web site. If students are looking to research their family tree, Emily Fowler Central Library, located at 503 Oakland St., is home to a genealogy section, which includes local newspapers starting in 1908, selective census records and birth and death certificates, according to the library Web site. North Branch, located at 3020 N. Locust St., has a used bookstore operated by the Friends of the Denton Public Libraries, a drive-up book drop, a Distance Learning Center with video conferencing equipment, and a computer training lab, according to the library Web site. South Branch is the only branch that has wireless Internet access. South Branch, located at 3228 Teasley Ln., will expand later this year to double its current size of 11,000 square feet. The parking lot will be redesigned and additional parking spaces added, according to the library Web site. Poole recommends Denton’s public libraries as a resource for information and entertainment to all of Denton’s students. “We have DVDs, downloadable audio books, books on CD and audiocassette and much more,” Poole said. An event calendar and other information, including street addresses, library hours, and membership applications, may be found at the city of Denton’s library Web site.
just as afraid to step forward.” Sikha Naik, Plano senior and active member of the Asian Student Association and secretary of the Indian Pakistani Student Association, said joining a multicultural organization is a “stepping stone to thinking outside the box.” “Multicultural clubs aren’t just about learning what someone wears from another country, but actually getting to learn about the new culture and how you can develop ties with
different people in your community,” Naik said. Olga D. Grieco, director of the International Welcome Center and Russian instructor, said there are 2,002 international students enrolled at NT. For more information on multicultural organizations visit the Multicultural Center in the University Union, located on the second floor. They can also visit the International Welcome Center in Kendall Hall.
Multicultural Organizations encourage more involvement By L auren Birman
Contributing Writer With more than 200 student organizations on campus, multicultural organizations hope to encourage students to be actively involved at NT. According to Patrick J. Vasquez, director of Center for Outreach and Community Involvement, said multicultural organizations offer opportunities for students to prepare for the future demanding workplace.
Vasquez said even though the United States is the largest monolinguistic society, it is one of the most diverse countries in the world. “I think it’s great to have a university that is diverse,” Vasquez said. “You have to find a culture that you like and immerse yourself in that culture.” Vasquez said a university is like a laboratory; it’s a safe place for students to make minor mistakes and learn different communication styles
through people of different origins to help them get better jobs. He said students are hesitant to explore and they need to take risks and meet people. Reh Jones, Houston senior said students may feel intimidated about joining an organization at first. “It’s always a little scary to leave your comfort zone, but most of the time you’d regret not trying it,” Jones said. “Chances are, everyone else is just as interested as you are and are
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Dodge brings optimism to NT By Brian H ale
Contributing writer New football head coach Todd Dodge is bringing the winning ways he enjoyed as head coach at Southlake Carroll High School to NT. Dodge, 43, had a five-year mark of 79-1 in leading the Carroll Dragons to four consecutive state titles, including a 48-game winning streak to end his tenure. Multiple receivers, with the use of one or no backs aligning in the backfield, essentially “spreading out” the offense across the field, characterize the spread offense system. This system that Dodge has brought to NT can also incorporate the use of a no-huddle approach and have the quarterback in the shotgun a high percentage of the time. Dodge said the biggest change is the offensive scheme the team will use and that the players are very excited about the no-huddle system. “The no-huddle is all we do,”
Dodge said. “We never huddle and don’t plan on doing it.” In a spread offense system, the quarterback is the main distributor of the ball and the one who communicates the play call to the team on the field. Dodge said the quarterback is vital and the key ingredient to success. “I am very pleased with our quarterback position,” Dodge said. “That position is the least of my worries.” With the use of only one back in the backfield, Jamario Thomas, a 22-year-old senior from Longview, Texas, will have the opportunity to return to the type of back he was during his freshman season in 2004 when he led the nation in rushing with 1,801 yards. The last two seasons, Thomas only rushed for a combined 1,029 yards, with 668 coming last season. “Jamario is going to be a huge part of the running game,” Dodge said. “When we first introduced this system in the spring, he was one of the most excited people
around.” Thomas said Dodge has created more unity within the team and that it has become closer together as a family on and off the field. Wit h on ly 181 ca rries for Thomas last season, the implementation of a spread offense could limit Thomas’ ball carries as the system historically provides fewer carries for backs. Thomas said a reduction in the number of carries he gets does not matter as long as the team is winning games. “I love the new offense,” Thomas said. “I get to block more and help out the team in more ways than just running.” Thomas said the new system has created a vital dependence on him blocking for teammates and that blocking is somewhat new to him because he has never played under a system that required him to do so. Thomas said during the spring and summer he has worked more on blocking than anything else. The no-huddle system will allow the Mean Green offense more time to read the opponents’ defense for each play. With a no-huddle system, the offense gets up to the line of scrimmage more quickly, which causes the defense to line up sooner. This, in turn, allows the offense more time to analyze the defensive setting and to make any necessary changes in attempting to gain maximum yardage. “We are going to spread the
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Wide receiver Roderick Johnson runs a drill during practice last Tuesday afternoon at the football practice field. wealth on offense,” Dodge said. “We want to try and be difficult to defend based on the personnel on the field.” The schedule for the 2007 Mean Green contains seven road games, including games on the road at the University of Oklahoma and Southern Methodist University, as well as five home games that include games against the Naval Academy and the 2006 Sun Belt Conference runner-up, Middle Tennessee State University. Thomas sa id t he tea m is hungrier than they were last year
because nobody is pleased with the team’s performance last season. “We went 2-9 last year and no one liked it,” Thomas said. “Our goal this year is to be better than we were last year.” Dodge said that games against teams like OU could be a spark for the rest of the season. He said those sparks might lead to a conference championship and a birth in the New Orleans Bowl. “Our job this season is to knock the top off our potential,” Dodge said. “Our goal, from day one, is to play in New Orleans on Dec. 21.”
Mean Green men’s basketball team gears up to overpower competition By A ndrea Hernandez
Contributing Writer The NT men’s basketball team is gearing up for a new season, as they will attempt to reach the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year. A fter hav ing a successf ul season and winning the 2007 NC A A Sun Belt Conference Tou r na ment Cha mpionsh ip Game, the NT men’s basketball team is faced with the pressure and high expectations of wining yet another championship. “We have to build on the success we had last year,” said NT forward Quincy Williams. “We will have to come together as a team and try to win another tournament.” NT fans believe that the team can accomplish a second trip to the NCAA tournament. NT basketball fan Charles Womack,
San Antonio senior, said, “The team will have to have other players step-up since key players are no longer on the team.” He said he believes that the team will go to the tournament as long as they are able to reorganize for this new season. “Coach Jones is a great coach who will not settle for anything but success,” Womack said. Last season, head coach Johnny Jones led the NT men’s basketball team with 23 wins and to its first NCAA tournament since 1988. In May 2007, he was named Greater Denton Sports Commission’s North Texas Coach of the Year. The NT basketball team will have to make some new adjustments for the new season, as last season’s NT guards Kendrick Davis and Calvin Watson from Houston will no longer be ‘star
leaders’ of the team due to their recent graduation. “It will be hard to replace Kendrick Dav is a nd Ca lv in Watson,” Williams said. “They were great leaders.” The NT basketball team lost these team leaders and many others due to graduation and transfers to other colleges. “The NT basketball team will welcome new players to the team this season,” Williams said. “The new players on t he team are getting accustomed to each other, and some are even enrolled in summer school. It’s all a matter of getting your feet wet,” Williams said. The team will resume basketball practice sometime in the fall to prepare for the new season. “I want to go out there, play and win a new championship,” Williams said.
Soccer team seeks NCAA Tourney win Jennifer F ulp
Contributing Writer The NT soccer team looks to make it back to the NCAA Tournament this year after missing last season because of a Sun Belt Conference Finals loss to Denver. John Hedlund, head coach of the NT women’s soccer team said in order to get back into the tournament the team chemistry has to be right with everyone to play their best soccer. Hedlund started the women’s soccer program in 1995, and has been head coach since, with 12 consecutive winning seasons and an overall record of 166-64-13. Among active Division I coaches, Hedlund has the 16th best careerwinning percentage. Hedlunds’ playing career experience includes U.S. Olympic Team, New York Express, Dallas Rockets and Dallas Sidekicks. He previously coached several club soccer teams and was the assistant NT men’s coach for three years.
A record the team is looking forward to set is a fourth Sun Belt Conference Championship. Hedlund said after conquering this title in 2001, 2004, and 2005, the women’s soccer team is hoping it can take the title home this season. “We went to the Championship in Conference seven years in a row. Rarely do you see any college team get to the finals,” Hedlund said. New additions to the team include seven players with a lot of speed, Hedlund said. One of the seven is Janaye Woods, Denton freshman, who will be in the starting line at offense. Returning player Heather Hutyra, a Benbrook senior forward, and Kendall Juett, a Carrolton sophomore midfielder at NT, are both regional players and lead last season in goals and assists. Hedlund said as a team their strength this season is going to be offense. Kelli Lunsford, one of the team’s better players, tore her anterior cruciate ligament last season and
NT men’s golf team works hard for great fall season By A manda Boyd
Contributing Writer Golf isn’t only about hushed applause, argyle sweater vests and plaid knickerbockers, it’s a serious sport and the NT men’s team is intent on making this year one of their best. “Since a lot of us are graduating this year, we’re working harder than ever to go out hard,” senior Anthony Broussard said. While the golf season hasn’t started yet, the team has been preparing over t he summer. Broussard earned a close secondplace finish, losing by only one stroke, at the 79th annual West Texas Amateur at Abilene Country Club in July. Fellow seniors Raul Lemus and Cole Howard gave outstanding performances at the 37th Texas State Open in Tyler, Texas over the summer. Junior Harris Graham also performed well in several amateur events over the break. “I’m very excited about the way my game is headed going into the season,” Graham said. “I just hope to build on what I have been working on this summer to have a good start to the year.” Sophomore Dustin Thompson returns to the team after his first year with the Mean Green. His third-place finish at the Sun Belt
Conference Championship last spring earned him all-conference honors, a feat not accomplished by any freshman player in more than a decade. “I’m really excited for this year. It’s a mostly veteran team, so they know what to do and how to do it,” head coach Jim Bob Jackson said. “I can see Dustin Thompson, Austin Welch and Cole Howard as well as the rest of the team really excelling this year.” The team welcomes new members Michael Lee, Nathan Sheen and Luis Lemus, Raul Lemus’ younger brother. “We played together for a year in high school and kicked butt, so I’m really happy to get the opportunity again,” Raul Lemus said. “Not everyone gets a chance to play with their sibling in a college setting, and I’m making the most of it.” The team puts winning the Sun Belt Conference Championship as their top goal for the year. “I’m very optimistic about our chances,” Graham said. “We have our entire top five back this year, and we were really close last year. I think we will be hard to beat.” NT will host two tournaments this year, starting with the Cobb/ Ferrell Mean Green Classic Sept. 1011 in Denton followed by the GADO North Texas Classic Feb. 17-18 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
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will be red shirted, which means she will still practice with the team but not play this season, so the defense is all new players. Dani Slavonic, third-year team captain and senior midfielder for NT women’s soccer team said, “With all the newcomers coming in, it is important to play together and mesh well to get closer and work harder on the field.” As tea m capta in, Slavonic said she makes sure everyone is prepared for the game and are on the same page. A ritual that the team always does before a game is they line up in order and pray. Slavonic said her goal for this season is to make it to the NCAA Tournament and get past the first round. With this being her last year, Slavonic said she wants this to be the best season yet. The regular season starts Aug. 31 at home against Texas Women’s Jimmy Alford / NT Daily University. Hedlund said the hardest team to beat this season Dani Slavonic (L) and Heather Hutyra (R) kick the ball around before will be Denver, who won the the fall season starts. The team prepares for a tough season and wants to return to the NCAA tournament. Conference last season.
NT women’s golf team hopes to better scorecards this season By K atya Muller
Contributing Writer The NT women’s golf team is determined to turn in a better scorecard after finishing in the top five at only one tournament last season. The still young 2007-2008 roster t hat consists of t hree freshmen, four sophomores and one junior may not seem threatening to opponents. The sophomore class is the only group who has returning players from last season. They have been caught in the rough before, and because of that they have become stronger competitors. “Last season was for me a learning experience just with learning how college golf is,” said sophomore golfer Maggie Noel. “One m ista ke I made was I put too much pressure on myself.” Noel said she will take this ex perience a nd tr y to g uide her i ncom i ng tea m mates away from the “bad kicks” she endured. She focuses on improv ing her chipping and putting and has read a confidence-building book to strengthen her mental game.
Junior Halli Jo Richards is recovering from the seasonending shoulder surger y last D e c e m b e r a nd s hou ld b e fully recovered by the end of August. She said she spends a chunk of her day on the links, committing to at least three hours of practice daily on and around the green. R icha rds a lso plays a m i n i mu m of 18 holes each day. W hen a sked about t he upcom i ng sea son, she sa id she had h ig h hopes for low scores. “I really would like us to win a few tournaments,” Richards said. “Those freshmen have that experience now and know what is expected of them. I’m hoping to place in the top five in a bunch of tournaments.” The golf team competed in four tournaments in the 2006 season and six in 2007. By the last two tournaments of the spring, the team started to falter. The Mean Green took 16th place from a field of 17 at the Susie Maxwell Berning Classic in Norman, Oklahoma and an 8th place finish out of 12 teams at t he Su n Belt Con ference
Championship at Lake Buena Vista, Florida. “All other stresses hit them at con ference at t he w rong t i me.” sa id A mber Chev r ie, head women’s golf coach. Chev r ie sa id she has made some adjust ment s i n t he women’s schedu le a nd balanced the fall and spring seasons with five tournaments each, including the North Texas Women’s Golf Classic set for ea rly September. NT placed f i rst i n t he sa me event last season. Chev r ie sa id she sees her tea m a s a v iable contender for the Sun Belt title with the return of a healthy Richards, t he more experienced sophomore class of Maggie Noel, Janna Golden, Kelsie Gray and Jorda n Rose, a nd a ta lented incoming f reshmen class in Cha nd ra A lexa nder, K irsten Spittler and Kyla Whittley. They hope to take the first conference championship in school histor y. “Ever y single one of these g i rls is so super ta lented,” Chev r ie sa id. “We w i l l have eig ht rea l ly st rong player s who will all really push each other.”
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Breaking records is the goal of the NT women’s basketball team for the upcoming 2007-2008 season. The NT women’s basketball team has set 15 school records and 28 individual player school records under the direction of head coach Tina Slinker. Slinker led the team to one of their best defensive seasons in 2003 as NT broke the school record for fewest points allowed. “The main contributors this season will probably be senior Talicia Sanders, who will possibly break the rebound record this yea r,” sa id Sl i n ker, “Sen ior Erica Howard and Junior Amber Jackson.” Sanders is from Fort Bend, Texas and plays post. She averaged 15 points per game at Hightower High School and led her team last season in overall rebounds
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NT’s volleyball team does drills during practice last Wednesday in the volleyball practice facility. Green. Head coach Cassie Headrick c ou l d n ot b e r e a c h e d f or comment. “We are just learning Miranda’s coaching style, but she knows what she’s doing,” Hulsebosch said. “Harvey is very technical in his coaching method. He is very serious, and he thinks that
change is good.” T he s e a s on w i l l k ic k of f with an away game in Wichita, Kansas, Aug. 24, where the team can begin to work toward their goals. “Serving and passing wins 80 percent of the game. If we can master that every game, we will win,” Hulsebosch said.
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Contributing Writer The Mean Green Volleyball Team is more focused and determined t ha n ever before a f ter w i n n i ng t he Su n Belt We st Div i sion C ha mpion sh ip la st season. “This is the first year I’ve gone into the season with complete c o n f i d e n c e ,” s a i d J e s s i c a Hulsebosch, senior libero. “We were really rocky before, but with t he conf idence our team has, I’m hoping we can go further this year.” With only two positions to fill, the five returning seniors will have more experience than last season, when they took the Sun Belt Championship. Even after such an accomplishment, t he tea m’s ma in goa l t his yea r is to win the conference tournament. “Every returning player plays an important role in order to reach our goal of getting to the NCA A Tournament,” said Katy Prokof, graduate student a nd outside hitter. T he Me a n G r e e n v ol le yball team has two new assistant coaches - Miranda Orr and Harvey Sanders. Sa nder s joi ne d t he tea m during the off season in 2006, but this season will be Orr’s first t i me work i ng w it h t he Mea n
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with 192. Jack son, w ho i s f rom Indianapolis, IN and plays forward, came in second with 172. Playing post, Howard from Morrillton, AR came in fourth with 122. “The girls practice for t wo hours,” said Jahrika Johnson, manager of the women’s basketball team. “They spend time on drills, plays, scrimmaging and conditioning.” Taking care of current players and constantly recruiting would be strategies to do well in the future, said Slinker. Schedules, experience, competition, leadership and injuries become the factors between not doing so well and winning, said Slinker. “Training for basketball is hopefully never ending,” Slinker said. “By the National College Athletic Association rules we can start training when school starts.” Slinker said that the summer
is a busy time for recruiting and scouting. “Scouting and recruiting mostly occurs in the summer period,” Slinker said. “We scout at basketball tournaments during this period as well as get in contact with high school coaches.” Slinker said potential players are based on the positions needed for that year. She said academics are also important when evaluating whether they will be able to perform well at the university. “I also look for the attitude and demeanor on the court and how they interact with team mates,” Slinker said. “The NCA A gives Division I schools 15 full scholarships to give players. If you recruited the player you should give them a full scholarship.” The NT women’s basketball team will have its first game in November. They also hold basketball camps in June for children ranging from ages 5 to 18.
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As the fall semester rolls around, the freshman class of 2011 rolls into town with it. In a phrase that makes upperclassmen seethe with jealousy and inflates new students’ egos, this class has been dubbed the “best ever.” And according to the numbers, that statement is accurate. The incoming freshman class is “the best and brightest in terms of GPA and test scores,” Richard Bayer, dean of enrollment services, said. The average GPA is 3.61, he said, with more than one-third of the students posting a 4.0 or higher. The calculation of average GPA includes GPAs higher than 4.0. The average ACT score was a 26. As the students’ grades get better, admission to UT is becoming more competitive. The university’s acceptance rate decreased from 73.5 percent in 2006 to 71.5 percent this year. The acceptance rate has dropped
dramatically since 2001, when it was 97 percent. Nancy McGlasson, the director of admissions, said the implementation of the HOPE Scholarship in 2004 has contributed to tougher admissions standards. “There is no doubt that the HOPE Scholarship is having a huge impact on the increasingly more competitive admissions decisions that occur at UT,” McGlasson said. The University of Tennessee has already exceeded its target enrollment of 4,200. “It looks like we will be over 4,300,” Bayer said. “We are already 97 percent registered.” Enrollment is measured in terms of students that register for class, not on the number of students accepted to UT. The state of Tennessee voted to increase the HOPE Scholarship from $3,800 to $4,000. In addition to the HOPE Scholarship, UT offers the Tennessee Pledge Scholarship, which was enacted in the fall of 2005 and
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An orientation leader passes out informational packets to upcoming freshmen at Freshmen Orientation.
covers the cost of attendance for studentswhodemonstrate need at or below the 150 percent poverty level defined by the federal goverment for
a family of four-- about $27,000. UT is also offering the Promise Scholarship for the first time this fall, which will provide aid for students up to $5,800
when combined with the HOPE and other scholarships. See Freshmen on page 17A
Lagging retention rates raise concerns Freshman to Sophomore Retention Rates by year
Kevin Dalby News Editor Every year since the institution of the HOPE Scholarship, incoming students and administrators alike have boasted about rising standardized test scores and grade point averages of the most recent freshman class. While the new students’ academic statistics go up, the University of Tennessee has slumped behind its peer institutions in retaining those students. Just over 81 percent of students return to UT between their freshman and sophomore years, which trails some peer institutions. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill retains 96 percent of its first-year students into their second year. The University of Florida retains 94 percent, and the University of Georgia retains 93 percent. “We are toward the bottom of the list with regard to our peer institutions,” Richard Bayer, dean of enrollment services, said. “We admit the good students, but why we don’t retain them remains to be seen.” Although UT’s retention rates have improved slightly over the past five years, Provost Robert Holub, who is entering his second year at UT, and Todd Diacon, vice provost for academic affairs, are placing a stronger focus on keeping students on campus. “We are starting to move up,” Bayer said. “I don’t know if it’s at the same rate as our test scores and GPAs, it’s kind of hard to say. The point is, our retention needs to improve, and the provost is trying to do that.” The provost and vice provost are
aiming to catch up with UT’s peer institutions and boost retention up to 90 percent, they said. While retaining students from their freshman to sophomore years does not guarantee their academic success, it is
typically a useful gauge to measure how many students leave UT with a degree, Holub said. “I focused on retention rates because they contribute to graduation rates,” Holub explained. “If you’re losing
20 percent of your students then that’s less that make it to graduation. So if you’re not retaining students, then you don’t have a good graduation rate.” Diacon said half of the students that do not graduate leave between their
first and second year. “We spend a lot of resources getting people to the University of Tennessee, and then if they leave those are wasted resources,” he said. See Retention on page 12A
‘Part-timers’ deal with full-time lives WILL WOODBERY Copy Chief Part-time students are at a disadvantage when compared to their full-time peers, according to a recent report issued by the National Center for Education Statistics, an arm of the U.S. Department of Education. Retention rates among part-time students tend to be lower than those enrolled full-time, the report said. But this is not news to UT officials, who say their primary concern is in combating the trend by addressing the needs of those part-time students who have a full
plate of obligations in addition to their academic pursuits. “Their situations are much more complicated,” said Todd Diacon, the vice provost of academic affairs. “If it takes you longer to finish, life gets in the way.” Many part-time students have families to support and bills to pay, Diacon said. This, compounded with the rigors of holding down a job, makes attaining a degree less of a priority and increasingly difficult. “(For part-time students), their primary focus is not academics,” said Ruth Darling, director of the Student Success Center. “They have a job, they have a family … so they do not progress to graduation as
quickly, and they have a lot of distractions in their lives.” Some part-time students attempt to tackle more than they can handle, Darling said, leading to a work overload. The Student Success Center is one of several resources on campus where part-time students can seek the advice and counseling to effectively balance their schedule. Achieving that balance is key in the day-to-day life of a part-time student, and not always an easy task, Darling said. “It’s a balance working with your adviser and your employers on what is your best plan in terms of moving toward a degree and at the same time meeting financial obligations,”
she said. According to the report, parttime students are more likely to be older, financially independent and first-generation students. Distance learning classes at UT are typically comprised of a similar student demographic, classified as nontraditional. But not all non-traditional students are necessarily part-timers, explained George Hoemann, assistant dean of distance education and independent study. The motivation for continuing education later in life varies, though typically involves honing a particular skill-set or pursuing a certificate or degree in the hopes of job advancement,
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Hoemann said. Others simply take courses for the joy of learning, Hoemann said, adding that retiring baby boomers have brought an influx of distance learning students. In order to alleviate the financial burden among part-time students, the university is working to provide financial aid opportunities to students in need. The Tennessee Pledge Scholarship, which provides aid to low-income students, is already in place. In addition, the HOPE Scholarship provides a significant financial boost to incoming freshmen. “Anything we can do to create the situations to allow students go
longer, the better,” Diacon said. “The Tennessee Pledge and the HOPE should help us in that direction.” In addition, Darling encourages part-timers to strengthen their ties to the university by seeking work on campus, which can positively affect their academic performance. “If students work on campus, they have a higher degree of persistence and retention,” she said. “It keeps them here on campus instead of that disconnect in the broader community.” More information is available at the Student Success Center, located at 812 Volunteer Blvd. and 1817 Melrose Ave., or on their Web site, http://studentsuccess.utk.edu.
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Wharton welcomes new head of school
Slight gain for Penn in rankings
Robertson to take over after six years as Emory’s business dean
‘U.S. News’ puts Penn at No. 5 in its annual ranking of universities
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Following a large-scale, sixmonth search that ended in late June, Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Ron Daniels announced that Thomas Robertson will become the dean of the Wharton School. He replaces former dean Patrick Harker, who left Penn to assume the presidency of the University of Delaware. Robertson, whose appointment began on Aug. 1, came to Penn from Emory University, where he was the executive faculty director of the Institute for Developing Nations. He previously served as
It’s back to the top five. After dropping to the seventh slot on the U.S. News & World Report’s national university rankings last year, Penn has climbed back to tie the California Institute of Technology for No. 5. The new position marks the 11th straight year that the University has been ranked between the fourth and seventh slots. Former Dean of Admissions Lee Stetson credited the school’s increasing selectivity — the undergraduate admission rate dropped to a record-low 15.95 percent for the Class of 2011 — as well as Penn’s Ivy League-leading pool of international students for the increase.
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Thomas Robertson became the 13th Dean of the Wharton School on Aug. 1. He was a Marketing professor at the school from 1971 to 1994.
Campus sees three robberies, shooting With students moving back soon, officials worry about timing
Diverse freshman class meets on Facebook More than ever, the social networking site gives incoming students from all over the world a way to interact before stepping on campus House-Class of 2011 group on Facebook.com and subsequently friended many of its members over the summer. Though the Class of 2011 is hardly the first class to use Facebook, there is a higher level of activity occurring on the Web site before people even move. For instance, the largest
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College freshman Nate Adler made 100 friends before New Student Orientation even began. Granted, they are Facebook friends. Wanting to meet his future dorm mates in Hill College House, Adler, joined the Hill
Class of 2010 Facebook group, Penn ’10, has about 380 wall posts. In contrast, there are 6,500 posts on the official U Penn Class of 2011 group’s wall. As applicants are increasingly spread throughout the country and globe, droves of freshman are turning to the soSee 2011, page A11
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In the past two weeks, three robberies have occurred near campus, according to the Division of Public Safety. Two of the incidents involved a weapon, and two robberies involved victims affiliated with the University. A shooting also occurred just outside the Penn Patrol zone and a gunshot was reported just off campus, both in mid-August, according to Philadelphia Police. Vice President for Public Safety Maureen Rush said she was
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CXXIII, have next since has been state predators of 15 Pennsylvania Treasurer according See RENDELL, Cultural Center, Santorum was seen fleeing the scene westward Ryan Jones/The nt Rick ◆ Founded 1885 August, held of what police have termed a failed last night to become to 30 carries page 4 Student Daily Pennsylvanian flashing a smile aroundor in By JARED MILLER not Pennsylvania sued senator after defeating Bob Casey will serve years Pennsylvaof the UniversityonofSansom NO. Street just Newspaper a senarmed is sched-in to robbery. ney The Daily Pennsylvanian an obvious senseand filled with Newspape the our country, The Independent Student 27 Republican incumbentas Pennsylvania’s next nia’s first Democratic senator in our ney’s by the a press in prison, of relief as he Visit Paramedics arrived quickly and since 1995. the Chuck world,” took the Rick Santorum. Office U.S. release stage. r of press www.da ney RosenberU.S. District but “Our transported her to the Hospital of the the University turbing release. University officials are relying heav“ Pe n n s y l v a in Virginia. Patrick isAttornia is wh involved children Attorilypenns University of Pennsylvania. ere borders.”crime, ily on efforts already in place to curb stable condition. Artur “Thisg said See CASEY, page T HURSDAY Ward BATTLE F in of Pennsylva She was released later that day. in are and crime following the shooting of Engi4 , One of the men — Michael Barrett, ylvanian Ward’s OR CONG of the likely the case,who is it is is a disat risk , A UGUST Half a block away from the site of 31, of the 4000 block of Ridge Avenue repeated lawyers neering sophomore Mari Oishi early DAYS nia pled without RESS not Ward in .com in the overwhelm guilty said that ◆ her injury, near the intersection of 38th North Philadelphia — was found DEADLINPAST 31, 2006 Sunday morning. Former calls Philadelp Founded with did prosecuti not and Sansom streets, two men unaffil- a loaded .38-caliber handgun. Police ing because for comment NEW Oishi was struck by a stray bullet in Wharton prof return He was E FOR 1885 prior hia reportson’s evidence iated with the University had also arrested and charged with possession WEBMAI ANNOUN Ward the left thigh near the intersection of criminal guilty who pled favor. to Ward’s officials . to childbeen shot. They were still being treat- of a loaded gun without a permit, indicate pornograph 38th and Sansom streets at about 2:45 The ■ Former guilty L police attorCEMENT of his Eric Meder/The Daily Pennsylvanian since ‘DP’ arrest, had ed last night at HUP. According to poRepublican V OL . CXXII, N O . 117 charges a.m. on Sunday. It was the second Republican that, Jan. will count Ward administrators P HILADELPHIA plea grown y Emergency Democrat respondents |load a gunshot-wound victim onto a stretcher early 31 — land, frequent customs pled Wharton lice, they were both in critical but gubernatorial not switch Other party of producing Sunday shooting on yesterday child-pred the the days See SHOOTING, page A11 morning at 38th and Sansom streets. guilty professor a known tripssuspiciou Too close to set — last deadline A Penn student was shot in the leg during the incident. past month. Penn’s campus in the candidate Lynn Swann call 78.6% Winner, Winner importation to a yesterday No data Leading race, new that SAS seat gained When ator child Scott of precincts F RIDAY , N OVEMBER 17, 2006 to Thai-s destinatio e-mail Less than 30 not yet called by party to charges does In a statement released on Sun- conceded to Gov. Ed previous Ward sex into pornography ■ Ward Results as of reporting NEWS percent of precincts Runoff provider. the Not yet called 2 3:00 a.m. EST, reporting — whotourists. n for could will United day, University officials highlightedRendell. PAGE 4 Seattle Nov. 8 Chicago charges 6 for 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 NOTE: Due to Detroit face be sentenced States 1 7 9 in prison 9 10 13 redistricting in had Cleveland 8 Wash. the Nov. 22 creation of a joint task between Colorado, Georgia, 9 11 12 5 of sexual faced and Texas, 9 10 11 13 district boundaries 4 14 17 See 13 14 15 1 3 and voting force between the University and ■ He 15 andMay 11 populations for Districts too WARD House of 3 misstill Representatives 5 Mont. small to be 30 yearsand Philadelphia police departments that Pennsylvani districts , page Pittsburgh faces N.D. By DAVID ESPO may have changed 1 shown on NEWS since 1 12 14 18 additional Ore. charges 2 the 2004 congressional has strategically deployed officers to 5 4 1 the map are a stemming The Associated 8 Speaking elections. Maine 7 found Press in represented 2 targeted areas. child Minn. 4 Idaho 1 P HILADELPH as an isolated incident but still ex- many students said Mass. Vt. by authorities could by squares two pornography Huntsman from they have 3 times as many 6 23 2 3 4 5 7 2 The release did not include details 1 labled with 1 1 alleged 6 2 1 pect more security from the Divi- noticed. 3 S.D. students 8 WASHINGTON several stave off languages 7 8 9 10 IA | V N.H. the district’s 28 5 25 Hall Mich. Wis. 20 turned out to vote in his that 2 about any new Division of Public Wyo. — Resurgent 1 N.Y. 2 Students sion of Public Safety. OL . CXXII, number. swept toward yesterday says. years, dementia 1 2 4 21 1 6 office was But College senior Ben Democrats 3 4 Rhode Island 5 1 27 26 control of the Safety initiatives in the wake of the than did in the previous 1 24 10 1 2 5 PAGE a recent by 2 in “While it’s an unfortunate event, Linowitz, who lives west 29 2 3 8 San House Calif. 22 ground in the 1 1 weigh in By TOMMY ACCHIONE of 40th N O . 67 1 4 Connecticut 10 shooting. Senate on Tuesday and gained 5 Francisco home. Oishi was not gravely in- it’s not the norm,” said 1 3 4 5 midterm election. 6 report 7 A city high-schooler wins 3 Neb. 16 6 2 59 11 College Street and walks home alone fre5 Iowa shaped by an New York Bay area 2 14 PAGE 7 inOPINIO The Daily Pennsylvanian 3 elections 3 Pa. 17 ■ Most According to Vice President of Pubunpopular war 5 jured and was released from the sophomore Scott Kahn, 3 11 1 2 3 1 7 1 2 3 4 Nev. 3 5 7 Ohio 16 the chance to compete for 4 5 6 7 2 who wit- quently, does not think that secuin Iraq and 19 at home. 5 19 Ill. 3 Utah 4 8 1 18 2 18 17 students say 2 9 10 11 12 scandal 8 9 10 lic Safety Maureen Rush, current hospital later that day. She is cur- nessed the shooting from Ind. 8 1512 13 14 15 16 4 15 6 1 a $40,000 scholarship. N 6 6 17 his rity has improved in recent 7 Colo. 11 12 13 17 18 19 1 18 7 6 As of 3 a.m. this 106 In the wake of two recent shoot- rently recovering in her home they feel safe 5 1 3 The crime-fighting measures such as in2 20 21 9 5 W.Va. 3 Kan. 1 on apartment at 38th and Walnut months. 15 16 1 morning, 84 2 25 2 New PAGE 4 Jersey 7 2 Virginia and 5 9 1 tana — the two 3 1 on campus 19 ings, students say they still feel campus. 4 Indepe 6 3 1 2 creased patrols and lighting will be 1 3 4 MonVa. 3 2 3 3 states Democrats 22 5 6 7 8 streets. “Students need to keep in 24 23 4 6 9 “The Penn security guys seem Mo. 12 the Senate — 2 3 10 11 12 13 safe on campus but think more 4 5 need to take 4 Ky. 5 continued. 2 This shooting came less than a mind that it is an urban area.” ■ Some call for 9 remained ndent Los Angeles 1 8 1 41 13 to have a presence. However, it 3 Pennsylvania 7 Ariz. precautions can be taken. went to the Democrats up for grabs. Missouri 3 59 1 26 27 28 29 While the numbers and exact areas more compremonth after a killing at the Philly 3 12 6 4 6 30 N.C. 3 The Penn Democrats 1 2 6 7 Jamie Okla. 1 In response to the fall’s spike in doesn’t seem to be very effective,” 45 1 8 5 49 2 3 10 Studen 8 13 15 16 31 32 33 34 in the early 2 Engineering sophomore Mari Diner at 39th and Walnut 8 Tenn. 4 11 9 35 1 Virginia was hensive public M ONDAY of the increased deployment were un51 morning. France 5 Maryland 3 50 7 7 36 37 38 39 streets. campus crime, public safety offi- he said. 5 4 13 and College Republicans N.M. NCAA’s too 5 40 2 2 SEE1 B 6 7 4 9 2 3 4 7 Oishi was shot in the thigh at 38th 4 safety 5 precincts reporting. close to call, with nearly 53 52 42 43 44 46 criticizes available, Rush said that police have 8 t Newsp A number of students said they cials have worked to put more S.C. 1 Ark. 47 10 3 1 11 2 4 6 all 19 schools decision SECTION gathered to watch 2 poNorthern Virginia , N OVEMB 48 measures and Sansom streets on her way viewed the most recent 4 didate, Jon Tester, Montana’s Democratic Ga. the the that 4 8 8 11 shooting lice officers on the streets, 2 3 3 to retire can-to pressure 12 6 Roselle, not an indication results. PAGE 7 vidwhich was leadingof mascots. Former officer compares See REACTION, page A10 aper Miss. 8 age points with By SAMUEL DANGREMOND by two percentAtlanta 16 See SAFETY, page A10 7 Ala. certain Texas 17 ER 74% 5 Harker has an offer. 3 1 4 4 5 6 7 of the 2 the war on drugs to the 1 1 13 2 11 “Mr. President, of precincts reporting.PAGE The Daily Pennsylvanian 6, 2006 65 kinds La. 31 4 1 Still, Harker could be precisely 23 Alaska 1 Prohibition movement. Univer 6 1 8 Iraq,” said Rep. we need aWORLD 2 Fla. 4 new direction 6 By LAURA MANDEL Hawaii 21 10 6 7 in 7 Nancy Pelosi Delaware is looking for. 2 2 25 1 3 PAGE 9 Miami HURRICANE KATRINA AFTERMATH 8 20 (D-Ca.), in line become the first The Daily Pennsylvanian The qualities that colleagues what 24 sity community 14 17 2 53 to 19 20 21 22 woman speaker Most Delaware 28 15 of Pennsy Tampa 12 15 praise in Wharton Dean Patrick Aided by public in history. 9 10 11 13 16 members want a new president Dallas / Fort Worth Breakdown of orget the Big Apple — Penn 27 Bush, Democratsdissatisfaction with President Harker may be exactly what the House seats 23 3 12 24 26 14 Houston OPINION 30 32 who could improve the universiwon gubernatorial Current race lvania 7 9 18 22 New York, Ohio for 110th Congress 25 University of Delaware wants in students might want to give 29 races in and Massachusetts ty’s national prominence and cre18 Wireless Democrats time in more its new president. ◆ for the first Uncontested: the City of Brotherly Love than a decade, 30 ate a tangible vision for its future, Found Called: 190 By Internet MAJORITY rado, Maryland then put ColoHarker is a candidate for the andOtherrunning TALI Called: 0 and Arkansas a chance after graduaaccording to a focus group report The is SEAT ed 1885 as well. in their column presidency of Delaware, and he 50 Daily YAHALO 100 11 college in Penn’sup published this summer. Focus tion, especially if they Republicans: By NICHOLAS Pennsylva 150 Experts say visited its campus Wednesday to Called: 175 M a Uncontested: group participants also wanted Stephen Morse shares his houses. 200 218 4 The Daily PAGE The 250 for an accountingDemocratic House may meet with administrators. He is nian are seeking a job. JOY Democrats 201 call 300 according to Tulane spokesman peared Penn accessible, “business savvy” A2 Other 1 of federal actions Pennsylvanian By REBECCA experience trying — and SENATE RACES 350 last few years. only a finalist for the job, however, an over the 400 According to a recent surMichael Strecker. Vacant 4 dressed at leader who could recruit diverse 435 waiting — to obtain a police bomber Republicans 229 “A series of hearings a student and has not yet been offered the ALEXANDR do Staff Despite the challenges still facKAPLAN rrkaplan@s faculty and students. GOVERNOR RACES vey from Careerbuilder.com, as a Universi who [examining at report. 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UW’s admissions policy comes under fire as board considers expanding ‘holistic’ approach
Regents want race to count BY
BLAKE ANDERSON committee reviewing the use of College Editor
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has come under close scrutiny in recent weeks for considering allowing race as a factor in admissions decisions at all UW System schools.
“The original executive order was you treat people without regard to race. ... Now affirmative action is acting with regard to race in the interest of diversity.” Ward Connerly Chair American Civil Rights Insititute
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race-based affirmative action at UW System schools. According to Connerly, who chairs the California-based American Civil Rights Institute, the use of race goes directly against the principles for which affirmative action was created. “The original executive order was you treat people without regard to race,” Connerly said in a phone interview with The Badger Herald. “Now affirmative action is acting with regard to race in the interest of diversity; the two ideas are totally different.” Connerly, who is black, said the university system should respect “individuals as individuals” without regard to race or ethnic background. At the legislative committee’s Jan. 11 meeting, however, UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley testified that no minority applicant has ever been accepted at the expense of a white student. “There has never, ever been a student admitted because of the color of their skin,” Wiley said, according to The Associated Press. “It’s not the case where some student lost a seat to a lesser qualified applicant of any race.”
Part of a “holistic” admissions policy that takes into account nonacademic factors like extracurricular activities or socioeconomic status, race is already a factor in admissions decisions at UW-Madison. The regents hope “There has never, ever to expand the practice to the been a student other 25 UW System campuses, in part to increase diversity. admitted because of UW System officials also maintain an adequate predictor the color of their skin. ... of collegiate success cannot rely only on a student’s high-school It’s not the case where GPA, class rank and standardized test scores. some student lost a seat David Giroux, spokesperson to a lesser qualified for the UW System, compared such narrow criteria to Badgers applicant of any race.” football coach Bret Bielema recruiting a football player solely on his performance in the 40John Wiley yard dash. “[Bielema] would need to look Chancellor at the many different aspects of University of Wisconsin the individual,” Giroux added, “such as his blocking ability, his ability to catch and the many other aspects that make up a Wiley did not return a phone well-rounded football player.” call seeking additional comment. Garnering national attention, Mike Mikalsen, spokesperson former University of California for state Rep. Stephen Nass, regent Ward Connerly visited R-Whitewater, said these Madison Dec. 19 and testified before a special legislative See Admissions, page 5A
City bar ban clears 1st hurdle Freeze on downtown liquor licenses passes tight preliminary vote BY
COURTNEY JOHNSON City Editor
Plans to institute new limits on the number of bars and liquor stores in downtown Madison are progressing. The Madison Common Council’s Public Safety Review Board approved a controversial plan by a 3-2 vote Jan. 9 that would restrict the number of new liquor licenses issued downtown. As currently written, the Alcohol Density Plan would not affect any existing bars or liquor stores. George Twigg, spokesperson for Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, said the intention of the plan is to increase downtown safety after a recent upswing in assaults in the area. The mayor co-sponsored the proposal along with Ald. Mike Verveer, District 4, and Ald. Judy Olson, District 6. “The police will tell you that the vast majority of their calls on any given night are alcoholrelated in one way or another,” Twigg said. He added the mayor is concerned that these alcoholrelated cases are unnecessarily drawing resources away from the Madison Police Department and the University of Wisconsin Police Department. According to a 2003 report released by the MPD and cited in the Alcohol Density Plan proposal, 73 percent of police reports in the State Street and Langdon Street area included suspects who were believed to be intoxicated. The report also said that 77 percent of victims used alcohol. But some Madison residents — including area bar owners — are not sure the proposal is the correct way to go about
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State Street could see a limit on the number of bars if the Alcohol Density Plan passes. increasing downtown safety. “You want people in bars, and you want them in bars because at least there’s some culpability and there’s some responsibility,” said Kelly Meuer, owner of
State Street Brats, located at 603 State St. “The city of Madison just goes down the wrong road in how they try to solve these problems.” Meuer also said he is concerned
that, by preventing new bars from opening, the city government is trying to incrementally reinstate Prohibition. See Bar ban, page 4A
Police nab campus rape suspect 31-year-old confesses to Carroll Street, Observatory Drive assualts, faces lifetime sentence BY
COURTNEY JOHNSON police confronted him with DNA Attorney Mike Verveer, the was walking home when Pope City Editor
Madison police believe they have caught the man who sexually assaulted two University of Wisconsin students on or near campus late last semester. Antonio Pope, a 31-yearold Dane County resident, was arrested Dec. 15 on two charges of kidnapping and two charges of first-degree sexual assault with use of a deadly weapon. He confessed to the crimes after
evidence taken from one of the victims. Pope is currently being held at the Dane County Jail on $240,000 bail. If convicted of all charges, Pope faces more than 220 years in prison. “For so many students that were affected by these tragedies, it goes without saying that it’s an absolutely tremendous burden lifted for so many of us to know that these cases were solved by the cops,” said Assistant District
War in Iraq hits home UW mourns as decorated Marine becomes 1st alumnus to die in Middle East conflict BY
NICK PENZENSTADLER Campus Editor
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Capt. Kevin Kryst, 27, was killed in Iraq’s Al Anbar province in December. His body was buried at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington.
Capt. Kevin Kryst, a 2001 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, became the first UW alumnus to die in the Iraq war when he was killed in combat in the Al Anbar province Dec. 18. A decorated Cobra helicopter pilot in the United States Marine Corps, Kryst was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. A funeral was held for Kryst Dec. 29 in his hometown of West Bend. Afterward, Kryst’s body was taken to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to be buried. A memorial service for Kryst was also held at the Marine Memorial Chapel in Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 12. A graduate of West Bend West High School, Kryst received a degree in kinesiology from UW in 2001. That same year, Kryst was commissioned to Second Lieutenant in the Marines Corps after completing the Platoon Leader’s Course, an alternative See Soldier, page 9A
prosecutor in Pope’s initial court appearance. According to court documents, Pope confessed to abducting and sexually assaulting a UW student Nov. 29 as she was walking home on the 1500 block of Observatory Drive. Pope also confessed to the Dec. 9 abduction and sexual assault of another UW student on the 500 block of North Carroll Street. The second student had been talking on her cell phone as she
ambushed her. According to an MPD report, Pope called his girlfriend after finishing his police questioning. “I’m going to jail,” he said, according to the report. “I raped two girls … the girls they talked about in the newspapers, by the campus. I’m sorry.” Pope abducted both women at knifepoint, threatening to kill them if they turned around to look See Rape, page 11A
Low grades could cost UW students State representative wants aid paid back for poor performance BY
BLAKE ANDERSON KEEGAN KYLE
College Editor and State Editor D’s and F’s could become even more costly for some University of Wisconsin students. A bill that would penalize UW students receiving state financial aid for getting any grade lower than a C could come before the state Legislature in the near future. Drafted by Rep. Suzanne Jeskewitz, R-Menomonee Falls, the bill would require students with state-provided grants to reimburse the state for any coursework in which they failed to meet a C standard. Jeskewitz declined an interview request because she said she is still investigating the proposal. As of press time, the draft is without a co-sponsor and may never reach
the Legislature. Regardless of any possible changes, Mike Mikalsen, a clerk for Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, who chairs the Colleges and Universities Committee, said he supported the idea behind the bill. “We all have to take responsibility for our decisions, including how we address our coursework,” Mikalsen said. “And in the work world, the employer pays you a salary and if you don’t reach their expectations, frankly, you might get fired. This is all part of a process that’s getting them ready for the real world.” Some students are already speaking out against the bill, which in its current form would affect students at all UW System campuses. According to UWMadison junior Rachel Stong, the concept of penalizing them for low grades is wrong. “It’s good to encourage people to do well,” Stong said. “But I See Grades, page 14A
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Lupe Fiasco set to play on campus BY ERIN FULTS EDITOR IN CHIEF Hip-hop returns to W.I.L.D. this fall as Lupe Fiasco headlines at the biannual outdoor concert. The rap artist received three Grammy nominations for his debut album, “Food & Liquor” and is well known for his hit single, “Kick, Push,” which references skateboarding. “Lupe Fiasco is a big name. He’s decently respected in hiphop circles and because his music isn’t hard-core and really dirty, he’s made waves with people who don’t listen to hiphop as their main genre,” said Team 31 Co-chair Pehr Hovey, a senior. Opening for Lupe Fiasco will be Kid Beyond and DJ Unk. Kid Beyond is touted as a one-man band—a singer and beat boxer who live-loops his vocals. “It’s been a while since [Kid Beyond] has played in St. Louis. He’s excited and loves doing college gigs,” said Kid Beyond’s manager, Joyce Williams. DJ Unk entered the music spotlight in 2006 with his hit single “Walk it Out.” He started out as a DJ and then started writing raps, with music characterized by energy and heavy bass lines. “In the past we’ve had a strong demand for hip-hop. We’re really happy to be able to deliver high-quality hip-hop acts to students this year,” said Team 31 Co-chair Randy Lubin. “The primary focus for us is shows that are high energy
and interesting and we deﬁnitely have that.” W.I.L.D., or Walk In Lay Down, has stood as a Washington University tradition since 1973. Each semester, the student group Team 31 brings in several artists for a schoolwide concert in the Brookings Quad, complete with pizza and soda. Students can register to bring couches to the Quad and those who are of age can bring in six-packs of beer with an ID. Students can get involved in W.I.L.D. by becoming roadies and helping out with the show, sometimes even getting a chance to meet the bands. “W.I.L.D. really shows the less serious side of Wash. U. students and I look forward to a fun and safe W.I.L.D.,” said Student Union President Neil Patel.” Last spring, Team 31 faced some student opposition with their choices of OK Go and Reel Big Fish, particularly after a fall W.I.L.D. featuring Guster, when traditionally fall W.I.L.D. features a hip-hop artist. “My co-chair Randy had the idea back then that we should look into it. [Lupe Fiasco] wasn’t available because he was playing Coachella [a music festival in Indio, California]. So from the get-go this year we wanted it to be hip-hop as well and that’s very evident in the lineup that we have,” said Hovey. W.I.L.D. will be Saturday, September 29, a date set to accommodate Lupe Fiasco. The Quad opens at 4:30 p.m. and
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Students pack the Brookings Quad during the Fall 2006 W.I.L.D. This fall, hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco will headline. there will be a free barbeque for students. The ﬁ rst act starts at 5 p.m. and pizza will be served starting at 5:30 p.m. “It’s going to be an exciting show from start to ﬁ nish,” said junior and SU Vice President
Brittany Perez. W.I.L.D. is one of SU’s premiere events. Team 31 has an annual budget of over $200,000 to pay for both the fall and spring shows. “There are a lot of opportu-
nities to get involved in W.I.L.D. and people have great stories to tell. It all comes down to showing up and being involved,” said Hovey. Students can bring their non-Wash. U. friends to the
show, but must purchase tickets in advance. Tickets go on sale in September. For more information on the bands or how to get involved with W.I.L.D., visit team31. wustl.edu.
Freshman Reading Program University’s John Klein named enters Einstein’s dreamland president of BY ERIN FULTS EDITOR IN CHIEF This year, incoming freshman will all arrive on campus with at least one thing in common besides their acceptance to Washington University—they will all read Alan Lightman’s book, “Einstein’s Dreams.” “The title is what came to me ﬁrst and the book developed from there,” said author Lightman. “Those two words together seemed to me to represent the creative tension between the sciences and the arts…with Einstein representing the rational side and dreams representing the intuitive side.” Lightman’s book was selected for this year’s Freshman Reading Program, in which freshmen are assigned to read the selected text before arriving to campus. Students will attend discussions led by faculty members on Monday, August 27 and are strongly recommended to participate in online discussions before arriving to campus. “It’s an opportunity for new students to meet with a faculty member in an informal setting and to have meaningful discussions with other students on a level that is more what the academic experience is going to be like here,” said Karen Coburn, assistant vice chancellor for students and associate dean for the freshman transition. In choosing this year’s book, suggestions were solicited from
current students and faculty through online polling. These suggestions were collected and reviewed by the Freshman Reading Program steering committee, composed of students, faculty and staff, and ultimately, Lightman’s book was selected. Previous program picks have included “One Nation, Underprivileged: Why Poverty Affects Us All” by Mark Rank and selections from the works of Mexican-American author Richard Rodriguez. “[Einstein’s Dreams] is the kind of book that I think will stimulate discussion among students who do have a strong science background as well as those who don’t,” said Coburn. “It’s a stimulating, thought-provoking work of art.” “Einstein’s Dreams” takes students to new worlds inside the mind of Albert Einstein as he slumbers. The pages share with readers the new worlds of Einstein’s dreams, worlds where time acts quite differently than we know it. “I hope that the book changes the readers view of the world and makes them think about the world in a larger way. Time is something that is so basic to our lives that we don’t even think about it. I hope this book will make people think about things that they didn’t think about before,” said Lightman. Lightman says he has always been interested in both the sciences and the arts. Throughout his life he has made major
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Physicist Alan Lightman’s book, “Einstein’s Dreams,” was selected as the book that all incoming freshmen will read as a part of the Freshman Reading Program. contributions in both science, particularly in the ﬁeld of astrophysics, and literature, with his poetry and other writings. “I’m a physicist, so I do theoretical work and physics. I also write about science and then I write novels,” he said. Lightman bridges the gap between science and writing through his novels and he is also the co-founder of the Graduate Program in Science Writing at MIT. The science displayed in his books, however, is not what is called science writing and he is quick to point out the difference. “Although the novels have science in them, they are very different from pedagogical writing.
[Science writing] is a very different activity than novel writing,” he said. Lightman is excited to have his book adopted by Washington University’s, because he feels he has special ties to the school since his wife graduated from the University in the mid-70s. “An important thing about any work of art is not just the message but the emotional experience. I want the readers to be amused, delighted and provoked and just have a good experience reading the book, beyond any big philosophical goal,” said Lightman. For more information on the 2007 Freshman Reading Program, visit frp.wustl.edu.
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Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration John Klein is leaving the University to become the ninth president of Randolph College in Lynchburg, Va. Klein, whose tenure at the 700-student school will begin in August, was chosen from a ﬁeld of more than 100 applicants. The college’s Presidential Search Committee, a group of students, faculty, alumni, administrators, staff members and trustees in charge of evaluating the applicants, recommended him unanimously to the Board of Trustees. According to Brenda Edson, strategic communications manager at Randolph, the committee chose him for his broad range of credentials. “Everyone I talked to on the Presidential Search Committee said that all of his credentials, all of his experiences, make him the right person for the college at this moment. They cited his leadership skills, his business background and his global background,” said Edson. Klein’s appointment accompanies a new strategic initiative plan at the ﬁ nancially troubled Randolph College,
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which, according to the Associated Press, has recently had to eliminate several faculty positions and dip into its $140 million endowment to offer scholarships to attract prospective students. As part of the plan, which is aimed at increasing the global perspectives of the school community, Randolph, historically a women’s college, will become a coeducational institution, admitting male students starting this fall. To go along with that change, the school, previously known as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, changed its name to Randolph College on July 1. “This is a very pivotal moment in our history, and it will be a challenging year for our new president, but he’s proven in the past that he has the ability and the energy and he has the drive to accomplish his goals,” said Edson. “I am very excited about the prospect of becoming president of Randolph College. It’s facing the dual challenges of becoming a co-ed institution for the ﬁ rst time in its 116-year history and it also has some ﬁ nancial challenges,” said Klein, who leaves the University after three years as execu-
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