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Clark cafeteria manager slain BY CHRIS SPEIGHT Senior Staff Writer
Denton police discovered the manager of UNT’s Clark Grill shot to death at 10 p.m. Wednesday in her bedroom. Ying-Ying ‘Jennifer’ Maik, 55, was killed by a single gunshot wound to her head in her apartment at the 2500 block of Kariba Lane. The suspect took Maik’s car and parked it about four blocks away in an adjoining neighborhood, police said. After parking Maik’s car, the suspect switched vehicles to a 2001 black Chevrolet pickup truck with Texas licenses plates 90K-YK9. Denton police have not named a suspect, Capt. Lenn Carter of the Denton Police Department said. “There is someone we’d really like to interview and speak with, but as of yet we haven’t named that person as a suspect,” Carter said. The person of interest is not yet in custody, but lived in Denton at one point, he said. Police are unsure whether the person has fled. Police also said it did not appear the killer forced his or her way into Maik’s home. “They didn’t kick the door
in or break a window. We know that it doesn’t look like a burglary,” Carter said. The offender may have either gained entry with a key or had the consent of Maik, police said. Carter said this would indicate that Maik might have personally known the suspect. Police said that the gunshot wound was from a handgun, but have not yet found a weapon and a motive. They are examining evidence from the crime scene. “We’re having the bullet analyzed, but we haven’t found out what caliber of gun it was,” Carter said. “It’s going to take some time to get the results back.” Police believe the suspect worked with Maik at one of the UNT dinning halls, but is no longer employed there. Maik had been employed at UNT since 2006, said Director of University Relations Kelley Reese. “Jennifer was part of our community. She was part of our UNT family,” Reese said. “Our primary focus is making sure our community has the resources it needs to deal with its grief.”
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Riley Dodge (left) will face his first full season after requesting an injury red shirt his freshman year. His father, head UNT football coach Todd Dodge (right), said he often pushes Riley Dodge harder than the other players.
’09 season in Dodges’ hands BY ERIC JOHNSON Senior Staff Writer
For five years, Todd Dodge ruled over Texas high school football with his son Riley by his side. UNT brought in Coach Dodge to bring the winning tradition back to this football program that once won four straight Sun-Belt Conference Championships. After a disappointing start, Coach Dodge will now have Riley leading his team once again in search of more championships. Riley Dodge grew up a student of football under his father and coach, Todd Dodge. He spent his childhood hanging around his father’s office, practices and film sessions, soaking up all the knowledge and experience he could along the way. The two also shared a bond beyond the football field. “We were always watching film together, always talking ball,” Riley said. “But we still
took time to talk, get away from football and just have fun; we treated football like a light switch.” Coach Dodge said he knew that he played a more important role in his son’s life than most fathers do. “I had a friend tell me that when you coach your son you are really the two most important men in his life, you’re his father and you’re his coach, don’t rob him of either,” Coach Dodge said. Riley Dodge was there to see his dad mold Southlake Carroll High School into a football powerhouse, spending his days watching and waiting for his opportunity. When Riley took over the starting quarterback job at the beginning of his junior season Carroll had already won three Class 5A State Championships. Expectations from the Southlake community, his dad and himself were all sky high. “In that community they
have come to expect success, and expect state titles,” Coach Dodge said. “But Riley had grown up around that and I had no doubts that he could handle it, and he proved that he could exceed expectations.” At the end of the 2006 season Coach Dodge was able to experience something that very few fathers are able to, he coached his son to a state championship. That would be his fourth and final state title in what would ultimately be Todd Dodge’s last game at Carroll. That December, Coach Dodge signed a five-year contract to become the head football coach at UNT. The younger Dodge would also make a big decision before his senior year, as one of the nation’s top recruits he verbally committed to the University of Texas. But Riley Dodge continued spending time with his father, and almost every day he would
make the drive from Southlake to Denton to watch practice or hang out with his dad in his office. The choice became clear for Riley Dodge. From then on, he was going to follow his father to UNT and try to continue the successes they shared at Carroll. “We had a great opportunity here,” Riley said. “If I were to go to Texas he would never be able to see me play and I would never be able to see him coach. I believe in what he was doing here, I know the system and I feel comfortable here.” After last year’s one-win season, incumbent starting quarterback Giovanni Vizza informed Coach Dodge he would not be returning, leaving the job open for competition. Riley Dodge performed well in the spring and won the job, and now he and his father will look to turn the program around together.
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Rental cars help students navigate Denton BY JORDAN FOSTER Junior Staff Writer
A new UNT service allows students, faculty and staff to rent cars through a partnership between the university and a rental car company. The UNT Department of Tra nspor tat ion ha s been work ing w it h Connect by Hertz, a subsidiary company of Hertz Car Rental service, to develop the program. The department looked at other universities’ transportation options and found the Connect by Hertz ser v ice, said Joe Richmond, associate director for transportation. U N T bega n d isc u ssi ng program options with Hertz in April 2009. It is the first university in Texas to use the service, he said. Connect by Hertz lowered the age limit on applicants to 18, which helped the department consider the program further, Richmond said. “Lowering the age limit specifically applies to universities to make it easier for
students to obtain memberships,” Hertz public affairs manager Paula Rivera said. “When you work with a partner such as UNT, they energize the students in programs and we think there is a high volume of students that this program appeals to.” Two Toyota Priuses and two Toyota Camrys arrived on ca mpus Aug. 21. Each vehicle includes GPS navigation, Bluetooth technology, an auxiliary cord for an iPod and in-car communication with a Connect by Hertz member car center. Prospective members of the program apply online at the Connect by Hertz Web site, which takes about four days to process. Those who are approved are sent a membership card and reserve the car online for any amount of time. Members have the option to reserve the car at the rate of $8 an hour or $62 a day. Members can also take advantage of extra benefits such as washing the car when it is dirty
to knock an hour’s worth of money off of the price. Richmond said he believes t he ser v ice w i l l cater to students who don’t have cars. He thinks it will help international students as well. “We think it will be good for international students to be able to go into the metroplex and get off campus,” Richmond said. “I also think it will be good for exploring the area and to basically provide access to areas that aren’t covered by our buses.” So far, some students find the new program appealing. Tom my Tra n, u ndecla red junior, thinks the service could be beneficial. “It would be good if you had somewhere you don’t want to walk to, or to get out of Denton for a while,” Tran said. “Plus that’s a lot cheaper than renting a car elsewhere.” Behavioral analysis graduate student Vo Phuong said she thinks the program is promising for international students. “As an international student,
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Connect by Hertz, the new rental car program at UNT, parks the new Toyota Camrys and Toyota Priuses on Maple Street across from Kerr Hall. I would consider it to be a good alternative,” Phuong said. Students, faculty and staff who are interested in learning more are urged to go to the Web site and use the promotional
codes that are found on the fliers, Richmond said. The cars are on Maple Street across from Kerr Hall. Even though the program is still in its infancy with UNT, Richmond
said he and the department are confident about it. “It’s kind of a new program so we’re kind of feeling our way through it,” Richmond said. “But I think it will be a hit.”
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Stage coach Robert Liner is the head horse trainer for Plano’s world-famous Southfork Ranch and founder of Frisco horse training company Equine in Line. He will perform his show, “Spirit of the Horse,” this weekend at the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo in Denton — a place he says is “full of culture and cowboys.” See Page 6
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Millions in natural gas UNT ranks high on under Rayzor Ranch ‘up-and-coming’ list Officials By Chris Speight
Senior Staff Writer The 2010 U.S. News and World Report rankings of colleges and universities have designated UNT as one of the top national universities in America. UNT tied for ninth place with four other universities on the report’s “Top Up-andComing” public national universities. There are 77 total colleges on the list. The universities that tied with UNT are N.C. State University in Raleigh, Ohio State University in Columbus, University of California in San Diego and University of Cincinnati in Ohio. According to the report, “These 77 colleges a nd universities were singled out as schools that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty, students, campus, or facilities.” President Gretchen Bataille said the “innovative changes” came from a myriad of recent changes at UNT. Some of the changes include hiring faculty in research clusters, increased student aid and the creation of the Emerald Eagle’s Scholar program, she said. UNT’s “green” efforts also aided its high placement on the list, Bataille said. Those efforts include hiring a sustainability director, constructing
new environmentally friendly buildings and enhancing international programs in Mexico, India and Thailand. “In all of those areas, I think we are making changes and we are now being noticed for making those changes, “ Bataille said. Bataille said this is the second year this particular list has been made. However, Di rector of Admissions Rebecca Lothringer said systems that rate the “top schools” can be misleading. “Honestly, they’re not necessarily fair,” she said. “They’re misleading in many cases to the parents and students that are reading the report, especially if they don’t understand how the ranking was actually figured.” She said UNT is glad to be named in the new ranking system because U.S. News and World Report is starting to look into schools that have areas of development and innovation. “They used to just rank colleges into different tiers, in the old system,” Lothringer said. Tier reports look at certain variables and tend to sway the results of the rankings, Lothringer said. “For instance: a school that caps their enrollment is going to have a better admissions percentage than we would, because we don’t cap our
enrollment, so anyone who meets our requirements is going to be admitted,” she said. Allen Clark, the Director of Institutional Research, said that rankings can be skewed to their criteria, but there has to be some type of measure. “U.S. News has determined what they have deemed as their measure,” Clark said. “I don’t think it’s a matter of fair or not fair, it’s a matter of grading on institutions and they set up what the grades are going to be.” But many students and parents haven’t felt the need to wait for the go-ahead from U.S. News and World Report to flock to UNT, Clark said. The registered student population in the fall of 2004 was 31,155. Since then, it has risen by at least 3,543 students. In the fall of 2008, the registered student population was 34,698. Lothringer said she thinks that parents and students are getting savvier when reading ranking systems. “Ranking is just a ranking based on the way an organization wants to rank someone and it doesn’t necessarily mean that students are choosing the best school,” she said. “However I think students understand the very special opportunities they have at North Texas regardless of what U.S. News and World Report might say.”
deliberate on well sites
By Chris Speight Senior Staff Writer
Denton city officials met with representatives and attorneys from both Allegiance Developers and Range Resource Co. to discuss natural gas drilling on the Rayzor Ranch development site at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the City Hall. “Millions and millions of dollars worth of natural gas is underneath this tract, waiting to be extracted by the owners,” Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs said. “The question is, ‘Where do you put the wells to do that?’” Range Resource Co. is the energy company that owns the mineral rights to the expansive natural gas deposits below the 500-acre Rayzor Ranch development. The Rayzor Ranch property is owned by Allegiance Developers. Of the four potential drill sites zoned by the city, Burroughs said that Range Resource Co. only needs one. The company chose the site located in the southeast corner of the development because it was the best location, he said. The tract located on the Southeast corner of the development happens to be on the intersection of Bonnie Brae and Scripture streets, near McKenna Park. “The people who live around the tract are saying, ‘Hold it.
“They do not want the drilling We don’t want the wells there,’” Burroughs said. “They’ll say to take place on that park because ‘because it’s dirty, it’s loud, it’s they don’t want it built that close to the hospital or to the residangerous, etc.’” Burroughs said there are dences,” Heggins said. Heggins said that the residents certain things the city can do to try to protect and lessen the in the area were not the ones who held the protest. negative impact on The closed meeting surrounding property between the develuses. opers, the energ y The city responded company and the to the complaints by city ended at about 6 requesting a summit p.m. on Wednesday. meeting between the Representatives gave two companies. The few comments aftermeeting would be an ANITA ward as to what transattempt to move the BURGESS pired in the meeting. parties toward an agree“F r om R a n g e’s ment about the sighting perspectives, we really of the gas wells, city appreciate the city of attorney Anita Burgess Denton, particularly said. city staff and Mayor “We are awaiting for Burroughs, in trying to that meeting to occur get the parties together and as soon as it does and reach an accomwe’ll have a little bit CHARLYE modation that will more information as HEGGINS allow us to develop the to where we sit on it,” minerals for the benefit she said. of the royalty owner The City Council and allow Allegiance tabled the issue, but to move forward with it remains on the their development,” said agenda. David Poole Senior Vice Denton city councilPresident and general woman Charlye Heggins counsel of Ra nge said she opposes the gas Resource Co. wells at that location. MARK Poole said he didn’t “I don’t speak for BURROUGHS know when deliberathe rest of the council,” she said. “I am awaiting for the tions would continue. Allegiance representatives said meeting to take place, but my the company had no comment mind is already made up.” Heggins said she attended on the matter. The city council meets again the protest on July 23 against the drilling at McKenna Park, on at 6 p.m. on Sept. 1, where which was hosted by a group of the drilling issue will be on the agenda. students.
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Murder thriller spins tale of literary sabotage By K atie Grivna Senior Staff Writer
The smell of popcorn and sawdust will fill the air tonight at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre as it premieres its production of Ira Levin’s “Deathtrap.” With its freshly built set, the show follows murder mystery playwright Sidney Bruhl, who receives a script titled “Deathtrap” by a student writer, according to the theater’s Web site. Bruhl creates a murder plot, which kills the student, to take credit for the story himself. Director Cindee Mayfield said UNT students could relate to the quick-paced story because it involves a “student on the edge.” Little changes were made to the original story, she said, because of the small stage in the theatre and small budget. The audience
is situated around all three sides of the stage, and there are many technical requirements used for the weaponry, Mayfield said. “See if you can guess how it is going to end,” she said. Mayfield said she has enjoyed her role as a director because she can watch the progression of the story through the play’s many double entendres. Adding to the show experience is the Pocket Sandwich Theatre’s unusual atmosphere. Owner Joe Dickinson, who founded the theater with friend and business partner Rodney Dobbs 29 years ago, said his the company is informal and strictly an entertainment theater.
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[ In theaters today... ] By K ip Mooney
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“Taking Woodstock” Starring Demetri Martin, Eugene Levy, Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber Directed by Ang Lee Ang Lee takes a considerably lighter approach in telling the behind-the-scenes story of the most famous concert in history. I love Demetri Martin, but I’m afraid his humor may clash with Lee’s deliberate filmmaking style. “Halloween II” Starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Brad Dourif, Malcolm McDowell Directed by Rob Zombie As a general rule, I’m against horror remakes. The originals nearly always possess more scare for your buck. However, I can’t imagine Rob Zombie’s revisionist horror schlock being any worse than the 1981 sequel to John Carpenter’s horror masterpiece.
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Sawing wood at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre in Dallas, set designer and actor Rodney Dobbs prepares the set for the opening night of “Deathtrap.” “The Final Destination” Starring Bobby Campo, Shantel VanSanten, Nick Zano, Haley Webb Directed by David R. Ellis I’ll come right out and say it: the only reason to see this ludicrous horrorfest is for gruesome, gory and grisly murders in glorious 3-D. Take away the “holy crap” moments of engine blocks, rocks, and deadly machinery flying at victims’ faces, and you’re left with bad acting, a complete lack of intensity, and redundancy. Much like the “My Bloody Valentine” remake from earlier this year: see it in 3-D or don’t see it at all.
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Another player leaves Mean Green Brief By Justin Umberson Sports Editor
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UNT Quarterback, Riley Dodge, grips a football with his father, UNT head football coach Todd Dodge. The two will share their season opening game on Sept. 3 at Ball State University, Ind.
Coach expects more from son Continued from page 1 “I have high expectations of him as a father and coach,” Coach Dodge said. “I know what he can do because I have seen him accomplish great things. Riley is the best dual threat in the state, and we are lucky to have him here. I expect him to lead this team.” Riley Dodge is one of the top recruits ever signed by UNT, and that, coupled with being the coaches’ son, puts a little extra heat on him. “I’ll jump on him more,” Coach Dodge said. “Sometimes I am a little too hard on him because I know what he is capable of being. He sees the potential in this team and his teammates see the potential in him.”
While Riley Dodge might be held to tougher standards and scrutinized harder by coaches, teammates just see him as one of the guys and you would never know he was the coaches’ son, several UNT football players said. Their new journey begins September 3rd on the road against Ball State University, and UNT’s new starting quarterback is ready to show that they can be as successful on the college level they were in high school. “This is the right situation and the perfect fit,” Riley said. “I just take any criticism and apply it and get better. We have a lot of young talent and the ball will be spread around enough to where you can’t shut us down.”
Women’s basketball head coach Shanice Stephens continues to prove that no player is above the team or its rules as last year’s starting point guard Mansa El becomes the latest player to leave the Mean Green. El, a freshman last season, averaged 6.5 points a game and led the team with 72 assists. She was also the first player in team history to start 29 games as a freshman. El is just the latest to leave the team after post Brittani Bailey transferred to Texas Woman’s University in May and forward Jeanee’ Thompson followed her in June.
After one season with Stephens, senior guard Brittany James and senior post Torrian Timms, who played under former coach Tina Slinker, remain on the team to finish their eligibility. Additionally, sophomore guard Brittney Hudson and junior guard Niqky Hughes, who were not allowed to play last season because of NCAA transfer rules, are also coming back for Stephens’ second season. Amber Jackson, UNT’s only first-team All Sun Belt Conference player last season, was given a one-game suspension before the final game of the regular season, but was kicked off the team after for a violation of team rules. Also receiving suspensions from coach Stephens last season were senior guards Jo Hall and Yari Escalera.
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During a spring 2009 game, freshman guard Mansa El drives toward the goal during a game against Troy University. NT fell in overtime 78-80.
Volleyball Classic opens fall season By R emington Bird
Junior Staff Writer The Mean Green Volleyball Classic Tournament will showcase UNT’s 2009 team after last year’s disappointing season. The Mean Green will play three games during Friday and Saturday at the North Texas Volleyball Complex. The round-robin style tournament begins at 10:30 a.m. today with a match between Northern Colorado and Southern Methodist University. The Mean Green will have its first game at 1 p.m. against the University of Texas at San Antonio. “I think this is probably one of the most competitive tournaments we’ve had in the past three or four years,” head coach Cassie Headrick said. “Just looking at it
on paper, New Mexico State is definitely the team to beat.” New assistant coach Jessica Hulsebosch is also looking forward to the NMSU game because she last saw the team as a freshman playing for UNT when they shared the same conference, but she is more excited about seeing the Mean Green in action. “I’m excited for the girls to finally get past the practice stages and actually compete,” Hulsebosch said. “It will be a lot of testing the water with how to coach positions and how everybody works together in certain positions.” The fact that all the games the Mean Green plays in the tournament will be at home is also a great advantage for the team.
“Our fans are great. We have a good home base, and it gets us fired up to play when we’re at home,” junior outside hitter Brittani Youman said. The coaches and players are excited and confident about their
upcoming tournament, and they are ready to show off their abilities. “I know that we can win, and I know that we can just go out there and fight the good fight,” Youman said.
Mean Green Volleyball Classic Tournament Friday, Aug. 28 10:30 a.m. - Northern Colorado vs. SMU 1 p.m. - North Texas vs. UTSA 4 p.m. - New Mexico State vs. SM 7 p.m. - North Texas vs. Northern Colorado
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Ragweed delivers ‘Happiness’ through mix of tempos, styles By Morgan Walker
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The leaders of the Red Dirt scene are back again, almost two years after the release of their last studiorecorded album. Cross Canadian Rag weed’s “Happiness and All Other Things,” due in stores Sept. 1, manages to keep the band’s trademark grungecountry sound while also revealing some different elements of rock. The record opens with the track “51 things,” a fast-paced, bluesy number which might lead the listener to believe the rest of the album has lots of high energy.
However, the album is full of ups and downs. The odd flow of tracks could steer listeners away from buying it, but the out-of-the-ordinary sound might also draw them in. Immediately after the first track, the album slows down with “Blue Bonnets,” an acoustic song that sounds ideal with frontman Cody Canada’s signature raspy voice. The rest of the disc varies from rebellious, easygoing tempos in tracks like “Drag” and the interlude after “Overtable,” to more uplifting beats heard in “Confident” and “Kick in the Head,” which features Lloyd Maines,
father of Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines, on the steel guitar. On the group’s Web site, Canada said a lot of this album’s influence came from music artists like Frank Sinatra and Jakob Dylan, son of singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. The record also includes a couple of cover tracks, including Steve Burton’s “To Find My Love,” which is sung by Ragweed’s bassist, Jeremy Plato. The other cover, Warren Zevon’s “Carmelita,” is a bonus track about a heroin addict scouring for the last bit of money he can find to get his fix, which brings the album to a close. Will “Happiness and All Other
Things” top the No. 6 spot on the Billboard charts like the group’s last album, “Mission California,” achieved? It just might. The third track, “Burn Like the Sun” strongly resembles Ragweed’s hit, “Constantly,” still heard in honkytonks from way back on the “Purple” album. Overall, the record includes a lot of new and clever variety while still keeping the same Ragweed sound that the band’s Texas country fans know and love. The band can be heard live Sept. 6 at the fourth-annual Red Dirt Roundup in Fort Worth.
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Café du Luxe 3101 Unicorn Lake Blvd. By Jeph Burton and Chris Speight
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All for a modest price. But one thing that truly sets Café du Luxe apart from most other café settings is the availability of wine and beer. Expect to pay between $5 and $7 for a glass of red or white wine, or between $23 and $29 for a bottle. For the wine connoisseurs, there are specialty bottles available, priced individually. The beer selection is much less expansive than the wine. Prices are set at $3 for domestics and $4.75 for imports. The enthusiastic and knowledgeable baristas informed us that all appetizers are half-price between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and made a few recommendations. After we appraised the menu, Jeph ordered a glass of merlot and the pesto basil and tomato flatbread, while Chris ordered a Heineken and the mesquite smoked turkey sandwich. Jeph got his merlot without inci-
Café du Luxe brings gourmet flair and an upscale feel to the bistro concept. When we heard of this café, we weren’t exactly sure what we were getting into. Let’s just say there was an element of mystery surrounding the name alone — mystery that was only compounded by the amenities of a drive-through and a nice patio area. Once inside, our ears were immediately bombarded Cleanliness with smooth jazz, small talk Service and the clinking of spoons Affordability against ceramic coffee mugs. Olfactory senses started their Atmosphere slow tango with the aroma of Food Quality freshly ground coffee beans and piping hot dough. Cubism-inspired paintings hung dent. Chris, however, received a against the beige-colored walls. Heineken Light. When he asked if Small, intimate round tables filled the restaurant had regular Heineken, the center of the room, their patrons he learned the café only carries coolly sipping lattes. Contemporary, Heineken Light, leading him to single-bulb fixtures softly lit the entire believe that the beer selection is a venue, each one suspended by a wire little misleading. Food arrived shortly thereafter, from the black-raftered ceiling, The hanging menu drew the eyes and it did not fail to impress. The softness and warmth of the to a list of coffee and espresso-based pita-like flatbread was only outdone beverages. “Wait, do they even have sand- by an almost tart blend of four Italian cheeses and four perfect slices of wiches here?” The barista directed us to the tomato. The whole thing looked beautiful and only cost $11.78 for both printed menus at our fingertips. Shrimp ceviche, smoked salmon, the meal and wine with happy hour a hummus platter, pesto basil and applied. The mesquite smoked turkey sandtomato flatbread, towering chocolate cake, 24K carrot cake. The wich, presented on the same polygsandwiches we sought — mesquite onal plate had an excellent presensmoked turkey, club, veggie. And, of tation. The sandwich is complete with course, la soup du jour.
Photo by Melissa Boughton / Photographer melted provolone cheese, romaine leaf, red onions, ripe tomatoes and a special aioli sauce. The meal is served with garden chips, all for only $6.50. The generous portions of food left little room for dessert, so we opted for coffee instead. The Café du Luxe Web site (www. cafeduluxe.com) is not afraid to tell you the coffee you’ve been drinking until now has been subpar. We decided to finish our meals with the caramel “marked” vanilla latte, Café du Luxe’s answer to the caramel macchiato at Starbucks. The bistro’s smugness about its coffee is totally warranted. The espresso came through brilliantly warm as opposed to the dark, bitter taste of improperly pressed espresso grounds. Its taste was sweet but not overpowering. We left feeling satisfied and eager for our next visit. Make it a nice but inexpensive meal before or after a movie, on a date, or just bring your friends to hang out for live music and featured artists. Whatever the occasion, Café du Luxe will give you an affordable and delicious place to relax in style at 3101 Unicorn Lake Blvd. by Cinemark.
Café Du Luxe offers half-price appetizers during happy hour. The sun-dried tomato and cheese flatbread is baked fresh when ordered.
‘Quit, walk and whoa’: Horseman struts in fair BY MORGAN WALKER Junior Staff Writer
About 25 years ago, Robert Liner witnessed a tragedy. He watched as another man had trouble getting his horse across a railroad bridge about 30 feet high. The man struggled with the horse, pushing him, but the horse did not budge. When the horse finally began to walk across, it slipped, caught its leg in a trestle and broke its leg. The horse had to be put down. Since that moment, Robert M. Liner, a certified horseman and founder of Frisco horse school Equine in Line, has been sharing his message with others throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. That message is to teach people interested in horses how to avoid breaking trust with not only a horse, but also with themselves, Liner said. Using his own method called intuitive equine guidance, Liner observes body language, hair lines, and each horse’s personality to show horse trainers and owners how to further the human-equine connection, according to his Web site, www. equineinline.com. He is head horse trainer and entertainer for Southfork Ranch, known worldwide as the filming location for the “Dallas” television series. He is also often featured in The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Observer, Fox 4 News, Channel 8 News, ESPN, the Animal Planet, Telemundo, Univision and the
Weather Channel, according to his Web site. Every year, Liner demonstrates his technique in a show called “Spirit of the Horse” for audiences at the State Fair of Texas. This year, he is making his second appearance at the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo in Denton, next to Carroll Boulevard behind the Denton Shopping Center. “I love coming out to Denton,” Liner said. “It’s a place full of culture and cowboys, and it’s a lot of fun.”
“Spirit of the Horse” Liner kicks off PHOTO BY AUGUSTA LIDDIC / PHOTOGRAPHER his show by introducing himself and Robert Liner prepares his horse for a demonstration on proper training methods. To illustrate how he becomes perceptive to the horses, Liner uses a horse he telling the audience has never trained before. that the horses in the show are new to him – to prove He tells people he’s up-front 2003 and became a part of his the time it’s a human error.” Liner went to Hillman’s home and that he is truly intuitive with the with his clients, which are often team three years ago. At the show, Hillman told Liner loaded her horse into the trailer after horse’s behavior. beginners and frustrated riders, The three most important words reminding them that it may take about some troubles she was about 15 minutes. Her horse had an abusive background, and Hillman he teaches are “quit, walk and as long as a year before some having with a horse. “We quickly learned that it’s a was its fourth owner in six years. whoa,” which is why he never names horses are fully trained. Within two months, Hillman was a horse Joe, Liner joked. Amanda Hillman, now special lot of the human side,” Hillman After the show, he talks with the events coordinator for the Equine said. “People try to say that the able to ride the horse and quickly audience and answers questions in Line Horsemanship School, horse has problems or the horse learned that patience is a huge about working with horses. met Liner at one of his shows in is crazy, but about 90 percent of factor.
PHOTO BY AUGUSTA LIDDIC / PHOTOGRAPHER
Liner interacts with his horse in a show called “Spirit of the Horse” at the North Texas State Fair. A simple gesture such as touching the horse’s back can help the horse become familiar with the trainer, according to his methods. “All horses are different,” Hillman said. “One of the best things we’ve learned is using your hands. Just putting your hands on your horse and letting the energy that you have emit over to the horse will change its attitude.” Recently, when her horse suffered an injury, all Hillman could do was keep grooming her and rubbing her sides and legs. Because she didn’t push the horse’s limits when it was hurt, a tip she picked up from Liner, the animal is now much more attentive, patient, focused and a completely different animal, Hillman said.
“If we didn’t meet Robert, I don’t know where we’d be now,” Hillman said. “People would tell us the horse just needs a good whoopin’, which is probably what her problem was in her past.”
A school for horses Riding lessons at the Equine in Line Horsemanship School include combined dressage, a system which teaches people to ride in a balanced and safe manner, and safety guidelines for preventing problems, according to www.equineinline. com.
Other guidelines include knowing where the horse’s feet are at all times, mental and physical fitness for riding, reading horses’ personalities and horse care. Those interested in learning more about Liner’s horse training methods can catch his show at the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo. Show times are at 7:30 and 9 tonight and 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Liner’s booth is located in the Syracuse Sausage Fun Zone near the ticket booth on Carroll Boulevard. All exhibits, the rodeo and concerts are free with admission.
PHOTO BY AUGUSTA LIDDIC / PHOTOGRAPHER
Liner’s original method of training called intuitive equine guidance is used in his demonstration that covers a variety of training techniques designed to help the trainer and horse trust each other.
Free Week gives music fans taste of Denton By Graciela R azo Senior Staff Writer
With the selection of musical genres available to Denton music enthusiasts, some bands and musicians tend to go unnoticed. Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios is giving mu sic fans a chance to hear a wide variety of Denton’s finest acts for no cover charge at its annual event, Free Week. Free Week will kick off Monday, Aug. 31, and close up Saturday, Sept. 5, with doors opening at 9 p.m. for every show. Rubber Gloves owner Josh Baish said the concept came from the same event that music venue, Emo’s, in Austin held every year. The venue has now been hosting the music showcase since 2004 and usually attracts as many as 1,000 people throughout the week. “The idea was that Denton is a
college town, and there were a lot of people coming here who were not familiar with the Denton music scene yet,” Baish said. “We wanted to give them a chance to experience the music and do it for free.” This year, the genres that will be featured vary from punk, experimental, Americana and indie. “You get a good taste of everything. If you come out to all the nights, you’ll get a good spectrum of Denton’s music,” Baish said. One performer will be Dale Jones, who has been playing under the name New Science Projects for four years. A frequent collaborator with other local musicians, Jones describes his music as “loud.” “The music is very uncomfortable. All of my songs are pretty negative and are about terrible, terrible things,” Jones said. “For everyone to be comfortable would not do them
a service.” New Science Projects will take the stage Friday, Sept. 4, alongside Sleep Whale, Dust Congress and Fergus and Geronimo. A Denton performer new to Free Week is folk musician Daniel Folmer. Folmer started his music career at Rubber Gloves when he played at Open Mic night seven years ago. “At times, my music is pretty intense, and sometimes it is completely joyous,” Folmer said. “There is something voyeuristic and exhibitionistic about it.” The musician said he thought last year’s Free Week was “insane,” but he doesn’t expect a large crowd to be in front of him when he plays. Folmer will play on Thursday, Sept. 3, with folk acts Whiskey Folk Ramblers, The Slow Burners and Delmore Pilcrow.
Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios Free Week schedule Monday, Aug. 31
Thursday, Sept. 3
Bad Sports Drug Mountain The Uptown Bums Fred Xeppelin & The Meatles
Whiskey Folk Ramblers The Slow Burners Delmore Pilcrow Spooky Folk and Daniel Folmer
Tuesday, Sept. 1 Rival Gang Drink to Victory RTB2 Violent Squid
Wednesday, Sept. 2 Nervous Curtains Florene Phantastes Lychgate
Friday, Sept. 4 Sleep Whale Dust Congress Fergus & Geronimo New Science Projects Emil Rapstine
Saturday, Sept. 5 Bridges & Blinking Lights Tre Orsi History At Our Disposal Starhead The Polycorns
Photo by Clinton Lynch/Staff Photographer
From Aug. 31 to Sept. 5, Free Week at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios will feature local acts such as The Uptown Bums, RTB2 and Nervous Curtains.
Pocket Sandwich Theatre aims for fun theatergoing Continued from Page 3 When it was first started, shows were performed at night in a friendís pocket sandwich shop, Dickinson said, giving the theater its name. It has since been moved to its current location, 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane #119 in Dallas. In the theater’s melodramas, the audience is encouraged to throw popcorn at the actors. The first basket of popcorn is provided, and additional popcorn
can be purchased for 50 cents. “I always thought that sort of show is a crowd pleaser,” he said. “Deathtrap” will premiere at 8 p.m. tonight and will run again at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, as well as 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Admission is $10 Thursday, $15 Friday, $18 Saturday and $12 Sunday, according to its Web site. For more information about the Pocket Sandwich Theatre, visit www.pocketsandwich.com or call 214-821-1860.
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”The General Specific,” Band of Horses
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”Get Back,” The Beatles
”Rockin’ the Suburbs,” Ben Folds Five ”Catch My Disease,” Ben Lee ”Going Away to College,” Blink-182 ”Mint Car,” The Cure
”Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough,” Michael Jackson
Blink 182 - Enema of the State
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”Bicycle Race,” Queen
”Panama,” Van Halen
“New Soul,” Yael Naim
‘Post Grad’ stars get personal about college By K ip Mooney
Arts & Life Editor In her new movie, “Post Grad,” Alexis Bledel’s character is stressed about sorting out her life after graduation. But in a recent roundtable video conference with costar Zach Gilford, she was much more relaxed as she chatted about college, romance and making the grade. The movie is in theaters now.
Q: In this economy, many students are graduating into a world with no room to hire them. What message do you think “Post Grad” sends to them? What should they take away? ALEXIS BLEDEL: Well, I think –I guess, the point of the movie is that you can’t plan everything, which is really the case right now. … It wasn’t this way when we filmed the movie. We filmed it over a year ago. ZACH GILFORD: Yeah. BLEDEL: But it was relevant then, and now even more so. But the comedy of the movie really takes place in the family’s dynamic. They are really kind of insane and they drive Ryden crazy when she has to move home. And the setting in the movie is just – it takes place in an environment where she can’t find a job. So, hopefully, it’ll be relat-
able for a lot of people and they’ll be able to find the humor in her crazy family. GILFORD: I think kind of one of the big messages of it is not to like be so obsessed with having to have a job. Like, that’s not all that life is right now. And that will work itself out over time, like you’ll find employment, but there are other aspects of life. So even though it’s hard right now, maybe don’t get so obsessed over that. And, like, find the other things that can keep you going until you find some steady employment.
Q: Alexis, in this movie, Ryden is told by her father that she’s setting her sights too high. Were you ever told that when you began – were you ever told that when you were beginning to pursue your acting career? BLEDEL: No. I was totally just the opposite. I was probably built up a bit too much and so they could do anything I wanted to do. So it’s not the case. But it’s a wonderful thing, I think, to tell someone because … you set your sights on pretty much anything, and you feel like you can really choose. And you can. I mean, anything you sort of step your mind to, you can move in that direction, you know. Even if it’s baby steps,
you can sort of do anything.
Q: Now, “Post Grad” is a film about a college student whose original backup plan falls through. Was acting either of your original plan, or was it a backup? BLEDEL: For me, it was just like a surprise. It wasn’t a plan, and it wasn’t a backup plan. I just kind of fell into it, but I was a film major in school, so I think I knew I wanted to be involved somehow in the industry. I just didn’t know how yet. GILFORD: Yeah. I mean, for me, it was kinda like I had a couple of things, it was like which ever one seems to work out first, I’ll keep going with that. And this one, I was extremely lucky, and I got a couple of jobs, so I kept going with it and then I had to work on this. Q: How much of your own personalities did you put into this film, into the characters you played? BLEDEL: I don’t think there’s much of mine in there. Maybe a little bit. I try not to put any, but some of it always creeps in. I was trying to do something pretty different. I just try to not make it like my TV character as much as possible. GILFORD: Yeah. No, I mean,
Photo courtesy of Screeninglog.com I’m kinda just feeling the same thing. I wanted to not do the same thing I was doing on my show. And like she said, like no matter what she tries, like there’s gonna be parts of you in there. And when we were answering some questions earlier, I realized there was a lot more of me in it than I thought there was.
Q: Alexis, you just said you wanted to make the character different from your TV character in “Gilmore Girls”. What are the differences between Rory and Ryden? BLEDEL: Well, as the years went by on “Gilmore Girls,” I felt – I started to feel or noticed that Rory was sort of like gifted in some ways,
and she was kind of like an idealized product of the Creative Arts show’s imagination because she was really perfect in a lot of ways, which started to annoy me a little bit, but you have to keep playing the character. … So for anyone who likes the show, it kind of – it’s a continuation in a way, but she’s a completely different girl because she makes a lot of mistakes. She is very imperfect and she’s much more outgoing. She has a very typical college experience. She’s not necessarily one who’s, you know, gifted. She’s kind of an average girl, and I can relate much more to her, and I think her story is much more relatable, too.
’80s styles return with modern twist Fashion trends look back to familiar decade
BY DOMINIQUE BECK Junior Staff Writer
The era of gold rope chains, three-striped Adidas and leather jackets has made a comeback. Men and women alike can be seen sporting the retro ’80s look while adding a splash of today’s modern f lavor to the mix. Some trends become classic because of their timelessness, and it’s usually the classics that come back in style time and time again, Eric D. Wills, founder of Ericdwills the Brand and w w w. ericdwills.com, said. “A s fa r as t he ’80s fashion comeback, I would say that when people grow up, they reminisce on the nostalgia of their childhood,” Wills said. “I was born in the ’80s, so I can identify with it and it feels good, but for those who were born in the ‘90s, it’s almost brand new to them, so it works both ways.” To finance senior Quijandas Jenkins, this style is new. The trends seen today are definitely a more modernized blast from the past, which is not necessarily a bad thing, she said. “I’m a late ’80s baby, so I really didn’t get a chance to fully experience the era,” Jenkins said. “To see the trends make a comeback allows me to appreciate ‘what was’ and recreate trends that I was too young to understand.” While some might think the fashion industr y is in trouble because designers are referring their designs back to the retro look, Wills says this isn’t so. “People’s memories are short,” Wills said. “It’s been about 20 years since the ’80s have passed, so designers can still bring back not on ly ’80s st yles, but just
classic styles in general and make them fresh.” Cori Young, a radio television and film sophomore, agrees that the retro style has been back for a while and keeps reinventing itself daily. He sa id today ’s ’80s look is more of a n a r t ist ic way of dressing. “People feel t hat t hey ca n e x pre s s t hem s el ve s i n t h at style of dressing with the fades, Jordans and loud colors; the clear eyeglasses is just a plus to the fashions that people feel that adds sort of a unique but very intel ligent look,” Young sa id. “But people tend to mix all these together, and it’s all hot when it’s properly done.” Lakrecia Greer, an education English literature senior, said she likes the loud colors of the ’80s and bringing the style back is good with reason. “It’s fine depending on how you rock the outfit,” Greer said. “As far as the hairstyles, they should leave those in the ’80s.” Thanks to the Internet, Wills said, fashion is becoming more universal and less segregated. “You don’t really have a certain way to dress African-American or Caucasian or whatever,” Wills said. “If it’s dope, it’s dope.” With the retro look coming back, people are also becoming more fearless with their fashion choices, he said. “There are things that I wear now that I wouldn’t have been caught dead in five or 10 years ago, but this is a great time we live in,” Wills said. “Things have changed.” Regardless of the decade from which they gained their notoriety, Wills said he thinks there will always be a market for the tried and true classics. “Nothing is really new – not only in fashion, but just as a principle of life,” he said.
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Wet your whistle: Drinking for less Opinion By Jeph Burton Junior Staff Writer
The students funnel back into UNT’s halls and the parking lots fill up. Gradually, we all become a little more aware that what freedom we had during summer has dissolved with the first tolling of the bell, and that we’ve become about $300 poorer just by thinking about Voertman’s. If all this gave you a mild aneurysm as it did me, you might recall why you came to Denton in the first place. Sure, it’s got a fantastic university, great people, and an interesting and diverse culture. But it’s also got some of the best bars and bar specials around. Here are some of the best. Monday Monday is easily the most horrible day on earth, but Lucky Lou’s is doing everything they can to change that, serving up $2 Margaritas and $2.50 Mexican Beers. With a broad, open patio, plenty of seating and three bars to choose from, Lou’s has become a favorite in the hearts of many a Dentonite. If that’s not really your style, the Loophole on the Square has an incredible $1 Beer Night. Just be warned that it does get crowded. Tuesday Now, I know there are those of you who are responsible and don’t drink on Mondays, but that’s what Tuesday is for. Texas 8 Ball on the Square has new management and is rotating drink specials around presently, but if you can catch its Irish Tuesday night, you’ll be in for a merry old time, replete with $2.50 Guinness, black-’n-tans, Jameson, Tullamore Dew, and Feckin whiskies.
Wednesday That first Wednesday of the school year brings that familiar moment of dawning comprehension: “There’s no turning back now. I’m in school again.” To remedy this, the Loophole on the Square will help you get through the rest of the week by providing $3 U-Call-Its. (Is it an especially bad dawning comprehension? Get a double for $6.) It’s expensive booze for cheap, and in the process of saving you from a crippling headache in the morning, you’ll save a few greens. Thursday Thursday is a much better day than most, because for many students, Friday is the beginning of the weekend. Can’t afford the goods? Then go with the well at Hooligan’s for $1.50 a piece. You’ll hate yourself in the morning until you see how much more money is lying around in your wallet. Friday In the frenetic rush that is the beginning of the semester, it’s easy to forget that weeks actually have ends, and that these wonderful things are called weekends. If you actually made it to Friday – “I might just get through this semester after all” – then make it to II Charlie’s for the $3.50 import pints and energy drink–filled Little Fancys and Blastitos for $3. Saturday If still need your energy fix, then Saturday’s $3 Little Fancys and Blastitos at Riprocks will have you partying all night long, while $3 Jager will have you, well, doing what Jager makes people do. Sunday If you haven’t had enough (then we should hang out), Sweetwater will help you recover and prepare for your week on Sunday by shelling out $2 Bloody Marys.