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Center takes interdisciplinary approach to immigration issues BY TIM MONZINGO Senior Staff Writer


Namhee Kim (bottom) and Mirim Choi (top) are part of what makes the university so diverse. They are students of the Intensive English Language Institute.

A new center at UNT is working to unite researchers and professors from various fields to facilitate a better understanding of the issues facing American immigrants. The Immigrant Research and Policy Center opened last fall and began operating in January. “We’re trying to just [get] different faculty around campus showing us how they’re going about doing it,” said David Molina, the interim director for the center and an associate professor of economics. “They might be doing similar things but in different fields.” The center is in the beginning phases, but there are a number of ways it is raising awareness about immigration issues. On top of bringing speakers like George Naufal of the American University of Beirut

International student enrollment grows BY A DAM BLAYLOCK Staff Writer

They can be seen across campus: international students gathered in small groups laughing and talking in their native languages. International students who seek degrees at UNT take the same classes as American students. And like the number of American students enrolled at UNT, the number of international students is on the rise this fall, as preliminary reports show. Dotty Horton, director of international student and scholar services, commented on the reasons international students might come to the U.S. to study and why they would pick UNT in particular. “I think that U.S. education has long been seen as the premier tertiary education in the world,” Horton said. “When we’ve done surveys and asked them, ‘why did you pick UNT,’ the primary reason has been recommendations by friends and family.” UNT was ranked 55th out of 171 institutions for higher education with international enrollment of more than 1,000 students in 2009, according to the Institute of International Education Open Doors report. The total UNT fall 2010 international student enrollment is 2,586 students, according to preliminary international student populations data. Of those, 1,712 students are enrolled in degree programs at the Denton campus. A lessa ndra Ca rba llo, a Panamanian student in the UNT Intensive English Language Institute, echoed Horton’s statement. “[I came to UNT] because I have a friend here, and he say[s] this university is good,” Carballo said. Yet students may also pick UNT for financial reasons, Horton said. “It also helps that our tuition is much lower than most schools,” she said. “It’s a bargain.” Mary Beth Butler, director of c om mu n ic at ion s for UNT-International, discussed the financial aspect of international students’ presence. “Almost none,” Butler said in response to how much financial aid international students receive

while attending UNT. I nter nat iona l st udent s contribute $17.8 billion to the U.S. economy, according to the IIE Open Doors report, and 70 percent of international student funding comes from outside the U.S. The data from 2008 to 2009 showed Texas to have the thirdhighest representation of international students at institutions of higher education, according to the IIE Open Doors website. There are 120 countries represented at UNT, but the highest degree enrollment rates are from China, India and Korea, with 275, 265 and 212 students respectively, according to a UNT preliminary report. This is a change from past years. International enrollment in 2009 showed India to have the highest enrollment numbers with 271 students, according to a UNT international student population report. The 2009 enrollment for China was 230 students, according to a UNT report. But 2010 data shows a rise of more than 19 percent from 2009. India and Korea have remained in the top three since 2006, according to UNT reports. But China leapt from fifth place to the No. 1 position between those years, rising from 85 students in 2006. Although national data has not yet been finalized for the 2010 to 2011 school year, 2008 and 2009 reports reflect the same trend in international student growth seen at UNT. A survey of 3,000 U.S. accredited higher education institutions for the 2008 to 2009 school year indicated an increase of 8 percent total international enrollment, according to the IIE Open Doors report. The report highlighted India and China with highest enrollments for that year, with a 9 percent increase for India and 21 percent increase for China from the previous year. The 2008 to 2009 data showed a record-high national enrollment of more than 671,600 total international students for that year. Final data for the 2010 to 2011 school year, nationally and at UNT, have not yet been released.

to speak on immigration topics, other projects are underway. Molina and the radio, television and film department are working on a documentary that follows day laborers in the DallasFort Worth area and analyzes the impact of the economic downturn on them. “We think that will be ready probably sometime later this semester or early next spring,” he said. Because the center is in its “embryonic stage,” Molina said there isn’t any work being done specifically in the name of the program, but he hopes that will change as it develops. One of the ways the center plans to encourage addressing the issue is to make a range of sources available to the students. Molina hopes to have a library of books dealing with immigration issues available in the spring

along with various electronic resources accessible through the website at immigrantresearch. A former UNT official said the center will expand UNT’s scholarship. “This center will be an asset not only to the university and its faculty, but also to the community at large,” said Wendy Wilkins, former provost of academic affairs, in a October 2009 news release by the UNT News Service. “The center will support interdisciplinary research, encourage a higher level of scholarship and allow our researchers to answer important immigrant-related questions in a comprehensive manner.” Incorporating various fields of study is unavoidable when it comes to immigration issues, Molina said. “It’s one of those areas where you’ve got to have economists,

sociologists, a nt hropologists, political scientists, historians, finance people,” he said, because of the diversity of topics involved. Danielle Sanchez, a hospitality management senior, said she feels the work the center plans to do is relevant to UNT’s population of international students. Sanchez said she found the center’s work interesting and thinks it will be a benefit because there are students from various backgrounds in every department of the university. “It’s incredibly relevant,” she said. “There’s so much controversy over it right now that it would be nice to have some facts, some really solid research done on it.” Molina said students who are interested in learning more about the center and its programs can visit the website at

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UNT Disc Golf Club president Conrad Meyer throws a disc toward the net during his warm-up. The club practices several days of the week and currently plays just for fun. See DISC GOLF on Page 6

Organizations push for DREAM Act BY BERENICE QUIRINO Staff Photographer

Groups are fighting to give undocumented students the chance to find a job once they graduate. The Mueve group and the League of United Latin American Citizens want students to become more active in the pursuit. On Sept. 21, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, more commonly known as the DREAM Act, was filibustered in the Senate by a vote of 53 to 46. It was added as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill along with the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” by Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill. “It’s not just a bill, it’s a movement,” said Carlos Manuel, a history junior and president of the UNT chapter of LULAC. “We are the DREAMers.” The purpose of the act is to allow undocumented people between the ages of 12 and 35 who have completed two years in the military or in an institute of higher learning to gain permanent residency, according to the legislation. To qualify, a person must have entered the U.S. before the age of 16, have been living here for at least five years, be admitted into an institute of higher education or earned a


If the DREAM Act is passed, undocumented students will have the opportunity to become permanent residents once they graduate. The act would also allow people who have completed two years of military service to obtain permanent residency. high school diploma or an equivalent and be a person of “good moral character,” the act reads. It is estimated that the act would help 800,000 of the 11 million undocumented people living in the U.S., according to an article on Student Financial Aid and Scholarship office offers access to aid for undocumented students, such as the Latino College DollarsScholarships for ALL Students and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, according to the department’s website.

Although the DREAM Act did not pass, students across the nation are still trying to raise awareness. “This isn’t fair,” said Juana Perez, an English senior and president of UNT’s Mueve group. “We’re going to make it happen.” Perez, along with about 20 other UNT students, attended the second DREAM Act Summit at the University of Houston on Oct. 2. The summit was meant to raise awareness of the act and give students the resources to do the same.

Perez hopes to have a similar event here. “More people need to think about it,” she said. “It’s an injustice.” Valerie Martinez-Ebers of the political science faculty said it is not a perfect solution for the undocumented, but it is the only reform likely to pass. Martinez-Ebers said the general public opinion on immigration reform swings and right now, we are in an era of “restrictive attitudes.”

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Team ‘sets sail’ on discovering passions BY CHRISTINA MLYNSKI Senior Staff Writer

When Harrison Wicks, a history junior, stepped out on a sailboat for the first time last year, he experienced the wind against his face and fell in love with sailing. The UNT Sailing Club offers the opportunity to sail on the open waters while discovering a sense of pride, said Wicks, the vice president of the club. “You have to learn how to use wind to your advantage by manipulating one element over another,” Wicks said. “It puts you in touch with the earth.” Personal Experiences The club is free and has meetings at 9 p.m. on Mondays in Pohl Recreation Center 203. Practices are held Fridays and Sundays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club at 1399 Yacht Club Road in Oak Point, east of Denton. “I’ve heard from students that their experiences in college weren’t going the way they wanted and when they joined the team, it

was what they had been searching for,” said Becky Smith, president of the team. “If people are looking for strong friendships and a bit of competition, they should consider joining the team.” Smith, a history and French language senior, said she wants people to experience the sense of family she encounters on a weekly basis. Students like Nolan Mueller, a drawing, painting and ceramics senior, said he believes sailing is a good way to compete and have fun. “The team seems like they’re a really outgoing crew of scoundrels and misfits, so if you’re looking to get plugged in, you’re in luck,” he said. Life-long Lessons Twenty-three members are on the team’s roster, Smith said. Members must sign a liability waiver and take a swim test, which is given at the Recreation Center, to join the team, she said. The team has six boats but only one functions. The team


Members of the UNT Sailing Club Holly Perry, Harrison Wicks and Ellie Ryan work together to keep their sailboat in control. The club is always accepting new members to come out and learn how to sail. uses boats provided by the Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club, Smith said. Fridays, known as workdays,

are devoted to fixing up the remaining five boats, she said. The team participates in competitions seasonally and

learns the mechanics and techniques of sailing, Smith said. “It’s not just a college thing,” Wicks said. “I plan on doing this

for the rest of my life.” Regatta races consist of two people on a 420, the sailboats used in competitions. One member is in charge of the foresail and the skipper is in charge of driving the main sail, Smith said. “The goal is trying to get around the course without flipping over,” she said. Placing in races is not the team’s purpose, Smith said. “I wouldn’t be happy on a team that gets first all the time because it’s about taking in all the opportunities we can,” she said. Long after she graduates, Smith said, she wants the team to continue to thrive on passion and pride. “I wasn’t involved with UNT and didn’t have any school spirit,” Smith said. “When I’m sailing, I find that I have pride because I’m involved with something that lets me represent my university.”

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Feminist student group promotes healthy body image BY JENNY SUMMERS Contributing Writer

Students standing in their underwear on the campus green Tuesday handed out slips of paper with handwritten kind words for all who walked by their table. Each piece of paper carried different compliments ranging from “I like your nose” to “You are beautiful.” The students are members of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, and they chose to shed some clothing for Love Your Body Week awareness.

“As people pass by, people stare and they don’t know how to react,” said Jordan Hughes, group president and psychology senior. The members will continue handing out compliments today until 5 p.m.

Men Feel It Too Eight out of 10 women are unhappy with their reflection, according to weighingthefacts. com. “Today, nearly as many men as women say they are unhappy with how they look,” the British

Medical Journal states. “The number of men who are unhappy with their physical appearance has tripled since the 1990s.” Roshaun Epperson, a social work junior and male member of the UNT group, said he is passionate about the cause. “I’ve been insecure since freshman year of college,” Epperson said. “I rarely take my shirt off in public.”

Body Day in 1998, and the UNT chapter of FMLA grew the movement into a week-long celebration of body love for both women and men. Love Your Body Week is dedicated to shouting the message that “It’s okay to ‘be you’ – the true you is beautiful,” according to “[Love Your Body Week] makes people feel good about themselves,” said Laura Hernandez, the record keeper of FMLA and ‘Be You’ The National Organization a theatre sophomore. of Women started Love Your

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The week-long event has been a tradition on campus sponsored by FMLA for several years now. “As long as I have been in FMLA, we have been doing Love Your Body Week,” Hughes said. “It’s a celebration of women’s and men’s bodies as they are instead of what we think they should be.” Since its beginning, femi-

nist groups across the U.S. have adopted Love Your Body Day into their calendar to raise awareness. As she passed the group on her way to class, Kaylea Gooding, an undecided freshman, stopped to encourage the group on the green. “I’m really glad there are people willing to stand up and tell people, ‘It doesn’t matter what you look like,’” Gooding said.

meet at the City Parc apartment complex off of Scripture Street for a movie, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the complex’s media room. Friday, Hughes will host a potluck dinner and dance party at 7 p.m. at 2233 Alamo Place. Everyone in support of the cause is welcome to attend both events.

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The group will be on the campus green by the University Union to raise awareness and give free compliments to those who pass today. The members will be wearing whatever they are comfortable in, but some will proudly wear only their underwear. “It’s a liberating experience,” Hughes said. Thursday, the group will

FMLA has been on campus for 10 years. The group supports “equality between women and men and boys and girls, and supports constitutional and statutory measures to gain full equality locally, statewide, nationally and globally,” according to the chapter’s Facebook page. FMLA meets at 6 p.m. every Monday in Terrill Hall 121. The group has about 50 members and is looking to gain more. Everyone is allowed to attend the meetings.

org, a Twitter account and a Facebook page with almost 200 fans. Those opposed to the act say it grants amnesty to people who came here illegally. However, Manuel said, it “offers fairness for people who didn’t choose to live here.” Another argument of the opposition is the financial stress the act would put on universities, especially in California, which is already struggling. The federal DREAM Act does not mention costs, MartinezEbers said. Unless independent

states are willing to give undocumented students in-state tuition, the act will not benefit as many students, she said. The more undocumented immigrants in our country with an education, the more resources immigration reform will have and it will bear good will to the large group of undocumented people, MartinezEbers said. To get information about other resources for undocumented students, visit essc. undocumented.htm.

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Opinions differ on need for act Continued from Page 1 “It’s important for those for and against the DREAM Act to listen to students,” MartinezEbers said. “The young people are what will drive it.” Manuel agrees that students will be the force behind the change if it occurs. “We need to raise awareness in our community,” he said. “We want to find better ways of getting the message out there and actually gain support.” LULAC has taken its fight online, with its website lulac.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Laura Zamora Sports Editor


Volleyball wins five-set thriller Brief BY L AURA ZAMORA Sports Editor

A back-and-forth night match in Denver added another game to the UNT volleyball team’s win column, adding security to its Sun Belt West divison lead. The Mean Green (13-9, 5-2) defeated t he fourt h-place Pioneers (3-5, 9-13) in five sets (23-25, 25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 15-13). UNT earned its first five-set match victory of the season and is now 3-5 when surrendering the first set to its opponent. UNT led Denver for the majority of the first set by as many as four points, but the Pioneers gradually trimmed the deficit. An attack error by senior outside hitter Brittani Youman tied the set at 21-21. The two teams then played catchup before the Pioneers scored the game-winning point off of senior outside hitter Roxana Casvean’s attack error. Despite the first-set loss, UNT out-killed Denver 14-11 on a .235 hitting percentage. The team gave up another quick lead in the second set, but came back to defeat the Pioneers by six points.

A .243 Mean Green hitting percentage surpassed t he Pioneers’ .189 with a 15-11 kill advantage. The momentum carried on in the third set, where UNT capitalized on seven Denver errors to out-kill the Pioneers 17-14 in a 25-22 win. More attack errors plagued the Mean Green in set four as Denver’s .283 hitting percentage trumped UNT’s .250 for a 25-21 victory. Freshman outside hitter Alex Turgeon scored kill after kill for the Pioneers, forcing Murczek to call two timeouts toward the set’s end. UNT’s comeback in the fifth set sealed the deal after 13 kills and two Denver errors closed out the match at 15-13. The Mean Green slammed a .290 hitting percentage over the Pioneers’ .240. Senior outside hitter Amy Huddleston pounded 23 kills total on .265 hitting as junior outside hitter Lacy Reasons followed with 14 kills on .314 PHOTO BY RYAN BIBB/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER hitting. UNT ended the match Head volleyball coach Ken Murczek talks to players during a timeout against out-killing Denver 75-61. Arkansas State. The volleyball team split the weekend with a loss against Junior setter Kayla Saey Arkansas State (1-3) and a win against UALR (3-0). brought a match-high 58 assists with 23 digs. Junior defensive specialist Sarah Willey, the Sun the Mean Green defense. Lafayette and LouisianaBelt Defensive Player of the Week, UNT now travels east on Monroe for the second time added a match-high 26 digs to Friday to face Louisiana- this season.

Baby Talk: Green plague takes toll Opinion BY BEN BABY

Senior Staff Writer With 11 starters out for the season, to say that UNT has a maligned football team would be an understatement. However, the Mean Green has found some miraculous way to remain competitive. Last weekend aga i nst Arkansas State, the replacements and the starters fortunate enough to have evaded the “Green Plague” thus far put up a mediocre 19 points against the Red Wolves. The offense is undoubtedly suffering from the loss of a vast amount of skilled players, making do with what it has. If you compare the stats from this season against 2009, the offensive numbers take a drastic drop. Last year, the Mean Green averaged 26.6 points per game, putting up an average of 408.7 total yards. This season, UNT has

mustered 18 points per game, which ranks 109th in the Football Bowl Subdivision, amassing 359.3 total yards. To give the Mean Green and offensive coordinator Mike Canales some credit, things tend to get harder when three quarterbacks, two centers and two wide receivers are out. Whoops, I forgot about junior running back James Hamilton, who had 122 yards on 11 carries in this year’s lone victory against Florida Atlantic. With so many casualties to the devastating plague, I tend to lose count from time to time. It was evident that the game plan for the rest of the season is going to consist of a super-sized portion of running the football. Junior running back Lance Dunbar can attest to that as he was asked to carry the ball 30 times against Arkansas State. Dunbar, who was on the Doak Walker Award Watch List coming into the season, will also carry the weight of the offense on his shoulders. If

he doesn’t produce, the offense will follow suit. Three times this season, UNT quarterbacks have thrown the ball less than 20 times in a ballgame, placing a Fat Albertsized workload on the running attack. Dunbar’s production this season has dropped off tremendously, averaging 97 yards a game, which is 17.9 yards down from last year. On UNT’s lone touchdown drive against the Red Wolves, the Mean Green marched down the field on an 11 play, 71-yard drive that was capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by Dunbar. The most remarkable thing about the drive is that the Mean Green passed the ball zero times, illustrating the one-dimensional aspect of the offense. If the running game can get the ball in the end zone, a homecoming victory against Florida International may be in order. If not, it may be a very, very long weekend.

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Gorman’s Grumbles Opinion BY SEAN GORMAN Senior Staff Writer

I am lucky to say that, at this part in my life, one of my low points came from a football game played on Feb. 3, 2008. The first 15 years of my life were spent in New England. I own 10 New England Patriots jerseys and I hate David Tyree with everything inside of me. Need I say more? As awful as it was to see my Patriots suffer the most improbable loss in the history of sports, there was an important message that I won’t forget anytime soon. I better get to that message quick before I write a 10,000 word rant of an article discussing why the Patriots should have won that contest. What came after that contest from me was the continuation of a cliché we should never forget: defense wins championships. With that in mind, I noticed that most of the attention being given to the UNT soccer team was going to the high-powered offense it has shown all season. As great as the offense is, there is something to be said about a defense that has allowed 11 goals in 15 games. Sure, the offense is important, but the team’s defense will decide if it can secure another conference title. Here are some of the players who will be part of that defensive effort.

Kara Brooks

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If you think it’s one of the offensive players who gets the most playing time on the team, you’re completely wrong. That title goes to Brooks, the leader of the defense and one of the most trusted players in

Hedlund’s club. Brooks’ combination of speed and strength makes a huge difference, but her strength is the ability to clear the ball out of trouble. In the rare case when the ball crosses midfield and goes into Mean Green territory, Brooks is there almost every time to immediately clear the ball. The L.D. Bell graduate is the best player on this team who nobody knows about and is the reason UNT has surrendered so few goals.

Shannon Gorrie The excellent face-to-face defender has shown the ability to score at some points during her career and is most useful in front of goalkeeper Mandy Hall near the box. If the opponent gets near the UNT goal, Gorrie can be counted on to get the ball out of the danger zone and into the hands of UNT’s skilled midfielders. As dominant as Brooks is as the front line of defense, Gorrie’s skills are just as important to the Mean Green’s chances in 2010.

Mandy Hall What is a good defense without a rock solid goalkeeper? UNT has its own in senior captain Mandy Hall, who is a school record-holder in shutouts and has an impressive .70 goals against average. Hall is the leader on this team and can be counted on if Brooks and Gorrie let the ball near the net. Any time an opposing team leads an attack deep into Mean Green territory, there is no real need to worry. Chances are that Hall will make the save and keep UNT in the game. An emergence on offense has made everyone excited about UNT’s scoring, but it’s important to remember the players keeping the Mean Green ahead and making life easier for those offensive players.


Page 4 Ryan Munthe, Views Editor

Green campaigns, PR campaigns Editorial Frito-Lay, manufacturer of the popular Sun Chips, is bucking the trends and leaving people scratching their heads. The immensely popular potato chip, a preferred snack for individualists and hippies worldwide, has seemingly turned its back on their fan base — the bags are no longer biodegradable on the basis of complaints that the bags are simply “too noisy.” The bags had an unusual molecular structure that made them more rigid. They were compared to everything from lawnmowers to jet engines. An active Facebook group titled “Sorry, But I Can’t Hear You Over This Sun Chips Bag” boasts an impressive membership of more than 44,000 members. The company has quickly returned to its former non-recyclable bags because, according to a Frito-Lay spokeswoman, “We recognized from the beginning the bag felt, looked and sounded different.” However, the company has a point, as Sun Chips sales have gone down more than 11 percent since the bags were changed. The Editorial Board believes the end of these biodegradable chip bags demonstrates the rise and fall of the environmentally friendly company. Frito-Lay isn’t only abandoning its biodegradable bags because of customer complaints, but obviously because its sales have drastically fallen. Much like in Frito-Lay’s case, highly publicized green campaigns are usually hidden public relations stunts. Take Coca-Cola’s “campaign to recycle.” The company has continued to pollute the Ganges River in India while it tells the public through a large overarching campaign to recycle soda bottles, proof that these crusades’ only purpose is to entice more consumers to its products. Coca-Cola’s plant off of the Ganges River is the No. 1 polluter. It’s ironic for a company that is currently in the middle of a large eco-conscious campaign to continue to be the biggest polluter in a sacred Indian river. Even UNT claims it “Means Green.” Maintenance workers drive around in 20-year-old Jeep Cherokees with big UNT logos on the side. The trucks only get 15 miles to the gallon, often leak oil and put out a high amount of emissions. However, UNT has done a fair amount to carry out its environmentally friendly campaign, but more still needs to be done. UNT can’t truly “Mean Green” when its staff drives around campus on the clock in emissionheavy gas guzzlers. Such as in the case of Frito-Lay, next time a company appears to be sincere in its aspirations to be green, the public needs to look deeper into its motivations.

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Lessons learned from Holocaust Yesterday I attended a lecture about the impact the Holocaust had on the world today, sponsored by the College of Business, the Jewish Studies Program, and Equity and Diversity, that left me reeling. Fred Zeidman, the chairman of the United States Holocaust Memoria l Council, spoke candidly about his mission to teach others how propaganda of hate can fuel a society to annihilate a group of innocent people. In 1933, Germany was financially devastated after World War I and sought a leader who would solve their financial problems. They elected Adolf Hitler, who, with his charismatic speeches, convinced a country to systematically eradicate those he perceived as “racially inferior.” German authorities targeted the Jews, the Gypsies (Roma), the disabled, as well as infants and children. By 1945, more than 6 million Jews, 200,000 Gypsies and 200,000 mentally and physically disabled patients were murdered under the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. This era is known as the Holocaust.

Mr. Zeidman spoke on how violent riots were launched against European Jews to provoke people to hate another group of people. A nt i-Sem it ic l iterat u re was distributed throughout Eastern Europe by the Nazis daily. The Nazis published hateful propaganda stating lies that Jews were responsible for the financial devastation of the German economy. Many civilians believed what was published and chose not to do anything to counteract the lies. The tragic events of the Holocaust reveal that when hate and ignorance take over people, thoughtless, inhumane acts against humanity will occur. The United States Holocaust Museum’s main mission is to teach people about the events of the Holocaust by educating individuals about how to be more proactive when messages of hate and indifference are being publicized. There is a phrase “Never again” that was coined by holocaust survivors in the early 20th century to express that genocide of the Holocaust’s magnitude will not happen again.

After the Holocaust, the United Nations General Assembly formed a Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. In 1948, this assembly was unanimously adopted and defined that any intent to destroy a whole or part of a racial, religious, national or ethnic group is considered genocide. Still today, many inhumane acts such as enslavement, extermination and genocide occur, such as the killing of more than 8,000 Bosniak men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995. Other atrocities include the mass extermination of the Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994 and the genocide of Christians in Sudan that lasted for two decades. Mass murders of groups continue to occur because governments in these nations choose to challenge the unjust political and economic powers. More recently, ignorance rears its ugly head in the news. The president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, continues on his tyrannical rant on how the Holocaust never occurred; he calls the United States the “Great

Satan” and expresses his wish to wipe America, the United Kingdom and Israel off the globe (New York Times, 2010). His constant propaganda of hate has gathered him supporters such as Hamas and Hezbollah. In an effort to put international pressure on Iran, the United Nations Security Council has imposed tough sanctions on Iran by encouraging foreign companies to stop investing money in Iran’s oil and natural gas sector. It would be ignorant to ignore the warning signs and threats that Ahmadinejad is sending. The world needs to learn from what happened in the Holocaust, so that dictators bent on evil cannot carry out their plans of mass murder. More needs to be done to combat hateful propaganda by dictators like Ahmadinejad. Preventive measures such as condemning hate speeches and rallying international support to impose embargoes on countries such as Iran are a start.

Since coming to UNT as a freshman two years ago, I’ve noticed that most college students have the same problem after listening to our peers. All of us are poor. At least that’s what I hear every time I go out to eat with a good friend of mine. “Come on, give this to me for free, I’m just a poor college kid,” is a line that has no hope of working with the people serving us at all — but has stuck with me and made me wonder. My friend may just be a cheapskate trying to save a couple of bucks (that’s exactly what he is), but questions like “How much money does the typical college kid have?” and “Do most students at UNT have the means to support themselves?” and “Does he think telling the waitress he’s poor is actually going to do anything?” came to mind immediately. I have no idea what the numbers are, but I can supply a fun and simple solution for those looking for cash. Judge a local high school debate tournament!

I probably just lost a handful of readers due to the negative stigma surrounding debate (it’s not just for nerds), but hear me out. Tournaments at high schools throughout the Dallas area happen Friday night and all of Saturday. Before you freak out and ask me why on earth you would waste your weekend hanging out with high schoolers, consider a few things. The pay is great! Who said you couldn’t earn more than $100 over the course of two days listening to kids giving speeches? That’s right, $100. That’s enough to buy more than 15 Chipotle meals, see around 20 Thursday night movies at the Rave, or add another new Xbox game to your collection. In speech events, you watch six to eight speeches and rank them in order from first to last. As far as debate goes, you watch the round and pick the competitor who did a better job winning his or her arguments. It’s that simple.

There is no physical activity involved other than walking from classroom to classroom, and the people at the tournament feed you. Free food and $100 for watching people talk? It’s almost unfair. Not to mention when watching these speeches or debate rounds, you are sure to get caught up in all of the current events going on in our country today. Every time I judged in the past, I became aware of something I never knew before and gained more information on important topics. For anyone trying to reconnect with politics or even just become more knowledgeable, this is the place to be. I can also say some of the most interesting, funny and engaging people I know I met at debate tournaments. As a successful high school competitor and college judge, I have made some enemies but have gained countless friends in the process. The students are always a pleasure to speak with and helping

them improve at their craft is great. There is no need to worry about inexperience or ignorance of the event, as the people there are happy to teach you the ropes. All things considered, high school debate tournaments are fun and educational environments where you are sure to meet a friend or two. Sure, you could make minimum wage working at a restaurant, or maybe you’re one of the people who will hear my friend try to manipulate you into giving him a free meal in the future. Or you could work less and make more by judging debate. To get involved with judging, just go to, find a tournament that is happening in the next few weeks and e-mail the coach on the tournament’s Web page.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Senior citizens ‘enjoy learning’ new instruments BY DAVID MASON

Contributing Writer Retired surgeons, educators and lawyers are finding their second musical wind with the help of UNT professors and students. The Denton New Horizons Senior Band is a program that gives people a chance to play an instrument they haven’t picked up in years or perhaps have never played before. “Having a goal in place is important in the older retirement years, especially,” said Debbie Rohwer, the chairwoman of the division of music education. “The New Horizons program is a great way to keep people active, so they’re leading a great life.” Rohwer leads the group with assistance from Nate Kruse of the music education faculty and music education graduate student Courtney Barnes. Rohwer started the Denton chapter of New Horizons in February 1998. The group initially had 13 volunteers, seven of whom had never played an instrument before, including himself, said George “Doc” Holladay, 76, a band member and retired eye surgeon. Currently, the band boasts more than 50 members, with musicians on the flute, clar-

inet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba and percussion. Some of the instruments have been brought from home, while others have been donated, found in garage sales or come straight from UNT. Most group members are Denton residents, but some travel from Corinth and Dallas to their rehearsals at the Denton Senior Center every Monday evening. When it began, the New Horizons program was only open to those age 55 and older, but it now welcomes musicians from teenagers to 80-year-olds, Rohwer said. “Any organization that makes the arts accessible to new groups of people is a good one,” said Kelli Coleman, an UNT music performance alumna. The band performs for the public once a semester with a program of show tunes and other “fun” songs. Its next performance has not been officially scheduled yet, but will probably be in the last week of November or first week of December, Rohwer said. “It’s more of a process band than a product band,” Rohwer said. “A community band is performing much more often, but they’re not teaching beginners. We’ve got some amazing musicians who have more of a

service mentality. They’re not there for the glory of the performance; they’re more there for the learning and the enjoyment of the camaraderie.” Many members agree. “The mental challenge of doing this allows me to grow old a little more gracefully,” Holladay said. Margaret Gurecky, 61, joined the band a year ago. Before she retired, she worked as the director of communications for the Lewisville Independent School District and used to play the saxophone. W hen she joined New Horizons, however, she decided to switch to the flute. “I’m not good yet, but I’ve learned a whole lot,” Gurecky said. “I just enjoy learning, the lifelong experience of it.” The Denton chapter is just one small note of a much larger musical piece. According to the official New Horizons website, the program has 173 bands operating under its name located in cities across the continent like Homer, Alaska, and Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada, as well as more local chapters in Dallas, Austin and Killeen. For more information about New Horizons, contact Debbie Rohwer at Debbie.Rohwer@unt. edu.


George Holladay (center) and Ron Eitzen (right) are tenor players for the Denton New Horizons Senior Band. Holladay has been a member since it began 12 years ago.

Disc Golf Club offers alternative sport for everyone


For students who struggle throwing a football or shooting hoops, disc golf offers an alternative sport. The UNT Disc Golf Club offers students a fun sport that people can play even if they are not the world’s greatest athlete, said Conrad Meyer, a photojournalism senior and the club’s founder. “It really is more of a social thing rather than a serious sports thing,” said Tim Becker, an international studies junior and member of the club. After realizing UNT offered no group for disc golf enthusiasts, Meyer started the club last August, he said. “It’s going a lot better than last year,” Meyer said. “We’ve had a lot more interest in the club and a lot more people showing up to practices.” Participants have to be registered UNT students taking a minimum of one hour of classes to be club members, but Meyer said anyone could come out and play. Many students bring friends. UNT alumni have come to some practices as well, he said. The club is free, Becker said, and has about 15 to 20 members

To join the club, students should go to one of the practices, Meyer said. The club has practices at 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, usually at North Lakes Disc Golf Course at University and Bonnie Brae. Meyer said it also plays at Lake Park Disc Golf Course in Lewisville as well as other parks in Lewisville, Carrollton and Grapevine. Scott Bransford, an engineering freshman, said he would be interested in joining if the practice times didn’t interfere with his schedule. The club is planning an event, the Ace Race, where the first person to get an ace wins a cash prize. “We’re trying to get more exposure in the Denton disc golf community,” Meyer said. There will be a $25 fee to enter the Ace Race. The participants will get a package that will include PHOTO BY MIKE MEZEUL II/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER discs and other items. No date is set yet, Meyer said. Members of the UNT Disc Golf Club attempt to thrown an ace. The club practices at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at North Lakes Disc Golf Course. As a first-year club, the Disc Golf Club applied for financial someone more advanced to a putter that’s shaped more like The rules are simple, Becker who have signed injury waivers help from UNT, receiving the with UNT, but more people have said. It’s like golf in that there a traditional Frisbee. Players aim explain the game, Meyer said. Joel Ching, a history freshman, maximum amount of $500. The are 18 holes, but instead of a ball, to get a hole-in-one, also called come out to play. has a class with Becker, who told money is going toward equip“I think it appeals to a demo- players use a Frisbee and instead an ace. The membership and practices him about the club. He had never ment such as discs, a mobile pracgraphic of students who wouldn’t of a hole, a chain basket. The normally play sports,” Becker basket is usually about 3 or 4 feet are open to anyone, even if they played disc golf before but is now tice basket and maybe jerseys, don’t have equipment or don’t a member of the club and played Meyer said. in diameter. said. Eventually, Meyer said he The Frisbee is thrown into an know how to play, Becker said. for the first time at one of the hopes to form a disc golf team and array of chains, making it fall into Other club members offer tips group’s practices last week. “It was real fun,” Ching said, compete against other schools in the basket. There are two types of and pointers to help out. If someone is new to the game, laughing. “I was really bad, but the National Collegiate Disc Golf discs: a driver that is flat in shape Championship. and made for long distances and they team the beginner up with it was real fun.”

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