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Denton march honors 25th MLK Day BY NICOLE BALDERAS

non-violence? Not many, but it ’s somet h i ng we shou ld P e op l e of a l l e t h n i c i- aspire for,” Turner said. Twin sisters Jessica Price, a ties gat hered and marched Monday afternoon to celebrate business junior, and Jazmine the life and legacy of Martin Price, a psycholog y junior, Luther King Jr. in observance s a n g t he bl a c k n a t ion a l of the 25th national holiday a nt hem a long w it h ma ny enthusiastic members of the in his honor. T he c e le br a t ion b e g a n audience who joined in. Turner blessed the march at 3 p.m. a rou nd t he f ree speech area behind the UNT once more before the crowd Un iversit y Un ion a nd was bega n t heir t rek. Free bus fol lowe d by a t h re e-m i le transportation was provided march to the Martin Luther for tired marchers to come K ing Jr. Recreation Center, where there was dinner and a program for the whole Denton community to attend. “Martin Luther King is who we aren’t and what we need to be,” said Forest Turner, an English literature junior. Turner is the president of —Cheylon Brown t he Phi Ga mma chapter of Director of the UNT the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and avidly celebrates Martin Multicultural Center Luther King Day. He kicked off the march asking the crowd to back to the UNT campus after take a knee as he said a prayer the program. of thanks, followed by a brief T he U N T Mu lt ic u lt u r a l speech. Center and the Alpha Kappa “I’m glad there are people of A lpha fraternity hosted the non African American descent event. here. There is a misconcep“T he t i me is now,” sa id tion about Martin Luther King Cheylon Brow n, director of Day, but what he wanted was the UNT Multicultural Center, equality among all [races],” quoting King. “We can’t wait. Turner said. If we don’t make a change, Turner also spoke of King’s things will get worse, but if theory of nonviolence, which we get together, we can make he adopted from Ghandi. a change.” “How many can embrace The annual event brings to Staff Writer

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In honor of Martin Luther King Day, students marched three miles from the University Union to the MLK Jr. Recreation Center on 1300 Wilson St. The City of Denton and Alpha Kappa Alpha fraternity sponsored the event. the UNT campus a sense of diversity that has grown since its start, Brown said. “It used to just be a candlelight vigil at the torn down pavilion and a presentation in the Lyceum,” said Brown, who remembers coming to the event as a UNT student. The MLK Day of Ser v ice will be celebrated Jan. 19 on the UNT campus since it was closed on Monday in observance of the holiday. Portraits of King and his fa mous “I Have a Drea m” speech f rom Aug. 28, 1963 will be on display today at the Discovery Park campus and in the Union on Jan. 21.

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Students gather around Forest Turner, an English literature senior, for a prayer before the Martin Luther King Day march Monday afternoon. The event was sponsored by the City of Denton’s MLK Jr. Recreation Center and UNT’s Alpha Kappa Alpha fraternity.


Quarterback said he felt ‘crucified’ by fans BY BEN BABY

Senior Staff Writer When redshirt sophomore quarterback Riley Dodge stepped off Fouts Field following a 49-41 loss against Kansas State on Nov. 27, it would be for the last time. Next season, when the Mean Green faces the Houston Cougars to enshrine its new stadium, the No. 11 green-and-white jersey will no longer say “Dodge” on the back. After finishing his second year at quarterback, Dodge has decided to transfer 385 miles southeast of Denton to McNeese State University, a football championship school located in Lake Charles, La. Dodge cited personal reasons for his decision to leave UNT. Before t he holiday brea k, Dodge said that he was intent on returning for his junior year. The quarterback did not give a specific reason for leaving. The Southlake Carroll High School standout responded to anybody who has questioned his decision. When asked about his departure, Dodge said he wasn’t looking for sympathy. “I do feel like sometimes I get crucified at the University of North Texas for things that are out of my control,” Dodge said. “I gave everything I had and tried to pour everything out on the field every Saturday. But some people don’t care. They just want to call you a quitter because you’re leaving.” Dodge considered James Madison, Southern Illinois and a number of other schools before


DentonWiki created for and by local community BY NICOLE BALDERAS Staff Writer


Former UNT quarterback Riley Dodge tries to find an open receiver. Dodge decided to transfer from UNT to McNeese State last week. making his decision. The quarterback said he received around 15 offers from other programs. “I prayed about it and really seeked the Lord on this decision, and it’s just time for me to leave,” Dodge said. “It had nothing to do with [head coach Dan] McCarney or [offensive coordinator Mike] Canales. They were nothing but good to me. Coach Canales was always awesome to me.” McCarney said that Dodge was in the running to be the team’s starting quarterback next

season. McCarney also went on to say that no spot will be guaranteed for the 2011 season. “T hey ’re sta r t i ng f rom scratch,” McCarney said of the players returning next season. “None of them have accomplished anything.” McCarney said that the two had a very open line of communication, whether the head coach was in Denton or at home in Sarasota, Fla., over the break.

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In a college tow n like Denton, where people are constantly moving in and out, it’s nice to have a reliable source of information to help residents find anything in the city. Andrew Broz and Ritchard Ludlow have high hopes that the wiki page they have created will do just that. “D entonW i k i .or g h a s the potential to represent Denton better than other sites on the web because its content is created and moderated by the community directly,” said Andrew Broz, a UNT alumnus. T he site a l lows users to create and edit pages about anything pertaining to Denton, from local hot spots or eateries to local bands and camping sites. Users can even create a personal profile if they feel so compelled. “I hope that everyone will be able to use it for learning

about Denton culture,” said Lud low, a photog raphy sen ior. “T here a re lot s of new people coming to Denton, and having this free guide made by people who live here is a really valuable resource.” The site was created Sept. 10, 2010, according to the wiki site, and it has grown since, but it could always use more traffic, Ludlow said. “It’s valuable to me as a way to share what I have le a r ne d a b out D enton with new people and as a way to promote a culture of com mu n it y i nvolvement,” Broz said. “Editing DentonWiki is an easy way to help other people in the community,” Broz said. “You give a big group of people access to what you know, stuff that would otherwise only be accessible to your circle of friends.”

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UNT Alliance Health Science Center opens in Fort Worth By CanDiCe LinDsey Staff Writer

UNT Health opened the doors to its newest Health Science Center Jan. 6 in north Fort Worth. As the 30th UNT health facility offered in the Metroplex, UNTHSC at Alliance seeks to help meet UNT Health’s primary vision to be the healthcare provider of choice within Tarrant County, said Dr. Kathleen Forbes, the president and CEO of UNT Health. The new center in the 12000 block of North Beach St. in the Saratoga Marketplace offers both women’s health and primary care physician practices. Forbes said she saw the clinical enterprise growing and planned the new location accordingly. “We did our homework and looked at the demographics to make sure we chose markets that were flourishing and growing, and the one that really showed the greatest promise for future growth was the Alliance corridor,” Forbes said. The actual investment in the facility is a seven-year, market competitive lease, which was worked out with the developer, Forbes said. The center is able to rotate care providers on an as-needed basis while trying to build a patient base. Most of the center’s expenses have gone toward medical providers being present at the center. Karen West, a registered nurse at the new center, said she was amazed by how many new patients have stopped by to schedule appointments and check out what the facility has to offer.

West said many patients have appreciated the variety of insurances that the facility accepts. “We basically tell them we have OB/GYN and we have internal medicine, and we do take

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Former Mean Green quarterback Riley Dodge reflects upon a 41-35 home loss during a Nov. 6 postgame press conference.

“We did our make sure we chose markets that were flourishing.”

Riley finds new home Continued from Page 1

—Kathleen Forbes President and CEO of UNT Health

a lot of the insurances … we take Medicaid, Tricare and private insurances too,” West said. “But a lot of places don’t take those.” The center features 15 exam rooms, two procedure rooms and a laboratory with an employee from quest laboratories on site to draw blood, West said. Currently, Dr. Christopher Stevens is the on-site OB/ GYN and Dr. Jaremy James is the on-site primary physician. Anyone can choose a doctor at the new center on his or her own. However, the center does not include family care, which means children are excluded from the center’s services, West said. Danielle Kruse, an elementary education junior, currently has a primary care physician, but said she would be willing to check out the new center because of its convenient location. “My [primary care physician]

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Dr. Christopher Stevens, OB/GYN, consults with Dr. Jeremy James, general internal medicine, outside of his office. that I have right now is kind of far away,” Kruse said. “My parents are from Keller, so because of the location and the insurance they take, that would be cool.” In addition to its current services, the center will also implement a new type of care delivery through group medical visits. Women’s health will offer prenatal care in a group setting

for patients to learn from each other and experience the changes they are going through as a group, Forbes said. Primary care is looking to establish group medical visits for patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes. A weight management program may also be provided using the same philosophy of group medical visits, Forbes said.

“Anytime you lose someone in a program that’s a respected man like Riley is, that’s always tough,” McCarney said. “I think it’s what’s best for him, his future and his family. I supported him all the way.” At the beginning of the 2010 season, Dodge was moved from the starting quarterback role to wide receiver. After the first two quarterbacks in the depth chart, redshirt senior Nathan Tune and sophomore Derek Thompson, were lost for the year because of season-ending injuries, Dodge was thrust into a role that he had occupied the previous year. In 2009, Dodge, who was plagued by injuries throughout the season, threw nine touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He was able to reverse that trend last season, throwing 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. “I felt like I took leaps and bounds from my freshman year with decision making and making sure that every possession counted, and taking care of the football in general,” Dodge said. “Leading the offense, I feel like I did a lot better job of taking it one play at a time.” Dodge was forced to endure a number of events during the

season. He suffered a broken wrist in the first quarter against Louisiana-Lafayette on Oct. 2, one day after the death of teammate and close friend, Josh Rake. The quarterback went on to finish the game, a crushing 28-27 defeat for the Mean Green. The injury forced Dodge to miss two games in the season. The second game that he missed would be the last game for his father and former head coach, Todd Dodge. Riley Dodge said that the departure of his father did not factor into the decision he made. “It was unfortunate, and it was hard for me at the beginning, but I pushed on and kept on playing,” Riley Dodge said. “I feel like I played good and I feel like our team played good.” In games that Dodge started, the Mean Green went 5-12. He did not finish three of those games because of an injury sustained in the contest. All of those games were losses. Last season, with Dodge as the starter, UNT went 3-4. “I learned last year, football is a marathon, not a sprint,” Riley Dodge said. “The other team has scholarship players too, and you just have to take it one play at a time, and that’s how you get the W’s.”

Composers post music for free By DaviD M ason

Contributing Writer In the past seven years, the term “music sharing” has been in and out of headlines –– normally found next to words like “illegal,” “piracy” and “theft.” However, modern composers, including UNT faculty and students, are getting more recognition and money by offering their music on the Internet free of charge. Thirty years ago, it was difficult for up-and-coming composers to get noticed. Publishing companies were very selective in the pieces they chose to print and would usually only market new compositions by existing, wellknown composers. They would also walk away with 80 percent of any royalties received after a piece was performed. Today, composers are taking back some of that power by selfpublishing their works online. “It kind of equalizes everything,” said Joseph Klein, chair of composition studies. “Now, those composers that didn’t have a connection at the publishing house can just put it online and make it available.” The recent social media boom can also be an invaluable asset in spreading the word about new content online. “Everything is so viral nowadays,” said Michelle Hurt, an administrative assistant for the composition department. “You

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Today, composers, including UNT students and faculty, have begun to receive more recognition by sharing their music online for free. put something up on YouTube and then two hours later everyone has heard about it. Based on what I’ve seen, with Twitter and YouTube, and even Facebook, just putting a link to the MP3 could make something catch on and become popular.” Music sharing is usually more prevalent among the collegeaged crowd. At Michigan State University, 56 percent of full time students reported downloading copyrighted content regularly, according to a study done by the Recording Industry Association of America earlier this year. Even though getting music for free is now almost considered nor ma l, composers haven’t completely thrown the idea of making money out the

window. Composers who choose to put their pieces online can post an audio file and a sample of the score for others to hear and view, but charge $60 or $70 to send the score in its entirety to someone wanting to perform it. Sometimes publishing companies can charge up to $300 for songs and the composer would probably only receive about $50 of that, Klein said. “Regardless of the genre of music, I think that musicians who are trying to get noticed should be willing to offer their stuff for free,” said public relations senior Amber Mullins. “If I like what I hear, then I’ll pay for their concert tickets and future releases.”

Website shares Denton ‘hot spots’ Continued from Page 1 One visitor of the site believes it has potential. “I believe the website can be very beneficial to the people of Denton, if and only if they have more people contributing to it,” Tonatihu Ronquillo said, a computer engineering junior. “It’s a good website because it has necessary things to live in Denton, but it would be more beneficial if it also included

things like hard-to-find parks or other locations that would otherwise be hard to navigate.” The site can be informative and helpful, as well as entertaining. “One page is Snowmageddon, and it has people talking about that particular day it snowed [Feb. 11, 2010] and everything that happened,” Ludlow said. “Anything Denton goes.” The site is easy to edit. With

only a double click of the mouse, the edit option appears. Then, you just click and type away. One of the site’s most avid users, Joshua Carmona, said he has loved it since he came to Denton. “W hen money got tight during the semester, I looked to the ‘Denton on a Dime’ page to find cheap or free food,” said Carmona, a studio art freshman, said. “Knowledge is delicious.”

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New Years resolutions bring students fresh start By DaiSy SiloS Staff Writer

With a new year and new semester, some students find committing to their New Year’s resolutions at the top of their priority list — at least, that is, until spring break. One of the most common resolutions people make for the new year is to lose weight. Sigrid Glenn, a behavioral analysis professor, said students need to pick their resolutions wisely. “After the holidays, students might find themselves with a few extra pounds, which is why losing weight might be the most common resolution,” she said. Glenn encourages students to approach their weight loss goals in small steps. “Losing a couple pounds each week would be more reasonable than saying they want to lose 50 pounds by spring break,” she said. Sa muel A rmenda ri z, a n accounting sophomore, said he makes the same New Year’s resolution every year. However, he said he doesn’t want to lose weight like most people. Armendariz wants to gain weight.

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Denton resident Peter Sladcik practices parkour on campus Saturday. Sladcik trains a group of beginners at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays at Eureka Playground. “This year, I’m going to actually try and stick to my New Year’s resolution,” he said. “This time it’s different. I’m doing it because my girlfriend says I’m too small and I plan to work out my shoulders and triceps by

going to the gym at least twice a week.” A reg u la r at t he Poh l Recreationa l C ent er, Armendariz said the gym gets packed after winter break. “A lot of people want to either

lose weight or get fit, so January and February is when gyms make the most business. It’s not until March that the number of people goes down,” he said. Melissa Martinez, a bilingual education junior, said she

doesn’t give in to the hype of the New Year’s resolutions because she believes that after a couple of weeks, people stop caring and trying. “I never see a lot of people go through with it,” she said.

“That’s why I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution because I don’t think I would’ve gone t hrough w it h it, especia lly if it’s somet hing t hat’s too hard.” Reza Ghanbarpour, a UNT alumnus, is a trainer for the Brickhouse Gym in Denton. Ghanbarpour said he thinks st udent s ma ke t hei r New Year’s resolutions about fitness because a healthy body means a healthy mind. “People who exercise tend to eat healthier and science shows that a student with a healthier intake of daily nutrition shows more productivity in the classroom,” he said. Ghanbarpour has been in the fitness industr y for the past decade and said that every January the gym gets packed for a couple of weeks. “I have always encouraged ever yone I k now to start a healthier lifestyle with proper exercise and nutrition any day of the week,” he said. “A person should not have to wait until the beginning of a new year to start that. We are given only one body in our lifetime so, the earlier we start taking care of it, the better off we are.”

Organizations welcome students back Week dedicated to ringing in new semester By Stephanie RoSS Intern

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Proposition 86 would allow students who have a concealed handgun license to bring a handgun on campus.

Proposed gun law sparks debate By Michael hutchinS Intern

It is only a week after the shootings in Tucson, and lawmakers in Texas are pushing for a bill, in hopes that it will prevent another tragedy closer to home. The opinions on House Bill 86, which would allow concealed carry permit holders to carry guns on campus, are split on the safety of UNT. “UNT opposes the passage of any law that would allow the carrying of firearms on campus, as it would present a danger to our students, employees and anyone visiting the campus,” according to a Dec. 23, 2010 article in InHouse, a publication for UNT faculty and staff. The main priority is that everyone on campus is safe and secure, according to the InHouse website. The InHouse article stated that “The Lawmakers must consider all consequences, both intended and unintended, of allowing concealed weapons on state college campuses.” Emergency Management, a division within Risk Management Services, offers evacuation maps, emergency protocol and workshops dealing directly with a shooter situation on campus. A video titled “Shots Fired on Campus” gives advice on how to address an active shooter situation. In this training video,

options like escaping the building, hiding and taking out the threat are shown. According to InHouse, “recent events at other universities have shown that campuses must be vigilant in identifying potential threats and develop coherent security strategies to effectively prepare for campus crises.” UNT offers other services as well to, prevent such an incident from happening on campus. The CARE team focuses on the mental health and well-being of students. “I believe people do have the right to bear arms, but there is a time and place,” said Britt Myer, a theatre arts and general studies senior. Josh Conklin, president of Texas Marksmen, a marksmanship club, said he supports the bill. “We have seen at Virginia Tech and in other shootings that by the time the police respond and deal with the threat, the shooter will have already taken several lives,” Conklin said. Conklin said the benefits of the bill outweigh the dangers. “Either way, if the legislation passes, there will need to be shooter education courses, which our organization would be happy to sponsor,” said Conklin. “I also think that CHL holders need to attend such courses to learn what the police response will be and what they expect.”

“Greatness” is what Joshua Chatma n, a k inesiolog y senior, would use to describe Welcome Back Week. Many activities are scheduled for the Welcome Back Celebration this week. “There is a lot to be expected and we just want to excite the entire student body about the spring semester,” said Chatman, vice president for the Student Government Association. “Having events like these is a great way to kick off the semester.” University Program Council is hosting an event in the University Union every day this week. SGA’s Welcome Back Bash is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday in the Union’s Silver Eagle Suite. Free food, giveaways and games will be featured at the event. Assistant Dean of Students, Lisa Campbell is helping with the welcome back program. “We are going to have different types of games. A Nascar simulator and a game called ‘Laser Shot,’ which is target shooting with lasers,” Campbell said. “The engineering majors from Discovery Park will also be recruiting members into their society as well.” Chatman said he believes welcome back events provide an easier transition from semester to semester. T hese va r ious event s provide recruitment opportunities for students who are looking for a more interesting spring semester, he said. “To a lot of students, the fall semester is the hardest 16 weeks of the year,” Chatman said. “Everyone is drained, tired and not ready for the next 16 weeks of spring. This event will be able to free students’ minds, have much needed fun, celebrate being able to get together once again and look forward to the spring semester,” he said. Cameron Lemons, a prematerials science and engineering junior, said he looks forward to events like these because it’s a time to ease

into the semester. “They make for a less hectic and nerve-wracking way of beginning the semester,” Lemons said. “A lot of students don’t look forward to coming back after being on a break for a month, but Welcome Back Week helps us feel more at home and welcomed.” Known as the season of change, the spring semester not

only provides a more relaxed feel for students, but also provides motivation for students, he said. “Whether you did great or you did bad in the fall, you always want to better your grades in the spring,” Lemons said. Motivation and change is exactly what the Student Government Association is

seeing this semester, as they welcome in a new president and vice-president. “It’s just crazy to see the interns that started out as freshman now become sophomores,” Chatman said. “It’s like in the fall we plant the seeds and then watch them grow in the spring. That’s the greatest thing about the spring semester.”

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Junior Mean Green Club has fresh start Organization builds lifelong fans

pla ns to broaden t he club’s outreach. “I n t h e past, we’ve B y A shley-C rystAl been ver y F irstley D e n t o n - JOHN Staff Writer focused and BURKETT Wit h t he sta rt of a new people hear semester, the Junior Mean a lot about us by being Mean Green Club cont i nues it s Green club members,” Burkett out reach to f resh, you ng said. “We brought some new staffers on who can hopefaces. The orga nization a llows fully organize some different people 15 yea rs old a nd things.” Sa ra h Wi l ley, a ju n ior under, to become friends with UNT football and basketball libero, is a coach for the Mean Green juniors, a club players. Members gain free access to volleyball team for girls ages the fun zone, face painting and 11-15. Willey said she wants her photo opportunities with their mentors and mascot Scrappy. players to become better “It’s beneficial for North volleyball players and build

“Those little kids- they look up to us and we don’t even know how much we impact them in their lives.”

—Sarah Willey Junior libero Coach for Mean Green juniors

stronger connections. After Sunday games, she said they host a free clinic and interact with the girls oneon-one. “We want to get a lot of support from the cit y of Denton,” Willey said. “Those little kids- they look up to us and we don’t even know how Mean Green relationships For five years, the Junior much we impact them in their Mean Green Club has fostered lives.” Aud re y G old m a n, a n young fans. Burkett said he Texas to have the club because you’re fostering your nex t generation of fans rather than trying to have to win them over,” said John Burkett, the director of the club. “Maybe that brings them to become potential students.”

education senior, has played soccer all her life. She said she decided to coach a soccer team three years ago because it’s important for children to be active. “It keeps them so they’re not just staying at home playing video games all day,” Goldman said. Junior Mean Green support Right before the second half of a football game, the kids create a spirit line to give high fives to the players as they strut back on the field, Burkett said. He said he wants to get them more involved with the Mean Green athletics while also getting the kids used to wearing and seeing Mean Green. “So each year, we give them a player to root for,” Burkett said. “We have a lot of different socials where they can get autographs and get poster signings,” he said. During the summer, Burkett said, the kids interact with coaches more often, and he is currently planning upcoming events for the fall. Beth Marie’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream owner and UNT fan Ken Willis, sponsors the Junior Mean Green Cclub. He said he likes the idea of UNT working with kids. “It gives the local youth of the community a chance to interact with the college itself as well as the athletes who are in the program,” Willis said. “I think, for kids, that’s important for them to see.”

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The award winning One O’Clock Lab Band plays in the Syndicate in the University Union Wednesday nights. The Syndicate is an alternative to the smoky club atmosphere they used to play in.

Best student Jazz at UNT By AlexA ChAn

Senior Staff Writer While passing through the University Union, students can hear the thump of a bass, the crash of a hi-hat and the shrill of brass coming from UNT’s lab bands. The UNT lab bands began in 2000 and consists of students from the jazz studies program. There are nine lab bands, ranging from the One O’Clock to the Nine O’Clock Lab Band. “Before they ever become a member of a lab band at UNT, the students must log many hours of experience playing this type of music,” said Steve Wiest, the assistant director of jazz studies. “When they actually win a spot in a lab band, they are expected to work the music up quickly and efficiently on their own and by holding sectionals.” The jazz students must audition for a spot in each lab band, One O’ Clock being the top group. They must participate in the lab band performances. The lab bands currently perform in the One O’ Clock Lounge and the

Syndicate, both in the Union, but it wasn’t always this way. What is now a low-ceilinged room full of shelves weighted with students’ textbooks was once a nightclub for the UNT lab bands. The Rock Bottom Lounge was built in 1976 and was a place for the lab bands to perform, said Mark Packer, the assistant director of Union programs. The Lounge closed in the early ‘90s and is now the Syndicate. “The Lounge allowed for the students to have that club experience while also staying close to campus in a safer environment,” said Wiest. “The Syndicate is, in my opinion, a classier venue, but The Rock Bottom Lounge had a lot of soul.” The lab bands moved from club to club, performing for live audiences. “No room, tiny stage and smoke…the students loved it and the faculty hated it,” said Packer. “Then we tried to play in a ballroom suite…the students hated it and the faculty loved it.” The One O’ Clock Lounge and the Syndicate provide venues

for students to perform for the public. “It is an honor and a privilege to host the lab bands,” said Stefanie Ritz, a marketing coordinator for the Union. “The lab bands give the students an opportunity to be part of a campus tradition and cultural experience.” The lab bands play in the Syndicate on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. and perform the “Tunes at Noon” series on Thursdays in the One O’ Clock Lounge. “We’re able to, for 45 or 50 minutes on a Thursday afternoon, present jazz to UNT students,” said Packer. “It might be the first time they ever hear it.” The lab band performances are open to everyone. The music reflects the highest standards of the jazz tradition and stretches the student’s abilities to the limit, said Wiest. “Students, peers and colleagues that make up North Texas Jazz are considered to be the absolute best in the world, no question,” said Wiest. “The fact that the best student jazz in the world is right here at UNT is something to be very proud of.”

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Faith is a big part of the lives of Brad Eggerton and James Anderson. For Eggerton, a sociology senior, and Anderson, a recent UNT graduate, it was fitting to make a documentary about their religion, but it’s not just Christianity they are concerned with. Their film, “Religion and Redemption: A Documentary on Mormonism,” explains the differences between Mormonism and Christianity. The movie is set to be released in March. “If they don’t already know a lot about Mormonism, I think they’ll be shocked,” Eggerton said. “They try to appear to be like mainline Christianity, but they have a completely different worldview.”

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“Religion and Redemption” is a documentary produced by Brad Eggerton and James Anderson on the subject of Mormonism. he said. “We’re not meaning to persecute. We’re not antiMormon.”

Growing Interest Cyndy Rider, a special events manager for the UNT bookstore, Faith’s Journey said she’s interested in seeing the Eggerton and Anderson went to documentary. Utah in late December 2009 and “I would be willing to watch summer 2010 to film the movie. it just for my own education,,” Eggerton said he thinks she said. Christians who aren’t familiar Tiffani White, an education with Mormonism will be surprised senior, also said she wanted to by the differences. see the film. Anderson said the biggest “I can’t make a decision difference between Christianity because I don’t know a lot about and Mormonism is how each of it, so I’d love to see it for educathe groups view faith and works. tional purposes,” White said. “We don’t believe that we have to work for God’s love and they do,” A Mormon’s Perspective he said. “Their salvation is depenWalker Wright, an organizadent on their work and our salva- tional behaviors senior and a tion is 100 percent by faith.” Mormon, has seen the trailer for A nderson said he feels the film. Mormons won’t agree with the “I’m not sure what the end film but wants viewers to know product will look like,” Wright the film is not hateful in nature. said. “Obviously they won’t agree Wright also said that a strength with the conclusion, but I think of the documentary is that they’ll appreciate the approach,” Anderson and Eggerton inter-

view Mormons on the street. “You get an idea of what lay members think,” he said Elder Sw a n son i s a missionary at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Denton. Swanson said films similar to “Religion and Redemption” often present distorted facts. “A lot of our doctrines are misconstrued,” Swanson said. “Don’t follow the video blindly. Come talk to a church first.” W hen people cha l lenge Mormons and ask whether or not they are Christians, Swanson wants people to think for themselves. “We don’t try to tear down ot her relig ions or belitt le them,” he said W hen people say to Swanson that Mormons are not Christian, he asks ‘what is a Christian then?’ “We t a ke c a re of one another,” he said. “We serve each other daily. If that’s not the definition of Christian, I guess we’re not.”


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Road struggles continue for swimming and diving BY BRETT MEDEIROS Intern

The UNT swimming and diving team continued its road woes this weekend, suffering a 168-97 loss on Friday at Rice and falling 171-129 on Saturday at Houston. Defeats away from home have plagued the Mean Green (1-10) as it possesses a 0-7 record on the road.


Kinesiology senior Dawn Richerson is preparing for her final regular season Rice Meet While the score read 168-97 in meet against TCU Feb. 2. Richerson averaged fourth place in four races at Rice favor of the Owls after Friday’s this past weekend. meet, UNT stayed competitive, with its swimmers finishing in the top three in 12 of 14 events In the 1000-yard freestyle event, Dawn Richerson and Rice’s Nicole Delaloye traded blows, with the lead changing four times between the two. Richerson (10:22.36) finished just .07 seconds behind Delaloye (10:22.29) with the rest of the field a full nine seconds behind the two competitors. Richerson’s second place finish was a season best by a Mean Green swimmer in the 1000-yard freestyle. “It’s really hard to stay mentally

focused,” Richerson said. “I really thought I could pull off at the end –– if I stayed with her, I could take it.” The other two races were much more competitive, with UNT finishing in second in both events. “We raced pretty well at the Rice meet, we just kept getting out touched,” head coach Joe Dykstra said. “It was the best outside meet we had all year.”

Houston Meet UNT continued its struggles against Houston on Saturday,

falling to the Cougars 171-129. The Mean Green now owns a 2-14 all-time record against the Cougars. Depth in the 1000-yard freestyle has been a strength for the Mean Green, as a season best was set by Angie Dworschack (10:21.89). “We’ve really developed a great distance program and those girls train really hard,” Dykstra said. The Mean Green dives back into action on Feb. 2 when it faces TCU at the Pohl Recreational Center for its final meet.

Rain halts tennis tournament Final matches canceled due to bad weather


Junior Kasondra Foreman going up for a shot against TWU. Kasondra and the Mean Green had an impressive 71-57 win against Troy last Saturday.

Women’s basketball gets first road win BY BOBBY LEWIS

second 3-pointer from Troy finally get it done on the junior forward Tenia Manuel road.” UNT will continue its Following a turbulent week cut the Mean Green’s lead to string of road games on that included a one game 35-28. The Mean Green responded Thursday when the team suspension for head coach Shanice Stephens and t he by reeling off seven straight to travels to Louisiana to take on the University of Louisianaculmination of a five-game start the second half. “We had ta l ked about Monroe. losing streak, the UNT women’s The game w ill have a basketball team finally got the being aggressive and not being tentative and attacking different feel than any other ball to bounce its way. The team picked up its second them defensively to make game this season, as the team victory in as many games on some things happen for us is on its first two-game winning Saturday night when it went on the other end of the floor,” streak of the season. “Confidence sometimes is on the road and defeated Troy Stephens said. Stephens’ squad attacked very fragile,” Stephens said. (4-14, 1-4), 72-57. The win was the Mean Green’s defensively all game long, “I want my players to realize (4-14, 2-4) first victory outside scoring 28 points off of 22 what they can do on a nightly basis, because we have people of Denton this season after it Troy turnovers. “It felt like we were finally that can lead this team on started 0-10 on the road. “After everything that we putting a full game together,” any night. It just depends on faced last week, we’ve really senior guard Denetra Kellum who shows up and who plays galvanized since that last road said. “It feels really good to well.” trip,” Stephens said. “I’m really happy with how the team is playing and I think the team is really starting to reach its full potential.” UNT erased the bad memories from its previous road trip with hot shooting from beyond the arc, as the team nailed a school record-tying 11 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting. The onslaught was uncharacteristic for the Mean Green, who has only shot 28 percent from 3-point land on Schedule your donation today and the season. “They have been playing zone receive up to per month. [defense] all season,” junior Call BioLife at 940.382.2180 g ua rd Ta ma ra Torr u sa id. 909 C AVENUE C “When we started hitting our DENTON, TX 76201 threes, they kept giving them WWW.BIOLIFEPLASMA.COM to us.” Torru was the biggest part of Troy’s attack as she knocked down four 3-pointers on her way to 14 points. The Mean Green also shined on the defensive end of the floor, holding explosive Troy junior FOR NEW guard DeAngela Sword to 10 DONORS ONLY points on 4-12 shooting. Sword had averaged 19.5 points per Bring this coupon with you to your first plasma game in four Sun Belt contests donation and receive an extra $10 bonus. before Saturday. Bonus redeemable after completion of a full UNT seemed poised to go donation. Coupon may not be combined with any other BioLife offer. Expires 3.31.11 UNTD into the locker room with a Senior Staff Writer



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After a hot start in doubles play at t he Flor ida Gu lf CoastUniversity Hilton Garden Inn Invitational this weekend, the only thing that could cool off the UNT tennis team was rain on the tournament’s final day. The Mean Green had two teams place in the top five of their bracket in doubles play while singles play on Monday was cut short due to the weather on Monday.

Saturday On day one, UNT advanced five players to the next round. The Mean Green continued its success in doubles play, as its pairings won two matches 8-5 and lost one with the same score.

The teams of junior Irina Paraschiv and sophomore Barbora Vykydalova and senior Amy Joubert and junior Paula Dinuta secured early wins for the Mean Green. Three matches were decided by tiebreakers when singles play opened. Senior Madura Ranganathan destroyed her competition winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. In flight three, junior Nadia Lee suffered a close defeat toAkron’s Angelika Jogasuria despite an early lead. Vykydalova was also involved in a tie-breaking match but found a way to win. Vykydalova dropped the first set, but rallied back to win the next two sets 6-7, 6-0 (12-10) to snag the win. Freshman Isabel Bos dropped her first match for UNT in straight sets 6-1, 6-0.


Inn Invitational went well for Bos, as she defeated South Florida’s Kate Parker 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets. “It felt really good,” Bos said. “I know that I’m very competitive and mentally I hung in there and wanted to win.” Ranganathan stayed strong, defeat ing Sout h Flor ida’s Alessandra Bonte in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. Lee won a hard fought match 7-5, 6-3 and also won her doubles match paired with Ranganathan. “We worked extremely hard with fitness and team building,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “We have our work cut out and we know what we need to do as a team to get better.”

Monday Day three of competition put a stop to remaining play, as rain caused the cancelation of all remaining competitors’ matches and the tournament concluded.

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Students need to plan Editorial Although every semester can go quickly and become stressful, spring semesters seem to fill up the most. With that in mind, the Editorial Board would like to welcome everyone back and offer some advice for making the semester successful. Make a Plan Having a plan for the semester can help students take control of their experiences. It can be easy to get caught up in the tediousness of some classes, but having a plan allows for the “To-Do list effect,” where students can feel a sense of accomplishment for the things they have done for class. A complete plan includes scheduling for classes, homework, work and a social life. Planning out every minute may not be necessary, but having something to refer to when students are unsure what to work on first can help them stay organized. Creating and sticking to a plan also helps students feel like they are not being acted upon, which can prevent the overwhelming sensation school can induce. The Editorial Board knows that making a plan is easier than sticking with it, so students can consider adapting the plan once the semester gets going to ensure it works. Keep Track of Class Work It may be obvious, but keeping track of what’s happening in classes is the best way to make it through a semester successfully. Two methods to do that are: attending class and taking notes or looking at the syllabus every week to make sure when things are due. Attending class helps students know what the professor is like, what material is emphasized and what information is left off of the syllabus. Professors are people too, and their plans for the class may change as they fall behind or get ahead on the course material. If students rely on the printed syllabus alone, they might stress themselves out over a test that has been moved to the following week. The Editorial Board also suggests reading, or at least skimming, the assignments the professor gives, especially for the days when students choose to skip class. Taking the time to do so could mean the difference between passing and failing. Limit Distractions Even if students make a spectacular plan and go to class every day, distractions can derail a semester of good intentions. Television and Internet usage can hold people’s attention and keep students from their homework. People spend about 20 percent of their day watching TV, according to the A.C. Nielsen Company. Of the Millennial Generation, which includes people from 18 to 33, 83 percent use the Internet for social networking sites, according to a Pew Research Center report. Not letting life create distractions that make school more difficult can help students make their semester easier. Students should take the time to figure out what their priorities are and then stay out of their own way in achieving their goals.

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Teams should keep audience in mind Sometimes, “uh-oh” just isn’t enough. When the Boston Blazers’ lacrosse team had a lap dance contest during halftime Sunday night, emceed by a local DJ and featuring women straddling the mascot, Scorch, they crossed a line. The event was featured on the JumboTron and has since been uploaded to Youtube and Google. If you’re feeling adventurous and are up for some horror, check out the video. You might enjoy the “boing” sound at the end of one lap dance. Ambiguity, apparently, is not a strong point in halftime lap dance contests. The debate rages on the team’s Facebook page. Some fans find it funny and others a re hor r if ied. Rega rd less, there is a huge buzz about the issue. In a statement, the Blazers say they are “extremely disappointed” w ith elements of

“Ambiguity, apparently, is not a strong point in halftime lap dance contests.” the show and that they “have already taken steps to ensure this never happens again at one of our games.” It’s an effort, but it may be too little, too late. Fans are outraged. The statement also says that the contest was “clearly not executed according to plan.” I wonder what exactly the plan was. Were t he sca nt i ly clad women supposed to stand several feet away and create pleasant small talk? Maybe they were supposed to discuss team strategy and the merits of team sports on childhood development. Who knows? The message sent to chil-

dren (and adults) watching the game is one of objectification and overt public sexuality with multiple partners. A wholesome character, a sports team mascot, engaging in such lewd behavior as part of a planned stunt is outrageous, yet somehow, I’m not surprised. Lately, it seems that everywhere I turn, I am faced with inappropriate messages in unexpected places. I am anti-censorship and believe that parents should be responsible for protecting their children from content they deem inappropriate. However, lap dancing at lacrosse games is a bit of a long shot for planning purposes. “No, my kids don’t go to

sports games — the mascot might get an erection,” seems a bit far-fetched for even the most conservative parents. I guess what I’m saying is this — if we want our children to grow up to be professional, responsible and worthwhile human beings, we should probably limit the amount of sludge that we expose them to.

Jessika Curry is a journalism senior. She can be reached at

Editor: New Zodiac causes mini-crisis For 15 frightening minutes Friday, I was a Capricorn. The Internet was abuzz with the news that astronomer Parke Kunkle had decided an additional Zodiac sign, Ophiuchus, was needed to accommodate for the changes in Earth’s alignment. Unfortunately for the rest of us, these changes meant that the original dates for the other t welve signs needed to be rearranged. So after nearly 21 years as an Aquarius, every article that I found was telling me I was a Capricorn. A series of horrified thoughts ran through my head, the most prominent being “Does this mean I’m going to turn into my mother,” whose Dec. 26 birthday landed her in

Capricorn town. I felt like I’d been robbed. There were so many cool things about Aquarians: the name, the symbol, the association to originality and independence. Why would I want to give all that up to be a Capricorn? Why would I trade in being a water bearer, which sounds pretty helpful to me, to become a big ol’ ram? No thanks. Lucky for those of us who were concerned, it was later revealed that the changes to the Zodiac will only affect people born after 2009. So my identity as an Aquarian remains intact. But it do e s m a k e me wonder: W hy was it such a

big deal in the first place? My limited experiences with the Zodiac involve haunting the astrology section in Barnes and Noble with various friends and glancing half-heartedly at t he horoscopes dur ing my mont h ly per usi ng of “Cosmopolitan.” It’s not like I was introducing myself as “Nicole Landry, Aquarius.” But t he idea t hat t hose little blurbs might no longer apply to me was a little unsettling. I couldn’t bear to look up the personality traits of a Capricorn, for fear of having not hing in common w it h them — or ever y thing in common. In the end, it was kind of like being told that you were born in a different state than you

originally thought. It simultaneously changes you and does nothing to you at all.

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Trojans tame Mean Green, road woes continue BY BEN BABY

Senior Staff Writer After a frantic first half, the Troy Trojans and the UNT men’s basketball team were tied at 48 each. In the following 20 minutes, Troy (4-13, 2-3) continued to torch the scoreboard while the Mean Green failed to follow suit. The Trojans were able to jump out to a 14-point lead in the second half on its way to an 89-81 victory in Alabama on Saturday. It was the fifth time this season the Mean Green has allowed more than 80 points in a game. UNT, which ranks eight h in t he Sun Belt in scoring defense at 72.6 points per game, is 2-3 when allowing more than 80 points. With the loss, the Mean Green (14-4, 3-2) drops from second to third in the Sun Belt West division. It is UNT’s second loss in three games. “W hen you’re play ing a tea m like t hat a nd you’re playing a team on the road, you have to be exceptional,” head coach Johnny Jones said. “We weren’t exceptional on Saturday night.” It was the second consecutive game that senior guard Tristan Thompson was not in the starting lineup. The Angleton native had started in the team’s first 16 games, came off the bench to score

a game-high 25 points in 28 minutes. Jo n e s o p t e d t o k e e p T hompson on t he bench because of t he ef fort t hat Thompson, the leading scorer in the conference with 17.4 points per game, had shown in practice. “W het her he is i n t he lineup or not, I still feel like he still brings a spark off the bench,” senior forward George Odufuwa said. “Either way, he still has the same impact on the game. We just didn’t pull out the win.”

“We didn’t play hard the whole game, and that’s what got us.”

—Josh White Senior guard

Odufuwa pulled down 11 rebounds to go along w ith 12 points, his eighth doubledouble of the season. As a tea m, however, t he Mea n Green wa s out rebou nded 34-33. “We definitely need to get better,” Odufuwa said of the Mean Green’s work on the glass. “This year, we’ve lost a few rebounding battles as a team.” T he Me a n Gr e en w a s

outscored by eight in t he second ha lf, shooting 37.9 percent from the field. The Trojans knocked down shot after shot in the half, resulting in a 68.4 percent field goal percentage in the final half and 56.4 percent for the game. Troy shot 40 percent from behind the three-point line. “We didn’t play hard the whole game, and that’s what got us,” senior guard Josh White said. “They played hard and they got out there for 40 minutes.” White may have scored a meager five points in the loss, but the points were significant. With his performance, White surpassed the 15,000 career-point mark. White and Thompson also became the highest scoring duo in school history. Vernon Taylor led the Trojans with 22 points en route to being named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week. The Mean Green will try to recover from its second conference loss Thursday in a road game against LouisianaMonroe. The Mean Green has struggled away from the Super Pit, going 3-4. “We’re going to get every team’s best shot every night,” White said. “It’s just about us realizing that we’re really good at home, but we can’t just win at home. To be a great team, you have to win on the road.”


Senior guard Tristan Thompson looks for an open pass earlier this season. Last Saturday, the Mean Green took on Troy, losing a close game 81-89.

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