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State prepares bill to ban cannabinoid Synthetic drug ‘not for human consumption’ BY ISAAC WRIGHT Senior Staff Writer

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Denton Drug Disposal, an organization run in part with the city of Denton Recycling Division, UNT, Denton County Sheriff ’s Department and the Denton Police Department, is doing its part by holding annual drives with the slogan “We take meds…so they don’t get hooked.” UNT plans to run the next Denton Disposal Day sometime this summer.

Meds contaminate water supply BY A LEXANDRA K ING & CONNOR WILLIS Staff Writer & Intern

SPORTS: Overtime loss dooms Mean Green Page 8

Like many people left with a surplus of unwanted, expired medication, psychology freshman Stuart Peterman said she believes the easy way to get rid of old prescription pills is to throw or flush them. “I have medication I don’t need anymore, so I’ve just kept it,” Peterman said. “I guess I will eventually throw it away.” And for years that is exactly what many professionals recommended. “We used to tell people to just throw them away,” said Alan Geis, a registered pharmacist at the Walgreens on University Drive. “But now we know that’s

not good.” Recent research has shown that improperly disposed medicines can cause costly environmental side effects. Communities and pharmacies are now fighting to educate people on the correct way to dispose of their unused pills. Local pharmacies are partnering with UNT and the city of Denton to offer residents environmentally friendly ways to get rid of left-overs. Denton Drug Disposal, an organization run in part with Denton’s Recycling Division, UNT, Denton County’s Sheriff’s Department and the Denton Police Department, holds annual drives with the slogan, “We take meds … so they don’t get hooked.”

George Maxey, of the geography faculty, started the Denton Drug Disposal last year. They collected 367 pounds of medications during the first drive alone, Maxey said. “The second [drive] was twice as successful,” Maxey said. Denton Drug Disposal works to stop prescription pollution in the water, which Maxey said is a growing problem. “The big problem is no one knows exactly what happens when pharmaceuticals dissolve in water,” Maxey said. “If the water treatment plant isn’t equipped to get rid of pharmaceuticals, they go straight into drinking water.”

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Seven st ate senator s, including two from the North Texas area, have voiced their support for legislation that would make it illegal to sell or possess K2 in Texas. K2 is one brand name for the synthetic cannabinoid that has been gaining popularity around the country. Manufactured as potpourri, the product is not meant to be smoked, according to a warning on its label. Yet, instances of people smoking the product to induce a marijuana-like high have resulted in serious health problems, said state senator Craig Estes (R- Wichita Falls). Estes and state senator Jane Nelson (R- Flower Mound) were among seven legislators who proposed a bill that would ban K2 and products like it across the state on Jan. 12. “On the packaging, it says not for human consumption,” Estes said. “There’s no law saying you can’t consume it, so there needs to be more regulation.” The decision to take the issue before the state legislature follows action by many communities in the area,

and other states, to ban the product, Estes said. Denton banned synthetic cannabinoids in September 2009. The city council was urged to ban the product after a number of incidents where the health of individuals was at risk after smoking the product, said Ryan Grelle, a public information officer for the Denton police department. “We’d been seeing a lot of instances of college and high school students being hospitalized,” Grelle said. “We even had one time where a senior citizen used it.” Unlike marijuana, products like K2 are artificial chemicals. Smoking the products, which are clearly labeled “not for human consumption,” can lead to an increased heart rate and trouble breathing, Grelle said. In one instance, he said a man had to perform CPR on his girlfriend after they smoked the product. Grelle said the rise in popularity of synthetic cannabinoids was an issue the police felt should be addressed because no one is certain of what goes into these products and what the effects will be. “We’ve banned it and a lot of other cities and states are doing it because we’re looking out for the health and welfare of our citizens,” Grelle said.

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UNT takes down Red Wolves BY BEN BABY

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VIEWS: Texas lawmakers should leave education funding alone Page 6

ONLINE: Proper ways to recycle medication


Darkness floods hallways in buildings without power. The power in some buildings remained out for around 30 minutes Monday afternoon.

Squirrel causes UNT campus power outage Blackout causes early dismissals BY SHANNON MOFFATT Senior Staff Writer

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A hungry squirrel got a little more than it was expecting Monday afternoon when it chewed through a city power cable and shut down electricity for most of the UNT campus and surrounding streets. The campus-wide outage occurred at around 12:30 p.m. and affected about 500 residents in bordering neighborhoods, said Lisa Lemons, a spokeswoman for Denton Municipal Electric. C it y ele c t r ic w or ker s responded to t he nearby cit y substation w ithin 20 minutes of the outage. Once the cause was diagnosed, crews repaired the broken cable within minutes, Lemons said. Electricity was restored by about 1 p.m. Despite that quick fix, many classes had to be cut short.

“S ome c l a s s e s h ad to be dismissed because t hey have no w indows in the room and it was pitch black,” said Gopala Ganesh, a marketing professor, who was teaching a class in the Bu si ness Ad m i n ist rat ion Building when the incident happened. “In our work, it’s very hard to keep going with no power.” Ga nesh sa id i n h i s 27 years at UNT, he had never before experienced a power outage not due to severe weather. Lemons was less surprised by the cause. Ju st m i nutes a f ter t he outage occurred, taking a g uess, Lemons suggested some possible culprits. “A fe e der i s blocke d,” L emons sa id. “Maybe because of a squirrel or a fallen tree branch.” Un for t u nately, L emons sa id t he squ i r rel d id not survive the encounter. “Whenever there is a fight bet ween electricit y and a small animal,” Lemons said. “Electricity always wins.”

Sat u rday n ig ht aga i nst Arkansas State, UNT senior guard Dominique Johnson could not miss from behind the 3-point line. Johnson went five for five from long-distance and tied a career high with 21 points, as the Mean Green (16-4, 5-2) notched its 17th straight home victory with a 83-64 win over the Arkansas State Red Wolves (10-12, 4-4). “It was one of those days,” Johnson said. “Sometimes, when stuff like that goes, it’s like you can throw up anything. The rim just seems so big, like throwing a rock into the ocean.”

“We [could] have anybody be that guy that scores 20,”

—George Odufuwa Senior forward

Playing in front of the secondlargest home crowd of the season, Johnson nailed a 35-foot buzzer beater to give UNT a 22-point halftime lead. “Anytime you can hold a team to low- to mid-30’s [shooting percentage], I think it’s great,” head coach Johnny Jones said. “We were able to do that in both halves tonight.” Over the past two games, Johnson has made seven consecutive 3-point attempts. “I feel like any given night, we [could] have anybody be that guy that scores 20,” senior forward George Odufuwa said. “Tonight he definitely gave us a lift. We needed that.” The Mean Green jumped out to a 9-0 edge to start the game.


Redshirt sophomore Ben Knox pushes for the basket against Arkansas State on Saturday. The Mean Green notched an 83-64 win against Arkansas State last weekend. ASU cut the deficit to five points with 3:25 left in the first half. After the final media timeout of the first half, the Mean Green closed the period with a 21-4 run. UNT ended the first half shooting 69 percent from the field, while holding ASU to a 35 percent field-goal percentage. “We kept t hat sense of urgency the entire game and we never let up,” Odufuwa said. “We just came out and made everything hard for them.” Senior guard Josh W hite complemented Johnson with

a solid performance of his own, scoring 19 points on 8-12 shooting. The effort gave White 1,525 career points, pushing the guard past Tony Worrell into sixth place on the school’s alltime scoring list. Johnson and White were not the only ones to have a career night. Odufuwa hauled in 16 rebounds to go along with 14 points. His rebound total tied a season-high and was eight short of his career high. The Mean Green returns to action Thursday night at 7 p.m. at Louisiana-Lafayette.

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Subway offers gluten-free options K2’s severe health Pre-packaged buns, brownies help those with Celiac disease BY MICHAEL BURNS

Staff Writer Eating fresh is getting easier for some people with special dietary limitations. Subway is testing a glutenfree bun – made of egg whites, tapioca starch and cornstarches – at 700 of their locations in the Dallas and Tyler areas. The trial menu offers two new items to accommodate allergen-sensitive customers and those who stick to a celiac diet because of gluten intolerance. If successful, the items will be added to Subway menus nationw ide, according to a recent Subway press release. The menu offers a pre-packaged, deli-style bun for sandwiches and a brownie made of potato starch, cocoa and sugar. “I think it’s good they’re trying to reach out to different people with special dietar y needs,” said Jessica Robinson, a psychology senior and shift manager at the Subway on West Hickory Street. Celiac disease is a digestive condition that damages the small intestine and hinders the absorption of nutrients from food, said David Arnold, the UNT Student Health and Wellness Center director. People who suffer from Celiac disease have an extremely focused diet and must avoid gluten-containing proteins found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley, Arnold said. Arnold said he urges people who regularly feel discomforts

of eating even the smallest bit of gluten can be vast and painful. The damage done to the autoi m mu ne s y stem a nd intestines commonly causes abdominal cramping, chronic diarrhea, anemia and unexplained weight loss, Arnold said. In more severe cases bone or joint pain, depression and infertility are effects of a Celiac eating off-the-list foods. Robinson said she thinks it’s good that people with Celiac disease are being given more eating-out options. The new options will allow students with gluten sensitivities to eat most of Subway’s sandwiches, Robinson said. The meatball, chicken teriyaki and seafood sensation sandwiches are the only exceptions. All of the gluten-free products a re sepa rately packaged and handled with care. Robinson said all employees have been trained to handle and prepare the new foods and prevent cross-contamination with gluten-containing products. PHOTO BY VANESSA REISS/INTERN More a nd more restauMindy McComas suffers from Celiac disease and cannot eat anything modified rants are offering gluten-free food starches. Subway’s new gluten-free menu includes a chocolate brownie menus. In early 2010, Burger King and a variety of breads. released their “Gluten-Sensitive He said he and his friend List” which provides items that such as nausea or diarrhea after eating to be tested for were participating in a walk don’t contain wheat, barley to raise awareness for Celiac and rye at all locations nationCeliac. According to t he Celiac disease when his friend acci- wide. Dine-in restaurants such as Disease Foundation, one out of dentally ate something that 133 people in the United States was not included in her strict Outback Steakhouse and P.F. Chang’s also offer gluten-free diet. is affected with the disease. “She had to rest on t he menus and many other restau“Those with Celiac should outline with their doctors a ground because she was in so rants have followed suit. detailed diet plan,” Arnold much discomfort,” Watkins said. said. It is important for those Kyle Watkins, a student at North Central Texas College, who suffer from Celiac disease said he has a friend who lives to find gluten-free alterna- BY LORYN THOMPSON tives because the symptoms Staff Writer with Celiac disease.

risks cause concern Continued from Page 1 If banned in Texas, K2 and similar products would be grouped w ith many other hallucinogens carrying state felony charges for possession and sale, Estes said. “Communities are waking up to this and the trouble it’s causing,” Estes said. “We need to deal with it statewide.” Estes said he has received calls from constituents who are concerned about K2. One of the biggest problems w it h t he product is its availability, Estes said, and that minors are able to purchase it. Senator Nelson echoed t his concern in a statement released Jan. 12. “The health risks associated w ith sy nthetic marijuana are severe,” Nelson said. “A statewide ban on K2 will give law enforcement the tools to get this harmful product off the streets and away from our children and youth.” Some students said they are also in favor of a statewide ban on K2. Chance Babcock, a business junior, said he has heard stories about people overdosing on K2 and thinks that it should be taken off the market to prevent people from hav ing the opportunity to wrongfully use the product to get high.

“W hy shou ld we wa nt people hurting themselves more?” Babcock said. “Why keep it on the shelves if it’s bad for you?” B e n j a m i n Ta y l o r, a n employee of Easy’s Tobacco in Denton, said t he store st i l l ca r r ies a va r iet y of t he product t hat doesn’t contain JWH, the primary chemical behind the city’s ban. However, he said he has a lways urged against the purchase of the products even before the city made its sale illegal. “Ever ybody t hat comes in, I tell that I really don’t endorse it,” Taylor said. “But, that’s really all I can do.” W hi le Taylor sa id t hey can only sell the product as incense, he is aware that people are buying it for the wrong reason. Taylor said it concerned him that K2 and similar products had become so popular because no one really knows what the ingredients are. Taylor said a more widespread ban of the products was a good idea. “I wouldn’t argue if it was banned nationwide,” Taylor said. “It’s not that I think it’s the worst thing in the world, but it’s killing people. People think it’s a synthetic cannabinoid but it really only acts in the same way to your receptors [as marijuana] and it’s anywhere from three to 1000 times more potent.”

Hydrant Café adds Firehouse Pub For the past two years, the Hydrant Café on West Oak Street has offered food, coffee and live music to the Denton community, but after a six-week hiatus, owner Glen Haas aims to kick it up a notch. By the end of February, Haas will transform the café’s upstairs into a full pub, complete with Texas microbrew beer and darts. “I’m excited about this and how it’s going to be setting us apart from the other coffee shops in Denton,” Haas said. “I really challenge others to compete with what we’re doing here.” The Hydrant opened in Corinth in 2004, Haas said, and then in Denton in 2008. Haas closed the Corinth location in 2010 to focus on the Denton Square. Haas closed the cafe for six weeks this winter to determine whether he would remodel the Hydrant or close its doors completely. “We began looking at our


Holly DeBower, an emergency administration and planning junior and employee at the Hydrant Café, brews cups of coffee. The café reopened on Jan. 13. options to move forward,” Haas said. “We really saw a struggle with the recession and competition with the other local coffee shops.” Haas envisions the café to be an integral part of Denton’s music scene, and that goal inspired him to keep the café in business. “[We had] the passion to encourage the live music scene in

Denton, especially for the genre of local songwriters,” Haas said. “The Hydrant is a unique niche that can complement the big events like the 35 Conference and the Arts and Jazz Festival.” Haas said he feels that because his café is housed in a unique building, the pub is a logical addition. “We’re intentionally separating [the coffee house and the pub] which is consistently a struggle that coffee shops that begin serving beer have,” he said. When asked for an opinion about the Hydrant’s new features, nearby coffee shop Jupiter House declined to comment. SooWon Lee, an academic prep student, visits coffee shops frequently and likes the idea of the Hydrant’s upstairs pub. “If I have a lot of homework, I usually go to a coffee shop,” Lee said. “After I finish it, I could go upstairs and grab a beer. It’d be on a case-by-case basis, of course.” Sociology senior Martha Wyers said she would probably relax with a beer after studying too, even though she doesn’t spend as much time in coffee shops. “I go for the occasional meet up with friends or to do homework,” she said. Wyers said her ideal coffee shop environment would have paintings, live music and events like poetry or book nights with an emphasis on community. Haas said accommodating his customers is a top priority. “Our goal is to offer the [community] a reason to drink good coffee at an affordable price in a place that they’d want to invite their friends back to,” Haas said.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Christina Mlynski, Arts & Life Editor

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Students prepare to “Meet the Greeks” today Program to educate women about sororities With the start of a new semester, sororities are giving students the opportunity to decode the numerous Greek letters sported throughout campus on t-shirts, signs and sorority row. North Texas recruitment will hold an informative session about greek life and the various sororities from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. today in the One O’Clock Lounge. “Greek life is a great way to do something different with your life,” said Nancy Schwartz, the Pan-Hellenic recruitment vice president. All eight Pan-Hellenic sororities –– Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Kappa Delta, Delta Gamma, Pi Beta Phi, Alpha Delta Pi, Zeta Tau

Alpha and Kappa Kappa Gamma ––will be present at the informative session, Schwartz said. Each sorority will have its own table set up in the One O’ Clock Lounge, complete with displays of the sororities’ colors, symbols and general information, she said. There will be three sorority members at each table to help answer questions and offer any information needed to interested students. Schwartz said this informative session will allow women to join a sorority for the spring semester. The process for spring slightly differs from the fall semester. “There is a whole different set of rules set by Pan-Hellenic,” she said. The quota for the spring semester will be noticeably smaller than that of the fall. The structure of recruitment will be much more informational at “Meet the Greeks.” Sarah Clement, a journalism freshman and member of Alpha

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or dress in designer clothes.”

The Miss America Pageant came to a close Jan.15. While Miss Texas did not win, the UNT alumna is preparing for her own attempt at a pageant title. R a c h a e l Ly né e B u r n s will compete for Miss Texas International in March. Burns was named Miss North Texas International last month. “Before I did it, I wasn’t much of a girly girl,” Burns said. “I didn’t do my makeup every day

Finding Pageant Passion Burns’ aspirations for beauty pageants stem from her experience and time with the North Texas Dancers, she said. “Rachael is very much the same person when she is doing her beauty pageant thing and when she is not,” said Josh McKean, a close friend of Burns. ”About the only thing that differs is she might wear her glasses and not put any makeup on when she is not doing an appearance.“

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Delta Pi, said she has gained confidence from taking part in greek life on campus. “Joining a sorority gives you an outlet to meet new people, especially if you are shy,” she

said. Clement joined Alpha Delta Pi in the fall and said it is never too late to get involved. Women who attend the “Meet the Greeks” can come

and go throughout the afternoon. Students can leave their contact information with any sorority that interests them. Students are not required to make a committment.

“Attending “Meet the Greeks” and getting involved on campus can change a student’s entire perspective,” Schwartz said. With more than 36,000 students, the university offers many opportunities for students to get involved with the community. Greek life is a beneficial outlet many students can explore through activities. “Joining a soror it y has impacted my college career in a positive way because Greek life is a good outlet for numerous things like community service,” Clement said. Kat herine Cunningha m, a political science freshman, said she is open to attending the event even though she is not involved in any sorority on campus. “These events can help a student get more involved w ith the school in general, a nd if you a re in a n organization or sorority, you are automatically more involved,” Cunningham said.

This year marks Burns’ second attempt at the title of Miss Texas International. She was a contestant for the title in 2010 as Miss Fort Worth.

children who are too small to carry a weapon. The whistles scare off enemies. “I think this is a great choice for Rachael because she connects to this platform on a personal level and can better relate and connect to people who have experienced similar situations,” McKean said. Burns said Falling Whistles struck her because it uses different forms of art therapy, including dance, to help rehabilitate children who are victims. “When I became Miss Forth

Worth, I wanted to make it my platform,” said Burns. “I was told that people wouldn’t connect.” As a child, Burns said she was sexually abused by a relative. She decided to broaden her platform to focus on child abuse. “It was helping me heal the more I talked about it,” said Burns. “The more I helped others, the more it helped me.” In running for the Miss Texas International title, Burns hopes she can raise more awareness

for child abuse. If she takes the title, Burns said she hopes to continue on to the Miss International competition, where she can raise national awareness. Kristin Koether, the pageant d i rec tor w it h t he Tex a s International Pageants, said previous winners have used the title and recognition to make major strides for their cause. “The young woman who is ultimately crowned Miss Texas International will have her life changed forever,” Koether said.

A banner in the University Union invites students to go Greek today at the One O’Clock Lounge.

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Alumna promotes awareness through ‘beauty’ Intern

Speaking out Bu r ns sa id com mu n it y service has been a part of her life before she wished to compete in the pageant circuit. She said her favorite charity is Falling Whistles, a campaign that works to end the use of child soldiers in Congo. The name comes from the whistles that are given to the

New cart feeds students

By shAnnon moffAtt Senior Staff Writer

Hungry, busy vegans and vegetarians have a new lunch alternative on campus. Khush Roti is a healthy, international sandwich cart near the General Academic Building, catering to sandwich lovers, health nuts and special-needs dieters. “It’s all grilled and made with natural ingredients,” said Alexis Barnfield, a marketing specialist for Dining Services. The stand menu includes items from all over the world like the “Ricky Ricardo,” a Cuban-style sandwich. Sandwiches start at $4.99 for a single sandwich and $6.99 combos include a sandwich, fries, chips and a drink. Five- or seven-day meal plans and declining balance, a program similar to a Dining Services gift card, can be used at the stand, Barnfield said. Khush Roti is open 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and closes at 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Friday, Khush Roti closes at 2 p.m. The global-themed food stand is designed for efficiency, said Ken Botts, a special projects director of Dining Services. “We used a lot of state-of-theart technology in the design,” he said. TurboChef ovens use highheat and air to decreases cooking time and retain nutrition in food, Botts said. “TurboChef is the future of cooking,” he said. “You can fry in it, bake in it –– --you can do anything. We’re cooking our French fries in it because it allows us to cook them without using oil, but it doesn’t make the fries taste any different.” Khush Roti’s environmental impact was carefully considered through the design process, Botts said. “[TurboChef] builds into the sustainability part because we’re not using fryers, we’re not

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Cedric Muoneke, a biology junior, receives his order at “Pick Up” window of the new food stand “Khush Roti.” spewing grease up into the air,” he said. “We’re not polluting.” The design of the kitchen decreases the amount of room needed to prepare food, which allows the stand to be small, Botts said. “The output of that particular unit is just as good as a full kitchen,” he said. The hot dog stand, subcontracted by Dining Services, still sits in its same spot near Khush Roti. Business hasn’t been hurt by the new neighbor and may have increased traffic, Botts said. “Last week, the first week back to school, compared to last year sales, have slightly increased,” said Chris Swenholt, the owner of the hot dog stand. The high-traffic intersection near the General Academic Building was chosen because of the parking lot and building locations, he said. “Since this is a commuter

campus, a lot of times it’s not convenient for students to come to the Union,” Botts said. “What better place to do this than right by the GAB, which is the main traffic point on campus?” Menu options and location convenience help attract students. “T hey were g iv i ng out samples this morning and they were pretty good,” said David Lowery, a computer engineering senior. “I decided to come for lunch because it just happened to be right here on the way.” Khush Roti cost $165,000 to build throughout its year-and-ahalf construction, Botts said. There are plans to serve breakfast and international coffees at the stand next semester, Botts said. Another food truck with an international variation on Mexican food is planned to arrive mid-semester, he said.

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Arts & Life

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

International students choose ‘a small, safe city’ B Y A LEX A C HAN

Senior Staff Writer When it came time for Hadi Alzawad to decide where to pursue his graduate degree, he sa id UNT was his f irst choice. “I think UNT is one of the best,” Alzawad Hadi said. “In my country, women and men are separated, but here, they are equal and I think that is good.” International on the rise The nu mber of inter national students has increased 15.4 percent at UNT over the past three years, rising from 2,241 st udents i n 2007 to 2,586 in 2010. I nt e r n a t ion a l s t ude nt s choose UNT because of the low cost of living, safe environment, locat ion, tuit ion and references from alumni, sa id Dick ie Ha rg rave, t he i nter nat iona l recr u it ment manager at UNT. “Many of the students who study at UNT will go back to t heir home cou nt r y,” sa id Fernando Fleurquin, director of t he I nten si ve E ng l i sh La ng uage Inst itute. “They will go back with the opport u n it y to prov ide posit ive contributions.” The majorit y of internationa l students come from China, India and Korea for t he eight h year, according to t he UN T Inter nat iona l website. China, bringing in the most international students for the f irst t ime, is ex periencing economic growth and is a top emerging market in education, said Mary Beth Butler, UNT International director of communications. Graduates from business

and computer sciences have more internships and jobs i n t he Da l la s-For t Wor t h area, said Saleha Suleman, an assistant vice provost for UNT International. Program assimilate students The UNT Intensive English L a ng uage I n st it ute helps st udent s i mprove t hei r secondary language. T he prog ra m is not required and is separate from the students’ regular course work. Jun Jie Hao, an accounting freshman from the Shandong Province in China, is participat i ng i n t he I nten si v e English Language Institute. “I t h i n k loc a l st udent s should have more communication with international students,” said Jun Jie Hao. “UNT students and internationa l students need to be more together. People see me as an international student and not a UNT student.” The program is the largest in Texas and has a reputation for being one of the most intensive English programs in the U.S., said Fleurquin. The Inst itute received a 10-year full accreditation in


Students and faculty members of the Intensive English Language Institute enjoy pizza at the welcome party and celebrates the beginning of a new semester at the institute. Carol Ogden, the assistant director of the Institute. Now, there are more than 400 students from more than

learning how to communicate so they can pursue their fields of study.” UNT International is taking

“We are in a global world. Hopefully there can be an exchange of ideas and it’s great for the students to make connections.”

—Dickie Hargrave UNT International recruitment manager

2000. The program began 33 years ago with 47 students, largely from the Middle East, said

25 countries, she said. “T h i s prog r a m emphasi z e s ac adem ic E ng l i sh,” Fleu rqu in sa id. “T hey a re

steps to help both international and regular students. “International education helps us u ndersta nd t hat there is a world outside of Texas,” Butler said. “We work very hard for them to have a good ex per ience a nd it becomes a tradition.” I nt e r n a t ion a l s t udent s provide the campus with a


A group of international students chat and do work in “Times Square,” an open public area. new lea r n i ng ex per ience, bringing their cultural, social a nd politica l customs, she said. “We are in a global world,”

Ha rg rave sa id. “Hopef u l ly there can be an exchange of ideas and it’s great for the st udents to ma ke connections.”

process of bra instor m ing event ideas for the spring semester,” V i nc ent sa id. “Because February is Black History Month, we intend on hosting an educational trip, which will spark interest in the girls and hopefully teach them something they might not have had the opportunity to learn otherwise.” Members of the organiza-

fund future events. They must also attend at least one meeting per month. “With so many different organizations and clubs on campus, NBASG just stood out to me,” said Shalonda Collins, an emergency administration and planning sophomore. “I wanted to be part of an organization that seeks to empower and uplift women of all shades

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W hat sta r ted out a s a personal slogan for Ashley Benson became a movement for more than 100 women across campus. Never Be a Stupid Girl, created in spring 2010, became a slogan Benson, the founder of the group, would plaster on T-shirts, wristbands and stickers. A f ter t ra nsfer r ing f rom Langston University last fall, Benson, a journalism junior, knew UNT needed a movement like Never Be a Stupid Girl on campus. “After a couple of weeks, I started to notice how UNT is so diverse yet so segregated,” said Benson. “There are all kinds of people attending the university from different countries and cultures, but it seemed like no one was embracing the opportunity to get to know people that didn’t look like them.” The group was created to encourage women to lift their standards in every aspect of life, regardless of ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation, said Danielle Vincent, a psychology junior. “We are currently in the

“This movement is a way for women to come together as one and play a positive role on and off campus.”

—Shalonda Collins Emergency administration and planning sophomore and member of Never Be a Stupid Girl

tion meet at 6 p.m. every other Tuesday in Chemistry Building 109. “I wrote it on a big calendar in the hallway of my apartment and soon my two roommates started to use it as their slogan,” Benson said. “That’s when I knew it could be more than just a saying and I made a vision for a movement.” Wom e n i nt e r e s t e d i n becoming a member must pay $10 in semester dues to help

and backgrounds. This movement is a way for women to come together as one and play a positive role on and off campus.” Collins said she wants the group to continue to educate members on women’s role in today’s society. “It’s just a very positive movement t hat does not discriminate and that seeks to bring women together as one,” she said.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011 Sean Gorman, Sports Editor

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UNT splits weekend matches Track and field

seniors take first

Notches first win against Cowgirls

Nine runners place in top five



Intern T he U N T t e n n i s t e a m w r a n g l e d t h e O k l a h om a St ate Un iver sit y Cow g i rl s and claimed its first win of t he sea son t h i s weekend. After a disappointing opening match when the Mean Green (1-1) fell to No. 22 Arkansas Razorbacks (1-0) 7-0, the team got on track, securing a 4-3 w in over No. 59 Ok la homa State (1-1) on Sunday. “This was an incredible win for our program,” said head coach Sujay Lama. “It was a total team effort.” The victory over the Cowgirls was UNT’s third win over a nationally ranked opponent in the last two years. Saturday Droppi ng t wo of t h ree doubles matches to sta r t competition, the Mean Green couldn’t recover and suffered a 7-0 loss to the Razorbacks. “T he score d id n’t i nd icate how good we played aga i n st A rk a n sa s,” L a ma said. “It really gave us confidence going to Oklahoma.” Junior Nadia Lee and senior Madura Ranganathan started the season strong, defeating Arkansas’ top doubles team 8-4. Playing from the No. 1 singles spot, junior Paula Dinuta took No. 26 player Razorback Anouk Tigu to a third set. “We had a pretty tough match, but our hard work and conditioning paid off today,” said Dinuta. “I am very happy that all my teammates gave their best on and off the court, which resulted in winning the match.” Di nuta sta r ted slow a nd dropped t he f irst set 6-2 but ra l lied back w it h a sweep of the second set before losing the last set 6-3. Junior Irina Paraschiv took her match to the third set as well. She started strong with a 6-2 victory over her opponent but was defeated in the last two sets. Sunday Sunday went well for UNT, as the team collected its first win of the season with a 4-3 victory against the Cowgirls. The afternoon opened with a UNT win, as Dinuta and senior Amy Joubert defeated the Cowgirls’ C.C. Sardinha and Malika Rose 8-3 in doubles play. L e e a nd R a nga nat ha n fell to Kanyapat Narattana and Nataliya Shatkovskaya

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Junior Irina Paraschiv returns a serve at practice on Thursday. The Mean Green won its first match when it defeated Oklahoma State 4-3 on Sunday.

“This was an incredible win for our program. It was a total team effort”

Tennis Trends 1. The Mean Green has defeated three ranked teams in the last two years.

—Sujay Lama, tennis head coach

of OSU 8-3 i n Su nday ’s second doubles match. A Mean Green comeback from Pa rschiv a nd sophomore Ba rbora Vyk yda lova g a v e U N T t he e d ge i n overall doubles competition. Down 7-4, the pair notched a f ive-ga me w i n st rea k, g iv i ng U N T t he doubles poi nt w it h a 9-7 v ictor y. Singles play started slow for UNT, as it went down 2-1 before

Paraschiv won her match in straight sets over Shatkovskaya. Joubert also won her singles match. A fter a securing a narrow victor y in the first set, Joubert took command of the second set, finishing i n st ra ig ht set s 7-6, 6-1. Dinuta won her singles match as well in three sets. After losing the first set , Dinuta finished the last two sets with

2. This is the first season Mean Green tennis has been ranked. 3. UNT won its first match against Oklahoma State in seven tries.

a pair of 6-4 wins. The Mean Green returns to action when it visits Berkeley, Cal. to compete against the C a l i f or n i a G olden B e a r s Friday.


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For the second time this season, senior guard Tristan Thompson was awarded Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Thompson made his return to the starting lineup in last T hu r sday ’s 79- 62 w i n at Louisiana-Monroe when he scored a career-high 30 points

on 10-12 shooting. He came off the bench for the previous two games after head coach Johnny Jones believed he was not working hard at practice. T hompson had a not her sol id ef for t on Sat u rday night against Arkansas State, posting 16 points against the Red Wolves. Thompson leads the Sun Belt in scoring, averaging 18 points per game. He is the only player this season to be awarded the honor on multiple occasions.

U N T t r a c k a nd f ie ld improved upon last week’s per for m a nc e i n C ol le ge Station by having two firstplace winners, seniors Alysha Adams and Reggie Hayter, in the J.D. Martin Invitational this Saturday. Hayter ran the 600-yard run in 1:12.88 and took first place for the first time this season, while Adams ran the 60-meter hurdles in 8.40 seconds to take the top time. Freshman Sa ra h Va nn fol lowed her fourth-place performance last week with a top-five finish in her second collegiate meet. “I was a little disappointed in my performa nce. I got a little height, but it could have been bet ter,” Va n n said. Vann placed the highest out of all UNT competitors in the Pole Vault, vaulting over 3.6 meters. “I’m not worried about the competition [in Lubbock], I’m more wor r ied about i mprov i ng my t i me a nd performance,” Vann said. W hile most schools train indoors at this time of year, UNT has practiced outside in t he chi l ly Ja nua r y a ir. This didn’t stop Adams and Hayter from placing first at the meet. “I d i d b e t t e r t h a n I expected, stronger t ha n I thought,” Hayter said. “I was one second away from the record this time, so hopefully I get it next time.”

T w o hig h jump athletes p l a c e d wel l too, a s sen ior Jerma ine J a m i s o n ALYSHA took second ADAMS place by clearing 2.05 meters, .05 behind the winner, and sophomore Haley T hompson f i n i s h e d REGGIE f ou r t h b y HAYTER jumping over 1.65 meters. Head coach Rick Watkins said he wants the team to improve on its performance for the upcoming Texas Tech Invitational but isn’t worried about the competition. “We had a good meet, we just have to get the work in to improve,” Watkins said, “We really have two weeks to work on technique and improvement.” Other top-five finishers include senior Jordan Wehr, who took third in the 60-meter hurdles, senior Missy Barnes, who placed fourth in the 60-meter dash, junior Sara Dietz, who placed third in the one-mile run and sophomore Matt Russ, who took home third in the mile run. UNT’s 4x440 yard relay team took third place with a time of 4:02.23, finishing four seconds away from second place. The athletes will have a break until the Mean Green competes at Tex a s Tech Invitational in Lubbock on Feb. 5.

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Editorial “I Souport Publik Edekasion.” That bumper sticker illustrates the state government’s stance on funding all levels of education, which is already in arguably the bottom quarter of the country. In May 2010, Gov. Rick Perry turned down a possible $700 million in federal funding for public education because the states would have to meet a national standard to qualify for the Race to the Top grant. The only other state that had an issue with the condition was Alaska. The median teacher salary in Texas is $48,950, which means that $700 million could pay for about 14,300 Kindergarten through 12th grade teachers’ salaries across the state. In addition to cutting from K-12 schools to help Texas get out of the more than $15 billion deficit, the state may eliminate the money needed for four community colleges and leave about 60,000 college students without financial aid. Considering that Texas is feeling the impact of the recession, making it more difficult for people to make ends meet, cutting financial aid could further undermine the ability of the state’s residents to improve their lives. At UNT, about 72 percent of students receive financial aid. If the amount the state provides is cut substantially, the impact will be felt on campus. In December, UNT President V. Lane Rawlins sent out an e-mail to the faculty and staff reassuring them that UNT will withstand the budget challenges, but it will be difficult. In an interview with Austin News, Perry said the state politicians would “prioritize what’s important.” Perry listed his emergency items for the current Texas legislative session. They include requiring proof of identification when voting, creating legislation that would provide for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution and abolishing sanctuary cities in Texas. Education was not included. This century cannot become the “Texas century” that Perry predicted in his inaugural speech this month if the state fails to educate the people who will live in it for the majority of that century. Perry and his fellow lawmakers are pushing Texas into dangerous intellectual territory by choosing to cut funding from education instead of risking votes by raising taxes. Although it is possible some of the spending in Texas public schools is unnecessary, the answer is not to cut $9.8 billion. The Board asks the UNT community members to contact their state representatives and senators and ask them to find another way to weather this economic storm. Texas lawmakers need to know their constituents disagree with their choices.

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Recently I was called a word I had never heard before — a Millenial. After some research, I came to find that the term Millennia l is sy nony mous w it h Generat ion Y, which most people are more familiar with. Millennials, in short, are the children of baby boomers. The sons and daughters of the 90s. The pioneers of text messag i ng, blog g i ng a nd Facebook. The big market for digital merchandise. I also came to learn that employers are reluctant to hire Millennials, who constitute the majority of the traditional student body at UNT. Apparently, we are narcissistic, over-nurtured, liberal and demanding. Those traits don’t mesh well with the corporate environment. Reluctant employers plus economic turmoil means

a struggle to find employment post graduation. It’s ha rd out here for a Millennial. In his novel, “Americana,” Don DeLillo wrote, “We came into the last Monday of May, the last week of that last year, with cries of career opport u n it y sou nd i ng t h roug h campus, f lutter and caw of mortality, General Dynamics and IBM … a horn-rimmed diplomat from Boeing pointing to the sky.” DeLillo’s character describes his fina l month of college with progression, elation and enthusiasm — something to look forward to. The final month for a graduating Millennial is tumultuous. Looking to a prospective world of unpaid internships, part-time employment and immense competition for the careers we strive for.

This morning when I got gas, the credit card reader at the pump was out of order. The shiny white sticker “Out of Order, Pay Inside” almost made me get back into my car and choose another gas station. Going inside to pay is so far outside of my routine that I wasn’t sure I wanted to deal with it. Had my gas light not been on, I m ig ht have headed elsewhere, to a place where I could handle my transaction electronically — no people involved. Instead, in spite of myself, I got my purse and headed inside. As I paid for my gas, I had a pleasant conversation with the attendant. We discussed mundane topics like the weather, the weekend, my plans for the day — much the way that I imagine people did before credit cards and mach i nes — a nd I fou nd myself smiling as I left the store.

Why did it take a machine breaking to get me to interact with someone? I am worried that in the convenience of sw ipe-and-go transactions t hat we a re m i ssi ng ke y conversat ions, day brighteners, the difference between “Receipt? Yes/No” and “You have a g reat day, ma’a m ! Don’t forget to bundle up in this weather!” It’s a key difference. I never would have willingly gone into the gas station, but I have every intention of doing it from now on. Not every time of course, but occasionally, which is significantly more than before. On l i ne shoppi ng , s el fcheckout and pay at the pump are all convenient and expedient, and I have come to rely on electronic conveniences throughout my day. In a fast-paced world, they have become arguable necessities, but I am advocating a short brea k from ever yday rout i nes a nd hu ma n-

However, this is a defining moment in the timeline of the Millennial Generation. This is our time to fight for the jobs we want, to struggle to make ends meet and leave the world a better place than we found it. In the future, our generation will not be labeled with participation trophies and parent-teacher phone calls. We w ill be def ined as t he innovators, t he doers a nd the fighters. The generation t hat fought its stereot y pe. The generation that fought a downed economy, a federal deficit, a war. The generation that worked hard to make its own way and to make things right. We are the generation whose narcissism taught our culture to be more ref lective, whose over-nurtured childhoods led us to be better parents, whose

liberalism abolished social taboo, and whose demanding of the workplace led to better worker rights and corporate responsibility. It’s ha rd out here for a Millennial. But it is our hardsh ip t hat w i l l def i ne ou r generation.

Charlie Rall is an advertising junior. He can be reached at

Student: Talking to strangers is good less interactions. The four minutes I would have saved t h is mor n i ng wou ld have robbed me of four minutes of conversation — a conversation that couldn’t happen with a machine, at least not one sitting outside of a rather shady-looking gas station. We need people, not texting or posting on our walls, but real people in person, making small talk, asking about our days, even if the answer is only a noncommittal “fine.” The need for connectivity is well-documented for psychological wellness. Abraham Maslow ranked belong ing ness (which according to the American Psycholog y A ssociat ion i ncludes love, f r iendsh ip, intimacy, family and what is commonly referred to as “etc.”) only after physiological needs and safety in his hierarchy of needs. The sense of belonging, of human interaction, is falling by the wayside.

We have stopped talking to one a not her — tex t ing instead of calling, self-scans instead of cashiers, pay at the pump instead of going inside — and it is to the detriment of our society. Strangers like cashiers, gas attendants or that guy at the bus stop fall into that etc. category. So break your parents’ rule: Talk to strangers. You’ll be glad you did.

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

“People are so closed minded because it’s the Bible Belt. Everyone is so set in their beliefs. Not as liberal with things as other places.”

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“Some of the more conservative people aren’t willing to make changes to progress education. They’re afraid of trying new things.”

Corey Hunter English senior

“The mindset of Texans are different than in other places. Maybe it’s because we’re focused more on sports like football, and so we let our football players and athletes get by more easily that way.”

Rocio Hernandez

Visual art studies freshman

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Women lose lead, suffer overtime loss BY BOBBY LEWIS

Senior Staff Writer UNT women’s basketball head coach Shanice Stephens struggled to find the right words after her team’s 62-59 overtime loss to Arkansas State on Saturday at the Super Pit. “O ne w e g av e a w a y,” Stephens said. “We did everything that we should have, except for getting some really tough stops the times we needed and taking care of the darn ball.” There was a handful of stats that could be looked at as the biggest reason why the Mean Green (5-16, 2-6) let the game slip, but the number of turnovers was where Stephens

wanted to start. “We’ve seen this picture before,” Stephens said. “We’ve said the same exact thing before and at some point, we’ve got to get really serious and understand that those early turnovers — because we had 17 in the first half — cost us the game.” Arkansas State (11-10, 4-4) scored 29 points off 30 total UNT turnovers. Early in the contest, UNT took a 21-5 lead with nine and a half minutes left in the opening half as Arkansas State struggled out of the gates by missing 19 of its first 20 field goal attempts. However, the Red Wolves used 12 steals and 13 free


Freshman Laura McCoy cuts the basket during UNT’s loss to the Arkansas State Red Wolves Saturday. throws to stay in the game. By halftime, UNT’s lead dwindled to five points.

The strong end to the first half served as a catalyst for Arkansas State, as it started the

second half on a 16-2 run. The Red Wolves’ lead ballooned to 11 points midway through the half before the Mean Green began to battle back. “We never got frustrated, but we just knew we had to go back and get a stop every time because it was important,” sophomore forward Jasmine Godbolt said. Godbolt helped UNT get back into the game with eight second-half points, but it was senior guard Denetra Kellum who took over late in regulation. With five and a half minutes left in the second half, Kellum knocked down two free throws to tie the game at 47. She then connected on three jumpers to give UNT a 53-49 lead, the culmination of a 15-2 Mean Green run. Kellum finished w ith 14 points and six rebounds.

“It felt like it did when we had won a couple of games [last week],” Stephens said. “Then we got in bonehead situations again and we didn’t finish the deal.” Arkansas State forced overtime when sophomore forward Jasmine Taylor hit two free throws to knot the game up at 57 with eight seconds left in regulation. Godbolt scored UNT’s only bucket in the extra period before Arkansas State scored the last f ive points of the game. “I was already fearful of going into overtime because they have seen some overtime opportunities already,” Stephens said. “This was our first overtime opportunit y this year. They’re a team that’s tough and came up with some big shots when they needed to and we didn’t.”

Observations from overtime outcome Despite shooting 14.3 percent from the field in the first half, the Arkansas State offense regrouped after the break. ASU shot 42.9 percent in the second half and overtime. UNT relied heavily on sophomore forward Jasmine Godbolt and senior guard Denetra Kellum, who combined to score 35 of UNT’s 59 points Arkansas State forced Mean Green mistakes early and often, grabbing 12 first half steals. The Red Wolves entered the game averaging 10.7 steals per game. The battle on the boards was easily won by the Mean Green, who outrebounded ASU 54-36.

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