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Bath salts used for legal, dangerous high Salts could be banned by Texas lawmakers

tions, insomnia, and making a bu ser s e a s y to a nger.” Poison control centers have already received more calls this year regarding the drug than in all of 2010, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. There have been 251 calls about the substance since Jan. 1.


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Senior Staff Writer

The K2 synthetic marijuana craze has come and gone, and users looking for a high have found another household substitute that is more dangerous a nd st i l l lega l i n Tex a s. Sy nt het ic bat h sa lt s normally used for a relaxing time in the tub are reportedly being snorted, ingested and shot-up by young people across the country to get high. The salts come in small packets or jars and are sold online and in head shops under names like “Ivory Wave,” “Cloud 9” and “Hurricane Charlie.” The white to tan powder contains stimulants called MDPV and mephedrone, drugs that are similar to Rita lin and amphetamines but are much stronger, experts say. “The thing that worries us about this is it’s giving people worse reactions than meth or heroin,” said Melody Gardner, t he manager of t he North Texas Poison Center in Dallas. Gardner said that bath salts, when consumed, are highly addictive, despite users often describing their effects as a “bad trip.” This has spelled trouble in places like New

composition and short- and long-term effects is limited,” Volkow said. “Yet the information we do have is worrisome and warrants a proactive stance to understand and minimize any potential dangers to the health of the public.” Hawaii, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota and Louisiana

“Thing that worries us ... it’s giving people worse reactions than meth or heroin.”

—Melody Gardner Manager of the North Texas Poison Center in Dallas Ga rd ner sa id she is concerned the products will gain popularity as they become the topic of media and Internet discussions, and eventually take hold in urban areas like Dallas. The last available statistics for Texas show 21 people smoked, ingested or injected bath salts during the first week of 2010, Gardner said. As of Jan. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY DREW GAINES/SENIOR STAFF WRITER 6, Denton County did not show Synthetic bath salts are coming under legislative review after reports that some any exposure to the substance. The National Institute on contain cocaine-like stimulants. Drug Abuse confronted the Orleans, La. and East Texas, by t he Dr ug Enforcement drug just last week in a message where officials have reported Administration in December from director Nora Volkow. “Because these products increased use of the substance states t hat t he ef fects of and have linked it to suicide bath salts “include agitation, are relatively new to the drug and deat h in some cases. an intense high, euphoria, abuse scene, our knowledge A “Drug Alert Watch” issued extreme energ y, hallucina- about their precise chemical

have all introduced legislation to ban the distribution and possession of these bath salts, according to the NIDA. T hei r g row i ng presence in Texas has prompted of f icia ls here to seek it s er ad ic at ion a s w el l . State Rep. Garnet Coleman of Houston is said to be working on a bill to ban the drug-laced bath salts in Texas, which could take effect as early as May if passed. A bill to ban the substance would relate to another by Rep. Aaron Peña of Edinburg, which seeks to outlaw K2, a marijuana-like incense, and other forms of amphetamines on a state level.

Car hits student cyclist BY JOSH PHERIGO Managing Editor

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SGA squabbles over budget BY ISAAC WRIGHT Senior Staff Writer

The Student Government Association failed to approve its budget for the upcoming spring and summer semesters after senators voiced concerns that money was spent last semester without the consent of the student senate. The SGA executive branch presented its fiscal 2010-2011 budget to student senators Wednesday, to update the senate about how money was allocated last fall and approve the spring and summer budgets. The year’s budget totals $158,000 and covers expenses for fall 2010 through summer 2011. Last semester, the SGA spent more than $82,000, a third of which went to pay SGA executives, said Jesus Romo, the director of internal operations for SGA, in a presentation at the meeting. He said SGA has more money left for the spring semester than in the past. “Past presidents didn’t give the presidents or vice presidents

coming up this much money,” Romo said. Despite his optimism, many senators expressed anger about not being informed of several large purchases made by executives late last fall. Joel Arredondo, a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences, said the SGA bylaws require the executive branch to gain approval from the student senate for all purchases more than $400. Arredondo said that requirement has not been followed. “How are we to make sure the budget, that is student’s money, is being spent responsibly if we’re told or asked for our approval? That hasn’t been done all year,” Arredondo said. Senators said one of the largest expenditures not approved by the senate was SGA’s Welcome Back Bash, a celebration thrown during the first week of school to get students excited about classes. The event cost $3,600, and senators said they not included in the decision-making process. About $800 was spent on sumo

wrestling and medieval jousting equipment for the event. Senators also said they were not informed of an order of $2,700 for Welcome Back Bash T-shirts. “When there’s almost [a] $4,000 dollar event being thrown, I want to know about it,” said Valerie Gonzalez, senator for the College of Arts and Sciences. SGA President Kevin Sanders said the money for programming events like the Welcome Back Bash was allocated in the budget approved at the beginning of last semester. Since the amount spent on programming did not exceed the funds set aside in the budget, Sanders said, there was not a need to seek approval from the student senate. Sanders said UNT officials have found no problems with the way SGA money has been spent. “The consensus in there is that we spent money wisely,” Sanders said. “That’s the only thing that matters to me. We spent money on students.” The budget will be resubmitted for approval at next week’s meeting.

A student under went surgery Tuesday night after he was struck by an SUV and thrown from his bicycle while crossing an intersection near campus. Nathan Hardy, a communication design sophomore, was crossing West Hickory St., heading north on Fry St., when a white Lincoln Nav igator hit him while turning onto Oak, witnesses said. Hardy was f lung from his bike and slid about 20 feet, said Steven Schroeder, Hardy’s friend and roommate, who was cycling just behind him at the time of the accident. “His bone was sticking out of his leg and he was screaming,” said Schroeder, a communication design sophomore. The driver immediately pulled over and called 911,

witnesses said. Emergency personnel arrived in less than five minutes and Hardy was transported to Denton Regional Hospital, Schroeder said. Alyssa Scavetta, a journalism senior who witnessed the accident, said the driver and cyclist approached the intersection at the same time. “They both hesitated, then went ahead,” Scavetta said. Denton Police spokesman Ryan Grelle said the driver was cited for fa ilure to yield. Hardy was on his way from his City Parc apartment to the UNT art building to attend a movie night, said Schroeder, who along with Hardy often commutes on bicycle. “It’s really our only mode of transportation,” Schroeder said. “[Hardy] has a car, but he hasn’t used it in about a year.”

UNT opens Design Research Center BY ISAAC WRIGHT Senior Staff Writer

With a new facility in downtown Dallas, UNT’s Design Research Center is the first of its kind in Texas and is helping the university bolster its commitment to become a Tier One research university. Faculty in the College of Visual Arts have been working on creating the center for the past couple of years, said Keith Owens, the Design Research Center director. In December, that work finally paid off after a former police substation near

the UNT System building in Dallas was renovated to house the center. Classes began in the center on Jan. 18 and currently consist of 12 graduate students in both Masters of Arts and Masters of Fine Arts degree programs in design with a concentration of innovation studies. Students are taking classes and participating in research projects alongside faculty, and Owens said the center gives them a place to have that opportunity.

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StaffSenior Writer dance students will display their original works on As a new flu first season arrives Friday for the time at the each so does an updated Newyear, Choreographers Concert. flu vaccine combat viruses The concerttowill start at 8 p.m. that research indicates arein in the University Theatre most likely to cause illness the Radio, Television, Film and inPerforming t he upcoming season. Arts Building. AGeneral group of 22 British admission isvolun$5 and teers are now hoping they have tickets can be purchased at the made an effective universal box office, over the phone, at the vaccine hat combats a ll door and tin advance. forms of theenrolled f lu virus. The Students in dance vaccine is still in the testing professor Shelley Cushman’s stages, but if found effective, senior projects class are required ittocould become just another choreograph or perform in the shot thatThey people time.a concert. alsoget canone complete “If this vaccine against research study inworks fieldwork. most strains of influenza andto “Their work is a culmination isdemonstrate effective for several years, the knowledge they then don’tthrough have tothe immuhaveyou acquired course nize patients yearly, and the of their study,” Cushman said. possibility of eventually having Cushman, the artistic director a of larger populathe segment concert,ofisthe known for tion protected from influenza her background in dance. She is appealing,” said Herschel Voorhees, a doctor at the Student Health and Wellness Center. The vaccine would target relat ively stable protei ns inside t he v irus t hat are

similar to most or all strains. “If further research shows that thisthe vaccine is indeedDance clinearned 2010 University ically effective in preventing Educator of the Year from the inf luenzaDance and Association. the internal National proteins in H1N1 areaconsis“They have to create product, tent with those that are targeted which the public is invited to see, by this thenthey onehave couldto and invaccine, this process assume that it wouldthey work solve all of the problems are against H1N1,” Voorhees given in order to create thissaid. work vaccine would be of Though art,” shethe said. beneficial if found successful, In the class, students learn there are still obstacles to about dynamics, unity, variety, consider in the meantime. content, form and theme, “It would be hard to keep Cushman said. it up because viruses are From the 10 choreographed always changing,” said works at the concert, twoBrian dance Bardeloza, a biology junior. pieces were chosen to represent “There many different UNT at are the American College strands of f lu viruses.Amelia The Dance Festival, including vaccine would have to be able Wert’s “The Television is Watching toMe combat all and strands out there.” Again” Cassie Farzan Chief Epidemiologist of Panah’s “Gravity of Deception.” the “IDenton County Health set out with this image of a Department, Juan Rodriguez, motel. I was interested in doing add s to t h i s a r gWert u ment . something different,” said. “If they don’t accomplish “I thought about the idea of why [apeople universal then would vaccine], want to stay at a there’s really nothing they’re motel and wondered what they accomplishing,” said Rodriguez. felt.” “Scientifically, they are looking Wert’s modern piece includes for something that will attack the exterior of the virus that is more likely to mutate. They are very interested in something that will work during a pandemic.” In the vaccine’s test trial,

nine dancers accompanied by focused lighting to make it seem as if they are each in their own motel room. Each dancer is isolated from the others and dances with minimalistic movement for a strong impact. The themes include love, loss, isolation and insomnia, which are overlaid by the glow of a television. “It’s a good program. We have some amazing faculty that have really pushed us far,” Wert said. All 56 dancers were chosen from the dance department by advanced choreography PHOTO BY TARYN WALKER/INTERN students. Some choreographers also decided to dance. Cushman Dance students perform “The Itch,” choreographed by dance senior Anna Olvera, at a rehearsal for the New Choreograallowed students to perform if phers Concert. they were up for the challenge. Rachel Caldwell choreo- ence of being blind by wearing harmonies. feeling of dance with touch and graphed “Certain Uncertainty” blindfolds. In 28 rehearsals, the Caldwell said her piece is about sound rather than with sight,” and is also performing in “Guess four dancers adapted to their blindness as an experience, not Caldwell said. Who’s Not Coming to Dinner,” hearing and touching senses to a handicap. The concert will also be held at choreog raphed by A n na help them through the modern “I was in my modern class last 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Womack. piece. Caldwell also worked with semester and we would lie on Sunday in the University Theatre. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY CONRAD MEYER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER In Caldwell’s choreography, music student Ryan Pivovar to the ground and shut our eyes. For more information, visit www. A universal fl u shot currently being tested could prevent mass outbreaks of the ever-changing virus. dancers explore the experi- compose a song of looped cello I wondered if I could capture a

Monthly event promotes art purchases in Denton half the participants received the vaccine, while the other half didn’t. Early results indicated that those who received the vaccine developed antibodies to

flu, but further research must still be done, according to reports. “Furt her clinica l tria ls and research are needed with larger and more diverse popu-

lations of patients to determine efficacy and safety of this vaccine,” Voorhees said. For now the vaccine is holding up, but the next step is

to see how long immunity will last. Sarah Gilbert, who leads the research team, said time will be the next variable in the testing.

little more visibility and have the public more aware of art culture in Denton that isn’t always recognized,” Kregel said. Merchants join with artists ground design. art Gibson to helpin promote and said busithe center is a place where nesses. For example, an both artist kinds of for students come looking a placecan to display together to share ideas and his or her work could contact research solutions to contema coffee shop owner willing to porary problems. host the artist, Kregel said. “To teach and practice design Heath Robinson, a pharmacy research, you must have a dedijunior, thinks the event will cated space to support those bring attention to the creativity activities,” Gibsonhas said. the community to “That’s offer. what the design research “I think it’s a good center way to is.” increase the exposure of the arts said that far said. too few inGibson Denton,” Robinson universities in the country areA Robin Huttash ow ns

Creative Art STUDIO, one of the businesses that has been a part of First Friday since it started. Huttash said her main goal teaching design research and is providing music for the event innovation programs at the each month. undergraduate level. The shortOn Friday, Alex Riegelman, fall is becoming moreand apparent a local guitarist blues assinger, businesses and institutions will play in A Creative ofArt higher learning are calling STUDIO. for Keri moreZimlich, design a research to journalism be taught. junior, said she thinks the event of the center’s goals is isOne a great opportunity to have tofun. address the problem, Gibson said. “It’s not just one shop, but all the shops getting together To read the full story to rekindle that love of art,” visit Zimlich said.

Dallas design center first of its kind in the state BY M ARLENE GONZALEZ Intern

On Friday, the shops off the Denton Square will stay open later than usual. Continued Page 1 Denton willfrom have its monthly First Friday on the Square and Industrial Street area. “They’ve got a dedicated Live music, sculptures, stained space theyand canart spread glass,where appetizers will be out and work,” said. instead “A lot ofof available untilhe 9 p.m. programs don’t offer that.” the regular 6 p.m. Students and faculty at the For First Friday, art galleries center are currently underand businesses stay open longer taking two major research to give shoppers an opportunity projects, Owens said. to admire and buy art. One research project is working Several communities and with KERA, Dallas’ public telecountries have their own First vision help deliver Fridaystation, or FirsttoThursday each

wife, Leslie Kregel, thought it would be great to increase awareness of the community’s artistic talent and culture, Kregel said. way of answering that and improve their children- drop by and see the work that Arts’ Drawe contacted sources specific content both on-air we’re doing right there in Dallas challenge.” and created the website firstT he M. A . a nd M.F. A . and online. Another is working is a huge benefit for us.” to establish at the center are Owens said there are only a programs with nonprofit organization the event. of different kinds Downtown Dallas Inc. to help handful of universities across comprised “First Friday has no boss, of no Gibsonof revitalize parts of the city, the country that are teaching students, president.said I’mMichael just in charge the art design faculty.itThe beginning with the Historic and producing design research ofthe website and building into M.A. program is is the first of West End. Owens said the and UNT’s center PHOTO BY TARYN WALKER/INTERN something becauseoffered I startedto it,” that do not have a kind will in the state. in First Friday students center’s location Robin Huttash, ownerdowntown of A Creative Artsits STUDIO, participate Drawe said. in innovation and “UNT has challenged itself background enhances they Denton. The the studioresearch will stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday. Kregel’s business, Cimarrona, and can come from to have more faculty producing design can do. sells hats, scarves and warm otherrecycled disciplines taught Owens “Most which of our is research partclothing from old pher andthan UNTbefore,” alumnus, said he many month, where the idea research at UNT. The M.F.A. program is said. “This Design Research ners are in that area,” Owens helped start Denton’s First Friday clothes. came from. for students who have a backCenter is the College of Visual said. “The fact that they can “What we hope is [to gain] a Shannon Drawe, a photogra- in in February 2010. He and his


Thursday, December 2nd 17th Thursday, February Roger Creager/Zach Walther-8:00pm @ Rockin’ Rodeo Blue Lou Blue & Misha Project- @ The Hydrant Café Till They’re or Destroy-7:00pm Denton Holiday Lighting Festival-5:45pm @ The Square 9:00pm @ Dan’s Silverleaf Brantley Gilbert3rd /Whiskey MyersFriday, December North American Skull Splitter Tour 2010: @ Rockin’ Rodeo STRAW & FELT HATS 8:00pm Skeletonwitch/Withered/Landmine Marathon/ Nobunny/Video/Cats in Heat/IdiotsThe Spectacle-8:00pm @ Rubber Gloves 9:00pm @ Rubber Gloves Crooked Finger-9:00pm @ Public House (special group)



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Sunday, December He's trying to 12th sell his car, The Second Shepherds’ Play/ Christmas Pie...A Madrigal now that @heThe Campus Theater Farce & Feaste-2:00pm

can fly ... again. Monday, December 13th The GayWord-of-mouth Blades-9:00pm @ Rubber Gloves Trivia Night with Norm Amorose -7:30pm @ Public House is slow.

Denton Bach Society-7:00pm @ The Hydrant Café MillionYoung/Teen Daze/Old Snack/Goldilocks Friday, February 18th & The Rock-9:00pm @ Hailey’s The Quebe Sisters/Will Johnson-8:00pm @ Dan’s Silverleaf Possessed by Paul James/BethortonFatty Lumpkin-7:00pm @ The Boiler Room 8:00pm @ Dan’s Silverleaf Reindeer Romp-7:30pm @ South Lakes Park






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Menkenna/Novaak-9:00pm @ Hailey’s Saturday, December 4th Babar / Two La Meme GalleryKnights-8:30pm opening: Sally Glass/Oh Lewis!/ Murdocks/Jon Vogt-9:00pm @ The Hydrant Café @ Rubber Gloves Angel Tree Fundraiser-8:00pm @ Rockin’ Rodeo Ziggy Williamson/Swedish Teens/ The Contingency Clause-9:00pm @ The Hydrant Café A Spune ChristmasClub/BC 2010: Telegraph The Mustache the Canyon/Monahans/Birds Dinosaur& Batteries/Seryn/Dour Burr/Glen Farris-7:30pm @ Hailey’s 9:00pm @ Rubber Gloves Disc Golf Winter Open: Amateur Team TournamentChristian Sly Trio 10:00am @ North Lakes@ DiscThe GolfDenton Course Garage Sunday, December 5th Saturday, February 19th Sundress/Final Club/Land Mammals/ The River Mouth-9:00pm @ Hailey’s jesse Dayton/Beauxregard/Pet

Hospital/Til Blue or Destroy-8:00pm @ Dan’s Silverleaf Monday, December 6th Trivia Monday with Norm Amorose -7:30pm @ Public House Sundress/Spooky Folk/The Hannah Barbarians/Retro Run/Western Tuesday, December 7th Pearl Harbor Memorial Day Skies-9:00pm @ Hailey’s Ty Segall-9:00pm @ Rubber Gloves Thursday, December 9th Josh Abbott Band/Rob Baird/ William Clark Green-8:00pm @ Rockin’20th Rodeo Sunday, February

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George Neal/ Ryan Friday, December 10th Thomas BeckerBurial/Wild 21’s first show/Wiccans/ 5:00pm @Tribe/xDan’sunit Silverleaf Rotundus/Youth Agression-8:00pm @ Rubber Gloves

Dirty City Band -9:00pm @ Public House New Riders February of the Purple Sage/ Monday, 21stViolent Squid Day vs. Night Achtone-8:00pm @ Dan’s Silverleaf Heartless @ Pie...A Dan’sMadrigal Silverleaf The Second Bastards-9:00pm Shepherds’ Play/ Christmas Farce & NUg/Immigrant Feaste-7:30pm @ The Campus Theater FUnK Punk/Top Saturday, December 11th Hat @Pan Hailey’s DeadTed-9:00pm Week Print Show: Ector/Gutterth Productions/ La Meme/ Pants-9:00pm @ Rubber Gloves Jessie Frye, with Sam Robertson-8:30pm @ The Hydrant Café Tuesday, February 22nd Arts & Crafts Show-8:00am @ Danton Civic Center Pete WeiseShepherds’ Quartet-9:00pm @Pie...A Dan’sMadrigal Silverleaf The Second Play/ Christmas Farce & Feaste-7:30pm @ The Campus Theater

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Thursday, February 17, 2011 Christina Mlynski, Arts & Life Editor

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Forum discusses pros and Wind Symphony raises cons to plastic surgery money for animal shelter BY A LEXA CHAN


Breast augmentation, liposuction, breast lif t, eyelid surgery and tummy tucks are the top five cosmetic surgical procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Café Diversity is hosting, “Plastic Barbie Dolls: is surgery the answer?” at 4 p.m. today in the Multicultural Center, and will discuss the positive and negative side of surgical procedures. Admission is free. The event is a question and answer set up for students to discuss how they feel about plastic surgery. “True information is key to everything,” said Lanette McClure, the student services specialist at the Multicultural Center. “There are a lot of people who are not informed.” Café Diversity’s event will serve as an introduction to National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, beginning on Feb. 21. The week focuses on issues behind body image, said Theresa Braddy, the senior diversity specialist at the Department of Equity and Diversity. “We’re trying to bring about an awareness of diversity issues,” she said. “It’s about being healthy, with or without plastic surgery.” In 2010, 13,117,063 cosmetic procedures were performed, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Addie, Cooper and Josh are Eugene and Carolyn Corporon’s pride and joy. The three dogs were rescued from the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation. The foundation needs $2 million by the end of the year to open the new adoption center. The shelter has reached $1.2 million, said Carolyn Corporon, the vice president of marketing for Beauty Systems Group. UNT’s Wind Symphony will host a benefit concert for the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation. The event will donate its proceeds to the shelter. Tickets cost $8 for senior citizens $10 for adults. The foundation plays an important role in keeping the stray animal population in control. “We’re trying to reach out to the community and hoping to build a more modern facility shelter for the animals,” said Eugene Corporon of the music faculty. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Winspear Ha l l i n t he Mu rch i son Performing Arts Center. “If we can get a couple thousand dollars, that would be good,” Eugene Corporon said. This will be the first year the Wind Symphony hosts a fundraising event. Charles Veazey of the instru-

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Many students feel plastic surgery is the an answer to improve body image. Café Diversity will host “Plastic Barbie Dolls: is surgery the answer?” at 4 p.m. today in the Multicultural Center to address issues regarding such procedures. obsessed,” Braddy said. “We have to ask ourselves if this is a health problem or an image problem?” Some symptoms of cosmetic

“True information is key to everything. There are a lot of people who are not informed”

—Lanette McClure The student services specialist for the Multicultural Center

Plastic surgery has increased, in both men and women, by 77 percent from 2000, which had 7,401,495 procedures. “We also have ‘Ken’ too because men can be just as

surgery are depression and anxiety because of unrealistic expectations, according to the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “Yeah, it makes you look ‘attrac-

tive,’ but so many things can go wrong and do just the opposite,” said Galadrielle Buchanan, an elementary education sophomore. “I feel like there’s no room for error and a lot of people feel that getting cosmetic surgery is the only answer.” Not everyone has a negative effect regarding plastic surgery. Thirty-seven studies found positive outcomes in patients, including progress in body image. “I think it’s a vanity issue,” said Jeffrey Hicks, an applied arts and science junior. “My wife is happy the way she is and that’s fine with me. It’s whatever makes you happy, because this is your body and you should do what you want with it.”

“We’re trying to reach out to the community and hoping to build a more modern facility shelter for the animals.”

—Eugene Corporon Music faulty member

mental studies department, who will retire at the end of this year, will perform a solo at the event, he said. Sally’s Beauty Salon, UNT and community members have donated to the foundation, Eugene Corporon said. Bette Sherman, the founder and chairwoman of the Denton Animal Shelter Foundation, said she is pleased the Corporons are helping the foundation. “They set up all the arrangements for t he col lege,” Sherman said. “They printed the postcards and sent them all out, which is great, because t he fou ndat ion doesn’t have money to spend on marketing.” The new facility will be three times the size of the original shelter, which has 114 cubicle spaces, Sherman said. The foundation is home to more than 4,000 animals. Even though it has played a significant role in stray animals, 1,000 to 15,000 do not have homes because of space issues, she said. “If it gets opened, it will be

one of the biggest things to happen in Denton in a long time,” Sherman said. Tina Behrens, a music education and violin performance freshman, said she will attend the event to support the shelter. “They are doing it to raise money for an animal shelter,” she said. “They have an alternative rather than just, ‘come to our concert and give us money.”

Meeting man’s best friend What: North Texas Wind Symphony Benefit Concert for the Denton Animal Shelter When: 7:30 p.m. today Where: Winspear Hall at the Murchison Performing Arts Center Cost: Tickets will cost $8-$10. Contact: 940.369.7802 or

Mural coming to Kerr Cafeteria BY SHANNON MOFFATT Contributing Writer

New menu choices and new hours of operation aren’t the only changes taking over Kerr Hall Cafeteria. Construction is expected to start over spring break. The cafeteria will be decorated with a mural as a reflection of life on campus. Residents from the art wing in Kerr will create the wall art, which will be spread across the four back walls. “Instead of just throwing up some paint, we wanted to do a modern rendition of the art in Bruce,” said Peter Balabuch, the assistant director for residential dining. “I just let the creative people steer the ship.” Renovations done in Kerr Cafeteria over winter break inspired the idea for the mural, he said. To create the mural, three small watercolor paintings have been made, showcasing the background. Various figures and people have been painted on separate sheets. The paintings of the background and people will be

scanned, combined together and then uploaded in Photoshop. The image will then be printed on wallpaper, said Bryant Canzoneri, a graphic designer. “The artists actually used people they knew in the wing

“St udent s a re put t i ng so much ef fort into t his,” he said. “We want to make sure the execution doesn’t compromise any of the integrity of the work.” “It’s going to look like they

“A little art and personality can go a long way.”

—Ryan Shelter Applied science senior

as their people in the painting,” he said. Andy Rolfes, an art sophomore, painted the mural background, and Candace Garcia, a visual art studies junior, created the figures and students, said Carlynn Field, the art director for the project. Field said she feels the painting is personal and truly reflects life on campus. “The guy in the painting playing guitar really does sit in that spot on campus,” she said. Details for the project are being worked out, Balabuch said.

actually did the painting on the wall,” said Ken Botts, the special projects director of dining services. Before work can begin on the mural, workers have to prepare the wall. The texture on the wall must be a smooth, f lat surface, Balabuch said. Planning for this project started in October, he said. Students like Ryan Shetler, an applied science senior, said the mural will add character to Kerr Hall. “A little art and personality can go a long way,” he said.

Page 4 Christina Mlynski, Arts & Life Editor

Arts & Life

Wednesday, February 17, 2011

Eagle Angels watch over football recruits BY SHANNON MOFFATT Contributing Writer

The UNT football team has guardian angels. The Eagle Angels is a group of women on campus who serve as ambassadors to football recruits. Eagle Angels take recruits on campus tours, show them the Athletic Department, assist them to the stadium on game days and sit with them. “The best part is the games,” said Nicole Hooi-Rodriguez, a merchandising sophomore and president of the group. “I love the atmosphere, the smell of the football field, the nachos, and people screaming at so-and-so to get it together. It’s fun.” Hooi-Rodriguez said she was interested in Eagle Angels because she had a friend who was on the team. At the games, she noticed the Eagle Angels cheering and working with the recruits. She decided to find out more about the group. During the first week of school, potential Eagle Angels

went through a week of recruitment and interviews, starting with an ice cream social. “It kind of serves as an ice breaker,” Hooi-Rodriguez said. “We hang out at the gazebo and bring popsicles and ice cream and get to know each other.”

“You have to love sports to be an Eagle Angel.”

—Nicole Hooi-Rodriguez merchandising sophomore president of Eagle Angels

T he i nter v iew i ncludes questions about football and coaching staff to test their knowledge, she said. “The process is fun but not exactly easy,” said Caroline Parrack, a former Eagle Angels president and a communication senior. The group currently has 30 members, Hooi-Rodriguez said.


From left to right: Whitney Spivey, Erin Richardson, Breanne Morris, Caroline Vu and Nicole Hooi-Rodriguez are a part of Eagle Angels, a group of women who promote the Mean Green football program and volunteer at other athletic events. They assist the football coaching staff with the recruiting of prospective student athletes. “That’s great that the school has a program like this for the football players,” said Christina Garcia, a dance senior. “I’m

sure they really appreciate having someone to show them around and help them adjust at their new school.”

The group works closely w it h t he recr u it i ng coordinator to assist head football coach Dan McCarney to

prepare things for the season and the football team, HooiRodriguez said. “I think some girls think we were working for the football team,” she said. “We support the team, but we work for the coaching staff.” W hen it ’s not footba l l season, the ladies are actively involved w ith the community, performing at the Nelson C h i ld ren’s C enter, HooiRodriguez said. T he Nel s on C h i ld ren’s Center is a home for emotionally and physically abused children, according to t he center’s website. “We really wanted something where we could interact with people,” she said. “On Friday, we’re going to go down there to hang out with the kids and play games.” The women also participate in int ra mura l spor ts such as footba ll, volleyba ll and dodgeba ll, Hooi-Rodriguez said. “You have to love sports to be an Eagle Angel,” she said.

Classic roots of American Conference provides fashion design come to UNT skills needed for animals BY A LEXA CHAN

Senior Staff Writer The st yles of iconic T V stars like Lucy Ricardo, June Cleaver and Donna Reed come to life at the Texas Fashion Collection. Scarves, tulip-shaped skirts and shirtwaist dresses are some of the styles displayed from noon to 5 p.m. ever y Thursday and Friday until March 25 at UNT’s Fashion on Main Street in the UNT System Building. “American by Design” has a collection of authentic pieces f rom t he 1950s feat u r ing designers like Vera Maxwell, Cha rles Ja mes a nd Adele Simpson. “To understand the present, you have to look at the past,” said Marla Ross, a volunteer for Texas Fashion Collection. “Fashion often predicts w hat ’s goi ng on i n t he

economy. Fashion changes according to how peoples’ lives are changing and you can see that in these pieces.” T he col lect ion feat u res 12 iconic pieces, donated by people in the Dallas area, said Chelsea Bell, a design graduate student and employee of the Texas Fashion Collection. American fashion was born in the 1950s, Ross said. New York City became the style center of the world as A merica n designers separated themselves from Paris and focused more on practicality and simplicity, she said. American female designers emer ge d, c re at i ng more sensible rather than trendy garments, The women had a practical perspective when looking at the styles, she said. Sportswea r was created because traveling became

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common, Ross said. Ma x well created a coat w ith plastic-lined pockets to carr y toiletries for easy a c c e s s i b i l i t y, s h e s a i d . “The designs really symbolized America with individua lit y and freedom,” Ross sa id. “Women d id n’t feel const ra i ned because t he fabric wasn’t so delicate. It rea lly ref lects t he times.” Current popular trends can be attributed to the ‘50s, Ross said. Unfitted styles and sleeves made from the bodice of the garment show how this fashion era is coming back, she said. Looking at the fabrics in the clothing is also a telling piece of history that shows how far America has come, said Dawn Figueroa, the collection manager for the Texas Fashion Collection. There is significance to the fabrics. This is a time when synthetic fabrics such as nylon and rayon, cotton, denim, wool and jersey emerged, she said. “The ‘50s are what really defined American style,” Bell said. “Even if you aren’t into fashion, this exhibit is a great place to look for inspiration even outside your own medium.” Admission is free and open to the public.


The Orga nization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals, a one-of-a-kind organization based out of the university’s Department of Behavior Analysis, will host its third annual Art and Science of Animal Training Conference. T he con ference w i l l bring together six speakers to discuss the science of behavior analysis and the art of animal training. The key is to inform others about the tools and techniques needed. “To me as a professor, and as a part of the University of North Texas community, the thing that excites me the most is to bring these people here and have the students interact with them,” said Jesus Rosales-Ruiz of the behavior analysis faculty and adviser for the organization. “The students get more enthusiastic and they see a better purpose for what they are doing.” The conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the University Union’s Silver Eagle Suite. Experts, people who own pets and anyone who inter-

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Jesus Rosales-Ruiz of the behavior analysis faculty talks to his students during the Organization for Reinforcement with Animal Contingencies meeting on Wednesday about technical preparations for the 2011 Art and Science of Animal Training Conference that it will host Saturday. acts with animals will find the conference relevant to their lives, said Laura Coulter, the president of the organization and a student behavioral analysis graduate.

matter what level you’re at, you’re going to find something new and different.” Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies of Animals has two main goals,

“The students get more enthusiastic and they see a better purpose for what they are doing.”

—Jesus Rosales-Ruiz Behavior analysis faculty member Adviser for the organization

“We want it to be a more intimate setting where people who are interested in looking at a more cutting edge approach to these things can have a venue where they can actually ask questions,” said April Becker, the former president of the organization and applied behavioral analysis graduate student. The conference will have a panel discussion for the audience to ask questions, Becker said. “Part of the reason we have this conference is because there is really no conference out there for animal trainers that is as advanced or cutting edge as this one,” Becker said. “It’s really something that no

Ruiz said. Improving animal welfare and training through science, and giving back to the community is what the organization strives to do, he said. Ruiz said the conference is one of the organization’s attempts to reach out to the community. “What we are trying to do is gather people who are well-respected trainers in the animal field,” said Kim Fry, the public relations chair. “We then have them talk about what they know and pass that knowledge on to other animal trainers in the community.” For more information, go to


Thursday, February 17, 2011 Sean Gorman, Sports Editor

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Mean Green hosts Jaguars at Super Pit tonight BY BOBBY LEWIS

Senior Staff Writer The Mean Green women’s basketball team w ill tr y to end its five-game losing streak tonight against South Alabama after hav ing two weeks off since its last game. T h is is t he longest t he Mean Green has gone without play ing during the reg ular season since the 2002-2003 season. It is the third time in 19 seasons UNT went at least 14 days without playing. UNT’s game at UALR was scheduled for last Thursday, but w a s post poned u nt i l Ma rch 1 because of heav y snowfall in Arkansas. “I’m not rea l ly wor r ied a bout r u st ,” he ad c oach Shanice Stephens said. “We’ve gotten plenty of reps and ups a nd dow ns a nd indiv idua l work and a lot of shots up, so we’ve made the most of our time.” South Alabama (14-10, 6-6) is also coming off a lengthy brea k, w it h it s la st ga me played a week ago aga inst Troy. The Jaguars has struggled in Denton, as the Mean

Green (5-19, 2-9) holds an 8-1 all-time home record against South Alabama. The Mean Green’s streak of facing tough-minded defensive teams will continue when the Jaguars v isit the Super Pit. Sout h A laba ma comes into the game holding opponents to 37 percent shooting, rank ing second in the Sun Belt Conference. The Jag uars a llow opponents to shoot 24 percent from beyond the arc, which is tops in the Sun Belt.

UNT vs. South Alabama vs. Tip off is at 7 p.m. tonight at the Super Pit.

Stats on stopping four game slide UNT turns the ball over 19.8 times per game USA shoots 38 percent from the field USA has not won in Denton since 2004

“They are sometimes inconsistent but they can score.”

they’re a good scoring team on different nights. They are sometimes inconsistent, but can score the ball.” UNT allows 74.3 points per game, which ranks last in the Sun Belt. During the team’s —Shanice Stephens losing streak, the Mean Green head coach has improved on the defensive end, allowing 71.8 points “This is a pretty good defen- per contest. sive team and it’s really going “We just need to come to take us taking care of the in focused a nd have a lot ball,” Stephens said. “On our of ener g y,” ju n ior g ua rd end, we really have to defend Kasondra Foreman said. “One t he ba l l a s wel l bec au se of our big things is that we just

need to talk on defense. If we don’t communicate, we can’t be successful.” U N T m a y b e w i t h ou t Foreman’s backcourt mate, s ho ot i n g g u a r d Br it t ne y Hudson, for tonight’s game. The junior injured her right foot in practice last week. “The trainer said she thinks I bruised a bone or something like that,” Hudson said. “She just basically told me to take it day by day.” The action will tip off 5 p.m. tonight from the Super Pit.


Sophomore Sarah Workman looks for an open teammate to keep the ball from senior Denetra Kellum during a Feb. 8 practice.

Softball star looks for Lewis’ Last Call: Softball success on the mound team needs time to gel BY BOBBY LEWIS

Senior Staff Writer Mallory Cantler entered this softball season 54 hits shy of becoming UNT’s all-time leader in hits and five doubles short of becoming the school’s all-time leader in that category. However, neither of those stats is her most impressive. Her biggest accomplishment came in the classroom, where Cantler earned her bachelor’s degree in operations and supply chain management in three years. She is pursuing her MBA, while returning to the pitcher’s circle for the first time in three years. “Well, when she’s asked to do something, she’s very—she will give 110 percent,” said Mallory’s mother, Becky Cantler. “When [head coach T.J. Hubbard] asked her this summer if she wanted to pitch and everything, she didn’t hesitate at all.” Before last fall’s ex hibition games, Mallory Cantler had never pitched for the Mean Green, despite pitching throughout her high school career. She finished her four-year Jarrell High School career with a 0.28 ERA, but was brought in as a first basemen when she came to UNT three years ago. The only experience she had at first was with a traveling team she played on during high school. “It was kind of, ‘Are you going to hit everyday or not?’” she said. “I mean, I wanted to be an everyday player and I had a pretty strong bat coming in here, and since I had experience at first base, it was really the best fit for me.” During high school, she was

as deadly at the plate as she was from the pitcher’s circle, hitting .568 with 55 doubles and 18 home MALLORY runs. CANTLER T h e change worked out, as she was named All-Sun Belt Conference first team all three years she played first base. However, by the end of last season, it was apparent to Hubbard that with two of his pitchers not returning for the 2011 season, he needed to fill

“She was the youngest of our three daughters, and there was a T-ball team in the town and they didn’t have enough players,” said her father Don Cantler. “She needed to be 5 years old, but they went with Mallory because of her sisters, and even at 4 years old, she was kind of one of the best players on the field.” Don a nd Beck y Ca nt ler w atc he d t h at g a me a nd haven’t missed ver y ma ny since. Despite the almost threehour drive from Jarrell, where Ma llor y Cant ler was born, they travel to Denton to see

“There’s one more year to go and I think this could be a really special year for us.”

—Mallory Cantler First baseman/pitcher

the void they left. “I’m not too worried about her not being ready to go, just because of the way she works and the way she practices,” Hubbard said. “I can remember just playing pranks on her during down time and saying, ‘Hey you’re going in today?’ She would always get real freaked out because she hadn’t pitched in a while and she didn’t want to put herself in a position to do bad.” By that time, Mallory Cantler was used to sudden changes involving softball, considering the way she got hooked on the game when she was 4 years old.

almost all her home games. Her parents drove out to Tempe, Ariz. to see the Mean Green’s f irst ga mes of t he season when it played in the Kajikawa Classic. In Mallory Cantler’s first fall start, she allowed four hits and struck out six in seven shutout innings against a local junior college. She helped her own cause by getting three hits with two RBI in a Mean Green 10-0 win. “I think that my UNT career has been pretty great, but it’s not finished yet,” she said. “There’s still one more year to go and I think this could be a really special year for us.”

Adams earns weekly award Adams earned fifth place with a time of 24.41 seconds in the 200-meter dash, posting BY SEAN GORMAN the third fastest time in the Sun Sports Editor Belt. Later in the weekend, Adams Senior hurdler Alysha Adams was awarded her second Sun Belt won the 60-meter hurdle with a Track Athlete of the Week Tuesday time of 8.28 seconds, notching after notching three personal the second fastest time in the season-best times at the Iowa Sun Belt and the 23rd quickest finish in the nation. State Classic last weekend.


Adams ended the tournament with a 60-meter dash time of 7.54, the third fastest time in the conference. The senior earned the award earlier this season on Jan. 25 after winning the 60-meter hurdles at the J.D. Martin Invitational. UNT returns to action Sat u rday at t he Sooner Invitational in Norman, Okla.


Senior Staff Writer The UNT softball team got its season underway last week in Tempe, Ariz. when the team played tough competition in the Kajikawa Classic, going 2-4 in the process. The team played well to start off the year with two wins against Cal State Bakersfield and Appalachian State, but left the deserts of Arizona in disappointment. Two of the team’s four losses came against nationally ranked opponents in No. 14 Oregon and No. 18 Stanford, so there’s really nothing to be too upset about, especially since the Mean Green held leads against both teams. This is not football, where the team only has a handful of games to straighten things out. With 37 games left on the schedule, the Mean Green has plenty of time to straighten out things that didn’t work and maintain the things that did.

Caitlin Grimes Caitlin Grimes was undoubtedly UNT’s biggest offensive

weapon during the first week of the season. The junior catcher c ont i nue d on the pace BOBBY she has set LEWIS during her career with four hits, each for extra bases. After a relatively quiet first game, Grimes broke the Appalachian State game wide open with a three-run home run in the fourth inning that all but sealed 6-0 victory for the Mean Green. Obviously, Grimes will not continue to lead the team in home runs, RBI and total bases, but if she stays even half as hot as she is right now from the plate, pitchers will begin to pitch around her, which means only good things for UNT’s offense.

Pitchers The team’s only veteran in the circle this season will be sophomore Brittany Simmons, who showed her worth in the team’s season-opening extrainning victory of Cal State Bakersfield.

It took UNT 11 innings to get the job done, but when the offense managed to outduel Cal State Bakersfield, the Mean Green had the same pitcher in the circle as they did when the game began. Simmons’ 11 inning day was the most in her career and the second-most in school history. While Simmons’ performance was great, the team’s other three pitchers weren’t far behind her. In her first career start, redshirt freshman Ashley Kirk pitched five shutout innings in the team’s shutout victory over Appalachian State. Senior Mallory Cantler, who hasn’t pitched in a regular season game since high school, contributed two innings of relief and didn’t give up any runs. True freshman Lauren Poole struggled the most in two appearances with a 9.33 ERA. Like the pitching staff as a whole, it will take Poole a while to translate her game from high school to the NCAA level. UNT will be back in action on Friday when it takes on No. 21 Nebraska from Lovelace Stadium.

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UNT enforces parking unevenly

Avoid unregulated recreational drugs Editorial Bath salts. Once innocent, that name is now linked to a harmful drug that acts like cocaine and has been reported to cause paranoia, hallucinations, convulsions and psychotic episodes, according to some poison control toxicologists. They can be purchased in convenience stores and smoke shops, and they differ from the bathtub additives. The Editorial Board hopes the Denton City Council bans the sale, possession and use of “bath salts.” We also applaud Texas State Rep. Garnet Coleman for his inclusion of a ban on bath salts in a ban on K2, a street-legal drug that has been banned in many cities nationwide. Both drugs have JWH present. Effect of bath salts Some strange police calls have happened because of bath salts, which typically is made from the drug mephedrone. A man on bath salts tried to chew up a patrol car, according to CNN. The same article said a woman on bath salts attacked her mother with a machete. People have hallucinated and some have died because of the substance. The material is inhaled and can be purchased for about $15 to $20. It may be a cheap high, but bath salts should not to be ingested. History of misusing chemicals Bath salts are not the only misused compound around. K2 and “Spice,” both synthetic drugs that mimic cannabis, have also posed a problem for law enforcement across the country. Those drugs have joined a laundry list of substances people thought would make them feel good despite the health implications. People have abused formaldehyde, spray paint, laughing gas and other chemicals to get high. Heavily regulated substances, such as tobacco and alcohol, cause death and disease every year. The benefits of using an unregulated drug do not outweigh the risks. Precedent of banning substances Denton has banned an otherwise legal substance before. Last September, the city approved a ban on K2, which causes increased heart rate, trouble breathing and other health issues. The city should be proactive about the situation and do what it can to protect the safety of its residents. The Texas Legislature, also, should pass the bill prohibiting K2 with Coleman’s addition. If it doesn’t sound like a substance is supposed to go in the body, people shouldn’t use it as a drug. If it’s not food and it’s not edible, don’t consume it.

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Anyone who has attended UNT for a lengthy period of time knows how frustrating trying to find a parking space at 9 a.m. can be. Even with a general permit — costing more than $100 — none of us a re g ua ra nteed a spot. Similarly, if you have ever been ticketed for a parking violation on the UNT campus, you know just how mind-boggling some of the so-called “violations” are. Let’s take my experience for example. Valentine’s Day morning was just like any other. It consisted of me getting to campus 90 minutes before my class started and using more gas cruising through the G lots than I use to get to campus in an entire week. When I had finally found a space, I was slightly irked to f ind t hat t he enormous “suped-up” Dodge nex t to me was occupying the back end of my space with the bed of his truck. But this didn’t stop me from claiming that space. After all, it wasn’t out of the ordinary to see shoddy parking jobs at Fouts Field. In my little Honda, I was

able to maneuver past his truck and pull up as far as I could to not only protect my car, but also the Dodge nex t to me. A lt hough my nose was hanging over into the next spot, my front wheel was just shy of the white line, allowing comfortable parking for everyone around me. I walked off with a sense of accomplishment. After I had finished a full day of classes, I walked back around 5:00 p.m. to find a bright yellow envelope under my windshield wiper. Confused, I glanced up to make sure my parking permit wasn’t obstructed from view. No problem there. I looked over my parking job. Everything seemed fine. I still had someone to my left and in front of me comfortably parked — the Dodge was no longer there. I pulled the citation and it read, “Improper Parking. Pa rke d over w h ite l i ne.” Parked over the white line? Really? I i m med iately f i led a n appeal for the ticket. W hen I asked for a definition of “parking over the

white line,” I wasn’t given a straight answer. I was given a “typically they ticket when t h is, but somet imes t h is” response. Unacceptable. Laws are meant to be clear and concise, not clouded and indefinite. UNT needs to rev iew its own policies and leave out any language that can be left up to debate. The appeal form said, “All Appeals are Final,” across the bottom. The final decision will be made solely based on a brief paragraph I wrote about the incident. I took several pictures of parking jobs across the Fouts Field G parking lot. There was an obvious inconsistency with enforcement of parking policies. If I am being sanctioned for a quest ionable v iolation of parking laws, at least en force t he sa me law to those who, without a doubt, have performed “improper parking.” Some park in such disorder, it prevents other people from parking around them. Others may permit parking around

them, but they are in clear violation with their front tire unmistakably past the line in front of them. Being a senior, I have experienced loads of inconsistency with UNT policies, but this is by far the worst. I a m a cr im ina l just ice major, so I understand what it means to selectively enforce the law. This is exactly what is happening on our campus. The law is intended to be just. As students, we have rights, too. Exercise them.

Candice Kowalski is a criminal justice senior. She can be reached at howlric@sbcglobal. net.

Valentine’s Day is worth celebrating Valentine’s Day is despised and mocked by many singles. It is an x iously anticipated a nd awa ited by masses of passionate, or at least somewhat motivated, lovers. And a countless number of people discount it based only on its surface traits of materialistic love. To regard Feb. 14 as nothing more t ha n a com mercia lized, obnox ious holiday is cer ta in ly a bitter att itude toward romance. However, to say carelessly that the entire idea behind Valentine’s Day is meaningless is disgusting and downright evil. I would also like to clarify my own personal standing. My Facebook relat ionship status shows I am single, but that does not mean I cannot show someone affection. My Valentine’s Day was pleasant at its worst. I cannot stand these simpletons who t h i n k com mer-

cialism has effectively killed Valentine’s Day. Put down the iPhone 4, take off the Dr. Dre-endorsed headphones, remove the unreasonably hip, pseudo-vintage Ray Ban glasses, and please stop telling us how great Daft Punk or how talented Drake really is. Now, rub your eyes. Did you rea lly miss t he blanket of materialism and sha l low possession s t hat engulf our everyday life? Has commercialism only allowed it sel f to r u i n Va lent i ne’s Day? The answer is absolutely not. It is all around us. It is inescapable. To try to brand Valentine’s Day as some make-believe, corporate holiday is to oppose the ideas of joy, fondness and t he impor ta nce of feeling spe c ia l a ltoget her. More than the over-hyped claims of c om merc ia l i ntere st s,

society as a whole has built up Valentine’s Day to be a day in which someone important should be recognized. Don’t let the costly decorations and the heart-shaped candies be an excuse to ignore the tradition we have created on Valentine’s Day. Get over yourself and make someone happy. Sure, t here a re way too many options when it comes to wasting tons of money on Feb. 14. Nonetheless, there are even more ways to make it a special day for someone at no cost at all. The fact that f lowers are expensive or that you may have to break a $5 bill to get a fancy card does not mean t hat you shou ld aba ndon trying to show someone you care while cursing some overpriced candy shop. I guarantee you that the same delighted smile or sexy smirk will stretch across the

face of any mate, friend, lover or crush if you were to give them a painstakingly handmade gift in place of some chocolates you picked up from Walgreens on the way over. Cliché as it may sound, on Va lent i ne’s Day, it i s indeed the thought that still counts.

Lance Weihmuller is an English freshman. He can be reached at

“Yes, I see them towing a lot, but there aren’t enough signs, which is why it’s confusing.”

Darielle Reed

Radio, television and film freshman

“I think they are because I see them driving around outside all the time.”

Kevin Koberlein

International studies junior

“I guess so. I don’t really have a hard time finding parking.”

Nancy DiMaggio Geography junior

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Athlete of the Week: Irina leads with emotion BY BEN BABY

Senior Staff Writer Whether junior Irina Paraschiv is beaming on the tennis court or fuming after a lost point, her racket is always happy. On the last horizontal string of the racket, a small yellow button wears a surprised facial expression, the same expression Paraschiv places on the faces of spectators with her ferocious play. The junior picked up her first singles victory of the spring Sunday afternoon, with a 6-2, 6-3 win against Kansas State’s Antea Huljev. “She is capable of playing against anybody,� UNT head coach Sujay Lama said. “I don’t care if we’re playing Stanford or

Florida or any team –– she has that much talent, that she can hang with anybody.� Paraschiv received the button from assistant coach Jeff Maren her freshman year. The 21-year old said the button brings her good luck and when she gets frustrated on the court, it takes a mere glance at the bright button to calm her down. In 2011 she has split her first two singles matches.

The European life Growing up in Bucharest, Romania, the five-foot-eight-inch ace picked up tennis at age 10 after her uncle, Dumi Munteanu, got her into the sport. Originally, Paraschiv said she liked soccer more than tennis. But once she

picked up the racket, she immediately enjoyed it. She didn’t just like it –– she was good at it. Paraschiv earned the No.1 ranking in the U-18 Romanian national rankings and No. 150 on the International Tennis Federation U-18 rankings. Paraschiv brought her talent and toughness to the Mean Green, adding more depth to a talented roster. “She’s a leader,� Lama said. “When we’re playing a match, she’s the leader of our team. When she’s charged up, everybody feeds off her energy. Not only does she hold a huge spot at the top, but she also holds a huge spot emotionally. She’s our vocal leader.�


Irina Paraschiv is a junior tennis player from Bucharest, Romania. She keeps a yellow face on her tennis racket at all times for good luck. Goodbye Bucharest, hello Denton In the fa ll of 2008, the Romania native left the country she was raised in and came to the United States. “It wasn’t horrible, but it was a huge change not having my family with me and having my support people here,� Paraschiv said. “I was lucky to have Paula with me.� Paraschiv said that she never felt like she lacked anything growing up. She said that the two countries vary greatly. “[Romania is] not such a rich country and the possibilities are limited,� Paraschiv said. “When I started playing tennis, I started traveling a lot with my dad. I learned a lot of stuff.� In 2010, Romania ranked 96th in the world in per capita, averaging $11,500, according to the Central Intelligence Agency fact book.

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Dinuta first met playing against each other when they were 12. Paraschiv said she won the match. As the two grew older, the bond between the families became stronger. The two —Sujay Lama friends lived an hour and a head coach half away from each other in Romania. A fter arriv ing stateside, When it was time to choose Paraschiv said she got asked a school, Paraschiv wanted to where she was from, to which attend Oklahoma University she would reply, “Not here.� in Norman, Okla. However, the “I’ve spoke English since I head coach retired, and Dinuta was four, but when you come talked her friend into attending to the US, you realize that you UNT. It didn’t take long for Lama don’t speak English that well,� to approve of the new arrival. Paraschiv said while laughing “All I had to do was go to the and smiling. “So you go to class ITA website and just look at for the first time and you’re the results,� Lama said. Last like, ‘Okay, what is the teacher season, Paraschiv was named talking about?� Co-Mean Green Most Valuable Player Award, finishing the spring with a record of 11-9. Dinuta and Paraschiv The fiery brunette isn’t the To read the full story only Romanian on the team. visit Paraschiv and junior Paula

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