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Spring preview breaks attendance record Event introduces future students to campus BY CANDICE LINDSEY Staff Writer

ARTS & LIFE: Librarians encourage student to eat books Page 3

SPORTS: Softball team loses series to Hilltoppers Page 4

An estimated 4,000 people attended this semester’s UNT Preview, which brought both accepted a nd prospective students and their families to tour and learn more about UNT. The preview took place Saturday throughout the campus between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dustin Mayfield, a higher education graduate student and an assistant director of admissions who helped organize the event, said the response to this semester’s preview was outstanding. “We broke a record in the number of people who pre-registered for the event,” Mayfield said. The event ta kes place during both the spring and fall semesters and serves as a tool for accepted and prospective students to learn what UNT has to offer, Mayfield said. “It gives students and parents a small taste of the ‘real’ college experience,” he said. “By putting our best foot forward and giving the students a good experience, we have a great chance of seeing them on campus in the fall.” The preview is divided into sessions students and their families can attend throughout

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Athletic director Rick Villarreal addresses students at the welcome session during UNT Preview Saturday in the UNT Coliseum. More than 4,000 prospective students attended the event. out what UNT has to offer for fashion merchandising students. “I haven’t really heard anything about [UNT] yet,” Hutcherson said. “It looks fun.” Hutcherson’s parents, J. and Denise Hutcherson, said they’re making a number

“It gives students and parents a small taste of the ‘real’ college expereince.”

—Dustin Mayfield, Higher education graduate students and assistant director of admissions

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the day. Session topics include financial aid, housing, study abroad, freshman admissions, transfer admissions presentations, UNT student and parent panels, and academic sessions. Campus tours and residence hall tours were also available. Alex Hutcherson, a high school junior from Arlington, came to the preview to check

of trips to events like UNT Preview to find a program that best fits their daughter’s needs. Viviana Trevino, a high school senior from Coppell, has already been accepted to UNT. She and her mother came to the preview to tour the campus and to find out more about the journalism program. “I’ve come here before, but

Wet weather ahead BY M ATTHEW CARDENAS

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Julie Kirkland, the assistant dean of undergraduate studies, speaks with prospective student and parents during UNT Preview Saturday. I’ve never taken a tour of the actual buildings,” she said. Jasiel Perez, a higher education graduate student and an associate director of admis-

sions, said the main difference between this semester’s preview and years past was the Accepted Students Luncheon. “This year, we recognized

admitted students that had already gone through the admissions process and we had a lunch barbeque for them,” Perez said. In addition to the luncheon, accepted students had the chance to connect with their future orientation leaders, another new addition to the preview. UNT Dining Services also served lunch to all prospective students and their families in Kerr Cafeteria. Perez said this is the first time UNT has divided accepted and prospective students. Before, UNT has not been able to accurately track how many people end up attending UNT after they have attended a preview. “A f t e r t h i s p r e v i e w, we’ll be able to track that n u m b e r,” P e r e z s a i d . The event’s official count hasn’t been released, but Mayfield guessed that about 1,500 students attended, and most brought family members. “Overall, we estimate around 4,500 students and families [were] on campus,” he said.

Holi Happiness

Staff Writer

Last month proved to be the second driest March in Texas histor y, putting the DallasFort Worth area about four inches below average rainfall for this time of year, the Nat iona l Weat her Ser v ice said. About 3.73 inches of rain has fallen on the Dallas-Fort Worth area so far this year, an amount meteorologists said is unusua lly low for spring weather. “We generally get rain in the spring,” said meteorologist Matt Mosier. “If we are dry in the spring, it doesn’t bode well for summer.” Mosier sa id t hat lack of rainfall has pushed much of the state into drought conditions. “For the first time in two years, the entire state is in an abnormally dry state,” Mosier said. Monday morning showers dropped about .15 inches in Denton to begin a week that could bring more wet weather to the area. Temperatures are expected

GRAPHIC COURTESY OF MCT to slowly rise from low 70s to high 80s by the end of the week, w it h a sma ll cha nce of ra in on Thursday a nd a 20 percent cha nce of ra in Saturday and Sunday. Art history freshman Kyle Kirby said he welcomes the weather change. “I think it’s about time the weather warmed up,” Kirby said. “I think the winter went on way too long.” Hospita lit y ma nagement sophomore Kelsey Hug hen said walking to class in the heat will not be fun. “I’m not rea l ly look i ng for wa rd to it,” she sa id. “I really prefer the winter.” Hughen said the drought and the potential to have a hotter summer concern her. “Texas summers are already pa inf u l enough,” she sa id. “They don’t need to get any hotter.”

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UNT’s World Echoes and Multicultural Center hosted a gathering Saturday at McKenna Park to celebrate Holi, a Hindu holiday that symbolizes the beginning of spring. About 30 students met at the park to participate and chased each other around with pink, blue, yellow and green powdered paint to celebrate the end of winter. The event concluded with students dancing to popular Indian songs to honor the holiday and their culture.


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News

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Daily recieves recognition BY ISAAC WRIGHT Senior Staff Writer

Three Daily staff members were recognized for their work in on-site competitions at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association conference Thursday through Saturday. Design editor Brianne Tolj won first place in the on-site front-page design competition. Visuals Editor Berenice Quirino and Senior Staff Writer and Photographer Drew Gaines placed third in an on-site twoperson photo essay competition. The Daily also won nine awards for off-site submissions. The annual TIPA competition pits college newspapers against one another in categories such as content produced each year and on-site assignments. The Daily competes in the Division 1 category, comprised of other Texas universities that produce at least four newspapers weekly. The Daily won Best in Show in

2010, but did not place in the top three at Saturday’s a w a r d s banquet. “The Daily did really well KATIE last year, and GRIVNA we went in with high expectations this year,” sa id Kat ie Gr iv na, t he editor-in-chief of the Daily. “We didn’t do as well as we KATHIE expected, but HINNEN we still had a lot of fun and learned a lot from the other student journalists who were there.” Tolj competed against about 60 other participants to design the front page of either a newspaper or a magazine by hand in under an hour. “I didn’t think I would win

because there were so many people there,” Tolj said. “I eventually realized I was the only one left in the room. I was hoping that maybe, since I sat there and took my time, it would pay off.” Quirino and Gaines were assigned to take a five-picture photo essay in four hours representing “Cow-Town,” or downtown Fort Worth. Kathie Hinnen of the journalism faculty and the adviser to the Daily, said she was pleased both Quirino and Gaines were recognized, because they regularly turn in excellent photos and videos for the Daily. Hinnen said she was also thrilled to see Tolj receive first place. “Tolj has been responsible for making the North Texas Daily much more attractive over the last two semesters,” Hinnen said. “I’m delighted that the contest judges recognized the quality of her work.”

NTTV adds two new programs BY A LEX SIBLEY

Contributing Writer Two new programs on NTTV, UNT’s television station, are connect ing students a nd showing what UNT does. “ N o r t h Te x a s N o w ” premiered last month and airs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. “Spectra” premieres Thursday, March 10, and will air every Thursday and Friday at 6:30 p.m. Trey Friedrichs, NTTV’s program manager, said the programs have been added to help NTTV reach its goal of connecting the UNT campus to the Denton community. The NTTV schedule already

consist s of st udent-produced newscasts, sitcoms, game shows and more. NTTV is broadca st t h roug hout Denton County on Charter Communications channel 22 and Verizon Fios channel 46. “It has been my goal to give UNT a voice in the community by showcasing what goes on inside and outside the classroom,” Friedrichs said. “North Texas Now” is a bi-weekly lifestyle news magazine recorded in the University Union, Friedrichs said. The show features inter v iews and segments on a variety of topics important to the UNT community. The show

has already featured musical performa nces, inter v iews with visiting UNT guests, and cooking demonstrations. “Spectra,” which is co-produced by the UNT Office of Research and Economic Development, was created to inform students about a variety of different research projects across the university. Each episode features two faculty members from different academic departments discussing various topics that are relevant to their research.

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WorldFest featured several vendor booths Friday, including the 1,000 crane project.

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TAMS’ WorldFest raises more than $3,000 for Japan BY DANA WALKER

“The TAMS students love volunteering. They really feel passionate about helping out.”

Intern

Bla r i ng music, cu lt u ra l dance performances, henna tattoos and Japanese origami cranes were just a few attractions that drew more than 150 students to WorldFest Friday. The annual event, hosted by the Texas Academy of Math and Science students, took place in McConnell Park, and raised $3,400, which will be donated to the UNICEF Japan relief fund. “The TAMS students love volunteering,” said Brandon Buckner, a social science junior and program adviser. “They really feel passionate about helping out.” Attendees bought tickets at

—Brandon Buckner, Social science junior and program adviser

the front of the park for a dollar per ticket, which were used at various booths. “Last year, we raised $1,000 inside McConnell, but it was mostly TAMS students,” said Maggie Hakala, a TAMS senior and president of FACES, the Fellowship for the Advancement of Cu ltura l Educat ion for

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Students, the group that organized the event. The 1,000 crane project The most prominent project at the event was the 1,000 cranes project, where people paid $1 to learn how to make an origami crane and then attach it to a chain of cranes, Hakala said. “Japanese tradition is that if you make 1,000 paper cranes then your wish will come true,” Hakala said. “Our wish is that Japan can rebuild.” TA MS ju n ior s Ma r i ko Nakamura and Lisa Su researched the idea for the booth and also found a sponsor to purchase the cranes. Nakamura said that the website Studentsrebuild.com is going to pay $2 for each crane and send the proceeds to Japan. Usually, WorldFest takes place inside of McConnell Hall, but this year, in order to reach out to UNT students as well, event organizers decided to have it outside in the park, Buckner said. Buckner said having the event outdoors was very successful after comparing the significant gain in money collected with last year. “We want to change how the campus views us,” Buckner said. “This year we worked on making sure UNT and TAMS were more involved with each other.” Courtney Bailey, an education freshman, stopped by the event in between classes to show her support. “I thought I would come and support as much as I could,” Bailey said.


Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Katie Grivna, Editor-in-chief

Arts & Life

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Art students bring monsters Students devour literature to life for second graders BY A SHLEY-CRYSTAL FIRSTLEY Staff Writer

BY K AYLAH BACA Intern

What started off as pictures on paper has manifested into 12-inch monsters with hairy arms and bug-eyed faces with a little thread and imagination. Students taking an introductory 3D art class made stuffedanimal monsters, based off sketches drawn by second grade students at Hodge Elementary School, as part of a dual-class assignment and outreach project called “Taming the World’s Monsters.” “We wanted this project to raise awareness early in arts education for both UNT students and the much younger students in the Denton community,” said James Thurman of the art studio faculty. This is the first time the College of Visual Arts and Design has done a community outreach project with elementary students like this, he said. The goal of the assignment, for both the UNT students and the Hodge second graders, was to show how the process of a reallife art commission works. In this scenario, the second graders were the clients, Thurman said. Their assignment began with a game called “Monster Math,” which consisted of rolling a die to determine the number of heads, arms and legs the monsters would have, said Isabel Cano, the second grade class’s teacher. “This really shows the kids

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Plush monsters created by UNT art students sit before they are given to children. that their original creations can materialize,” she said. “The resources for young bilingual students can be limited, so it’s exciting for them to see their ideas come true.” The second graders also w rote n a r r at ive e s s ay s describing their monsters. They came up with stories that included favorite foods and things to do, and a brief explanation of what the second graders liked about their creatures. The second graders were paired w ith 17 UNT art students, who used a variety of materials and methods to create the creatures, said Cecila Shikle, an art graduate student. Some students used existing stuffed animals to create the monsters, while others started from scratch, using different

types of soft fabrics such as felt and fleece, she said. The UNT students also wrote a response letter to the second graders about how the stuffed-animal monsters were created. C a no s a id T hu r m a n approached her about having her class participate with the art project. The principal at Hodge Elementary saw the importance of having a creative collaboration with UNT, she said. Thurman said he hopes this pilot program will grow to include other community members and more UNT art students. “It’s not just about some grade,” said Thurman. “This project was useful for all the students involved because it showed the positive impact art has for a community.”

Baring it all against coal

Students and faculty had their cake and ate it too at the annual International Edible Book Festival Friday in the Willis Library Forum to kick off National Poetry Month. Twelve to 15 people entered cakes or non-cakes that were based literally or creatively on children’s books or adult fiction and non-fiction books. Library special events coordinator Kristin Boyett said this is the first year the competition has been in a larger capacity. “It’s basically kind of bringing together people who have a tendency to really like books, have a tendency to really like food,” Boyett said. “So it’s a great excuse to bring both of them together.” Attendees voted for the best tasting, best use of chocolate, best adult fiction and non-fiction, best non-cake and best unusual use of food entries. For the best unusual use of food category, the book entries were judged by their covers in the categories of originality, creativity, skill, construction, visual appeal and adherence to the book theme. Winners were announced at 4 p.m. After spending the first half of the event observing details of the cakes, the second half was spent eating the creations. April 1 is the birthday of French food critic Jean-Anthelme BrillatSavarin, who is famous for his book “Physiologie du goût,” a clever meditation on food, according to the book festival’s website. The website also stated that the event offers a time for “a deeper reflection on our attachment to food and our cultural differences.” Not the average library Outside the sounds of pages

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Students walk by tables with cakes and other treats that emulate titles, places or characters from books at the Edible Books Festival in Willis Library Friday. Books are viewed and then judged based on taste, creativity and more. flipping and keyboards tapping, Boyett said her job is to get more people to participate in the library. “We’re really trying to break out of the mold of being just the quiet building with all the books,” she said. A rt sophomore A ngelica Castillo she said she entered for an extra credit assignment. Castillo went with a noncake approach and made her book, “The Cat in the Hat,” out of colorful M&Ms and Rice Krispies cereal. She said she started Monday and finished in a five-hour time frame.

“I’m kind of like, ‘I want to win, so I’m going to do what everyone else is not doing,’” Castillo said. Cakes like the one submitted by hospitality management junior Bailey Turner and development and family studies junior Valerie Morgan satisfied the sweet tooth of students like Kelsey Hicks, who described t heir ca ke as colorf ul and moist. “I wish I would have known about it [the festival] sooner, because that’d be really cool to enter something [like that],” said Hicks, a communication design sophomore.

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Sports

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Adams shines, sets school record BY BEN BABY

Senior Staff Writer UNT senior hurdler Alysha Adams finished second in the 100-meter hurdles at the University of Texas-Arlington Bobby La ne Inv itat iona l Sat u rday, but rema i ned ecstatic Monday during practice. After all, freshman Tiffani McReynolds of Baylor, the competitor who beat her, posted the best record in the nation in her heat Saturday. Adams broke the school record and placed third in the nation with a time of 13.08 seconds while she and other members of the UNT track and field team competed at UTA. The Houston native said she couldn’t put into words what she was feeling after the race, but knew the fast time was coming. “I’m not surprised that I ran that fast,” Adams said. “It was expected. I felt like I had been putting in work, and it was just a breakthrough for me.” UNT rested many of its athletes after a grueling threeweek stretch that included a meet at Texas Christian University and two meets at home. Assistant coach Sammy Dabbs said he missed half of the meet because of recruiting, but was there to watch the relays, hurdles and other events. Dabbs dow nplayed the significance of last weekend’s meet. “The month of March is a month where you’re training, and everybody’s not really running their main event yet,” Dabbs said. “[The meets in

March] are important from the standpoint that you get to see where you are.” Dabbs sa id he wa s impressed with the way Adams ran Saturday. He said earlier in the year, Adams “never had the carrot dangling in front of her” in the indoor season, referencing the lack of elite competition she faced. “This weekend was the first time she was ready to run fast and got a chance to run against somebody who had a time that was a little bit better than hers,” Dabbs said. “The result is what you see on Saturday.” Like Adams, senior sprinter Brittany Blaylock posted a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash. Adams and Blaylock had the highest finishes for the Mean Green women. For the men, senior multievent competitor Jordan Wehr won the pole vault with a mark of 4.85 meters. Wehr was the only UNT athlete to win an event. Sen ior spr i nter Just i n Flowers, whose primary race is the 200-meter dash, ran the 100-meter dash and finished 20th. He said he thought the team did well last week in some new events. “It’s like a recovery week, kind of, but we get to go out and execute a race at the same time,” Flowers said. “A lot of people didn’t do a lot of things, but we did some stuff to help us continue what we’ve been doing for the last five weeks.” UNT will compete in the Texas Relays at the University of Texas-Austin this weekend.

Freshman pitcher Ashley Kirk winds up to pitch. The team beat Western Kentucky 11-7 Sunday in Bowling Green, Ky.

PHOTO BY STACY POWERS/SENIOR STAFFER

WKU takes two of three from UNT Mean Green loses weekend series

Sulaski and Kim Wagner. Both pitched a complete game. Sulask i started the first game and gave up two earned runs on 11 UNT hits in the 5-3 WKU win. Western Kentucky’s BY BOBBY LEWIS t riumph ma rked Su lask i’s Senior Staff Writer ninth win of the season. UNT (16-20, 3-9) took a 1-0 Another series yielded mixed results for the UNT softball lead in the first inning after a team as it returned to confer- Lady Hilltopper error allowed ence play against Western sophomore shortstop Lesley Hirsch to score an unearned Kentucky last weekend. W KU clinched the series run from second base. The Saturday with two victories, Mean Green would not score again until the fourth inning despite being outhit 17-14. when it was down 3-1. “We didn’t play very well,” Saturday The Lady Toppers (20-16, 3-6) said head coach T.J. Hubbard. started the series by sweeping “We were not even on the same the Saturday doubleheader, led planet as how we played earlier by sophomore pitchers Mallorie in the week.” Sophomore pitcher Brittany Simmons started for UNT a nd gave up four ea r ned runs before being relieved by redshirt freshman Ashley Kirk in the fourth inning. Kirk gave up one earned run. After the break, Kirk went

“We were not even on the same planet as how we played earlier ...”

—T.J. Hubbard, Head coach

back into the pitcher’s circle to start the back half of the doubleheader. Despite only giving up one earned run, she took the loss as W K U completed the sweep with a 2-1 victory. In t he loss, sophomore pitcher Kim Wagner struck out nine UNT hitters. “We just weren’t in the right frame of mind to go play in the second game,” Hubbard said. Sunday The Mean Green salvaged the weekend with a victory

Sunday, using a six-run sixth inning to win 11-7. “[We] were a completely different team [on Sunday],” Hubbard said. “They seemed to be a lot more alive than what they were [on Saturday].” UNT entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 6-5, but tied the game when f resh ma n t h i rd ba sema n Brooke Foster scored from third base on a wild pitch with no outs. Sen ior f i rst ba sema n Ma l lor y Ca nt ler fol lowed with a two-RBI home run to center field, giving UNT a lead it would not relinquish. “That inning was huge,” Hubbard said. “The offense def initely stepped up and hopefully kind of carries on for the next few weeks.” Kirk picked up the win in relief for the Mean Green. She pitched 3.1 innings and surrendered two earned runs on two hits. The win is her seventh of the season.

The Breakdown with Brett: Tennis team needs support Opinion BY BRETT MEDEIROS Staff Writer

Few people know the UNT men’s basketball team was not the only team going into its season as defending Sun Belt Conference Champions. I have covered the UNT tennis team, last year’s conference champions, this semester and the season resembles a rollercoaster. After starting the season with a well-fought win against Oklahoma

State, the team looked to pick up where it left off. The team was t hen st r uck by sickness and BRETT remained that MEDEIROS way for most of the season, resulting in a 6-10 season. Now, UNT is healthy and starting to find momentum with just three games left in the regular season, including two home matches.

If there is one thing these women are missing, it is student support at the home games. Other than family and guys from the men’s club tennis team, there’s not really much of a crowd. Getting the student body down to the tennis complex will send them into the conference tournament with a surge of confidence. The women who had the luck of being healthy through the season have stepped up and become leaders for the team. Junior Irina Paraschiv took over the No. 1 position early in the season and has been on a tear all year. She’s proven to be the leader on and off the court. Her game play is aggressive and fiery, which fuels her teammates’ performance and her own. Rising stars sophomore Barbora Vykydalova and freshman Carolina Barboza came off the bench when their teammates were sick and filled in nicely for junior Paula Dinuta and senior Madura Ranganathan. Barboza shows a lot of potential and will be a force for years to come. Vykydalova has played the two spot for the Mean Green and has shown that she can play with the best competition. She is the perfect counterpart for Paraschiv in the doubles, as they’ve given the team a boost by clinching a handful of doubles points. Of all this season’s storylines, the one constant negative has been the lack of support the team has received during its games. The women need fans, they need support. The next home game is April 15 at 3 p.m., so come on out!


Views

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Abigail Allen, Views Editor

Voter’s guide to SGA Editorial The Editorial Board sat down with the four groups running for Student Government Association president and vice president, and here are some of our observations.

Fox and Smallwood Sarah Fox and Sean Smallwood present the perfect blend of personality, experience and goals. As they speak to students, they have an air of authenticity that communicates their desire to act as students’ equals and to connect with people across campus. One of Fox and Smallwood’s strongest ideas is to create a Student Advisory Board to connect students to the Board of Regents and the UNT System chancellor. The advisory board members would be able to present issues for UNT students across the System. A concern, though, is that the plan to overhaul the SGA website might take longer than Fox and Smallwood think. They have looked into businesses that would change it in less than a year, but creating a detailed website could take a considerable amount of time. They plan to have a working website in the interim, however, which shows they are willing to solve issues that may come up while they achieve their goals. Windham and Chavez Blake Windham and Edwin Chavez have exceptional communication skills and provide insight into the scientific side of UNT, which is important as the university tries for Tier One status. Windham, a biology senior minoring in chemistry and political science, works in a research lab, giving him an inside look into the impact of the funding that’s bringing researchers and instructors to UNT. Chavez, a chemical engineering junior, understands what happens at Discovery Park and can help incorporate those students into the main Denton campus. A problem facing Windham, however, is his tendency to be a polarizing figure. Windham was one of the most vocal opponents of the Homecoming reform when it came up last year and has stuck to that stance as senators consider a similiar bill this spring. At different times throughout the conversation, Windham gave several, sometimes contradictory reasons for his position, including a desire to adhere to tradition, a respect for his constituency whom he said opposes the change and a concern that straight students would mock the LGBT community by running as same-sex couples if the changes were made. By throwing out a slew of justifications for his opposition, Windham gave the impression that he was hoping one would stick. For the Board, none did. Hill and Saunders Kellie Hill and Monica Saunders want to return SGA to its real purpose to act for student governance, and that’s a good thing. The duo plans to join with the University Program Council to put on a big event for students, such as a welcome back event, which would allow the council to focus on the fun aspect and the SGA to focus on campus issues The Board supports this idea because it would prevent unnecessary spending and redundant student events. Hill and Saunders are also polished and professional candidates. They have experiences that qualify them for high leadership roles in the university, including Hill’s experience as vice president for Chi Omega, a greek sorority, and for Saunders, freshman orientation leader experience. Hill focused a large portion of her platform and her comments on communicating a desire to reach out to students and organizations. However, Hill has had the chance to interact with students in an official capacity for a year as the director of Campus Involvement. We have to wonder why she didn’t see the value in getting out and talking to students before starting her campaign. We also worried about the pair’s vague plans to use polls and forums to determine student opinion.

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Teenagers will make great leaders It’s like as soon as we step foot on a college campus, we demand our honorary canes and surly attitudes. I can’t count the number of still very teenage students I’ve heard reference “kids these days” as if they were ready to shake their fists and yell to keep off of the grass. “The nation’s going to fall apart,” they’ll mutter, or “Those kids know NOTHING!” This semester, I studenttaught, trading my college classes for high school — that’s right, bell schedules, principals and dress codes — and I have to say, if the future is in the hands of these students, I’m not concerned. Spending 40 hours a week back in high school may sound like a nightmare for many people, but aside from the rampant Bieber fever and maddening Rebecca Black renditions each Friday (Friday, gotta get down, it’s Friday), it’s been something of a dream. In the time we’ve spent together, my students have taught me so much (for instance, Justin Bieber’s birthday and near daily reminders of what true

“My students asked logical and age-appropriate questions — ‘How do earthquakes cause tsunamis?’ ‘What about the nuclear plants?’ ... — and then some that blew my mind: ‘How can we help?’” friendship looks like). They have comprehensive world views, if limited understanding of science or politics. What they lack in knowledge, they more than make up for in compassion and eagerness to learn. As we watched the tsunami hit California and the aftermath of the disasters in Japan being discovered and understood, my students asked logical and age-appropriate questions — “How do earthquakes cause tsunamis?” “What about the nuclear plants?” “How long will it take to fix all of those buildings?” — and then some that blew my

mind: “How can we help?” It’s a far cry from what’s depicted on television and in movies. Instead of spending their lunches painting their nails and scheming against one another, students are taking collections for disaster relief each day, eating sandwiches behind donation jars and giving up what little free time they have during their busy days. It’s not just in the face of disaster that they shine. Students consistently open doors for one another and me. They show an uncommon courtesy beyond their years. They’re still very 14, but they care so much about

one another and the world that, sometimes, it’s easy to forget. They still look at prom dresses online a nd drool over David Beckham, but it’s balanced with college plans and discussions on the importance of volunteerism (a topic with which these kids are very familiar). They’re like the Peace Corps with glitter nail polish and Sperrys, and I can’t wait until the day they’re in charge.

Jessika Curry is a journalism senior. She can be reached at jc0407@unt.edu.

Student: UNT has become my home It is interesting how easily the definitions of a house and a home are mistaken as the same. A house is a building in which people live and a home is a place in which their domestic affections are centered. In some cases, a house and a home are one. Sometimes, for whatever reason, we are put in a position where they are separate. The split between bot h may seem aw f ul, but sometimes it may be for the best. Home is a place where there are no limitations. It shelters us in a domain where affection has no prejudice. It is a place where our dreams and visions continue even after we awaken from our slumbers. T h is home g ives us t he liberty of hav ing our arms

open wide and our hopes in one piece, a nd it prov ides the opportunity for a better tomorrow. This place provides security for us all and rids us of all restriction. T h is i nst it ut ion has provided me an opportunity to bring forth all of my visions and dreams. It has set a foundation where I can develop and grow both intellectually and personally. I have broken a lot of my insecurities and now I can finally discover who I am. I am in the middle of a vast d iver sit y of pe ople w it h d i f ferent i nterest s, backgrounds and opinions, but we all have the same goal. I no longer feel like a refugee. Instead, I feel safe. I am home. I am certain that my feel-

ings toward my current status a re sha red by ma ny ot her students around me. We must respect our peers because their struggles may be greater than we know. A good social network can provide you with the ability for success through assistance from each other, but by isolating yourself from ever yone and ever y thing, your obstacles will be even harder. This location bares many names, each different within us all, but the sense of shelter and security it may provide is the same. It is a place that deserves proper ack nowledgement a nd recog n it ion, for it is where we lay our dreams for the world to see. This place is mine, t his

place is you rs, but more importantly, this is home.

David Duarte is a communication design sophomore. He can be reached at dcake_1357@ yahoo.com.

Gonzalez and Moore Valerie Gonzalez and Jacob Moore plan to make student representation their major focus. The two are senators from the School of Journalism and the College of Arts and Sciences, respectively, and they have authored legislation to create a topic-based House of Representatives for the SGA. Whether that legislation passes, the two want to visit with student organizations and search for student opinion to ensure as many student voices are heard as possible. They also want to connect students to organizations that fit their interests, which sounds like an innovative way to get students involved in UNT. However, Gonzalez and Moore did not clearly communicate their intentions and plans for their administration. A lack of clear, concise communication could prevent students from connecting with Gonzalez and Moore, which might cause a problem for the pair during the election or in the following year if the two are elected.

Go vote Voting opened Monday at www.untsga.com and will end at 5 p.m. Friday. To vote, students must enter their EUID and their UNT password.

NT Daily Editorial Board The Editorial Board includes: Katie Grivna, Abigail Allen, Josh Pherigo, Laura Zamora, Sean Gorman, Nicole Landry, Brianne Tolj, Berenice Quirino, David Williams and Will Sheets.

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