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UNT student going to Haiti for ‘life’s calling’ UNT grad student plans trip to Haiti BY SHEA YARBOROUGH Staff Writer

A UNT student is waiting for the re-opening of commercial flights bound for the Caribbean. His destination: Haiti. While many organizations are sending aid to Haiti in the form of food, clothes and money, Kailash Gupta, a Ph.D. student in UNT’s Public Administration and Management program, brings a different skill set to the table. He will be researching the care of dead bodies. On Jan. 12, Gupta made a phone call to the National Hazard Center in Boulder, Colo. “I need to go to Haiti,” Gupta said. Gupta is the recipient of a Quick Response Research Grant, funded by the National Science Foundation and facilitated through the National Hazard Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The grant covers Gupta’s research and traveling expenses. “I can go to any natural disaster site anywhere in the Kailash Gupta, a PhD student in Public Administration and management has made plans for a research trip in Haiti in February. world,” said Gupta. When asked what he expects to see when he steps off the plane in Haiti, Gupta replied, “dead bodies.” “It’s gruesome work,” he said. Accompanying Gupta will be BY A LEX CHEATHAM UNT faculty member AbdulStaff Writer Akeem A. Sadiq, a visiting assistant professor from the The Depa r t ment of Universit y of Georgia and Homeland Security has granted Georgia Tech University. Sadiq’s an 18-month designation of specializes in the study of earthTemporary Protected Status quakes. for Haitians already in the U.S. “I wanted to go to Haiti as as a means of relief for those soon as I heard,” he said. affected by the 7.0 earthquake The pair was set to leave today. on Jan. 12. However, no commercial flights Idean Salehyan, an assistant have been opened. professor of political science, Multiple news services, the said the temporar y citizenU.S. military and service groups ship was granted because of have counted the death toll at the devastation that occurred 200,000. Both stated they are Map of the Port-au-Prince, Haiti area locating field hospitals and food distribution sites; U.S. troops are helping to f rom t he ea r t hqua ke a nd anticipating mass graves of deliver aid to Haitians. its a f tershock s. In conseunidentified bodies. quence, Haitians in the U.S. “They find more every day,” are unable to return safely to When the 6.9 earthquake As a “technical hobby,” Gupta holds an MBA degree Gupta said. their country, he said. i n P ubl ic Ad m i n ist rat ion Gupta obtained his HAM hit Gandhinagar in Gujarat, United States Citizenship a n d M a n a g e m e n t f r o m radio host license, which India, the HAM operators were a nd Im m ig rat ion Ser v ices the only means of communiwould prove to be useful in t he I nd i a n I n s t it ut e of A seasoned veteran s p o k esperson, Ma r ia na cation for government locally the wake of a massive earthManagement in Ahmedabad, Gupta is no stranger to the Gitomer isn’t worried about realm of natural disasters. He India, t he f inest business quake that would paralyze the and internationally. deporting any Haitians at this has witnessed natural disasters school in all of India, Gupta city of Gandhinagar in January time, she said. 2001. said. in India and Bangladesh. See STUDENT on Page 2

Haitians in U.S. are allowed to stay


“After 18 months we’ll decide whether or not to extend the TPS,” she said. The status is designated by the Department of Homeland Security to forestall deportation and is granted only when a countr y has experienced temporary detrimental conditions such as war or natural disasters. It is not a pact of residency or citizenship, Salehyan said. The, explained that those el ig ible for tempora r y protected status are allowed to legally reside and work in the U.S. for the determined time period. But to receive the status, candidates must submit applications and forms, and pay fees. If unable to pay these fees, the Haitians can apply for a waiver, documenting the inability to pay based on household income, evidence of ex penses (li ke med ica l bills) and proof that they are receiving federal benefits.

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UNT law school will accept applications in fall 2010 BY K RYSTLE CANTU Staff Writer

Classes at UNT’s new law school are scheduled to begin in fall 2011. UNT at Dallas College of Law will be the first public college of law in North Texas, and is the first college of law to be established in Texas since 1967. They will begin taking applications in the fall and will be at the UNT System Building at 1901 Main St. in Dallas on a temporary basis. The permanent home for this college will be the former Dallas Municipal Building, across the street. Legislation appropriated $5 million in start-up money. “This is a growing excitement in the North Texas region,” said Jay Patterson, co-chair founder for the board for UNT College of Law. Patterson sa id students would no longer have to venture as far to attend a law school.

Apartment housing will also be available for those students who prefer to live even closer to campus. Cynthia Hall, director of system and external relations said there will be 129 loft apartments available to both law and non-law students. The apartment units will also offer discounts for students and other types of deals, for those who occupy the units. “We will be talking to possible donors about scholarships, books and other opportunities for our first year students,” she said. Hall also mentioned that although they haven’t started major fundraisers, almost all law firms have been supportive of the school. Major law firms bought tables at a past fundraising dinner. However, the college is still awaiting full state and city money for the renovation of the

for renovation. Until then, the college will temporarily share its home in the UNT system building. The college is still in search of a dean. A search committee has been established and is going through applicants. It has received applications and interviewed candidates for the position, as well as communicated thoughts to the chancellor, but a decision still has not been made, said Teresa Guerrasnelson, a founding board member of the committee. “The chancellor will be the one to make the ultimate decision,” Guerrasnelson said. PHOTO BY KRYSTLE CANTU/STAFF WRITER The cha ncel lor ver if ied Classes will still be held at the Universities Center at Dallas until extensive renovations can be made to the Municipal through e-mail that once the Building, where it will serve as the UNT at Dallas College of Law. dean has been selected, he or she will then pick out the rest The next legislative session of the staff and faculty for the “This last session [2009], the Dallas Municipal Building. The college. transfer of buildings depends state didn’t give any universi- is in 2011. In that session the college on the tuition revenue bonds ties in the state of Texas any plans to ask for help on funds money,” she said. from the state, Hall said. See UNT on Page 2


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Student, prof to study disaster burial methods Continued from page 1

Gupta and Sadiq will be he didn’t know of anyone in the world that had the exten- asking questions, like how “The telephones went dead,” sive research Gupta has accu- long were the bodies kept before burial, were any ritual Gupta said. “Even in the United mulated. “He is very persistent,” Sadiq rights observed, were there any States, technology sometimes records kept? fails.” The HAM radio hosts said. All of it plays into Gupta’s UNT began offering a Bachelor worked with the government to of Science in Emergency dissertation, he said, on how to restore communication. Gandhinagar is the capitol Management in 1983, the only dispose of unidentified bodies of Gujarat. It was overrun with program of its kind offered in in a strategic, economic and legal way that will alleviate the chaos, which inspired Gupta to the world. “I don’t have to be here, I suffering of the community. search for solutions, he said. “People are not happy and “If the capital was this bad, choose to be here,” Gupta said. don’t get closure if they cannot what would the villages be like?” bury their loved ones,” Gupta Gupta said. Life’s mission Gupta witnessed the total Gupta and Sadiq will have to said. Post-traumatic stress failure of Gujarat’s command play catch up when they arrive disorder can often set in as a side effect, he said. center. in Haiti on Feb. 9. After Gupta has collected Gupta wasn’t satisfied to Originally, they had expected sit idly by. He had to do some- to find dead bodies lining the his research from Haiti, he will thing. road, Sadiq said. But after add it to a comparative study Gupta left a successful career watching the news coverage and of his findings from India and in the private business sector and hearing about the after-shocks Bangladesh, Sadiq said. It’s a began pursuing further educa- over the past two weeks, both small area of research only a tion in Public Administration are expecting that the roads handful of people has studied, with a focus on Emergency will have been cleared of any and will be a major contribution. Management. In August of 2008, human remains. “It’s interesting to me,” Gupta Gupta stepped onto the UNT “Many will be dumped in said. “It’s my life’s calling.” campus as a doctoral student. mass graves,” Sadiq said. His dissertation topic: the disposition of unidentified bodies. To read more about this issue, see the Daily’s Sadiq sings high praises of editorial on Page 6 Gupta and his research, saying

UNT law school may bring economic growth to Dallas Continued from page 1 The college is expected to have an enrollment of 70 to 85 students in the fall of 2011 or 2012, the chancellor said in an e-mail interview. Guerrasnelson also mentioned that having a law school in Dallas can generate economic growth and give students who can’t afford public law school an opportunity to

still get a higher education, at a reasonable cost. Tim Jackson, a criminal justice junior, said he thinks the public law school will open the doors for a new class of lawyers. “I think lawyers should be a class of people that are able to afford public tuition and not just those who can afford private tuition,” he said. Erin Staniszewski, a grad-

uate student studying public administration, said she thinks this will definitely brighten the horizons for UNT. “I think having a public law school in Texas is a great idea, since we have competing schools in the area that have that advantage over us,” she said. “It will give UNT a great opportunity to promote our academic excellence that we have here.”

Prof: ‘Most never go home’ Continued from page 1 Gitomer also said that once granted the status, Haitians are eligible for federal aid, but this is not determined by immigration services. “They may be living in a household where others are American citizens who can create an income to pay for the fees. We will be very liberal in the decision to waive fees because we know this is a hard

situation,” Gitomer said. The Haitians granted the status would be added to the 10.8 million illega l immigrants already in the U.S. before the earthquake, said Bryan Griffith, spokesperson for the Center for Immigration Studies. According to immigration services, 100,000 to 200,000 individuals would be eligible to qualify for the status, Gitomer said.

It’s hard to identif y and deport a large group of people unless it comes to the attention of the Department of Homeland Security. Some Haitians will more than likely be able to stay much longer than the designated time, because the department doesn’t have the resources to deport each one, Salehyan said. “Most immigrants granted TPS never go home,” Griffith said.


A student swipes his debit card at the ATM to check his balance.

Debit card fraud poses threat for community BY LISA GARZA

card data, according to a press release. Merchants targeted were A tactic known as “skim- grocery stores, drug stores and ming” is one of the fastest gas station pumps. Bank of America encourages growing electronic crimes, according to the Secret communication with customers Service. Financial institu- to reduce attempts at fraud, tions and consumers are hit spokeswoman Diane Wagner with about $8 billion worth said. “We monitor our ATMs reguof losses every year. A skimmer is an electronic larly for any unusual activity,” she device that stores financial said. “However, we encourage data from a credit card after our customers to let us know immediately if they see anything being swiped. Higher One, the finan- unusual at the ATM or if they cial institution that handles have unauthorized transactions student refunds, is aware of on their accounts.” A not her ident it y t hef t the existence of skimmers, said Aaron Poach, national phenomenon is called phishing. campus relations represen- Phishing is done through a computer and is “used by tative. “There have been no reports hackers and people trying to of skimmers on Higher One steal your money to get your personal information,” Poach ATM machines,” he said. In Sept. 2009, Visa reported said. “An e-mail is sent asking for an increased number of tampered Point of Sale Pin addressees, credit card and Entr y Devices equipped social security numbers,” he with tapping mechanisms said. The consumer is often designed to capture pin and directed to a fraudulent Web site through a link in the e-mail. “If your information is needed, an official retailer will direct you to its Web site or customer service department, not through an e-mail,” Poach said. Smishing is a tactic that Higher One has recently become aware of, Vice President of Marketing Don Smith said. “It is fairly new, similar to phishing, but is done through text messaging,” he said. Federal law states that once a credit card is reported compromised, the card owner is no longer responsible for unauthorized purchases. The maximum liability is $50, in accordance with the law. Senior Staff Writer

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“As long as the card is swiped and used as a credit option, it is under the MasterCard zero liability protection,” Poach said. However, fraudulent debit card transaction policies vary by financial institution. If a Higher One customer can prove their card information was obtained illegally through a device, such as a skimmer, they are not liable for the fraudulent purchases. This includes transactions made using a pin number, Poach said. “We encourage every student not to share their pin number with anyone else. Monitor your account and check your balance,” Smith said. “If there’s money missing and you didn’t take it out, alarms should be going off.” Students are advised to report suspicious activity immediately so options can be evaluated, Poach said. “Higher One works with the student and MasterCard to get your money back,” he said.

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Recreation center offers outdoor excursions BY STEPHANIE DANIELS

Staff Writer A group based out of the Pohl Recreation Center is giving students the opportunity to take a break from classes and enjoy the wilderness North Texas has to offer. T he O utdo or Per s u it s prog ra m, wh ich prov ides students the opportunity to take Adventure Trips full of backpacking, canoeing and climbing, has been offered since the center opened in 2003.

“We introduce you to a bunch of skills, so not only are we taking people out, but we’re also helping them pick up new skills,” she said. The t r ips not on ly get students away from the stresses of school, but also present students with a chance to see what’s in the North Texas area, said Kristin Adam, an anthropology junior and a Trip and Clinics Program supervisor. Ad a m s a id si nc e t he program’s establishment, it has been growing as an organiza-

tion to provide opportunities to students interested in outdoor activities. For the spring semester, there will be four adventure trips, including a weekend backpacking trip at Lake Texoma, a day hike at Dinosaur Valley State Park, a day canoe at Elm Fork of the Trinity River and a week-long spring break trip to Buffalo National River in Arkansas. “It’s a really good trip for people who want to learn how to canoe,” Adam said.

stress for them, he said. “T he beg i n n i ng of t he semester is a great time to reprioritize and strengthen t hei r money ma nagement skills,” Goebel said. He s a id h e f i nd s t he inabi lit y to pla n a head is the main source of students’ money burdens. The first step that counselors at the Student Money Ma nagement Center t a ke is to w rite dow n a plan of action to pay of f bills and make a budget for the coming semester. However, students are often reluctant to do so because they see the reality of their financial situation, Goebel said. Ne x t , s t ude nt s s hou ld recognize the opportunity to learn how to fix their mistakes in the future. “Debt obligation is not to be a single def inition of a person’s life,” Goebel said. “It’s only a small facet.” The staff at the center then helps make a plan to help look at the bigger picture of having affordable living costs. Fi l za Sat t i, a ma rket ing sen ior f rom Isla mabad, Pa k ista n, has gone to t he Student Money Management Center before for persona l

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Mary Beth Rose, a recreational and leisure studies senior, has been a trip leader for more than a year and said she enjoys passing down her knowledge to those who may need help in the outdoor world. “We’re trip leaders, which means we’re leading these people that come. We lead them in the activities, we teach them how to filter water,” she said. “When they learn those things, they can take them out and go with a different group of people without us and they’ll be able

to do all those skills on their own. It’s kind of like a pay it forward.” Day trips cost $8 and include all of the gear the student may need besides clothing and shoes. Weekend trips cost $54 and include food and gear. The spring break trip costs $305 and includes food and gear for the week. Since about seven spots are available for the day trips and about 14 spots are available for the weekend trips, Adam said, the trips usually have a waiting

list the day of registration. For more information on registration and trip dates, go to the Adventure Trips Web site at “I think it’s really a great way for people to get outside and to get to know what’s in the North Texas area, understanding the environment and meeting new people.” Adam said. “We’ve had a lot of people come on these trips and become really good friends with people they haven’t met before and come back on trips throughout the year.”

Students plan ahead to get finances on track BY GRACIELA R AZO Senior Staff Writer

When credit card bills start to stack up after the holiday season, UNT students could begin to see their wallets grow thin. Howe ver, c om i ng back from holiday spending does not have to be a st ressf u l situation for students, said Paul Goebel, director of the Student Money Management Center and senior associate dean of students. “W hat students are realizing is the reality that college is expensive,” Goebel said. “What they’re trying to cope with is balancing college and living cost with their financial resources, especially after the holidays.” The center sees an increase i n s t u d e nt s lo ok i n g f or personal consultations, loan information and ways to get out of debt at the beginning of every spring semester, Goebel said. Students f ind t hey were more generous during t he hol iday s t ha n t hei r ba n k accounts a llowed, a nd t he responsibility of purchasing books a nd school supplies along with tuition payments add up to a lot of financial

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consultations. She said the beginnings of semesters are always expensive for her because she has to pay a more expensive tuition as an international student. But sta rting of f t he spring semester a f ter t he holiday season is even tougher because of money she spent during the break, she said. “As the semester started, my bank account was zero,” Satti said. “But I try to save money by not eating out and not shopping too much.” Satti is also saving money for her wedding in the summer. She said she plans to continue

Assembly inspires creativity BY LORI LEE Staff Writer

In a back room at the Emily Fowler Cent ra l L ibra r y, a group of loca l poets hover around a conference table, reading ballads prepared for t h is mont h’s meet i ng a nd reciting rhymes of summer days, winter skies, philosophy and the universe. The group began meeting informally in 2005. Once it grew to 10 members, it formed a charter to enable participation in competitions and activities offered through state and national poetry associations. “It’s good exposure,” Paul Holcomb, a member of t he assembly. “Most people who a re lea r n i ng poet r y st a r t out doi ng f ree verse a nd aren’t aware of the different forms.” Now, t he Denton Poet s Assembly meets once a month at the library to discuss poetry and group events. T he g roup welcomes members and hopes to provide a safe and welcoming environment for poets to share their work, learn and grow, said Jan Spence, a retired UNT professor and assembly president . Holcomb teaches the group a new form of poetry at each meeting and gives an assignment i nv ol v i n g t he ne w form. Holcomb began teaching for the Denton Poets Assembly after taking a series of creative writing courses at UNT. Study of the forms gives the writer discipline, he said, and helps them to create.

“I think the poets who are extremely successful k now these forms,” he said. Pa r t icipat ion i n assig nment s i s not ma ndator y, Spence said. “They don’t do hard-core critiques at the monthly meetings, because for some, it’s t he ver y f irst time t hey’ve read t heir poet r y, a nd it’s more important to foster new poets,” she said. The Denton Poets Assembly meets the third Saturday of ever y mont h at t he Emi ly Fowler Public Library at 502 Oakland St. from 10 a.m. to12 p.m. The group a lso holds its Basement Poet r y event on t he second Wed nesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hydrant Café, where people can read their

own poetry or someone else’s work. T h i s i s t he t h i rd yea r the group will be a part of “Merging Visions,” a partnership of the Visual Arts Society of Tex a s a nd t he Denton Public Library. Participants in “Merging Visions” will submit poems to inspire art. Then, after attending the artists’ exhibit, they will write about a work that inspired them. The resulting art and poetry will be exhibited side by side at the Emily Fowler Central Library from April 1 through April 31. Selected members of the assembly will also read their work at t he 16t h a n nua l Denton Redbud Festival on April 10. The Greater Denton Arts Council will sponsor the Arbor Day festival.

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After the holidays and the beginning of the spring semester, some students find themselves short on cash when purchasing textbooks for classes and the necessities for on-campus and off-campus living. to set aside money for it as well as go to the center for another personal consultation. Stephanie Johnson, a music senior, said the holidays left her wa llet emptier t ha n it

shou ld have. But w it h her parents’ help, she said she tries to stay on a strict budget a nd resist getting a credit card. “The big thing that helps me is knowing what money

I have. I’ve a lso avoided getting a credit card because it helps me manage my money better,” Johnson said. “I know myself, and I would take it for granted and just spend what I wanted.”

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Web site’s options help

students save on textbooks BY K ATIE GRIVNA Senior Staff Writer

When Natalie Davila needed to purchase her textbooks for the semester, she looked to to find what she needed. Davila was able to bypass bookstores completely by order i ng her tex tbook s online. “It’s a good resource because it really helps you look up your things for yourself and find how much it is going to cost,” said Davila, an anthropology senior. is a price comparison Web site that allows students to view the prices of their textbooks at, and the UNT Bookstore. It also displays rental prices at Chegg. com and the UNT Bookstore. From there, students can click the “visit store” button to order their books from one of the Web sites. Ninja Books earns a commission from these companies because of the customers it sends to them, said Cooper Marcus, the Web site’s founder. Ma rcus sta r ted t he California-based company in early 2009 and began offering textbook information to UNT students in the fall of 2009. The exact number of schools Ninja Books serves is confidential, but the number is in the hundreds across the country, he said. All the required textbook information is listed on the site, including the International Standard Book Number, or

ISBN. Students only have to know what class and section they are enrolled in. Ninja Books also offers a place for students to post an advertisement to sell books to other UNT students at no cost. Andrew Miller, a music composition junior and UNT campus marketing manager for Ninja Books, said the site is designed for students to become informed consumers. “Ninja Books kind of opens up the dark doors of our economy and really displays that we, as members of a capitalist society, … need to look around at various options and consider whether or not we are being capitalized on, and I think that is exactly what is happening in the textbook industry,” he said. Miller said part of his job as campus marketing manager is keeping up with the Ninja Books at University of North Texas Facebook fan page. “I think people like Ninja Books because they understand that we are not trying to take advantage of them. We are trying to help them,” he said. For some students like Ross McCormick, the UNT Bookstore is the first place to go when looking for textbooks. McCormick, a geography sophomore, said he ordered and paid for his textbooks online at the UNT Bookstore. “It was easier to order them through the bookstore than try and find them cheaper on Amazon,” he said. “Some of the classes have supplemental

material that you can only get through UNT, so that’s what I do.” Rodney Davison, director of the UNT Bookstore, said students should shop there because of the convenience and, from a sustainability standpoint, they don’t have to have the books mailed. Professors give the UNT Bookstore the textbook information for their classes so the information is correct, which might not be the case if a student were to shop online and get an older edition or a book the professor won’t use in the class, he said. The UNT Bookstore also offers full refunds, ending today. The buyback program at the end of the semester allows students to sell their textbook back to the bookstore, which gives students money back, he said. Students can lookup UNT Bookstore prices to buy new or used as well as the price to rent textbooks online at www. The UNT Bookstore will match the price of any local bookseller, but this excludes Web sites, Davison said.


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J. Baird Callicott, a regents’ professor and chairman of the department of philosophy and religion studies, co-edited “The Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy,” with professor Robert Frodeman. The publication received high praise from “Choice,” the official publication of the American Library Association.

Philosophers receive praise for encyclopedia BY MORGAN WALKER Senior Staff Writer

Philosophy professors J. Baird Callicott and Robert Frodeman spent about two yea rs co-editing t he 2009 edition of “The Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy,” and the work has paid off. Earlier this month, Callicott, chair of the department of ph i los ophy a nd rel ig ion s t ud ie s, a nd Fr o dem a n, professor a nd d irector of the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity, received high praise from “Choice,” the American Library Association review magazine and premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media and Internet resources of interest to those in higher education. “We were pleased, and I was really surprised to hear that it was such a big hit,” Callicott said. More than 35,000 librarians, faculty and key decision makers rely on “Choice” magazine and its online reviews for collection development and scholarly research, according to its Web site. Because UNT is trying to become a national research university and increase its visibility, things like this help not only on a local level but also on a national level, Callicott said. T he ma ga z i ne reache s almost every undergraduate college and university library in the U.S. and publishes more than 7,000 reviews each year. The publications must be

timely, concise, easy to use and written by selected experts in the subject. “Our depa rtment is t he world headquarters of environmental ethics and philosophy, and we have the largest concentration of specialists in the field,” Callicott said. The department received not only a n “Outsta nding Academic Title” but also the “Outstanding Reference Source of 2010” by the Reference and Users Ser v ice Association, Frodeman wrote in an e-mail on Jan. 21. Nathan Bell, a philosophy graduate student, works for Frodeman at the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity and took courses under both professors. “Dr. Callicott was one of the founders of the field of environmental philosophy, and he’s one of the people without whom there wouldn’t necessarily be the field of environmental philosophy,” Bell said. Bot h Frodema n a nd Callicott are passionate about their work as instructors and are knowledgeable about the specific subjects they teach, Bell said. “The great thing about the encyclopedia is a lot of people don’t realize how broad environmental philosophy actually is,” Bell said. “They kind of recognized the need for a comprehensive work that really covered all those diverse topics that exist within the subject.” The encyclopedia, which includes 652 titles in 54 disci-

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Guard’s experience beneficial to Mean Green BY SEAN GORMAN

While only playing off the bench that season, Mangrum A s t he on ly player lef t was able to play in the Mean from the UNT men’s basket- Green’s first round loss to ball team that advanced to the Memphis Tigers, gaining the 2007 NCAA Tournament, invaluable playing time that junior guard Collin Mangrum he said he appreciates to this has something the rest of the day. “The whole season was current team lacks. unbelieva ble a l l t he way through,” Mangrum said. “Playing alongside guys like Calvin Watson a nd Q u i n c y Williams was a lot of fun. We were a tightly knit group.” A long w it h enjoy i ng t he surprising run with his teammates, t he junior said he learned a lot. “It was one of those once– i n-a-l i fet i me ex periences t hat teaches you plent y PHOTO BY REBEKAH GOMEZ / PHOTOGRAPHER of le s s on s ,” Junior Collin Mangrum plays guard for the men’s basket- Mangrum said. ball team and is the last remaining player from the 2007 “Hopefully I’ll be able to look team that advanced to the NCAA tournament. Senior Staff Writer

back and say I was able to get back again.” A f ter seeing t he Mea n Green make its second NCAA Tournament in school history, Mangrum said he feels that to win at the highest level, a team needs more than pure talent. “It just takes a bunch of competitors if you’re ever going to get that far,” he said. “Back then we told ourselves there was no way we would stop, and we played our best basketball because of it.” With 10 games left on the schedule before the Sun Belt Conference Tournament, not much has been made about the experience Mangrum’s gained during the trip to the tournament. “Collin hasn’t really come to us to talk about it yet,” freshman forward Jacob Holmen said. “I think he’ll begin to become more of a leader and tell us what it takes when the time is right.” Sitting in fourth place in the Sun Belt West Division after being projected to win it, the Mean Green has faced much speculation about making it back this season. “No, we’re not exactly at the level we need to be yet,” Mangrum said. “But I believe this

team is capable of improving on defense enough to make a strong run at this tournament.” When it comes to what UNT must do to improve, the 6-foot5-inch, high-energy defender knows the team must begin to address its flaws as soon as it can. “We have a crucial road trip coming up against top-caliber teams in Western Kentucky and Middle Tennesse,” Mangrum said. “I think it’s a great chance for us to gain some confidence leading into the end of the season.” Being able to avoid injury has been a key for Mangrum this year, as he has seen the most playing time since his freshman season. “The most important thing for Collin this year has been his ability to stay healthy,” head coach Johnny Jones said. “After missing the entire season two years ago and being cut short last year because of injury, he is excited to be on the court and helping us this year.” The Mean Green hopes to improve its 5-4 record in conference play when it travels to take on the University of Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at 7 p.m. on Thursday in Bowling Green, Ky.


Mangrum works on his dribbling during practice on Monday afternoon at the Super Pit. Mangrum has started three games this season.

Tennis team dominates Dolphins, falls to Gators BY ERIC JOHNSON Senior Staff Writer

The UNT tennis team split its season opening series last weekend, drowning the Jacksonville Dolphins on Saturday before getting chomped by the No. 8 Florida Gators on Sunday. The Mean Green (1-1) didn’t drop a set in its 7-0 victory over the Dolphins, but despite a competitive match, the Gators’ four nationally ranked singles players and three nationally ranked doubles teams were too much for UNT in its 7-0 loss. “This weekend really exceeded my expectations,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “It has definitely raised our bar and given us

something to measure ourselves against. We know where we need to improve, but I am thrilled with the way we competed and the fight that we gave them.”

Saturday UNT opened the day with a sweep of the three doubles matches, losing only seven games in the series. Freshman Barbora Vykydalova, from Šumperk, Czech Republic, did not struggle in her transition to collegiate tennis, teaming with senior Catalina Cruz for an 8-1 doubles victory. Playing from the No. 5 position in singles, Vykydalova lost just two games in her straight-set victory.

“Barbora has only been in the U.S. for 19 days and she made the transition look so seamless,” Lama said. The team’s top-two players, sophomore Irina Paraschiv and junior Madura Ranganathan, continued their dominant play from last season, losing only seven games combined en route to their straight-set victories. Paraschiv paired with junior Amy Joubert for doubles, and the duo looked comfortable in its 8-5 victory. Wit hout ju n ior Na r ine Kazarova, her normal doubles partner who was out with a shoulder injury, Ranganathan tea med w it h sophomore

Paula Dinuta for a decisive 8-1 victory. Dinuta, playing from the No. 4 position, made quick work of her singles opponent winning the match 6-1, 6-1. “I was impressed with how prepared we were and how well we played in our first match,” Paraschiv said. “It was a very good way to start the season, and I was happy to go out and play a strong match the way I did.”

Sunday Lama spent three-and-half years as an assistant with Florida before taking over the Mean Green, so he knew the challenge his team faced.

Florida had won 66-straight home matches coming into the weekend, and the Mean Green got a taste of that home cooking when it was unable to capture a single set. The Gators put their two freshman phenomena at the top of its singles card against Paraschiv and Ranganathan. Lauren Embree, No. 15 nationally, and Allie Will, No. 13 nationally, dropped just seven games combined and proved to be too strong for the best the Mean Green had to offer. “There is a reason they are one of the best programs, and they have some very talented players,” Paraschiv said.

The Vykydalova/Cruz pairing looked fierce early, but was unable to close out Florida’s No. 3 doubles team, losing 8-6. The young Vykydalova also played the most competitive singles match of the day, losing 6-3, 6-4. UNT will play its first home match of the season at noon Jan. 31 against UT-San Antonio at the Waranch Tennis Complex. “Its our first home match, so we expect to go out and really show our depth, talent and preparation,” Lama said. “We know where we need to get stronger now, so we need to take what we learned against Florida and apply it this weekend.”

Senior day produces team’s first victory against Owls BY FELICIA A LBA Staff Writer

This weekend was one to remember for the nine seniors of the UNT swimming and diving team participating in their last home meets at the Pohl Recreation Center. T he Me a n Gre en ( 9 - 4) beat the Rice Owls for the first time in the program’s histor y Saturday a nd a lso defeated a strong Houston team Friday. “It was a great win,” head coach Joe Dykstra sa id. “I have so much respect for Rice coach, Seth Huston. Rice has been second in Conference USA for years now and to beat a program like that is meaningful.” Coach Dykstra sa id t hat during the last t wo weeks,

the seniors took it upon themselves to lead and help win the last three meets. Sen ior A l icia Ha le took home two individual wins at the Houston meet and also two more individual wins at the Rice meet, mov ing her total individual career wins to 49. Seniors Emily Floyd and Nicole Leslie were also key per for mers in bot h v ictories. Leslie took first place in the 50-yard freestyle at both meets, and Floyd showed why she is the school record holder in distance swimming with her individual wins. “It was really great winning against Rice,” Floyd said. “It was good for our team spirit to win against a team that we

have never beaten before.” However just a s Coach Dykst ra predicted, it took a tea m ef for t to w in bot h meets. Every swimmer was crucial to the big wins this past weekend. “It’s incredible to have nine seniors who have contributed lots,” junior Erick Roach said. “We underclassman strive to step it up.” The tea m, who is going into its last meet in t hree weeks, has seen the program f lourish. “The program was one of t he worst Div ision-1 sw im prog ra ms fou r yea rs ago. [The seniors] helped build this program to what it is,” Dykstra said. The team finishes out its regular season in three weeks

at 1 p.m. on Feb. 6 when it t ravels to Col lege Stat ion to ta ke on t he Texas A&M Aggies. T he tea m look s for wa rd to getting its best times and sharpening up for the conference meet against the Aggies who are ranked No. 6 nationally. “It’s been a great season, every year we get better especially with the coaching we have,” Floyd said. “Our goal for conference is, as always, to win.”


Emily Floyd, a kinesiology senior, takes a break at the Pohl Recreation Center during Friday’s swim meet against the University of Houston.


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Donations needed in wake of crisis Editorial Two weeks have passed since a devastating earthquake killed more than 150,000 and left 1.5 million people homeless in the poverty-stricken island nation of Haiti. While after-shocks deteriorate an already decimated infrastructure, international aid workers continue to help to victims of the region’s worst natural disaster in more than 200 years. The editorial board urges the Denton community to donate to the relief and recovery efforts of the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The much-needed assistance has been the result of a massive and unprecedented global relief effort, which has included the involvement of thousands of organizations. It has incorporated record-breaking mobile “textethons” and celebrity-saturated televised benefit concerts that have raised million for medical supplies, food, water and shelter to house the many refugees residing in make-shift tent cities. Because of the tech-saturated lives we have in the U.S. the act of giving can be accomplished with a simple text message or mouse-click. In the first 24 hours, the American Red Cross received more than $3 million in donations from a text message program in which users can text “Haiti” to 90999 for a $10 donation that will be added to that individual’s phone bill. The federal government has taken a leading role in encouraging Americans to give generously. On Friday, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law that will allow taxpayers to write-off any cash donations given to the Haiti relief efforts on their 2009 tax filings. The President himself will benefit from the law as he has reportedly given more than $15,000 from his personal bank account. Locally, UNT students have a variety of options for contributing in alternative ways. At Starbucks locations, customers are given the option to add a donation to the relief efforts at the register. No purchase is necessary. Tonight, the Garage, a bar on Avenue A, will host an event to benefit the organization “Growing Hope for Haiti” donations will take in addition to a small cover charge that will go to the cause. Isolated and removed from the horrors of the sights and smells of death, it can be understandably easy or convenient to disregard the suffering of a people so far away. But the privilege of an American lifestyle has made it possible to help end that suffering with little disruption in our daily routine. Text, click, write a check or party for your contribution to help the people of Haiti recover from this disaster. It will likely be more appreciated and more powerfully used by the recipient than in the bank account in which it currently resides.

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Big bank tax unfair to consumers President Obama released details last week of a new bank tax he is proposing. T he Tr ou ble d A s s e t Relief Program, which was i mplement e d to pr e v ent an economic meltdow n, is projected to cost $117 billion. This new tax, to be levied on our nation’s largest financial institutions, is designed to recoup the lost money over the next ten years. The public has legitimate reasons to be outraged at the behavior of Wall Street banks and their role in our current economic situation. However the public needs to be hesitant in supporting a proposal that not only punishes banks, but hurts the rest of us as well. One of t he reasons ou r economy has been slow to recover is bec au se t hese

large banks have been slow to resume lending money to consumers and businesses. President Barack Obama said himself at a town hall speech Fr iday t hat a l l he thinks about “is how to get banks lending again.” Imposing a stiff tax — Bank of America is projected to owe $1.5 billion on assets alone — is not going to encourage lending. It will actually stif le banks’ desire to do more business. Something that most people do not realize is that the U.S. cu r rent ly r iva ls Japa n for the country with the highest corporate ta x rates. W hile it is easy to not feel sorry for giant corporations, one must acknowledge that if we do not allow businesses to thrive, we w ill not have a v ibrant economy. Raising corporate

tax rates — especially right now — would work against recovery. Even more important to the American public is that increases in corporate ta x rates do not just get paid by the corporation — they get passed down to the consumer. Banks will pay these ta xes by raising fees and hik ing interest rates. I, a Wells Fargo customer, do not want to be penalized for doing business w it h t hem, no matter how angr y I am because of our economic crisis. Another important factor is that, for the most part, these banks have already paid back the money that was lent to them through the program. The $117 billion shortfall is largely the result of unpaid loans to General Motors and Chrysler.

Not only is there a question of fairness, but also there is a question of corruption that arises when the highly unionized, Democrat friendly automakers are to have their bad loans paid by the banks. The public has every right to be outraged over the behavior of Wall Street, but we should channel this outrage to more constructive ideas. This bank tax might alleviate some of our anger, but it does not help our economy recover — it does just t he opposite. President Obama would be wise to develop real solutions to the nation’s problems instead of working to appease populist angst. Thomas Flanagin is an international studies junior. He can be reached at ThomasFlanagin@

Supreme Court advances free speech On Jan. 21, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the unfettered exchange of political ideas. In a close 5-4 decision over the case, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Supreme Court reversed previous restrictions on both for-profit as well as non-profit corporations and unions from spending money on political advertisements. Now these entities can more easily spend money from their treasuries for the purpose of communicating political messages to the public. Previously, these groups would have to establish a separate Political Action Committee that was harshly restricted to spend money on political speech such as television ads. However, the ruling did retain the established requirements for disclaimers within such advertisements, showing who was sponsoring or funding it. This landmark judgment has initially repulsed many of the students with whom I have spoken. The negative implications that are associated with corporations spending money in politics are difficult to overcome. They begin to imagine corporate bribery of

politicians taking place in poorly lit rooms. This ruling does not and will not lessen the illegality and severity of such despicable actions. Corporations will still not be able to contribute directly to candidates or their campaigns. This decision means that they will now be able to have a voice through political advertising. Even so, people are getting concerned about additional corporate influence in politics. Just because some may not like that unions or corporate entities are involved in American politics does not mean that they do not have the right to a voice. We are intelligent enough to know that we should analyze and be skeptical of all of the information we are bombarded with when it comes to politics, and we do not need the government restricting and interfering with political speech. People seem to forget that if corporations or unions begin to be too involved with political affairs, they will likely see a backlash from consumers and members against such behavior. By endorsing a particular

candidate or political party, a corporation or union would be actively alienating everyone who disagreed with such opinions or simply disliked that type of conduct. This would not be in the best interest of either a corporation or a union if it wanted to be successful for the long-term. Various news outlets are editorializing strongly against this decision, and the likely reason is that they will now have to compete even more when it comes to political speech. Before this ruling, political pundits could make harsh criticisms or glowing endorsements of candidates minutes before an election or primary. However, a labor union could not run a single television ad about an issue within thirty days of a primary. This was in effect, special treatment toward media corporations. They are permitted to spend unlimited amounts of money on salaries for political commentators that are unrestricted in their expression of political speech. Now this disparity will be rectified and allow for a freer exchange of opinions. I know students that do not trust particular news outlets like Fox News or MSNBC because of

what they consider to be a conservative or liberal bias. This would be no different than trusting or distrusting a political ad from Exxon Mobil or the United Auto Workers. While both types of organizations may have a political bias or some ulterior motives the truth will come out more easily by allowing additional voices to be heard. The allowance for a diversity of opinion is a right that this country was founded on, and the Supreme Court upheld that right.

Trayton Oakes is a political science and economics junior. He can be reached at TraytonOakes@

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“I’m for team Coco, but I don’t even have TV.”

Jacob Hochstatler

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“I don’t like him because his humor is immature. You would have to be loaded up on caffeine, or sugar, or something to like him.”

Andrew Vahlenkamp History senior

“I’m really sad because he has great red hair. And I really like his string dance.”

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