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Volume 95 | Issue 51

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The Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas

Interim President Diebel fields questions Diebel discusses Tier One, disabled access BY K RYSTLE CANTU Staff Writer

UNT Inter im President Phil Diebel took questions and comments from students Wednesday at Discovery Park and the Syndicate. The meetings gave students a chance to talk to the president and air their questions and concerns to Diebel. Students asked what to expect when new interim president, V. Lane Rawlins, takes over and what UNT hopes to accomplish during the next year. Student safetyrelated topics, such as making curbs safer and more wheelchairfriendly for disabled students, were also covered. Tobye Nelson, an educational computing graduate student, asked Diebel what Rawlins will bring to UNT. “I did have the opportunity to meet with him twice,” Diebel said. “He has a world of experience. He has been a university president for 17 years.” Rawlins served as president for both the University of Memphis and Washington State University, which is known for its research and title as a flagship university in Washington, Diebel said. “Obviously he has done the things that we want to do,” Diebel said. “Particularly with regards to research.” Diebel said he was confident in Rawlins’ years of experience. “He’s a very talented man and he wants to be close to students again,” he said. “I think he brings an awful lot to the table for the university.” UNT’s journey toward Tier One status and the challenges UNT will face over the next year were


UNT Interim President Phil Diebel spoke to a crowd of about 15 at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Syndicate. The meeting gave students a chance to talk to Diebel and discuss the hopes and concerns about the future of UNT. discussed. Additional research facilities were announced, as well as news on the development of the UNT law school, scheduled to open by 2012. “The law school is moving along,” Diebel said. “ The first class to be brought in will be in September 2012.” Diebel said they have a facility to house the law school ready to go in downtown Dallas, and Dallas has already pledged $16 million to renovate the old city hall for its use. “One of my intentions when I came back to the university after being retired is to keep things going the way they have been going,” Diebel said. “I’ve been with the university for 26 years prior to my retirement.”

Diebel said his last day in office as an interim president will be May 13. After that, Rawlins will take the reins for UNT. “This is something that I have been comfortable doing,” Diebel said. “But I’m also anxious to return back to my former life, which will be happening pretty soon.” UNT filed its strategic plan for research April 1, Diebel said. It is a reallocation of existing resources and commitment to new resources toward achieving Tier One status. “We need to make sure that we set the stage for the next president to come here and continue to implement the strategic plan and be prepared to operate under the budget that is going

to be approved by our Board of Regents,” he said. Diebel also said the university plans to go into a legislative session and present its agenda for the upcoming years. Improving access Devin Axtman, a political science sophomore, asked Diebel how he plans to make the campus safer for disabled people. He said a curb on campus damaged one of the tires on his wheelchair. “It is extremely important that you bring that to our attention,” Diebel said. “We have to make sure that we have our curb cuts done properly and that we provide as much access as possible.” If any other students were

to run into a similar situation they should let the administration know and a physical plan of action will be on board, Diebel said. “There is no reason why we can’t be very reactive in getting that done,” he said. “ We need to get right on it for sure.” Axtman said he was pleased with Diebel’s reply. “I’m happy that it’s a high priority,” he said. “It’s good to know that they’re being productive about the issue.” Fight for Tier One status Kyle Tabrizi, a biology senior, was concerned about the competition with seven other universities for Tier One status. “I just want to make sure

the progression forward wasn’t stopped or held back by any means,” he said “Do you think the future president will continue to make sure that this university moves forward to Tier One status no matter what happens?” Diebel replied that the progress would not slow. “If anything, it’s starting to speed up,” he said. “Additional research space is something that we’ve added, and we have identified the funding sources to pay for that.” Diebel said that is necessary if the university is to achieve Tier One status. “We’ve already had to give back 5 percent of our general revenue that we received from the state,” Diebel said. “We’ve had to cut back on our budget, no pay raises and such to go around.” Diebel said they did leave in more than $1 million in additional scholarships for students. “Dealing with a little less money in our budget is always a challenge,” he said. “Plus we’re going to have to give back 5 percent again for the next fiscal year.” The next challenge will be to implement a strategic plan for research, which is a high priority and will be time consuming, he said. Third will be the legislative meeting in January, in which Rawlins and Chancellor Lee Jackson will represent the university in presenting the needs of the institution. “There has been no slacking of the pace moving forward,” Diebel said. “We expect for Dr. Rawlins and his successor to do everything in their power to implement this plan and keep this institution moving forward. I am very confident in that.” “I think everything I heard was very positive,” Tabrizi said. “It was what I wanted to hear.”

Anti-virus software wreaks havoc on campus computers BY SHEA YARBOROUGH Senior Staff Writer

Around the world and on the UNT campus, Windows XP computers using McAfee anti-virus protection crashed Wednesday morning after the company sent a corrupt file. Almost 4,000 UNT employees were unable to use t heir computers that morning as the machines began to restart

continuously, said Maurice Leatherbury, acting vice president for information technology. The campus was virtually shut down for three to four hours this morning, causing a drain on productivity, he said. “I had people standing in the hallways because we can’t operate without our computers,” he said. McAfee sends daily updates

to combat new v ir uses, which also surface on a daily basis, said Leatherbury. Something went wrong with the Wednesday update. McAfee sent out a corrupt file, causing computers to sporadically reboot and then continue rebooting uncontrollably, Leatherbury said. The company has put temporary fixes in place until they can fully correct the problem by the end of the day, it hoped, he said. “It w a sn’t a v i r u s,” Leatherbury said. “It was our virus protection company sending us a bad file.” Windows Vista, Windows 7, cell phones and Mac products were not affected, Leatherbury said. If people h av en’t dow nloaded Wednesday’s version of McAfee protection software, don’t, he said. “It’s today’s version,” he said. “If they haven’t downloaded that, they’re safe. We are correcting it as I speak.” At 10:15 a.m., the thought circulating was that a virus outbreak had seized UNT’s net work, sa id Cha rlotte Russell, an information security officer. “We were working with GRAPHIC COURTESY OF DAMEON RUNNELS/MCT McAfee all day,” she said.

Almost 4,000 UNT employees were unable to use their computers Wednesday morning as a corrupt file was sent to all UNT campus computers during a routine anti-virus software update.

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International Planned Parenthood Federation has voiced opposition to disclosure laws for people with HIV. Planned Parenthood believes young people have the right to decide if, when, and how to disclose their HIV status.

Organization fights HIV laws BY A LEX CHEATHAM Staff Writer

I nt e r n a t ion a l Pl a n ne d Parenthood Federation has voiced opposition to disclosure laws for people with HIV, saying young people have the right to decide if, when and how to disclose their HIV status. The organization’s “Healthy, Happy and Hot” guide explains the sexual rights of people and says the federation opposes laws that make it a crime for people not to tell sexual partners they have HIV. Andrew Butler, a drawing and painting junior, said his

initial reaction to the guide’s advice is that it’s not a good idea for anyone. “I c a n s e e [ P l a n n e d Pa rent hood’s ] a r g u ment, but I feel like it would be a bigger violation of rights to deny someone the opportunity to decide whether or not they want to be with someone sexually [if they are infected],” Butler said. Butler said he would feel upset and betrayed, and the majority of people would feel the same way. Most, he said, would decide against having sex with someone who is HIV

positive for safety reasons. “I feel like this is more of a health and well-being issue rather than a human rights issue,” Butler said. “The rights of safety should supersede whether or not someone wants to disclose information.” T he f e de r a t ion i s a n inter nat iona l agency t hat includes Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The organization provides counseling and medical services for sex and pregnancy related issues. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.

To read more about this issue, see the Daily’s editorial on Page 6

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

T.S. McBride, Rebecca Hoeffner & Melissa Boughton, News Editors

SGA holds last meeting of the semester Students can still vote on sustainability fee BY LISA GARZA

Senior Staff Writer The Student Government Association met Wednesday night for the last time this semester. Topics were kept to a minimum, as senators were asked not to introduce controversial topics because of the lack of time. Justin Jones, a senator for the College of Visual Arts and Design, proposed an amendment that would clearly define the criteria for being considered alumni. Jones, who is graduating in May, said he “would love to give back to SGA [as an alumnus], but we need to define what that is.” The fa l l 2010 inter na l


SGA President-elect Kevin Sanders hands out flyers for the UNT Amnesty International & TAMS Medical Society’s Aid The Cause charity talent showcase. committee could work with president-elect Kevin Sanders for a solution, Jones said.

Joel Arredondo, a College of Arts and Sciences senator, voiced his support.

“I think it’s important for people that are graduating to stay involved,” Arredondo said.

Jones also proposed establishing a scholarship from alumni-donated money. The scholarship amendment is contingent on the passage of the bill regarding the definition of alumni. Jones suggested that a scholarship committee set a “reasonable amount” to be given based on the money donated. The senators voted to combine the two amendments into one proposal. Upcoming events for the next week were discussed to close out the semester. Next Tuesday, “SGA serves” will take place in the Kerr Hall cafeteria. SGA members will take trays for students to serve the UNT community, said Vice President Jamaal Sanders. The SGA is the student-led governmental body of UNT. SGA Sustainability Vote continues until the end of the

week. Students can vote on the SGA website at for a Sustainability Fee to fund initiatives such as energy and water conservation, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable campus dining, and student projects. The meeting marks the last for SGA President Dakota Carter and Sanders as their terms end this semester. P r e s i d e nt- e l e c t K e v i n Sanders and Vice Presidentelect Mercedes Fulbright will be sworn in at the Eagle Awards reception Monday. Carter expressed his gratitude for the ability to serve in office and said he is making sure that the transition runs smoothly by sharing important information with the new SGA leaders. “Thank y’all for this year,” he said. “It’s been great. Keep up the great work, and I’m sure some great things are going to happen in the summer and next year.”

UNT, Denton police offer summer safety tips BY VINCE GRAZIANO Contributing Writer

T he UN T a nd Denton police departments encourage students to act responsibly when engaging in summertime activities, be they traveling, going to parties or hanging out with friends. “Even though you’re getting some time off, you still need to keep a good head on your shoulders,” said Jeff Arrington, crime prevention officer for the UNT Police Department. Rega rdless of students’ summer destinations, he said, a little legwork before the trip

can go a long way. “It’s very important that you do some research before you go anywhere,” said Arrington. “If you are visiting another university, get a campus map and know where emergency phones are.” He also said knowing the law of different travel destinations is an important way for students to keep themselves out of trouble. He gave the example of someone visiting Denton from New Orleans, where drinking on the street is permitted in certain areas. They might be inclined to

try it here and would be ticketed or arrested and taken to jail. It is especially important for people traveling abroad, as other countries’ laws are often different from those in the U.S., Arrington said. He gave several other tips for traveling outside the U.S. Travelers should always keep their passports and a photocopy on hand. They should learn the location of the nearest U.S. embassy in case of emergency. He also advised travelers to program the numbers for local police, taxis and their hotels into their cell phones.

The Department of State website lists numerous tips for travelers, such as leaving valuables and expensive jewelry at home to prevent looking like a target and only carrying credit cards and travelers checks — no cash. It recommends giving a copy of your itinerary to a family member or friend who can be contacted in an emergency. A recently released safety brief co-authored by Arrington and Denton police Sgt. Bobby Smith cautions travelers to only use licensed taxis when traveling abroad, as passengers

of unlicensed taxis have been robbed, kidnapped and raped. It suggests students register their travel plans with the State Department at The registration ser vice provided by the government for free and helps ensure speedy contact between travelers and the U.S. should an emergency arise at home or overseas. The brief also deals with safety issues at home, and points to prevention as the easiest way to stay safe: refrain from drinking alcohol in excess or taking any drugs, don’t leave

drinks unattended anywhere they could be tampered with, go out as a group and leave as a group, and call 911 immediately if someone shows signs of alcohol poisoning. “In roughly 50 percent of the sexual assaults we see here in Denton, the victim is intoxicated, and I would bet it is about the same in other cities,” Smith said. “Don’t drink alcohol in excess and put yourself in a bad situation.” For more travel and safety tips, go to travel/tips/tips_1232.html or

Campus computers crash Group discourages disclosure Continued from Page 1 It was through the SANS Internet Storm Center that UNT officials discovered the problem was with McAfee’s virus protection software, she said, though it did not appear the Internet protection company had been hacked. In an e-mail received from

a McAfee representative Erica Coleman, the company said “they were not aware of significant impact on consumers,” and apologized for any inconvenience McAfee caused them. Allyssa Sobey, a geography sophomore, was in astronomy class at 10:40 a.m. when the projector turned itself off. In her

next class, her professor pulled out an overhead projector and said, “We’re doing it old school today.” During a group meeting she noticed one of her former professors “doing nothing” because he said “it was the one time he could sit and do nothing and actually get away with it.” “We don’t want people to stop using it, but we don’t want McAfee to send us another corrupt file,” Leatherbury said. There has been no word from McAfee about compensation for the trouble caused.

Continued from Page 1 Holly Morgan, American P l a n n e d P a r e n t h o o d ’s director of communications, said that it advises people infected with the HIV virus to get psychological support from a therapist and join a support group for people with HIV or AIDS. The organization a lso adv i se s pe ople to not share their HIV status with people who do not need to know, such as employers,

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acquaintances, neighbors and coworkers, because people with HIV may still face discrimination. “Some countries have laws that say people living with HIV must tell their sexual partner(s) about their status before having sex, even if they use condoms,” the guide states. “These laws violate the rights of people living with HIV by forcing them to disclose or face the possibility of criminal charges.” In Texas, there are about 34,000 people living with HIV. Nineteen have been prosecuted and 15 have been convicted of intentionally attempting to infect others with the virus. The first case of a criminal HIV exposure/transmission

prosecution for consensual sex without disclosure was in 1998. Paul Leslie Hollingsworth pleaded guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. The weapon in question was the virus. Krissy Scott, a hospitality management freshman, says she ag rees w it h Pla n ned Parenthood’s stance on disclosure. “Everyone is entitled to their rights, and no one should ever be required to share things that personal with someone else,” Scott said. “I don’t think matters of disclosure should be a law, but there should be some kind of regulation.”

Thursday, April 22, 2010 Amber Arnold, Arts & Life Editor

Arts & Life

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Greek community reaches out to less fortunate BY CHRISTINA MLYNSKI Staff Writer

Fi f teen chapters i n t he g reek s y stem have come together to create the Greek Build Challenge, a project to provide housing in Denton. The group will host a golfa-thon fundraiser at 8 a.m. Saturday at t he T W U Golf Course. A ll money ra ised at t he event will go directly toward t he Habitat for Huma nit y P roject, Inter f rater n it y C ou nc i l P r e s ide nt M a r k Logsdon said. “The neat thing about it is I can’t find an example of the greek organizations coming together like this on any other major university campuses,” said Michael Wilson, national sales manager for Integrity Golf Solutions. “UNT is the model other communities will follow.” The chapters came together under Logsdon’s leadership to give back to the community by providing financial and physical security.

The golf-a-t hon event is a 50-hole course set up by Integrit y Golf Solutions, a business that prov ides the framework for a Web-based fundraising system. Each participant finds a

T h e g r o u p ’s g o a l i s $40,000. The project members plan to build their first house in the fall, and the Interfraternity Council would like to continue to ra ise money to build a

“The more you reach out as a community, the better it will be as a whole.”

—Kyle Ruch President of Sigma Chi

sponsor that can choose to make a one-time f lat donation or contribute a specific amount for each hole. T h e p a r t i c i p a nt s w i l l combine the total earnings from each sorority or fraternity they represent. Each sorority or fraternity will combine its total earnings. The chapters will then come together and produce a lump sum as a greek community.

house every year if the event is successful, Logsdon said. “We all want to help the c om mu n it y a nd a sk a ny person on campus, regardless if they’re part of Greek Life or just a student,” Logsdon said. “Ever yone would say that they would give back to the community if they knew how. This is the perfect opportunity.” About 140 members from different organizations in the

Greek community will play in the one-day event. “We’re using golfing as a way to participate rather than just spending money at a golf course. I’m still getting to do the same thing and play golf, but there’s a greater benefit to the community,” said Kyle Pilkenton, vice president of Sigma Chi. Kyle Ruch, president of Sig ma Chi, sa id he hopes students will feel the need to get involved with the golfa-thon and give back to the district. “Of ten t i mes we forget what’s going on in the local com mu n it y, especia l ly i n times right now, but we have to remember that there are people who are being affected just dow n t he block f rom us,” Ruch said. “The more you reach out as a community, the greater it will be as a whole.” To pledge a donation to a chapter or to the program, visit w w


Sigma Chi Vice President Kyle Pilkenton, business junior and President Kyle Ruch, hospitality management senior are participating in the Golf-A-Thon event benefitting UNT Greek Build Challenge.

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Arts & Life

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Students walk runway, raise money for orphans BY GRACIELA R AZO Senior Staff Writer

A UNT student modeling and styling organization is putting last minute touches on its biggest annual fashion show this week when models will take the runway in the season’s most popular looks. Models of Style Exposed, an organization for students interested in modeling, styling, hair and makeup, will host the eighthannual Renowned Fashion Gala and Benefit called “Exposedâ€? at 7 p.m. Friday in the Gateway Center Ballroom. “All the shows we are involved in give exposure to the models so they’re not blindsided when they enter the fashion industry,â€? said Tim Musomba, MosĂŠ president and sociology and computer science senior. Fifty models and six stylists from the organization will participate in the fashion show, along with four professional photographers who are sponsoring the event. Models will wear clothing from famous brands, like Kenneth

Fashion Show Info Eighth Annual Renown Fashion Gala hosted by MosĂŠ models 7 p.m. on April 23 in the Gateway Center Ballroom Tickets are $5 for presale with student ID from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the University Union General admission and tickets purchased at the door are $10

Cole and Banana Republic, and some from local boutiques, like Circa 77 and La Di Da. The event will showcase nine designers. The most important aspect of the show for MosĂŠ members is the modeling and talent agencies that will attend the show, Musomba said. “Agencies always come out to peek their heads in to see what our models are doing,â€? Musomba said. “A lot of our models have gone on to sign with big agencies because of this show and organization.â€?


Marawee Tanthapanichkul a fashion merchandising junior, Tim Musona a computer science senior, and Kellye Cox a merchandising senior sell tickets in front of the University Union on Wednesday for an upcoming fashion show. MosĂŠ is also giving some of its proceeds to the Zacarias Guerra house, an orphanage in Nicaragua, so they can help fund the construction of its new kitchen. Monde Ethun, a MosĂŠ model


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Organization aspires to produce modern music BY CHRISTINA MLYNSKI Staff Writer

A curtain rises to reveal 12 a cappella performers onstage who will perform popular songs in front of an audience, introducing them to a new style of music. Green Tones, formed in October 2008, is the first modern pop a cappella organization at UNT. The group will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. April 23 in the Silver Eagle Suite to promote the Aid the Cause Talent Show, hosted by Texas Academy of Math and Science students. “The beauty of it is that we can take one of the most classical songs of all time and a popular song, and we can put a new twist on it and still stay true to its roots because that’s what contemporary a cappella is good at doing,� said Brian Alexander, co-founder of the organization. A lex a nder sa id he wa s inspired to start the organization when he made the transition into college. “I came here and they had all of these musical groups and organizations, but none were of a cappella nature, so I went through the necessary channels to create one,� Alexander said. Green Tones held its first auditions in 2008. Auditions spanned a two-day period during the fall semester, open to any undergraduate students. Candidates were given vocal range and sightseeing tests and were asked to perform a short



Jason Howeth, a radio, television and film junior, sings with UNT’s first contemporary A Cappella group, the Green Tones. piece to prove that they could contribute a new sound to the group, Alexander said. The group also requires that its members have the ability to hear a piece of music and mimic it. “I finally found an ensemble to sing with again, and I have made a lot of great, new friends,� said Carole Pouzar, the newest member of the Green Tones. T he Gre en Tone s a re composed of seven women and five men. The group arranges all of its music and finds popular songs to transform into its own style. The organization selects certain members to sing each section so they can recreate the sounds needed to produce the music, Alexander said. “The biggest reason we do this is because I hear people on campus saying that they really



like the music on the radio or they don’t like it all,� he said. “The accomplishment is trying to appeal to what students have never heard before and still play upon what they like.� In Febr ua r y, t he group participated in the first collegiate a cappella performance of Texas called A Cappelooza at Texas A&M University. The event was for VH1’s Save the Music Foundation and showcased various universities performing a cappella productions, proving that the genre is a growing trend. “They take into account what the public wants to hear and they’re really a great performance group to watch,� said Sara Jacob, a general studies junior. The group plans to hold auditions for new members every fall semester.



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walk and getting ready to psych herself up. “The most exciting part of it is when you are getting ready to walk out,� Ethun said. “You’re so full of nerves and so excited to start.�

MosĂŠ has given her the experience she needs to go out into the modeling world and be successful, Ethun said. Kellye Cox, a MosĂŠ model and merchandising and hospitality senior, said she joined the group with the intention of being a part of the backstage crew for fashion shows, but now she is getting practice at being a model. “It’s basically for fun and exposure for something that could possibly happen in the future,â€? Cox said. Above all, being a member of MosĂŠ has taught Cox confidence, she said. Her confidence has g iven her more cha nces to la nd modeling gigs and get noticed by people in the fashion industry, Cox said. Musomba said this year will be different from MosÊ’s past fashion shows, but it is looking to be a great success. “You come to our show to be surprised,â€? Musomba said. “We always have something big under wraps.â€?




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Senior pitcher overcomes injuries, sets record Lawson leads Mean Green in resurgence


Senior pitcher Kayla Lawson steps up and takes the pitcher’s mound, a place she’s so fa m i l ia r w it h it feels l i ke home. In a moment t hat seems to last forever, she rela xes and waits for everything to “click.” “Her performance in the

circle and how she demands perfection from herself makes Kayla a quality player,” head coach T.J. Hubbard said. Play ing since she was 6 years old, softball was in her blood, as her mot her was an All-American catcher in college. L awson t r u ly sh i ned i n her native Edmond, Okla., at Santa Fe High School, where she was part of the team that won state in 2003. During her time at Santa Fe, she f i l led her t rophy cabinet with several awards, including four-year first-team


all conference player, Co-MVP conference player of 2005 and Rookie of the Year. She ended her high school career with a 63-18-2 record with a 619 strikeouts. “We recruited Kayla because of her performance and the way she ha nd led hersel f,” Hubbard said. Lawson ended up choosing the Mean Green because she was excited about t he new program and she wanted to be part of histor y by being in it and that Hubbard fit her style. “He had everything I wanted in a coach,” Lawson said. Since her arriva l to UNT for the 2007 season, she has been an asset to the softball prog ra m a nd someone her team can always count on. She started as pitcher in 12 games her freshman, but tendonitis sidelined her for most of the season. She came back her sophomore year w it h conf idence and continued strik ing out batter after batter, including nine against TWU. Her junior year was much of the same with Lawson just getting better, more experienced and more seasoned. She set career bests in complete ga mes (11), strikeouts (88) and ERA (3.61) Lawson came into the year with high expectations, but a rib injury at the beginning of the season kept her sidelined until recently. W hile she says her body was out of the game physically, she was never out of it mentally. “It was ver y tough being injured,” Lawson said. “But the thing I always try to do is be is positive. I was there at every


Senior Kayla Lawson has led her team to a hot streak and one of the best seasons the program has ever seen, and has also broke the school record for most strikeouts per seven innings. game, calling pitches, staying in the game mentally.” Since coming back, Lawson

“She cares about all of us and works hard and is ... dedicated.”

—Ashley Lail Senior pitcher

has led her team to a hot streak and one of the best seasons the program has ever seen. She a lso broke t he school record for most strikeouts per seven innings pitched, with an average of 4.51. Of f t he f ield, Lawson is a l so a st a ndout st udent, making the Dean’s List, Sun Belt Commissioner’s List and

At h let ic Di rector’s Honor Roll. Her performance on t he field has been evident since she arrived in Denton, but her performance off the field and the way she interacts with her teammates makes her a oneof-a-kind athlete. “Me and Kayla have been here together for four years and whenever I need help, or anyone on the teammate, Kayla is always the first to offer her help,” fellow senior pitcher Ashley Lail said. “She ca res about a l l of us a nd works hard and is ... dedicated. Someone who does all that can … be an asset to the team.” Lawson said she is proudest of t he relat ionsh ips she’s formed with her teammates, w hom she c on sider s her family.

Her actual family, Lawson said, it is her support system, especially her mother. “My mot her is my hero, inspiration, my everything,” she said. “She’s the reason I am playing D-1 softball.” As Lawson finishes out her successful career at UNT, she said she looks forward to the many great things to come after she graduates w it h a kinesiology degree. She plans to continue to school, and become a physician’s assistant and return to the sport she loves as a coach. For now she takes it one day at a time, staying humble and pitching every game to the best of her abilities. “It’s a privilege playing for a D-1 school,” Lawson said. “I never take any of this for granted.”

Golf team places fifth at Conference Tournament BY SEAN GORMAN Senior Staff Writer

Despite a slow first-round start, the UNT women’s golf team played its best golf in the later rounds and ended it s s e a s on w it h a f i f t hplace f inish Wednesday at t he Su n Belt Con ference Tournament. The Mean Green’s youngest players showed t he most poise dow n the stretch, as sophomores Kelsey Kipp and Addison Long, a long w it h senior Jordan Rose, led the way for UNT. “I am really proud of the team for rebounding after a very difficult week in Waco

and a tough opening round [Tuesday],” head coach Jeff Mitchell said. “They had the chance to just check it in, and they didn’t.” UNT failed to break a now long-lasting trend in the Sun Belt, as tournament champion Denver came in first for the seventh-straight year. Notching its best score in the final round with a 293, the second-lowest score of any team in the last round, UNT moved up the leader board substantially after entering day two in 10th place. “One of t he t h ings t h is team has done all year is stay focused even if we struggle

early on,” senior Maggie Noel said. “I’m proud of what this

posted their best scores with a five over 77 and a 78 for the

“I’m proud of what this team has done and am sad to see the season end.”

—Maggie Noel Senior golfer

team has done and am sad to see the season end.” K i p p, L on g a n d R o s e combi ned to shoot evenpar in the third round while seniors Noel and Janna Golden

round. “A lot of it is just a matter of shooting better around the greens,” Kipp said. “Most of our efforts during practice are centered around the short

game, and it showed in the last round.” In her last tournament at UNT, Rose secured the lowest score for t he Mean Green, using four birdies and a final round 71 to f inish in 13t h place with a three round score of 226. After struggling in round one with a score of 88, Long went from last in the field to 25th at the tournament’s end by shooting a two-under par 70 in round three. “I feel like t he f uture is br ig ht for t h i s pr og r a m because we have a lot of young talent that will contribute a lot in the next couple years,”

Mitchell said. “The poise they showed du r i ng t hese la st few weeks has been impressive.” Playing the most consistent golf on the team, Kipp finished one stroke behind Rose to secure 16th place after shooting a third round 75. “All year, I feel like I have become more confident in my ability to play,” Kipp said. “I look forward to building upon the effort we made here next year.” UNT golf fans still have a chance to watch their team play, a s t he men’s tea m will compete in its Sun Belt Tournament next week.

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Group bashes HIV disclosure laws Editorial Planned Parenthood is encouraging people infected with HIV to believe that they have the right to hide their condition from sexual partners. The pamphlet, titled “Healthy, Happy and Hot,” offers advice for people living with HIV to help them “understand their sexual rights” and live “sexually fulfilling lives.” The 20-page guide gives everything from tips for practicing “safer sex” to suggestions about increasing sexual pleasure. It goes on to say, “Young people living with HIV have the right to choose if, when and how to disclose their HIV status.” The pamphlet promotes the idea of persons living with HIV to practice “safer sex” by choosing to let their partner know about their infection, but also states that laws requiring disclosure violate the rights of the HIV patient. The contradictions are wildly apparent throughout the publication. The guide suggests at one point that the rights of people living with HIV are infringed upon by laws requiring them to disclose or risk criminal charges. It laments that “even if they use condoms” or only engage in sexual activity with a “low risk” of transmittance, the discriminatory policies still apply. Yet, in a different section, the pamphlet warns those already infected to be aware of the risks for further infections if they choose to have sexual relations with another HIV infected person. Another contradiction occurs when the guide — after encouraging HIV infected people to take precautions to insure their partners are protected in long-term sexual relationships — suggests the infected person obtain “proof” that they told their partner. The Editorial Board denounces the idea that people living with HIV have the selfish right to keep hidden a secret that could potentially destroy another person’s life. Human rights should be protected to the extent at which they do not trump the rights of others. A person has the right to pursue happiness, but not at the expense of another’s right to live. A person living with HIV or AIDS has the right to engage in a consensual sexual relationship, but only if the other person consents to having sex with the virus as well. It’s irresponsible and perhaps criminal for a person living with the infection to act in a manner that suggests they can separate themselves from that reality.

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Student offers marital advice Marriage ain’t easy. I know because I‘m divorced. Although I did not have the best experience in the world, I don’t look at the experience as completely negative, but rather a chance to learn from my mistakes and grow as a person. I also feel like getting divorced is a family tradition. When I broke the news to immediate and distant family members at a get together, they patted me on the back and told me not to sweat it, because most all of them went through one (or more) before they got it right. I would like to impart a few tidbits of knowledge I gained from my trip to the altar. Not everything I say is applicable to all situations, but they could help someone in a precarious situation or they can learn from my mistakes. Tip one: Don’t rush things. Although I got engaged early and waited 18 months to tie the knot, I still rushed things. Take the time to get to know the person, their family, friends

and possibly coworkers. A lot of people are on their best behavior when they begin dating, including me. Maybe they have chronic stomach issues, they pick their nose or they are obsessive and compulsive, but what if these issues never come to light until divorce do you part? So, an alternate solution is to act normal and not hide anything from a potential suitor, but that could scare them away. Personally, I try to ease the person into my bizarre and dark sense of humor. It doesn’t always work, but if they find me offensive, it’s best to weed them out early. Tip two: Be sure to get along with the family. When marrying a person, you’re also marrying their family. Even if they aren’t the best people in the world, grin and bear it, unless they truly are atrocious and reprehensible people. Tip three: It’s easier to support

a new family with a college degree and a career. I said I would never get married in college, but I did, and it strained the relationship. Finances were always a problem because I had to juggle a loathsome, low-wage job with class and homework while trying to find time to spend with my spouse. The circus act made things unnecessarily difficult. Tip four: If doing something special as a part of the ceremony, make sure nothing goes awry. For my wedding, we decided to do a unity candle. Simply put, we each lit our own candle, and then lit one candle with both of ours, signifying unity and such. While taking post “I do” pictures, the unity candle was blown out by a member of the wedding party. I try putting little stock in superstitions, but the flame signifying my mate and me becoming one was prematurely extinguished, and 367 days later, I was officially single again.

Some things aren’t too little to be looked over. Those are some of the better pointers I have to offer. I’m not soured on the institution of matrimony, and I do wish all current and future couples the best of luck, but be careful. Remember this: “What did Ryan do to screw up? OK, I won’t do that.” Now, time to update my online dating profile to say I can bench press 225 pounds.

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

Bookstore should diversify magazines I went to the UNT Bookstore over the weekend and was shocked at what I saw — or rather, didn’t see — not a single copy of Essence, Jet or Ebony anywhere. For t hose who  a re wondering, these are popular A f r ic a n-A mer ic a n m a g azines. Oh, there were AfricanAmerican  magazines at the bookstore, but most of them had something to do with the musical genre of hip hop. Oh, wait, I forgot,  there was an ‘O’ magazine, one black hair magazine and a black gospel mag. Mostly hip hop though. Even a magazine concerning black colleges and universities had a picture of Drake on the cover. That spoke measures to me — it meant that  African American’s only interests are supposed to be music, hip hop and hair. Re a l l y ?  S ou nd s pr et t y stereotypical to me. Aren’t we, as educated indi-

viduals, supposed to be getting away f rom stereot y pes of certain groups? This realization disheartened me. Then I noticed that I’ve ne v e r s e e n m a i n s t r e a m African-American magazines, like Essence or Ebony, in the UNT Book store t he t hree years I have attended UNT. I frequent the store pretty often, too. Why is this? Now, I feel the same about the  African-American literature of fered, but I don’t complain about that, because I know that the bookstore is sma ll and probably had a shortage of a lot of  works of literature, not just African American. I know this doesn’t account for the magazine situation though, especially when there’s plenty of Vogue, People, and US Weekly.  I just thought it was odd that three of the main magazines that African Americans

read weren’t offered. I might not necessarily buy them all the time, but just having that option would be nice. Maybe I’m out of line, but rather than standing idly by, I have been trying to do something about it, because I feel that not stocking these magazines is wrong. I asked to bookstore to order some copies. Besides that, I have started a Facebook group called “W here’s the Ebony mag?! Where’s the Essence/ Jet? ! ” w h ich i s open for membership. With the group and this column, I am trying to spread awareness about the topic. The UNT Bookstore could make more money if they sold the titles mentioned. From looking at the membership of my group, there are obviously other students who’ve noticed the void and want an explanation. I’m here to see that they find one.  I don’t think we should capi-

talize on racial issues all the time, which admittedly some do, but we shouldn’t ignore it as an issue either. Can we honestly look around and say that we’ve accomplished Dr. King’s dream? I don’t t h i n k we have. Everyone is out for himself or herself, so if the problem doesn’t directly affect us, we tend to look the other way. This issue isn’t going to make or break my life (I’m leaving UNT in December) but it might make things better for future students — even in a minor way. I know the bookstore isn’t the biggest, but why do I even have to request these magazines? They’re t wo of the most popu la r A f rica n-A merica n magazines out there. Even other races read these two magazines. Amber Jones is a psychology senior. She can be reached at

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Page 8 Justin Umberson, Sports Editor


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mean Green, Panthers lead pack at tourney BY ERIC JOHNSON Senior Staff Writer

After winning eight of its last nine matches, the UNT tennis team (14-6) rolls into New Orleans on Thursday as the Sun Belt Conference tournament’s No. 2 seed, the highest in program history. The Mean Green crushed its conference competition t his season, w inning f ive of its six matches. The only conference loss for the Mean Green came against defending Sun Belt champion, No. 49 Florida International (12-7), who entered as the tournament’s No. 1 seed. “They are the ones with the targets on their backs,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “They are the king of the jungle right now, and we are the young, ta lented and hungr y team that wants to take over their throne.” Only three teams currently in the Sun Belt have ever won the conference championship: South Alabama, Denver and FIU. Bot h Denver a nd Sout h Alabama came into the season with a national ranking, but neither has lived up to the hype. South Alabama finished an abysmal 1-12 and Denver mediocre at 8-13. It was Denver that ended UNT’s season in the tournament semi-finals in 2009, but the Mean Green is confident that a different story will be told this time, after beating the Pioneers 4-3 earlier this month. “It is a huge boost to go into this tournament and know that the pressure is on these teams to change their game in order to compete with us,” sophomore Irina Paraschiv


Senior Catalina Cruz serves against Louisiana-Lafayette. The Mean Green begins its fight for the Sun Belt Conference championship title at 9 a.m. on Friday in New Orleans. said. “We have accomplished so many of the goals we set this season, but right now it is about FIU and winning conference.” T h i s y e a r ’s t e a m w i l l be more ex per ienced a nd prepared for the challenge of the conference tournament after playing eight nationally ranked teams. The six losses suffered by the Mean Green were against teams currently ranked in the top 50. The path toward a confer-

ence championship has not been an easy one to navigate for the UNT, but Lama said there was a reason for loading the schedule with some of the nation’s premiere talent. “Everything that we have done has been designed for us to peak this week,” Lama said. “This is what our main goal has been all season, and we have rea lly grow n and matured over the last three months. We have had some breakthrough moments, but

we wa nt to bring home a ring.” Three of the conference’s hottest players will be in green this weekend, as Paraschiv, sophomore Paula Dinuta and junior Narine Kazarva are all playing their best tennis of the season. Paraschiv has won fourstraight matches, Dinuta has won 10 out of 11, and Kazarova has the team’s longest winning streak this year, which stands at nine. “This is the right time to catch fire,” Kazarova said. “I feel like I am in a place right now where if I play my game that I cannot be touched. Our whole team has been playing on a different level these last few weeks, and we are going to be ver y dangerous t his weekend.” UNT defeated a ra n ked opponent for the first time when it torched No. 74 Texas Tech on Feb. 6, and it also ea r ned it s f i r st nat iona l rank ing in t he f ina l week of March. Despite the milestones, Lama said that the only goal that matters for the Mean Green is a conference title. “It w ill be a disappointment if we are not able to capitalize on everything we have built and reach our ultimate goal,” Lama said. “Winning conference, bringing home that title and putting on that championship ring for the first time — those are memories that will last forever for these ladies.” UNT earned a first-round bye and will begin its journey toward a title at 9 a.m. Friday against the winner of the No. 7 Middle Tennessee vs. No. 10 Arkansas-Little Rock match.

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1. Madura Ranganathan 2. Irina Paraschiv 3. Paula Dinuta 4. Barbora Vykydalova 5. Narine Kazarova 6. Catalina Cruz

10-8 11-8 13-6 9-9 10-3 11-7

UNT Doubles Lineup No.



1. Irina Paraschiv/Amy Joubert 10-8 2. Catalina Cruz/Barbora Vykydalova 10-8 3. Madura Ranganathan/Narine Kazarova 3-1

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1. Florida International 12-7 2. UNT 14-6 3. Denver 8-13 4. Troy 11-8 5. La.-Monroe 15-7 6. La.-Lafayette 9-9 7. Middle Tennessee 10-9 8. Florida Atlantic 9-10 9. Arkansas State 7-8 10. Arkansas-Little Rock 11-11 11.New Orleans 6-12 12.South Alabama 1-12 13.Western Kentucky 8-8

Conference 6-0 5-1 1-1 6-2 2-2 3-3 5-5 2-1 2-3 0-4 0-4 0-5 0-1

The Script: UNT should advance to touney finals Opinion BY ERIC JOHNSON Senior Staff Writer

Thirteen teams will walk into New Orleans with hope of earning an automatic bid to t he NC A A tou r na ment and the Sun Belt Conference championship, but there are only two teams with a legitimate chance If you a re look i ng for a stor y filled with underdogs and upsets, look elsewhere. T he top t wo seeds, No. 1 Flor ida Inter nat iona l a nd No. 2 UNT, are the Sun Belt royalty, and there will be no Cinderella stories this year. Why it will be UNT or FIU The Mean Green and the No. 49 Golden Panthers are a combined 11-1 against the rest of the Sun Belt, the only loss coming from a 5-2 FIU v ictor y aga inst UNT. FIU finished the season 12-7, with its only losses coming against teams current ly ranked in the top 40. UNT finished with a simila r 14-6 record, a nd its si x losses were aga inst teams current ly ranked in the top 50. Both teams returned all but one player from 2009, making the Golden Panthers and the Mean Green the deepest and

most experienced teams in the tournament. U N T ’s P a u l a D i n u t a , winner of 10 of her last 11, and Narine Kazarova, winner of nine straight, have ignited the team over the last month and helped the Mean Green to win eight of its last nine matches. FIU is led by Liset Brito, who is ranked No. 90 in the countr y and has twice been named Sun Belt Conference At h lete of t he Week t h i s season. The Golden Panthers are one of on l y t h re e tea m s cu r rent ly i n t he Su n Belt Conference to win the championship and has won four of the last five tournaments. Why no one else matters The other two teams that h av e f i l le d t hei r t r ophy cases with Sun Belt titles — Denver and South Alabama — were tabbed as preseason contenders, but t he tea ms have taken a step backward from last season. Teams like Troy and Louisiana-Monroe have made va st i mprovements but are not yet at the same talent level as FIU and UNT. Denver entered the season ra n ked i n t he top 50 but finished a pedestrian 8-13, which includes a 4-3 loss to

UNT earlier this month. Denver lost to FIU in the f ina ls of t he 2009 tour nament, but w it h ha lf of t he roster f i l led by f resh ma n, don’t expect any miracles. Senior Ute Schnoy, No. 86 in the nation, is the highest ranked player in the conference, but t he rest of t he lineup does not match her ta lent level. T he Pioneers have won two of the last six championships, and since the seeding for the tournament is based on national ranking, it is their reputation, not their talent, that earned them the No. 3 seed. Sout h A laba ma look s like a completely different program than the team that was ranked No. 53 at the start of this season. T he Jag ua r s ow n a n impressive 16 Sun Belt titles, including a run of 12 straight from 1992-2003 but do not have enough players to field an entire team. There are six singles spots a nd t h ree doubles spot s, a nd S out h A l a ba m a h a s five players on their roster, forcing them to forfeit one p oi nt b e f or e t h e m a t c h starts. Do not look for t he 1-12 Jaguars to be any where near what used to be a guaranteed championship for them.

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