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Up by seven points with less than two minutes to play, the UNT men’s basketball team watched its lead collapse and its season conclude while opponent Arkansas-Little Rock celebrated a conference title in confetti. The Mean Green (22-11) fell victim to a game-winning 3-pointer by Trojans senior guard Solomon Bozeman with 1.5 seconds left in regulation, resulting in a 64-63 loss in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Final Tuesday. “I want to congratulate our guys for fighting their hearts out, and unfortunately we came out on the wrong end tonight,” said head coach Johnny Jones. “I thought we had an incredible year.” With the win, the Trojans (19-16) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, the 68-team national collegiate tournament. “I just didn’t want to let this team down,” Bozeman said. “We’re going to the NCA A Tour na ment. That hasn’t happened in a long time, and I’m just proud of this team for staying together.” The loss was the final game in the college careers of senior guards Tristan Thompson, Josh White, Dominique Johnson and Shannon Shorter, and senior forwards George Odufuwa, Jamie Egenti and Cameron Spencer. T hompson, W h ite a nd Odufuwa were selected to the All-Sun Belt Tournament Team. Thompson broke a Sun Belt record for points scored in the conference tournament, scoring 15 points to finish with 95 for the tournament. “It hurts being a senior knowing this is it and losing in the championship by one point,” Thompson said. Errors plagued the Mean Green from the start, as it committed 16 turnovers. UALR
took full advantage, scoring 19 points off UNT’s mistakes. With Sun Belt regular season MVP Bozeman out for most of the first half because of foul trouble, the teams traded baskets and entered halftime tied at 32. Enduring 17 lead changes, the teams kept battling back and forth until UNT appeared to gain the upper hand with a 59-52 lead with 1:42 remaining. What followed was the beginning of the end for the Mean Green. After the four straight Trojan free throws, White capped his 17-point performance with a 3-pointer to give UNT a fourpoint lead, but Trojan senior guard Matt Mouzy connected from deep with 18 seconds left. “These games are never over. You want the ball in [White’s] hand, and he’s a playmaker for us,” Jones said. After Thompson made one of two free throws with seven seconds left, Bozeman brought the ball up the court and sent the crowd into a frenzy with the game-winning 3-pointer. Shorter sealed UNT’s doom by turning the ball over on the inbounds as time expired. “We usually come out on top in the last two minutes of the game but didn’t make the plays we needed to,” Shorter said. “I couldn’t stop [Bozeman]. My hand was in his face and he made a tough shot.” Bozeman finished with 20 points and was named the Tournament MVP. Odufuwa made his presence felt down low, snagging 17 rebounds and scoring 10 points. U N T r em a i n s el ig ible for an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament, National I n v i t a t i o n To u r n a m e n t , College Basketball Invitational a n d C o l l e g e I n s i d e r. c o m Tournament. Announcements of the teams selected to play in the tournaments begin Sunday.
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Redshirt junior forward Kedrick Hogans reflects after Tuesday night’s loss to Arkansas-Little Rock. The Mean Green lost 64-63 in the Sun Belt Tournament Final.
Legislature considers cost-cutting options Education, finances, abortion top agenda BY DREW GAINES Senior Staff Writer
Now two months into Texas’ 82nd Legislature, while students pack for spring break, education, marijuana and finances are a few of the issues being debated as politicians manage a $27 billion budget deficit. This legislative session is proving to be one of the most impactful, said John Todd of the UNT political science faculty. Major cuts to public funding could change the political and social landscape in Texas, as lasting decisions are made on immigration reform, gun laws, higher education spending, traffic fines and abortion practices, Todd said. The Republican supermajority has pushed sweeping conservative measures, such as approval of a Voter ID Bill, requiring Texas voters to issue a government document proving their citizenship at the polls, and new regulations requiring abortion doctors to supply patients with a sonogram prior to procedure. Both bills were passed along party lines. Here’s a look at what else is on the legislative table:
Anti-abortion license plates
Legislation: HB 1 by Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie) and SB 1 by Sen. Steve Ogden (R- Round Rock)
Legislation: HB 258 by Rep. Naomi Gonzalez (D-El Paso)
Legislation: HB 548 by Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston)
Legislation: HB 238 by Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman)
Wit h some state law en for c ement job s on the line, legislators are look ing to traffic fines a s a possible revenue booster. Texas motorists could pay $15 more for moving traffic violations beginn i ng i n late su m mer, s hou ld H B 2 58 me et approv a l of bot h t he House and Senate chambers. Currently, traffic violators pay $30 in state traffic fines, not including addit iona l f ines tacked on by the city or county in which a ticket is issued. T he bi l l, wh ich was taken up by the Ways and Means Committee this week, would raise the fine to $45. Gonzalez expects t he bill to generate an extra $80 million annually if approved, though some Republicans who oppose the bill see it as a means of increasing state taxes.
More states are taking a hard look at marijuana laws as federal and state pr isons over f low w it h users of t he drug, and Texas is no exception. House Bill 548 would lower t he pena lt y for those caught possessing an ounce or less of marijuana in Texas to a Class C misdemeanor from a Class B Misdemeanor. Rat her t ha n face jail time for possessing a sma ll a mount of t he s u b s t a n c e , of f e nd e r s could receive a fine of up to $500, a far cry from the maximum $2,000 penalty a nd up to a si x-mont h jail sentence current ly mandated. The bill was handed over to t he C r i m i na l Jurisprudence Committee last week for deliberation. About 70,000 Texa ns were arrested for possession of ma r ijua na i n 2009.
One of t he more controversia l bills a lso in the committee stage is House Bill 238, which would allow Texas transportation departments to sell “Choose Life” license plates. T he plate s a re t he product of the national Choose Life organization, which offers “America’s first official license plate designed to encourage women with unplanned pregnancies to consider adopt ion as a choice,” according to its website. Approva l of HB 238 wou ld ma ke Texas t he 27t h state to of fer t he plates. The bill would also set up a Choose Life account i n t he st ate’s genera l revenue f und to cover t he costs a nd prov ide grants to adoption organizations that do not have ties to “abortion-related ser v ices,” according to the bill.
State funding for public universities is expected to come down to these two General Appropriations bills. They allot money to nea rly ever y public service provided by the state. UN T sta nds to lose bet ween $ 3.7 m i l l ion a nd $ 9.4 m i l l ion t h is fa ll as legislators keep the appropriations bills lean. The House version of t he bill is more severe than its Senate counterpart, which has been the subject of public hearings and committee meetings for more than a month. While the exact amount of these education cuts w ill not be certa in for weeks, pending legislat ion, UNT has a lready announced a likely 2.8 percent tuition increase beg i n n i ng t h is fa l l to counteract some of the cuts.
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TxDOT asks students to get a PASS when drinking BY NICOLE BALDERAS & LINDA NGUYEN Staff Writer & Intern
With spring break looming closer, the Texas Department of Transportation has introduced a ca mpa ig n ca l led We e k e n d PA S S , w h i c h p r om ot e s a p p oi nt i n g a person to stay sober in hopes of reducing drunk driving. The campaign urges young drivers to appoint a designated driver before they go out to drink. “There are a lot of elements that started [the campaign], such as Mardi Gras,” said Tracie Mendez, the TxDOT d r iver behav ior prog ra m ma nager. “We see stat istics for drunk driving fatalities during the weekends, specif ica lly in ma les ages 18 to 34.” All 50 states have made it illegal to drive with a blood a lcohol content of .08 or higher, but according to the Nat iona l Hig hway Tra f f ic Sa fet y Administration, 20 percent of young adults have driven a vehicle within two hours of drinking alcohol in the past year. “Ever y m i nute, one person is injured from an alcohol related crash,” said Deborah Jaffe, a court monitoring prog ra m specia list for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. According to TxDOT, 63 percent of all driving-while-
prov ides si m i la r ser v ices to students who know they w ill be out drink ing. Safe Ride, which began in 2009, provides free rides between 10 p.m . a nd 3 a .m . for students who know they will be out drink ing Thursday through Saturday. “I have helped pass out f lyers on Fry Street around 2 a.m. for it,” sa id Greg
intoxicated crashes and 65 percent of fata l d r iv i ngunder-the-influence crashes occur on the weekend. “I f t h i ngs cont i nue a s they have in Texas this year, almost 1,000 people will die i n d r u n k d r iv i ng-related crashes, and 18,000 people will be injured as a result of drunk driving,” Jaffe said. However, t he ca mpaign
“If things continue as they have this year, almost 1,000 people will die in drunk driving-related crashes ...”
—Deborah Jaffe, Court monitoring program specialist for Mothers Against Drunk Driving Sgammato, a music performance freshman. “It’s a nonjudgmental free ride home. Most people I ta lk to a re reluctant, but sometimes it works.” Reducing drunk driv ing starts w ith raising awareness, but its success depends on the efforts of many people, Jaffe said. “It takes everyone working together,” she said. “It brings together various components in a synergetic approach. It pulls together law enforcement officers and the judiciar y. It pulls schools and businesses together to eliminate drunk driving and make roads safer.”
recognizes that it’s difficult to stay sober when out with friends who are drinking. “You don’t have to have a designated driver with you,” said Mendez. “Someone at your dor m or even a cab number on you could be your PASS.” Tx DOT has a Facebook page, ‘In Texas We K now When To Pass,’ dedicated to spreading awareness about t he necessit y of hav ing a “Weekend PASS.” “There are different kinds of ideas for people to make sure they have a sober driver a nd get home sa fe,” sa id Mendez. A UN T orga n i zat ion
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Unionfest will include free food, giveaways, face painting and much more as part of the anniversary celebration.
Union celebrates 63 years on campus BY TAYLOR JACKSON Staff Writer
Today, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. about 20,000 people will stop by the University Union for Unionfest, a celebration of history to bring the student body together. “It is the living room on campus. Everyone can come here and meet up,” said Stefanie Ritz, a Union marketing coordinator. “It’s the place on campus for you to eat, meet, shop and relax. It lets you be a part of the campus.” This year marks the Union’s 63rd birthday, and Unionfest attendees can grab a slice of a 10-by-10 foot cake, win prizes and eat a free 8 a.m. breakfast. The University Program Council will hold a comedy game show at 7 p.m. with different prizes, including some cash prizes. The Union is home to student organizations, like UPC, and administrative offices, and hosts about 500 events a year. “You never know what’s going to be happening here,” Ritz said. The Union was built in 1948
as a memorial dedicated to students who died in World War I and World War II. The memorial union was torn down in 1963. University growth in the 1960s spurred need for a Union building, and in 1963 the main Union building was built and opened. Ten years later, the Union expanded to double its original size. “They didn’t tear it down. They built around it,” said Mark Packer, the assistant director of programs of the Union. “What we’re in right now includes the original  building.” In 1976, the One O’Clock Lounge and Syndicate were added. The One O’Clock Lounge was named for UNT’s worldrenowned One O’Clock Lab Band and provides a place for the band to play in. The Syndicate is home to billiards and has a stage for live bands. In 1997, the Union’s food services were privatized, which led to the opening of the Campus Chat cafeteria.
About 17,000 students visit the Union each day, and the busiest periods are around lunchtime on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The last time the Union was renovated, 17,000 students were enrolled at UNT. Now, there are almost 40,000, Ritz said. With UNT’s rising student population, some people have wondered if a larger Union will be built. An expansion to the Union could happen, and more information will come soon, Ritz said. T he ad m i n i st rat ion i s deciding right now whether they want add to the current building or build something new, Packer said. “It’s at the stage where we’re deciding what our needs are,” Packer said. Brooke Brown, a biology sophomore, said she often hangs out at the Union with her friends. “We could go home [in between classes] and relax, but we don’t because we’d rather just hang out at the Union,” Brown said.
POLICE BLOTTER Sunday, March 6, 2011 Someone called the UNT police around midnight about a disturbance at 125 Ave. A. The disturber was a 20-year-old nonstudent man. He was intoxicated and arrested.
Friday, March 4, 2011 A UNT officer stopped a car in the 1100 block of Hickory Street shortly after midnight. The driver was a 20-year-old nonstudent man. He was arrested for underage drinking.
Saturday, March 5, 2011 Someone called the police around 7:30 p.m. to report the theft of their electronics at 1705 W. Sycamore St., McConnell Hall. The cost of the electronics was between $500 and $1,500.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Shortly before midnight, someone called UNT police about a group of suspicious people at 308 Bradley St., at the Bradley Street Graduate Apartments. An officer found four men standing together.
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Student pursues musical career Department hosts
largest Career Day
Musican’s lyrics inspires youngsters
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BY DAISY SILOS Staff Writer
Natasha Stoked, a communication design sophomore, is one of many students who juggle school with work on top of maintaining a social life. The difference with Stoked is she has to factor in her career as a musician. “It’s about how many people can I reach that can relate to a song and change their day,” Stoked said. Entering the music industry is hard to accomplish because students don’t know how to market themselves, said Judy Fisher, an academic counselor for the College of Music. The College of Music is currently developing courses for students who want a career in music marketing after graduation. Students interested in the program don’t have to be music majors, she said. Fisher said it’s logical Stoked decided to take control of her music career, since UNT doesn’t offer courses in commercial music. “We can’t offer her much, since we’re mostly classical or jazz music,” she said. “Having a back-up plan is always a smart idea.”
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Natasha Stoked, a communication design sophomore, is an emerging artist in the electronica-pop scene. Her inspiration for songs comes from her devoted fan base.
Stoked began singing in middle school and became Natasha Stoked during high school, a nickname classmates gave her, she said. Because of her contract, Stoked only goes by her stage name. Lindsey Robertson, a fashion merchandising sophomore, said she has known Stoked for two years and has witnessed her musical growth. “Her music has progressively changed from when she started,” she said. “Her songs have meaningful lyrics, not just Musical transformation Stoked said her ultimate a catchy beat.” Stoked said she likes to dream is to become a full-time musician, and her fans are what describe her music as “soda pop gone dirty.” keep her going. Stoked said it wasn’t until During Stoked’s time in Brazil, she said she learned how to she started doing free shows play the acoustic guitar from through Hot Topic that she realized she had a strong 13-to-18her dad.
“Her songs have
meaningful lyrics, not just a catchy beat.”
—Lindsey Robertson, Fashion Merchandising sophomore Friend of Stoked
year-old fan base. “It has a fist-pump vibe to it, but it also has those fruity songs with a clubby beat,” she said. Jordan Blackwood, 14, said she is one of Stoked’s biggest fans. She will attend Stoked’s show over spring break, hoping to hear her favorite song, “Washington.” “If I can be a role model for these kids, I’m totally down for
it. I love them.” Blackwood said she admires how Stoked isn’t afraid to be herself and follow her dreams. “She has so much going on and is trying her hardest to keep her dream alive. I hope I can be as successful as her someday,” she said. Stoked is scheduled to close the Stride-A-Palooza concert March 17 at Six Flags over Texas in Arlington.
Enclosed in a glass case in the criminal justice department office are photos of t he department’s annua l event, Career Day. A lpha Ph i Sig ma, t he National Criminal Justice Honor Society, helped organize and plan this year’s Career Day with the department. The event is free and will take place at 12:30 p.m. today in t he Silver Eagle Su ite of t he Un iver sit y Un ion . A l l m a jor s a r e welcome. “The nice thing about the Dallas-Fort Worth area is that most of the federal agencies have outposts here,” said Peggy Tobolowsky, the chairwoman of the criminal justice department. “We get calls from agencies [that] we haven’t had in the past… [that] want to come participate.” Career Day, created in 1990, recruited more than 60 federal, state and local agencies and organizations to its cause of prov iding opportunities for students to get familiar with different occupations. For mer st udent s have received jobs because of the career fair. UNT alumni will be at the event to represent the local agencies, she said. Ben Hermance, a criminal justice freshman, said he thinks a lot of federal agencies are looking for finance and sociology majors and not just law enforcement.
“It’s great that you can associate a face to the actual agency.” —Jake Zelman, Criminal Justice junior
“I’m just going to go look around to ask any questions to the people who are there,” Hermance said. The agencies featured also have white-collar crime job opportunities that business or account ing majors may be a good fit for, Tobolowsky said. “For example, t here may be an agency that does more c o u n s e l i n g-r e l a t e d w o r k w it hin [a] crimina l justice [agency], so somebody that has a psychology or sociology degree or counseling training might also be a good fit,” she said. Hermance said he believes a great benefit of going to Career Day is making students aware of life after college and how to prepare for the real world. “W hen you t h i n k of a n agency these days, you have to apply online, and I think it’s great that you can associate a face to the actual agency,” said Jake Zelman, a criminal justice junior and the treasurer for the honor society. Some suggestions to prepare for Career Day are to dress professionally, bring questions and a resume, although it’s not a required, Zelman said.
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Trevor Gale, a computer science freshman, and Logan Williams, a radio, television and film senior, improvise a scene in a UNT Improv Comedy Club rehearsal.
Group takes in laughs with UNT community BY MICHAEL HUTCHINS Contributing Writer
Wooten Hall may be the home of the history department, but some students hope it will also become the home for comedy at UNT. The UNT Improv Comedy Club, open to all students, provides an outlet for members to channel their creativity into acting outside the theater department. The group hopes to bring in new members this semester with weekly improv workshops at 8 p.m. on Mondays in Wooten 122. “We are trying to build an improv community in Denton,” said Ryan Cortez, an economics senior and the organizer for the group. “There is a big community here for music, but nothing for improv.” Cortez said improv comedy is a spontaneous story achieved with the audience’s help. He said he has been a member of the group for four years because he enjoys the art form.
The clinics aim to build improvisational skills though exercises. What: UNT Improv Comedy Club Some of the exercises include When: Mondays at 8 p.m. rapid word association and pracWhere: Wooten 122 t ici ng scenes with suggestions Cost: Free from both actors a nd aud ience members. a pretty funny guy who is pretty T he or g a n ization’s first show of the year good at the melodramatic,” he premiered on Feb. 28, under the said. Hope Husby, a hospitality banner of “Yeah! Improv.” The show split the members ma nagement ju n ior w ho into three separate groups, attended her first meeting wh ich put on i nd iv idua l Monday, said groups like UNT Improv help bring a sense of shows. “It’s really a weird group,” unity and a place for students to Cortez said. “It isn’t like a hier- find their niche on campus. “It’s fun to find a group that archal thing, because we are all puts themselves on the line on an even playing field.” To join the group, no prior and their dignity on the side acting experience is required, for the sake of comedy,” she said Trevor Gale, a computer said. “You have to be willing to step outside of your comfort science freshman. “I’ve just been told that I am zone.”
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Softball team hits the diamond for charity Bears visit Mean Green in benefit game B y donnie P iPes Intern
The UNT softball team will square off against Missouri State in a doubleheader this a f ter noon to benef it t he L eu kem ia a nd Ly mphoma Society. This is the fourth annual “Play for Kay Day” the Mean Green (11-6) will take part in. The benef it gives proceeds f rom c a sh donat ion s a nd T-shirt sales to the cancer research organization. “We’ve been very competitive with the best,” said senior shortstop Hayley Siebman. “We’re more than ready.” U N T i s 1-2 a l l - t i m e a ga i n st t he Be a r s ( 3- 6 ), which won t he pa ir’s last duel in extra innings, 2-1. Opponents against Missouri State have batted a burly .348, and the Bears have allowed 10 home runs on the year. UNT has hit 10 home runs so far this year. The Mean Green is heating up at the right time, with conference play scheduled to start Saturday against LouisianaLafayette. “Conference games are just like any other games,” said head coach T.J. Hubbard. “[We] just keep working on the fundamentals. We look pretty good right now.” Senior first baseman Mallory Cantler, the team’s best hitter for t he past t wo seasons,
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Junior guard Tamara Torru drives the ball to score during last Saturday’s game at the Summit Arena in Hot Springs, Ark. UNT lost to Western Kentucky University 81-66 last weekend.
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Junior outfielder Megan Rupp swings at the ball against Mississippi last Saturday at Lovelace Stadium. emerged as a power hitter again after an offensive slump. She blasted home runs in back-to-back games to finish la st weekend’s Cou r t ya rd Classic for the Mean Green. The home runs were her first of the season. UNT scored 32 runs over a five-game stretch in the weekend tournament. The Mean Green’s pitching is also becoming a major threat, allowing only six runs in the past five games. Freshman pitcher Ashley Kirk was named the Courtyard Classic MVP last weekend, as she pitched two shutouts and boasted a 0.00 ERA. “I think this shows how far we’ve gone from our first weekend,” Kirk said. “It’s going to improve tenfold by the time we get to conference.”
Quick Facts 1. UNT started the season 11-6, its best start ever. 2. The Mean Green has averaged over 7 runs per game in its past 8 games. 3. Five players are batting over .300 for UNT.
Today’s games begin at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Lovelace Stadium. Admission is free, but donations for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will be accepted at the gate.
Disappointing season ends Team finishes third straight 20-loss season By BoBBy Lewis
Senior Staff Writer Despite having its season ended by Western Kentucky in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Saturday, the Mean Green women’s basketball team is entering the offseason with optimism for the future. UNT (5-25, 2-14) suffered through its third consecutive 20-loss season, all under third-year head coach Shanice Stephens. “The season was really frustrating,” Stephens said. “I still have hope for the future from the people we’re bringing in and the players we will maintain and that the program will get better.” The first round exit marked
the first time UNT did not win one game in the tournament during Stephens’ tenure with the team. UNT finished last in the Sun Belt West Division, but the team was competitive in most of its games. The Mean Green played in 15 games decided by 10 or fewer points this season, but only managed to win four of those contests. “We just had a really tough time closing out games this sea son,” sa id sophomore forward Jasmine Godbolt. The Mean Green will only lose one player to graduation. Senior guard Denetra Kellum led the team in scoring this season with 15.7 points per game. Kellum also finished just behind the team’s leading rebounder, Godbolt, with 7.3 a game. Kellum was also named to the Third Team All-Conference.
Godbolt built on her stellar freshman campaign with a solid sophomore outing. On top of her team-leading 7.9 rebounds per game, she finished second on the team with 13.2 points a game. UNT had trouble stopping the losses when they started coming. The team ended the season on an 11-game losing strea k. A fter w inning t he season opener against Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 12, the team dropped eight straight before picking up its second victory of the year. The team also struggled away from the Super Pit, going 1-15 on the road and 0-3 on a neutral court. “I would like to get to just more flat-out basketball, you know,” Stephens said. “The program still is in its infancy, and I think year four will be telling for us.”
Mean Green faces final test before conference play B y Brett M edeiros Intern
The UNT tennis team will seek redemption today when the Xav ier Musketeers roll into Denton for the pair’s first match-up. The Mean Green has lost seven of its last eight matches, but head coach Sujay Lama said he believes his now-healthy team will bring a turnaround once conference play starts next Tuesday. “Next week onwards is going to be a brand new season,” he said. “We know we got the whole team back, and now we just got to move forward.” UNT w ill have its roster at full strength against the Musketeers, with each starter playing in both singles and doubles matches. Senior Madura Ranganathan will play her first full match a f ter missing t he last si x because of an illness. Junior Paula Dinuta, who was also out because of an illness, will play her second match after missing the previous three. “This is the first time all of the team has come together after a while,” Ranganathan said. “We’re going to focus on w inning. We need t he momentum going into our conference matches.” Lama and the Mean Green expect a challenge because they’re unfamiliar with the Musketeers. “At this level, every match is really tough,” Lama said. “Your preparation has to be the same, and you’ve got to respect every team we play. We need to step up.” Junior Irina Paraschiv has shown consistency throughout the season, w inning ever y singles match since taking over the top spot on the roster. UNT won its final match
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Senior Amy Joubert hits a return ball with a forehand pass at a Wednesday afternoon practice. UNT hosts Xavier at 2 p.m. today.
“We know we got the whole team back, and now we just got to move forward.”
—Sujay Lama, Head tennis coach
before conference play started last season, which helped fuel a streak of wins and eventually a Sun Belt Conference title. Lama believes his team’s depth will help find a victory against the Musketeers and possibly repeat last year’s results.
“The doubles point is key. If we can have all six play hard, the depth of the team will really show up,” Lama said. “We just have to go out and finish.” The match begins at 2 p.m. today at the Waranch Tennis Complex i n Mea n Green Village.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Abigail Allen, Views Editor
Tuition increases necessary at UNT
Nods and Shakes Editorial Nod: Men’s basketball team tried at Sun Belt Conference The Mean Green men’s basketball team may have lost to the Arkansas-Little Rock 64-63 Tuesday night, but it gave students something to be excited about in the process. The team, which was the conference favorite at the beginning of the year, entered the Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the fourth seed. In the regular season this year, the men won 19 games, lost 10, and won eight out of 16 conference games. The players fought hard to earn a spot in the Championship Game, eliminating the Troy Trojans, the Florida Atlantic Owls and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the tournament. Good job, Mean Green, in fighting for the chance to return to the Big Dance. Shake: Athletes using K2 to avoid positive drug tests Getting high and getting away with it might be more important than their health to some amateur and professional athletes. One former pro said he would smoke marijuana between seasons, but once the drug tests would start, he would shift to using K2. The substance, marketed as potpourri, has many of the same effects as weed when it’s smoked, but it doesn’t trigger a drug test. K2 does, however, bear a warning on the label: Not for human consumption. That is not a suggestion or a guideline. It’s fact. Many cities have banned K2 because of its harmful effects, which can include seizures, rapid heart rate and panic attacks. The Editorial Board hopes people will stop putting their health in serious danger for the sake of a high. Nod: 11 happiest states get highest ratings from residents In a 2010 telephone survey, states’ residents answered questions about their happiness levels, and 11 states came out on top. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index asked people about life evaluation, emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behavior and basic access. Hawaiians reported they were the happiest in the U.S. Included in the list were Alaska, Utah, Connecticut and Nebraska. Texas didn’t make the top 11. The Editorial Board commends the 11 states whose points ranged from 67.8 to 71. With the economic difficulties the states face right now, it’s nice to know some states are managing to promote happiness. Shake: Teacher staples note on student’s shirt Teacher-parent communication is important, but stapling a note to a child’s shirt goes a little far. A Miami-Dade teacher at W.J. Bryan Elementary School felt her messages to the boy’s parents weren’t making it home, so she took the drastic step of using at least two staples to secure the daily report. The message the parents got seems to be a little different than the teacher hoped for. The mother of the 7-year-old child called the teacher’s actions “inappropriate” and “ethically wrong.” Patience with children and proper discipline, not public embarrassment, are crucial in helping them learn and grow.
In case you m issed t he public hearing conducted last week regarding UNT’s budget situation, President V. Lane Rawlins is proposing to raise tuition by 2.8 percent beginning in the fall semester. This tuit ion increase, if approved by t he Boa rd of Regents, will be on top of the 3.9 percent increase already approved a nd set to ta ke effect this fall. Although initially this may seem like tuition prices are spiraling out of control, when compared to other institutions in the state, our cost is still incredibly reasonable for the quality of education we receive and the resources ava i lable to us. L a st fa l l semester, on average students pa id $ 4,169 for 15 hou rs. Under t he proposed pla n, students can expect to pay on average $4,391 for a 15-hour course load. That same course load at the University of Texas will now be $4,897, according to its website.
To stay nationally competitive and continue to rise as a student-oriented research i n st it ut ion, t hese t u it ion i ncreases, a long w it h continued increasing enrollment, are vital. At the town hall meeting, Rawlins explained that under va r ious proposed budgets introduced by state legislators, UNT a lone sta nds to lose between $4 million and $10 million in funding from the state. Students must also recognize that Rawlins and the other administration officials will in no way personally benefit from an increase in tuition. Their salaries do not operate as a f unct ion of increased revenue from tuition and fees. Anyone suggesting that the administration is indifferently proposing such increases is disconnected f rom rea lit y and needs to take the time to consider this proposal. I fully believe that when Rawlins and other officials
at t h i s u n i v er s it y m a k e decisions, t hey do so w it h a thought process revolving around the needs and interest s of st udent s. He ha s publicly stated that he hopes to see UNT become the best undergraduate university in the state, and he is implementing measures to reach this goal. If this modest 2.8 percent increase does not take effect, t his universit y risks being disadvantaged with respect to faculty-to-student ratios and its ability to offer students advising and counseling. T he f a c u lt y-to -s t udent ratio at UNT is 23:1, and the increased revenue will allow depa rtments to hire addit iona l fac u lt y a nd ma i nta i n t hat rat io, prov id i ng a more intimate education to st udents. Fu r t her more, UNT w ill use this funding to continue offering w ideranging class options. Add it ion a l l y, U N T h a s committed to setting aside 20
percent of its tuition revenue to funding scholarships and financial aid, and this will be jeopardized if the raise is not accepted by the regents. This u niversit y is luck y to have the leadership and integrity brought to the table by Rawlins, and we all must appreciate his concern for the welfare of all students here.
Blake Windham is a biology senior. He can be reached at B l a k eW in dh a m @ my.unt . edu.
Campus needs better representation As a member of Students for a Democratic Society, which orga ni zed t he demonst ration on March 2, I would like to explain what the problem is with student representation at UNT. The American education system is in crisis. T he average st udent debt is more t han $40,000, and higher education is becoming prohibitively expensive. Those who manage to afford college are then subjected to a n academic env ironment where students have no say in the policies that affect their lives, yet they are expected to pay out of pocket to fund that environment. Our money is what keeps this campus alive. Although UNT also receives money from the Texas government, the campus could not function without our financial contribution. Think of it like this: We all pay taxes and elect representatives who decide how to spend that money. Therefore, we have an inf luence over where our tax money goes. Now, t hink of UNT as a nat ion of people. Hav i ng
students pay tuition to fund university services is just like paying taxes. Well, if we’re the taxpayers, then where’s our representation? The Student Government Association is supposed to represents us, but it has absolutely no power to make policy
us. We elect people to vote on things that we care about. The SGA has no such voting power. They can only make speeches. In the meantime, they organize pett y campus events, and the executive branch gets paid to do it. You can go to the
“Now, think of UNT as a nation of people. Having students pay tuition to fund university services is just like paying taxes. Well, if we’re the taxpayers, then where’s our representation?” decisions. In fact, the SGA doesn’t have the power to do much of anything except find creative ways to waste money. (More than a thousand dollars wasted on SGA koozies?) A real student government is exactly what we need and the SGA is nothing of the sort. We don’t elect people to make polite suggestions for
office and chat with them or they have an e-mail address you can write to. That’s about it. Is it any wonder that the voter turnout for SGA elect ions is pat het ica l ly low? What exactly are we voting for? Student government at UNT means having a suggestion
box connected to a powerless mouthpiece. The real decision makers at UNT are not elected by anyone and answer to an undemocratic Board of Regents hand-picked by the Texas governor. The only way to affect that board is to vote for governor once ever y fou r yea rs. So what happens when we want something that is in conf lict w it h t he UNT administration? That’s the problem with student representat ion on campus — there simply isn’t any. We have no student government on this campus, and we have no power to affect university policy. If you want t hat to cha nge t hat, you should check out Students for a Democratic Society at 5 p.m. today in Gateway Center 142, and together we can organize a solution to this crisis. V isit st udentsforademocraticsociety.org for more information. Garrett Graham is a radio, television and film senior. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professor expresses no regret despite firestorm surrounding sex demonstration BY M ARY SCHMICH MCT
CHICAGO — Professor J. Michael Bailey takes full responsibility for the live sex act. He isn’t ready, however, to express regret. “If I decide to say I shouldn’t have done this,” he said sitting in his sex research lab at Northwestern University, “it will be because this could have been avoided, not because anybody has been harmed by it.” The university’s president issued a statement saying he was “troubled and disappointed” by what happened in Bailey’s class on Feb. 21. The professor, the statement said, had shown “poor judgment.” Bailey’s act of debatable judgment happened in a flicker on that Monday afternoon in
Ryan Auditorium. His popular Human Sexuality class had been dismissed, but about 100 or so students stayed for an optional after-class session that the guest speakers had named “Networking for Kinky People.” A few minutes into the discussion, the guests proposed a live demo on the big stage. Bailey hesitated. “I could not come up with a good reason [not to allow it],” he said, “and so I said OK.” And so it happened. A man. A woman. A dildo on the base of a buzz saw. The device had a name, not fit for print, that Bailey said he didn’t know until after class. “They’re sexually spontaneous kinky folks,” he said of the performers, “and I’m sure they came up with the idea right there.”
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