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Activists camp out to speak with U.S. senator BY SHEA YARBOROUGH AND LISA GARZA Senior Staff Writers

OK L A HOM A CI T Y — Sleeping bags lined the black metal fence Tuesday morning out side t he C ha se Tower wh i le st udents a nd act ivists from across the country stood shaking from freezing temperatures, holding signs that read “Dr. Coburn: Please Say Yes.” The Ok la homa Hold Out unfolded Friday at the Chase Tower’s front door and has lasted more t han 90 hours so far. The building houses one of Republican Sen. Tom Coburn’s offices. He is the only U.S. senator out of 100 who will not pass the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act, and the activists aren’t leaving until he does, said Lisa Dougan, director of communications for Resolve Uganda. Joseph Kony and his rebels, ca l l t hemselves t he Lord’s Resistance Army, originally focused on Uganda. However, t he y have w idene d t hei r scope, committing horrendou s at t a c k s , m a s s a c r e s and abductions throughout Cent ra l A f r ica, Douga n said. The bill, submitted in May 2009, wou ld ma ndate t hat

President Ba rack Oba ma’s administration seek a solution that would disband the Lord’s Resistance Army and provide money to rehabilitate the Ugandan children. Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., sponsored the bill. “We believe this bill is the best chance for lasting peace,” Dougan said. On Mist i Day, a genera l st ud ies ju n ior, d rove t he 204-mile trek from Denton on Friday afternoon to join the protest. The Ok lahoma Hold Out began with a twomile, 75-person march from the state capitol building. It ended at the Chase Tower, where the protesters delivered 150 letters to Coburn, petitioning him to say “yes” to the Uganda bill, according to w w w.coburnsay “It ’s a b out l i v e s,” Day said. Making a statement Since 4 p.m. Friday aftern o on , t h e a c t i v i s t s a t e, protested a nd slept at t he tower’s front door. Tuesday afternoon marked t he fourt h day of peacef ul protest, with protesters still hold ing t heir sig ns as t he temperature wa rmed f rom its early morning 27 degrees to 43 degrees. “I’m pretty freakin’ cold,”

Liz Gurney, a UNT international studies freshman, participated in the protest outside the Chase Tower in Oklahoma City. said Liz Gurney, an internationa l studies freshman. “I was kind of worried for a little bit because I can’t really feel my toes.” Kyle Putman, a social work freshman, gripped his sign tight as he shook v iolent ly


In a press conference, held at noon on Tuesday at the Chase Tower in Oklahoma City, Mark Nehrenz, an activist and Oklahoma University alumnus, asked that Senator Tom Coburn meet with the protesters to compromise on a plan for the bill.

f rom a ch i l l i n t he w i nd. Put ma n sa id endur ing t he freezing weather was uncomfortable, but he is determined to stay out there as long as it takes. “A lot of people are misinformed a nd we a re ra ising awareness,” he said. “We make a difference in every person we talk to by getting our point across, telling them what we are doing and letting them know that we are not angry, hippy protesters.” One year ago, UNT hosted a screening of “Rough Cut,” an Invisible Children documentary telling the story of what’s happening to t he Ugandan children. The film addressed k id nappi ngs i n t he n ig ht, children w itnessing v iolent acts and being turned into child soldiers for the Lord’s Resistance Army, Day said. “I got hooked on the story of Uganda,” Day said. “The Ugandans are our brothers a nd si ster s i n t he g loba l community.” A f ter t he screening, Day said she attended an event hosted by Invisible Children and Resolve Uganda ca lled

“How It Ends,” held in June in Washington, D.C. But it was meet ing Ugandans who had survived the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army that made it most real for Day, she said. “They are real people, and these are rea l issues,” Day said. Retur ning to Denton on Monday afternoon, Day said she com m it ted hersel f to a water-only fast until she can either ma ke it back to Oklahoma City to continue the protest or the until the bill passes.


The issues, the bill, the war Don Tatro, Coburn’s press secretary, said he is aware of the Oklahoma City protest, does not oppose the purpose of the bill and wants it to pass soon. The main concern is where the budget cuts w ill come from to pay for the bill w it hout add i ng a ny t h i ng more to t he nat iona l debt because there is no money to spend, Tatro said. To see multimedia for this story, visit ntdaily. com

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By the Numbers • $128 million spent in 2008 for Northern Uganda effort • If the act is passed, $40 million will be allotted for relief efforts -$30 million for recovery of child soldiers -$10 million for immediate relief aid

New BioLife Plasma Services center to open in fall BY K RYSTLE CANTU Staff Writer

A ne w BioL i fe Pl a s m a Services donation center is being built in Denton on the corner of Brinker Road and Quail Creek. This w ill replace the old center with a larger facility that will accommodate more donor s, a long w it h ot her updates. The center will be finished in November 2010. “It’s too small and starting to get a little outdated,” said Russel l Boeckenstedt, a genera l cont ractor for t he building for site, about the old facility. “So they’re updating it and putting out a bigger unit. It’s about 15,000-square-feet building.” Some st udent s at U N T donate plasma as a source of income. “I’ve been donating for a little over three years. I go t w ice a week, ever y week, which brings me about 200 bucks a mont h income for donating my plasma,” said Benja m i n Va i l, a pol it ica l

science grad student. “I feel good about helping people. But, the real reason I come every week for years, is that 50 bucks a week.” A c c or d i n g t o w w w., plasma is used i n a va r iet y of l i fe-sav i ng t reat ments a nd t herapies, including those for serious disorders such as hemophilia a nd i m mu ne system def iciencies. Those donat ions benef it t housands of people ever y day. It is a low-risk procedu re w it h m i n i ma l or no side effects. The procedure u su a l l y t a ke s a rou nd 45 minutes or longer, depending on the patient. “There’s no side effects,” Va i l sa id. “Rea l ly, t hey ’re pay i ng you for you r t ime. It ta kes about a n hou r to draw and that’s what they’re paying you for. It’s easy. It doesn’t really hurt, only the init ia l st ick, a f ter t hat it’s pretty calm.” However, plasma donating might not be for ever yone,

Vail said. “If you’re ner vous about needles, if the sight of blood ma kes you queasy, it’s not for you,” he sa id. “W hen I f irst ca me here to donate, what really helped me settle down was I looked around, a nd t he r o om i s f u l l of people sitting in beds with t hei r a r m s plu g ge d i nto machines. They’re reading books, t hey’re listening to their iPods, they’re watching movies, calm as Hindu cows. For ever ybody who comes h e r e r e g u l a r l y, i t ’s j u s t routine.” People ca n on ly donate t w ice w it h i n a seven-day period, with at least one day bet ween donat ion s. T hey receive $25 to $50 per donation. A donor can make as much as $50 to $100 per week, depending on the center. All applicants are screened a nd must pa ss a med ica l exa m i nat ion before bei ng eligible to donate. They must also be at least 18 years of age and weigh at least 110


A new BioLife Plasma Services center is under construction on Brinker Road. Many people, including college students, use plasma donations as an additional source of income. pounds. Delmar “Trace” Rogers, a business sophomore, said he was confident going into his first plasma donation.

“I’m helping donate plasma so I can help someone else out, a nd I’m get t i ng pa id cash at the same time, so it helps me out too,” he said.

“It’s something good that you should be doing. It’s the same thing as donating blood, and I’ve gotten to help out a lot of other people.”


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New app store in the making to rival Apple BY K RYSTLE CANTU Staff Writer

AT&T, Sprint and Verizon are among 24 companies planning to take on Apple’s App Store with their own version, which will run on a multitude of smart phones. The store will be called the Wholesale Applications Community. Its main purpose will be to make it easier for developers to create applications for all smart phones and operating systems by creating a uniform standard for all platforms. This will mean a broader choice of applications and services available for consumers, AT&T spokeswoman Sarah Andreani said. “If we make it easy for developers to bring apps into the market, then customers will have more apps available for them,” Adreani said. “We’re trying to come together and make a common set of guidelines for developers to get their applications to users.” Representatives from the companies met Feb. 15 in Barcelona, Spain, to discuss their plans. Three electronic companies are also in support of this move: LG Electronics, Samsung and Sony Ericsson. With Apple being the lead seller for the majority of applications

on smart phones, it’s nice to see a rival group in the market, said Ian Parberry, interim chairman for the computer science department. “I think it’s great that there is finally competition in that market,” he said. “It’s a huge market and there is a lot of money to be made.” The Wholesale Applications Community has a lot to compete against with the multitude of Apple applications that are being added to the store every day, Parberry said. “They have a long way to go before they can match the Apple App Store,” he said. According to Apple’s Web site, there are now more than 85,000 applications available to customers through the iPhone and iPod Touch as of September of last year. Mallory Green, a psychology senior and owner of a Palm Centro from Sprint, said she would be thrilled to have applications available for phones such as hers. She said that with applications being available to a broader variety of phones, instead of purchasing them, students with her phone may be able to send and trade apps for free.

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION COURTESY OF JOHN BOURDREAU/SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/MCT Her phone has the ability to copy applications to and from other phones using a device on the side of the phone called a beam. “I think it’s awesome, you

2010-11 academic year, while a full-scale search for a permanent president is underway. Also, in the same article, former President Gretchen Bataille’s tenure did not end on Feb. 25, but rather Feb. 28. In the March 2 online version of the Daily, the article “A rare treasure on the UNT campus” said that the items

overrated,” she said. “I’ve been against it for so long.” Derrick Dike, a finance senior and owner of a BlackBerry Curve, said that this will finally bring some superiority to the

BlackBerry in making it compatible with the iPhone. “It’s already superior, but it widens the gap now,” he said. “It is adding more to the effect that a BlackBerry is better.”

Activists clash with senator

Correction In the March 2 edition of the Daily, the article “Bataille says goodbye at Emerald Ball” should have read that Phil Diebel will serve as interim president for 90 days, and he will step down when the Board of Regents identifies an academic leader to join UNT as the longer-term president. This academic interim president will continue through the

can send applications that you bought,” she said. “[The] iPhone doesn’t have that.” Green said she was never really a fan of the iPhone. “I think the iPhone is really

are too fragile to be handled by anyone other than the staff of the department. However, out of the more than 20,000 items housed in the Rare Book and Texana Collections, there are only about ten that are too fragile. Other than these few items, the remainder of the materials are available and accessible for researchers.

Continued from page 1 “For ever y dol la r t he gover n ment br i ngs i n, we spend two,” he said. The activists said that the money is out of the existing state department money for foreign aid and that nothing would be added to the national debt by funding the bill. “This bill does not directly add a dime to our deficit, and Sen. Coburn knows that,” said Kenneth Transier, a legislative fellow with Resolve Uganda in Washington, D.C. For Coburn to move the bill for ward, money must come f rom t he ex ist i ng budget, cutting money from another program, Tatro said, a task he said is not difficult. “T here i s mone y bei ng wasted, so it’s not ha rd to find funding,” Tatro said. F i n d i n g t h e m on e y i s t he u lt imate goa l, but Ma rk Neh ren z, a n act iv ist a nd Ok la homa Un iver sit y alumnus, said they are willing to comprom i se i f Cobu r n would meet with them. “Thirty-nine days after we requested to meet with Sen. Coburn to find a compromise, he still hasn’t found the time,” Nehrenz said. A bout t wo mont h s ago, t here was a n attack in t he Congo that was the largest PHOTO BY MELISSA BOUGHTON/ASSIGNING EDITOR s i n g l e a t t a c k t h e L or d’s Resista nce A r my ha s ever Students and activists are camped outside one of Republican Sen. Tom Coburn’s c om m it te d, Douga n sa id. offices in Oklahoma City. The protesters have been there since Friday. More than 300 people were systematically massacred and were abducted and two were very much alive and moving,” more than 100 people were killed in the Central African Dougan said. “There is a small abducted. window of time at this point Republic. Two weeks ago, 30 people “Th is rebel a r my is st i l l to see this violence stop.”

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 Amber Arnold, Arts & Life Editor

Arts & Life

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Student bikes across U.S. for affordable housing BY GRACIELA R AZO Senior Staff Writer

When Cassie Holtz was 19 years old and backpacking around Cambodia and Vietnam, she noticed something that would change her life. As Holtz walked around with only a map in her hands, she saw decrepit houses with walls caving in and knew she had to make a change. When Holtz returned to the U.S., she saw the same problems. “When you open your eyes, you see the problems that exist, so I decided to try to make a difference because we really needed it,” Holtz said. Now the communications junior is leading a group of 28 bicyclists from Jacksonville, Fla., to San Francisco, Calif., to raise money for Bike and Build, an organization that provides affordable housing for lowincome families. From May 27 to Aug. 9, Holtz and the team will bike more than 3,600 miles and stop for 17 build days where they will construct houses from the ground up in cities in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico and California. Bicyclists will collect sponsorship money and do all of the building themselves with only five days off during the entire ride.

“There’s no better feeling than working with your hands to build something for someone who otherwise wouldn’t have it,” Holtz said. She got involved with the Bike and Build organization after working with AmeriCorps last year. The program interested her, she said, because she gained a passion for affordable housing after working with Habitat for Humanity and because the biking aspect of the trip appealed to her sense of adventure. “It’ll be a way to really see the United States up close and personal,” Holtz said. “I embrace the crazy.” Holtz does not have her own bike, so she is preparing herself for the long bike ride by working out on the elliptical machines at the Pohl Recreation Center. She is also focusing on raising the $4,000 of sponsorships she needs before the trip begins. It takes a special kind of person to lead bicyclists on these routes to build houses, said Brendan Newman, program director of Bike and Build. “It’s not just the athletic aspect, but the commitment to service and leading 28 other people in the journey with you,” he said. About 85 percent of the organization’s participants have never done anything this strenuous before, but their partici-


This summer Cassie Holtz, a communications junior, will ride her bike from Jacksonville, Fla., to San Francisco, Calif., stopping in 15 cities along the way to help build houses as a part of the organization Bike and Build. Holtz will serve as a group leader of her route. pation is vital to the organization’s members raising its goal of $630,000 for this route, Newman said. “It’s amazing to see these young people coming out,” he said. “It takes a ton of dedication, and it speaks volumes about her character.”

Vanessa Lewis, a broadcast senior, said she wanted to be Holtz’s first sponsor for her trip. Lewis contributed $20 to help Holtz meet her sponsorship goal. Taking on a project like this is “typical Cassie” because she

is always looking for something new and exciting to do, Lewis said. “It takes a special person to want to dedicate their time and strength to do something like that,” Lewis said. “But if anyone could pull this off, it’s Cassie. She strives for the impossible.”

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UNT students compete to shadow executives Friday BY K ATIE GRIVNA Senior Staff Writer

W hen ma rketing senior Jennifer Thomas wakes up Friday morning, she won’t grab her backpack and head to campus as usual. Instead, Thomas will learn about the executive business world through the eyes of Jim Keyes, the president of Blockbuster, Inc. as she shadows him for the day as part of the first UNT Executive Apprentice. “I’m interested in seeing how they run their business model today,” she said. UNT Executive Apprentice is an event that gives UNT students the chance to win an opportunity to shadow seniorlevel executives for a day. The event is hosted by the UNT Professional Leadership Program, which helps students

transition from college to the workforce. “We just want them to kind of gain an understanding of what it is really like out there and give them a sample of what they could be doing one day,” said Renee Hebert, the program’s director. For a chance to shadow one of the nine executives, students bought a ticket for $2 or 10 tickets for $15. The program sold 578 tickets to raise $920, which will pay for the program’s activities. Members were also challenged to sell 20 raffle tickets. When Hebert attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe for her undergraduate studies, she said, the university had a program called the “Big Switch” where students purchased raffle tickets, and

“I think it is a great opportunity for the students to see how those of us who are in these executive positions do what we do all day long,” he said. Graves said he is looking forward to getting to know his apprentice. “Since I’m not teaching anymore, I don’t have as close contact with students,” he said. “So I think for me, it would just GRAPHIC COURTESY OF TIMOTHY RECK/MCT be a great opportunity to be in The Professional Leadership Program is sponsoring its inaugural series of UNT close contact with a student Executive Apprentice — an opportunity for UNT students to shadow top execu- during an entire day.” Dea nna Ba rnes, a n tives for a day. accounting junior and member if they won, they traded places Executive Apprentice is some- of the program, will shadow with professors and administra- thing students look forward to Graves. She said she is really excited tors for the day, even teaching every year. Fin ley Graves, dea n of to talk to him about his expericlasses. “I thought we should try t he Col lege of Bu si ness ence as an accountant because something like that here,” she Administration, is one of the she has been debating whether executives participating in the to pursue accounting. said. “That will be great to talk to She said she hopes the UNT UNT Executive Apprentice.

him about how he decided he wanted to be an accountant,” she said. Hank Wright, a finance master’s student and member of the Professional Leadership Program, said many of the companies participating in the UNT Executive Apprentice are companies he was interested in working for. Wright will shadow a senior vice president at Capitol One Bank and said he is looking forward to gaining a better understanding of the banking industry and what it does on a daily basis. Students will also shadow exec ut ives f rom Interstate Batteries, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the National Basketball Association Development League Frisco, Raytheon and Toni & Guy.

Student artists compete in state-wide exhibition BY CHRISTINA MLYNSKI Staff Writer

Rising Eyes of Texas started in the spring of 2008 when John Aasp, the visual arts director and curator, wanted to give students a way to bridge the gap between college and the outside world while still having a place to showcase their artwork, he said. Rockport Center for the Arts will host the third annual Rising Eyes of Texas exhibit for 40 student artists across Texas to showcase their personal themes of life using a creative medium. The exhibit will begin today and run through March 27 with an opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. “Out of all the shows, this one is the most fun out of the year because it’s a breath of fresh air and all the diversity that comes from the art programs,” he said.

“I really wanted to create a statewide identity.” The purpose of the show is to present a generation of artists who have established their own voice through their art, according to the Rockport Art Center Web site. Lauren Hirsch, a printmaking and art history senior, was selected for her piece entitled “Patience Worth.” “It’s a three-plate intaglio, which is a combination of etching and aquatint, and the second piece is a woman archetype,” she said. “It’s the idea of women in terms of class and what it means to modern day art and society.” Irby Pace, a studio art graduate student, was also chosen to represent UNT and said he is grateful for the opportunity to be recognized for his art. His piece is called “You Saved

My Life, but I’ll Never Return the Favor.” “I’m not putting a generic title on it,” he said. “Possibly someone can relate on a level to something I’ve experienced and see my direction of what’s going on in the theme. They should be able to embrace and feel it.” Each year a juror is selected to issue three awards to artists who he or she feels have a contemporary approach. This year’s juror is Kelly

Klaasmeyer, UNT alumna and editor of the online art journal “Glasstire.” Klaasmeyer has been an art critic for 10 years and has received multiple journalism and art awards. “I work as an artist and an art critic, so I’m operating in two worlds,” she said. “When I look at the work, I can understand it from the point of view of an artist as well as evaluate what credit has gone into the work.”

Rising Eyes of Texas is a nonprofit organization that receives money t h roug h memberships, foundation and patron support, and the artist fee paid by competing students. In return, the money is given back as prize winnings. The free exhibition features artists from 13 universities. The competition is open to entries from all graduate, undergraduate and continuing students from Texas.

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Athlete of the Week is ‘ultimate warrior’ BY ERIC JOHNSON Senior Staff Writer

Down match point with her back against the wall, in a moment where most players crumble under the pressure, the UNT tennis team’s captain Catalina Cruz thrives. UNT’s senior leader battled her way to her first Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week after going a perfect 5-0 last week, including registering the Mean Green’s only singles victory against the team’s biggest rival, No. 37 Florida International. “She is the ultimate warrior,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “We have watched Cat escape from the jaws of defeat so many times. There is no one better down match point than her. She is an inspiration to the rest of her team because of the way she is always fighting.” The Bogota, Colombia, native started her journey toward success on the court when she was seven years old, after a severe accident ended her father‘s cycling career. She began playing tennis with her father nearly every day, and Cruz felt an immediate connection to the game. “I loved it from the first time I picked up a racket,” Cruz said. “My dad really got into tennis, and I would play any chance that I got. Even when I was that young I knew that tennis is what I wanted to do.” For eight-straight years, Cruz was ranked in the top 10 in Columbia, including two years as the country’s No. 1 ranked junior player from 2002-2003. With her junior’s career coming to a close, Cruz was left with a choice: school or tennis.

senior embraces the leadership role and has eased the transition for her new doubles partner, freshman Barbora Vykydalova. Cruz welcomed the Šumperk, Czech Republic native, and the two have strengthened the Mean Green doubles lineup with a 6-2 record. “She made it much easier for me, and I just felt comfortable playing with her,” Vykydalova said. “We really compliment each other well, and she understands what I am going through, coming from another country. Her attitude makes her so much fun to play with.” There is a permanent grin painted on Cruz’s face, and even in the most challenging moments, her teammates look to her to keep them positive. “She is always smiling, always hyper, always energetic and she just puts everyone in a great mood,” Ranganathan said. “It is so much more fun to play when you know that you are playing with your friends, and that they genuinely care about you and want PHOTO BY REBEKAH GOMEZ/PHOTOGRAPHER to do well for you. Cat is always Senior and team captain Catalina Cruz was named Sun Belt Conference Player of The Week for her effort in three matches last week. fighting for us, and it makes us want to do everything for her.” The 24-year-old business major shouldering the responsibility kind of person that we could build so happy with the experience With no collegiate athletic will earn her bachelor’s degree programs in Colombia, Cruz that I have had and the chance a program around,” Lama said. of team captain. In September, Cruz was named in May, and she plans to attend “She has this positive attitude decided to continue her education to build a future.” The 5-foot-4-inch warrior and passion that is infectious, and team captain for the second graduate school at UNT. and playing career in America. In “I want to always be here for 2007, Cruz left home and started earned Freshman of the Year you can tell that she really appre- season in a row and has provided a new journey at Ouachita Baptist and Academic All-Gulf South ciates the gift that she has. She is the team with guidance and lead- my teammates,” Cruz said. “They have been a huge part of my life, Conference honors in her only the kind of player and person that ership. University in Arkansas. “Cat is someone that we look and I want to make sure that I am “It was difficult to leave home, season at Ouachita, and she is a role model, and that is what up to in every aspect,” said junior able to help them grow into the but I knew that I wanted to earn sparked the attention of Lama you want on your team.” During her first season with Madura Ranganathan, Cruz’s people that I know they can be.” a degree and still be able to play in the process. Cruz and the Mean Green face Cruz believed in Lama’s vision the Mean Green, Cruz won a teammate and best friend. “She tennis,” Cruz said. “You don’t get that kind of opportunity and was excited about the oppor- combined 18 matches and was motivates us on the court and is another challenge this weekend, named the team’s MVP. The always there for us away from as the team will try to calm the No. everywhere, and I knew that in tunity of playing for UNT. 42 Tulsa Golden Hurricane and “We connected as soon as we following season, Cruz tallied the court.” Colombia I would have to choose The Mean Green’s only the Kansas State Wildcats. between the two. I have just been met, and I knew that she was the 24 combined wins while also

UNT earns best conference finish UNT loses playoff, BY BOBBY LEWIS

Contributing Writer The UNT track and field team made history at the Sun Belt Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Sunday as the men’s team finished second, the highest finish in school history. The team finished with seven first-place finishes and 16 All-Sun Belt Conference selections. “This is a very, very competitive conference,” head coach Rick Watkins said. “I don’t think you can go into that meet expecting to dominate like we did, especially in the sprint events.” The team finished with five victories in the sprint events, including two from sophomore

Keyth Talley in the 55-meter and 200-meter dashes. Talley, who was named the Sun Belt Indoor Track’s most outstanding male track athlete, continued his stellar season, setting two school records and two Sun Belt Championship records. He also set two NCAA provisional marks, all on the first day of the meet. The cold weather has made it difficult for the team to practice as much as it wants, so Talley was not expecting to have the big meet he had. “I looked up at the board, and I was actually surprised at what I ran,” he said. “It’s pretty cool to know I can run that fast without

that much practice behind it.” Talley was also a part of the men’s 4 by 400 relay team, along with Montrell Pyron, Russell Sams and Reggie Hayter, who won the gold Sunday. Going into the relay, all the Mean Green had to do to lock up second place was defeat Louisiana-Lafayette. The women also captured gold in the 4 by 400 relay as Alysha Adams, Brittani Simmons, Monica Dunn and Roshunda Pierson finished with a time of 3:53.23. Junior Missy Barnes, fresh off being named Sun Belt Conference Performer of the Week, set a school record in the 55-meter dash, finishing with a time of 6.96

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seconds. Barnes was happy with how her season went. “I think it went real well compared to how I did last year,” Barnes said. “It was a huge improvement.” Junior Alysha Adams nearly broke another school record in the 55-hurdles as she finished first in the event with a time of 7.77 seconds. Adams also took home the gold in the 200-meter relay in 24.01 seconds. Jordan Wehr had another standout performance for the Mean Green, finishing first again in the men’s heptathlon. Wehr won with 5,075 points, 231 points ahead of the nearest competition. As for NCAA selections, Watkins feels confident that the Mean Green can be well represented at the NCAA Championship. “We’ll find out for sure next weekend,” Watkins said. “I think Keyth’s obviously got a good shot. We’re going to take a group to Arkansas this weekend for the last chance qualifier meet to see if we can move up and see how many we can get in.” The NCAA Championship will take place on Mar. 12 and 13 in Fayetteville, Ark. All the athletes who hit provisional marks this season have the chance to make it.

finishes in second BY L AURA ZAMORA Staff Writer

The UNT women’s golf team teed off on its spring season with a second-place finish at the Islander Classic on Tuesday in Corpus Christi. The Mean Green led the 11-team tournament after two days of play, three shots ahead of Tulsa and Oral Roberts, but found itself tied for first with Tulsa at Tuesday’s end. UNT fell short in a playoff with Tulsa, finishing with a 934 (+60) in the three-day tournament at the Corpus Christi Country Club. “We battled back and forth with Tulsa and traded punches with them for three days,” head coach Jeff Mitchell said. “Tulsa has a program with a great deal of history, and they’re 33rd in the nation, but I’m really proud of my team.” Sophomores Kelsey Kipp and Addison Long finished 13-over par with a 229 for a three-way tie for fifth place. Long led the team Sunday in fourth place individually with a 76 and improved to 73 Monday, placing her in second place individually. She shot an 80 on

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the final day. “I hit the ball pretty much the same as I did the first two days,” Long said. “My confidence shot down a lot as my chipping and putting hurt me. It was bringing down my confidence level, and I had some short putts in there. What it came down to with Tulsa was that we made some mistakes that they didn’t.” Kipp demonstrated consistency throughout the tournament with an opening-day score of 78 for 11th place. She improved to 75 Monday with a three-way tie for eighth place and closed out Tuesday with a 76. “I just went out and took my game shot by shot and hole by hole,” she said. “I was one under through 13 holes, but I faltered at the end.” Mitchell said his player did well. “Kelsey had really good shots,” he said. “I was really proud of the fact that on some of the holes she struggled with, she’d come right back and get herself back in the game on the next hole.” UNT was behind Oral Roberts (306), UTEP (315) and Tulsa (315) and 28-over par with a 316 score Sunday. Monday’s low score of 299 lifted the Mean Green to first place at 615. Senior Jordan Rose tied for 10th place with scores of 80 and 74 Sunday and Monday before her final score of 77 (231 total). Senior Maggie Noel shot an 85 Sunday, a 77 Monday and finished the tournament with a 76 Tuesday to tie for 23rd at 238. Senior Janna Golden totaled a 245 after shooting an 82 Sunday, a 79 Monday and an 84 Tuesday. Her scores placed her tied for 42nd. Junior Chandra Alexander competed independently in the tournament. She tied for 10th with Jordan Rose after shooting an 83 Sunday, a tournament low of 70 on Monday and a 78 Tuesday. Office of Disabi The Mean Green is now University preparing for the three-day Dr. Uni (940) 565-4323 Donnis Thompson Invitational from Mar. 14 to 16 in Honolulu.

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Perry wins, education system loses Editorial Well, he did it. Gov. Rick Perry secured his spot on the fall Governor’s ballot by defeating Republican competitors U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and businesswoman Debra Medina in Tuesday’s primary election. He received more than half the GOP vote, surpassing the amount required to prevent a run-off. The Editorial Board is disappointed with the result. Perry, already the longest serving Texas Governor, has strong-armed his way through 10 long years of administrative bullying and crooked politics. His lack of ambition toward pushing effective, lasting policy reform is more than accounted for in his drive to reward personal and political allies with high-powered appointments. The former Aggie yell leader’s chief failure is his unwillingness to address the state’s crumbling education system. Texas is consistently ranked as one of the lowest caliber education systems in the country. Nearly a third of Texas public school students drop out before graduation, and a 2007 study found that less than 30 percent of Texas fourth graders are proficient readers. Yet under Perry’s leadership, the state’s education system has adopted standards that perpetuate mediocrity and promote ineffective measurements to disguise the bleak reality. The state benchmark for schools to achieve a rating of “academically acceptable” allows for more than 55 percent of one minority group to fail the science and math sections of the TAKS test. Given that low bar, officials can make the claim that 97 percent of schools are on par. The current state administration’s education policies fall drastically short of the level of preparedness needed for Texas students to succeed in college and in the workforce. Annually, 60 percent of first year college students are required to take remedial courses. Perry simply hasn’t made the education system a priority — that is aside from using university board appointments as a political gift basket for friends and campaign contributors. Hutchison had a plan to improve education and made it her top priority. However, she was ultimately ineffective in combating Perry’s aggressive campaign that labeled her a detached Washington politician. He capitalized on the growing Texas sentiment of disgust for federal encroachment, and Hutchison was unable to articulate ambitions that held serious promise. The win for Perry means he will face a November showdown with Democratic nominee Bill White. But in a state that’s as red as ever, Perry’s GOP nomination ostensibly grants the 59-year-old the equivalent of gubernatorial tenure.

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Look while crossing the street I generally see the same thing on my way to school every morning. High school students walk toward their bus stop. Idiotic drivers turn left when they clearly don’t have the right of way. And inevitably, one teenager crosses the street while playing his Nintendo DS. The last one is what really f labbergasts me. T h is k id looks up for ha lf a second to see if t he light is green or red, begins crossing and looks back down at the two tiny screens of his portable gaming device. Does he rea li ze when a usua lly sane human being gets behind the wheel of a car they lose a lot of common sense? I know many younger people think they are invincible, but tons of steel on wheels will win every time. It’s not just this particular kid, either. I’ve seen many si m i la r i ncident s happen on campus throughout the years. Yes, at crosswalks, motorists are required by law to g ive pedest ria ns t he rig ht of way. I don’t get agitated when someone at a crosswalk fails to wave to me, thanking me for stopping, because I’m supposed to. No big dea l, despite me being courteous when I’m on foot. Sometimes, I see people like the teenager I mentioned ea rl ier. T hey w i l l bl i nd ly stroll t hrough a crosswa lk because they are texting or

as I stare them down. I’m not su re how ma ny muscles are in my feet and lower legs, and I don’t know how many of them I use to push my foot down on the ac c eler ator pe da l, but it wouldn’t take much for me to keep it on the gas and plow into them. I t ’s a good thing I’m an alert d r iver on the lookout for such precarious situations. Ye a h , I occ a siona lly text wh i le I’m driving, a nd I’l l play my music too loud, but I know when I need to have my eyes peeled for the ba llsy p e d e s trian. M y roommate Photo courtesy of Jason H. Whitley/MCT s e em s t o get the street, they take the time to worst of these instances. He slow dow n, look me in the regales me with tales of near eye and sneer as if I were at misses a nd his increasing rage. Jok ing ly, he says he fault. “I’m going the posted 20 wants to make an example mph and I have the right of out of one (several) to start way, not you,” I think to myself spreading the terror of the rocking out with their headphones on. Then there are the daredevils and thrill-seekers that walk in front of me after I’ve a l r e a d y s t a r t e d mov i n g . Mostly, they are jay walking, but it doesn’t make them any less rude. While in the middle of the

motor vehicle to the rest of them. He wou ld have t he “Terminator” theme blaring through his speakers as he did this and would yell, “This will teach you to FEAR and RESPECT the car!” We have a good laugh about it, and I make a mental note of the time and date he says such things so I can accurately report it to the police when he finally goes off his rocker. I’m kidding! My roommate would never do such a thing — plus, he drives too much like an old man to do any damage. W hat I’m say i ng i s be ca ref u l when crossing t he street. Drivers don’t always pay attention and could accidentally mow someone over. I’m wonder ing what day I won’t see the teenager playing his DS because he wasn’t alert and someone hit him.

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

Gas drilling poses more than ‘nuisance’ Dear Editor, There’s much more to the “nuisance of drilling” and the “cost of living in the shadow and earshot of the towering, abrasive structures” of the gas drilling rigs. The editorial writer should talk to the residents of DISH a nd see i f t he y feel t hat “tangible rewards” compensate them for the high levels of exposure to benzene and

toluene in the air from the gas drilling in their community. Benzene and toluene are known carcinogens. Or ask the residents of Wise County, who can light their well water but not drink it. Talk to the ranchers whose goats and cattle have died from drinking the well water that has been contaminated by the drilling. Those are some of the real “ta ng ible rewa rds” of gas-

well drilling. It ’s n o s u r p r i s e t h a t poi soned prof it s a re bad business. The environmental degradation that comes with gas d r i l l i ng i s not of f s et by “upd at i ng i n f r a st r uc t u re a nd bu i ld i ng com mu n it y centers.” Dr i l l i ng shou ld not be allowed in urban and watershed a reas or in t he proximit y of aquifers until t he

technolog y and regulations exist to protect the air, water and hea lth of the community. Plea se G oog le “ga sla nd documentary” and visit www. propubl (cl ick on “Buried Secrets: Gas Drillings Environmental Threat”). Ed Soph Professor UNT College of Music 940-369-7536

Do you think Tilikum, the killer whale that killed a Sea World trainer, should be released in the wild?

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“I think it’s fine where it’s at. It’s raised in captivity so it will have a hard time being released back into the wild.”

Kayla Spears

Merchandising and hospitality management junior

“That’s a great idea. Killer whales, dolphins and any animal larger than a human should not be kept in captivity.”

Sam Wickizer

Biology freshman

“I think it’s a good idea. If it’s attacked before, then it has problems that can’t be resolved in captivity.”

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Alexa Lopez

Psychology freshman

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