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Students to vote on sustainability projects fee Special ballot for $5 fee in April BY A LEX CHEATHAM Staff Writer

The North Texas Energy and Environment Club is offering students the chance to vote April 19 to 23 for the Texas Green Fu nd Ca mpa ig n, a statewide effort to encourage c ol le ge c a m pu s e s t o g o green. The campaign was implemented on campuses around t he s t at e, i nc lud i n g t he University of Texas and Texas A&M University, where student groups have agreed to pay a $5 fee each semester to support environmental improvements and sustainabilit y on their campuses. That would mean close to $360,000 a year for UNT. “I believe that as an institute of higher education, [UNT] shou ld set a n exa mple for students,” said Nicole Cocco, a studio arts senior and vice president of the club. “The money generated from the fee will empower students to take issues into their own hands.” Cocco i s a l so out reach coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. The club is a student-led organization whose purpose is to increase education in sustainability on campus and the North Texas community. U N T do e s n’t h a v e t he money to ma ke a cha nge now because administration funding has been cut back, Cocco said. UNT’s involvement with the Green Fund Campaign began last spring with ReEnergize

A limit of $5 per student After the proposal of the Green Fee was given a unani- per semester was set for the mous “yes” vote by the Student initial fee. “Every penny counts, and G over n ment A s soc iat ion, the club was able to obtain a it’s only five bucks. If it will special ballot. The initiative help [UNT] and our commuwill allow students to vote on nity, then I’m for it,” said Jeff Jackson, a business sophothe fee. If it passes, UNT can fund more, said. Cocco sa id she’s hea rd innovative and sustainable projects that w ill increase many opinions from students st udent i nvolvement a nd at both the club and the Office participation in sustainability of Susta inabi lit y, a nd t he projects, said Cameron Tharp, majority wants to see more club president and interna- susta inabi lit y on ca mpus. In fact, she sa id, t hey ’re tional studies junior. A s t u d e n t m a j o r i t y demanding it. “T he Green Fee w i l l committee, with UNT faculty and staff to advise, will oversee empower the current students the money provided by the at UNT and leave a lasting example for future students,” Green Fee. T ha r p sa id t he mone y she said. wou ld create oppor t u n it ies for students to get involved by a l low ing t hem to propose and follow t hrough w ith their ow n ideas. Ide a s c ou ld include a st udent-r u n sustainable garden, an a r b or e t u m or improved recycling equipment. The environmenta l ser v ice fees are geared toward environmental projects PHOTO BY MARTIÑA TREVINO/PHOTOGRAPHER such as energ y Jordan Cundiff, a philosophy junior, prefers a reusable water bottle rather than the disposable type. He said that he’d c o n s u m p rather pay the five dollars toward sustainability than toward the new football stadium. tion, water use, waste disposa l PHOTO BY MARTIÑA TREVINO/PHOTOGRAPHER and recycling in ReEnergize Texas have been university in Texas to have Texas, a coalition of students Recycling containers for bottles have recently been w h o l o b b i e d t h e Te x a s the option of creating money working with other universi- hopes of lowering placed around campus to make recycling more conveties to share ideas for imple- U N T’s c a rbon Legislature to pass the Green for sustainability. nient for students and staff. Since then, the club and menting the fee on campus. footprint. Fee Bill. The bill allows every

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The U.S. government is warning students not to visit border cities in Mexico for spring break because of the violence to civilians caused by war between the drug cartels and the Mexican military.

Texas DPS: Avoid Mexico BY LISA GARZA

Senior Staff Writer The long-standing violence caused by warring drug cartels in Mexico prompted national and state officials to warn students of the dangers of traveling across the border during spring break. More t ha n 1,000 people have died in Mexico so far

this year, caught in the crossfire between cartels fighting for control of narcotics trafficking routes along the U.S.Mexico border, according to U.S. government officials and a tally published by Milenio, a nationa l Mex ica n newspaper. “T he i ncrea se i n d r ugrelated v iolence made us

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think that alcohol plus college students in this foreign country is not a good combination,” said Tela Mange, public information officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety. “We urge anyone who is interested in traveling to Mexico to check with the state department for the latest information.” Both the U.S. Department of St ate a nd t he Te x a s Department of Public Safety have issued advisories aimed at informing students of the travel risks associated with the Mexican cities of Ciudad Juárez, Tijuana, Chihuahua Cit y, Noga les, Matamoros, Reynosa and Monterrey. The Department of Public Safety is especially discouraging travel to South Padre Isla nd, which is about 30 minutes north of the Mexican border city of Matamoros.

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The UNT Internships and Co-op program celebrated its new location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by director Kurt Krause (left) and Celia Williamson, deputy provost and undergraduate dean. The office has taken up home in several places on campus including Marquis Hall and the University Union and is settling in Chestnut Hall. Krause said new location will allow a better collaboration between the two to help students, employers, UNT faculty and staff. In between the two offices are more than 20 employer interview rooms, allowing students to interview with potential employers without leaving campus. “We’re very pleased to have this location and this launch at this time,” Williamson said.

Police advise safe-keeping BY VINCE GRAZIANO Contributing Writer

The spring break holiday c a n b e a n e x c it i ng but s t r e s s f u l t i me f or U N T s t ude nt s . T he s t r e s s of m idter m s cl a s h i ng w it h the sheer excitement of an entire week off is often overwhelming. Some will stay in Denton. Others w ill jet to far-off destinations around the world. Jeff Arrington of the UNT police department cautioned

st udent s to remember to properly prepare their homes and vehicles for an extended absence. He s a id s t udent s c a n become complacent and are so eager to get out of school that they forget to take the proper precautions before leaving for vacation. A r r i ng ton suggested students thoroughly clean vehicles and apartments, or at least their bedrooms. “Cleanliness deters crime

more often than not,” he said. When burglars see a dirty car or apartment, they make the assumption that the owner might be less likely to notice something missing. A clean car makes the opposite statement, Arrington said. “I think my apartments are pretty safe, but you can’t be too careful,” said Frank Bianconi, a logistics junior.

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Clifton petitions for Fry Street City Park BY SHEA YARBOROUGH Senior Staff Writer

Balloons and signs adorned the corner of Fry and Hickory streets Friday afternoon in support of the Fry Street City Park Petition. The petition calls for the city to obtain the property bordered by Hickory, Oak, Fry and Welch streets and turn it into a city park, said mayoral candidate Bob Clifton. “The petition began in February because the proposals that have been made so far are not acceptable,” Clifton said. More than 500 signatures have been collected. Controversy has surrounded the block as residents and developing firms have gone headto-head over plans for the 4.5 acres of underdeveloped land, Clifton said. A similar battle ensued three years ago when United Equity Group bought and leveled the land and the businesses that were on it, he said. Back then, Clifton said, “the

kids” didn’t want to listen to him, but he said he knew what was going to happen if the United Equities Group bought the land. “You don’t live as long as I have by being stupid,” he said. Now, things are different, Clifton said. People are listening, he added, possibly with the backlash of f lourishing Fry Street businesses being crushed still fresh on their minds. Mike Cochran, founder of Save Fry Street and a former City Council member, doesn’t like the idea of a city park. But he and Clifton are friends, and in this economic climate, the city can’t pass up the money that would come from the businesses by letting the land become a city park, he said. “It would be difficult for the city to have the luxury of buying that valuable property,” he said. Clifton said the city doesn’t necessarily have to pay for the land. He said there are several ways the city could obtain the

property, including imminent domain. He guessed the property is worth millions, but said he wasn’t sure of the exact amount. Cochran, who was not in favor of United Equity Group’s proposal, said the current developers, the Dinerstein Compa nies, have done a wonderful job planning living, parking and commercial buildings. “Dinerstein has been sensitive to the needs of the community,” he said. Clifton said that Dinerstein’s proposed street level shopping plan is not going to cut it with the city and that, if given the chance, the company won’t go through with it. “Well, that’s what they’re saying, but that ain’t gonna fly,” he said. “They’ll have to get a variance on the height, and I doubt the city is going to give it to them.” Given the numerous bars and shops that already line Hickory

close could ask them to drive by the property or they could tell someone they trust that they will be gone, he said. “I think my apartments are pretty safe, but you can’t be too careful,” Frank Bianconi, a logistics junior, said. “I bought some timers for my lights, and my neighbor is watching my place.” Securing valuables and important documents are also important, Arrington said. Any papers that contain bank account information, Social Security numbers or other

personal information should be secured to prevent identity theft, he said. He suggested opening a safe deposit box at a local bank to store valuables. Tammy White, a customer service representative at the Denton Area Teacher’s Credit Union, said safe deposit boxes range from $13 a year to $64 a year. Students could use a locking file cabinet or strong box as an alternative. If students have roommates,

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Mayoral candidate Bob Clifton has gathered more than 500 signatures in support of the Fry Street City Park Petition. and Fry streets, some businesses think that more retail would be welcome, including Mike Stockdale, manager of Cool Beans Bar. “It was retail before,” he said.

“I’d like to see it be retail again to give back to the community.” Too much stuff in too little space is the concern that Clifton and other petitioners have about the Fry Street block, saying “we

need some space over here.” “It’s not about Dinerstein coming in. It’s about anyone coming in,” Clifton said. “The entire block needs to be obtained.”

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release by the Department of Public Safety. USA Today reported that the Pacific Coast resort of Acapulco paid MTV $200,000 for the network to host its spring party there this year. The city expects to draw between 7,000 to 10,000 visitors despite the reports of drug killings and gun battles. Butler said students who decide to ignore the travel warnings should educate themselves before making the trip. “The most important factor is for students to do their research and be prepared.”

Police recommend securing valuables U.S. gives advisory Continued from Page 1 When cleaning their rooms and vehicles, Arrington said, students should remove items that could tempt potentional burglars, Arrington said. This means clearing vehicles of any electronic items such as iPods or GPS units. Arrington suggested apartment dwellers notify the property manager before going out of town, especially if they are leaving their vehicles in the complex. Students whose parents live

they might consider changing the locks on bedroom and closet doors if other people will be in and out while they are gone, Arrington said. He advised students to check with the property manager before changing the locks. He also recommended that those with an alarm system test it and then set it while they are gone. “When it comes down to it, it’s all about managing your life and managing your property,” Arrington said.

Mary Beth Butler, director of com mu n icat ions for UNT-International, said the department believed it was important to post the warnings on the Web site in case students did not see them on their own. “We discourage UNT students from vacationing in those areas,” she said. “Other locations in Mexico are not necessarily dangerous.” Travelers should be just as cautious in tourist cities and resorts, according to a press


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MOVIES: Pattinson and Damon face off at the box office

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NX35:

Midlake to headline Denton’s biggest show ever

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Read what acts the Daily staff is most excited to see at NX35, like HEALTH, The Walkmen and Neon Indian

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Our Food Snobs say Buffet King tarnishes its crown with its weak food

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MUSIC: The Flaming Lips will play a free show at Denton’s fairgrounds and lands a spot on our NX35 playlist

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Friday, March 12, 2010 Justin Umberson, Sports Editor

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Talley qualifies for national meet Sprinter sets high goal for championships

By Bobby Lewis

Contributing Writer A f ter being selected for t he NC A A Cha mpionships following last year’s outdoor season, sophomore sprinter Keyth Talley is once again on his way to the indoor championships today. Ta l ley is one of on ly 16 athletes in the nation to be selected for the 60-meter dash after qualifying with a time of 6.66 seconds, good for the 14th-best time in the nation. Talley’s mark was just .07 seconds off the leader, sophomore Jeff Demps of Florida. “[I ex pect] to ma ke t he finals and to set a personal record,” he said. “To do my best and just represent North Texas the best I can.” At the last National Outdoor Reg iona l C ha mpion sh ips, Ta l ley wa s a pa r t of t he 4-by-10 0 -relay te a m t hat finished second with a time of 39.83 seconds. His momentum carried over to this year’s indoor season as Talley was named the Sun Belt Conference Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete. The sophomore finished the season with six top-three finishes, to lead the team. Talley’s selection in the NCA A Nationa l Indoor Cha mpionsh ips is significant for UNT’s national reputation in more ways than one.

In addition to representing the university at the biggest meet of the indoor season, Talley’s selection marks the si x t h- c on s e c ut i ve ye a r a member of the Mean Green t rack a nd f ield tea m ha s been selected to either the indoor or outdoor National Championships. Head coach Rick Watkins said he thought junior hurdler Alysha Adams had a chance at getting into the National Indoor Champions, but she was not selected. Howe ver, Wat k i n s s a id he hopes for Talley to have a st rong show i ng for t he Mean Green at the National Championships. “T he big t h i ng is to t r y to make the finals — that’s goa l No. 1,” Wat k ins sa id. “They’ll probably be somewhere between 14 and 16 or 17 that’ll be in there, so to make the finals is a big deal. That’s goal No. 1, and we’ll see what happens after that.” Ta lley and Watk ins were also hopeful that the sophomore would be selected for the 200-meter dash, but he was not when the lists came out at 7 p.m. Monday. Talley finished first in the 200-meter dash at the Texas Tech Invitational with a time of 21.27 seconds. Talley also f inished f irst in t he event at the Sun Belt Conference Championships. The 60-meter preliminaries that consists of the 16 athletes will take place today at the R a nd a l T homp s on Tr a c k Complex on t he A rka nsa s campus in Fayetteville, Ark.

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Junior Amy Joubert returns volleys during Wednesday’s practice. The UNT tennis team will take on Georgia State at 12 p.m. on Saturday in Georgia.

UNT to face ranked players in Atlanta By Eric Johnson Senior Staff Writer

While most students begin their spring break, the UNT tennis team (6-4) will face one of its toughest tests of the season. Four nationa lly ranked players, including the No. 1 player in the country, lie in wait for the Mean Green as the team travels to Atlanta to challenge Georgia State and No. 25 Georgia Tech. “We expect to win against the non-ranked teams, but it is like a different group of players whenever we play someone with a national ranking,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “We are playing average right now, and we have the potential to be one of the elite teams. It is about desire and hunger, and

we have to get that back.” The competition for the No. 1 spot in UNT’s lineup has driven sophomore Irina Paraschiv and junior Madura Ranganathan to push their talent to a higher level. Both players will be challenged during the trip to G eorg ia, w it h Pa ra sch iv spending the weekend facing a pair of nationally ranked challengers, and Ranganathan playing one of her own. A Sat u rday showdow n looms between Paraschiv and the nation’s best player, Yellow Jacket Irina Falconi. The Mean Green’s No. 1 player will stare across the net at Georgia State’s Diana Nakic, the No. 88 ranked player in the country, on Sunday. Falconi has lost only one

match all season and has defeated seven nationally ranked players. “At this point it is not about talent, it is about who wants it more,” Lama said. “Our talent level is right on par with the top-level teams. We have just got to build our momentum and confidence.” Ranganathan will likely draw Georgia Tech’s Sasha Krupina, the No. 38 player in the country. “This is the kind of competition that we want, because it makes us perform at the top level,” Ranganathan said. “Once we step on the court, it is not about who is ranked higher, It is about who performs better, and that is all we need to focus on.” If the Mean Green wants to

grab the momentum, it must take control of both matches by winning the opening doubles point. That will not be an easy task as Georgia Tech has two of the nation’s top-50 doubles pairings. “We have to come out focused and prepared and expect to beat anyone, no matter if there is a number in front of their name or not,” Ranganathan said. “We are really comfortable playing doubles, and it is a huge boost to take that first point.” The Mean Green will attempt to earn its second victory over a ranked opponent against Georgia Tech at noon Saturday, and the team then has an 11 a.m. date with Georgia State on Sunday.


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Now we’re talkin’. In this bigbudget action flick, Damon plays an Army officer trying to track dow n Magel la n, t he myster y source who tipped off U.S. forces about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction. W hat he uncovers is much more deadly. Damon and director Greengrass reunite here for the first time since “The Bourne Ultimatum.” Like that blockbuster, this will be another urgent thriller with a brain. Think of think of as “Jason Bourne in Iraq.”

It’s not genre bias, and it doesn’t have everything to do with starring Robert Pattinson, but I genuinely feel this will be the worst movie of 2010. Pattinson plays a depressed, lost twentysomething who rejects social norms and the money-buys-happiness philosophy of his fat her (Brosna n). But then he meets a woman (de Ravin) who teaches him to live life to the fullest. Ugh. When the most exciting thing about your mov ie is t he “Eclipse” tra iler beforehand, check your pulse.

Something feels a little disingenuous about a movie that seems to set out to prove that looks aren’t everything, yet features ads about how you ca n “rate yourself” on its Web site. Airport security dude (Baruchel) meets total babe (Eve) and the two fall in love, to t he a ma zement of their respective friends. While the premise holds the promise of deep t houg hts behind t he raunchy jokes, something tells me this movie’s only skin deep.

Talk about slumming it. In this mean-spirited romantic comedy, Butler — who I feel is one of the worst actors working today — plays the title character, sent to track down his ex-wife (Aniston), but then has to protect her from h it men. If you ca n’t see t he ending to this one coming a mile away, you may have never seen a movie. I’d expect much more from the director of “Hitch,” but not after “Fool’s Gold.”

In this futuristic sci-fi f lick, L aw a nd W h ita ker a re pa r tners who repossess people’s robotic organs when they can’t afford the payments. Things get complicated when Law himself is a recipient of a miracle transplant. While the optimist inside me thinks this could be a dark thriller on par with “Dark City” (1998), I’m more certain this will veer more into “I, Robot” mediocrity.

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[ NX35 Music Conferette 2010 stakes claim as Austin’s rival ] Midlake celebrates its homecoming with free show By Graciela R azo

Senior Staff Writer Music fans will camp out and stand in line for hours Saturday afternoon to see Grammy awardw i n n i ng Ok la homa ba nd T he Flaming Lips and local musicians Midlake put on what is projected to be the largest music show ever held in Denton. More than 25,000 people are expected to pour into the North Texas Fairgrounds starting at 3 p.m. to see the free show at the annual NX35 Music Conferette. “It’ll be fun to play in our hometown again,� said McKenzie Smith, drummer for Midlake. “We want to put our absolute best foot forward.� Playing a ‘special’ show Midlake has been touring around the U.S. and Europe since late

January and hopes to make the NX35 show the best one yet, Smith said. The band feels different about playing in its hometown because the members feel more pressure, Smith said. “We definitely get more nervous at these shows than at others we play, especially because we don’t play there often,� he said. Smith said Midlake prefers not to play in Denton regularly so its fans will not “get sick of them,� and the fans will make sure to see the band when it gets back into town for a show. Putting Denton on the map After Midlake finishes its set, fans w ill get ready to see The Flaming Lips perform their signature outlandish live show. NX35 publicist Lyndsay Milne sa id t he ba nd’s per for ma nce carries out just what the festival had in mind since it first began last year. “The goal of NX35 is to attract attention to Denton and give the

music scene and the creative community a little justice,� Milne said. The NX35 team wanted to put on the biggest music s how t he t ow n has ever held, and because Mid la ke ha s tou red w it h the Flaming Lips i n t he pa st, t he band seemed like a perfect fit for the event, Milne said. T he ta lent for shows of this size has a lways been here, but Denton just does not have t he venues or Photo Courtesy of Bil Zelman number of volunteers to pu ll of f Midlake will open for The Flaming Lips on Saturday at the North Texas State Fairgrounds for what is projected larger shows often, to be the largest music show ever held in Denton. Gates open at 3 p.m. The show is free. she said. Noah Maze, an electrical engi- able in town. “The ta lent here has a lways “I have no idea what to expect, out weighed its resources, but neering junior, said he is excited now with this show, the scale is about t he overa l l big-concer t but I’m pretty excited about it,� experience not normally avail- Maze said. starting to tip,� Milne said.

Trespassers William invades their musical destination By Christina Mlynski Staff Writer

Two Seattle-infused musicians loaded up their car with pedals, filters, keyboards and guitars on Monday morning and settled into their four-day road trip. Trespassers William, a gentle, folk-inspired two-piece band with fuzzy guitar work, will make its first appearance at NX35 at 9 p.m. tonight, at Dan’s Silver Leaf, to marvel in all the musical ventures it is excited to experience. “I think there’s a crazy number

of brilliant musicians in Denton right now, so I’m looking forward to seeing them play,� said AnnaLynne Williams, singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist. Trespassers William took its name from a Winnie-the-Pooh tale. Its references to Taoism make the duo excited to embark on the spiritual ventures that await them throughout the next four days, said Matt Brown, the band’s singer and guitarist. “It’s going to be a fun road trip,� Brown said. “It’s much easier than flying, and it gives us a chance to talk and bond with one another. Plus, we don’t have to worry about borrowing equipment.� In the past, whenever the band decided to travel, they tried to tour Los Angeles throughout the venues

they usually hit. But this year, it’s a different attempt. Trespassers William is taking a “one-day-at-a-time� mentality and letting the stops dictate their musical growth. The idea is to save the best show for Texas, Brown said. “It’ll be a lot more fun than SXSW because it’s a bigger endeavor, and the whole trip became more appealing when we knew that we’d be playing with our friends,� he said. Brown and Williams stumbled across each other 14 years ago through the help of a mutual friend who knew they shared a desire for composing music that provided intimacy. They left California to start a new life in Seattle and out of it was born

Denton hosts annual music festival, ‘raises profile’ By Jessica Paul

Staff Writer

The NX35 Music Conferette is bigger than ever this year, with more bands and more venues than its debut. The shows continue through Sunday at set-ups around the city, featuring both well-known bands and local artists from the area. “With the participation of so many local and area groups, I think it puts them out there in a way that, should the community want to hear them,� said Herbert Holl, director of UNT on the Square and director of the UNT Institution for the Advancement of the Arts. “They can go out in a short period of time and sample them and get to know them. It doesn’t take you going to clubs over a period of months to learn about the bands.� Holl said the music festival will give Denton a positive economic impact

a cassette tape of four poppy songs. Trespassers William continued their defiance of falling under one genre. They’ve proceeded to establish a musical development outside of one category. “Our music is really pretty,� Williams said. “It doesn’t fall into any trend or have much to do with what else is going on in music. It’s very lullaby-like.� Trespassers William introduces a different perspective of harmonies by showcasing their preferred melodies of a mellower, calmer and quieter atmosphere that engulfs the representation of songs and musical undertones. Williams and Brown said they hope the music lovers at NX35 will discover something new in their journey, just like the band.

on the community and will bring visitors here. “ T h e r e ’s s o much talent in t h is com munity and so many styles and venues that puts them Herbert Holl forward, because it raises the profile of the community, it raises the profile of the university,� he said. Holl said because most of the venues are so close together, the festival is almost like “a pedestrian experience.� “I think Denton has kind of an unintimidating, comfortable feel to visitors, and it’s a friendly place,� Holl said. Alyssa Scavetta, a journalism sophomore, said she is most excited to see The Flaming Lips because the show is free. Scavetta said she thought the festival was good for Denton because it brings people together in the community and allows revenue to come in.

“It’s in a smaller area, so it puts a spotlight on a city in Texas that doesn’t get much attention,� Scavet ta sa id. “Because w it h [Austin City Limits], I feel like it’s so much more world-renowned and everyone goes there.� Casey Lewis, a freshman at the University of Texas, said she thinks the music festival is really awesome and a great opportunity to see live music. “The price is not bad at all for the amount of bands that you get to see,� Lewis said. “I mean obviously, it’s not as well-known bandwise, and I feel like there won’t be as many people at each individual concert. It’ll kind of be more personal.� Lewis said this was the first year she had heard about NX35, but that she thinks Denton is getting more respect in the music scene. “Besides Austin, this is the only other place that’s having its own festival,� Lewis said. “I think it’s definitely gaining respect in the music world, and I think a lot more people will start coming there.�

For information on venue locations, turn to Page 8. To read about Denton band Florene, visit ntdaily.com. For more details on NX35, including ticket information and where shows at Texas 8 Ball will be rescheduled, visit nx35.com.

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NX35SCENE

Daily staff picks for NX35’s best bets

OPINION

HEALTH

Fergus & Geronimo

8 tonight The Boiler Room

9 tonight Hailey’s Club

Now, here’s a twist: noise rock that doesn’t sound like noise. The L.A. band produces hardhitting dance beats that sound just as great in a house show or a stadium. It teeters on the fine line between the right amount of everything and completely over-the-top. It’s a balancing act, but with an army of keyboards and an endless sonic landscape, HEALTH sure knows how to pull it off. The only word that comes to mind is “mind-blowing.” Kip Mooney

The Phuss

One of the bands to definitely watch at the NX35 Music Conferette is Fergus & Geronimo. Composed of Andrew Savage and Jason Kelly, the band makes great song after great song and has a fun time on stage playing them. Its EP “Harder Than It’s Ever Been” sounds so good on my iPod that I know it’ll be even better live. The band’s throwback garage-soul sound isn’t a common one in Denton, but it’s a good one that seems to keep getting better with every listen. Another big reason to see these guys live is to get a sneak peak at their upcoming full-length album. Fergus & Geronimo’s show tonight at Hailey’s is looking to be one of the best of the weekend, and I hope it’s not one of the last times Denton sees this great, innovative band play. Graciela Razo

9 tonight Venue to be determined

Neon Indian

The Phuss consists of only two members, guitarist and vocalist Josh Fleming and drummer and vocalist Trey Alfaro, but you can’t tell it is just the two of them from their music. The pair pours enough emotion and enthusiasm into its sound to be a five-man band. Hailing from Fort Worth, the Phuss authenticate NX35 with bands from North Texas. Their single “Preacher, Preacher” debuted on their EP “Wanted” and raises questions about faith in an effort to find yourself, but all in an upbeat and catchy way. This single is a great example of how the Phuss has created its own sound. The combination of beats and rhythms in “Preacher, Preacher” are hard to associate with another band, but they are arguably the closest to those of the White Stripes, Pantera, Buckcherry and Finger Eleven. The combination of Fleming’s guitar and Alfaro’s drums are sure to shake the walls tonight. Katie Grivna

8 p.m. Sunday Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios Facing impending adulthood, the one-man band from Austin with a mesmerizing development of synthesizers, rhythmic beats and the breakthrough of various sounds with uncommon instruments sets the stage for a developing mainstream genre. Alan Palomo, creator, songwriter, singer and performer for Neon Indian, plays Sunday at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios to showcase his dancing, upbeat harmonies to give NX35 attendees a chance to show off an electrifying liveliness. With the recent media attention Neon Indian has received, including being featured on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and receiving an 8.6 out of 10 from online music magazine Pitchfork, it’s nice to watch a musician transform from the roots of his Southern background to a free-spirited collaboration of music that listeners are taking to heart. Christina Mylinski

The Walkmen / Pomegranates 8 p.m. Sunday Hailey’s Club The Walkmen have been under the radar for some time now, and it’s time Denton experiences a band that will leave this town in awe. With five albums under its belt, the New York band has been nothing less than successful, and I can say I am completely stoked to see them on Sunday at Hailey’s. The band is set to release a new album soon, and it’s safe to say it will be another hit, courtesy of the five-member group. Jessica Paul Even though I won’t be taking part in the NX35 festivities, the music that stood out to me came from Pomegranates, a Cincinnati-based band. I may be biased, because pomegranates are my favorite fruit, but after giving this band’s MySpace page a glance, it definitely seems to be my speed. It is described as indie rock/art-pop, which is something that I have gravitated toward over the past few years. Pomegranates remind me of my favorite band, Circa Survive, because of its experimental sound and tendency toward an otherworldly vibe. Perhaps it’s just the choir brat in me, but I hold a special place in my heart for music that feels like it wasn’t just thrown together but actually thought about throughout the entire writing and recording process. The song that I listened to, “Everybody, Come Outside” — the title track of Pomegranates’ new album — is simple with its rhythms and lyrics, but it’s light and fun. For something refreshing, Pomegranates is definitely a band that deserves to be kept on your radar. Nicole Landry


FoodSCENE

[ ] Food Snobs

Buffet King 2251 S. Loop 288 Denton By Christina Mlynski and Melissa Boughton

Staff Writer and Assigning Editor Upon approaching Buffet King, the patron is greeted with bright neon lights and lion statues. The atmosphere inside teems w ith multiple v isitors as the hostess leads them to their final destination in a wide, open area.

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No menus are presented upon seating, and it is up to the customer to take Cleanliness in the rows of food. Service Buffet King presents Affordability an overwhelming selecAtmosphere tion of cuisine, and a variety of international Food Quality choices are placed in squa re, meta l pa ns. Once given the opportunity to color contrast of the rich brown grab a plate, it is a tedious task to beef and bright green broccoli maneuver throughout the various draws the eye in almost immediately. stations of food. The hypnotizing allure is put The attraction to egg rolls and beef-and-broccoli is immediate to an end once the chewy texture because of the aroma from the accompanied by the f lavor of charred beef hits your mouth. dish. However, once the egg roll’s The entire portion had an overcrispy exterior is broken through, powering soggy consistency. While the portions are up to the massive amount of bland vegetables surrounds the taste buds the patron and can satisfy the with a stringy texture. The bright hungriest customer, it is not used

Buffet King

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to its full advantage once the unsavory food is tasted. Despite the many options, each choice was a disappointment. The wonton soup tasted like noodle-flavored water and couldn’t even be saved by the chips you can get to go with it. Each dish had a rotten aftertaste that could not be washed away with big gulps of Diet Pepsi. The lo-mein had a consistent texture but not enough seasoning. The teriyaki chicken was also tasteless. With a bad taste in your mouth and an almost-full belly because you couldn’t force yourself to eat as much as you wanted. The promise of a grand dessert may seem like a good idea. Unfortunately, it’s not. The cream puffs were stale, much like many of the pastry

choices, and the fruit looked like it had been sitting out for far too long. The one sweet treat the restaurant did do right? The doughnuts, which were warm, soft and covered in a sugary delight. The service was consistent, as the waitress was always on top of making sure the beverages were full. The attitude toward the customers was the only thing guaranteed. Overall, Buffet King was mediocre at its finest, and that’s being generous. Here, it’s quantity over quality. With the combination of lifeless food, confusion about what types of cuisine were represented and an atmosphere that contains chaotic disorder, it is easy to understand that this ‘king’ has been dethroned.

Leftover Coffee Cake

By Katie Grivna / Senior Staff Writer

T h is week, st udent s have filled ever y study space available at UNT, from the jam-packed computer labs to dependable Willis Library, as professors pack on projects and midterm exams. To keep up, lots of students have been depending on coffee. This recipe for chocolate cake, courtesy of a family friend, Jackie, turns your leftover coffee into a quick and easy cake that makes for a good study break and late night dessert or even breakfast. This chocolate ca ke recipe substitutes coffee for water and butter for oil in your everyday cake mix. The result is a moist chocolate cake that is delightful paired with a cup of fresh coffee. Ingredients: - your favorite cake mix requiring only eggs, water and oil - butter - eggs - coffee - cake frosting

Directions: Begin by preheating the oven as instructed on the back of your cake mix box. Follow the directions on the back of the box but substitute coffee for water and soft butter for oil. Stir the ingredients together until all the lumps are gone. Next, coat your cake pan with non-st ick cook i ng spray a nd evenly sprinkle sugar on top of the spray, ensuring the sides of t he pa n a re a lso dusted w it h

sugar. Pour the batter into your pans and bake as directed by the cake mix instructions. Insert a toothpick into the cake to determine if it is thoroughly cooked. If there is batter on the toothpick when you take it out of the cake, then the cake needs to bake longer. When the cake is thoroughly cooked, remove it f rom t he oven and let it cool for 25 to 35 minutes. Slather the frosting over your cake and enjoy.

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The leftover coffee cake substitutes coffee for water, and makes a delicious dessert.

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MusicSCENE NX35 Venues Banter

The Boiler Room

219 W. Oak St.

101 W. Hickory St.

J&J’s Pizza

The Hydrant

118 W. Oak St.

208 W. Oak St.

Jupiter House

Sweetwater Grill & Tavern

106 N. Locust St.

Dan’s Silver Leaf 103 N. Industrial St.

Hailey’s 122 W. Mulberry St.

Andy’s Bar

115 N. Elm St.

Circa ’77 225 W. Oak St.

Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios 411 E. Sycamore St.

122 N. Locust St.

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Compiled by: Stephanie Daniels

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”Learning to Live,” The Hand Combine ”Cobra Cobra,” Fishboy

”Pocketful of Hesitation,” Jacob Metcalf

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”Another Bed,” The Polycorns ”Face,” Sarah Jaffe ”Beachcomber,” Pomegranates

The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots

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”Do You Realize??,” The Flaming Lips ”Runner,” The Laughing

”Harp of 1000 Strings,” Rare Grooves Orchestra

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” Besame Mucho,” Mariachi Quetzal


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