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Greek recruitment week enjoys record numbers

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Art history and education professor Nada Shabout poses for a portrait with a book, “Orientalism.” Created in 2008, UNT’s Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute is the only collegiate organization dedicated to contemporary Muslim art.

Keep an eye out for more g reek s on ca mpus t h is semester – this year’s recruitment week saw a re cord number of students joining fratern ities and sororities, coordinators and members of the UNT Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils said. Greek Li fe Coordi nator Danielle Wilcher said about 543 students expressed interest i n joi n i ng a f rater n it y or sorority this semester. I nt e r f rat e r n it y Cou n c i l President Chris Turner, a business operations and supply chain junior, pointed toward a large freshman class and new recruitment methods to explain the increased interest in greek life. “Every year we continue to grow in numbers,” Turner said. “I do not believe the number

was too shocking when you con sider how quick ly t he university is growing.” This semester’s freshman class is the largest in universit y history, totaling 4,444 students, a 9.2 percent increase from last year. Tu r n e r s a id p e r s o n a lized social net working on Facebook, emails, informat ion a l meet i ngs a nd new m a rke t i ng eve nt s help ed generate turnout. Fraternities also went to freshman orientations to boost recruitment. Vice President of Panhellenic Recruitment Kate Morales, a communications junior, said she relied on an open-door policy to get new students excited about joining Greek life. She sa id she wa nted students with an interest in joining a sorority to feel like someone in the sorority was

already interested in them joining. S h e s e nt p e r s o n a l i z e d emails and kept communication with potential members open on Facebook. The new recruit Panhellenic Facebook group this year has more than 200 members — sig n i f ic a nt ly l a rge r t h a n last year’s — and had more posts to get people talking. Topics included where people were living and what potential members were going to major in. These open discussions allowed those planning on going greek to get to know each other better before recruitment week, Morales said. “They are already immersed in college before they get here, and they feel better about going through recruitment because they don’t feel as blind,” she said.

Center cracks cold cases, Support for bike lanes assists law enforcement crosses political aisle JASON YANG

Senior Staff Writer

On August 25, 1963, Hillsboro police officers knocked on the door of the Glaze residence to inform Sylvan and Zeola that their 35-year-old son Kenneth was missing. Officials at the time found Kenneth Glaze’s abandoned car days later, but identified the remains found in the vehicle as female. It appeared Glaze had disappeared from the face of the Earth. In 2005, the Center for Human Identification at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth – with cooperation from the Fort Worth Police Department and Tarrant County Medical Examiner – conducted a DNA analysis on a remaining tooth found in Glaze’s car. It was more than 40 years after Glaze had gone missing, but using new technology, the center was able to correctly identify the remains as belonging to the longmissing Hillsboro man, proving no case is ever too cold to solve. “We do whatever it takes to make identification and hopefully bring resolution to the family.” said George Adams, the center’s founder and program manager of the Forensic Service Unit. The UNT Center for Human Identification specializes in forensic DNA testing to help solve crimes, identify missing persons and combat sexual assault or human trafficking cases. On Monday, Texas Senator

“We do whatever it takes to make identification and hopefully bring resolution to the family.”

-George Adams, UNT Human Identification Center

John Cornyn spoke at the center in support of the bipartisan Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registry (SAFER) Act, which if passed would boost Justice Department grant money for local agencies that conduct DNA evidence testing and would help agencies test and eliminate backlogged rape kits. The UNT center is on the frontlines of eliminating those kits – in 2011, it received $654,539 from the Justice Department to help with the backlog, according to the Dallas Morning News. Adding DNA from backlogged rape kits to a national registry would help solve open cases and identify wanted criminals, Cornyn said Monday. The UNT center’s database rivals the national database, Adams said. Since it was established in 2000, the center has helped resolve about 888 missing person cases, 673 with investigative leads and 215 without. The center has collaborated with many law enforcement agencies, medical examiners and coroners from all around the world, including New York, Florida and Chile, where the center helped

identify the remains of political opponents of the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. “It’s a cooperative enterprise,” Adams said. “Law enforcement receives the case, UNTCHI provides DNA analysis, and NamUS [National Missing and Unidentified Persons System] works with agencies across the country to identify the profile.” Fort Worth Police Department Chief Jeffrey Halstead said the center has helped officers with hundreds of cases, and that its value could not be understated. “Without this relationship, we would be challenged to have successful outcome thanks to the complexity of investigation,” Halstead said. Over the past nine years, the center has received more than $4 million from the Debbie Smith Act, which provides federal grants to local agencies conducting DNA analysis. However, analysts at the center work for free, spending their spare time conducting analyses to solve cases, Adams said.

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JULIE BIRD Staff Writer

Getting Democrats and Republicans to find political harmony on any issue is no easy task, but according to a recent poll, there’s one thing almost everyone can agree on: bikes. The national Princetonconducted survey, commissioned by the advocacy g r oup A m e r i c a Bi k e s, found that 80 percent of Republicans and 88 percent of Democrats, as well as 83 percent of all respondents, supported maintaining or increasing federal funding for bike paths, bike lanes and sidewalks. “What I found most significant from the survey was that 12 percent of all trips [Americans take] are either biking or walking, but only 2 percent of the Congress budget for transportation goes to bicyclists and pedestrians,” said music composition senior Christopher Walker, who writes for the bicycle advocacy group Bike Denton. In July, the U.S. Congress passed a transportation bill that cut federal funding for bike and pedestrian paths by about 30 percent, according to America Bikes. How the funds are used is left mostly in the hands of local and statewide policymakers.


Pre-radio, television and film senior Alex Kuykendall and junior Paul McGarrah ride their bikes down Malone Street on Monday afternoon. A recent national poll found that more than 80 percent of Americans support funding for bike infrastructure. Walker said he supports increased funding for bike infrastructure both nationally and locally. He and other Bike Denton members have been vocal in their support of local infrastructure improvements at city council meetings. The Denton City Council showed its support for bicyclists by updating the city’s pedestrian and bicycle plan in February. The plan calls for the redesign of more than 80 miles of roadway over the next 10 years to better accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians. The

first year of the plan will cost about $200,000, funded by the city and two county commissioners. The city will provide better connectivity between education centers, commercial restaurants and retail, recreational areas and neighborhoods, according to the implementation plan. Improving the connectivity and bike accessibility around UNT’s main campus, Apogee Stadium and Discovery Park is also a focus of the plan.

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Professor sees future of retail in digital tech EMILY BENTLEY Intern

As technology progresses with the times, merchants are finding new ways to gain ground in business with new and constantly evolving technology. Richard Last, a lecturer in UNT’s Department of Merchandising and an expert in digital retail, has been involved in e-commerce since its

start. In 1994, he had a major role in helping JCPenney become the first department store online. The site’s launch was successful, opening a new set of doors for the company and contributing to a new platform the rest of the business world would soon begin using in full force. Last has remained heavily

involved in the online retail industry and now directs UNT’s digital retail bachelor’s degree program. “This program is a very valuable thing for a student,” Last said. “There are a lot of career choices in retail, but the real growth is in e-commerce. With the growth in digital retail will come a growth in job opportunities.”

The program not only teaches students how to navigate the world of e-commerce, but shows how every form of technology can be used to a marketer’s advantage. “We are teaching students to use mobile devices, iPads, cell phones, along with different venues of social media to bring traffic into the stores,” Last said. “As technology develops, with it comes new

implications for selling.” The College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism prides itself on creating new opportunities for students. Digital retaining senior Nickolas Wood was majoring in business until he learned about the industry of digital retail. “I’d worked retail before,” Woods said. “However, it wasn’t

until I was introduced to digital retailing that my interest really peaked. The program has been really great for me because it has taught me a lot, as well as presenting me great opportunities like being able to attend the National Retail Federation’s Big Show two years in a row.”

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Center Continued from Page 1 Arthur Eisenberg, co-director of the center, said since the establishment of the DNA crime lab, the center has relied on more than 100 DNA analysts who work for the UNT health department or other crime labs. The SAFER Act is scheduled to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but even if the

Bike Continued from Page 1 “I’m definitely in favor of creating more bike lanes in Denton,” history senior Troy Stewart said. “It would be nicer if they added bike lanes on the streets perpendicular to Hickory [Street], and other streets around campus like Eagle [Drive] and Avenue C. I might even bike to University if they improved the bike lanes in that area.” Increasing bike accessibility on Oak and Hickory streets are current priorities of the city,

bill passes, the center has its work cut out for it. There are more than 400,000 untested rape kits in labs and evidence rooms across the U.S., and 28,000 in Dallas and Houston alone, according to the Dallas Morning News. “It’s a real honor for Senator Cornyn to come and make the bill announcement here [UNTCHI] on Monday because it shows the respect he and the rest of the country has for UNTCHI,” Adams said. “Not just for the health center, but the whole university that’s associated.”

according to the plan. However, no significant improvements in bike connectivity have taken place under the project yet, Walker said. “The bike plan was approved and is all set, the money is there,” he said. “People thought stuff would start happening, but the implementation has been a much slower process.” The city’s implementation plan does not include a start date or schedule but states that the changes should be complete within 10 years. For more information on the poll, visit To see Denton’s bike plan, visit

Prof Continued from Page 1 The merchandising college is one of very few in the nation to offer a digital retail degree. “One of the big pros of being a part of this is the fact we are one of very few schools to have this program,” Woods said. “But we also have incredible instructors like Mr. Last who are able to teach us not only about how things were, but how they’re going to become.”


Richard Last, founder of JC Penney’s website, directs the digital retail bachelor’s degree program at UNT.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

City, UNT show unity at meeting BEN PEYTON Staff Writer

The Denton City Council declared every Friday from Aug. 31 to May 10 “Mean Green Pride Fridays” at its meeting Tuesday night. “We urge all residents to wear green every Friday a nd suppor t t he Mea n Green pride,” Mayor Mark Burroughs read from the proclamation. “We’re all in the program to show their pride in UNT and their love for Denton.” UNT President V. Lane R awl i n s a n d S t ud e n t Government Association President Rudy Reynoso welcomed the proclama-

tion. “The relationship between Denton and UNT is deep and strong and mutually beneficial, and we’re grateful for this kind of show of support,” Rawlins said. Reynoso thanked the city cou nci l on b eh a l f of t he student body and said the decision has already created excitement around the campus. “Go Mean Green, and go Denton, together,” Reynoso said. Bu r roug h s extol led t he benefits of “the true partnership that this university has maintained and continues to maintain, and the great future we have together.”

UNT is the largest employer in the city of Denton, with about 4,500 faculty and staff. The council also approved a rezoning proposal, making 13.31 acres on the south side of Interstate-35E, about 500 feet west of Nort h Texas Boulevard, including Eagle Point, which is owned by UNT, into a Downtown University Core (DCG) zone. The rezoning effectively opens the door to the potential building of a hotel, restaurant and convention center near the UNT campus, although nothing has been made official. According to the 2005 UNT Master Plan, the latest compre-

hensive plan released, “The Eagle Poi nt Ca mpus a lso provides the opportunity to accommodate future mixeduse development along the I-35 corridor extending from Bonnie Brae to the existing Radisson Hotel site.” The site is currently the location of a parking lot with a UNT pole sign where the Radisson Hotel once stood. The cit y of Denton also re ceived t he Gover n ment Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Award, which recognizes “preparing budget documents of t he highest standards and meeting all necessary guidelines,” for the 26th consecutive year.

Debate team ranked best in Texas DANIEL BISSELL Staff Writer

The UNT Debate Team is among the 100 best in the world, according to a new ranking from the International Debate Association. The team was ranked No. 95 out of 800 colleges and universities around the globe in this year’s World University Debate Rankings. It is also now the highestranked team in Texas. The UNT Debate Team has worked tirelessly to achieve such a high level of recognition, said communication studies professor Brian Lain, director of the UNT Debate Team. “We h ave t a l e n t e d students working 20 to 40

hours a week,” Lain said. This spring, the team sent four students to the National Debate Tournament at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. The tournament, which started in 1948, is the oldest scholastic debate tournament in the world. To compete, participants must first qualify regionally. Lain said UNT competes in a region that includes every school in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. They faced off against the likes of the University of Texas, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Kansas. Each region sends two teams consisting of two students to the national qualifiers. Last year two students from UNT qualified out of eight available spots from the region.

“It’s similar to the NCAA rankings,” Lain said. “There are qualifying requirements that must be met to continue competing. In 2004 we placed in the top five at the tournament. In 2009 we had the best debater. Last year, we made the top 30.” Debate teams wishing to compete in the competition must receive an invitation and submit an at-large bid. According to IDEA, the World University Debate Rankings draw from the results of 33 high-profile tournaments from around the globe to measure an accurate representation of the comparative strength of debating societies. The totals are calculated by adding the results of all the teams that fielded in the tournaments tracked over the course of the year, right up to the largest

event – the World Universities Debating Championships. While the World Universities Debating tournament is a long way off, the UNT Debate Team is already planning its strategy for the competition. “We have to be better than Nor t hwe s t e r n [C h ic ago], Harvard, Wake Forest and [Un ive r sit y of S out he r n California,]” Lain said. “This is the first time for global ranking based on strength of competition, and these schools have the strongest debate programs in the country.” The team will participate in a regional debate tournament held at the University of Missouri at Kansas City on Friday to kick off the season, which will last until the first weekend of April.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney campaigns at Van Dyck Park on Sept. 13 in Fairfax, Va. Romney criticized President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy Thursday after four Americans were killed in Libya, saying the United States seems at the mercy of world events

Romney’s remarks send ripples through presidential campaign Los Angeles Times(MCT)– With less than seven weeks until the election, Mitt Romney can ill afford precious time explaining away another perceived gaffe, much less one playing to the image Democrats hope to paint of an unfeeling, uncaring plutocrat. But that may be the highest price exacted by the controversy over taxes, victimhood and dependence that has been stirred by a secretly taped video of the candidate at a closed-door fundraiser. Though the tape could undercut his support among seniors and downscale white voters — two groups Romney has long courted — so few voters are undecided that the latest controversy may do more to reinforce existing sentiments than change minds. “A gaffe isn’t going to shift 20 points in the polls,” said Jack Pitney, a former Republican

Party strategist who teaches at Claremont McKenna College. That said, “the opportunity for persuading people diminishes every day. Every day spent talking about some gaffe is a day not talking about unemployment,” which remains President Barack Obama’s greatest political liability. The political world roiled over Romney’s remarks — including a willingness to write off nearly half the electorate because, he said, they paid no income taxes, were dependent on government and refused to take responsibility for their lives — for a second day on Tuesday. The GOP presidential hopeful sought to reframe his remarks in a Fox News interview by casting the election as a choice between “a government that’s larger and more intrusive … (and) a government that sees its role as protecting freedom and opportunity.”

“The right course for America is to create growth, create wealth,” Romney said. “Not to redistribute wealth.” The controversy sent both sides to familiar battle stations. Democrats seized on Romney’s statements, first reported by the Mother Jones news organization, as an insult, in the words of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, “to everyday people who know what it means to work incredibly hard and still fail to get by.” “In a moment of candor, it was very clear that he doesn’t understand or care what almost everyone goes through, except for people like him,” Trumka said Tuesday at a Washington news conference, part of efforts to keep Romney’s comments alive — and the candidate on the defensive — for another day. Obama offered a measured reaction in his first public

response. “This is a big country,” Obama said during an appearance on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.” “And people disagree about a lot but one thing I never tried to do — and I think none of us can do in public office — is suggest that because someone doesn’t agree with me that they’re ‘victims’ or they’re unpatriotic.” Republicans, with a few exceptions, flew to Romney’s defense, saying they welcomed the debate prompted by his remarks, uttered in May to a group of high-dollar Florida donors. “Romney is now in a position that he has to bring the fight to Obama on the entitlement state,” wrote Daniel Foster, editor of the National Review, voicing the sentiment of many conservatives hungry for an ideologically driven contest, rather than a simple up-or-down referendum on the economy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 Brittni Barnett, Arts & Life Editor

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Students use tracking devices to create art M ARLENE G ONZ ALEZ Senior Staff Writer

Students in art professor Elaine Pawlowicz’s Drawing II class will be tracking themselves for a week, using the lines generated from their movements on Google Maps to create art. Pawlowicz describes the project as “students drawing in space.” “It’s introducing in drawing what I call a 4-D component,” Pawlowicz said. “So it’s using technology in drawing and kind of thinking about drawing now as something that is not just being done with a pencil. It’s actually being done with a tracker and space.” The t racker will record every 15 seconds where the student travels and draw it out on Google Maps, where the picture can be seen, Pawlowicz said. Fifty tracking devices will be shared among the 150 art students. They will be able to record the routes they take once a day and in the end choose two of their best maps to submit for a contest. Four $500 prizes will be given to the best pieces. Two winners will be chosen by an expert panel, which includes

PHOTO BY JAMES COREAS/VISUALS EDITOR Art professor Elaine Pawlowicz (left) and Track What Matters CEO Steven Ooyen hold up a GPS tracker. Art students will use the device to track their movements on Google Maps. An example is shown on the screen behind them. Pawlowicz and Robert Milnes, dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design. The other two awards are

people’s choice. People will be able to view st udents’ drawings and vote on them in October at trackwhatmat- “There is this kind of shift that happen s,” Pawlowicz said. “We teach them the

technical skills in foundations, but then they have to move to something that’s more conceptual where they’re actually

making art and they’re not just having these prescriptive set of direction to the trackers.” After graduating from UNT Steven Van Ooyen, the current CEO of Track What Matters, a GPS tracking company, didn’t expect he would be collaborating with UNT art students to see what their creativity could add to the world of tracking. Ooyen was first inspired to help with the assignment last March when he received a Google alert showi ng a GPS drawing of an Imperial Walker, a military vehicle from the Star Wars films, created by a man riding his bike. He contacted Milnes, who sent out a letter to faculty asking who would be interested in working with the devices. “This opens up the idea that anything can be your canvas,” Ooyen said. “It’s also our way to give back to the community and promote the art department.” Fibers sophomore Taylor Barnes said it never crossed her mind to use a GPS for art. “I t h i n k concept ua l ly,” Barnes said. “It’s interesting and going to be challenging how we’re going to transform a regular map into art.”

Carnaval kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month K ELSEY CHIPPEAUX Intern

PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVEN MEEHIN Dancers perform at the annual Carnaval in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event, which took place at the Library Mall on Tuesday afternoon, drew in about 1,200 students.

The Library Mall came alive Tuesday afternoon in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The area was filled with boot h s depict i ng severa l Spanish-speaking countries, a live band, salsa dancers, Spanish delicacies and papel picado (paper decoration), which was draped from light pole to light pole. The Multicultural Center, University Program Council and, for the first time, the Student Health and Wellness Center collaborated to put on the annual celebration known as Carnaval. About 1,200 students attended this year’s event, tripling last year’s total of 400. It was an incredible turn out, Multicultural Programming Director Uyen Tran-Parsons said. “What I like about the event is that we get to celebrate the cultures of several Spanishspeaking countries in one setting,” Tran-Parsons said,

Institute promotes education, awareness of Islamic culture


Senior Staff Writer Three dolls, outfitted in black abayas – loose overgarments – and colorful saris sit encased and unopened in art history and education professor Nada Shabout’s office, flanked by world maps, travel memorabilia and an entire wall of books dedicated to Islamic art and culture. Created in 2008, UNT’s Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute is the only collegiate organization dedicated to contemporary Muslim art. The institute provides a sounding board for students and an outlet for professors to preserve Arab and Muslim culture. “The community expressed a desire and need for a center to mediate and promote knowledge about the Middle Eastern world,” CAMSCI Director Shabout said. “That region is always in the news for one reason or another, mostly negative, and there was a feeling,

a need for an entity to explain things in a different way.” The idea for the institute grew from a scholarship given out through the College of Visual Arts and Design to students studying Middle Eastern and Islamic art. Shabout, among other faculty members, formed the institute, which is dedicated to promoting and preserving Arab and Muslim culture by hosting events, sponsoring discussions and fielding questions from the community. “The study of Arab art is so new, and there’s so much to do there,” said CAMCSI Coordinator Tiffany Floyd, a UNT alumna. “It’s easy to get detached in academia, and this puts humanity back into a very relevant topic. It gives people an identity and face. We have cultural events that we want to educate and combat a political view and create a dialogue.” Each member of the institute teaches various classes in all departments across the university but with a contemporary focus on

culture, international affairs or art. Before becoming coordinator for CAMCSI, Floyd majored in art history at UNT. She graduated in 2008. “I see CAMCSI is growing and has a potential for cool things,” Floyd said. “I meet so many people and have so many opportunities I wouldn’t have if I wasn’t part of this. It’s been cool to watch it grow from an amoeba to getting people interested.” This year, CAMCSI will host its second Peace Conference, an event dedicated to learning about and

discussing a certain region. This year’s focus is on the Middle East. They will also sponsor an art exhibition with pieces created about areas experiencing conflict in the Arab and Muslim worlds. Eventually the institute would like to grant degrees, and is slowly working its way up from its current status as a focus within the International Studies major. “That’s the thing about CAMCSI,” Shabout said. “We found out that it’s already there. We just needed a collective umbrella to hold everything.”

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“And people get to experience these cultures on a deeper and more diverse level than they would typically.” Near the Shrader Pavilion, many student organizations set up booths representing different

“It’s great getting to learn about a new country and then share it with other people.”

-Ashley Shepherd Pre-social work sophomore

Spanish-speaking countries. The booths explained the traditions, history and foods of the countries as well as littleknown facts about them and what they are known for. “It’s great getting to learn about a new country and then share it with other people,” said pre-social work sopho-

more Ashley Shepherd, who was running a Peru-themed UPC booth. “I really like the music, and I’m really excited for the dancers. It’s really cool, and it’s been really nice seeing all the booths and enjoying the atmosphere.” Young dancers from the Ballet Folklorico Azteca preformed a Peruvian dance number filled with swishes, turns and colorful skirts. “The event is great in and of itself for preserving culture and music and art,” Azteca’s Artistic Director Carol Alvarado said. “But also it inspires the young students we have coming here to dance, shows that this is what it’s like to be on a university campus and it just gives them that inspiration that maybe they want to do more than just high school.” With Carnaval complete, the Multicultural Center is gearing up for its other events for Hispanic Heritage Month. To find out more visit edo.


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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Campus Chat City council’s bike debate still rolling Staff Editorial

What is your ideal date location on or around campus?

“I would take her to a concert at Andy’s Bar to see how rambunctious she would get and how she’d act in the crowd.”

James Wilkins

Pre-psychology junior

“The Square. I’m indecisive, and the Square allows me to choose from many different places.”

Matt Phan

Pre-radio, television and film sophomore

“I’m a local band type of person, so I’d love to go to JJ’S Pizza. You could go to a show there then get pizza afterwards.”

Autumn Taylor

Anthropology freshman

“Katzs’s Hamburgers. It has a 1950s vibe and good food.”

Brian Anderson Music senior

LET US KNOW! Visit every Friday to vote in our weekly poll. We’ll post the updated results here daily.

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Driving a car as a UNT student isn’t always a choice. Whether you commute from some far-flung borough of the metroplex or just don’t feel like walking a half-mile across campus to an early morning class, sometimes owning a car is essential. But on those mornings when our parking lots groan under the weight of a full capacity, using a bike to get around campus is both quick and easy, thanks to bike-friendly sidewalks and abundant bike locks around every major campus building. The university’s ethic of environmental responsibility clearly extends to an emphasis on greener transportation solutions, but the rest of the world isn’t

always so excited. In July, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that cut federal funding for bike and pedestrian paths by about 30 percent while simultaneously giving the states additional flexibility into how the remaining funds are used – essentially, this means that bicycle-friendly developments will often be placed on the back burner in favor of general road construction. It’s a sad refrain of our nation’s continuing financial challenges that when budgets are cut across the board, our two-wheeled friends are among the first to feel the pressure. Despite federal setbacks, local support for new bike trails and adding

cycling lanes to existing streets remain a standing issue in the Denton city council. The city of Denton’s official “Bike Plan” lays out the need for additional lanes and trails to ensure safety, especially in light of the city’s growing population. But council members are still concerned that their budget is far too small, particularly when they consider the very real possibility that funding might go to roads that aren’t ideal for bike lanes in the first place. The ongoing plans and disagreements over bicycle accommodation and safety in this city should be a topic of concern for any UNT students who frequently use a bike, especially those

who live off-campus. The city’s plan includes improving cyclist accessibility on the UNT campus, including Apogee Stadium and Discovery Park – not to mention restaurants, retail centers and other fabulous Denton landmarks. As a student, it’s easy to feel powerless when issues like this are debated, whether far away in Washington, D.C., or at some city council meeting, but there’s certainly still a few things you can do. Show Denton’s policymakers that bikes are ubiquitous on campus by using yours as much as possible, and following all the safety rules – you aren’t just helping the environment, you’re also reminding this city that cycling is a tradition for Dentonites and students alike.


Students shouldn’t listen to the masses Last Halloween, my Twitter feed was teeming with mentions of a student sitting in a tree by the University Union in a cat costume. I was done with my classes for the day, but took the North Texan bus back to campus because I had to see this. Lo and behold, there really was a young lady in a tree “meowing” at passers-by. She must have been there for the majority of the day, but it’s fine because she had a textbook that she read as she hissed. Technically, she was studying. The reaction to the whole cat spectacle from the people of Twitter was unanimously dismissive. The lady in the tree was labeled weird and crazy, but she was having fun in her own way and didn’t hurt anybody. Climbing in a tree to make noises at people may not be the coolest thing to do – it may actually be one of the least cool. However, I have to commend that “cat woman,” on the grounds that she was brave enough to do something that most young men and women would never have the courage to do. She did something without worrying about what people thought. The whole “cooler-than-thou” mentality is a sickness universities and younger generations have been plagued with for years, but perhaps it’s time we put an end to that silliness. Sometimes, when we’re too concerned with how we are viewed by others, we lose ourselves in the process. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 25, like the bulk of undergrads, the part of yourself that you’re rapidly losing is the last fragment of adolescence you’ll be afforded in your lifetime. The sprint into adulthood should be used to explore the

unknown and for personal growth. This is so the adult you become can walk into a voting booth and make an educated decision and raise children who aren’t idiots. By being too concerned with what others perceive us to be, we don’t really grow. A dismissive mentality and an unwillingness to explore true individualism is antagonistic of the higher education system. In a utopia, UNT would churn out great thinkers like “Saturday Night Live” produces comedy legends. But that won’t happen because we’re all too concerned with what people think of us. As a whole, we’re afraid to climb up some proverbial trees just to have a little fun and blow off some stress because it’s kind of weird. That’s such a simple action, but who is more likely to discover that the world is not flat, but round? Is it the individual concerned with being viewed as crazy or the individual without a concern at all?

H. Drew Blackburn is an English junior. He can be reached at

Freedom of speech doesn’t prevent judgement Mitt Romney was wrong (and, of course, politically motivated) when he insinuated that the U.S. government had offered an “apology for America’s values” by criticizing “Innocence of Muslims,” the nowi n famous film that mocks the prophet Muhammad. While it is true that in a statement issued before protesters stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, the embassy staff criticized “continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims,” it didn’t apologize for the fact that the film and other hateful forms of speech are protected by the Constitution. Romney was guilty of one error: equat i ng condem nat ion of the content of the bigoted film with a repudiation of the principle that it should be protected under the First Amendment. But many in the Muslim world labor under a converse fallacy: that defending t he right of t he film maker to engage in such expression without fear of legal punishment amounts to approval of his message. S e c r e t a r y o f St at e H i l l a r y Ro d h a m C l i n t o n e f f e c t i ve l y addressed both arguments in a speech Thursday to a gathering of U.S. and Moroccan representatives in Washington. It made for a dramatic contrast to Romney’s rant. “I k now it is hard for some people to understand why the United States cannot or does not just prevent these kinds of reprehensible videos from ever seeing the light of day,” Clinton said.

“Now, I would note that in today’s world with today’s technologies, that is impossible. But even if it were possible, ou r cou nt r y does have a long tradition of free expression, which is enshrined in our Constitution and our law, and we do not stop individual citizens from expressing their views no matter how distasteful they may be.” But expla i n i ng why societ y shou ld p r o t e c t “t h e t houg ht that we hate” can be a complicated undertaking even when the audience consists of Americans. Think of the public outcry over the Supreme Court’s decisions upholding a constitutional right to bur n t he America n f lag as a political protest. Convincing Muslims that a film that defames their prophet should be immune to legal sanctions is an exponentially more daunting task. Clinton may not have offered a complete tutorial on freedom of speech in the United States, but neither did she offer an apology for that “American value” — any more than the embassy in Cairo did. And, contrary to what Romney originally suggested, it is possible for the U.S. government simultaneously to affirm the importance of free speech and condemn in unmistakable terms an ugly manifestation of it.

This column originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, Sept. 16.

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Page 6 Joshua Friemel, Sports Editor

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

UNT soccer team begins final Sun Belt season Opponent

UNT’s Record

Key Stat


The Mean Green has outscored the Ragin’ Cajuns 41-8 in its 15 overall wins.

against Louisiana-Lafayette

14-0-1 against Arkansas State

9-5-2 against Middle Tennessee

9-6-2 against Western Kentucky

In 2006, UNT goalie Kelly Goodman recorded a school record 21 saves against the Red Wolves. UNT won its inaugural Sun Belt matchup against Middle Tennessee 7-1 in 2000. The Hilltoppers defeated the favored UNT last year in the playoffs 4-3 on penalty kicks. GRAPHIC BY THERESE MENDEZ/DESIGN EDITOR


UNT joined the Sun Belt Conference. Also marks the the conferenceʼs first womenʼs soccer season.


Senior Staff Writer

After the end of this academic school year, UNT athletics will depart for Conference-USA on July 1. The move brings in more Texan and regional competition like the University of Texas El-Paso, Rice and the University of Tulsa. But before UNT departs for C-USA, it has one last season in the Sun Belt Conference, beginning with the start of conference play Friday when the team travels to Louisiana to play LouisianaLafayette. Having been SBC members since 2000, the UNT women’s soccer earned four SBC regularseason championships in 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2011, a pair of SBC tournament championships in 2004 and 2005 and a conference record of 106-30-9. The 2000 season was the Sun Belt’s inaugural women’s soccer season. It was also UNT’s first in the SBC. Over the past 12 years, head coach John Hedlund’s Mean Green produced 42 all-conference players, 31 of them first-team selections. Among those selections is North Texas Athletic Hall of Fame member Marilyn Marin. A four-time all-conference selection, Marin made her mark on women’s soccer nationally. In 2002, she led the NCAA in points

– two points are awarded for a goal and one point for an assist. She is in the top 10 in NCAA history in career points, points per game, goals and goals per game. Marin said her most memorable moment for the Mean Green was “being able to have the alltime scoring record at UNT and all the fun I had doing it. I tell people I wish I could go back and do it all over again.” UNT has been a Sun Belt powerhouse. The Mean Green holds a winning record against every current Sun Belt opponent. Four of the 10 SBC teams have never beaten UNT in a combined 45 games. The Denver Pioneers, who left the SBC for the Western Athletic Conference prior to this season, were the only conference opponent to have a winning record against the Mean Green. T h i s sea son, t he SBC preseason coaches’ poll tabbed the Mean Green to finish in second place behind last year’s SBC tournament winner Florida International. Three-time conference coach of the year John Hedlund said that every Sun Belt team circled the UNT game on their schedules. “We won the regular season title last year, and the fact that we’re leaving the conference, this is their last shot at us,” Hedlund said.

He compared it to Denver’s departure last year. “We knew that was going to be the last time we played Denver, and we had them on our home field,” he said. “We wanted to make sure that last game meant something.” The game’s meaning, Hedlund said, was deciding if Denver would take another championship on its way out of the SBC. Five minutes in, then-sophomore defender Kelsey Hodges launched a free kick from beyond half field to take a 1-0 lead against Denver. UNT’s defense kept Denver scoreless, crowning the Mean Green with its fourth regular-season title. Hodges said after the shot went in she was speechless. “You want to go crazy and jump for joy,” Hodges said. “But then you have to keep content for the rest of the game. It was the greatest moment of my soccer career so far.” The Mean Green’s senior midfielder Kara Brooks stressed the importance of the Mean Green’s final season in the SBC. “We leave a really important legacy,” Brooks said. Being the second-winningest team in Sun Belt history, “it’s even more important to go out on top this year,” she said.

Part 1 of 3 of Sun Belt series



The Mean Green captured its fourth regular-season championship in coach John Hedlundʼs 17th consecutive winning season.

The Mean Green won its first conference title during its second season in the SBC. UNT posted a 7-4-0 record in conference play, the teamʼs worst. This was the first of two times the team didnʼt finish in the top three in the SBC.


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UNT knocked out of the SBC tournament in the first round for the first and only time in school history.


UNT will bid farewell to the Sun Belt and officially join Conference USA on July 13.



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