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Residents voice concerns about stadium BY CAROLYN BROWN Senior Staff Writer
The new UNT football stadium is well on its way to starting construction. However, many Denton residents are concerned about how the finished project will affect their lives. Many of those residents expressed unease at a town hall meeting on Tuesday night at the Gateway Center. City officials, project leaders and university officials addressed many neighborhood concerns about the impact of the new stadium project along with convention center and hotel
projects. UNT President Gretchen Bataille opened the meeting by discussing the progress of the stadium project and voicing her support for it. “I think it’s important to remember the stadium is not about our athletic program today, our coaches today, even our athletes today,” Bataille said. “It’s about our future, and that’s what students were thinking when the students supported a referendum that would use an athletics fee to pay for the construction of the stadium.” Presenters said little about the
proposed hotel and convention center at the former Radisson hotel, except to note that the project is on hold because of financial issues, and that the building will soon be demolished. John Brooks, vice president of the HKS architectural firm, outlined the plan for the new stadium. In particular, he focused on the environmental impact of the project. HKS wants to keep the Greenbelt Corridor and nearby duck pond in place, he said. The
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New signs warn drivers about cell phone ban BY MELISSA BOUGHTON Junior Staff Writer
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Floating fun for fall Mean Green Fling Students ride in a hot air balloon in one of the new attractions at the Mean Green Fling on Wednesday.
Drivers who pass through a Denton ISD school zone this year will find a new black, white and red sign warning them to get off their cell phones. The new ordinance, which prohibits the use of hand-held mobile telephones while driving in any active school zone without the use of a hands-free device went into effect Aug. 1. Violators could face up to a $200 fine for each ticketed offense. The new ban sign is placed underneath a larger sized speed limit sign, underneath even bigger yellow-flashing school zone lights. School crossing guard Patsy Nicholas said she believes that the police should be patrolling the school zones all the time to enforce the ordinance. “If they don’t see a police car out, drivers just go,” she said. “People just don’t look at the signs.” The ban will go into effect statewide starting Sept. 1. School zone patrols will increase for the first few weeks of school and police will let drivers know about the ordinance, but they are not out there looking morning and afternoon, Capt. Lenn Carter, Denton police spokesman, said. “I don’t think it’s going to be that heavily enforced,” geography senior Drew Foster said. “There are a lot of other problems in the world and that’s not
“If we can decrease the distractions, that’s a good thing,”
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something that police should be thinking about.” The Denton Police Department will begin a twoweek warning period Aug. 24 to give drivers a chance to prepare for the new law. Warnings will be given on a case-by-case basis to let drivers know about the changes, Carter said. “We just really want people to comply with the ordinance,” he said. “We really don’t want to have to get compliance by ticketing for this.” Carter said he believes that cell phones are only one of many other distractions drivers face such as arguing with children and messing with the radio. “If we can decrease the distractions, that’s a good thing,” he said. The issue was brought to attention by the city council after neighboring cities implemented similar ordinances. City council member Charlye Heggins said the ordinance is a preventative measure put in place to protect school children from the consequences of distracted drivers. In a previous accident on Lewisville Lake, a woman who was text-messaging drove
her car into the lake, Heggins said. “We do not want to have any catastrophes if at all possible,” Heggins said. Communications director for Denton ISD Sharon Cox said the district fully supports the ban because it helps to make the school zones safer for students. Students on the UNT campus could also potentially be affected by the ordinance while driving through school zones or picking up their children. “As a mom that has a kid in elementary school, I will have to abide by the ban,” said Andrea Finley, secondary education graduate student. “Safety should come first when you’re talking about our kids.” Heggins wants residents to know that the ordinance is not in place to benefit the city financially, it is to make the school zones safer. She once missed an exit because she was distracted on her cell phone talking to her sister, she recalled. “If it could happen to me, it could happen to anyone,” Heggins said. “We are trying to make people aware of our children.”
Students find cheap alternative in textbook rental programs BY CAROLYN BROWN Senior Staff Writer
Students who still need to get textbooks for their classes now have the option of renting them from Denton textbook stores. Follett Higher Education Group, which manages the bookstore, has launched a new program called Rent-A-Text that allows students to rent titles for a semester instead of buying and re-selling them. UNT’s new Rent-A-Text program is part of a larger pilot program taking place in universities across the nation, said Elio DiStaola, Follett’s director of public and campus relations. Follett is starting the program to keep up with a changing environment that focuses more on the growing costs of higher education, DiStaola said. Students who want to use the program may have some difficulty finding certain texts, however.
Only about 20 percent of the campus’s texts are available for rental, DiStaola said. “Some titles are more conducive to renting than others,” he said. The selection is skewed toward the humanities because textbooks for technology and science courses change frequently, he said. Follett has also launched a Facebook page for Rent-A-Text where students can leave feedback and find their school’s rented titles. So far, 15 universities across the U.S. have started the program. UNT’s bookstore has more than 500 titles for rent, bookstore manager Rodney Davison said. UNT’s rental program requires students to have a valid credit card, an email address, a driver’s license or state ID and be at least 18 years old. Students typically save 55
percent off the price of a textbook when they choose to rent it, he said. Bookstore employees put stickers on rented books and will e-mail students a few times to remind them of the Dec. 21 return deadline, he said. Students who fail to return the books will have their credit cards charged the price of a used book plus a processing fee. Students will then own the book, he said. Students have the option of converting their rentals into purchases, Davison said. To do a conversion, the bookstore refunds the price of the rental, and then charges the student the regular used or new price of the book. Students who want to convert their rentals into purchases can do so during the first two weeks of school, or later in the year if necessary, he said.
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Options available for students Continued from Page 1 “We’re just doing it on a case-by-case basis. If a person wants to decide right around midterms we’ll be happy to do that for them,” Davison said. Rent-A-Text has been well received so far, and Davison w ill evaluate the program with Follett this fall to plan expansions for next semester, he said. Voertman’s, another major textbook supplier for UNT
students, has also created a ne w r e nt a l pr o g r a m , Voertman’s manager Michelle Dellis said. The new system a llows students to pay a reduced rental price of about 42 percent to 43 percent of the new book price, she said. The store has about 200 titles for rent this semester, she said. Voertman’s selections cover a wide spectrum, but some books, such as lab manuals, cannot be rented, she said.
Criminal justice sophomore Hunter Tesar rented two of his textbooks from the UNT bookstore. He was pleased with the discount he got, but would have liked to see a wider selection, he said. “I think they should have books for every single class that you can rent, instead of just certain titles,” Hunter said. For more information and to look up rental titles, go to Follett’s Rent-A-Text Facebook page.
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project team is also working to preserve as many trees in the area as possible. The plans for landscaping a rou nd t he st ad iu m w i l l also help reduce noise from events by absorbing sound with plenty of trees and plants, Lindsey White, a landscape architect for Caye Cook and Associates, said. Tr a f f ic problem s were the major concerns of the meeting as officials and engineers discussed event-related parking. For a sellout football game, about 700 ca rs wou ld be directed dow n Wil lowood Street to Bonnie Brae Street for park ing, Tom Grant, a Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. traf f ic engineer said. Those roads would be passable within an hour after the game, he said. Other options can also be considered, such as closing down or limiting access to the neighborhood during a game. Most parking
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lots for the games will be on the main campus, and pedestrian traffic will cross North Texas Boulevard, which would be partially closed temporarily to let walkers cross Interstate Highway 35 E. T he rest of t he t ra f f ic would either be forced into cash parking or onto campus, depending on its direction, Grant said. Many attendees also said they were concerned about special events that could be held at the stadium, such as h ig h school g raduat ion s, concer t s a nd f i rework s shows. Some said area roads could not handle the inf lux of traffic. Although the city plans to w iden Bonnie Brae to four la nes f rom I-35 E to U.S. Highway 377, the construction isn’t expected to start until 2013, city engineer Frank Payne said. UNT police chief Richard Deter invited residents to join a committee that will work with the university and UNT police department to address
the traffic concerns. Some attendees were skeptical that the group would make any difference. “I don’t ca re how ma ny planning groups we have,” D e n t on r e s i d e n t L i n n i e McAdams said. “A planning group can’t make a road more than two lanes wide if that’s what it is, and t hat’s what we’ve got. A planning group can’t come up with any money to put in an additional lane or to get another access to I-35.” The university should have worked more w ith the cit y and the state to get appropriate access for the stadium, she said. W it h no e x pa n sion of Bonnie Brae planned until after the stadium’s opening in 2011, the university will be forced to use residential areas for traffic and parking, and will inconvenience the neighborhood, Denton resident Chris Willis said. “This basically has ‘train w reck’ w ritten a ll over it,” he said.
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Car dealers split on Cash for Clunkers By Carolyn Brown Senior Staff Writer
In an economic climate filled with reports of troubled businesses, one product has been selling like hotcakes: cars. The popular Car Allowance Rebate System, also known as Cash for Clunkers, ended at 8 p.m. on Monday after a monthlong run. Cash for Clun kers was intended in part to help the environment and to help stimulate the economy by putting more fuel-efficient cars on the road. For consumers, Cash for Clunkers meant a chance to buy a new car with better gas mileage. For auto dealerships, however, the program meant extensive paperwork and some technical difficulties. “It’s very, very cumbersome,” said William Stalik, general sales manager of Jim McNatt Honda, of the submission process. Trade-ins had to have a combined city/highway fuel economy of 18 miles per gallon or less, be less than 25 years old and be in drivable condition. To submit deals to the federal government, dealerships used an online process to scan in necessary documents and reimbursement forms and transmitted them to government employees for review. The server repeatedly crashed, causing further frustration for dealerships, Stalik said. “The system would send submissions back with an error saying things like ‘there’s no insurance card’, but we’d look and it was clearly there,” he said. Although Cash for Clunkers
“Anything that’s going to boost the economy right now is good.”
-Russ Ellis Executive Manager of James Wood Autopark
bolstered the new-car market, it hurt the used-car market, Stalik said. Be c au s e t he prog r a m mandated that trade-ins be destroyed, many usable cars in otherwise good condition were taken out of the used-car market, causing used car prices to rise, he said. This also affected student customers, many of whom are looking for less-expensive used cars, he said. Although sales ended Monday night, the U.S. Department of Transportation extended the deadlines for reimbursement paperwork multiple times. The staff at McNatt Honda stayed overnight to finish submitting the forms, Stalik said. Other dealerships had similar stories that mixed increased sales with paperwork problems. “As far as the business end goes, it’s been good,” Russ Ellis, executive manager of James Wood Autopark said. “It’s the back end that’s a mess.” James Wood Autopark made 93 deals with Cash for Clunkers, but the federal government has reimbursed only 11 of those, Ellis said. To keep up with the cash
flow problem, the dealership has been using a rebate program from General Motors. Although the repayments have been slow, Ellis said he feels the program was overall worthwhile. “Anything that’s going to boost the economy right now is good,” Ellis said. “We’ll put up with the paperwork for the business.” UNT students had mixed reactions to the program. Some said they liked the intentions of the program but had suggestions for its improvement. “I think the intentions of the program were good, but then if you had higher fuel efficiency requirements, it would be better for the environment,” biology senior Brandon Morton said. Kinesiology junior Jerry Jacob tried to use Cash for Clunkers, but did not meet the fuel efficiency requirement. “I thought it was a pretty cool program,” he said. “The only fallback that I think it didn’t take into play was the whole 18 miles per gallon and I think that should have been extended to at least 20.” Rya n Schuette, project manager for UNT’s Office of Sustainability, said the thought that the program had a beneficial impact on the environment. “The Cash for Clunkers program is a quality program,” Schuette said. “By removing these kinds of vehicles from the road and giving people who do that an incentive, it’s making it possible to make a headway on more environmentally-friendly cars.
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William Stalik, Denton McNatt Honda general sales manager, closed the Cash for Clunkers government program on Monday.
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Dyslexic student refuses to let disability limit her By Jeph Burton
Junior Staff Writer Renee Whitney was told all her life that “she couldn’t” because of her dyslexia. Whitney, now a 23-yearold junior in UNT’s interior design program, graduated from Greenville High School in Greenville in the summer of 2003, a year earlier than planned. It was a feat, she said, nearly unthinkable for a dyslexic person. Dyslexia is a learing disability that makes it difficult to process language. “Somebody told me I couldn’t graduate early,” Whitney said. “So I did it. That’s how I think about everything. I think that you can always do it.” Whitney said her goal had been to get out of school as quickly as possible, a desire mainly stemming from the rift created between herself and her peers during elementary school. “They put me in the ‘special’ class, so instead of learning what the other kids were learning, I was going to another class and doing simpler stuff,” she said. The divide created in Whitney a sense that her learning disability meant she didn’t measure up to her peers. “I felt stupid,” Whitney said. “I wanted to be pulled out because all my friends were in the accelerated program.” Whitney had her mom pull her from the special needs class after sixth grade, and suddenly, she began to excel. She placed into advanced math in the seventh grade, and passed the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test with a score that allowed her to skip her eighth grade reading class.
But Whitney found herself struggling once more when she entered high school. “I just tried and tried and tried, but I always made C’s,” Whitney said. “I never really excelled like all the other kids.” Whitney continued to refuse special help of any kind. She entered UNT in the fall of 2003 and said because of the stigmas attached to dyslexia, she was apprehensive about joining the accommodations program. Instead, she designed her own method of teaching herself, which required hours of more work. “I write it down,” she said. “Over and over and over again. I figured out that if I do it throughout the whole semester, sometimes it will stay with me.” Whitney was discouraged from seeking assistance when she heard from a fellow student that the program didn’t work as well as she’d hoped. “She said, basically, that you just get extra time on tests,” Whitney said. “That’s it. For me, that doesn’t do anything.” But Ron Venable, Director of the Office of Disability Accommodation, encourages students to know to learn the programs offered at UNT are evolving far beyond extra time and the student-run writing lab. The ODA’s new objective is to change the perception of disability accommodations altogether, making things more accessible to as many students as possible. The primary focus of Venable and his staff in the ODA is to make sure students have access to information and ways to absorb the information. Sta rting t his semester, Venable’s latest efforts will see the
release of software Kurzweil 3000, a program that allows students to scan their textbooks and have them read back aloud to them. The program is available to all students qualifying at the ODA, and even includes a converter to turn the audio into an MP3 format. Up to 100 students at a time will be allowed to log in with their Kurzweil license, and it only requires that the students to own their own computer and scanner, and test within a certain range in the ODA to qualify. “It’s really the cutting edge as far as what they’re doing in education to help students overcome this reading problem,” Venable said. Venable has also adopted the philosophy that students are each other’s best teachers, and plans to implement a system allowing for better tracking of students’ progress. The new system will start this semester with incoming freshmen who are admitted into the accommodations program. Students will have the opportunity to meet in groups of peers with similar learning disabilities, where they can discuss study methods and meet other classmates. “We can start creating those connections for students, and they’ll ultimately see that they’re not alone,” Venable said. Venable and his staff will also check in on students within this new program to monitor their success. “People are understanding more and more that it’s becoming a more natural way of life,” Venable said. “We need to build in ways to make sure everybody has access.”
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Interior Design junior Renee Whitney poses for a photograph outside of Patrizio’s in Highland Village where she works as a server. Diagnosed at second grade with dyslexia, Whitney continues to battle the learning disability.
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Union consolidates Welcome Week events By Stephanie Daniels
full of celebration. From 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., entertainment, Before students take what food, coupons to Union services seems to be a mile-long hike to and information on upcoming their next class, they are highly programs presented by the likely to pass the University Union will be available to the Union. On a normal day, the UNT community. Stefanie Ritz, the Union Union may host a band playing live music and a few vendors Marketing Coordinator, said selling their handmade jewelry, they have a lot of new people on but today there will be a cele- board the Union staff this year who made the event possible. bration. “We want to help serve the In the past, UNT has held “Howdy Week” or “First Flight people who come to the Union Week,” but since the first week and share a commitment to do of school is starting much later better,” Ritz said. Students low on cash can than usual, there is a morning Junior Staff Writer
leave their worries in their dorm room since the event, including food, is free. They may actually find themselves leaving with more than they arrived. “Five lucky students will be able to get their textbooks at a lower cost for the fall term,” NT Bookstore Director, Rodney Davison said. Five $100 gift cards will be given away to students during the celebration used toward anything in the UNT Bookstore or UNT Dallas bookstore. The first 100 guests to arrive at the celebration will also receive
black laundry bags and spirit banners from the bookstore. “We want to show appreciation to UNT students and this is one way to give back to students throughout the year,” Davison said. The bookstore gives gift cards throughout orientation and has kept the tradition of giving them away during the first few days of theschool every year. The Union’s coffee ca ke will be served along with free samples from Boar’s Head Deli and Green Mountain Coffee.
Attendees can a lso ta ke a seat and enjoy some live music. Stephen Speaks, an acoustic rock band from Tulsa, Oklahoma, will perform in the One O’Clock Lounge throughout the celebration. Over in the Syndicate, DJ Burns, a UNT student will begin his mix at 11 a.m. O n t he s e c ond f lo or, DesignWorks will be giving students a chance to fax for $1. Students who may need to send resumes, class schedules or any other important documents can do so without digging deep into
their pockets. For new students, information on events will be available to help plan the first few weeks this fall. “This is a good opportunity for students to find out what’s going to be happening in the next couple of weeks,” Ritz said. T he Un ion h a s ne v er put on a “Welcome Back Celebration” before, but Ritz said 13,000-15,000 people go through the Union everyday so the crowd is expected to be large.
Tutor combines passions to help students By K atie Grivna Senior Staff Writer
Joseph Mayfield is already busy, and it is only the first day of school. Mayfield, a geography senior, works as a tutor in the UNT Student Writing Lab and a trip leader of outdoor pursuits at the Pohl Recreation Center. He said his love of mountain climbing and kayaking and his knowledge of technical writing complement each other well because of the thinking and planning processes involved. Mayfield started as an engineering major and earned his technical writing certificate as part of the requirements for an engineering degree. He said technical writing brought a different way to look at writing, which appealed to him. “I think writing is really
important,” he said. “It is helpful Mount Rainier and Mount Adams regardless of what career you in Washington with the team, according to its Web site. want to go into.” In the summer of 2011, When not working in the writing lab or recreation center, Mayfield said he plans to climb Mount Aconcagua in Mayfield participates South America with in a non-profit orgathe team. nization called Team Mayfield previSight Unseen where ously worked for the mountaineers help writing lab for two visually impaired semesters and calls it and blind people a great place to work climb mountains. because he has the May f ield sa id opportunity to show the purpose of his people writing can work in the organibe enjoyable. zation is to expand “You get to see the perceptions and Joseph Mayfield the light bulb come expectations of the on,” he said. “You know they are blind and visually impaired. His immediate goal is to help learning something that they people climb, but also to help will be able to use the rest of change stereotypes about blind their life.” Jessica Oxendine, an English people. Mayfield spent part of the graduate student, worked with summer on a training climb on Mayfield in the writing lab during
the spring semester and said most students enjoy working with him. “Joe is a fabulous person to work with,” she said. “He is always trying to make everyone around him do the best they can.” Mayfield intends to graduate in May and plans on attending graduate school at UNT to study sustainability or water conservation. “The real key is being able to help people know what they want to say, but being able to communicate that can sometimes be difficult,” Mayfield said. The writing lab will open Sept. 8 and is located in the Auditorium Building, room 105. For more information about the Writing Lab, visit www. unt.edu/writinglab or call 940-565-2563.
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Denton hosts 81st annual state fair, rodeo Old, young attend yearsold tradition BY A MBER A RNOLD Senior Staff Writer
T he Nor t h Tex a s St ate Fair and Rodeo Association is keeping tradition alive by hosting its 81st annual state fair and rodeo through Aug. 29 on Carroll Street, near the Denton Square. Started in 1928, the event began as only a rodeo hosted by locals and soon grew to include the fair. It is now host to different rodeo competitions, livestock shows, youth attractions and competitions, which include everything from a chili cookof f to a beaut y pagea nt, E xecut ive Di rector Glen n Carlton said. The association is a nonprof it, c om mu n it y-ba se d organization committed to supporting yout h, agriculture and community, Carlton said. T he a s s o c i at ion’s goa l is to host f u nd ra isers to help suppor t its faci lit ies, programs and scholarships. The North Texas State Fair and Rodeo is its biggest yearly event. T he a ssociat ion a lso hosts other annual events, including a golf tournament a nd t he D enton C ou nt y L ivestock a nd Yout h Fa ir, Execut ive A ssista nt Na nci Kimmey said. K i m m e y, w h o w or k e d as a volunteer for 27 years running the beauty pageant,
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Food, rides and music fill the fairgrounds at the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo. The 81st annual state fair and rodeo will end on Saturday, Aug. 29th. passed the tradition down to her daughter, who now runs the beauty pageant. The North Texas State Fair and Rodeo began last Friday, Aug. 21, and w ill continue t h r o u g h t h i s S a t u r d a y, Aug. 29. The $12 admission includes ent r y to t he fa ir,
rodeo and a nightly concert. C a rlton s a id t h i s pa st weekend, more than 50,000 people crowded onto the fairgrounds to attend the carnival, watch the parade and rodeo, a nd attend concer ts f rom the Randy Rogers Band, Josh Abbott, Johnny Lee and Tejas
Brothers. A t t e nd e e s l i k e S h a w n Hubba rd a g r e e t h at t he tradition is what keeps them c om i ng back . ”I’ve been coming for about 25 or 30 yea rs now, si nce I wa s a little boy with my parents,” Hubbard said, adding that he
comes to support the rodeo that he used to participate in when he was younger. The cost of the North Texas State Fa ir a nd Rodeo t his year was $750,000, while the Association projects will earn a $1 million gross, he said. “That $250,000 prof it is
not something that we keep,” Carlton said. “This is what we reinvest in our community.” The Denton Cou nt y Livestock Associat ion, t he Blue Ribbon Club a nd t he North Texas State Fair and
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Continued from Page 6 Rodeo Association give away $400,000 in scholarships each year combined. Kimmey said that to be a non-profit organization, the association remains almost completely volunteer-based, w it h on ly t wo pa id positions. “Volunteering gets in your blood,” she said. “We become like a ‘fair family.’ We build this and grow it together, and now there are three and four generations supporting it.” The North Texas State Fair and Rodeo Association also helps to support 4-H clubs, or youth outreach programs s p o n s o r e d b y t h e U. S . Department of Agriculture, in the North Texas area by offering their facilities at no cost and hosting the Denton County Livestock and Youth Fair. Ot her information about t he Nort h Texas State Fa ir and Rodeo along with a daily schedu le of events ca n be found at w w w.nor t htexasstatefair.com.
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Katya Resmussen, an 11-year-old from Azul, rides the electronic bull at the North Texas State Fair on Friday afternoon.
Photo by Augusta Liddic / Photographer Photo by Stephen Masker / Photographer Vendors served a variety of foods to state fair attendees. The fairgrounds are at 221 7 N. Carroll Blvd.
Lt. Roger White of the Denton Police Department prepares to throw a softball at a water dunking tank.
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The Script: Ruling on list of positive tests overdue Opinion JUSTIN UMBERSON Sports Editor
Du r i ng t he 2003 Major L e a g ue B a s e b a l l s e a s on every player took what was supposed be an anonymous test for steroids and ot her per for ma nce-en ha nci ng drugs. In April of the follow ing yea r t he feder a l gover nment sei zed t he 104 positive test results and matched the names of the players to them.
In a 9-2 vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the federal i nvest igators overstepped t heir bounds a nd v iolated t he playersâ€™ rights against unreasonable searches and seizures and should have only taken the results of the 10 players who were listed on their search warrant. It on ly took f ive yea rs and severa l big names out of the 104 positive tests to be i l lega l ly lea ked before the government finally had something other than public opinion to tell it that seizing the test results was wrong.
Although the league was involved in March 2005, when mainly looking for steroids, an Congress decided that MLB MLB representative has said was not doing a good enough that at least eight of the 104 job of policing itself and held positive tests were from over- a hearing with seven players a nd f ive ba seba l l the-counter suppleexecutives. ments rat her t ha n More ta x money i l lega l steroids ; so was spent a nd just because a name not h i ng ne w w a s is leaked in the New learned. The players York Times does not swore they never took mean steroids are the steroids, while t he cause of the positive executives defended test. But ever yone the leagueâ€™s then receives the same Justin Umberson n e w a nt i- d r u g st a i n s on t hei r policy. images. MLB executives were as The United States governm e n t c o n t i nu e d t o g e t much of the problem during
the steroid era as the players. The executives and owners ig nored a g row ing per forma nce-en ha ncing dr ug problem as baseball soared back into popularity during the single-season home run record chase during the 1998 season. Nothing is going to change the fact that everyone decided to look the other way. The only thing that can be done now is to look to the future to make sure a similar situation does not happen again. The current policy, where a first offense gives a 50-game suspension, or almost one-
t hird of t he season, is t he strictest of all the professional sports anti-steroid policies. This policy is not a result of wasted tax money and government pressure, but of labor ta lks bet ween t he playersâ€™ union and the league. Steroids w i l l a lways be a problem in professiona l sports, and especially to the history of baseball. Adding asterisks to records is not the answer either. The only way to move for ward is to destroy the 2003 list of positive tests and continue improv ing the way testing is done.
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UNT soccer starts season second in conference By Sean Gorman
Senior Staff Writer After a successful campaign last year and lofty preseason ranking, the UNT women’s soccer team is expected to compete on a high level in the upcoming season. The team ranks second in the 2009 Sun Belt Conference Preseason Coaches Poll after posting a 15-4-1 record last year and advancing to the semi-finals of the conference tournament. “At t h i s poi nt , it ’s no su r pr ise to us t hat we’re ra n ked t hat h ig h, but we have the same approach no matter what we’re ranked in the poll,” head coach John Hedlund said. Senior captain Kendall Juett will lead the way for the Mean Green a f ter bei ng na med t he Su n Belt Con ference Preseason Player-of-the-Year. Juett, a midfielder, ranks in the top-10 all-time at North Texas in five separate offensive categories, and was added to the Preseason All-Sun Belt Team for the second time in her career last week. “It’s certainly something that I’ve worked hard for, but a lot of the credit goes to my teammates,” she said. “None of this would have been possible without them contributing to our success as a team.”
The only other UNT player selected to the team is senior m idf ielder Kel li Lunsford. Following a severe knee injury in 2007, Lunsford returned by becoming the Mean Green’s second leading scorer with seven goals, earning her a spot on the first-team All-Sun Belt Team last year. Despite dropping an exhibition game last week against Texas Christian Universit y 1-0, Hedlund says he feels confident about starting the season strong. “We’re a totally different team since t hat point,” he sa id. “We’ve now i mplemented another system and have enoug h players back on offense to compete on a completely new level.” Consistency has been a key for UNT, as last season was the sixth straight year that the Mean Green won 15 or more games. “It all starts with recruiting,” Hedlund sa id. “Being able to reload with talent we can implement into our system while having solid senior play has helped us out a lot.” While five of the first seven games are at home, the Mean Green will be challenged by a season ending stretch with seven of the last nine conference contests being played on the road.
“It won’t be easy for us a ll season, we have tough games in an out of conference,” Hedlund said. Wit h on ly t hree seniors returningt to the team, UNT ha s one of t he you ngest
teams in the conference but added depth by gaining six players on signing day last February. “There’s enough experience in our group of sophomores on the team after last season,
so we don’t necessarily have to be an ‘old’ team to play well now,” Juett said. Reigning conference champion the University of Denver was selected No. 1 by t he coaches, receiv ing eight of
the 12 available first place votes. The Mean Green kicks off t he reg u la r sea son w hen t he y ho s t S a m Hou s t on State Universit y on Friday at 7 p.m.
Photo by Kristen Bradley / Photographer
Practicing on Tuesday afternoon at Mean Green Village in the heat, the women’s soccer team prepares for the upcoming season.
Young volleyball team learns from UNT great By R emington Bird
Hulsebosch really likes the the competition for spots on the players and coaches, but the UNT team between the new players. “It’s going to be pretty close UNT’s volleyball team is coaching style has changed since hoping to come back from last her time with the Mean Green. this year in all positions,” senior season’s disappointing record The coaches are teaching a little defensive specialist Jessica Green of 6-22 with a few new additions different theories and skills, she said. “I bet the coaches are going to have it pretty hard with finding said. and more experience. “I’ve got a lot more to learn who is going to be on the court “We’re in a pretty good place right now,” head coach Cassie than I thought, and I’ve got a long this year.” The new players this year Headrick said “We’re way ahead way to go,” Hulsebosch said. The older members of the team are sophomore outside hitter of where we were last year. Right now, we’re looking at a turn say they have no concerns about Madison Barr from Eastern around. We’re expecting this the upcoming season because of Illinois University, sophomore team can get a little momentum early and build some confidence and look to upset some people.” Ball control is Headrick’s biggest concern early in the season and she believes that it will determine how far the Mean Green can go this season. The team is focusing on it every day in practice, and the coach feels it will continue to get better as the season continues. Jessica Hulsebosch, a former Mean Green volleyball player, has also joined the coaching staff. She finished her playing career in 2007, and is UNT’s best defensive player in history, according to the Mean Green Sports web site. “This spring we grew a lot and I’m excited to be a part of the team and bring back some of that player perspective,” Hulsebosch said. “I think we’re just ready for a winning season and expecting just to continue to grow together.” The new assistant coach also has some concerns heading into the season because the team only has three seniors, and she is worried about losing morale. Photo by Holly Dutton / Photographer Also, she believes they will come together as they get older through During a 2008 fall practice, freshman middle blocker Kati Dillard and sophomore outside hitter Roxana Casvean jump to block a tip. the season. Junior Staff Writer
middle blocker Rachelle Wilson from Iona College in New York, and freshman middle blocker Brittany Brown from El Dorado
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The team’s season begins this Friday at 1 p.m. with the Mean Green Volleyball Classic at UNT’s Mean Green Volleyball Center.
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Renting textbooks saves students money Editorial A common grievance for college students is the high cost of attendance. On top of escalating tuition and fees, students also have to contend with extravagantly expensive textbooks. The cost for tuition and fees for a Texas resident taking 15 hours per semester in 2008 was $3,383, according to the UNT website. Additionally, textbooks and supplies are estimated to cost a student $1,210 per year, varying by major. Many students pinch pennies to afford college, and expensive textbooks can really put a strain on the financially challenged collegian. The editorial staff believes it is in the best interest of money-conscious students to consider the growing alternative of renting textbooks rather than purchasing them. Textbook rental can save hundreds of dollars a semester and deserves serious consideration. A concern that deters many students from considering this option is that- when renting through the campus bookstore or Voertman’s- a student is required to write down his or her credit card information on a sheet of paper. However “dangerous” this may seem, it should not dissuade students from renting textbooks. An alternative to renting through more traditional venues is going through an online rental site, such as www.chegg.com. Here your credit card information is encrypted, so there is no danger of credit card fraud. At Chegg, students can rent textbooks for a rental period of 125 days. If the rental period ends before the school semester, the rental can be extended for no additional charge. At the end of the semester you simply send your books back with the prepaid postage slip provided by the Web site. Additionally, textbooks rented through Chegg ship in less than three days and have a guaranteed delivery date. If the books are late, the Web site will provide a full refund for the shipping costs. They also offer a 30-day “any reason” refund period for all orders, beginning on the day the order is placed. Environmentally conscious students should also consider that textbook rental cuts back on the amount of paper used to print new books. As a further green incentive, Chegg plants a tree for every book you rent, buy, sell or donate. Though many students might find the responsibility of keeping a textbook in top condition throughout the entire semester somewhat intimidating, this concern is negligible when you consider the savings. As such, all students should consider textbook rental as a serious option in the upcoming semesters.
Admissions scandal rocks university CH A MPA IGN (MCT)As an admissions scandal continues to make news, t housa nds of st udents converged on the University of Illinois campus over the weekend for the start of undergraduate classes Monday. The mood among students was back-to-school euphoric and most, but not all, said they’re willing to forgive and forget about the summer scandal. Others weren’t as charitable. “I feel there hasn’t been enough heat put on the president and the chancellor,” said Julien Ball, 33, a graduate student in library science from Chicago. Ball is part of “No to Clout Admissions,” a student group that handed out fliers on campus Sunday and hopes to organize a larger movement to pressure the administration more aggressively for the scandal. The group faults administration policies that, it said, have made the state’s most prestigious
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Feminism not a dirty word
ost of us have heard someone say something l i ke, “Women do not belong in the office,” “Women do not belong on the construction site,” “Chicks do not belong on the police force,” or “Broads do not even compare to men.” We’ve all heard these statement s, but have you ever heard someone say this and disagreed? If so, then informally you would be defined as a feminist. B y Mer r ia m- Webster ’s d ict iona r y def i n it ion, t he w ord “fem i n i sm” c a n be def i ned a s “t he t heor y of economic, political, sexual, i ntel lect ua l a nd socia l equality of the sexes.” So why can’t women be at the top? Why is it less acceptable for a woma n to be a CEO? W hy has there never been a female president? If men and women possess the ability and the drive to do
what the opposite sex more traditionally does then they should be allowed the option to do so. The term “feminism” is not meant to be thrown around harshly, nor is it meant to have a negat ive con notat ion. T he word “fem i n ist” a s a n u nbia sed ter m t hat simply means that you want for women the same things that are allowed for men. Ju st bec au se you a re a fem i n i s t do e s not me a n that you are automatically a fanatical believer, such as the Radical Separatists. In the 1970s, during t he S e c o n d Wa v e w o m a n i s t movement s, ma ny people believed so strongly in favor of women’s rights that they wanted to cast out males over a certain age and educate the younger generations in their way of thinking. How would you feel if at t he age of 7 you r mot her bega n teach i ng you a n ent i rel y d i f ferent w ay of
thinking? W hat if she began teaching you table manners instead of how to ride your first bike? O r w h a t i f i n s t e a d of watch i ng you fat her work on the car, you watched your mother make dinner? Now tr y to compa re t he woman’s role to the male’s role. W ho do you think should be the main breadw inner? Do you feel it should be the ma n, t he woma n or bot h? W hich do you see as the one to raise the children? If t he ma n is in cont rol of the money inf lux, do the woman’s household chores equal the man’s day-to-day activities? Speaking in terms of equal rights for women, to keep a home going steadily is as strenuous as going out on the daily grind. The man and the woman have a mutual relationship in that, while the man works for the money to keep the home going, the women maintains
the home. T hey bot h rely on each ot her’s work to supply t he ot her ha l f. I n a sen se, it re-affirms the cliché “there is no ‘I’ in team.” If you feel that a woman is capable of going into the work f ield, t hen is a ma n capable of doing the household work? If you feel t he workload is equal, then why can they not swap economical positions? In conclusion, I propose we a ll consider letting the woman take the CEO posit ion, a nd let t i ng t he ma n stay home. Or let the women continue to stay home while the men are out “bringing home the bacon,” but in any case, give credit where credit is due. Not just for men, but a lso for women. Bri Meyers is a fine arts sophomore. She can be reached at sumkindashort@ yahoo.com.
A guide to saving money on textbooks
his is a g uide on how to save money by purchasing earlier editions of tex tbook s. Depend i ng on the subject, the most recent editions are very similar to t he prev ious ones. Fol low these steps before deciding to purchase the earlier edition of a textbook. To sta rt, don’t buy your textbooks if you think your schedule is going to change. Once you’re sure about your s c h e d u l e , G o o g l e “U N T Bookstore.” The official Web site should be first in the results page. Click on it, then click on the “Textbooks” link under the logo in the top right of the page. C hoose t he appropr iate f ields i n t he d ropdown menus for each course to know which textbooks are required. Write down the textbook title, author and edition. Your next step is to go to w w w.a ma zon.com. Sea rch
for the latest version of the textbook, as well as its earlier version. Click on the “Search inside t his book” lin k under t he front cover photo of the books on the left side of the page. Amazon lets you see the front cover, first pages, index, table of contents and back cover of most books. Do a side-by-side comparison of the table of contents of both editions and, if the difference in content between t he t w o e d it ion s i s not significant, buy the earlier version. Here is an example: During t he summer, UNT of fered PH Y S 14 2 0. O ne of t he required materials was the textbook “Physics Volume II.” The price for the used textbook at the UNT bookstore was $142.25. As of April 30, the same used textbook on Amazon started at $14.90. The price for the previous edition of t hat sa me book started at $3.73. Add Amazon’s
fixed shipping fee of $3.99 and your grand total comes up to $7.72, a total savings of $134.53. The shipping time is not lightning fast, but it’s acceptable, usua lly w ithin seven days. If you compare the table of contents of the two editions, you will find that they both have t he sa me number of chapters, the titles of every chapter are the same and the only difference is the page numbering and minor additions. Newton’s equations are still the same and so is the speed of light. The changes from the previous edition to the latest are merely cosmetic. In most cases, t he price difference between the latest edition and the previous is pretty significant. I have never paid more than $20 when I have opted for the previous edition. Remember, publishers don’t always have noble intentions when they publish new editions.
Often times, the new edition is put out only to phase out the previous one, and thus earn more revenue. This is f ine, but if your budget for t he summer or fall semester is tight, a good opt ion is to buy prev ious edition textbooks at a fraction of the price of the latest editions. S om e U N T pr of e s s or s ma ke t heir ow n textbooks a required material for their courses. You can find their textbooks on A ma zon.com too, look them up. I a lso recommend that, when buying from Amazon, buy your textbooks from a reputable seller w ith feedback in the upper 90s. You shou ld a lso buy i n advance, at least two weeks b e f or e t he f i r s t d a y of classes. Alex Coronel is an applied arts and sciences senior. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Romo hopes new lifestyle brings success to keep two hands on the ball when he scrambles. It’s boring stuff, especially for a guy who rode to stardom by taking his chances and enjoying his share of victories. However, sticking to the fundamentals can help a team win playoff games, something the Cowboys haven’t done since 1996. “Obviously the way I was before wasn’t getting the job done to the extent to the goal you want to accomplish,” Romo said. “So you just keep going and keep going and hopefully you are able to accomplish that one day. I can see improvement.” Over two games, Romo has led the Cowboys to three touchdowns and a missed field goal. That’s a points-worthy drive in four of his seven series. He’s 22 of 30 for 228 yards, with a quarterback rating of 106. “Either you are trying to get better or you are content as a player,” Romo said. “I am not content. I don’t think this team is. We are striving to be a team that we hope can make everybody excited or have an exciting time watching us play this season. We are enjoying it.” Perhaps the best sign of Romo’s new demeanor is how he’s spreading around the ball. Seven players already have caught his passes, plus he’s thrown to three others. Romo’s willingness to look at all his receivers, tight ends and running backs (even a backup fullback) shows he’s !"#$%&'($ Photo Courtesy Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT snapped out of the must-throwDallas)*+$,$%&'($,-$.-$/(,*0/1233,4Cowboys Tony Romo is shown during practice at the Alamodome in San to-T.O. mindset that someAntonio, Texas, Wednesday August 12, 2009. times doomed Dallas during
Irving (AP) — Tony Romo is ruining his reputation as a celebrity quarterback. Since training camp opened, Romo has avoided the sloppy mistakes that trigger debates about his recklessness and leader sh ip. T here ha sn’t been a single squabble with a receiver and if he has a new Hollywood hottie in his life, he’s kept their canoodling out of the tabloids. Romo is all about football
these days, and the Dallas Cowboys can only hope things keep going t his smoot h ly during the season. Throug h t wo preseason games, Romo has yet to throw an interception, lose a fumble or take a sack. Sure, it’s only been seven drives and it’s not like he’s faced ferocious pressure, but at least he’s off to a good start, showing the poise and patience the team is expecting — and remembering
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo throws under pressure from the defense during practice at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday, August 18, 2009. the Terrell Owens days. Taking Owens out of the equation obviously removed a big threat, but it’s helped broaden the Cowboys’ plans. They will be going with tighter end formations because of how Martellus Bennett has developed in his second year. They also have three proven r unning backs in Ma rion Barber, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice, and plan to get all of them involved as runners and receivers. The receiving corps, led by Roy Williams, lacks a T.O.-caliber player, but should benefit from defenses worrying about Jones, Bennett and Jason Witten.
All those options should make Dallas less predictable. It’s up to offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to dream up a variety of plays, and then it’s up to Romo to pull them off. If Romo does, no one will question his weight, his work ethic, his passion for the game or his love life, all of which were cross-examined in the wake of last season’s December meltdown, when the Cowboys lost three of their last four games and didn’t make the playoffs. “I feel like each year I play this game I get better just because you work at it, you think about it, you try and correct it,” said Romo, who is
coming off his first non-Pro Bowl season since becoming the full-time starter in 2006. “I had a friend tell me once, ‘You just keep getting better and everything will take care of itself.’” Now back at their Valley Ranch headquarters, Romo feels good about how things went in training camp in San Antonio. He likes the tone that was set during a controversyfree month. “Everything was just football 24/7,” Romo said. “I think that’s the way we want to work around here.” It’s a change, but it might be one for the better.
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Published on Aug 27, 2009