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PHOTO BY CRISTY ANGULO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Name: Debra Medina Party: Republican Age: 47 “We want to eliminate property tax and broaden the base of sales tax, not increase it,” said Penny Freeman, Medina’s campaign manager. “It’s a freedom issue. If you have to make payments on it, you don’t own it.”

PHOTO COURTESY OF RODGER MALLISON/MCT Name: Rick Perry Party: Republican Age: 59 “In higher education, Gov. Perry has focused on financial aid,” said Catherine Frazier, Perr y’s Deput y Press secretary.

PHOTO BY CRISTY ANGULO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Name: Kay Bailey Hutchison Party: Republican Age: 66 “We need to have a limit on tuition cost — a freeze on the freshman level, so that students’ tuition won’t go up for four years, or put a cap on the increase the board can vote for,” Hutchison said.

PHOTO COURTESY OF WWW.HOUSTONPRESS.COM Name: Bill White Party: Democrat Age: 55 “Bill’s top priority is Texas’ future and ensuring that Texans are equipped to enter the workforce with technology and skills they need to compete for the jobs of the future,” said Ally Smith, spokeswoman for Bill White.

PHOTO COURTESY OF THE FAROUK SYSTEMS GROUP Name: Farouk Shami Party: Democrat Age: 67 “Things in Texas are heading in the wrong direction. The cost of health care and health insurance is out of control,” according to

Students ‘ride the fence’ on spring primaries BY SHEA YARBOROUGH Senior Staff Writer

Although early voting for primaries to choose candidates for state office kicked off last week, many students have yet to jump on the campaign bandwagon. Candidates canvassed the state, racing toward a March 2 deadline to decide gubernatorial candidates for November 2010. Some students said they knew something about the candidates. Others were clueless about the brewing political windstorm. Robert Samczuk, a psychology freshman, said he doesn’t plan to vote. “I’m hoping that whoever the general Texas population chooses doesn’t screw us over,” Samczuk said. Three candidates are vying for the Republican nomination. Current Gov. Rick Perry is facing off against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and registered nurse and small-business owner

Debra Medina. The majority of students queried this week on campus who answered ‘yes,’ they would vote, channeled their support for Hutchison. The big issue is fiscal responsibility, said Max Bush, a logistics supply chain junior. “Show me the books,” Bush said. “Why do we still have tollways popping up? Why are we having problems funding tuition? Where’s the rest of the money going?” Morgan McCorvey, a speech pat holog y and audiolog y freshman, said that having a viable job market in four years is the reason she wants to vote for Hutchison. “It’s about jobs and taxes,” McCorvey said. “I’ll be graduating from college and having a job would be nice.” However, not all of the students interviewed shared McCorvey and Bush’s certainty about Hutchison as Texas’ future governor. Kari

Laprade, a merchandising junior, said she was certain she was not going to vote for Hutchison. Laprade would be casting her vote for Perry, she said. “I don’t like Kay Bailey Hutchison because I don’t like how every commercial she has bashes Ricky Perry,” Laprade said. Bush was the only student polled who commented on Medina’s campaign for governor. Medina’s political banner has been focused on eliminating property tax. Bush disagrees and thinks Medina is an idealist. “You have to pay for all this crap somehow,” Bush said. “I’m sorry, but you do.” Undecided students Of the 30 students polled, a small minority said they would be voting for a specific Democrat candidate, some were independents who based their vote on personality and the rest were

students who said they would vote for a Democrat but didn’t know who the Democrat candidates were. “By default, I lean towards the Democrat party,” said Adam Williams, a music junior. “But I don’t know who the candidates are.” Tw o c a n d i d a t e s a r e campaigning for the Democrat nomination: Bill White, Houston’s former mayor who served three terms in office, and Farouk Shami, a business executive whose company manufactures the CHI flatiron. Aaron Kepler, a radio, television and film junior, said he lived in Houston during White’s term as mayor. Kepler said he would cast his vote for White because he agrees with his campaign stance. “Bill White has a better, progressive energy plan and plans for education,” Kepler said. “Everyone knows Perry is corrupt.”

Farouk’s campaign declined comment after numerous e-mails, texts and phone calls.

a decision about which candidate would get their vote. Philip Hill, a music performance sophomore, said he will vote, but that he falls into the “need-to-do-moreresearch” category. He didn’t know the primaries had begun. “I hate to say that I side with any party,” Hill said. “I really like to make an educated decision based on everyone’s platform.” Most students give and receive information from the Internet, and Williams is no different, he said. He believes the middle-ofthe-road information is online, and it’s where he plans to get his information about who to vote for, he said. “Primaries are for the diehards,” Collins said, “and I don’t believe that it’s the responsibility of the university.” For information on voting locations, visit

‘Primaries are for the diehards’ In the fall of 2008, UNT’s campus was covered in political art, catchphrases and vendor tables of presidential memorabilia leading up to President Barack Obama’s election that November. Now, students don’t even know Texas will elect a new governor in November of this year. Paul Collins of the political science faculty said he is not surprised by the lack of involvement. “Historically, college students don’t turn out to vote,” Collins said. “Obama’s people were courting the college vote. The Texas Democrats and Republicans are not.” Many students said they needed to do research before To see multimedia for this story, visit they would make

Department of Defense funds UNT research BY A LEX CHEATHAM Staff Writer

UNT’s Institute for Science and Engineering Simulation has conducted research to increase the lifespan of aircrafts. Aircraft fatigue leads to problems within the aircraft’s parts and, ultimately, failure. “There are some critical issues within the U.S. Air Force on maintaining aircrafts,” said Rajarshi Banerjee, principal investigator and director of the institute. “The aircrafts are facing lots of problems with their engines and structural materials.” The institute was created specifically to perform research benefitting the U.S. Air Force. The program is partnering with other UNT centers to provide the Air Force, as well as commercial airlines, more cost-efficient technology and improvements for their aircrafts, Banerjee explained. “It can cost millions of dollars in maintenance each year to keep fighter jets running,” said Wesley Pearce, director of maintenance, U.S. Aviation Group.

an aircraft by “The lack of assessing the money keeps characterizaplanes from tion and strucflying.” ture of t he Banerjee existing parts. and his The researchers co-principal continue by investigadesigning tors, A la n innovative Need lema n, aircraft mateAngela Wilson rials to improve and Thomas the mechanical Sharf, lead the capabilities. institute. The The t h ird institute also area of research incorporates f o c u s e s on c enter s on the future of campus, and aircrafts. The offers students resea rchers hands-on study hybrid research. PHOTO BY DREW GAINES/PHOTOGRAPHER m a t e r i a l s “All of the s t u d e n t s Aircrafts wait for maintenance at U.S. Aviation’s hangar in Denton. New research by UNT’s Institute for Science and Engi- t hat consist of combined involved with neering Simulation will help deter aircraft fatigue, keeping commercial and private jets in the skies longer. materials for ICES are from Banerjee explained that the improved performance. The research began in September UNT,” Banerjee said. Air Force mechanic and crew 2008 and will continue through institute performs research for chief Josh Smith said he worked the Air Force on three levels. 2012. Air Force Funding The first deals with aircraft on planes every day to keep them “The biggest challenge for the The institute is funded by money from the Air Force Air Force is understanding and lifeline issues and aims to main- flying. Some are more than 30 years old. Research Laboratory, under the improving material issues to tain the lifespan of an aircraft. “Lots of money goes into just The second focuses on the Department of Defense, totaling make aircrafts better,” Banerjee fundamental components within one plane,” Smith said. “You about $8 million, Banerjee said. said.

have to keep fixing the same problem over and over again because we’re still using old technology.” Support from UNT To enhance the research process and gain a broader understanding of the materials it’s studying, the institute collaborates closely with two pre-existing UNT programs: the Center for Advanced Research and Technolog y and t he Center for Advanced Scientific Computing and Modeling. The experimental portion conducts research on larger scales to understand materials, carried out by the advanced facility and using advanced equipment. The modeling and simulation portion works closely with the research center and uses the computing and modeling center. There is a synergy between the two, Banerjee said. Having better technology readily available to the Air Force and mechanics everywhere would be beneficial, Smith said.


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Early primary voting in Denton ends March 2 BY MORGAN WALKER Senior Staff Writer

Early voters must mark their ballots by Friday for the March 2 primary election. Those voting early by personal appearance have several spots to choose from, but voters must use the location in their precinct on Election Day. “The turnout for this election I anticipate to be much slower than our last primary, which was presidential,” Elections Administrator Frank Phillips said. The last gubernatorial election was held in 2006 and Phillips said if the current voting numbers continue to grow, there might be a 49 percent increase over 2006. Individuals on the Republican ballot will have the option to vote between the three candidates for governor: U.S Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Gov. Rick Perry and small-business owner Debra Medina. Voters can also choose from the two candidates for District 26 U.S. representative, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess and businessman James Herford. The Democratic ballot also lists the candidate for District 26 U.S. representative Neil L. Durrance, as well as the seven candidates running for governor including businessman Farouk Shami and former Houston Mayor Bill White, who participated in a live broadcast debate earlier this month. Ballots on both sides are also full of positions to vote for, including lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller of

public accounts, commissioner of the general land office, commissioner of agriculture and several other county positions as well as ballot propositions. Bryan Baldwin, a social sciences senior and registered voter in Denton, said one of his relatives is on the ballot for the election and this is the first time he has paid close attention to Denton County elections. “Teachers are constantly telling me ‘you need to understand what’s going on,’” Baldwin said. Many students have said they are registered to vote in Denton but do not pay attention to local elections. “I think part of a problem is people not being able to find information on the candidates they’re voting for,” Baldwin added. “We have enough trouble during presidential elections and not knowing a lot about candidates.” Baldwin said that voting for someone on a much smaller scale and trying to find out more about them and the many different offices makes voting more difficult. Marshall Berman, an anthropology senior, is also registered to vote in Denton and said he gets “rather bored” when local elections come around. “I think I have a preconception that most local elections are for someone to test the waters if they’re not entrenched with lawyers, judges and City Council,” Berman said. “It’s almost unim-


George Mitcham (left), James Holland and Laura Ramirez stand in front of the Joseph A. Carroll Building on the Square campaigning for the March 2 primary. portant who’s in there.” Berman said he believes local politics are important, but he doesn’t have time to pay close attention to who’s running for each office. “It’s kind of like the Super Bowl,” Berman said. “I like to follow the bigger elections because they’re more important to me.”

Phillips and other Elections Administration staff members have spent weeks preparing for election day. “We pulled an all-nighter not too long ago,” Phillips said. Part of the preparation includes securing about 15 polling locations. Because it is the primary elec-

tion, Phillips also said he also must program the equipment and get all the information from political parties to determine who the candidates are. Once the equipment is programmed, it is sent to each polling site and poll workers begin training. Philips said that voters should

not have a problem finding information about elections. “In today’s world of technology and Web sites, it’s not that hard to educate yourself on what offices there are and who’s running,” Phillips said. For locations to vote early, visit www.elections.dentoncounty. com.

Natural gas money runs dry BY SHEA YARBOROUGH Senior Staff Writer

Local natural gas projects lost funding after a citizen organization deemed there was a lack of regulation on drill sites. The Downwinders At Risk, a citizen group that allocates money to environmentally friendly projects, will no longer give aid to any program that uses natural gas, group director Jim Schermbeck said. “We aren’t against natural gas as a source of energy,” Schermbeck said. “But the drilling companies need to clean up their act.” The group received a settlement from Holcim Cement worth

$2.25 million, which was placed into the Sue Pope Fund, after the company violated its air permit. Now, the Downwinders serve as a watchdog for Midlothian, the site of more than 10 cement kilns south of Dallas, which is the largest population of cements kilns in the country, Schermbeck said. “Even though Denton isn’t near Midlothian, the air and water pollution caused by the plants still affects you,” Schermbeck said. W hen companies began drilling for natural gas, it was as a clean alternative to coal, said Ed Soph of the music faculty. No one knew what went into getting the

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Treasurer of the Black Graduate Association, Danny Hoey Jr., and Gilda Garcia, vice president of the Division of Institutional Equity & Diversity, present awards during the African Heritage Banquet in the Gateway Ballroom Tuesday night.

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Gilda Garcia, vice president of the Division of Institutional About 300 people lined up Equity and Diversity, presented at a buffet table of soul food framed certificates to “Diversity for the dinner portion of the Champions.” Reggie Bond, director of the 20th Annual African Heritage Student Health and Wellness Banquet on Tuesday. Many wore colorful hats Center, Director of UNT Housing a nd t radit iona l A f r ica n Elisabeth “Betsy” Warren, Delta clothing as they sat down at Sigma Theta, Zeta Eta Chapter tables that were decorated and Zeta Phi Beta, Rho Delta with candle-lit centerpieces, Chapter, were greeted with displaying famous leaders in loud applause as they stepped on stage to accept their certifiAfrican-American history. cates. Individuals, departments and organizations were recognized for how they “foster [the] community and help enrich relationships across all ethnicSenior Staff Writer

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Group aids music foundation to help children BY K ATIE GRIVNA Senior Staff Writer

When the founder of the Shropshire Music Foundation lectured to the North Texas Student Music Educators club last October about how she assisted children in war-torn countries through music, a group of those students jumped at the chance to help. Those students started the UNT Students for the Shropshire Music Foundation, which plans to raise money and awareness for founder Liz Shropshire’s foundation. “The way she left the room, it made me want more — like a movie that is not finished,” said Virginia Potcinske, a general choral and instrumental music

sophomore and secretary for the student group. “I just felt like I needed to do more than just sit there or practice.” The foundation gives children in the war-torn countries of Uganda, Kosovo and Northern Ireland free music lessons and instruments in an effort to help them heal emotionally and promote peace, according to the foundation’s Web site. “She is bringing them together through music,” Potcinske said. “We just want to help support her in that.” The student organization plans to make penny-whistle bags for the children so their instruments don’t get dirty or broken, she said. The UNT student community

has the potential to make a difference, so it was important to create an organization branching off the Shropshire Music Foundation, said Brittney Balkcom, a music junior and group president. “It’s getting her message to more people than just those 20 students that sat through her lecture,” she said. The long-term goal of the UNT organization is to raise money for the Shropshire Music Foundation so that Shropshire can keep helping children, Balkcom said. Before Shropshire’s speech, Balkcom said she had never heard of her work or the foundation. Although she had heard about the child soldiers in Uganda, it had never been personally

brought to her attention and the children’s stories broke her heart, Balkcom said. “At the same time, even though I was distraught over hearing their situation, I was so touched to see what Liz has done to help them,” she said. “I just really feel like it’s an amazing cause that not only should I care about, but so many other people should care about. Even if I only get one or two or three people interested in what Liz is doing, I think that is a good start.” About seven people showed up to the group’s first meeting on Feb. 8, Balkcom said. It is important to have such an organization because the world is becoming more international, said Laura Erickson, a perfor-

mance graduate student and vice president of the group. “Can you imagine a society where all the youth grew up in war? It doesn’t bode for a very pleasant atmosphere,” she said. “I think at a university that is as prestigious as UNT, we have to take a look at the world around us and make a change.” The foundation started teaching children music with penny whistles, and now they use guitars, keyboards, ukuleles and harmonicas, Erickson said. “Music is going to give them an opportunity to open their eyes to a new way of living,” she said. “I think through music they are teaching peace, but they’re also teaching responsibility and

leadership. They’re helping them have an outlet for their emotional issues. The way that it’s helping them is endless.” While members of the new organization haven’t raised any money yet, they are planning a silent art auction later in the semester. The student group will meet again at 6:30 p.m. March 1 and is one of only two official college student organizations supporting the Shropshire Music Foundation. The other is at the Rochester University Eastman School of Music. For more information, search for the UNT Students for the Shropshire Music Foundation group on Facebook.

Immigration Research Center to bring guest speakers BY STEPHANIE DANIELS Staff Writer

The Immigrant Research and Policy Center pledges to give students, faculty and staff a series of speakers focused on the economy, academics and many more subjects focused on immigration this semester. “The provost liked the idea of immigration research so much, they decided, instead of doing a small grant, to create a bigger center,” said Idean Salehyan, assistant director of the center and political science faculty member. “So the center was created just this year.” Salehyan has dedicated much of his research to immigration and teaches Politics of Immigration. Because the center is still new, there isn’t a permanent facility. Those interested in attending events can find speakers in different parts of the campus, including Matthews Hall or the Environmental Education,

Science and Technology Building, throughout the semester. “All of the events this semester will be in different parts of campus, but eventually we hope to have a permanent room and a permanent facility,” Salehyan said. “We’re just getting started, so our first thing is to do this lecture series. We’ve explored the idea of doing a series of books that UNT faculty and other faculty can participate in. In the future, there will probably be conferences, but we’re really focused on this semester now.” This semester’s seven speakers include Pia Orrenius, focusing on immigration and the economy, Wayne Cornelius, focusing on recession and immigration, and Frank Kemerer, focusing on immigration policy and how it effects immigration students. “The binding theme is immigration and to the extent that people are interested in these issues as an academic interest or a social activist interest, they can

learn a lot,” Salehyan said. Todd Jewell, director of the center and member of the economics faculty, said the lectures and presentations are designed to give the audience a broad perspective on immigrant issues from a wide range of academic disciplines. “From a policy perspective, immigration is clearly important, given the size of the immigrant population in the U.S. and Texas,” he said in an e-mail. “Also, the immigration experience informs the political and economic activity of migrants and their families.” Jewell said there are about 25 faculty members on campus working on immigrant-related research. He will also be a part of the event series, presenting “Day Labor Sites in Dallas-Fort Worth.” James Hollifield, the center’s first speaker, brought about 50 students and faculty members

shed light on important information that UNT employees should know. Lorre Allen, the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, said she hopes to create additional trainings that will also be available for students. “Presentations should be catered to their audience,” she said. “However, this could apply to students in the workplace.” T he O f f ic e of E qua l Opportunity is a sub-section of the Department of Institutional Equity and Diversity. Allen began with the definition of sexual harassment, which she classified as “unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is disruptive to the workplace.” She spent the next hour and

20 minutes explaining the types of sexual harassment — quid pro quo and hostile work environment — and UNT’s policy. One of the major concepts described in the presentation was that the impact of a comment or action is the only thing that matters during an investigation into a sexual harassment claim. Unintentional events still have the ability to create a hostile work environment, so employers and their staff should not take them lightly. The presentation highlighted things that many people might not consider to be sexual harassment, like off-color humor. However, anything that can cause an individual to become extremely uncomfortable in the workplace is something that can


Professor Idean Salehyan serves as the associate director for the Immigrant Research and Policy Center. to the Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building for an overview of U.S. immigration. “There are a lot of great people

Employees learn to prevent harassment BY NICOLE L ANDRY Staff Writer

T he O f f ic e of E qua l Opportunity gave a presentation geared toward UNT’s managerial and supervisory staff about how to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The purpose of this training was to help UNT staffers recognize sexual harassment and understand the necessary steps that must be taken after a complaint is filed, as well as the consequences for not taking those steps. The presentation was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Marquis Hall Crystal Room. Janet Dobbs, the administrative coordinator for printing services, attended the presentation and said she thought it

lead to a complaint, according to the presentation. It also detailed the monetary impact that complaints have on employers and universities when they are taken to court. The average jury award for a sexual harassment claim is $1.8 million and universities can end up having to pay between $80,000 and $100,000 in litigation fees alone. However, court costs can be reduced if employers react to complaints in a timely manner, according to the presentation. Allen recapped the main bullet points that employers should remember: always take the appropriate steps to make UNT policy known to employees, monitor the workplace and take all complaints seriously, and always show respect to employees.

in the anthropology, political science, economics, history and other departments,” Salehyan said. “It’s a good way to get to know other people who are inter-

ested in similar topics.” For a list of speakers attending this semester’s events for the center, visit IRPC_Spring_2010.pdf.

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UNT fashion student’s designs take the runway BY GRACIELA R AZO Senior Staff Writer

Jonathan Aparicio slides his garments out of his bag, layers of precisely cut chiffon, seersucker and carefully pin-tucked 100 percent cotton. He places a navy one-shoulder strap dress over the neck of a mannequin with a 26.5-inch waist and zips up the side of his dress that took three months to create. “I started sewing stuff on my own when I was a little kid,” Aparicio said. “Then it turned into a little hobby.” The fashion design senior will show his creations Thursday at the Pin Show, an annual Dallas fashion event, to get his foot in the door of the fashion design industry. Aparicio had not made a single garment before becoming a fashion design student five years ago. He would alter his clothing as a child to fit his body type, he said.

When he began studying at UNT, he discovered his love for women’s clothing design. “With men, you’re more constricted to conservative looks, like a button-down shirt with long sleeves,” he said. “With women, you have a wider variety.” Noting designers Alberta Ferretti and John Galliano as favorites, Aparicio aims to make his clothes wearable and not just pretty to look at. Student designers go for experimental, avant-garde garments, but his goal is to make practical and beautiful clothing, Aparicio said. “I made a bustier and did the whole crinoline thing, and I was just unhappy with it at the end because I had nothing to do with it afterward,” he said. On Thursday, Aparicio will show three pieces at the Pin Show, including a navy wool pleated skirt, navy anchor printed dress and a blue and white chiffon dress that took him two weeks

to finish. Even though he still has garments to finish before then, he said he hopes to get his name out in the industry and meet more clients by putting his clothing on the runway. Aparicio has done numerous fashion shows in the area before, including many for charity. He created a jacket for an AIDS Services of a North Texas fashion event that sold for $1,000 and another that sold for $500. Leslie Moore, Aparicio’s roommate, said she hardly sees him because of his busy schedule creating garments and putting together his looks for a fashion show. “He’s always draping, making a pattern or sewing. He’s always working very hard,” Moore said. His designs are not for the average timid woman, and people attending the Pin Show will see how he will show only his best work, she said. “His designs are definitely not

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for the conservative woman,” Moore said. “They consist of bold designs and prints that are not for the fashionably shy. He knows how to tailor a garment for the perfect fit.” Li-Fen Anny Chang of the fashion design faculty has known Aparicio for more than three years and said he always has his focus on becoming the best fashion designer he can be. “He’s very artistic, and he definitely has a passion for this. He’s very competitive in the program,” Chang said. “I’m very proud of him because he works so hard, and he deserves the attention he is getting.”


Jonathan Aparicio, a fashion design senior, is one of 30 designers who will be featured Thursday in The Pin Show, an annual Dallas fashion show.

Group represents cultural diversity BY CHRISTINA MLYNSKI Staff Writer

Coinciding with the university’s expansion of cultural d iversit y, t he UN T World Echoes Organization represents members from 40 countries and more than 10 religions. The g roup cont inues to proceed w it h its v ision of providing a haven for international students, said Carmen Banea, president of World Echoes. “Over time, it occurred to me that there should be an organization where people all over the world could come together and no one could feel alone anymore; they would have a home on campus,” said Raluca Banea, UNT alumna and creator of World Echoes. The main mission behind what Raluca Banea and her sister Carmen, a computer engineering graduate student, started in the spring of 2001 was to establish a place on campus where students from internationa l backgrounds cou ld come toget her a nd represent their homeland, as well as create friendships with

other cultures in the melting pot of the U.S., Raluca Banea said. World Echoes has more than 400 student members, making the organization one of the largest on campus. The organization is selfsustained, funding itself by each member paying $5 per semester. A l l of t he proceeds go toward providing events and services to help expand the members’ cu ltura l understanding, said Olga Grieco, director of the International Welcome Center and adviser for the organization. The organization provides volunteer opportunities and helps members learn different languages and discover diverse customs, Grieco said. “World Echoes teams up with the School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management, and we get 10 students that represent 10 countries to teach other students about their types of cooking,” Grieco said. “It’s a good way for everyone to interact, and it’s really fun and tasty, too.” For members like Samer

Hassan, webmaster and event coordinator of World Echoes for the past four years, the or ga n i z at ion prov ide d a realization that contact with other civilizations is vital for breaking barriers of stereotypes about other cultures, Hassan said. “I’m from Egypt, and when I came here I didn’t interact with any other culture, so I had a false image, but when you actually build a personal connection with these people from other cultures, a lot is lea r ned,” Hassa n sa id. “A warm association is established between individuals and other countries.” The organization’s goal is to become a university program and to be a part of UNT’s history, Carmen Banea said. In November, World Echoes applied for recognized status, which could ultimately mean the organization would not have to pay any dues if it became a part of the university’s traditional organizations, Carmen Banea said. Registered organizations provide information through the Student Activities Center,

which t hen contacts t he Campus Clubs Committee, to show that the organization meets the required criteria. At that point, members who a re chosen a nd a p p oi nt e d b y S t u d e nt Development a nd t he Student Gover nment Association decide whether to acc ept appl ic at ion s, according to the Student Organization Handbook. “It would be great to be a part of UNT strategies, since we are the student body that would promote the multii nter nat iona l it y v ision,” Carmen Banea said. Nu mer ou s profe s s or s from an array of departments, such as sociolog y, business and engineering, h a v e p a r t ic ip at e d a nd devoted time and effort in continuing to shape t he vision of World Echoes. A s a resu lt, mu lt iple a c c om pl i s h me nt s w e r e recognized, Carmen Banea said. The latest was the 2008 Mean Green Organization Award, given to the most diverse and active student organization on campus.


Recent psychological research suggests that high stress levels have the ability to affect a student’s test scores and the performance of minute tasks.

Stress limits, helps student capabilities BY LORI LEE Staff Writer

Recent psychological research suggests that students’ stress levels can affect their test scores and their ability to perform simple tasks. However, stress at certain levels can also lead to improvements in memory. “For a person experiencing high levels of stress, simple tasks can still be done, but complex tasks are impaired,” said Adriel Boals of the psychology faculty. He noted that stress at certain levels can lead to improvements

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in memory, understanding and concentration. He said the Yerkes-Dodson curve, an empirical relationship between arousal and performance, shows that when stress is either low or high, people perform at their worst, but when stress is within a medium range, there’s an improvement in overall mental capacities. These improvements are related to “stress in the moment,” Boals said, and not significant stressful events like financial issues, relationship problems or death. These types of events create intrusive thoughts that interfere with memory and concentration. “I see a lot of students who are dealing with stress, and they’re just avoiding it. Stress doesn’t go away,” Boals said. “It can continue to have negative consequences.” There are easy ways to reduce stress, like taking a break, or engaging in productive activities, like exercise, writing a to-do list or talking to a friend. Boals advised students dealing with stress to seek counseling. Student fees pay for eight sessions at the Counseling and Testing Center. Lynne Cox, a doctoral student of applied technology and performance improvement, said she used biofeedback offered through UNT. Biofeedback teaches selfregulation of the autonomic nervous system. Cox said that when she started her doctoral program, she had significant amounts of stress because of the personal changes in her life and advancements in her career. “What I found was that, when I would get stressed out, my heart rate and blood pressure would increase, and what biofeedback does is it makes you more aware of your body’s reaction to certain thoughts, so it basically teaches you to relax.” Cox said her therapist taught her to focus on basic breathing and relaxation techniques.

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UNT welcomes Ragin’ Cajuns, honors seniors By Ben Baby Staff Writer

The UNT women’s basketball team will honor its two seniors, one of whom is one of the top offensive players in the program’s history, tonight before hosting the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at 7 p.m. With a win the Mean Green could move into fourth in the Sun Belt Conference West, but a loss would leave it in sixth out of the seven teams in the division. “I think [a win] helps for seeding,” head coach Shanice Stephens said. “I think it helps for confidence at this late … juncture in the season, just preparing for the tournament, and we just need it. We need it to bolster us, to prepare us for our next step.” Because of the match-up being the final home game of the season, UNT will honor guard Brittney James and forward Torrian Timms, the lone seniors on the rostere.

In her time here, James has made her mark on the program, etching her name into many different categories of the record books. The Orange native is top-10 all-time in points, 3-pointers, field goals, free throws and steals. “I’m sad and happy at the same time,” James said. “I thought I did some great things here at North Texas. Even though we struggled this season, I still had a lot of fun, and hopefully I can end on the court on a good note.” UNT (7-20, 4-12) and ULL (9-19, 4-12) come into the matchup with identical conference records. The two squads are locked in a four-way tie in the standings. If the season were to end today, the Mean Green would be seeded No. 11 in the SBC Tournament. They would face Florida International, who currently sits sixth in the conference. ULL rides into Denton with a bit of momentum, picking up

“I thought I did some great things here at North Texas. Even though we struggled this season, I still had fun.”

—Brittany James Senior guard

a close overtime win Sunday against Louisiana-Monroe. Before the victory, the Ragin’ Cajuns had dropped sevenstraight games by an average of 15.6 points per game. The Mean Green stumbles into the critical match-up as well, having lost six of its last seven games. UNT will be without the help of sophomore guard Tamara Torru and junior guard Niq’ky Hughes. Torru has not seen any playing since Jan. 30 against Middle Tennessee. “Even though we have a couple players down, we still match up well with [ULL],” Timms said. “If

we take care of the ball, we will be fine. They are going to have a harder time guarding us than us guarding them.” Defense will play a big role in determining the outcome of the match-up. When an opponent shoots more than 40 percent from the field, the Mean Green is 2-19, as opposed to 5-1 when its opponent shoots below that mark. Turnovers have also been something that has plagued the Mean Green all season. “If we out-rebound them, shoot the ball well and [commit] no turnovers, we win the game,” Stephens said.

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Junior guard Denetra Kellum slows things down while looking to pass in Sunday’s game. UNT takes on Louisiana-Lafayette tonight at the Super Pit.

Coaches of the week take tennis program to next level By Eric Johnson Senior Staff Writer

Two men from opposite ends of the world with completely different personalities shared a vision three years ago that is beginning to take shape, and now they are being rewarded for their efforts. A year after leading the Mean Green to its most successful campaign in more than a decade, head coach Sujay Lama and associate head coach Jeff Maren earned prestigious honors this month. Lama was awarded the United States Professional Tennis Association’s College Coach of the Year for the Texas Division and is a finalist for National Coach of the Year. “He had a great track record, great character and has done so much for his community,” said Ron Woods, awards chairman for the USPTA Texas Region. “He has done a tremendous job turning around UNT’s tennis program, and we are so proud that we were able to reward him for his efforts.” Lama remains humble despite nearly two decades of coaching success and numerous accolades. “This award is really a reflection on what is happening with this program,” he said. “I get singled out, but this is really a tribute to these girls and the way they have persevered. It is an honor for my peers to recognize me, but this is great exposure for this university.” Maren was inducted into the Thomas More College Hall of Fame after a stellar four-year playing career and his effort

as the original coach of the women’s tennis program. “It is strange being a coach and not playing anymore, but it is such an honor that your alma mater remembers who you are and what you accomplished,” Maren said. “Now I get the chance to join my friend in the greatest honor that Thomas More could grant me.”

Lama’s journey After being the No. 1 player in his native Nepal for three years, Lama left his home to travel to America and play for Division. 3 Luther College in Iowa. His fouryear career was flooded with awards and accomplishments, winning the singles and doubles title as well as conference MVP every season. Lama was also a two-time Volvo Collegiate All-American in singles and was the Player of the Year for the Midwest Region in 1992. “I have been through what my girls are going through, so I definitely think that it helps me to bring out their full potential,” Lama said. “I love tennis, I love playing and I always knew that I would love coaching.” Lama spent three years coaching elite talent at the Van Der Meer Tennis Center before beginning his collegecoaching career as a top assistant at Florida. He helped lead the national powerhouse to two national titles before taking over the st r ugg ling Il linois tennis program. Lama wasted little time in turning the program around, and he went on to earn 108 dual matches and five NCAA tournament invitations in his

eight years at Illinois. “What I did at Illinois is very similar to what I wanted to accomplish at UNT,” Lama said. “When I first came here, I looked at the entire university and I knew there was great potential here. We have a tremendous talent level now, and I honestly see us having that kind of success that I have had in the past.” Academics always come first with Lama, and he has coached 42 All-Academic Big Ten players, 13 ITA Scholar-Athletes and two Academic All-Americans. When Lama left Illinois, athletic director Rick Villarreal was thrilled to have him be the new leader of the Mean Green tennis program. “He had a tremendous persona l it y, u nbel ievable Photo by Maria Webster/Photographer experience and is a coach who stresses academics, we jumped Head coach Sujay Lama (left) and coach Jeff Maren pose with Lama’s United States Professional Tennis Association’s at the chance to bring him in,” Coach of the Year Award. Maren was recently inducted into the Thomas More College Hall of Fame. Villarreal said. “Not only has he coached in the NCAA tourna- during his college playing career, I can. It feels great to know that “Everywhere I have been, I ment, but he has coached players and upon graduation he began you are making a difference in have been part of growing a at Wimbledon and knows how to to teach and play club tennis. program,” Maren said. “It is a someone’s life.” develop top-level talent.” After his playing career ended, tremendous feeling to be able “I had never envisioned coaching as a career, but I fell Maren was asked to develop the to watch a program start from in love with it from the moment first women’s tennis program at the bottom and be able to help Maren’s mission While most tennis players I started,” he said. “I love being Thomas More. He would also develop it.” take up the sport at a young age, able to teach and being there to start the men’s tennis program Maren did not begin playing help develop players in any way at Brescia University. See COACHES on Page 7 until his freshman year of high school. He excelled from the start and would go on to be an All-American, earning him a scholarship to Thomas More in his home state of Kentucky. Maren earned a trip to the NAIA National Championships all four years and would be ranked in the top-50 nationally in singles. Maren gave tennis lessons


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Students should vote in primaries Editorial In January, we entered an election year. Local, state and national contests will be held through November, and the first major election will take place next week, the state primary. The March 2 election will decide which candidates are put on November’s ballot for the final vote. Politics itself is a polarizing subject. But despite any single individual’s belief, there’s no escaping the fact that our democracy depends on participation. The Editorial Board strongly believes UNT students should help elect the next Texas governor. Here’s why: We’re ‘not supposed to’ College students have historically been the least sought-after demographic. The assumption is we simply don’t care. We’re too caught up in our rock ‘n’ roll music and self-absorbed stickit-to-the-man attitudes to lend our vote and certainly too poor to contribute our money. To the latter claim the Editorial Board says, “ehh … yeah probably,” but the former is categorically untrue. University students have the ability — as President Barack Obama recently proved — to “rock the vote.” Nevertheless, with the exception of Obama’s campaign, politicians devote few resources to reaching the college vote, and this state election is no different. In mid-January when UNT hosted a debate for the republican candidates, the two leading candidates didn’t take the time to address student media. Even the overall fifth-place democratic contender Farouk Shami denied the Daily’s requests for an interview. As the fourth-largest university in the state, UNT has the potential to greatly affect the outcome of both the primaries and the general election. This election matters Unlike many other states’ administrators, the Texas governor enjoys relatively little direct control. Cabinet positions that are normally appointed, are elected in Texas. This allows the state’s residents a greater degree of influence and theoretically guards against corruption. For Texas college students specifically, the governor enjoys a greater degree of influence on the policies that affect their lives. Tuition prices at state universities are generally swayed by the authority of the governor’s office either through direct pressure or recommendation. Additionally, the governor appoints all state university boards of regents, and those appointments are usually won from political connections. For instance, UNT’s current chancellor, a highly active member in the Republican Party, was appointed to the board by Gov. Rick Perry, the leading candidate. The regents control almost every facet of the overall direction and operation of the university, so it’s important to be mindful of the connection they have to Austin when casting a vote. The Editorial Board encourages those already registered to vote in Tuesday’s primary. The next major election will be at the local level in May, followed by local, state and national elections in November.

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Today is a bittersweet day, but then again, Feb. 24 always is. It’s sweet because my birthday is only three days away. It’s bitter because it was my brother’s birthday. Cody Thomas Foster died of an accidental methadone overdose on April 22, 2001. He was 19. Yeah, we didn’t have the same last name because we have different fathers, but we grew from a zygote into babies in the same womb and never called ourselves half-brothers. My other brother Justin and I always introduce ourselves as brothers, never half. That’s the bond the three of us had. Both Justin and Cody had a massive inf luence on me while growing up, and they are a significant reason I am who I am today. The cartoons I watched, the bands I listened to and the video games I played were because of them. Brothers have special camaraderie about them. We lived across the street from our elementary school and Cody walked me there every day. We also met up afterward

and walked home together. This happened for two years until we moved to Plano. I remember cutting a Troll Doll’s hair in second grade, showing it to Justin and Cody and telling them to cut my long, blond mullet. They were happy to do so. Mom was not amused. We did a lot of stuff together, but they were older than I was and started having their own lives. Eventually, Cody went to live with his dad and Justin was a senior in high school, so I didn’t see either one much. Cody would visit some weekends while Justin worked, so it would just be him and me. We c on s t a nt l y pl a y e d “Mortal Kombat Trilogy” until the wee hours of the morning and would sleep until the afternoon. Cody always beat me because he was the best, but I gave him a run for his money occasionally. It would take me the better part of four years before I could actually hold my own against him. We never gloated. We simply played another match.

He was proud to see how far I had come in the game. I still remember the last time I saw him. It was sometime around March when I was in eighth grade. Cody visited during a weeknight just to say hi and stay the night. We played “Mortal Kombat” as usual, then some “Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2” for good measure. He played a Crash Bandicoot game and eventually watched “American Pie” as I fell asleep. He rode with me to school the next morning as Mom dropped me off. He got out of the car and hugged me, and that was the last time I would see him. My 17th birthday present from mom was my first tattoo. A guy came to our apartment to do it since state law required me to be 18. It’s on my chest and reads “Cody Foster Gone But Not Forgotten.” Cody had drawn a self-portrait, and I got that on my left arm when I turned 18. I’ll never regret those two tattoos. Justin and I were together for Cody’s birthday last year.

It was a rarity because of our schedules and it being a weeknight, but the two of us had fun. I remember pouring our drinks on the ground for “Our fallen homie,” as Justin said. Feb. 24 is always bittersweet, but despite the pang of a lost brother, I attempt to make it a good day. I know Cody would be proud of me, like the rest of my family, and I try not to be sad. This column is for him. Happy birthday, buddy. We all love and miss you.

Ryan Feuerhelm is a journalism senior. He can be reached at Ryan.Feuerhelm@comunt. edu.

Men’s basketball team needs support T he Nor t h Tex a s men’s basketball team is on a roll. The Mean Green has won six games in a row, eight of its last nine games, and it currently sits atop the Sun Belt West div ision. The tea m is t ied for the No. 1 seed heading into the last t wo games of the season. Fi n i s h i n g t he y e a r a s reg u la r season cha mpions w ill g uarantee it a spot in t he N I T t ou r n a ment no matter how the conference cha mpionship sha kes out. Winning the last two games of the season and the conference tournament will mean a season record of 24-8 and a spot in the NCA A basketball tournament for the second time in four years. North Texas is also on the cusp of its four t h-stra ight 20-plus win season. A 20-win season is always the benchma rk of a good tea m, a nd North Texas is about to make it four in a row. Head coach

Johnny Jones was g ra nted a contract extension at the Board of Regents meeting, ensu r i ng t he a rch itect of this successful run will be around at least for a few more years. But, gee… you wou ldn’t know the Mean Green was enjoying such success in a marquee college sport by the attendance of the students. For Saturday’s penultimate home game, I counted maybe 200 students in attendance, and most of them sat on their butts for the entire game. There were more elementary school students in attendance than UNT students, and they had to be herded onto buses to make the trip to the Super Pit. Quite frankly, I’m puzzled by UNT students’ behavior. They are practically ignoring the tremendous achievement of Johnny Jones and the Mean Green basketball team. I don’t understand it.

I read a Facebook comment the other night that 20 wins in a season is “all right” for North Texas but wasn’t a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Unbelievable. Let’s set the record straight. A l t h o u g h h a v i n g f o u rstraight 20-win seasons is not extremely rare, it is a significa nt accompl ish ment for any team. Doing it for fourstraight years places UNT in great company. Kansas State is about to have its first four-year run of 20-w in seasons. Fa med head coach Chuck Daly did it just once. For North Texas to make the move to a more prestigious conference, we need to do more than just win on the field or on the court. We need to win it in the stands as well. Fan attendance is a critical factor when conference commissioners look at potential schools to extend an invi-

tation. The pieces are falling into place for Nort h Texas athletics. The new athletic fee will generate desperately needed f unding for a ll sports, t he football stadium is 16 months f rom open i ng, a nd, when finished, the athletic village w i l l be t he env y of ma ny universities. We need the students to start honoring the hard work and achievement of all the people who have labored to ma ke t his happen. So I cha l lenge t he st udents of North Texas to turn out this Thursday night for the final home game. Stand up, be loud and send UNT into t he tour na ment with the No. 1 seed and the momentum to win the Sun Belt Championship. Derrick Murray is a business graduate student. He can be reached at DerrickMurray@

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“Apple is a pretty face on an evil company, so people think it’s okay. I’m morally opposed to them banning applications from thirdparty developers and not Playboy, but I can’t stop it.”

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The Script: Basketball team set for next year BY SEAN GORMAN Senior Staff Writer

One growing trend in the sports world today is the difficulty of achieving consistent success over long periods of time. More often than not, a team will perform at a high level and have one of its best seasons, then fall short the next year, returning to mediocrity. A great example of this tendency can be found in college basketball, where the North Carolina Tar Heels will likely fail to reach the NCAA Tournament after winning the National Championship almost a year ago. This occurs for a variety of reasons, and as the UNT men’s basketball team has one of its best seasons in recent history, the Mean Green faithful may wonder if this could happen to it next year. While conventional wisdom may say otherwise, the players returning for UNT lead me to believe that the Mean Green can match this season’s success. If some things go its way, it may even exceed it. UNT will enter next year with eight seniors, some with at least two years of experience in the starting five. Junior guards Josh White, Tr ista n T hompson a nd Shannon Shorter have done their part in helping the Mean Green win six-straight games while junior forward George Odufuwa averages a doubledouble.

An improved group of reserves will also help the Mean Green, as head coach Johnny Jones has given his bench extended minutes during the final stretch of this season.

Sean Gorman S en ior g ua rd C ol l i n Mangrum brings experience to the UNT bench, and freshmen Alzee Williams and Jacob Holmen have continued to get better as the year has gone on. A major void that must be filled next season will be the loss of senior forward Eric Tramiel, who has led the Mean Green turnaround at midseason with 15.3 points per game on 63 percent shooting. Fortunately, UNT has options for replacing Tramiel, with Holmen and juniors Cameron Spencer and Kedrick Hogans capable of replacing the 6-foot4-inch Louisiana native after this year. There is no doubt there will be a drop in talent at this position, as Tramiel is a special player, but these three guys have enough ability to provide some stability at power forward. UNT saw another loss when junior guard Richard Thomas

left the team and said he planned to transfer last week, but this departure gives UNT an opportunity with another scholarship to offer a high school senior. Considering Thomas had been already been suspended earlier in the season and was seeing limited minutes, this appears to be a chance for the Mean Green to find a player that can fit its system better than the junior college transfer. Experience and talent are not the only traits going in UNT’s favor: Having a coach who is on his way to his fourthstraight 20-win season certainly doesn’t hurt. Extending Jones’ contract was the smartest thing the UNT Board of Regents could have done. Jones has tournament experience, a system that works year in and year out, and a strong relationship with all of his players on the team. An emphasis on free-throw shooting has worked during Jones’s entire career at UNT, and his team currently leads the country in free throws made per game. With most of its players returning and Jones knowing what’s best for his team, the Mean Green will not be suffering any sort of letdown in the 2010-2011 season. Unless major improvement happens in the rest of the Sun Belt, there’s a good chance the Mean Green could exceed it.


Associate head tennis coach Jeff Maren (left) and head coach Sujay Lama sit in coach Lama’s office. The coaches have led the tennis program’s turnaround in their three years at UNT.

Coaches build successful program with shared vision Continued from page 5 When Lama took over as head coach, he knew that Maren was someone who could help build a strong foundation for UNT’s tennis program. Villarreal shared Lama’s admiration for UNT’s associate head coach. “The first thing I thought after meeting Jeff was that I really hoped we could bring him in,� Villarreal said. “He shared Lama’s goals and his vision, and I knew that if we had the two of them here working together that we would have great success.�

Different personalities, same vision Lama oozes energy, and at any practice or match it is his voice that is heard inspiring his team and correcting its mistakes. The

demanding nature of the Mean Green’s demonstrative leader has earned him the respect of his players. “He is always excited and it gets us excited about what we are doing,� said the team’s No. 1 player, sophomore Irina Paraschiv. “ Maren watches with a quiet calm. His soft and gentile approach has helped him grow his team into athletes and people. The women of the tennis team trust him with any problems they are having on or off the tennis court. “Coach Maren is like our mother,� Paraschiv said jokingly. “Any time we need him, he is there for us. He does a great job improving the little things in our game, and if we are having personal or academic problems,

he goes out of his way to help.� The two first met after Lama was hired as the new head coach of the UNT tennis team in the summer of 2006, and while Maren recognized that the two had different personalities, he said, he knew they had the same aspirations. The experienced duo both wanted to turn the Mean Green into a program that was consistent competitor for the Sun Belt Conference championship and a national contender. “I believed 100 percent in what coach Lama wanted to do with this program, and it was definitely something that I wanted to be a part of,� Maren said. To read the full version of this story, visit

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