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Something old, something new Denton band This Old House has gone three weeks without practicing before its upcoming show at Dan’s Silverleaf. The musicians aren’t lazy — they take a simpler approach to creativity. Cover by Patti Mayo
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FOOD: The Food Snobs find El Guapo’s muy delicioso
MUSIC: This Old House prepares for Denton show
Gobble up these Thanksgiving sweet treats
MOVIES: Check out what’s hitting theaters this weekend
Music reviewer gives John Mayer album 3/5 stars
[ ] Food Snobs El Guapo’s 419 S. Elm St. Denton By Chris Speight & Jeph Burton Contributing Writers
This week we journeyed to El Guapo’s, a Denton staple serving up delicious Tex-Mex cuisine at 419 S. Elm St. A festive, multi-colored interior greets patrons of the restaurant, and comfortably loud Tejano music encourages diners to loosen their ties, order a cerveza and cut loose a little. El Guapo’s has an atmosphere for families and more boisterous parties as well. The main restaurant area is more low-key and family oriented, always a nice choice when Mom and Dad are in town. For those of you who relish
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in having more no-holds-barred conversation among friends, definitely sit at the bar, where almost everyone can be seen enjoying happy hour 18-ounce margaritas and Dos X X schooners. Sports fans need not worry — TVs in the bar are tuned in to the event of the evening to reference during conversation lulls. El Guapo’s is one of t hose restaurants that always manages to stay busy, but the friendly wait staff quickly arranged us a seat in the bar area, busing our table while we took our seats. Loud conversation and laughter pa ired w it h t he electric-blue lighting, inviting Denton residents to really take this section of the restaurant, complete with smoking. Our server expertly snagged our orders and delivered our drinks while managing a huge party at the same time. If he didn’t deliver something personally, it was delivered by someone else i n good t i me, showing that the staff works as a team — major bonus points for service. Complimentary chips and salsa came to the table (two bowls of chips and our own individual salsa ramekins), but we couldn’t pass up on an opportunity to try the ever-popular Queso Mas Guapo. Freshly cooked taco meat a nd homemade g uac a mole, stirred into El Guapo’s chile con queso. We love this dish. It flows perfectly with the entire scheme of Tex-Mex, which is basically mixing everything together
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El Guapo’s offers many Tex-Mex dishes including beef, chicken and shrimp fajitas. The dish comes with beans, rice, sour cream, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes with fresh tortillas. into a delicious, perfect meal. Guacamole, ground beef and queso — it just makes sense. Order a bowl of tortillas to go along with it, but be warned: This dish can easily take the place of your entrée, so pace yourself. One of our favorite dishes is El Patron. Imagine two chicken enchiladas with sour cream sauce, one pork tamale with chili con carne, one chicken taco, beans and rice, all for $8.49. Don’t forget to order t he borracho beans. These offer a sweet, zest y f lavor and are a
pleasant alternative to refried beans. Cleanliness The classic, sizzling steak fajitas for $9.99, Service ser ved w ith caramelAffordability ized onions and sautéed Atmosphere g re en a nd re d bel l Food Quality peppers were good. T he s t e a k w a s a little overdone, but the heaping doubles tasted a little weak. The portions (really: dinner, midnight margaritas were perfect. In short, El Guapo’s is a staple snack and breakfast) and incredible seasoned r ice def initely of local Denton culture. Huge portions of food, a well-rounded upped the f lavor. Drinks were also surprisingly atmosphere, and inexpensive inexpensive (coming in at $4 for drinks definitely make for a great a call liquor), but one of Jeph’s meal.
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Denton band simplifies sound in music scene BY GRACIELA R AZO
music together, McAdams said.
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For Denton band This Old House, less is more. With a simplistic, “ethereal” stage presence and an unlabeled genre, This Old House is making a name for itself in the Denton music scene. T he fou r mu sicia n s — Rya n McAdams, guitar, vocals and songwriter; Michael Allison, drummer; Drew McCary, bass; and Kennon Talley, lead guitar — joined in April with no specific sound in mind, just the hope of having the enjoyment of playing
Collaboration of sounds A lt houg h fa n s a nd aud ience members at This Old House’s past shows have described the band as folk, McAdams said the band does not characterize itself into any specific category. “We play whatever feels comfortable. We’re trying not to put a label on anything,” the advertising senior said. With different musical backgrounds, all members of the band play a role in
the creation of their songs. “I think that is the most important key to our band because it’s something different,” McAdams said. “We’re not trying to create something you hear everyday.” While Talley, also an advertising senior, said he listens to classic rock and old-school country, McCary, a communications senior, said he brings his blues influences to the mix. “That influence comes out for me just a bit sometimes,” McCary said. “It’s just hidden behind all of my spacey sounds.”
Letting creativity flow With the band’s Denton show at Dan’s Silverleaf coming up on Nov. 29, the band had not practiced in nearly three weeks. For the group, this is an important part of the band’s creative aesthetic. “We actually barely ever practice. If you practice too much, it just has a very negative effect on our live performance,” McAdams said. “If it’s so structured, you’re not really playing what you feel.” McCary said the band works quickly and does not overthink its songs to get the sound it aims for.
This Old House’s music has been called “chill,” Talley said — not to be misinterpreted for boring, however. “When we perform, we definitely groove and get into it,” Talley said. “But it’s not like an adrenaline-pumping show.”
Getting the Denton feeling It has been a while since the band played a Denton show, and the members are excited to be back, Talley said. Unlike audiences in surrounding areas like Fort Worth and Dallas, Denton crowds stand out by far, McCary said.
“The kids here care about the music versus other places where people just show up like it’s a regular bar night and aren’t really there to engage and be a part of what’s happening,” McCary said. After its upcoming show, This Old House will head back to the studio recording its first EP due at the end of spring 2010. After, the group will begin to record its first full-length album and work to get onto the lineups at SXSW music festival in Austin and NX35 music festival in Denton.
This Old House with Unwed Sailor When: 8 p.m. Nov. 29 Where: Dan’s Silverleaf 103 Industrial St. Cost: $10
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Kennon Talley, an advertising senior and guitarist for This Old House, strums along with the band at one of its first house-show appearances in the Denton area.
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This Old House hasn’t practiced in three weeks and sees it as a way to foster creativity. The band will play Nov. 29 at Dan’s Silverleaf with Unwed Sailor from Oklahoma.
Ryan McAdams, an advertising senior, is the guitarist and lead singer of local Denton band This Old House.
Local bands find support in Bee’s Fifth promotion group BY GRACIELA R AZO Senior Staff Writer
From promoting ba nds to book ing shows to creating a compilation of local musicians, Bee’s Fifth Collective is striving to cultivate some of North Texas’ up-and-coming talent. The group of local promoters, musicians, and artists gave rise to the collective more than two years ago to present other musicians, filmmakers, and artists in the area. Bee’s Fifth Collective hopes to do this by providing a free space for these artists in which to work. “There isn’t a place in town where musicians and artists can go for free,“ musician and Bee’s Fifth Collective member Matthew Gray said. “It’s encouraging the arts scene because that is very important.” The nonprofit group is raising money and working for grants to move into a space so artists and musicians will have a place to do their craft, rehearse and have a gallery to showcase their work. “Once we have a per forming a rts space, it’s going to give them an alternative place to go,” Gray said. “Plus, we just want to offer something that’s cool.” Ryan McAdams, singer and guitarist of Denton band This Old House, said being affiliated with Bee’s Fifth Collective has its benefits. “Getting to know more people and more people knowing you through the collective has its advantages,” McAdams said. The band has played some of the collective’s fundraising shows and will play at its upcoming event on Nov. 29 at Dan’s Silverleaf with Unwed Sailor. This Old House uses Bee’s Fifth as a way to network with other bands and venues, as well as a way to get new people to listen to their music. “People know Bee’s Fifth, and since they like bands affiliated with them, they’ll probably come check us out, too,” McAdams said.
[Cooking with Katie]
By Katie Grivna / Senior Staff Writer
Candied Pecans This recipe is courtesy of my friend, Kaleb Lambeth. The recipes calls for melting almond bark, which got a little messy. As the pecans baked in the oven, the wonderful warm smell reminded me of a fair. These roasted pecans are really easy to make, and the ingredients were surprisingly cheap. This makes a lot of pecans, but if you want to make more, simply add half a tablespoon of butter and another two ounces of almond bark for every extra cup of pecans. It makes for a great Thanksgiving Day snack or treat and is light enough not to overfill your stomach after your turkey indulgence. Ingredients: 3 tablespoons butter 3 cups of pecan halves 12 ounces almond bark Pinch of salt
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. 2. Melt butter in the microwave and spread in onto the bottom of a cookie sheet. Evenly spread the pecans on the cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. 3. Remove from oven and stir, ensuring the pecans have been mixed in the butter. Sprinkle the pecans with salt, the amount depending on your salt preference. Bake the pecans for another 15 minutes. 4. Slowly melt the almond bark in a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave. Start with 45 seconds, then stir. If it still isnâ€™t melted, microwave in 20-second intervals and stir well. 5. Coat pecans in the melted almond bark and refrigerate for one to two hours until set. Break into bite-size pieces and serve.
Double-Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake Ingredients: 16 oz. of fat free cream cheese, softened Â˝ cup of sugar Â˝ teaspoon of vanilla 2 eggs Â˝ cup of canned pumpkin Âź teaspoon ground cinnamon Pinch of ground nutmeg 1/3 cup of crushed graham cracker crumbs Â˝ cup thawed sugar-free whipped topping
Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 2. Using a mixer, combine cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until blended. Beat in eggs one at a time until mixed. 3. Take out one cup of the batter and place it in a medium bowl, adding the pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. 4. Coat a nine-inch pie plate with cooking spray. Then, dust the bottom of the pie plate with the graham cracker crumbs. Spread the plain batter over the crumbs, then layer the pumpkin batter on top. 5. Bake for 40 minutes until the center is set and firm. 6. Let the pie cool, then refrigerate for three hours. Garnish with whipped topping when serving. Source: www.kraftfoods.com
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Music for Thanksgiving
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”Bring Back Love,” Ace Enders & A Million Different People ”Angels and Angles,” The Decemberists
”Cheer Up Great Pumpkin,” Fishboy ”Do You Realize?” The Flaming Lips ”Naked As We Come,” Iron and Wine
”Fairest Of The Seasons,” Nico
Fishboy - “Little D”
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”Light & Day,” The Polyphonic Spree ”Hallelujah,” Rufus Wainwright ”Homeward Bound,” Simon & Garfunkel
”Sweet Potato Pie,” Ray Charles with James Taylor
Health group releases theater popcorn stats ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Just one popcorn-and-soda combo can match the calorie-and-saturated-fat count of three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders and 12 pats of butter, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s review of popcorn sold at three national movie chains. “A lot of people think they’re better off at the popcorn counter than at the candy counter, when in fact you’re not in good shape if you go to either,” said Jayne Hurley, nutritionist for the Washington-based group. Hurley blamed the high saturated fat count on the coconut oil used to pop the corn at theaters run by Regal Entertainment Group and AMC Entertainment Inc. Regal and AMC both said they tested healthier alternatives after a
similar 1994 analysis by CSPI, but they were unpopular with customers. “Theater popcorn and movie snacks are viewed as a treat and not intended to be part of a regular diet,” Regal president and chief operating office Greg Dunn said in a prepared statement. CSPI found that the 20-cup tub of popcorn at Regal theaters packs 1,200 calories and 60 grams of saturated fat, which Hurley said accounts for three days worth of saturated fat. An 11-cup (small) bucket has 670 calories and 34 grams of saturated fat. And that doesn’t account for the “buttery” topping, every tablespoon of which adds another 130 calories. A 16-cup bucket sold at AMC theaters contains 1,030 calories and 57 grams of fat, according to CSPI.
“The Blind Side”
In t his hur r ied sequel to “Twilight,” moody Edward leaves pouty Bella, and shirtless Jacob is there to pick up the pieces. Remind me why I’m supposed to care. Starring Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner.
A real-life Memphis couple takes in the homeless Michael Oher and transforms him into a football star. The cynic in me can’t resist the Southern football metaphors. Starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron.
An astronaut gets stranded on alien planet and learns he’s just like us. If I wanted to see a movie about treatment of illegal aliens, I’d see a documentary. Starring Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Jessica Biel.
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‘Battle Studies’ good, but not Mayer’s best By Justin Umberson Sports Editor
John Mayer’s new a lbum is depressing, overproduced and easy to enjoy. Rele a s e d Nov. 17, “Bat t le Studies,” Mayer’s fourth studio CD, includes 10 original songs and one cover that totals 46:36 of pure musical satisfaction. Mayer mostly uses the popblues sound that won his second release, “Heavier Things,” two Grammy awards including Song of the Year. “Battle Studies” does come up a bit short of that album in terms of songwriting, but the delight the album brings increases with every listen. The LP begins with “Heartbreak Warfare,” by far the most overdone track. The song opens with the sounds of the beginning of an orchestra performance. Faint tuning noises from string instruments warming up while people get to their seats and talking can be heard, as if Mayer is preparing his audience for what is to come. The 10 songs written by Mayer for “Batt le Studies” have t he tone of someone going through a brea k up (ac t ress Jen n i fer Aniston?), and the initial track is a good jumping off point.
Battle Studies 1. “Heartbreak Warfare” 2. “All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye” 3. “Half Of My Heart” 4. “Who Says” 5. “Perfectly Lonely” 6. “Assassin” 7. “Crossroads” 8. “War Of My Life” 9. “Edge Of Desire” 10. “Do You Know Me” 11. “Friends, Lovers or Nothing”
The first single, “Who Says,” is a song all about getting stoned and being spontaneous. It’s not what people ex pect f rom t he man who brought us “Daughters”
and “Waiting on the World to Change,” but its pop-folk sound and clever lyrics make the song fun even for listeners who don’t smoke pot. Aside from the single, the two catchiest songs are “Perfectly Lonely” a nd “Assassin.” They both deser ve the single treatment at some point. The lone cover, “Crossroads,” fol lows t he fa st-paced blues style from Cream’s version, but removes almost two minutes of the guitar solo. If musical elitists were angered by his cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Bold as Love” on his last album, t hey w ill f ind Mayer a n easy target again. But his cover works because he doesn’t try to be Eric Clapton and does the song his own way. E l it i st s a re i mpossible to impress any way. “Battle Studies” comes to a f i na le w it h “Fr iends, L overs or Nothing.” Like his first two a lbu ms, t he last song is t he longest of the compilation. Mayer drives the heartbreak of his work home with seven repetitions of “Anything other than ‘yes’ is ‘no’/ Anything other than ‘stay’ is ‘go’/ Anything less than ‘I love you’ is lying.” The two other members of the
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Musician John Mayer performs at the Michael Jackson public memorial service on July 7 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. John Mayer trio, bassist Pino Palladino and drummer Steve Jordan recorded with Mayer to give the album a crisp sound. I f t h i s w or k w a s i nde e d inspired by Aniston, let’s hope that whoever inspires his next album can help him match the intensity. C e l e b r a t i n g t h e a l b u m’s release, Mayer played at 16-song set live from the Beacon Theatre
in New York City for the Fuse channel Tuesday night. As good as the pop versions of the songs are on the CD, Mayer took them to a new level live. T he problem w it h “Bat t le Studies” is that it’s his follow up album to “Continuum,” and that is too hard to top. So even though it’s not his best work, “Batt le Studies” is still worth every penny.
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tants’ presentation. Jackson said he does not want to invoke too much The center of UNT’s human change at once and is not sure resources and information technology divisions may be about all of the suggestions housed in Dallas if university from the consultants until there is more discussion. officials approve the move. “I don’t think we can springThe topic was a last-minute addition to the agenda of the board from where we are now Board of Regents meeting to such a different plan,” he said. Thursday. Ja c k s on r e c om m e nd s Chancellor Lee Jackson recommended that human creating a shared services resources and information council made of representatechnology at UNT collabo- tives from the three campuses, rate with their sister divisions the UNT System and consultants to decide the best ways of at the UNT-Dallas campus. The change would center implementing the model. The timeline for implethose operations in Dallas. “It is timely and offers oppor- menting this shared service tunities to us,” Jackson said model is outlined in the regarding the item. “However, brief. A shared services we would have to have council will develop a lot more answers a plan that will be than we do.” presented to t he The proposal comes chancellor by July after top UNT officials 2011, according to officially relocated Jackson’s recommento t he Universities dation. Center in downtown This will be a fiveDa l las ea rlier t his LEE year plan including semester. JACKSON all capital, operating Functions that are specific to a UNT campus and and personnel expenses. Board member Brint Ryan would not benefit from a shared service approach should be argued that this timeline is subject to coordination but not too long and could eat up governed directly by a gover- money. “I think we can set a great nance council, according to example for other higher the meeting’s agenda. Before t he discussion, learning institutions. I’d hate Gordon Jones and Ryan Senter, to think of us coming in second representatives from t he to Texas Tech,” Ryan said in Alvarez and Marsal consulting a comment that garnered firm, presented the findings laughter from everyone on from their study of UNT, the board. Ryan recommended the UNT Dallas, and UNT Health shared service council be made Science Center. They found there was a high of the three presidents of the degree of overlap and redun- UNT campuses and include dancy among the activities of finance and accounting. The discussion lasted two HR and IT at the campuses, according to their presenta- hours, and, in the interest of time, the board members tion. Jones and Senter also agreed decided to make amendments that too much data is entered to the recommendation and manually, resulting in a higher postpone the vote until today’s meeting. potential for errors. The Boa rd of Regents “Paper-pushing only slows down the process,” Senter will meet 9 a.m. today at the Murchison Performing said. Board members expressed Arts Center. The meeting is different concerns during the open to all faculty, staff and discussion after the consul- students. Senior Staff Writer
Drivers heading toward Lake Ray Roberts may have to share the road Saturday afternoon. Denton Breakfast Kiwanis will host its 27th-annual Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally at 9 a.m. Saturday at the North Texas State Fairgrounds. Riders may choose between four courses, which are 23, 35, 47 and 63 miles in length, each course having rest stops about every 10 miles. “Proceeds go to our various youth activities, which include sponsoring what we call ‘K Family Clubs,’” said Jack Becker, a business professor and board member of Denton Kiwanis. Joe Holland, former president of Denton Kiwanis, said he started the event in 1982 as a bicycle rally for Denton. “I chose to have it in the late fall rather than spring so it would be something that we could manage and because of the lack of competition for events this time of year,” Holland said. Holland, who is also the owner of Denton Bicycle Center on Elm Street, said this is the primary fundraiser for Kiwanis, and it takes a lot of work. “It’s one of these things that when you’re finished with it on Saturday afternoon, you can step back and say we did some good,” Holland said. Several sponsors have contributed to the rally, including the Denton Bicycle Center, which has been involved with the event since it began. Tonight, some of the staff from the center will set up signs marking the course. There will also be a spaghetti dinner benefiting the Denton Area Boy Scouts at the fairgrounds tonight, which cyclists are invited to attend. “Typically before a long ride like that, you want to have spaghetti, pasta or something with carbs to fill up your energy source so you’ll have plenty of energy the next day,” said Steve Scaggs, an employee of the Bicycle Center. To keep motivated, Holland suggests for riders to focus on finishing a little at a time rather than the entire course.
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Steve Scaggs sells and fixes bicycles at the Denton Bicycle Center at 1700 N Elm St. The center is one of many sponsors of the Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally, which kicks off 9 a.m. Saturday.
“Rather than thinking of it as make more than $10,000,” can see the results going to such riding 63 miles, just ride 10 more Becker said. “I love it when you good causes. miles, and at the next rest stop, take inventory of what’s going Turkey Roll Bicycle Rally on and make it to the next one.” Registration begins at 7 a.m. Saturday Holland said. Helmets required Signs will be posted about every half-mile to help the riders, First 500 entrants will receive a T-shirt and goody bag Becker said. $30 registration fee Almost 450 participants have registered, and 300 more are Spaghetti Dinner expected the day of the rally, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight Becker said. $8 adults, $5 children under 12 “If all goes well, we should
UNT to hold stadium ground-breaking ceremony BY ERIC JOHNSON Senior Staff Writer
Fifteen shovels will hit the dirt Saturday morning, marking the end of a long, tumultuous journey and the start of another. After years of planning, the new stadium will become a reality, with everyone from UNT President Gretchen Bataille and Denton mayor Mark Burroughs to alumni and current students present to witness the event. “This is huge for the past, present and future of this university,” said head football coach Todd Dodge. “This will create the proper atmosphere for students, alumni, and our players, and will be a big asset in terms of recruiting.” The new stadium will replace 57-year-old Fouts Field as the new home of Mean Green football starting with the 2011 season. The alumni base will be counted on to do most of the future fundraising for the stadium, but Saturday is a day of celebration for the former UNT students who are excited about the potential of the new stadium. “It is like waiting for Christmas,
Sept. 2011 can not get here fast enough,” said Jordan Case, chair of the stadium steering committee, former Mean Green quarterback and UNT Hall of Famer. “It is like waking up from a dream and actually witnessing it happen.” The new stadium will feature 21 luxury suites, which are being leased out to alumni based on donations. The minimum donation required to lease a suite is $100,000, which will be a large portion of the fundraising effort. “We are telling our donors to believe it and be a part of it,” campaign director Diane Crane said. “Our alumni are leading the way and helping us to raise as much as we can.” Thousands are expected to be in attendance when those first 15 holes are dug. “There is a ton of excitement generating from our season ticket holders, Mean Green club members and the community as a whole,” Crane said. “People have been looking forward to this for a long time, and we are expecting a huge turnout on Saturday.” Case said he’s excited about
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A artist’s rendition of the proposed design for the new stadium. the opportunity the stadium will present for students and the football program for years to come. “There is nothing greater than Saturday afternoons in college,” Case said. “I want the students and athletes at UNT to be proud of the stadium they have and enjoy their time in college. These are the greatest four years of your life and you need to have the best
time that you can.” UNT’s football team is the seventh youngest in the nation and will be on hand to watch the birth of its new home. “This is something that the university needs, and I am really honored that I will be part of the first team to play in the new stadium,” said quarterback Riley Dodge, a history redshirt
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freshman. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday with the official groundbreaking at the Athletic Center on Bonnie Brae Street. All students are encouraged to attend the event. “We are finally to that day where it’s all coming together and finally seeing those shovels hit the ground,” Todd Dodge said.
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New A-train construction rolls on after delays BY T.S. MCBRIDE Senior Staff Writer
After some initial delays, completion of a light rail line from Carrollton to Denton was back on track Tuesday. The Denton County Transit Authority’s A-Train project was originally scheduled for completion in December of 2010. The DCTA had to push the deadline back to summer of 2011 in part because the city of Carrollton expressed concerns about a new bridge the train would use, said Dee Leggett, DCTA vice president of communications and planning. The proposed bridge was on a
floodplain near Carrollton. “They were worried about how that would affect water flow downstream,” Leggett said. The matter was settled when the DCTA agreed to use an existing bridge that didn’t present a possible flood hazard. Construction of the line has also been held up in Denton because the proposed route comes close to a water main near downtown. “We have some significant utilities easements in that corridor that have to be protected,” said Jim Engelbrecht, a Denton city councilman. “You
can’t just have people digging around out there.” Leggett said that DCTA has agreed to move the water main further from the tracks to reduce the risk of damaging it from the vibrations produced by the trains. Money to build the A-Train was delivered to the Denton County Transit Authority in March. $250 million of the $314 million for the project comes from the Regional Toll Revenue Funding Initiative, the rest from local sales taxes in Denton, Lew isv i l le a nd Hig h la nd Village.
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The delays have not had an impact on the cost of the railroad yet, Leggett said. She added that the cost will go up if the summer deadline is not reached. When finished, the line will connect dow ntow n Denton to Carrollton along a route that runs roughly parallel to Interstate Highway 35W. T he pla n i ncludes f ive stations along the route: two in Denton, two in Lewisville and one in Highland Village. At the Carrollton end, the rail will connect to DART’s Green Line, which will extend to Tr i n it y M i l ls Road by December 2010. Once the A-Train is complete, Denton residents will be able to get to downtown Dallas via train. Leggett said the train will use low f loor cars that allow easy access for passengers. “If you’re in a wheelchair, you can just roll right onto the train,” Leggett said. The cars will also include bicycle storage, a handy feature for students who commute, Leggett said. Const r uct ion was or ig inally planned to begin at the Carrollton and Denton ends of the line and meet in the middle.
COURTESY OF DCTA Delays at the ends have forced the North Texas Rail Group, the contractor building the lines, to start in the middle instead. Kimberly Durnan, public information manager for the group, said construction is proceeding in spite of delays. The contractor is working in Lew isv ille and Corinth. Construction in Denton is expected to begin soon. “North Texas Rail Group plans to begin construction in Denton starting at Swisher Road and building north,” Durnan said. “We’ve got plenty of work to do.” In addition to the bridge and water main issues, there has been some difficulty determining how to preserve hike-
and-bike trails along a portion of the route. Dallas Area Rapid Transit owns the right to develop rail services on the corridor, but the city of Denton has been negotiating to preserve the trails. The matter has not delayed construction. Leggett said Denton, DART and the DCTA were close to an agreement. “We all want the same goal,” Leggett said. “ We all want the A-Train up and running.” Engelbrecht said he was unfazed by the delays. “These things just take time. I personally would rather take our time and worked out properly,” he said. “If they can bring this in by May 2011, it would be good.”
Committee selects Debate team talks coal consumption differ spring Daily editor Students on industry’s BY A NDREW MCLEMORE
Hinnen, faculty adviser for the Daily. Hinnen said Zucker’s fall A new editor-in-chief was selected Tuesday to lead the Daily internship with The Dallas for the spring semester, and the Morning News helped develop veteran reporter said she plans the necessary judgment for to broaden the paper’s coverage running a newspaper. “Through her years of work at beyond campus borders. other positions at the The UNT Daily, she has shown Publications her interest in and Committee voted dedication to serving unanimously to give the students and the Shaina Zucker, a jourUNT community,” nalism senior, leaderHinnen said. “As editor, ship of the school paper. she will continue to Zucker has worked as a do that with renewed news reporter, arts & SHAINA focus and energy.” life reporter and section ZUCKER Hinnen said it’s editor during her time at the paper, which began when important for a newspaper to be as inclusive as possible. she was a freshman. “She really means it when she “Everybody here is like my family, so it’s going to be diffi- says she wants the paper to be cult to be in a leadership posi- open to everybody and to serve tion, but I look forward to the everybody with good, solid journalism,” she said. challenge,” she said. Courtney Roberts, assigning As managing editor for the fall semester, Zucker taught student editor and a journalism senior, reporters how to improve their worked closely with Zucker and writing and edited their news described her as a meticulous stories for accuracy and fair- editor who pushes reporters to challenge themselves. ness. “She’s also good at being able The Daily is more than a “runof-the-mill” student newspaper, to look at the bigger picture,” Roberts said. “And she’s helped said Zucker “There’s so much more here me learn that, too.” Each semester brings new that we should be covering,” she said. “Stories that are important challenges, but it’s worth it to to all Denton residents as well as see students and professors reading the paper each day, UNT students.” Zucker’s experience and Zucker said. “It makes me feel like we’ve passion for journalism will push her to meet the high expecta- made a difference in their lives,” tions of an editor, said Kathie she said. Editor-in-Chief
BY CAROLYN BROWN Senior Staff Writer
Inter nat iona l Educat ion Week’s festivities continued Thursday with a lively debate about the U.S.’s dependence on coal for energy. About 60 people attended the event “Big Coal: A Debate,” sponsored by UNT Debate and UNT International. Four debate team members a r g ue d t he m ajor i s s ue s presented in Jef f Goodel l’s “Big Coal,” this year’s selection for the “One Book, One Community” program. “Coa l has caused devastat i ng accidents, la rge a mou nt s of a i r pol lut ion, i ncrea sed g loba l wa r m i ng and has detrimentally altered people’s culture,” said Ezra Her na ndez, a n Eng l ish senior. The event was set up in a public policy style with both sides framing their arguments around a resolution stating that the U.S. should reduce its consumption of coal. Her n a nde z a nd Shel b y P r yor, a pol it ic a l sc ience freshman, affirmed the resolution. Political science freshmen Eric Wey and Farhad Mirzadeh negated it. Hernandez began the affirmative arguments by speaking a bout t he env i ron ment a l effects of coal mining. Hernandez and Pryor said pollution from mining affects peoples’ water supplies and health. They ca l led for a sw itch to greater use of alternative energy such as wind and solar power. Pr yor a rg ued t hat more a lter nat ive ener g y wou ld create more jobs for
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Political science freshmen Shelby Pryor and Farhaud Mirzadeh, members of the UNT Debate team, discuss the issues presented in Jeff Goodell’s book ”Big Coal.” researchers, and that the U.S. could become a role model for other countries to switch to cleaner energ y forms as well. Wey began the negative’s a r g u me nt s w it h a l it t le humor.
T hey a lso empha si zed that electricity prices would rise substa nt ia l ly, causing outsourcing to heav y coalu si ng c ou nt r ie s s uc h a s China. M i r z adeh sa id t hat t he U.S. wou ld need to wea n
“A world without coal is dire. What will Santa give all the bad kids?”
—Eric Wey Political science freshman
“A w or ld w it hout c oa l i s d i re,” he s a id . “ W h at w ill Santa give all the bad kids?” Wey and Mirzadeh argued t hat t he coa l industr y has improved its technology and practices to lessen its environmental impact. They focused on the potent ia l e c onom ic i mpac t of switching too soon to alternative energy.
slowly away from coal, but keep using it until alternative technologies are better developed. “We should wait until it’s fully mature. We don’t want what happened to nuclea r power to happen to all these ot her a lter nat ive technolog ies,” he sa id. “W hen Chernobyl happened, there was a big stigma attached to having nuclear power even
though it’s a very viable form of alternative energy.” Partway through the debate, several audience members got to ask both teams questions about their positions. Brian Lain, director of the debate team, congratulated the teams for their work and encouraged the audience to continue the dialogue elsewhere. “O u r hope today i s to shed a little bit more light on this ongoing discussion,” he said. “It’s not something that should be out of sight, out of mind.” Ehsa n A zad, a pol it ica l science junior, attended the debate and said he appreciated the arguments and audience participation. “It w a s a n i mpre s si v e debate,” he said. “I’m glad t h is happened because it brings the audience members f rom a l l across a l l majors to talk about issues that are affecting us.”
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UNT to honor 12 Mean Green seniors Saturday By Eric Johnson Senior Staff Writer
Saturday will be a day of celebration in Denton with t he g rou ndbrea k i ng ceremony for UNT’s new football stadium, the football team’s senior day, and the recognition of the men and women who serve this country. The A rmy Black K nights (4-6) will be honored along with UNT’s seniors before the game on Saturday, and the game ball will be parachuted in from a Black Hawk helicopter by Army soldiers. “Any time you have a chance to play one of the service academies it is a chance to show your respect for everything they do for us,” head coach Todd Dodge said. “There is a very good chance that they could be sent overseas at any t ime, so a ny t hing t hat we can do to honor them, we are going to do.” T he Black K n ig ht s w i l l make it no secret as to what it s of fen sive st r ate g y i s, coming in as one of a handful of schools that still run the triple option. Army averages 50 rushes per ga me a nd has t he No. 14 r ush i ng of fense i n t he country, averaging more than 213 yards per game. This w i l l be t he second time UNT (2-8, 1-6) has faced the triple option in the Todd Dodge era. In 2007 against Nav y, the
result was the highest scoring game in the history of NCA A football, a 74-62 Mean Green loss that saw Nav y rush for 572 yards. “The thing about playing the service academy teams is that they are very disciplined, and that is what it takes to run the triple option,” said defensive end Eddrick Gilmore, a criminal justice senior. “In order to stop them we have to show that same level of discipline on defense. It is assignment football and we have got to stay with our assignments.” Leading the charge for the Mea n Green’s 29t h-ra nked rushing attack will be running back Lance Dunbar, a sociolog y sophomore, w ho is coming off his sixth 100-yard rushing performance of the season. The “Green Blur” is having one of the most productive seasons in the Mean Green’s history, ranking in the topfive all-time in rushing yards, touchdow ns and yards per carry. T he Black K n ig hts’ 13th-ranked defense allows less than 300 total yards per game, and will tr y to limit the Mean Green offensively by controlling the tempo of the game. “We have to put a premium on execution and playing well on first down,” Todd Dodge said. “They want to keep the
“I have all the respect in the world for these guys and what they go through for us. It is a great opportunity for us to say thank you.”
-Riley Dodge History Redshirt Freshman
ba l l in t he ha nds of t heir offense and just sit on it to run out the clock. Their goal is to shorten the game, so we have got to take advantage of scoring opportunities.” Quarterback Riley Dodge will face the best pass defense he has seen this season when he stares across the line at the No. 3 pass defense and one of the best pass rushers in the country. Army’s Josh McNary ranks third nationally with his 11.5 sack s, wh ich cou ld cause problems for the Mean Green offensive line that has given up six sacks in the last two weeks. “I have got to be sma r t w it h t he ba l l a nd just get it in the hands of my playmakers quickly,” said Riley Dodge, a h istor y redsh i r t freshman. “Teams don’t get ma ny possessions aga i nst them, so we have got to put points on t he boa rd ever y time we get the ball.” T h i s ga me w i l l have a
Division rivals set to square off at Cowboys Stadium ARLINGTON, (AP) — Using the most basic fact, the argument could be made t hat Washington is playing better than any other team in the NFC East right now. Yes, t hose 3-6 Redsk ins without Clinton Portis. Better even than the division-leading Dallas Cowboys, who they play Sunday in the 99th game of their ever-bitter rivalry. Simply put, the last-place Redskins are the only NFC East team that won its last game. Could it be the sign of a turnaround toward a late-season surge? “I just sense that we won one game, we won our third game of the season. That’s really all I can sense,” coach Jim Zorn said. “Being 3-6, it’s not a record that just bodes of competitiveness, but our players have not thrown in the towel. We’re just trying to climb our way out of this hole we’ve dug.” Washington took a positive step with a 27-17 victory over AFC West leader Denver, scoring its most points for Zorn since his second game as coach last season. Ladell Betts ran for 114 yards in place of Portis (concussion) even with the Redskins’ fifth different starting offensive line combination this season. The New York Giants haven’t won in more than a month — a four-game losing streak since their 5-0 start — and Philadelphia has lost two in a row. Even Dallas (6-3), which had won four straight, needed a late touchdown just to avoid being shut out last weekend by desperate Green Bay. “It’s going to be a tough challenge for us,” Cowboys receiver Roy Williams said. “They’re pretty much in the position as Green Bay last week. They’re looking for this game to be their momentum swing and we just can’t let that happen two weeks in a row.” After an impressive recovery f rom t hei r 2-2 sta r t t hat including a loss in Denver, the Cowboys have to make sure a downward spiral doesn’t continue after the 17-7 loss in
d i f ferent dy na m ic for t he player s i nvolved, play i ng against the men who protect this country. “I have all the respect in the world for these guys and what t hey go t h roug h for us,” Riley Dodge said. “It is a great opportunity for us to say thank you.” Fans can show their support for t he Mean Green at t he last pep rally of the season beginning at 7 tonight at Clark Park. Saturday’s groundbreaking festiv ities w ill begin at 11 a.m. at the Athletic Center on Bonnie Brae, and everyone is welcome to attend. The final home game of the season will begin at 3 p.m. with UNT’s 12 seniors being honored beforehand. “This is my last chance in front of the home crowd,” said cornerback Adryan Adams, a sociology senior. “It has been so much fun and I am pumped up to go out and end this with a victory and a celebration.”
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Running Back Cam Montgomery, a post graduate senior, runs the ball. Montgomery is one of 12 seniors to be celebrated at Saturday’s senior day.
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Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett scores the winning touchdown as the Cowboys beat the Redskins 14-10 in Landover, Md., Nov. 16, 2008. Green Bay. Williams’ touchdow n catch came w ith 38 seconds left. “It was a lonely feeling in the end zone because it didn’t matter,” he said this week. “We had a good run, but now from here on out we have to earn our victories. It’s just that simple,” Bradie James said. “Let’s start a new streak, that’s what it’s about.” Dallas has two games in a five-day span, follow ing the Redskins with another winnable game: Thanksgiving Day against struggling Oakland. Then it’s a trip to New York to face the Giants, whose last-play field goal in Week 2 ruined the Cowboys’ debut in their new stadium. While Zorn is trying to keep one victory in perspective, consider that U2’s “Beautiful Day” was blaring from the speakers this week during a Redskins practice — and it was a sentiment no one could really argue with for a change. Their previous two wins had come against Tampa Bay and St. Louis, a pair of 1-8 teams. “Coming off last week’s
victory, we’ve definitely got confidence. It was a big confidence-builder for us,” Rock Cartwright said. “You’ve got to keep it rolling. That’s the whole objective,” receiver Devin Thomas said. “You can never give up on a season just because things have gone bad. We knew we were just one click away from hitting on all cylinders.” With a win in Dallas, the Redskins would be only two games out of the NFC East lead with six games to play, three against the other division teams — including the Cowboys at home two nights after Christmas. Da l la s, whose 57 w i ns against Washington are more than against any other team, doesn’t want things to get that close. The dismal day in Green Bay likely got the Cowboys’ attention. “It sobers you, you realize you can lose,” coach Wade Phillips said. “I don’t think it’s a sign of trouble. We lost before we got on the four-game win streak,” Williams said.
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