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Volume 96 | Issue 18

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The Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas

Famous composer to reside at UNT BY JACQUELINE FLUSCHE Staff Writer


Junior running back Lance Dunbar cuts upfield against Rice in the Mean Green’s first home game. The Green Blur leads the team with 263 rushing yards. UNT will attempt to end its seven game losing streak when the Mean Green open Sun Belt Conferene play against Florida Atlantic on Saturday.

Conference schedule gives injured Mean Green new life

BY ERIC JOHNSON / BEN BABY Editor-in-Chief / Senior Staff Writer

After a 0-3 start, the UNT football team will limp into conference play Saturday against Florida Atlantic (1-1) with 10 of its starters watching the game from the sidelines because of injuries. With its top two quarterbacks on crutches, the Mean Green will turn to third-string quarterback Riley Dodge. The redshirt sophomore started 10 games last season, but was moved to wide receiver after shoulder surgery. No. 11 set a school record by completing 67 percent of his passes in 2009, but will have to take better care of the football if the Mean Green has any chance of ending its seven-game losing streak. Riley Dodge led the Sun Belt Conference with 15 interceptions last season. “I’m a lot more matured,” Riley Dodge said. “I understand this game, just realized that every play doesn’t have to be a home run. Sometimes it felt like I

pressed some, trying to make something out of nothing.” The Owls’ porous run defense has allowed 570 yards rushing in two games this season and could be gashed by UNT’s home run threat, junior running back Lance Dunbar. The Green Blur embarrassed the FAU defense in 2009, rushing for 238 yards and three touchdowns. “We want to make sure that he gets the ball 20 to 25 times a game,” offensive coordinator Mike Canales said. “Lance is our guy. We’re going to feature him, and he needs to touch the ball and we’re going to create ways to do that.” Riley Dodge adds a different dimension to the running game. “He brings a lot more mobility and he can get us out of some bad situations,” Canales said. After leading the conference with more than 185 rushing yards per game last season, the Mean Green is averaging a pedestrian 137 in 2010. UNT will need to feed the ball

to junior running back Lance Dunbar in order to ease the pressure off Riley Dodge. Dunbar had a career-low 12 carries last week against Army. Saturday’s game plan for Riley Dodge is a simple one. “Get the ball into my playmakers’ hands, protect the football, manage the football team and get the ball in Lance and James’ hands,” Riley Dodge said. As for the defense, with half of the starting secondary in street clothes, the Mean Green will have to find a way to contain the Owls’ NFL-prospect wide receiver Lester Jean. The 6-foot, 3-inch senior leads the Sun Belt with eight receptions and 132 yards per game. The Mean Green will have to find a way to get pressure on 6-foot, 6-inch junior quarterback Jeff Van Camp to keep the ball out of Jean’s glue-like hands. With an offensive line that averages more than 290 pounds, a UNT pass rush that is averaging one sack a game could struggle to

Coalition urges students to discuss energy with admin BY TIM MONZINGO Senior Staff Writer

A new organization at UNT will be outside the University Union from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today asking for signatures from students on a petition to make the university more environmentally friendly. The Sierra Student Coalition hopes to inspire students to petition UNT President V. Lane Rawlins to step up the university’s commitment to sustainability by cutting fossil fuel as an energy source. “We’re hopi ng to [get] support to show President Rawlins as well as the rest of the leaders at the school that the student body here really is environmentally conscious and we do care,” said Trey Thomas, a chemistry freshman and a volunteer for the organization. “We’re not just going to sit back and keep burning coal.” They hope the large number

disrupt the Owls’ offense. “They are a physical football team,” head coach Todd Dodge said. “Their strength is their overall size and experience.” A solid Owls rushing attack will also pose problems for UNT, as junior running back Alfred Morris averages nearly 80 yards per contact and exploded for 147 yards and two touchdowns against the Mean Green that spoiled the team’s homecoming in 2009. But the players said they are not worried about last year or making excuses. They just want to end the losing. “Whatever it takes to win,” Dunbar said. “It doesn’t matter how many yards I get, I just want to win.” Despite the slow start, Todd Dodge said UNT still has a chance to win conference. “Even though we’ve had injuries, we’ve still got expectations,” Todd Dodge said. The game will begin at 6 p.m. in Boca Raton, Fla. and can be heard on KNTU, FM 88.1.

Internationally renowned composer and pianist Jake Heggie will be a guest artist for the UNT Institute for the Advancement of t he A rts this academic year. Heggie’s works include the operas “Dead Man Walking” and “Moby-Dick.” During his stay, he will compose a symphony based on the character of Ahab from the classic novel “Moby Dick” by Herman Melville. “I’m hopi ng to le a r n from the students as much as I have to offer to them,” Heggie sa id. “I’m excited because I’m a huge champion of education.” T he UN T Sy mphony Orchestra and Grand Chorus w i l l p e r f or m t he w or k April 25, 2012, on campus, according to the College of Music’s website. Richard Croft, a professor of music and internationally renowned tenor, will sing the role of Ahab. Students will also have the opportunity to work with Heggie in class situations and discussions, and he will coach voice and composition students. Heggie said he has played t he piano since he was 6 years old and started writing music at age 11. His opera, “Dead Man Walking,” has been performed nearly 150 times worldw ide over the past 10 years, according to his personal website. “MobyDick,” which premiered in the Winspear Opera House in Dallas, is scheduled to open in Australia in August 2011. It will then show in Calgary, San Francisco and San Diego in 2012. James Scott, dean of the College of Music, is responsible for bringing Heggie to the university. He believes that Heggie will contribute in many ways. “Certainly here, anyone shou ld be i nterested i n he a r i ng h i s mu sic, but ou r si ngers a nd perhaps our student pia nists a nd cer ta in ly our composers, will all benefit from working

“Anyone should be interested in hearing his music.”

—James Scott College of Music dean

with him on a one-on-one basis,” Scott said. Talise Trevigne, a soprano who played Pip in “MobyDick,” worked with Heggie w h i le prepa r i ng for t he opera. “W hen you wa lk into a room and sit down to work with Jake, one thing is clear: You have walked into a room of genius,” Trev igne said. “He’s absolutely captivating and so wonderfully positive. It’s pretty much every musician’s dream to work with a composer like that.” Hegg ie’s residency w ill not only contribute to the College of Music, but There are hopes of Heggie working with other departments i n t he u n iversit y, Scott said. “With his deep involvement with ‘Moby Dick’ and Melv ille, we’re hoping to reach out to t he Eng lish department and American l iterat u re facu lt y a nd s t u d e nt s t o s e e i f w e mig ht put toget her some panels or somet hing t hat would be of interest beyond the College of Music,” Scott said. Hegg ie w i l l live at t he university from Oct. 23 to Nov. 21 and from Feb. 14 to Feb. 28. “I love young people, and I love anything that I can offer to them in the way of words of advice or words of experience that might be useful to them,” he said. There will be a concert featuring his chamber works and song cycles at 8 p.m. on Nov. 5 in The Paul Voertman Concert Hall. To learn more about his work, visit

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“We’re not just going to sit back and keep burning coal.”

—Trey Thomas Chemistry freshman

of signatures will help show the dedication of the UNT students to env ironmental causes, Thomas said. Students who attend the event can get free snow cones and will have opportunities to have their picture taken with a life-sized cardboard cutout of cartoon environmentalist superhero Captain Planet. Student speakers will also be present to talk about the reasons behind t he clea n energy movement and what they would like to see as UNT moves to become sustainable, said Jenny Marienau, a repre-

sentative of the national coalition who founded the UNT chapter. T he u n iversit y get s 40 percent of its energ y from wind and 60 percent from the burning of fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, Marienau said. For a university that says it is interested in sustainability, that is too much, she said. “[That] is way too much, especially for a school that claims it is very passionate about susta inabilit y,” she said.

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Outside of the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building sits a small pond for fish and turtles, some of which approach students as they sit on the rock ledge. The Elm Fork Education Center, a program housed in the building, draws students from grade schools around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The pond and other facilities provide teaching opportunities for educators and parents who visit with the children.


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Workshop helps couples connect with each other BY NICOLE BALDERAS Contributing Writer

The couples’ group sessions Mary “Kitty” Roberts leads are for people in committed relationships who want to understand how to strengthen their bond. The group sessions a re “psycho-educational,” with participants spending time both gaining an educated understanding of their strengths and weaknesses and working on weekly assignments. During one session, participants made a love map to measure the depth of knowledge about their partner. At the next meeting, they found out how well they did. “It’s actually something to help build the relationship, not something that people with terrible problems go to,” said Meondra Creer, a pre-med junior who is participating with boyfriend Allen Jones. The goal of the program is to remind couples of why they became couples. “It’s going back to what their foundations were in starting

the relationship,” Roberts said. of Love,” comes from a DVD Gottman. The pair collabo- their own sessions, according “Anybody in a committed rela- workshop created by husband- rated to create this tool for to the pair’s website gottman. tionship can get benefit from and-wife duo John and Julie ot her counselors to use in com. it. Some people use it as a premarital counseling tool.” Participants agree. “It’s a little bit of counseling and therapy,” said Jones, a pre-law junior. “Therapy because it helps people make their relationships stronger and counseling because it helps you know what to do when a relationship goes south.” Roberts has previous experience counseling at the Salt Lake City Veterans Hospital in Utah where she held sessions once or twice a year for about six years. “This was a group I did treating veterans who had post-traumatic stress disorder and were in committed relationships,” said Roberts. “All patients had been diagnosed with PTSD, and the sessions helped couples deal with past issues.” Much of t he inspirat ion PHOTO ILLISTRATION BY GREG MCCLENDON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER for the layout of the group sessions, as well the group’s Mary “Kitty” Roberts leads a forum about healthy relationships. The program draws from the work of John and Julie Gottname, “The Art and Science man, psychologists who specialize in marriage and relationships.

Roberts recommends the book “The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” by John Gottman and allows her group participants to check out a copy for free. T he u lt i m a t e g o a l f or couples in this group is developing a greater appreciation for each other. Rober t s quotes Joh n Gottman as saying, “couples can either be masters or disasters.” Joh n Gott ma n has done extensive research on couples and was voted as one of the 10 most inf luential therapists of the past quarter century by the Psychotherapy Networker, according to The 12-week prog ra m is free and meets at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays in Chestnut Hall 311. Sessions run until Nov. 29. Entrance to the fall session is now closed, but because of the turnout, Roberts plans to continue this program in future semesters. For mor e i n f or m at ion, cont ac t Rober t s at Ma r y.

POLICE BLOTTER Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 A 24-ye a r-old wom a n was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and possession of a dangerous cont rol led dr ug. Contact was made with the suspect after officers checked out a disturbance at the Public House at around 2 a.m. She was ta ken to t he Denton City Jail.

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 A student reported that his vehicle was burglarized

while it was parked in UNT Lot 20 near the 700 block of North Texas Boulevard. An officer discovered a large section of cut fencing at a construction site in the 1200 block of South Bonnie Brae Street. The construct ion compa ny wa s not ified.

Sunday, Sept. 19, 2010 A driver and passenger were arrested on suspicion of being intoxication and of possession of marijuana and t he cont rolled substa nce

Xanax. The arrests occurred in t he 700 block of West Hickory Street at 1:30 a.m. The suspects, ages 26 and 24, were taken into custody and transported to the Denton County Jail. A bicycle was reported stolen f rom out side t he Universit y Union shor t ly before 11 p.m. A 2 0 -y e a r- old fem a le student was arrested after West Hall Housing employees reported to police that she was intoxicated. UNT Police contacted EMS because of

the student’s intoxication level, but she was uncooperative when they arrived. She was then arrested and transported at 4 a.m. to the Denton City Jail.

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A person was found to be d r iv i ng reck lessly i n t he Union Circle Park ing Garage. UNT police stopped and questioned the occupants at around 7:15 p.m. before releasing them and refer r ing t he incident to administrators for action in lieu of criminal charges.

A woma n was a rrested on s u s pic ion of d r u n k d r iv i ng a f ter a n of f icer stopped her i n t he 1100 blo c k of I nt er s t at e 35. T he 50-yea r-old suspect w a s t r a n spor ted to t he Denton County Jail just after midnight.

A cell phone was reported stolen from Curr y Hall at 1:30 p.m.

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A vehicle was damaged in what police determined to be an attempted burglary. The damage occurred while the vehicle was parked in UNT Lot 80 in the 1300 block of Bonnie Brae Street. A 54-year-old man was a r rested on suspicion of criminal trespass after an officer observed him soliciting on UNT property. The man, who was wanted by Denton Police, was transported from UNT Lot 55 to the Denton County Jail just after 11 p.m.

Group wants administration to ‘walk the walk’ about fossil fuels Continued from Page 1 “They really need to walk the walk if they’re going to talk the talk, which means they can’t be burning coal, which is the dirtiest source of ener g y i n t he Un ite d States.” Todd Spigener, a biolog y g raduate st udent, sa id he s u pp or t s t he c o a l it ion’s efforts. He feels t he u n iversit y makes efforts to be environmentally friendly, but more could be done, he said. “I t h i n k [t he u n iversit y does] a good part,” he said. “There are some things they could do better.” An example of one of those t hings is cutt ing dow n on


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the fossil-fueled equipment used by facility and grounds workers, he said. The o r g a n i z a t i o n’s g o a l of g e t t i n g s c h o ol s to u s e s ou rc e s of c le a n energ y is somet h i ng t hat coincides with the goals of UNT’s Office of Sustainability, said Brandon Morton, who works with the office. T he of f ice i s c u r rent ly working on a Climate Action Pla n a i med at ma k i ng t he u n iversit y ca rbon neutral in 30 years, Morton said. “W hat the student Sierra C o a l it ion i s doi n g do e s suppor t ou r i n it iat ives i n terms of getting the campus of f of [fossil f uel] energ y,” he said.

The technolog y to move from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy is available and motivated students can be the catalyst that helps the university achieve those goals, Morton said. “I think that it comes down to getting everybody in the c onver sat ion a nd get t i ng everybody working together,” he said. “It’s really got to be a comprehensive, hol ist ic approach that really includes everybody.” Marienau agreed that the technology is available and it is up to students and staff to pursue cleaner energy. “The options are right here and we just have to make the decision to use t hem,” she said.


Friday, September 24, 2010 Laura Zamora Sports Editor

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Photo by Mike Mezeul ii/Senior Staff PhotograPher

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UNT senior goalkeeper Mandy Hall makes one of her seven saves against SMU in last week’s 3-2 overtime loss. The Mean The UNT women’s soccer team players huddle together during their pre-game warm up. UNT takes on Western Kentucky Green sits at 5-2-1 in the season so far. at 7 p.m. tonight in Bowling Green, Ky. and Middle Tennessee at 1 p.m. Sunday in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Mean Green soccer starts conference play on road By Sean Gorman Senior Staff Writer

T he UN T soccer tea m, coming off a disappointing home loss, w i l l beg in its quest to win a fourth Sun Belt Conference Title when it travels to Tennessee and Kentucky to begin conference play this weekend. The Mean Green (5-3-1) will face the conference’s lowest scoring offense in Western Kentucky (2-3-2) and attempt to build on its three game u nbeaten st rea k aga i n st Middle Tennessee (3-6-0). “This is the most important

time of the season for our team and I think we’re ready,” head coach John Hedlund said. “I like a lot of the things we have done this season and if we can stay aggressive I like our chances.” UNT started the season with strong out-of-conference play and leads the Sun Belt in points, goals, goals per game and corner kicks. Despite being ranked 10th in the South region in the NSCAA/ poll, the Mean Green has struggled recently, winning one game in its last five contests.

“It’s a clean slate for us at this point,” sophomore forward Michelle Young said. “We have to focus on continuing to improve on offense and maintaining a lead once we score the first goal.” Road woes plag ued t he Mean Green last season, but Hedlund said this team is able to overcome adversity away from home. “There is enough depth on this team for us to avoid the problems we had on the road last year,” he said. “We’ve shown enough mental toughness for me to feel confident

about us w inning on t he road.” Senior goalkeeper Mandy Hall, leading the Sun Belt in goals against average and shutouts, should have no problem limiting a Hilltoppers offense that has recorded a Sun Belt worst seven goals and five assists. “These are the games that will define our season,” Hall said. “Every game is important but every result matters so much more in conference. We’re going to take all of our opponents seriously.” W K U head coach Jason

Neidell said that while the Hilltoppers are capable of playing well, consistency is a problem for his team. “When we’re on we’re a great team but there have been times where we haven’t been very good,” he said. “UNT always has a formidable attack so we need to key on their best players and stick to our style of play.” There will likely be plenty of chances to score on the Blue Raiders, who have allowed the third most goals in the Sun Belt with 18. “The chemist r y on our

offense is great right now on and off the field,” freshman midfielder Kelsey Hodges said. “We feel like every game we go into we can score a couple goals.” W hile it hasn’t received much attention, the Mean Green defense has performed well all season, allowing the fewest goals in the Sun Belt so far this year. UNT opens aga inst t he Hilltoppers at 7 p.m. today in Bowling Green, Ky., and travels to face the Blue Raiders at 1 p.m. Sunday in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Women’s golf team takes high ranking to Rose City Invite By BoBBy LewiS Staff Writer

Do you know which women’s golf team is ranked No. 26 in the nation? Although it’s still early in the season, that ranking belongs to the Mean Green, which will take it on Monday to the Rose City Invitational. “It feels real good,” head coach Jeff Mitchell said. “It’s still early on and it’s hard to give that a great deal of credibility, but it’s exciting. The hard work has really paid off.” UNT will compete against 14

other teams in its second tournament of the year in Aurora, Ore. The field will include big schools like Oregon State, Boise State and Hawaii. The team was very familiar with the course it played on in the first tournament at the Golf Club at Champions Circle course, but won’t have the same luxury this time around. Nonetheless, junior Addison Long does not think it will be too much of a problem. “I think the only thing I’ll need to worry about is my short game,” Long said. “If I can get the greens down, then I think I’ll be fine.”

“It’s exciting. The hard work has really paid off.” —Jeff Mitchell Head women’s golf coach Mitchell, who is familiar with the weather in the Pacific Northwest from his four-year coaching stint at Stanford, says

the team will practice in rain gear before the tournament in preparation for rainy weather. “The practice sessions have been pretty specific with northwest weather in mind and the types of grasses that we’ll encounter there,” Mitchell said. Although the team has practiced with playing up north in mind, experiencing the course before the tournament is still important. “Sunday afternoon I think we’ll probably get a really good look at the golf course and kind of figure out its strengths and weaknesses

and hopefully have a really good plan on how we want to play it,” Mitchell said. After Long’s performance in the Worldlink North Texas Fall Classic, where she tied for sixth place with the lowest round of anyone in the tournament, she thinks the momentum the team built up will carry over to the Rose City Invitational. Mitchell shares the sentiment. “That was a great tournament for us. I think it really gave us a lot of confidence,” he said. Long will be joined by junior

Kelsey Kipp, senior Chandra Alexander, freshman Chaslyn Chrismer and freshman Taylor Kilponen, all of whom finished in the top 20 in the Worldlink. Kipp, who finished second in the Worldlink, hopes the team doesn’t get complacent because it can still improve. “I think we can do even better,” Kipp said. “I think we should just take it one tournament at a time and focus on going up there and doing our best.” The tournament will begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the Langdon Farms Golf Club.

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FOOD: Local restaurants feature college student specials

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EVENTS: HORROR: “Rocky Horror Picture Show” cast gets ready for UNT show

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Wild Beast Feast brings cooking competitions, games to festival

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THEATER: “Importance of Being Earnes” charms, entertains

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Genti’s Pizza & Pasta 4451 Swisher Road Corinth, Texas 76210 A MBER JONES Intern

Genti’s Pizza & Pasta is located about 20 minutes from the University of North Texas. It is a little far, but the food is worth the drive. The restaurant is in a small shop-

T he re st au r a nt offers a variety of food selections, such as veal, chicken, pizza and pasta. The pepperoni pizza is divine. A per s on a l 12-i nch pizza is six large slices for only $10. For about two dollars more, customers can get a 16-inch, which is about 10 slices and is more than enough to share. The ingredients are really fresh. The crust is thin and crisp. Large pepperoni slices are toppled over the mozzarella cheese and for more flavor, there is a light oregano sauce that is spread over the entire pizza. If you like your pizza with extra toppings, you can try a few of the

Genti’s Pizza & Pasta Cleanliness Service Affordability Atmosphere Food Quality ping center off Swisher Road. Although the restaurant is very clean, the ambiance is a little boring. The entire room is dark and furnished with chocolate brown booths and dark green chairs. The staff is a treat. They are incredibly nice, and will have your food out fast. They make sure everyone at the table is comfortable and are always quick to refill your drinks.

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3 specialties. The white pizza is topped with ricotta cheese, garlic and fresh tomatoes. If students are not meat eaters, but like a loaded pizza, they can try their vegetarian style. It comes with black olives, green peppers, onions, mushrooms, eggplant and spinach. If you want just one additional topping, try the sausage, mushrooms, hamburger or jalapenos for just a dollar more. The dish also includes a complementary roll. It’s flaky on the outside and warm and fluffy on the inside. Another great dish is the Capellini de Moni. The dish is filled with Canadian bacon, mushrooms, sautéed onions and a choice of red, white or pink sauce. The pasta is a little expensive, but the portion is


A medium pepperoni and cheese pizza is big enough for two people to share at Genti’s Pizza & Pasta on Swisher Road.

large and can even be shared by a couple. Genti’s is a great place for small groups to eat and if you are craving a little Italian, but don’t feel like driving out, the restaurant will deliver. Prices range from $8 to $15, and there is something for everyone.

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(940) 565-5999 101 Ave. A Specials: A fourth of pizza and a drink for $5 Other information: Order online at www.crookedcrust. com, where you can also sign up for a mailing list to receive promotions and discounts.


During the week students living on campus walk down to the cafeterias to swipe their card for a quick and already paid for meal. But when the weekend comes, those with a five-day meal plan have to spend money on fast food around town. But there are many college student friendly restaurants near campus that provide lower prices and even specials for the typical “poor college student.”


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(940) 484-7482 105 Ave. A Specials: $4.99 pita with the choice of turkey, chicken or ham. Comes with lettuce, tomato, cheese, sauce and a drink. Other information: You can order online at and choose either pick-up or delivery. The website also offers registration for a Pita Pit Rewards Program where students present their card for every purchase and earn points toward a free pita.


From left to right: Shasha Raietparvar makes pitas for Rachel Taft, a marketing senior and Justin Heaverin, a jazz studies senior, at the Pita Pit, located at 105 Ave. A.

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Rocky Horror Picture Show aims to engage By Jessica DeTiBeriis Intern

They call themselves Los Bastardos. They dress up in corsets and lingerie to sing and dance around a theater full of people. This is “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Based on the musical screenplay written and directed by Jim Sharman

in 1975, the group gets together every Saturday to put on this audience participation show. In two weeks, the group will bring the show to UNT on Oct. 8 at the Lyceum. Each weekend actors put on the show in the form of a play while the film plays on a screen behind the

cast. Audience members are invited and even encouraged to join in on the action the program provides. “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” takes place in Denton, Ohio, where a newly engaged couple gets stranded during a storm. In search of help, the couple soon finds themselves trapped at the home of Dr. Frank N. Furter in

the midst of an annual transvestite convention. The cast aims to entertain the audience with sexual humor and innuendos that coincide with the movie, said cast member Gus Ruby. “You just have to give it a try,” Ruby said. “You might not like it, but you might love it.” The Actors Los Bastardos have put on Rocky Horror since 1997 and perform purely for entertainment; they are not paid actors. “Sometimes I would come two to three times a month,” said Eris Toreador, who has been performing Rocky Horror for nearly eight years. “It was a place I could let loose and not care what people thought.” Throughout the show, floorwalker actors run up and down the aisles of the theater, often pulling audience members out of their seats along the way to join them in the “Time Warp” dance. “The show doesn’t have many limits,” said Wes Howard, a fouryear cast member. “What I really love is the humor and camaraderie that comes with it.” UNT theatre freshman Heather Sturdevant started going to the show

Eris Toreador plays Dr. Frank-N-Furter, a scientist, i regularly until she knew the script backwards and forwards. She has now been contributing in a minor role

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“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” characters Brad Majors and Janet Weiss are played by members of Los Bastardos every Saturday. The group has been putting on the show since 1997.


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audience, perform live in UNT Lyceum Rocky Horror Picture Show When: Oct. 8 Where: UNT Lyceum Time and cost to be announced When: Midnight on Oct. 29 Where: Denton Movie Tavern Tickets are $7. Photo by Joshua bangle/Intern

The aftermath. The theater is filled with toilet paper, party bags and gag gifts after every show.

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in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” The show will be presented at UNT on Oct. 8 in the Lyceum. as a “transie” for close to a month. “It feels like I’m part of a bizarre family and I love it,” Sturdevant said. The Audience Before the curtains open, cast members sell snacks and prop bags full of items such as hats, glow sticks and noisemakers to help the audience

get in on the fun. Viewers can spray small water guns found in the prop bags during rain scenes from the movie and throw toilet paper when the mummy is being unwrapped. “I think my favorite part was just watching the movie and listening to the actors on the side commenting,” said Seth Cunningham, a theatre freshman.

The cast rehearses every week just to get that same reaction, said director Leah Jones. “We have a higher attention because we are such a dedicated staff,” Jones said. “If they didn’t love it, they wouldn’t come back.” The cast isn’t at all nervous about the audience’s opinions of the show, Toreador said. “I believe it’s an experience everybody should have,” he said. “It’s a place that’s judgment-free, and it doesn’t matter what you look like or what your interests are.” Some students have already seen the show and are recommending it to their friends. “Rocky Horror Picture Show is the most inappropriate thing I have ever been to,” Cunningham said. “The actors are crude, the show is even more crude. It was the most fun I’ve had in a long time.”

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Event provides ‘wild’ food for community By Christina Mlynski Senior Staff Writer

For those who enjoy any number of meats like elk, quail and alligator, the Wild Beast Feast will satisfy their taste buds. The fourth annual Wild Beast Feast presents local music, a live auction and a cooking competition, with all proceeds going toward the Greater Denton Arts Council. Doors open at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the North Texas State Fairgrounds. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 through 12. “It’s a fun family event that’s a little bit different than any other event that is around,” said Margaret Chalfant, executive director for the Greater Denton Arts Council.

Let the games begin Thirteen cooking teams filled out applications and created team names, making them offi-

cial contenders in the competition, Chalfant said. “It’s a good community event for everybody to see one another and enjoy lots of good food,” said Justin Newland, who competed last year. His team, Newland Real Estate, placed first with its alligator and cheese grits and elk back strap, and also won the “Best of Beast” title, Newland said. They are determined to take the title home again this year, he said. The crowd goes from tent to tent sampling all the competitors’ food and chooses the winner by dropping tips in the “Best of Beast jar,” located at the front of each table, Newland said. “The Wild Beast Feast causes chefs to challenge each other and cook for people, who for the most part, have never tasted game in their lives,” said Pat Doughty, a history junior and past attendee.

Feasting for fun A board member on the Greater Denton Arts Council who wasn’t an artist approached Chalfant four years ago wanting to get more involved with the council. “He was a real sportsman” who enjoyed hunting and cooking game, she said. “I figured the Wild Beast Feast would be a great way to expose people like him who weren’t artistically inclined to help support the programming.” The council hopes to raise $20,000 for galleries and education outreach programs, Chalfant said. Bands like Thad Bonduris and Fun-Addix add to the event’s fun atmosphere, she said. Items including an African safari and a nine-course meal for six from Round Belly Cafe and Catering will be sold at a live auction, according to the council’s website.

Feast Info What: Wild Beast Feast When: 6 p.m. Saturday Where: North Texas Fairgrounds Cost: $20 for adults $5 for children

“It allows people to come together for a one-of-a-kind experience that they would not normally be exposed to,” said Kaili Hutcherson, an art history senior. The Wild Beast Feast explores a variety of food not normally seen in restaurants, Chalfant said. “Broaden your horizons and come out and have a fun time because you’re helping out a good program, so it won’t be wasted money or time,” Newland said.

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Justin Newland, part of the 2009 winning team of Wild Beast Feast, stands in his office with his mounted elk head. Elk will be the specialty feature at the feast at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the North Texas Fairgrounds.

Annual fiesta to honor Hispanic Heritage Month By JessiCa Paul & levi shultz Senior Staff Writer & Intern

The ninth annual Fiesta on the Square will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight at The Courthouseon-the-Square to honor Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hosts this year include the Denton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the city of Denton and Denton County. Fiesta on the Square is hosted because the community is made up of so many diverse people, said Jorge Urbina, current chairman for the

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a collaborative effort that recognizes that we have a Hispanic heritage that’s been around here for a good many years, ever since the turn of the last century,” Urbina said. The event includes dancers

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from Texas Woman’s University’s International Dance Company, musical groups from UNT, including Mariachi Aguilas, as well as a small group of ballet folklorico dancers from one of the local school districts, Urbina said. TWU’s International Dance Company has performed at all of the previous fiestas over the last eight years. “If you look at the dances from Mexico and the Hispanic dances, and look at some of our dances here, we are more similar than different,” said Gladys Keeton, director of the company. Urbina said people might want to attend this because it’s such a fun event. The event is not a Hispanic party, Urbina said, but a party for the entire community of Denton. “We have people from all age groups from all walks of life that

come,” he said. Juan Ochoa, a kinesiology and pre-med junior, said the fact that Denton wants to host an event like this is great. “I think it’s great especially because the Hispanic population is growing and there are so many festivals beside what the Hispanics celebrate,” Ochoa said. “You have Martin Luther King Day, you have Fourth of July, but there’s not really one that’s celebrated for the Hispanic celebrations.” Urbina said Fiesta on the Square is one of the only times in the year when an event is hosted at night on the Square. “Not only is it fun and you get to watch some colorful dancing, some wonderful singing, some wonderful musicians and look at some great art, on top of all that, it’s just a wonderful evening out on the Square,” he said. “It’s just Denton. It’s one of those things that makes Denton special.”


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7 Top Left: Kenny Fudge (left), who plays Algernon Moncrieff, and Jonathan Dickson (right), who plays John “Jack” Worthing, are two of the lead characters in “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Bottom Left: Andrea Avery as Gwendolen Fairfax (left) and Jonathan Dickson as John “Jack” Worthing (right) are performing in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The play will be running Sept. 24-26.

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Right: Kenny Fudge plays Algernon Moncrieff, a Victorian playboy who lives with Aunt Augusta, in the Campus Theatre’s presentation of “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. Photos by berenice Quirino/staff PhotograPher

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Opinion By A shley-CrystAl Firstley Intern

Originally written by Oscar Wilde in the late 1890s, it’s no wonder why “The Importance of Being Earnest” still entertains folks today. The cast and crew of the Campus Theatre began performing the classic last weekend and will have three more performances this weekend at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. It shows how Jack, played by Jonathan Dickson, uses his pseudo-brother’s name “Earnest” as a means of escaping responsibilities. The plot includes love-struck women, humorous arguments and a tale of Jack’s past that features a surprising twist at the end. A whimsical melody invites the audience into the Victorian setting minutes before character Algernon’s short piano excerpt that introduces the play. I was surprised by the glamorous

suit that Algernon, played by Kenny Fudge, wears in the play. It flashes with gold, but I think it is questionable if people in the 1800s actually wore such clothing. It expresses his decorative and clever personality, which overshadows Jack, the play’s protagonist. There’s a subtle, chilling atmosphere the moment guests walk into the Campus Theatre’s auditorium. Director and set designer Michael Bolen constructed a simple yet sophisticated stage for limited space, so there isn’t much room for elaboration. The stage isn’t exactly spacious.

Act 2 displays a beautiful garden at Jack’s country house while Act 3 is arranged with furniture of random patterns in the drawing room of the country house. I congratulate Lindsay Keffer as Lane the butler for his notable character. The gimp leg and strange talk brought a chuckle out of me with his few appearances. Jeannene Abney’s performance as Aunt Augusta is outstanding and probably the funniest character. She maintained a stern face that complemented her strict parenting of her daughter Gwendolen. Every rant she spilled upon Jack ended with a witty joke and her sarcastic

laughs. Bolen did an excellent job with the casting. If the actors had been any younger than the characters being portrayed, the play wouldn’t have been as successful. Overall, the play’s humor is entertaining, and it’s not a waste of time or money. Also, don’t go on an empty stomach. The talk of muffins might have you wanting some.

Info Ticket prices: $17.00 Adult $15.00 Senior (62 and older) $10.00 Children and Students Dates: 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday 2 p.m. on Sunday

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Finally, there is a world where music lovers never have to worry about accidently washing their headphones again. One where they know where their headphones are at all times. The Hoodie Buddie is a new line of zip-up hoodies with earbud headphones built in. The earbuds are located at the end of each drawstring, and in the right pocket is a 9-inch cord with an 8-inch plug for your mobile listening device. The jacket comes with replacement rubber ends for the headphones and a 12-inch extension for the input cord, giving customers a grand total of 1 foot and 9 inches on the cord. The Hoodie Buddie is practical for those who often wear a sweater in the fall and winter and use headphones frequently. It is desirable for those who hate digging in their bag or purse for headphones only to find that they have become a tangled mess during their daily hustle and bustle. And for those, like myself, who have destroyed their headphones accidently by leaving them in the pockets of their dirty jeans when they do laundry. Hoodie Buddie offers a wide variety of styles and colors for both men and women. But there are some drawbacks to the Hoodie Buddie.

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The most obvious problem is that the headphones are not removable from the jacket. You must wear the hoodie to use the headphones. If it is a warm season or if you are in a heated room, your hoodie will become too uncomfortable to bear. If people want to use the Hoodie Buddie with a laptop, they will be quite limited. I personally cannot use the Hoodie Buddie with my laptop because the headphone input on my computer is on the left while the jacket’s built-in input is in the right pocket. Even with the extension, it is an awkward stretch and the laptop must be held in my lap. This is a simple problem to overcome if customers are willing to invest in a slightly longer line-in extension. The right-handed configuration is also an inconvenience for left-handed consumers, such as myself. Even with these drawbacks, the Hoodie Buddie can be quite affordable if purchased from the right retailer. The lowest price online is $24.99 from JC Penney. So when students are walking across campus this fall and say “hi” to a friend with their hood up, if they just walk right by, don’t worry. It’s just the Hoodie Buddie.

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