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LGBT task force rates UNT environment BY LORYN THOMPSON Intern
After many recent national tragedies related to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community being bullied, UNT officials are seeking an answer to the question of whether it could happen here. At the end of September, the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Institutional Equity and Diversity created a task force to evaluate the university’s overall atmosphere and the effectiveness of existing programs, and their staffs hope to use their findings to improve the university experience for all students. “We want students who come here to feel comfortable, supported, and to be who they are,” said Gilda Garcia, the vice president for Institutional Equit y a nd Diversit y a nd co-founder of the LGBT task force. “We believe the campus environment is very welcoming and very respectful. On the other hand, perhaps we’re not hearing everything.” The task force is a group that will gather information about potential issues at the university, Garcia said. The group hasn’t organized a specific meeting time yet, but Garcia hopes to have a scheduled meeting ever y other week. Garcia said the task force will continue to meet until the members feel that the issues have been addressed. “This is a short-term group that will meet and take a stand,” Garcia said. “We’ll stay until the job is done.” Maureen McGuinness, assistant vice president of Student Development and co-founder of the task force, said the most likely cause of any issue in the UNT campus environment is that the problem has been overlooked.
“It cou ld be somet hing you and I ignore every day,” McGuinness said. “If someone’s going through the transgender process, which bathroom would they go to?” Diedrick Brackens, a preEnglish junior and president of the student organization GLAD, said he is working with the task force to involve students and uncover issues in the community. “I think that [the university] does meet its mission of being an open and diverse environment,” Brackens said. “I haven’t had any personal encounters with any homophobia or any bullying, and I like to think that most of the other LGBT students haven’t either.” The major issue Brackens cited was the lack of LGBT counseling available for students. “I’ve known LGBT students who have gone to Counseling and Testing and have not been able to receive adequate help,” Brackens said. “I feel like [the staff] are removed from student issues, and definitely LGBT student issues.” Garcia also sees the connection between students and staff as an issue. “We can improve communication between the various services we provide and make sure the information gets to the students who need it,” Garcia said. “We have to get the message out in any platform we can.” McGuinness said that the task force aims to take all students’ opinions into account. “I’m never going to close the door on a student,” McGuinness said. “We need to be able to see what is going on.” For more i n for m at ion or to participate in the task force, contact either Maureen McGuinness at email@example.com or Gilda Garcia at gilda.garcia@ unt.edu.
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Members of the UNT chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws marched on campus Monday to advocate the legalization of marijuana. The group members attracted attention from passersby who had mixed reactions to the protest message.
UNT students march for marijuana legalization
BY A DAM BLAYLOCK Senior Staff Writer
Student supporters of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws heated up the sidewalks of UNT as they marched with signs and chanted in loud voices. About 40 students, some in Halloween costumes, gathered at 2 p.m. Monday at the University Union then wound through UNT on a circular route in an event they called the Happy Halloweed NORML Awareness March. The students shouted, “We mean green!” and “Pass the vote and the joint!” in unison as they marched past the Library Mall fountains. Many of the students held up colorful signs with words like “Don’t be spooked by weed” and “Yes we cannabis.” Erin Long, the president of the
UNT chapter of NORML, said the group wanted to do something different to raise awareness. “We just wanted to do something bigger that people could have fun at,” she said. The group’s intent is to reduce the harms associated with smoking marijuana and educate the ignorant, said Larry Talley, the director of Dallas-Fort Worth NORML and UNT staff Sharepoint architect. Talley came to show his support but would not participate in the march, he said. “I’m hoping we can make a change here in North Texas,” Talley said. Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have laws allowing the medical use of marijuana, according to the national NORML website. Another 13 states, some of those with medical marijuana laws, have
decriminalized marijuana. The marchers received support from student bystanders as they marched through campus. Some students waved at them and shouted encouragements. Others shook their fists in the air and smiled. Chad Gouge, a 39-year-old Fort Worth resident and assistant director for Dallas-Fort Worth NORML, said the chapter was there to support the UNT chapter with anything it might need. “All they have to do is ask, and if it’s in our power we’ll do it,” Gouge said. Gouge, who said he had just returned from a NORML conference in Oregon, said the difference in marijuana tolerance between Texas and Oregon was noticeable. America has 5 percent of the world’s population and 25
percent of its prison population, Gouge said. “And we’re supposed to be a free country?” he said. Not all of the students the group marched past approved of NORML’s cause, however. “Marijuana is illegal for a reason!” shouted one student who walked by. A supporter offered the disapproving student an information packet on NORML, but the student declined. A not her student, Molly Deramus, a history junior, said legalizing marijuana might not have the effect the NORML marchers want. “I’ve been in California, and it’s gonna be abused,” she said. “Yeah, it’ll get rid of crime, but the drugs — it needs to be monitored. I’m [older]. These are just kids.”
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Epitome of Perfection
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Kodi Tutt’s uncle, Terry Tutt, holds her as the emcee introduces Kodi to the people at her KodiFest fundraiser on Sunday at the North Texas State Fairgrounds. Kodi has neuroblastoma, a cancer that usually affects children.
Denton comes together in support of cancer patient BY ISAAC WRIGHT Senior Staff Writer
The Nort h Texas State Fairgrounds were alive Sunday with Denton residents rallying at Kodifest, a fundraiser supporting 6-year-old Kodi Tutt, who was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. Kodi Tutt, a resident of Sanger, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a cancer that typically affects children, in March.
Since then, family members and supporters have organized several events to help defray the medical costs associated with Tutt’s treatment. Family and supporters were quick to point out that they also want to raise awareness of childhood cancer. “It’s not just for Kodi,” said Lynn McCaughan, member of the Kodifest planning team. “We’re putting the word out about child-
hood cancer. It’s a much bigger issue than just this family.” More than 12,400 children under the age of 19 in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Cancer is the most common cause of disease-related death for children and adolescents in this country.
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Every Friday at 11 p.m., students release their pent-up stress by playing dodgeball as part of the Underground DodgeBall League in the Physical Education Building walkway. “You get to throw stuff at other people and not get in trouble,” said Andy Green, a radio, television and film junior and member of the league. “The league is the epitome of perfection.” Students are required to bring their own ball. See UNCONVENTIONAL on Page 3
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NTTV show brings cooking home BY A MANDA VIOLET R AVOTTI
At an Oscar-themed event, NTTV launched a red carpet premiere of its latest new shows Monday alongside performances by the UNT Glee Club. The event showcased was “Taboo Topics,” “Haley’s Foodie Call,” “A Change in Degree,” “Ardillando,” “Political Gang,” “UNT Cribs,” “The Training Ground,” “4750” and “NT Scene.” In “Haley’s Foodie Call,” chef and co-producer Haley Peoples visits households of families in the Dallas and surrounding areas. He cooks a gourmet threecourse meal with ingredients he finds in their refrigerators and pantries. He does the cooking free of charge.
He attributes the execution of his show to producer Jim Brooks, a radio, television and film senior. “The aim of the show is to entertain the audience and to inspire them to be creative in the kitchen,” Peoples said. Guests are chosen based on demographics, lifestyles and dietary needs. “There is no pre-planning,” said Adam Hasley, a radio, television and film freshman and the associate producer, assistant marketing director and host. “He pulls something out of nothing, and he is able to make a gourmet meal out of anything.” Peoples has hosted nine shows. His travel experiences have educated him in diverse cuisines, including 44 states and 43 countries.
“I’ve been exposed to a lot of different cultures,” Peoples said. “The culinary point of view of international fusion has allowed me to combine elements from different cultural dishes.” NTTV and Peoples network to find people in different demographics, drawing on the Facebook page Haley’s Foodie Call, where people can volunteer to participate. “If it’s a demographic that we haven’t done or if there’s something interesting about you, then you have a good chance of being on the show,” Peoples said. To Peoples, cooking is an art, an expression of creativity and an opportunity to entertain. “Don’t be afraid to fail and to take every opportunity you can to be equipped and prepared,”
Peoples said. He said he hopes his work will cause people to not be intimidated in the kitchen and to be inspired to pick up a new spice or vegetable they haven’t tried before. “It’s a one-of-a kind NTTV original show which brings flavor back to a college television show,” said Monica Crespo, a radio, television and film senior. “Everyone is so concentrated on doing comedy and entertainment that we forget what a college student really wants, which is food.” “Haley’s Foodie Call” airs on Channel 22 and Verizon 46 at 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. A new show is completed every two weeks and the recent episode is replayed in that time period.
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At the Kodifest event Sunday, musicians played to help draw people to donate money to help Kodi Tutt, a 6-year-old Sanger resident and cancer patient.
Family: Children’s cancer needs notice Continued from Page 1 However, the Tutt family said it doesn’t believe enough is being done to raise awareness of this fact. “Most of the funding right now is going toward researching adult cancers,” said Tracy J. Holmes Tutt, Kodi’s mother. “Most pediatric cancers are caused by something unknown or genetic and are more difficult to diagnose. By the time you realize it exists, it’s really progressed.” Kodifest included live music, a classic car show and a motorcycle poker run called Krusin’ for Kodi to raise money. Terry Tutt, Kodi’s uncle, organized the motorcycle run. He said bikers often get a bad reputation but are always willing to help support someone in need. “If you’ve got a cause, like for children, bikers just come out,” Terry Tutt said. “It’s the kind of group you really don’t think of, but
they have great hearts.” Tracy Tutt, Kodi’s father, said the support for his daughter has been overwhelming. The Facebook group Kick It Kodi has more than 4,000 members, and support for Kodi has reached the family from as far away as Australia. With that much support for their family, Kodi’s parents said, they hope to be able to create a charity raising awareness for children afflicted with cancer. “If all goes well today, we’ll be able to take that momentum and do something for childhood cancer,” Tracy Tutt said. Scott Laird, an Argyle resident who participated in the event’s car show, thought that using the existing support for Kodi Tutt to create an organization benefiting childhood cancer was a good idea. “My aunt has cancer, and she’s done things to help raise money,” he said. “It’s helping people get through what they need to get through.” People who are interested in donating money to help Kodi Tutt may do so at Prosperity Bank at 1100 N. Stemmons in Sanger labeled Attn: Kodi Tutt. They can also donate blood to help offset the costs of her transfusions to Carter Blood Account #049240, according to the Facebook group page.
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More than 800 students participated in Make a Difference Day on Saturday morning. Groups went around Denton to perform community service.
Students ‘Make a Difference’ at UNT BERENICE QUIRINO Staff Photographer
While many students were sleeping off the night before, more than 800 students gathered around the One O’ Clock Lounge in the University Union for Make a Difference Day on Saturday morning. From 8 a.m. to noon, students performed community service on campus and throughout the Denton and Lewisville areas. Around 9 a.m., the volunteers rallied around to hear words of encouragement to get them pumped for the busy morning of work. “It’s a fun way to get out and connect with the community and meet new people and groups,” said Brandon Johnson, a mechanical engineering sophomore. The event was co-sponsored by the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and
the Center for Leadership and Service. About 40 different groups and organizations participated in the event, from academic groups to sororities and local businesses, said Kirsten Bishop, a graduate assistant for the Center for Leadership and Service. This was the second year the center hosted the event, and the number of volunteers grew from the 600 who were involved last year, Bishop said. “We had a wonder f u l turnout,” said Gilda Garcia, the vice president for Equity and Diversity. “It shows that we care about our community.” Students received a free T-shirt and breakfast before heading out for the day. Volunteers were split into teams and went to different locations to pick up trash or do landscaping work.
Some participants did work around the Art Building and did landscaping at Clark Park. Even under the rainy conditions, volunteers worked and got their hands dirty to help out the community. Groups were scheduled to paint buildings but couldn’t because of the rainy weather. They didn’t let it dampen their spirits, however. “Students were more than willing to go to another site,” said Lance Simon, the Center for Leadership and Service coordinator. Shelly Adams, a sociology senior, was one of the several hundred students who volunteered their time Saturday. “I’m going to be really tired,” Adams said. “But I’m going to get out more than I give in.” One group stayed in the Union to make blankets for Project Linus, a nonprofit orga-
nization that donates blankets to children in hospitals. Some students went to the Family Resource Center of North Texas to collect inventory while others went to Habitat for Humanity and painted the interior. Goodwill received help from volunteers who helped organize the store’s merchandise, and 20 other locations around town also received assistance. “Community service is always good,” said Sarah Downing, an art history sophomore. “All I really would be doing is sleeping in, and [it] helping out makes you feel a lot better.” The Center for Leadership and Service has other Green Days of Service and has already scheduled another large-scale project for March 26. For more information on how to volunteer, visit volunteer. unt.edu.
Students band together for common goal Continued from Page 1 One student participant, kinesiology sophomore Harley Barlow, was dressed in a full body skin-
tight Green Man suit, a character from the TV show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Barlow said he got involved with the group for the camara-
derie with other students interested in the cause, and he wants to dispel some of the stereotypes associated with the group. “I’m just glad there’s a group
of people with like-minded interests,” he said. “We’re not just a bunch of potheads.”
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Unconventional league provides alternative activity BY CHRISTINA MLYNSKI Senior Staff Writer
At the end of a long week, Casey Bratcher, an economics ju n ior, look s for wa rd to releasing her built-up stress on Friday evenings. The Underground DodgeBall League, created in 2007, offers students like Bratcher the chance to play a “friendly” ga me whi le meet ing new people. Members play f rom 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays at the walkway of the Physical Education Building. The group is free and recommends that people bring their own balls. “It’s releasing tension and anger on others through a productive way while playing a team sport,” said Bratcher, vice president of the league. “This isn’t your grandma’s dodgeball, this is underground dodgeball.” From the Big Screen to the Concrete Kevin Phillips, creator of the league and UNT alumnus, and his friends decided to make a
group after seeing the movie “Dodgeba l l,” sa id Connor Patrick, a kinesiology junior. “There are very few groups on campus where you get such a diverse experience,” Patrick, an officer and administrator, said. “You have camaraderie, open-mindedness, physical activity, stress relievers and an incredibly friendly atmosphere.” Students like Andy Green, a radio, television and film junior, believe dodgeball is a disciplinary sport that requires proper training. “You get to throw stuff at other people and not get in trouble,” he said. “The league is the epitome of perfection.” Patrick has been playing dodgeball since he was 15 years old. He said the sport packs a lot of intensity behind it. “It’s an adrenaline rush because objects are flying all around you at the same time,” he said. Not for the Faint of Heart Fifteen to 20 players come weekly. The league is trying to
raise attendance by spreading the word, Patrick said. “Usually we have 30 to 40 players, and for the past few weeks it’s just been the regulars,” he said. The league does not play with regulated dodgeballs. They prefer the selection of $6 rubber kickballs from Walmart, Patrick said. Their rules are different from intramural dodgeball. Instead, the league follows guidelines taken from the movie. The league strives to be as balanced as possible, he said. During a game, if players get hit in the face, it’s their fault for not moving out of the way, not the thrower’s, Patrick said. “We encourage a lot of people to throw hard and aim for faces to experience the pain,” Bratcher said. People screaming and balls hitting wa lls have caused enough commotion for local police to take notice. The league has not gotten in trouble and it’s legal to play the sport
on campus, Patrick said. When Bratcher and Patrick go on to other things after college, they both expect the group to provide a family for students and a healthy way to unwind. “To 90 percent of the people who attend UNT, the league isn’t something they would ever come to, but to that small 10 percent, this is what they can look for ward to ever y week,” Bratcher said.
Underground DodgeBall W hat : Under g rou nd Dodgeball League When: 11 p.m. to 1 a.m Fridays Where: Physical Education Building walkway Requirements: Bring your own ball
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The UNT Underground DodgeBall League meets at 11 p.m. Fridays at the Physical Education Building walkway.
Fencing Club members ‘outperform, outsmart’ competitors BY TARYN WALKER
work with instructors and begin free fencing toward the end. Sean Clark, president of the A r med w it h protec t ive fencing club, said he has been jackets and mesh metal masks, fencing for two years. students stand guard w ith “I like everything about it. bladed weapons, ready for an You’ve got a mix of individual encounter. and team aspects,” he said. The Fencing Club, open to all “Competition isn’t merely UNT students, meets at 8 p.m. physical. I have to be able to Mondays and Wednesdays in outperform and outsmart them the Ken Bahnsen Gym. The club mentally.” has more than 30 members and Ma ny st udents look to competes in several tournafencing as a stress reliever. ments, including the Southwest “I was rea lly frustrated Intercol leg iate Fenci ng studying, and I came here to Association. relax,” said Christine Kringen, “Our club offers one of the a criminal justice senior. least expensive fencing clubs K r ingen has ta ken t wo in Texas, provides equipment, fencing classes offered through and teaches everything you the department of kinesiology, need to know from the ground health promotion and recreup,” said Trevor Riegelman, a PHOTO BY TARYN WALKER/INTERN ation. technical communication gradA couple of members said uate student and instructor of Christine Kringen, a criminal justice senior and member of the UNT Fencing Club, challenges her opponent in a bout. The that having a fencing club was the club. club meets at 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the Ken Bahnsen Gym. a prerequisite for which college Every year, beginners with no experience join the club and of his friends. “It’s not at all only a men’s they chose to attend. foils, epees, and sabers. “I looked to see if it was compete against other schools “It’s something new and sport. It’s definitely co-ed,” “I was curious of what to do at UNT first,” said Coleman by the end of their second and how to do it,” he said. interesting that you can do for she said. semester, he said. Practice often lasts more Barkley, a finance freshman. the rest of your life,” said Eva Eduardo Fraire, the club’s Club fees cost $20 and Hogan, an English and history than three hours and starts “I first got introduced to it in n e w e s t m e m b e r a n d a all equipment is provided, freshman. out with a warm up. Members junior high, but this is the first psychology freshman, said he including masks, jackets, body Hogan is one of several stretch their legs, run four laps time I’ve actually been able to heard about the club from one cords and weapons such as females in the club. around the gym, practice foot- do it.” Photography Intern
Students create new home BY STEPHANIE ROSS Intern
For students like business f resh ma n Ja mes Unt iedt, the transition of moving to Denton was a big one. New city, new home, new people, new freedom. “It was just a ver y hard adjustment because now I have to do things all on my own,” Untiedt said. “I’m not used to being away from home and all of the familiar things, but it’s exciting.” But in addition to coping with all the new aspects of the transition to college, students have quickly realized the harsh realities of homesickness. “I get homesick when I think about my parents, brother and kitten,” broadcast journalism sophomore Adrienne Copeland said. “I know that they miss me – especially my dad. I miss being home and the normality of being home. It’s a lot easier this year, now that I have closer friends.” Although social work sophomore Dana Heidkamp misses her parents, she said she doesn’t feel like she would rather be at home. “We are very close,” Heidkamp said. “Sometimes it gets hard without the physical proximity. But I acquired a new home here and I’m comfortable.” Cou n selor Joh n H ipple believes being homesick is
a natural part of a student’s life. “I think it’s really common, especially in the first half of the first semester,” Hipple said. “There are so many changes and they’re leaving everything familiar. They’re having to, in a sense, start all over again, and that can be very overwhelming to some people.” A lt houg h accou nt i ng freshman Rui Huang is a 16-hour plane ride away from her home, she managed to adapt quickly to her new environment. “I’m a ver y independent person,” Huang said. “All of my friends have helped me adapt to the American life and the distance from home.” Hua ng sa id she lessens her homesickness by living throuwgh her fellow students and their families. “The only times I get home sick is when there is a festival in China,” Huang said. “In the Chinese culture, Chinese festivals are meant for families to get together and celebrate the holiday and have a good time. Now that I’m so far away, I can’t go to any of the festivals. But seeing students with their families helps me to cope with it.” Hipple believes gett ing connected with the community and peers can help students manage their homesickness levels.
“I think you need to have a goal of making UNT and Denton your home,” Hipple said. “That means that they have to learn the community and take steps to be a part of it. A lot of students go home and try to have one foot at UNT and another in their home, and that can be very difficult. But the main thing is to get involved and get connected with your environment.” Copeland said she plays video games, reads, or watches movies to keep her mind busy. “Movies always helped, and now this year I hang out with my friends every weekend,” she said. “Let’s just say my homesickness has gotten so much better this year.” Heidkamp believes it’s OK to be homesick because almost every student goes through it. “Just call home as much as you can,” Heidkamp said. “Don’t go home every weekend, though, because it won’t feel like you actually live here. You won’t have the chance to make the necessary connection with people outside of class time.” Hipple said the best thing to do is have a positive attitude and a willingness to work through it. “Don’t cut off all of your ties to home, though,” he said. “Just make home your second order of business and UNT-Denton your first order of business.”
The next SWIFA tournament is expected to be on Nov. 20 at Texas A&M University in College Station. Riegelman said he enjoys teaching members how to fence. “I love it when it clicks. The look of triumph, both for pulling off a complex attack and scoring the attack, is worth it every time,” he said. Although no one is exactly sure just how old the club is, it has been noted as one of the oldest sports clubs represented in the recreational sports department, dating back to recreational documents from 1978. St udent s i nterested i n fencing are encouraged to come and take a “stab” at fencing, Riegelman said. Club members help each other improve, Clark said. “It’s a good environment where I can come and hang out with friends,” he said. “I’m able to sharpen my skills with people from various fencing backgrounds.” For more information, visit http://orgs.unt.edu/untfc.
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Photography club helps students explore, create art BY TARYN WALKER
Photography Intern At UNT, the term “parallax” has multiple meanings. Pa ra l la x, UNT’s f ine a r t photography club, meets at 9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at Banter on the Square. Ranging between 15 to 30 students, t he club pa r t ic ipate s i n p ot luc k s, photo swaps, movie showings, museum v isits a nd sha red gallery exhibits. Founded in 1998, Parallax gets its name from the photography term “parallax,” which means the difference in variations of distance in a camera’s opt ica l v iew poi nt a nd t he actual taking lens. PHOTO BY TARYN WALKER/INTERN “Parallax is for anyone who Parallax members use a cyanotype process in their alternative processes class. Chemicals are painted onto the surface so loves talking about, looking at light can react and prepare the image for development. and using photography,” said The club’s current showing Street Hall. The Cora Stafford Desiree Espada, president of to use our peers as a resource Parallax and a photography to discuss art and make art is on display until Friday at the Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to Cora Stafford Gallery in Oak 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. senior. “Our main purpose is with.”
The show will be comprised of informal, non-framed work hung by magnets, including dif ferent t y pes of photography f rom beg i n n i ng to graduate level photography students. “We book ga l ler y space for students to show t heir work as a g roup,” Espada said. “We would like to give all students who are interested in photography the chance to be seen and heard.” Parallax also takes museum v i s i t s t o o b s e r v e ot h e r artists. “I beca me interested in photog raphy when I f i rst pic k e d u p m y br ot he r ’s old 35m m c a mer a,” s a id K a su m i C how, a photography senior and vice president of Parallax. Chow and Espada often collaborate with friends a nd have dif ferent phot o s ho ot s , i nc l ud i n g
jumping on trampolines as colored smoke bombs fill the air. Members of the club experiment w it h different t y pes of photog raphy, includ ing social documentaries, identities, narratives and portraits, Espada said. “I w a nt e d t o b e i n a c om mu n it y of photog r aphers a nd sha re d ia log ue with other artists,” said Fields Harrington, a photography senior. Harrington said he enjoys t h a t t h e g r ou p e n a b l e s members to collaborate and help one another with their work, he said. His favorite part of photography is that it’s immediate a nd members a re able to document and record. For more information about Parallax, visit http://untparallax.blogspot.com.
Student inspires group to write ‘White Boy Boogie’ B Y DAISY SILOS Intern
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Not many people can say a song is about them. However, biolog y junior Kevin Bowman can. The “White Boy Boogie” is the latest single from the GS Boyz, and is w ritten about Bowman. The GS Boyz a re k now n for their hit single “Stanky Legg,” and are made up of five men, including Southside and Prince Charming, who contacted Bow man for the song. They sa id t hey ca me up with the idea for “White Boy Boog ie” a f ter l isten i ng to
the song “Wasted” by Gucci Mane and seeing him dance at a club and in the music video for “Franky” by Paper Chaserz. “When I first saw [Bowman] dancing, I thought of Vanilla Ice and thought about how he used to be the hype back then,” Charming said. “Now they have all these new dances out and to see a white boy doing it is refreshing ’cause most Caucasians are scared and to have him doing these moves shows t hat no one should discriminate, it’s just dancing.” Bow ma n sa id it wa sn’t until he heard the song that
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he realized someone made a song about him. “I never expected any of this to happen because for me, dancing is just for fun,” Bowman said. The GS Boyz and Bowman shot the unofficial video for “White Boy Boogie” in a day all over Dallas. “We needed a visual for the song, so we shot the unofficial video so people can see what it’s about,” Bowman said. Many people who have seen the video tend to misinterpret what it is about, he said. “It’s funny because people think ‘White Boy Boogie’ is a dance, but it’s not. I am White
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Boy Boogie, it’s a person — it’s me,” Bowman said. Glor ia Pa leo, a cr imina l justice sophomore, participated in Crumley’s Yell like Hel l tea m a nd da nced to Bowman’s choreography. “He definitely has moves. He’s a lot bet ter t ha n me and he was a lot of help, too. He gave us a lot of tips and helped us perfect our steps,” she said. Paleo said she thinks the song will catch on rapidly. In his free time, Bowman participates in UNT Ultimate Frisbee and intramural soccer and works at the Kerr Ha ll cafeteria. He said he plans to be a biology teacher after college. “More people recognize me now, but most people at UNT have known me as the white boy that can dance. I’m just a normal guy,” Bowman said.
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Kevin Bowman shows off his dance moves. Bowman, a biology junior, is featured in the song “White Boy Boogie,” the latest single from the GS Boyz.
Beginner classes start for UNT String Project BY DAVID M ASON
Contributing Writer Outside the Music Building, it looks like the first day of second grade all over again. Young children get dropped off by their parents and stand in a singlefile line, eagerly waiting to go inside. There, they are taken into a classroom and given a black case. They open it, take out an instrument and their education in string music begins. The UNT String Project is a program that aims to introduce classical music and theory to kids early on so they can be at a more advanced level when they integrate into the public schools’ music programs. “The earlier they start, the better,” said Karrell Johnson, the UNT string educator. “These students will have three years of coordination-building over the ones that start in fifth grade.” Johnson started the program at UNT 12 years ago. Children in the Denton school district are handed letters during the second week of class, and two weeks later there is an informational meeting about the String Project. Demonstrations are given on the violin, viola, cello and string bass, and the children choose which one they want to learn.
Parents pay $125 a year to enroll their child plus the cost of renting an instrument, if needed. “I think [learning music] helps them with all other aspects of education. I think music will help them with math and many other skills,” said Melody Jaynes-Bickham, whose 7-year-old daughter will learn to play the cello through the String Project. The program is broken up into six different levels, with each level taking a school year to complete. The majority of the kids who sign up are in the second grade, but any first-year students automatically start in level 1. Roughly 20 students are placed in each class so they can get more individual instruction. After completing all six levels, students can remain in the program until they graduate from high school. Older kids are put into smaller chamber music groups. The String Project is not just for the kids, however. “The other purpose is to train teachers,” Johnson said. “We have a huge shortage of string teachers in the United States.” Each yea r, about eig ht students graduate from UNT
with a string education degree, and all of them find jobs right out of college, Johnson said. All classes are overseen by the master teacher, who assists both the children and the UNT undergraduate students. This year, Carrie Atkins is working her first year as the master teacher. She participated in the String Project when she was a UNT student. “[I enjoy] being able to teach on a different level, to take the things I’ve learned about teaching and help out new teachers,” she said. On the first day, the violin and viola players are shown the proper way to stand and trace their feet onto a large piece of paper so they can have a reference point for the rest of the year. While the teachers help out each child, they are encouraged to draw on the paper and make it their own. “They’re 7- and 8-year olds, so it’s got to be fun,” Atkins said. “We’re also hoping to teach them about self-discipline and teamwork.” Every year, String Project students hold a concert in April. For more information on the String Project, contact Karrell Johnson at karrell.johnson@ unt.edu.
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Soccer team continues unbeaten streak By Sean Gorman Senior Staff Writer
A t ie a nd w i n a ga i n st te a m s f rom t he Nat u r a l St at e ov er t he w e e k end helped the UNT soccer team extend its unbeaten streak to eight games, allowing it to clinch a seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The Mean Green (12-5-2, 7-2-1) c a me up shor t on offense and tied the Trojans (6-12-7, 2-7-1) 1-1 and picked up a late 2-0 w in over t he Red Wolves (7-10-1, 3-7-0) to remain undefeated in Sun Belt play at home. “The last two games, the chemistry hasn’t been where it was a mont h ago,” head coach John Hed lund sa id. “But this is a game of ups and downs and the offense found a way to score a couple of late goals so I think they’ll pick it up next weekend.” The second-place Mea n Green faces Sun Belt leader Denver on t he road in its final regular season game on Friday and starts the confer-
ence tournament on Nov. 3 in Bowling Green, Ky. “We have to get ready for ou r toug hest opponent in Denver,” Hedlund said. “We know us and they know them. It’s about handling the altitude and their high-pressure attack.” T he Mea n Green won’t know its seeding in the tournament until after Friday’s results. Friday UNT dominated every facet of the game, but settled for a 1-1 tie against UALR. Dana Pearson gave UALR the lead in the seventh minute on a goal from the left side of the box assisted by Danielle Dunsworth. “We tied a team that we should have beat on Thursday night,” sophomore midfielder Ca rly McDowell sa id. “We couldn’t connect passes and make plays, that was frustrating.” Sophomore midfielder Ellen Scarfone helped t he Mean
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Junior defender Kara Brooks battles with an Arkansas State player for the ball on Sunday. UNT won the game 2-0 with two late goals.
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Sophomore midfielder Ellen Scarfone jumps in the air to redirect a pass from Carly McDowell to score the second goal for UNT against Arkansas State. Green respond in the 22nd minute when she placed a penalty kick past the Trojans’ goa l keeper. Sca r fone ha s made all three of her penalty kick tries this season. The contest was one-sided on paper, as the Mean Green held a 30-9 advantage on shots taken and had 19 shots on goal to the Trojans’ three. “I think the shot total was a little unbalanced,” Trojans head coach Freddy Delgado said. “They had about four or five ver y good chances, but I a lso t hought we had about two or three very good chances. So, I think the game was a lot more even than the statistics showed.” Sunday Offensive struggles continued at the game’s start,
but a late surge was enough to help t he Mea n Green prevail. It was a frustrating first half for UNT, which led in every offensive category but failed to score. Ju n ior m id f ielder Ju l ie Lackey went dow n w it h a bruised eye in the 21st minute, but ret u r ned to t he f ield minutes after the injury. The deadlock was finally broken in t he 81st minute when McDowell scored her fourth goal of the season. S c a r fone adde d i n s u rance five minutes later when her shot def lected of f t he crossbar. McDowell assisted on the goal, giving her three on the afternoon. UN T closes t he reg u la r season at 7 p.m. Friday in Denver.
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Sophomore midfielders Ellen Scarfone (right) and Carly McDowell embrace as they celebrate scoring the second goal of the game in UNT’s 2-0 win.
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Six straight wins keep Mean Green in command BY L AURA ZAMORA Sports Editor
Five-set matches used to be the UNT volleyball teamâ€™s wea k ness. Now t he y â€™re a virtue. T he Mea n Green (17-9, 9-2) won its t hird-stra ight f ive-set match over Troy (10-16, 2-7) before oust ing South Alabama (9-15, 4-5) in a complicated four sets over the weekend at the Volleyball Center. The pair of wins increases the teamâ€™s streak to six and c ont i nue s it s r eig n ov er t he Su n B elt We s t d i v ision, leading second-place A rka nsa s State by t wo games. â€œIt was great to win both matches this weekend, but we have the top two teams from the east coming in next weekend,â€? head coach Ken Murczek said. â€œStandings are standings. We canâ€™t control what the other teams do in their matches.â€?
Friday Despite taking the first two sets w ith ease and scoring four-straight points to start t h e m a t c h , t h e Tr oj a n s
a nswered w it h close w i ns i n t he t h i rd a nd second. UNT prevailed in the fifth set, hitting .353 over Troyâ€™s -.083, to defeat the Trojans 3-2 (25-18, 25-19, 24-26, 21-25, 15-8). The team was 0-5 in five-set matches this season until an Oct. 12 five-set victor y over Denver turned the tables for the Mean Green. Since then, the team is 3-0 in matches that stretch to five sets. Senior outside hitter Amy Hudd leston had a matchh ig h 19 k i l l s i n t he w i n, helping UNT to a .222 hitting percentage over Troyâ€™s .125 a nd a 66-49 adva ntage i n kills. Junior defensive specialist Sarah Willey contributed 19 of the Mean Greenâ€™s 75 digs and junior setter Kayla Saeyâ€™s 50 assists led the match. Huddleston attributed the f i f t h-st ra ig ht w i n to work et h ic a nd physica l cond itioning. â€œWeâ€™ve been working even harder in practice,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s the end of the conference season, which is when our bodies are feeling good. Our coaches are working us
ha rd a nd itâ€™s mov i ng at a steady pace.â€?
Sunday UNTâ€™s 3-1 (24-26, 28-26, 25-23, 25-17) v ictor y over South Alabama wasnâ€™t simple. The Mean Green dropped the first set to the Jaguars and the two teams tied the score 49 times throughout the four sets. UNT rallied from a 23-19 deficit in the second set to win by two. â€œI thought we were pretty f lat when we ca me out to play. Even the first two points of the game told the stor y in a sense,â€? Murczek said. â€œI felt like we never recovered.â€? Nineteen lead changes kept the match unpredictable for Murczek and his squad, but UNT finally found its stride to break away in the fourth and win by eight. T h e Ja g u a r s ou t-h i t . 2 35 -. 2 3 3, out- du g 67- 6 6 a nd out-blocked 10-7, but t he Mea n Green st ill stole the win. Mu rczek cha l lenged h is team between the third and fourth sets for motivation. â€œ[I told t hem] t hey were out-play ing us. This ot her
team comes into our home court and starts talking trash through the net and having fun,â€? Murczek said. â€œWe put a lot of pressure on them in the fourth set and came out composed.â€? Huddleston led the UNT at t ack w it h 18 k i l l s a nd Wilson added 14. Both teams accumulated a team total of 61 kills. â€œWeâ€™re a much better team than we showed in the first three sets,â€? Huddleston said. â€œWe knew it was our time to f inish t he match a f ter t he third set.â€? Saey prov ided 52 assists and 10 digs in the v ictor y. W i l ley a nd ju n ior outside hitter Shelley Morton added a not her 16 a nd 13 d ig s, respectively. UNT now ranks No. 25 in the nation in assists-per-set at 13.21.
Big names ahead Middle Tennessee (20-5, 11-1) and Western Kentucky (21-6, 10-1) invade the Mean Green Volleyball Center this weekend, lead i ng t he Su n Belt East division in first and second place, respectively.
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Junior setter Kayla Saey pushes the ball over for a point against South Alabama on Sunday. The Mean Green won both home matches over the weekend.
Seansense: Basketball shows promise Swimming, diving falls in dual meets Opinion
encouraging signs for the team in practice as the buildup for another successful season under head coach Johnny Jones begins.
BY SEAN GORMAN Senior Staff Writer
Itâ€™s that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping, people are smiling after watching the Yankees lose and the UNT menâ€™s basketball season is approaching faster than Denver Bronco fans exiting their stadium while their team suffered a 59-14 loss. After a season including a Sun Belt Title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about a team that only lost two major contributors in forward Eric Tramiel and guard Collin Mangrum. Iâ€™ve been itching for the chance to write about this talented team, and when it started practice 10 days ago, I finally got my excuse. Sure, itâ€™s only practice, but that chance for the players to finally get together and start their efforts towards returning to the Big Dance on the court is a big step. Letâ€™s take a look at some of the
Domo healthy, hungry to play The guard play of the Mean Green was outstanding last year, but few people realize that the backcourt was without one of its best players. Dominique Johnson was a starter all his junior season, but sat out last year due to a broken ankle. This is a guy who dropped 120 assists in the regular season and dropped two 20 point efforts in the Sun Belt Tournament two years ago. Johnson wonâ€™t start again, but he is going to be a huge factor when looking to Jonesâ€™ substitution strategy. The subs played a major role last season, sometimes spelling all five starters at a time, and Johnson will likely receive the most time of any Mean Green bench player. The
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the three. His versatility is a huge strength and he isnâ€™t afraid to take an outside shot either. Holmen will make an impact on this team and it all starts with him working against the Sun Beltâ€™s best big man, George Odufuwa, during the first practice. The upside here is huge, and 2011 may be the time when Holmen reaches his potenHolmenâ€™s upside Itâ€™s not often someone is athletic tial. enough to excel as a sprinter in the 400-meter relay at a height White vs. Green game shows of 6-foot-8-inches. Thatâ€™s exactly depth what the Mean Green has in sophWith the opening practice came omore forward Jacob Holmen three two-minute scrimmages and the expectations for the between the starters and bench Whitehouse High School grad- players, with the starters wearing uate are high. green and reserves donning His freakish combination of white. speed and size isnâ€™t the only thing The contest brought the exact that people are getting excited results a UNT fan would like to about. Holmen recorded eight see: The starters took two of the starts, ranked fourth on the team three scrimmages, while the bench in free throw percentage and even players held their own and stole made a game-winning shot as a one. freshman. A dunk from sophomore center With Tramiel graduating, Ben Knox, a three-pointer by more opportunities will come for Holmen and clutch-free throws Holmen, who can play the two or made by White were all hopeful signs of the scrimmage. There is a plethora of talented players on this team and the Mean $'3522)%/+
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The UNT swimming and div ing tea m lost to New Mex ico State Un iversit y and Boise State University twice in double-dual meets on Fr iday a nd Sat u rday, bat t l i ng not just t he opposing teams but high altitude. The Las Cruces, N.M., altitude took a toll on the Mean Greenâ€™s performance, head coach Joe Dykstra said. â€œT he la st t h ree t i mes weâ€™ve taken the team up to altitude for meets itâ€™s been hard on us all around,â€? he said. â€œThereâ€™s less oxygen. So when youâ€™re doing a sport that you hold your breath for, it makes it very difficult.â€? In UNTâ€™s last meeting at NMSU on Jan. 8, 2008, the Mea n Green had resu lts simi la r to t his weekend, falling 143-98. â€œWe have a couple of kids on the team [who] are asthmatic [and] could hardly even f in ish t heir races,â€? Dykstra said.
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Friday In Fridayâ€™s dual meets, the NSU Aggies beat t he Mean Green 168-75, and the BSU Broncos won 176-67. â€œWe were, to be honest, q u i t e l o u s y o n F r i d a y,â€? Dykstra said. â€œOutside of a couple of sta ndout per forma nces, we were not good on Friday.â€? Sophomore Br y n L e w i s swam her best time of 2:11.44 in the 200-yard butterf ly on Friday. L e w i s f i n i s h e d f ou r t h against both the Aggies and t he Broncos, wh i le sen ior Erika Roach finished in third place against both teams in 2:11.91.
Saturday T he Mea n Gre en fac e d N MSU a nd BSU a nd saw i mprovement s, but st i l l su f fere d t wo los s e s. T he Broncos won 177-66 and the NMSU Aggies finished 160-83 over UNT. â€œ We r e a l l y c a m e o u t Saturday and responded to hav ing a roug h session on Friday,â€? Dykstra said. â€œ[We] came back w ith a lot more compet it iveness a nd a lot more fight. â€œWe won a few races and were compet it ive i n a lot more. Iâ€™m pleased w ith the way they responded to some a dversit y, but overa ll it was kind of a rough weekend for us.â€? The Mean Green took back some wins in the 1,000-yard f reest yle a nd t he 100-ya rd butterf ly. Sen ior Daw n R icher son f inished f irst in t he 1,000yard freestyle with a time of 10:33.58 to earn her best-ever double-dual-meet time. â€œFriday we had a couple of cha l lenges,â€? sa id junior MVP Rosa Gentile. â€œIt was a little hard from the traveling. But, we got our act together and we swam a lot better on Saturday.â€? The Mean Green will return to the pool on Nov. 5 against Southern Methodist University at t he Poh l Re c re at iona l Center.
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WikiLeaks endangering lives Editorial Julian Assange, founder of the controversial WikiLeaks whistle-blower website, held a news conference Saturday after releasing 391,832 secret and classified documents about the Iraq War which he called “the most comprehensive and detailed account of any war ever to have entered the public record.” The documents detail detainee abuse, around 15,000 previously unknown civilian deaths, insight into military operations and other classified information. The Pentagon has issued a barrage of statements warning that “the breach could very well get our troops and those they are fighting with killed.” WikiLeaks is in violation of many laws, including the Espionage Act, but because the website is hosted out of a server in Sweden, the U.S. is powerless to shut down the dangerous site. The Editorial Board believes that WikiLeaks is violating the law and ethics by unnecessarily endangering the lives of the military. Logs detail the U.S. forces unleashing lethal force unnecessarily often such as when an Apache helicopter killed surrendering Iraqi forces and a detailed report in which forces murdered a detainee during torture. As a result of overwhelming criticism from the media and Assange’s erratic behavior, the group has, reportedly suffered infighting. Many of WikiLeaks volunteers have quit the group, such as former spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who cites Assange’s reported obsession with attacking the U.S. government. Assange’s goal is to attack the U.S. government as he released about 70,000 classified documents on the Afghan War 12 weeks ago and ignored pleas from the Pentagon to stop publishing the documents because the classified information would put troops at risk. Much of the information details security and military policies that are closely held secrets, and some of the information may even be false or improperly embellished as Army Chief of Staff General George Casey said military forces actually went into the morgues and counted bodies. Further enraging the government, WikiLeaks is using U.S.-based server mirrors through Amazon in an effort to taunt the government. The government can shut the mirror down, but the website will not be affected, and many think this an obvious ploy by Assange. There is no need for the public to know all of the information in these classified documents, and releasing something of such international sensitivity is going to harm and kill American soldiers.
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Burgess fighting for UNT Like the majority of Americans, I am worried about the direction of this country. The biggovernment policies coming out of a Democrat-controlled Washington have not worked and have only made things worse. The president’s economic advisors who wrote the stimulus plan said it would keep unemployment below 8 percent and generate more than 4 million private sector jobs by the end of 2010. Today, national unemployment stands at 9.6 percent and more than 14 million Americans cannot find work. More than 2.5 million people have lost their jobs since the stimulus became law. Americans are asking — where are the jobs? President Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s policies have left our country trillions of dollars in debt and have scared businesses from hiring new workers. Those of us in college today face a daunting future if our country does not get its fiscal house in order. The
national debt stands at more than $13 trillion, meaning each American’s share is more than $44,000. This path is unsustainable and unaffordable. North Texans are very fortunate to be represented by Congressman Michael Burgess. He was raised in Denton and went to college here. After graduating from medical school, he returned to North Texas and practiced medicine for more than 25 years, delivering more than 3,000 babies. He is a former small business owner and a pro-jobs conservative who has voted against every bailout and stimulus because he knows they don’t work. He also supports extending the current tax rates for all Americans because he knows raising taxes during these tough economic times is the worst thing out-oftouch Democrats in Washington could do. During his time in Congress, Burgess has earned a reputa-
tion as a problem solver who seeks sensible solutions to the challenges Americans face. He has received glowing endorsements from the Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth StarTelegram this election cycle for his common sense approach to being a member of Congress. Some of the compliments Burgess has received include: “Since being elected in 2002, [Burgess] has energetically involved himself in Congress.” “Burgess is a thoughtful and moderate tempered legislator and, as a physician, is well versed in health care and small-business issues.” “Burgess overall has the dedication, energy and breadth of ideas…His contribution is invaluable in Washington… Burgess exhibits the kind of leadership that…is missing too often in Washington today.” Too many of these qualities are lacking in the leadership today in Washington. Bu rgess k nows t hat
Washington doesn’t know best. That is why North Texans need to re-elect Burgess and send him back to Washington. Every UNT student needs to take full advantage of his or her right to vote and vote to keep Congressman Burgess in Washington fighting for us. Our future and the future of our country depend on it.
Lindsey Stiles Lindsey Stiles is a pre-communication junior. She can be reached at LindseyStiles@my.unt. edu.
Villarreal has built a strong foundation A f ter Todd Dodge was relieved of his duties as head football coach last Wednesday, the UNT football program was left in limbo. Offensive coordinator Mike Canales was named interim head coach, and questions swirled about whom the next head coach would be. It is no secret that I am a Dodge fan, so needless to say, I was not thrilled with the decision. But while I am unhappy with the decision to fire Dodge, I trust that athletic director Rick Villarreal can find the right coach. I still feel that Villarreal made the right decision with Dodge. He had this football team turned in the right direction, but a series of unfortunate injuries and the tragic death of freshman receiver Josh Rake derailed any hope of a winning season. Football in Texas is a religion, and with that comes a win-now mentality, so Villarreal did what he thought was in the best interest of UNT. Now the responsibility of building a winning football program falls on his shoulders. I trust that he will make the right decision because he has done
that across the board during his tenure as athletic director. Villarreal had the foresight to see that UNT needed to update its facilities in order to compete. He has been the driving force behind a stateof-the-art weight room and athletic facility, a volleyball complex, the Waranch Tennis Complex, the Mean Green Soccer Field and an academic center for student athletes. After fighting to bring a new stadium to UNT, a dream most people laughed at, Villarreal has poured the concrete for the football program’s foundation. Fouts Field is a dilapidated relic and a new stadium was a must. Football on Saturday is an essential part of the college experience, and thanks to Villarreal’s vision, UNT students will finally have a proper venue to take in those memories. The stadium will also be a huge selling point to recruits; now the facilities at UNT rival those of any team in the Sun Belt and beyond. Besides h is success in updating the facilities, Villarreal has a proven track record in
hiring coaches at UNT. The Mean Green has gone from taking a back seat in conference, to being a contender in every sport, except football. Villarreal has hired every head coach currently at UNT with the exceptions of head soccer coach John Hedlund and head track coach Rick Watkins. The tennis team and men’s basketball team are coming off conference championship seasons, thanks to the head coaches Villarreal put into place. Johnny Jones has led the Mean Green basketball team to four-straight 20-win seasons and two conference titles, and shows no sign of slowing down. Sujay Lama has transformed the tennis team from one of the five worst programs in the country into a nationally ranked program with dreams of being in the Top 25. Ken Murzcek has led the volleyball team to an impressive 17-9 record in his first season at UNT, and the team is currently in first place in the Sun Belt West division. Brad Stracke and Jeff Mitchell have led the men and women’s
golf teams to national rankings this season, and both will likely be favored to win conference. All these teams have turned the corner because they have the right leader in place and it is Villarreal’s vision that changed the fate of these programs. The passion, experience and proven track record of Villarreal should make the Mean Green Faithful confident that the right football coach will be put in place, and the team will be on the rise in 2011 and beyond.
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