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Volume 97 | Issue 43

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The Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas

A-train ticket pricing proposed BY DREW GAINES Senior Staff Writer

SPORTS: Softball sisters show skills Page 5

SPORTS: Track team heads to Sooner State Page 6


Blake Mycoskie, the chief shoe-giver and founder of TOMS shoe company, spoke in the Auditorium Building Wednesday.

TOMS founder shares sole-ful tale One million pairs of shoes donated so far BY STACY POWERS Senior Staffer

VIEWS: Women should be allowed to make their decisions about motherhood Page 7

ONLINE: Watch video of student flashmob on campus

A crowd of more than 1,200 people, most wearing TOMS shoes, filled the UNT Main Auditorium Wednesday evening to hear the shoes’ creator speak about his journey and the future of the company. Blake Mycoskie, the CEO and chief shoe giver of TOMS shoes, started the lecture, sponsored by the Multicultural Center, by explaining how he came up with the idea of his “One for One” business model in 2006 after traveling to Argentina and seeing children without shoes. “When I started to think more about it, I thought why not look

flood of orders that came in after the Los Angeles Times profiled the start-up in 2006. “We sold 2,200 pairs of TOMS on our website before two o’clock that afternoon, but I only had 140 pairs,” said Mycoskie to a chorus of laughter from the audience. TOMS sold 10,000 pairs in the first six months, enough to bring Mycoskie back to Argentina to give 10,000 more to children in need. To date, the company has donated more than one million pairs of shoes to children around the world. “When my life truly changed was on that first shoe drop,” Mycoskie said. “I got to see my friends and my family placing these shoes on these kids’ feet.” Mycoskie wrapped up by discussing the future of TOMS.

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“I didn’t realize it was going to cost so much upfront.”

—Victoria vOn Sachsen-Altenburgh

The public agency is ex pect ing students a nd faculty from both UNT and Texas Women’s University to account for one-third of the A-train’s riders. As of now, there will be two passes available to college students — a full semester pass priced at $250, and a summer semester pass priced at $160. The only option available to university faculty under the proposed program is an $840 annual pass. “I didn’t realize it was going to cost so much

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upfront at the beginning of the semester when we have to pay for books and everything,” said Victoria vOn Sachsen-Altenburgh, a marketing senior who uses DART to commute to Plano. All three of the passes may be used to board the trains and buses operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), whose Green Line will meet up with DCTA’s A-train at Trinity Mills in Lewisville to carry commuters to and from Dallas. The train will replace DCTA’s Commuter Express bus line that currently shuttles students and faculty to and from work, school and home in Dallas’ West End. It is proposed to depart every 20 minutes during peak commuting hours in the morning and evening, and every hour in the time in between. However, students with night classes at UNT’s Dallas campus will be unable to take the A-train back to the Denton after 7:30 p.m., its last scheduled run Monday through Thursday. The train is set to run until about 10:30 p.m. on Fridays, and will not run on Sunday. Saturday’s schedule has not been set.

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Marijuana policy poll coming to students BY ISAAC WRIGHT Senior Staff Writer

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at this from an entrepreneurial standpoint,” Mycoskie said. “Instead of starting a charity to get donations of shoes or money to buy shoes for these kids, what if we actually start a business where every time we sold a pair of shoes, we would give a pair away — one for one.” Mycoskie went on to speak about the obstacles he went through to get his idea in motion. “I knew nothing about shoes,” said Mycoskie, who attended Southern Methodist University for two years and competed on the second season of The Amazing Race. “I didn’t have any idea what to charge for them. I didn’t know anyone in the shoe business. I didn’t even know what stores to sell them in.” With only 250 pairs of shoes to begin the business, Mycoskie said he was unprepared for the

Denton’s first commuter rail line is months away from its inaugural run, and Wednesday marked the proposal of a University Pass Program that may set the price for a ride on the new A-train as UNT commuters anticipate the switch from wheels to rails. Officials from the Denton Cou nt y Tra nspor tat ion Authority held two meetings in the University Union Wednesday to discuss a regional rail pass that will be available to students and faculty in the fall. The proposed cost to take the 21-mile trip on the A-train, set to open June 20, will be just over $2 per trip for those with a university pass. About 70 people attended the two meetings, and some questioned the cost and logistics behind the new plans. “We have been in contact with both universities on how to provide easier access to the DCTA system,” said Dee Leggett, the vice president of communications and planning for DCTA.

The Student Government Association set the date for the presidential run-off election Wednesday and passed a referendum allowing students to voice their opinions on UNT’s marijuana policy. The student senate approved the presidential run-off election to be held from April 25 through April 27. Students will cast ballots in favor of either Kellie Hill or Blake Windham as SGA president. Candidates will campaign from Monday through Friday. The senate also passed a referendum that would allow students to vote on whether or not they want mirrored penalties for alcohol and marijuana policy violations in residence halls. Representat ives f rom UNT’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of

Marijuana Laws authored a bill that outlines UNT’s current drug and alcohol policy and how they wish to see it changed. UNT’s policy evicts students who are found in possession of marijuana or paraphernalia. Student violators are also stripped of financial aid eligibility. In contrast, underage residents found in possession of alcohol are warned after their first violation, and subject to eviction and other disciplinary actions after additional violations. “If we allow students who mess up by drinking before they’re 21 that second shot, we believe we should allow those who mess up by smoking that second shot, too,” said Danielle Farley, a social science sophomore and president of UNT NORML.


Devin Axtman, a political science sophomore and senator of the College of Arts and Sciences, speaks during discussion See REFERENDUMS on about a proposed bill from members of UNT’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws at Page 2 Wednesday night’s Student Government Association meeting.

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DCTA officials: Commuter Express out, A-train in Katie Grivna Arts & Life Editor

Seniors to debutProposed theirRegional dance works Friday Proposed Local System Continued from Page 1

Center, the site of the A-train station just 2.3 miles away at Leggett and DCTA officials East Hickory Street and Bell BY TARYN the WALKER earned the 2010 University Dance nine dancers accompanied by attributed train’s limited Avenue. Intern Educator of the Year fromwill the focused lighting to make it Leggett said bike racks operating time to the agency’s seem as if they are each in their National Dance Association. Months of hard work come be available at the station and tight budget, which hasall taken “They have to create a product, own motel room. Each dancer to one night. trains for commuting a down hit because of declining tax on the which the public is invited to see, is isolated from the others and Seniorindance revenue recentstudents years. will cyclists. in this process theymoved have to dances with minimalistic movedisplay their original on and DCTA has already No part of the trainworks will be solve local all of the problems they are ment for a strong impact. The Friday for the time at the their and regional bus subsidized byfirst UNT, which given in to order create this will work themes include love, loss, isolatheto site, which hNew e l p eChoreographers d t o f u n d DConcert. C T A’s services tion and insomnia, which are of art,” she said. The concert will start at 8with p.m. soon house vending machines Commuter Express Line overlaid by the glow of a teleInwhich the class, students the University Theatre A-train riderslearn can a in portion of the $3.50 trans-in from about dynamics, variety, vision. the Radio,fee Television, Film and purchase a dailyunity, or weekly portation paid by students “It’s a good program. We have content, formmonthly and theme, Performing Arts Building. pass. Annual, and every semester. some amazing faculty that have General admission is $5wand n iver sit ysaid. pa sses c a n be Instead, that money ill uCushman really pushed us far,” Wert said. From the on 10 line choreographed tickets be purchased at the purchased t hroug h go to thecan UNT shuttle system All 56 dancers were chosen works atwebsite. the concert, two dance box office, overat the phone, t hat i s oper i ng at at f uthe l l DCTA’s from the dance department pieces were cost chosen to represent door and said in advance. The final of the passes capacity, Joe Richmond, by advanced choreography UNT attypes the American in dance the of passesCollege availthe Students director enrolled of Parking and and students. Some choreographers Dance professor ShelleySer Cushman’s willFestival, not be including finalizedAmelia until Transportation v ices at able also decided to dance. Cushman Wert’s “The Television Watching senior projects class are required late April or ea rly isMay, as UNT. Me Again” and take CassierecomFarzan allowed students to perform if toAt choreograph perform in the DCTA officials least twoorUNT shuttle they were up for the challenge. Panah’s “Gravity of Deception.” concert. They can to complete from the meetbuses will bealso used makea mendations Rachel Caldwell choreoset outconsideration with this imagefor of a research t he t r ip study to a in ndfieldwork. f rom t he ings“I into motel. I was interested in doing graphed “Certain Uncertainty” “Their is a culmination final product. Dow ntowwork n Denton Tra nsitto the demonstrate the knowledge they something different,” Wert said. and is also performing in “Guess have acquired through the course “I thought about the idea of why Who’s Not Coming to Dinner,” people would want to stay at a choreog raphed by A n na of their study,” Cushman said. Cushman, the artistic director motel and wondered what they Womack. In Caldwell’s choreography, of the concert, is known for felt.” dancers explore the experiWert’s modern piece includes her background in dance. She Mycoskie was chosen to “I have always been a fan Continued from Page 1 of TOMS since I found out speak at UNT because of his “TOMS is moving beyond a what they were about, and I business model, and in celeshoe company to being a one- thought it was a very inspira- bration of the beginning of Earth Week and the end of for-one company,” he said. tional story,” she said. As the only local vender International Week, said Uyen “We’re going to introduce a lot of one-for-one products that of TOMS, representatives of Tran, the director of organiBY help M ARLENE ONZALEZ will peopleG address many La Di Da, a retail store on zational development for the Internaround the world.” the Denton Square, were at Multicultural Center. needs On company Friday, thewill shops off the the lecture, selling the shoes, “The university has four The unveil Denton Square open which range in price from ma in t hemes, a nd t hose the first of thesewill newstay prodlaterJune than7.usual. themes are internationalism, ucts People can text about $40 to $80. Denton will have its monthly Store owner Diana Roblyer diversity, collaboration and “first” to 75309 to receive an First Friday and said they sold more than 250 susta inabi lit y,” she sa id. emailed videoon of the the Square unveiled Industrial Street area. “Blake’s company embodies at Wednesday’s event. product. Live music, sculptures, “We started carrying TOMS a ll four of those themes. Meaga n Ru l i f f son, stained an glass, appetizers and art will be four years ago, when they first We wanted to bring him to English sophomore, attended available p.m.she instead the lectureuntil and9said has of started coming out, and it’s campus because UNT and his the regular p.m. three pairs6 of TOMS and just a great fit for Denton,” philosophy kind of go hand Foranother. First Friday, art galleries she said. in hand.” PHOTO BY TARYN WALKER/INTERN wants and businesses stay open longer Robin Huttash, owner of A Creative Arts STUDIO, will participate in First Friday to give shoppers an opportunity Denton. The studio will stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday. to admire and buy art. Several communities and month, which is where the idea pher and UNT alumnus, said he countries have their own First came from. helped start Denton’s First Friday Friday or First Thursday each Shannon Drawe, a photogra- in in February 2010. He and his

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harmonies. Caldwell said her piece is about blindness as an experience, not a handicap. “I was in my modern class last semester and we would lie on the ground and shut our eyes. I The wondered if I could capture a referendum is intended to go before students in a special election, but it is still unclear when that election will be held. T he senate ha s pa ssed t h ree referendu m s to go little more visibility have the before students thisand semester, public moreone aware of artwou culture including t hat ld in Denton isn’t always refor m t hethat home c om i ng recognized,” Kregel said. voting process. The referMerchants witheither artists endum wouldjoin a llow to help of promote busicouples any sexart or and individnesses. For for example, an artist uals to run homecoming looking for a place to excludisplay court, removing the his or ma herle-fema work could contact sively le couple a coffee shop owner willing to format. host T hetheSartist, G A cKregel on s t itsaid. ut ion Heath a pharmacy a f f or d s Robinson, pr e s ide nt Ke v i n junior, thinks the to event will Sanders two weeks decide bring attention to approve the creativity whether to veto or the the community hasnot to offer. bills. Sanders was at the “I think good way to meeting and it’s hasanot indicated increase the exposure of thethe arts what he plans to do with in Denton,” Robinson referendums. He couldsaid. not be Robin reached for Huttash comment.ow ns A


feeling of dance with touch and sound rather than with sight,” Caldwell said. The concert will also be held at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the University Theatre. For more information, visit www. “He can wait until the last minute to veto it or sign it,” said Sean Smallwood, a senator for the College of Arts and Sciences. “Even if he does that, it’s going to be nearly impossible to get a special election STUDIO, toCreative vote onArt them [beforeone theof theofbusinesses that has been end the semester].” a Smallwood part of First Friday since it said he’s worried started.will not act in time for Sanders Huttash said her main goal students to vote on the three is providing music the event referendums this for semester, each month.the homecoming particularly On Friday, Alex Riegelman, reform referendum. a “We localhad guitarist a nu and mberblues of singer, will play in saying A Creative students come to us we Art STUDIO. were happy this has changed,” Keri Zimlich, journalism Smallwood said.a “Now, it’s junior, sheall thinks theyears event going tosaid make these a greatcompletely opportunity pointto have ofis work fun.because, if this doesn’t less “It’s not justgoing one shop, but work out, we’re to have the shops getting toallbring it back up intogether either tomrekindle that love of tart,” su mer senate or i n he Zimlich said. fall.”

Company expands beyond shoes Referendums await Sanders’ approval

Monthly event promotes art purchases in Denton T he referendu m a sk s students whether or not they believe punishments for both alcohol and marijuana should be equal. The results of the wife, Leslie Kregel, to thought vote will be presented UNT it would be great increase administrators for to considerawareness of the communiation. ty’s F e artistic w s e ntalent a t o r sandv culture, oiced Kregel said. concerns about t he referDrawe contacted endum, and nearly allsources were created the website firstinand favor of sending the issue to establish the students to votetoon. the make mistakes,” “People Friday has no boss, no said“First David Schuler, a senator president. I’m just charge of for the College of in Business. the website and building it into “We’re here to learn and it’s a something because started it,” learning process. TheI first time Drawe said. someone makes a mistake, Kregel’s business, Cimarrona, they should be taught how hats, scarves and warm tosells learn from their mistakes. clothing recycledoffense, from old After the second I clothes. think they should be kicked “What we hope is [to gain] a out.”

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TANGLED 3D [PG] 11:15AM | 1:50 | 4:25 | 7:00 | 9:55

MEGAMIND 3D [PG] 11:00AM | 1:25 | 3:50 | 6:15 | 9:00

UNSTOPPABLE [PG13] 11:45AM | 2:20 | 4:55 | 7:30 | 10:15

Thursday, April 14, 2011 Katie Grivna, Editor-in-Chief

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Woman raises money for MS BY DAISY SILOS Staff Writer


Laura Salas, the communications manager of income development, sits with other member committees to separate colored beads to make bracelets. Each color represents a different cancer and will be handed to participants for each lap they complete at Relay for Life Saturday and Sunday.

Denton community to race against cancer this weekend BY A SHLEY-CRYSTAL FIRSTLEY Staff Writer

Kendra Williams and Lindsy Rice will join more than 900 expected participants at the Relay for Life event, from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Fouts Field, to celebrate and remember people who have died of cancer and to support cancer survivors. Williams’ parents both died of the disease — her dad in 2002 and her mom in 2005. Today, Williams’ 38-year-old best friend is battling breast cancer and receiving chemotherapy.

“ ... We’re just trying to raise awareness that every little deed helps.”

—Kendra Williams, Denton Relay for Life event chair Rice, an English sophomore, lost her uncle to pancreatic cancer a little more than four years ago. With the help of a special staff of doctors, her uncle lived mont hs longer than expectated. “I got to spend longer than I thought I would have with my uncle, and I think that by raising money and donating, maybe I can help other families spend more time w ith people they love,” said Rice. For the first time since it launched 16 years ago, the event will last through the night as a way to signify that

ca ncer doesn’t sleep, sa id Williams, the event chair of Denton’s Relay for Life. It will start with a Survivors Lap, followed by Remember, a luminaria ceremony, and will end with a “Fight Back” ceremony. Teams will camp out on Fouts Field in tents overnight. “As a whole, we’re just trying to raise awareness that every little deed helps,” said Rice, who is participating for the second year. “Every little sign or every 30 minutes you can spend at the relay can help raise awareness for the cause and help ra ise money for research.”

Cancer in 2010 $263.8 billion: Estimated overall costs of cancer 101,120: A rough number of new cancer cases in Texas 36,540: Estimated number of cancer deaths in Texas 569,490: Expected number of Americans to die of cancer –– more than 1,5000 people a day 171,000: The number of cancer deaths expected by tobacco use in the U.S. Statistics provided by the American Cancer Society

Dedication is contagious Rice is captain of the Honors Hall team — one of 66 teams from UNT and the Denton community that will participate. Two hundred cancer sur v ivors have signed up, Williams said, and more are expected to sign up the day of the race. Participants of the relay have already raised more than $60,000, including $21,000 from local sponsorships that help pay for the event expenses, Williams said. “Cancer doesn’t have to be a death sentence,” Williams said. “If you research, the American Ca ncer Societ y is ma k ing breakthroughs ever yday on cancer research to help people live a longer life and to help people battle this disease.” Final team donations will be collected tonight at Bank Night and teams will receive a T-shirt for every $100 turned in.

Organizers have planned the relay since September, Williams said. Accounting senior Riyasat Rob is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, a Greek organization that volunteered to help assemble tables, pass out beverages and act as a clean-up crew at the event. Rob said cancer is a personal issue to him because he’s lost a few relatives in the past to it. This is his first year to participate. “I think it’s a good cause to help out,” Rob said. “Cancer is something that affects a lot of people around the world. I t hink most people k now somebody with cancer, so it’s a personal issue as well.” To donate money to t he cause or information on how to sign up, visit ldentontx.


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Kimberly Kirby, a speech language pathology senior, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 19 and has participated in Walk MS: Dallas for the past two years. This year’s walk was held in Addison on April 2, and Kirby, 22, and her walk team, The Hickory Creek Hotties, are raising money to help find a cure. So far, the team has raised $1,549 and is taking donations until May 2. “We walked in honor of about seven or eight people,” she said. “We are so close to finding a cure for MS, and if there’s anything I can do to end this and have a role in stopping this disease from affecting someone else, sign me up.” Multiple sclerosis is a disease that affects the central nervous system in about 400,000 Americans, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Kirby joined The Hickory Creek Hotties to participate in the walk. The group was started in 2010 by Melissa Horton, Kirby’s former boss. Horton, who also serves as the team leader of the Hickory Creek Hotties, said she started the team because of Kirby and her aunt, who’s had MS for several years. “It’s because of them that I felt the need to start a team and support the cause,” Horton said. The Hickory Creek Hotties have seven members who walked, ran or skated a 1-mile or 5K. “I think she feels honored we care so much for her and really wants to see an end to


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TAMS students awarded Goldwater scholarship honors BY MEGAN R ADKE Intern

UNT students, Andrew Ding and Patricia Nano, were recently named 2011 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars. Ding and Nano were joined by Lee Chen and Udayan Vaidya, who received honorable mentions, and all four are students in the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science program. UNT tied with the University of Houston for the most Goldwater honors at a Texas public university. Goldwater scholarships are considered to be some of the most prestigious scholarships given throughout the country, and are awarded to students who plan to hold careers in math, science or engineering. The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency that awarded 275 scholarships from a group of 1,095 math, science and engineering students. The scholarships provide a maximum of $7,500 each year, for one to two years, to college sophomores and juniors. The scholarships are used to pay for tuition, fees and books, as well as room and board. In order for students to be considered for the scholarship, they are first nominated by UNT’s Goldwater Scholarship Nominating and Mentoring Committee. The committee consists of five UNT faculty members from various different math, science and engineering fields: Jannon Fuchs of the biology faculty, Sushama Dandekar of the chemistry faculty, Sam Matteson of the physics faculty, Thomas Scharf of the material science and engineering faculty and James Duban, the director of UNT’s Office for Nationally Competitive Scholarships. “Aside from completing a very demanding application form,


Left to right: Goldwater Scholars Patricia Nano, a TAMS junior, and Andrew Ding, a TAMS sophomore, and honorable mention Udayan Vaidya, a TAMS sophomore. UNT nominees must have a GPA ranging from 3.86 to 4.0,” said Duban. “More importantly, they must, by the time they apply, have three to four consecutive semesters of intensive research, and have made an original and significant contribution to their research team.” Duban said this isn’t the first year UNT students have been awarded the scholarship. Three UNT students were named Goldwater Scholars last year. Duban said by having Goldwater Scholars, national recognition is brought to the TAMS program, as well as the sophistication of undergraduate research at UNT. Nano said the simple nomination for the scholarship from UNT was an honor, but actually being named a Goldwater Scholar will show future admis-

sions committees and employers that she is very serious about the work she does and wants to do. “I’ve always known I wanted to do research, and getting the scholarship kind of defines you

and maybe cancer biology in the future.” Nano said she isn’t sure where she wants to go to college once her time at UNT and in the TAMS program comes to an end, but

“ ... Getting the scholarship kind of defines you and shows that you are working really hard to get where you want to go.”

— Patricia Nano, TAMS junior and Goldwater Scholar

and shows that you are working really hard to get where you want to go,” Nano said. “I’ve been doing neuroscience research with Dr. Fuchs, but I want to keep exploring other areas within this

she said she plans to major in either biology or biochemistry, and wants to continue doing research throughout her undergraduate career. The TAMS program allows

junior and senior high school students to study and research areas of mathematics, science and engineering at UNT while they complete their freshmen and sophomore years in college. Fuchs said when nominating students for the scholarship, she stays out of the deliberation process when her own students are involved. However, Fuchs said when any student shows dedication and hard work with research and academics, it’s easy for the entire committee to know which students deserve nominations. “Students really need a 4.0 GPA because it is so competitive, but if a student has been able to take the ball and run with it in their research, it really makes a big impression on the nominating committee,” she said. Ding conducted research

within the field of computational chemistry prior to receiving the scholarship. “It was a really lengthy process,” he said. “We started around [last] January and finished around August or September.” Ding said the research he conducted alongside Angela Wilson of the chemistry faculty could be used to improve biomedical projects, but hopes to work on more environmental projects in his future. Ding plans to attend Rice University and hopes that receiv i ng t he G oldw ater Scholarship will help him get a head start on chemistry research. Chen said, even though he didn’t receive the scholarship, he feels the recognition alone will take him a long way in his future. “I’m not sure where exactly I want to go to school yet, but just getting honorable mention served as so much encouragement,” he said. “Now, I feel like I can actually do this, and I can work in these really difficult research fields.” Chen, who attended Denton High School, is visiting schools throughout the country to decide where he would like to go after completing his time at UNT. “UNT is able to boast of one of the best Goldwater Scholarship track records in the nation. These awards are just another example of the benefit the TAMS program continues to provide to the university,” said Kevin Roden, the assistant director of Student Life at TAMS. Roden said it’s no secret that the students in the TAMS program are among the brightest in the state, but the Goldwater Scholars prove that they are also some of the brightest in the nation.

Physics Olympics to test high school students, begin Saturday BY K AYLAH BACA

allows participants to gain hands-on experience and see what college undergraduates are doing with their science majors.

more than 150 students are expected to turn out for this y e a r ’s c om p e t it ion , s a id High school students will Austin Page, the president of drop eggs in the stairwell of the the Society of Physics Students General Academic Building, and an engineering physics catapult softballs outside the senior. Physics Building and race Page sa id t he orga n i zahomemade mousetrap cars tion usually sends out invias part of the 33rd annual tations to local high schools, Physics Olympics competibut teams can sign up on the tion Saturday. day of the competition for a The event is from 8 a.m. to 5 $100 entry fee. p.m. and is sponsored by the He said the money pays for Society of Physics Students. the materials supplied on the The competition will feature six activities designed to test —Jennifer Aikman, day of the event as well as food the science and math knowlPhysics senior for the participants. “T he Phy sic s Ol y mpic s edge of Denton-a rea h ig h is about seeing how ma ny school students. The six activities that make p u n c h e s t h e p a s s i o n a t e Members of the w inning team will be awarded a $1,000 up t he Phy sic s Oly mpic s students have on their nerd scholarship to attend UNT as are an Egg Drop Contest, a cards,” he said. “It’s a way Catapult Contest, a Mousetrap to help them be proficient in physics majors. “The event is meant to be Car Race, a Bridge Build using science by requiring them to a f un way to motivate t he popsicle st ick s, a Ci rc u it pay attention to details.” Rout said those in attenst udents to come to UN T Build and a Physics Olympics a nd look into t he science course, which is a genera l dance will also see and particfields,” said Bibhudutta Rout knowledge test arranged in an ipate in live experiments run by various faculty members of the physics faculty and the obstacle-course format. L a s t y e a r, a r o u n d 6 0 in the department. adviser for the organization. “We want the students to He said t he competition students pa r t icipated, but gain a much deeper appreciat ion for physics a nd a l l the sciences in general,” said Jennifer A ik man, a physics senior and an officer in the Full service spa for Men & Women organization who is in charge of making sure the competition runs smoothly. A i k m a n s a id pl a n n i n g waxing service the Physics Olympics was a w/ student ID balancing act of making sure the activities were challenging 324 E. McKinney St. Denton, TX 940.243.7028 enough for the high school students yet also within their abilities. She said she was impressed by how prepared and dedicated the teams from last year were. Page and Aikman said The Society of Physics Students plans to continue expanding the Physics Olympics’ current act iv it ies by adding more challenges to future competitions. Intern

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Mean Green ends season with conference play BY BRETT MEDEIROS Staff Writer

The UNT tennis team will end its regular season schedule when it hosts conference foes Middle Tennessee (7-8) Friday and Troy (10-12) Sunday. The meetings are UNT’s final matches before the Mean Green (7-11) plays in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament from April 21 to April 24. “R i g ht now, t he mo s t important thing is to try and w in matches, and we have

holds a 2-1 record against the Trojans. W h i le t he Troja ns have won five straight in the last t welve days, a nd t he Blue Raiders have won back-toback matches, the Mean Green has only won one of its last three matches. “I have tremendous faith in this team,” Lama said. “We are very talented, we have the experience and we’ve battled through adversities. I think the key is to gain confidence,

“I have tremendous faith in this team. We are very talented, we have the experience and we’ve battled through adversities.”

—Sujay Lama, Head coach

a not her oppor t u n it y t h is weekend,” said head coach Sujay Lama. “We want a good feeling coming out of this weekend.” UNT ow ns a 5-2 record when facing the Blue Raiders since 2005, including a win over MTSU in the quarterfinals of last year’s conference tournament. The Mean Green

and right now, we’re on the right track.” After a strong start to the 2010-2011 season, junior Irina Paraschiv has struggled in the No. 1 spot against conference opponents, suffering losses to from FIU and Denver in the last month. Paraschiv switched spots with sophomore Barbora Vykyladova and will play out

Senior Madura Ranganathan returns a serve over the net at Tuesday’s 3 p.m. home game. The Mean Green defeated the Texans 7-0. of the No. 2 spot. “I’ve still got a lot of confidence. I’ve done this before, a nd I’m just goi ng to go out there and do it again,” Paraschiv said.

With the conference tournament less than two weeks away, junior Paula Dinuta said. “We go out there and do our best. Unfortunately, the last

few games we have struggled,” she said. “For the next match we will defiantly have more confidence.” Before the match versus Troy, the team will recognize


seniors Madura Ranganathan and Amy Joubert, and honor their careers at UNT. It will be t hei r la st home ga me as members of t he Mea n Green.

Hirsch sisters embody family unit of softball team Houston natives share bond on and off the field

“I kind of feel like maybe I care about this team more because my sister’s playing here.”


Senior Staff Writer While on the field for the UNT sof tba ll tea m, senior outfielder Monica Hirsch and sophomore shortstop Lesley Hirsch prefer to see each other like teammates rather than sisters. In their time off the field, the Houston natives’ bond is stronger, as evidenced by their simultaneous laughs when asked which one is the better player. “She’s a lot better outfielder than am and I’m a lot better infielder than she is,” Lesley Hirsch said. “But right now, I think she’s hitting the ball a lot better than I am.” It may seem like an easy answer for Lesley Hirsch to say that of her sister — who’s played in the outfield throughout her entire college career — but they know each other very well. Along with the five to six days a week the Hirsch sisters spend on the diamond, the two live together and share kinesiology as their major of choice. “I think I just have more offensive experience than she does, but she’ll probably end

—Monica Hirsch, Senior outfielder


Sisters Monica Hirsch, a senior outfielder and Lesley Hirsch, a sophomore shortstop, have been key contributors to the UNT softball team this season. Lesley Hirsch has played in every game, while Monica Hirsch ranks second on the team with six stolen bases. up being a better hitter than me,” Monica Hirsch said. Monica Hirsch started her career at Stephen F. Austin, while her sister was attending Montgomery High School. Lesley Hirsch committed to UNT during her junior year in high school, while Monica Hirsch, who wasn’t happy at SFA, decided to join her sister to play for the Mean Green after her sophomore year. “It definitely made it easier for me to watch them,” said Les

Hirsch, their father. “I’m not want us to do better and I feel sure if it was the right thing for like we should be closer, like them to do or not, but yeah, I more family-oriented — the was happy for them. It’s been a good deal for Monica.” Becoming a family at UNT Monica Hirsch’s transition to a new school was helped by having Lesley Hirsch with her on campus, she said. “I kind of feel like maybe I care about this team more because my sister’s playing here,” Monica Hirsch said. “I

whole team in general.” That family feeling has been around the team for a while, as head coach T.J. Hubbard has coached a pair of sisters in all but one of his four seasons as the head coach. “It’s a little different than just a group of non-sisters, I g ue s s,” Hubba rd s a id . “Monica’s very energetic, very vocal, very upbeat. Lesley’s a little more reserved. Still confident, but she’s a lot quieter than Monica.” That may come from the fact that, until their parents divorced when Monica Hirsch was 18 years old and Lesley Hirsch was 16, they grew up

in a house with three other sisters — Erica, Lauren and Tessa. “There was a lot of arguing over dumb t hings,” Lesley Hirsch said. Now at UNT, the Hirsches talk about the teamm as if it was a family, something that all their teammates concur on. “I have a sister myself, so I understand, like, how [Monica and Lesley] are,” said redshirt f reshma n A sh ley K irk. “Sometimes, they have little squabbles, but they get over it. We’re pretty much a big family anyway, so afterwards, they’re both my sisters.”


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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sophomore golfer ‘coming into his own’ BY PAUL BOTTONI Intern


Freshman sprinter Clinton Collins receives a baton from senior middle distance runner Reginald Hayter during the North Texas Classic. The Mean Green will return to the track Saturday in Norman, Okla., for the John Jacobs Invitational.

UNT heads to Norman

Track team prepares for meet in Oklahoma BY BEN BABY

Senior Staff Writer The UNT track and field team will try to quicken its times when it competes at the John Jacobs Invitational in Norman, Okla., Saturday. Coming into the meet, the Mean Green has 16 men and nine women ranked in the Top-5 of an event in the Sun Belt Conference. T he tea m’s t r ip to t he Sooner St ate t a kes place about a month before it tries to win a title at the Sun Belt Conference championships May 13 to May 15. “This week, we’re focusing more on ourselves individua lly, just ma king sure that everybody can do what they

have to do in the open events,” said freshman sprinter Clinton Collins. “Come conference, that’s when we’re going to need some of the bigger point values to try to bring home the conference title.” Collins is one leg of t he 4x100 and 4x400 relay, which a re ra n ked 20t h a nd 15t h in t he NC A A West Region, respectively, and first in the Sun Belt. The top-24 t imes in t he region qualify for the NCA A National Tournament at the end of the season. Col l i ns is one of ma ny freshmen that have transitioned well, sa id assista nt head coach Sam Burroughs. “Some of these freshman, 12 months ago, were racing in t he high school ra nks,” Burroughs said. “Now, this is completely different, being in the university ranks, how they deal with the pressure.”

High jumper Ha ley Thompson has been a bright spot for the Mean Green in her sophomore season, ranking 31st in the region in the high jump. The College Station native sa id she bel ieves UN T is capable of besting the competition this weekend. “We’ve had some fa irly, easy-on-our muscles workouts, so we have some extra spring in our step, and I think we’ll all perform really well this weekend,” she said. Thompson isn’t the only con f ident member of t he team, as Collins said he feels the Mean Green is in a good posit ion bec au se U N T is under the radar. “We have t he ta lent and the ability to do something, and we’ve already proven it in some of our earlier meets,” Collins said. “Now, we can actually build upon it.”

The term “laid back” fits Curtis Donahoe to a tee. T he sophomore U N T golfer, who has been nicknamed The Granny by his teammates for his leisurely ma nner, has become a n integral part of the tightly knit men’s golf team. “He’s very laid back,” said head coach Brad Stracke. “He’s someone you could place your trust in. He’s a good person and a good kid.” From L ea g ue Cit y to Denton Dona hoe g rew up in Leag ue Cit y, Texas, a tow n about 30 m i nutes sout h of dow ntow n Houston. Like many of his teammates, Dona hoe learned golf at t he ha nds of his father, Stanley Donahoe. “I stopped playing when I was six or seven because I wanted to play baseball,” Dona hoe sa id. “I d id n’t start really playing again until the seventh or eighth grade.” Donahoe accomplished a great deal in his time at Clear Creek High School. He wa s a t h ree-t i me, f i r s t-t e a m A l l-D i s t r i c t gol fer, won t he Dist r ict 24-5A championship as a sophomore and senior, was a Class 5A State Qualifier as a senior and qualified for t he 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur team. In a bit of a twist, Stracke

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Sophomore Curtis Donohoe follows through with his swing at the driving range. said it was not he but Donahoe who started the recruitment process. “I received an email from h i m w it h h is résu mé a nd schedu le,” Stracke sa id. “I went out and watched him play and noticed he had some potentia l. I inv ited him to walk on, and he’s done a great job for us ever since.” Trading clubs for controllers Plea sa nt r ies a re put aside and trash ta lk f lows when Donahoe and sophomore tea m mates Rodol fo Cazaubon, Carlos Ortiz and Marco Scarola, face off in the video game FIFA Soccer 2011 for X-Box.

“I invited him to walk on and he’s done a great job for us ... ”

—Brad Stracke, Head coach

“I stay away f rom t hat because I’m so bad at that game,” said redshirt sophomore Ty Spinella. “Those guys are unbelievably good, so I partake in the observation of the FIFA matches, but do not participate.” The foursome prefers facing each other with club teams instead of national squads — Cazaubon and Ortiz are

Mexico natives, and Donahue’s roommate Scarola is from South Africa. Donahoe champions Italy’s Inter Milan, while Cazaubon and Ortiz prefer Spanish clubs FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, and Scarola elects Liverpool FC. “Curtis has mastered it,” said Scarola. “He started off shaky and I used to be able to get one or two goals against him, but now I just can’t beat him.” An improving golfer Dona hoe opened t he season w it h a ba ng at t he UTA/Waterchase Invitational from Sept. 20 to Sept. 21. A long w it h t he tea m cla i m i ng t he tou r na ment championship by 21 strokes, Donahoe tied with Southern Miss’ Derek Plucienski as the individual tournament champion after shooting a threeround score of 7-under-par 209. The first-place finish came as a relief to Donahoe. “Freshman year, I struggled a lot,” said Donahoe. “I came out and said ‘Hey, it’s just golf,’ and played well.” Donahoe has competed in six of the team’s eight tourna ments, a nd h is average strokes-per-round is 73.05. “His st roke average has come dow n about f ive shots [since last year],” said Stracke. “His overa ll game has improved and he’s really coming into his own.”


Thursday, April 14, 2011 Abigail Allen, Views Editor

Let women choose their own roles

DCTA needs to sell A-train to students Editorial The A-train is set to open in June, but it may not have enough riders to make it worthwhile. The Denton County Transportation Authority and the city of Denton have not done enough to promote the train to students, and the costs involved may keep students and staff who know about it away. The A-train may help the community, but its success hinges on student ridership. You have to court students if you want them to ride your train. Issues for riders Despite indications that students would enjoy hugely discounted rates, costs released Wednesday revealed a sobering picture. Students and staff will pay less than the public for long-term passes, but UNT will not pay for them to ride. With no annual pass available, students who want to ride year-round would have to pay $660. Faculty and staff can get an annual pass for $840. The annual price for the general public is $1,200, but few people are going to pay a grand for a year when they can pay $10 a day for day passes. The defense for the charges to the UNT administration is a comparison of the fees to parking, vehicle and productivity costs. DCTA said using the A-train would save students about $1,950 and the UNT employees about $7,190. UNT students already pay a transportation fee to ride DCTA buses. One of those bus types, the commuter express, will stop running when the A-train begins. Those savings come with a cost. UNT has thousands of commuter students, and a large portion comes from areas along the 21-mile path and those that will connect to it via DART. If students take night classes in Dallas and they live in Denton, or vice versa, they will be able to ride the train to their classes. However, the train will stop running at 7:30, leaving the students stranded. If UNT requires students to go downtown for required courses, it needs to work harder to make sure they can go to and from their classes. Trains will run every 20 minutes during peak periods early in the morning and in the evening. Outside of those periods, trains will only run once an hour. If a student missed the train by two minutes, he or she would have to make the drive, wait for the next train or miss their class. These problems, in addition to the driving habit that most Texans have, could derail DCTA’s plans. The Board recommends extending the hours to accommodate students who have late schedules. Suggestions for improvement In recent meetings, the DCTA administrators said UNT students must use the A-train for it to be successful. If that is the case, the UNT community needs to be flooded with information about the A-train. DCTA has a Facebook page, but that’s not enough to get people interested. Social media is a free public relations tool that speaks to traditional and non-traditional college students. If the city and DCTA take advantage of Facebook and Twitter, the A-train will have a better chance of survival. DCTA need to get off the wall and ask students to dance.

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2. Having to work doesn’t make you a bad mom. Despite the changing attitude about a father’s roles, moms who work are still looked down on by some people. However, working isn’t a choice for many parents. With increasing inflation, a down economy and increasing education for women, sometimes the person best able to rake in the dough isn’t the man. Most of the time, both parents need to work to make enough money to support a family. The quality of the interactions parents have with their kids can help make up for the time that they lose with them while they work outside of the home.

1. Being a stay-at-home parent is meaningful. Raising children means more than just cleaning up after them

and shuttling them around. It means giving back to the next generation. One often-repeated idea is that women who want to stay home with their children don’t need an education. Good parents are teachers. They take the time to explain the world to their kids in detail. The parents know the kids will use the information they learn by middle childhood throughout their whole lives. When a parent is around their children all of the time, he or she can actively influence what the kids learn and can track their development. That’s right, I said he. Because of the changing attitude toward parenting, more men are willing to be the primary caregiver while the mother works. reported in 2006 and 2007 that about 40 percent of working dads would want to stay home with the kids if they could. An education is crucial for stayat-home parents to take advantage of the time and opportunities they have. If a kid comes home asking about algebra, a parent with a degree in mathematics will be able to help the child more than an uneducated parent.

Toward the end of February, I bonded with a group of individuals I had never met before. Toget her, we e s c ape d this troubled world and reached a state that can only be described as spiritual ecstasy. Our leader in this heavenly ascent was blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa. For three hours, we were immersed in the transcendent beauty of the blues. From the heart-wrenching groove of “Sloe Gin” to the crunch of “The Ballad of John Henry,” Joe led us down a road of self-discovery. His SRV bends and Eric Johnson-inspired runs cried out for something beyond the temporal abode we inhabit. His intimacy and virtuosity were the essence of a true artist. The late aesthetics philosopher Denis Dutton wrote, “The admiration of skill is not just intellectual; skill ... can cause jaws to drop, hair to stand up on the back of the neck, and eyes to flood with tears. The demonstration of skill is one of the most deeply moving and

pleasurable aspects of art.” He further argued that art and beauty are not in the eye of the culturally conditioned beholder, but are in fact cross-culturally universal. One of Dutton’s major examples is what he calls the Hudson River Biedermeier landscape: trees, water, animal life and a road leading off into the distance. This type of landscape is generally preferred by various cultures, including those from countries that do not have this particular setting. The prehistoric Acheulian hand axes display little evidence of wear or usage. Yet, their teardrop shape can be found in most jewelry stores today. The cave paintings and sanctuaries of Lascaux reflect an early, ritualized appreciation for the natural and supernatural worlds. These examples led Dutton to see artistic beauty as an evolutionary trait developed to display attractive qualities like intelligence or skill. In

other words, beauty is built into human nature. This includes, as Dutton also suggested, the beauty of music. Though theologically inconsistent, the biblical texts nonetheless speak of music as a part of early temple worship and a method for communicating with the divine. It could ultimately be traced back to the creation “when the morning stars sang together” (Job 38:7). Thus, to the ancients, music was an act of renewal and embedded in the nature of the cosmos. Regarding the music of the blues, journalist Mark Judge explains, “In hearing the existential alienation in ... the sadness of the blues, humans are reminded of their fallen nature and the brokenness of the world. Yet the same music, in the beauty of the sound created in those same songs, points to the beauty of the eternal ... [I] t creates a sensation of experiencing a kind of holy sorrow — sadness at the state of things

“Every mother is a working mother.” I couldn’t agree more with that bumper sticker saying. I’m not one yet, but I’ve had a good example of a working mother all of my life. I have five older siblings who were born in the ‘70s. For much of their childhood, my mom had to work. At that time and where she lived, she was made to feel guilty about having an outside job. For basically all of my life, my mother was a stay-at-home mom. As I was growing up, I heard people’s tone change when they found out she didn’t have a job that brought in money. Either way, she was told she was doing her job wrong. Throug hout my col lege career, I’ve heard some interesting comments and debates about what roles women should have as mothers. Many of those discussions have left me frustrated, and I’ve come up with three points to address the main issues I’ve heard.

3. Wanting to work doesn’t make you a bad mom, either. Some women want children and are good moms, but they don’t handle the lack of adult conversation and the monotony of full-time childcare well. That’s OK. It is better in the long run for children to have a happy parent who wants to spend time with them and feels successful than a frustrated parent who doesn’t want to be stuck taking care of the kid and feels resentful. A woman can make the choice

to work because she thinks it will benefit her and her family without damaging the kids, and thankfully women have the opportunity to work today. On both sides of the debate, people have closed-minded views about what women should do with their families and why that is so. In reality, however, neither would every woman make a good stay-at-home mom nor does every woman want to work outside of the home. People should support parents in raising their kids in a loving environment instead of passing judgment on which career path they choose to take.

Abigail Allen is a journalism and political science senior and the Views editor at the Daily. She can be reached at

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yet a consciousness that there is truth and goodness and beauty beyond the world.” W hether Bonamassa has been blessed by the hand of the Almighty or sold his soul to the devil at the crossroad, he touched the universal nature within us all that night. And it was absolutely beautiful.

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“I would use it sometimes to go to Lewisville for shopping.”

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