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Denton school sees case of tuberculosis Brief STAFF R EPORTS Denton Hig h School reported a suspected case of tuberculosis to the Denton County Health Department Thursday. After skin tests were determined positive, the student be ga n t re at ment for T B, according to a press release. During the continuing clinical investigation, those in close contact with the individual will be asked to undergo tests as well, which will be repeated in eight weeks for verification. Denton ISD and the county’s health department will

work toget her to develop plans to determine those at risk in Denton High School. Only t hose w it h close and prolonged contact for at least six hours are considered to be at risk for TB, according to the press release. TB is airborne and caused by a bacter ia t hat usua l ly attacks t he lungs, but ca n affect any part of the body, including the kidney, spine and brain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,. Symptoms of the disease can include a bad cough that lasts three weeks or longer, pain in the chest, weakness or fatigue, no appetite, chills and fever.

Occupy Wall Street movement spreads to Dallas A LEX M ACON

Senior Staff Writer


The death of Steve Jobs on Wednesday has reverberated through the computer world. Flowers and offerings were placed in front of the Apple Store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif., on Thursday. One Apple fan brought an iPad with Jobs’ image on the screen. The co-founder of Apple died at age 56.

Students react to death of Apple co-founder R EBECCA RYAN Staff Writer

In the garage of his parents’ Silicon Va lley home, Steve Jobs, on ly 21 at t he t ime, assembled t he f i rst Apple computers with high-school f r iend Ste ve Woz n ia k i n 1976. Jobs, 56, died Wednesday, leaving the company without its “v isionar y and creative genius.” “Those of us who have been for tunate enough to k now and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and inspiring mentor,” Apple w rote in a statement relea sed on it s website. “Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will

forever be the foundation of Apple.” Jobs has reportedly been batt ling pa ncreatic cancer since 2004 and received a liver transplant in 2009. Last month, shortly after ret u r n i ng f rom h i s t h i rd medical leave since his illness bega n, Jobs stepped dow n from his position as Apple CEO and became the company’s chairman. Apple has developed technolog y u se d by m i l l ion s of col lege st udents across t he nation, including UNT students, as the universit y is home to a number of Mac labs.

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Sparked by the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City, thousands of protestors across the country have taken to the streets to protest financial inequality and corporate greed. Thursday, the movement came to North Texas. In Dallas, about 500 protestors marched from Pike Park to the Federal Reserve Bank, chanting, “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out,” and holding up signs lamenting the nation’s economic woes. T he g roup i ncluded students, unemployed teachers, union workers and an off-duty police off icer, according to Occupy Da llas organizers. The diverse crowd – men in suits marched alongside teenagers in Guy Fawkes m a sk s , d r e a d lo cke d college students and one woman dressed as a clown

– stayed outside the Federal Reserve for several hours before marching to the JFK Memorial. Zach Cruz, an organizer for Occupy Dallas, said the movement didn’t have a specific agenda, but was trying to bring attention to what he said was the irresponsibility and corruption of corporations and policymakers. “When you’re out there and it’s a thousand people in the crowd, anything feels possible,” Cruz said. Several protestors said they were part of the “99 percent” of Americans kept out of power by the 1 percent they said control America’s wealth. Lyndi Cavett, an anthropology senior at UNT and member of the Denton Anti-War Network, went to both Occupy Dallas and Denton and said she includes herself in that 99 percent.


Top and above: Protesters organized in downtown Dallas Thursday morning, marching from Pike Park off Harry Hines Boulevard toward the region’s Federal Reserve headquarters. People came out to show their frustrations with what they say is out-of-control greed on Wall See OCCUPY on Page 3 Street.

Mean Green resumes Sun Belt action PAUL BOTTONI

Senior Staff Writer With its non-conference schedule in the rearview mirror, the UNT football team returns to the friendly confines of Apogee Stadium to continue Sun Belt Conference play this weekend. UNT (1-4) returns to conference play at 6 p.m. Saturday when it hosts Florida Atlantic (0-4). The Owls are 6-1 against the Mean Green. The Mean Green is 0-1 against Sun Belt opponents after opening the season

with a loss against Florida International. “We’re either going to get in the [Sun Belt] race or get out of it,” UNT head coach Dan McCarney said. “There’s been one game played in our conference, from our standpoint, and we’re 0-1. If we’re going to get into the race and be a factor, then let’s get going.” FAU’s four losses have come to No. 15 Auburn, No. 17 Florida, Michigan State and Louisiana-Lafayette.


Senior running back Lance Dunbar tries to make his way around the Tulsa See FOOTBALL on Page 4 defense during last Saturday’s game in Oklahoma.

Hackers infiltrate website authority, compromise security LORYN THOMPSON

Contributing Writer Every day millions of people enter personal information online, implicitly trusting a complicated infrastructure that is taken advantage of by credit card scammers, identity thieves and foreign governments. While the majority of these cyber attacks are easily repelled, those that manage to slip past

the safeguards and firewalls can endanger the security of information on the networks of corporations, government agencies and internet service providers. “Ever y t h ing is on t he internet,” said Mahadevan Gomat h isa n ka ra n of t he computer science faculty. “One security breach could hamper the entire system.” In late April, Sony was forced

to shut down its Playstation network for nearly a month after an unauthorized user breached the security. Hackers seized personal information including credit card numbers of the network’s nearly 80 million users. The network was shut down for nearly a month.

Security certificates: a network of trust

To establish a secure connection with its user, a website must file for a certificate of validity, which is issued by a certificate authority. When a user requests access to the site, the certificate authority acts as a moderator and ensures the website is legitimate. “The key is that the certificate authority is trusted,” Gomathisankaran said.

Digital certificate authority DigiNotar was forced to shut down this summer after a security breach in which a hacker issued 531 fake security certificates over three months, one of which compromised the security of more than 300,000 Internet users. More than 99 percent of the certificate requests came from Iran, according to an investiga-

tive report released by security company Fox-IT. Jon Callas, chief technical officer of Dallas-based Entrust, Inc. and former Apple executive, said the concentration of security requests and behavior of the DigiNotar hacker is reason to believe the attacker was the Iranian government.

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Inside Councilman speaks out against bullying News | Page 2

Mean Green heads north to face ranked foes Sports | Page 6

UNT soccer team to host Alabama opponents Sports | Page 6

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Pakistan jeopardizes relationship with US


Fort Worth city councilman Joel Burns and Tom Evenson, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, stand in front of a crowd of more than 500 after Burns’ presentation about bullying in the University Union Silver Eagle Suite.

Councilman shares bullying experiences ISAAC WRIGHT

Assigning Editor Joel Burns, the Fort Worth city councilman whose emotional speech on bullying went viral on YouTube last year, spoke at UNT on Thursday to share his story and provide guests with ways to reduce bullying and teen suicide. On Oct. 12, 2010, Burns spoke in front of the Fort Worth City Council about the struggles he experienced growing up and the bullying he endured. The video of the Council speech eventually spread across the Internet, and Burns quickly became the voice for bullied and suicidal teenagers. “The real experience, and the real gift I got from doing something I wasn’t expected to do and for listening to that calling, was the relationships I’ve had as a result of those comments,” Burns said. Currently, Burns’ video has more than 3 million hits on YouTube. The reason it remains a serious problem is because so few are willing to speak out against bullies because of the fear they may be bullied, as well, he said. “We push it down because there is a social cost to it,” Burns said. Those who attended Burns’ speech were given a small mirror in a case that read “Someone should do something,” echoing the title and theme of Burns’ presentation. Tom Evenson, dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, said the

small mirror was meant to instill a feeling of urgency in the audience and make them realize the only way bullying will stop is if people work to change what is acceptable in educational and social settings. “It takes courage to do something. It was pretty apparent that it wasn’t easy to do. Nothing that important is ever easy,” Evenson said. Students who attended Burns’ speech said his story struck an emotional chord with them. Courtney Massicci, a social work senior, said Burns’ message was especially poignant for her because she intends to work with at-risk children and teenagers once she graduates. Massicci said she has known people who have experienced bullying and committed suicide as a result, and Burns’ story made her eager to fight this problem. “I’ve had friends and young women that I’ve mentored that have been suicidal,” she said. “It wasn’t due to being gay or lesbian, but it was due to bullying also. It was cool to see how, if you’re bold enough and stand up for it and really believe in it, you can be bold for them.” Burns currently represents Fort Worth District 9 in the Fort Worth City Council and was elected in December 2007. His presentation at UNT was part of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service’s Fall Forum program. After Burns’ speech and question-and-answer session, he participated in a group discussion in Willis Library.

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(MCT) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama c aut ioned Pa k i st a n on Thursday that it is jeopardizing long-term relations with the United States, including billions of dollars in military and civilian aid, by maintaining ties with insurgent groups that are fighting U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan. “There’s no doubt that, you know, we’re not going to feel comfortable with a long-term strategic relationship with Pakistan if we don’t think they’re mindful of our interests as well,” Obama told a White House news conference. The comments were the president’s sternest to date on the growing rift over U.S. charges that Pakistan’s army-run spy agency, the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, is abetting the Haqqani network, an Afghan insurgent group that is blamed for an assault Sept. 13 on the American Embassy in Kabul and other mass-casualty attacks in recent years. U.S. officials contend that ISI support for the network, as well as the sanctuaries that the group, the Taliban and other insurgent outfits enjoy on Pakistan’s side of the border, are a major obstacle to stabilizing Afghanistan and bringing home the 90,000 American troops stationed there. U.S. officials concede that their efforts to win greater Pakistani cooperation on A f g h a n i st a n, i nclud i ng crack i ng dow n on t he Haqqanis, have all but failed despite the launching of a “strategic dialogue” on long-term ties and increased American assistance to Islamabad via $1.5 billion in civilian aid and more than $2 billion in security assistance annually. Obama noted that U.S. efforts to vanquish al-Qaida, including missile strikes by drone aircraft, wouldn’t have been “as successful” without cooperation from Islamabad in targeting the organization’s

hideouts in Pakistan’s tribal area. But the president then said publicly what U.S. officials have been saying privately for years: that Pakistan is backing Afghan insurgents in a bid to see a friendly government installed in Kabul to prevent its rival, India, from consolidating its influence there after U.S.-led international combat forces withdraw at the end of 2014. “I think they have hedged their bets in terms of what Afghanistan would look like,” Obama said. “And part of their bets is having interactions with some of the unsavory characters who think they might end up regaining power in Afghanistan after coalition forces have left.” His use of the term “unsavor y cha racters” clea rly referred to the Taliban and the Haqqani network, whose leader served in the Taliban regime that was ousted by the 2001 U.S.-led invasion. T he issue broke i nto the open last month when Adm. Mike Mullen, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who has since retired, called the Haqqanis a “veritable arm” of the ISI, the first time a U.S. official had publicly made that charge so directly. Pakistan has denied the charges repeatedly. “W hat we’ve t r ied to persuade Pakistan of is that it is in their interest to have a stable Afghanistan; that they should not be feeling threatened by a stable, independent Afghanistan. We’ve still got work to do,” Obama said. He said the United States would “constantly evaluate” its relationship with Pakistan but indicated that a substantial cut in U.S. military and civilian aid, which has totaled some $20 billion since 2001, was unlikely because he was “hesitant to punish f lood victims in Pakistan because of poor decisions by their intelligence services.”

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Occupy Continued from Page 1 “Our country’s just reached a point where everything is out of our hands,” Cavett said. “We just want to take it back.” Occupy Wall Street began on Sept. 17, when several hundred protestors descended on Wall Street, often seen as a symbol of the country’s financial headquarters. A core group of a couple hundred have remained camped out at Liberty Park Plaza, with others joining them during the day. The movement picked up steam after video of NYPD officers using mace surfaced, and 700 protestors were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday. Various groups with their own agendas have hitched their wagons to the cause, including environmental and political activists and labor unions. Cavett said the Occupy movement wasn’t relegated to any one particular ideology. “It’s got a lot of potential because people from both sides can agree that things aren’t right,” Cavett said. On Wednesday, representatives from some of the country’s largest labor unions joined the Occupy Wall Street protestors in New York City for a massive rally, which drew thousands and resulted in multiple arrests. This week, Occupy rallies in Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco and other cities have attracted thousands. T he W h ite House ha s

noticed. In a press conference on Thursday, President Obama said the demonstrations were “giving voice” to frustration with the nation’s financial system. Vice President Joe Biden was more blunt in assessing the situation, comparing the Occupy movement to the similarly upset tea party: “In the minds of the vast majority of the American –the middle class is being screwed.” In Denton, a smaller Occupy ra l ly nea r t he University Union was held by the Denton Anti-War Network to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan. “We stand in solidarity with the Occupy groups,” said Clinton McBride, president of DAWN and an international studies junior. “If you want to make an impact, you’ve got to work together.” Some protestors at Occupy Dallas said they were in it for the long haul, and at least a few dozen were planning to camp out near the JFK Memorial. No arrests were made Thursday in connection w it h t he protests, a nd Cruz said the Dallas Police Department was very kind and accommodating toward the demonstrators. Cruz said Occupy Dallas was not leaving the downtown area anytime soon. “Our intention is to stay as long as it takes,” Cruz said.

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“The main thing that they were wanting to do was crack down on their own people,” Callas said. “We were collateral damage.” If a hacker is able to obtain a false certificate for a site from a certificate authority, the hacker can intercept any information the user sends. “You as a user will not know any difference,” Gomathisankaran said. W hen DigiNotar issued the rogue certificate, the hacker had access to any information sent by users whose computers requested the fake certificate, including email accounts and other personal information.

DigiNotar, Iran, and ... UNT? Allan Anderson, a computer science senior and information security analyst for UNT, said most of the university’s security


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“He redefined several industries,” said Randy Honeycutt, computer sales coordinator at the UNT Bookstore. “It’s rare that one man can completely change not just one concept but three: the telecommunications industry, the film industry and computing industry.” In 1985, Jobs resig ned as Apple’s CEO to pursue a new hardware and software company venture, NeXT, Inc. The next year, Jobs purchased an animation company from George Lucas that later became Pixar Animation Studios. Jobs invested nearly $50 million

is self-reliant. “We have certificates generated internally by UNT, and our university computers are configured explicitly to trust the certificates issued by UNT,” Anderson said. UNT encounters more than 800,000 security attacks every day, he said, but most of the attacks are just “noise.” “Those 800,000 attempts are usually just people trying to guess your passwords,” Anderson said. “That’s why it’s really important to change your passwords often.” Experts say not to worry Callas said it was relatively simple for this to happen to Iran because its Internet infrastructure is not very complex, but in the U.S. this method would not succeed so easily. “Inside the U.S. there are so many paths between things,” he said. “It’s reasonably unpredictable what route it could take.” Security companies are already working on technology that will prevent anything like

of his own money into the company. “It may take three or four people to do it, but someone will continue the work of Steve Jobs,” he said. In 1984, Apple released the Macintosh, marketing the computer as a piece of a counterculture lifestyle. The company has since strived to make its products as efficient and userfriendly as possible. “The difference between Macs and PCs is the ease in which people can use them,” Honeycutt said. “98-99 percent of customers who buy Macs at the bookstore come back and say that they wish they had made the transition sooner.” Cyrus Mogaka, a business freshman, said he uses his Apple

Page 3 the DigiNotar security breach from happening again, but the average consumer won’t notice a thing, Callas said. Both Gomathisankaran and Callas warned against sending

secure information over open Wi-Fi connections. “I wouldn’t send secure info over Eaglenet; that’s not a secure connection,” Gomathisankaran said.


Computer science senior Allan Anderson is an information security analyst for UNT. Although the university has had some security breaches, they have all been minor and have usually been fixed within a day.

“Steve Jobs was a really innovative and creative guy. I hope Apple will keep coming out with technology that I want to use every day.” —Cyrus Mogaka Business freshman

products on a daily basis. “I listen to my iPod every day,” Mogaka said. “I get on my Mac and use iTunes just as often. Steve Jobs was a really innovative and creative guy. I hope Apple will keep coming out with technology that I want to use

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every day.” Both Apple and Jobs’ family declined to provide information about the cause of Jobs’ death and where he died. To share thoughts, memories and condolences, email


Page 4 Sean Gorman, Sports Editor

Friday, October 7, 2011

UNT prepares for last non-conference match Team to face Big-12 foe Baylor BRETT MEDEIROS Staff Writer


Sophomore quarterback Derek Thompson lets a pass fly during the Mean Green’s loss to Tulsa last Saturday in Oklahoma.

Football Though its opponent is winless, the Mean Green is not underestimating the Owls and remains determined to pick up its first conference win of the season. “We can’t go 0-2, especially in our conference,” junior defensive lineman Brandon McCoy said. “It’s important for us to be 1-1 for confidence and so we don’t dig a bigger hole.” The game will be the final time UNT will face FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger, who is retiring at season’s end after 11 seasons with FAU and more than 50 years of coaching. The Mean Green was without starting quarterback Derek Thompson in the team’s loss to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane last week. The redshirt sophomore was sidelined with a plantar fasciitis injury – inflammation of tissue on the bottom of the foot – which he sustained against the

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Indiana Hoosiers in Week 4. However, there is hope Thompson could return to action against FAU. “I think he and our doctors feel like he’ll be ready to go this week,” McCarney said. McCarney said offensive lineman J.J. Johnson – a co-offensive team captain – will miss the game with a partially torn calf muscle. The senior has battled injuries since the season opener against FIU, in which he suffered a wrist injury. “J.J. is a big loss. I feel bad for the guy; I know he wants to be out there,” junior offensive linebacker Aaron Fortenberry said. “We’re going to be all right. We have a couple of young guys really coming on; they’re not freshmen anymore.” Featuring three freshmen – true freshman Cyril Lemon and redshirt freshmen Antonio Johnson and Mason Y’Barbo –

Going Green The UNT athletics department has encouraged fans to come to the game clad in green to show school pride.

the offensive line has kept defenders from reaching UNT quarterbacks, allowing only five sacks in five games – third fewest in the Sun Belt. The offensive line has also opened rushing lanes for running back Lance Dunbar recently. The senior was held to 121 yards rushing in UNT’s first three games, but has amassed 254 yards rushing in the past two matches. The game will be televised on the Sun Belt Network – Charter Cable channel 25 – and broadcasted on KNTU-FM, 88.1.

Wit h conference play in full swing, the UNT volleyball team will travel to Waco to play in its final out of conference game against the Baylor Bears Tuesday. “It’s going to be a very good test for us a nd w i l l let us know where we stand against t he re st of t he Su n Belt Conference,” said assistant head coach Diego Castaneda. “We’re excited to play competition of such a high level.” The Mean Green already has nine wins outside of the Sun Belt, and can tie the team record for most out of conference wins in one season with a victory. Castenada said playing a team UNT doesn’t normally face will provide a distinct challenge. “I think it’s great just to see a different look,” Castaneda said. “Just to kind of like, take a pause especially compared to last season. Things a re very different. I would like to go down there, play really hard and come out w it h a win.” UNT has two members in t he prog ra m who recent ly t ra nsferred f rom t he Baylor volleyba ll program. Sophomore middle blocker Courtney Windham spent her freshman year playing for the team and Castaneda spent


Senior middle blocker Melanie Boykins and freshman outside hitter Eboni Godfrey jump to block a hit against Florida International University. the last six years of his career work ing w it h t he program under t he t it le director of volleyball operations. “I am very excited to play against them. I cannot wait; words cannot describe how

excited I am to play against t hem,” W i nd ha m sa id. “I can’t wait to see all my old friends, yet at the same time I can’t wait to crush them.” Play begins at 6 :30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mean Green opens season against Aggies KYLE H ARTY

Contributing Writer The UNT sof tba l l tea m returns for its fall campaign Saturday as the Mean Green t ravels to Col lege Stat ion to ta ke on the Texas A&M Aggies and Sam Houston State Bearkats. The team hopes to build on last season’s effort after finishing ninth in the Sun Belt Conference with a 22-30 record, ju st m i ssi ng t he conference tournament. The Mean Green returns a stable of experienced pitchers, including sophomore Ashley Kirk, junior Brittany Simmons a n d s op h om or e L a u r e n Poole. The staff will also bring youth in the form of freshman Madison Thompson. Head coach T.J. Hubbard, in his fifth season at the helm, said he believes his rotation should set the tone for the team. “Pitching will be key, and I think we have that under our belt right now,” Hubbard said. “We have three experienced kids and one freshman that will get there.” Last year, Kirk set a school record w it h 14 st r i keouts against Wichita State and is one of only four Mean Green pitchers to st rike out 100 batters in a single season. Simmons, the team’s most experienced pitcher, returns

after leading the team last year with a 3.29 ERA. “We’ve got t h ree returners coming back ASHLEY this year as KIRK opposed to technically one returner last year,” Kirk said. “It’s exciting to have that experience.” Sophomore shortstop Jordan Terry, who spent the offseason recovering from a torn labrum, said the team must play well

“Pitching will be the key, and I think we have that.”

—T.J. Hubbard Head softball coach

against the Aggies. “Pitching has to be on,” Terry said. “And when we get base runners on, we have to bring them in.” The team also brings back one of its fastest players, senior Megan Rupp, who will anchor the outfield. Rupp currently ranks second in UNT history in career stolen bases with 30



and continues to be a defensive presence with a .982 fielding percentage. Hubbard said he plans to use the fall schedule to acclimate his underclassmen into his system and challenge the team with stout competition. “I think the big thing with our sport is that you just have to get used to the people around you,” Hubbard said. “You play 56 games in the springtime with the same person next to you and then the next year, they’re gone.” The Mean Green typically plays smaller, two-year schools in the fall, as a way to gear up for the gauntlet that is the spring season. However, the competition has increased dramatically this year, with four-year schools like Texas A&M, Sam Houston State and UT-Arlington on the schedule. Play begins Saturday at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Mean Green will first play the Aggies at 12:15 p.m. and finish the weekend against the Bearkats at 2:30 p.m.

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Page 6 Sean Gorman, Sports Editor

Friday, October 7, 2011

Mean Green tries to stay unbeaten at home Bobby Lewis

be harder to come by this time around. The Trojans are tied for first in the Sun Belt Conference with UNT and South Alabama with just one goal allowed per game. Branham also ranks second in the conference in save percentage. “We’re playing really well right now, which kind of gives us a backbone for our offense,” senior midfielder Hannah Crawford said. “We’ve just got to make sure we get the offense going in this game and get everyone on one page.” The game will start at 7 p.m. Friday.

Senior Staff Writer A week after picking up a pair of road wins, the UNT soccer team returns home as it tries to keep its conference record unblemished. When Sun Belt foes Troy and South Alabama make their way to Denton this weekend, bot h tea ms w ill be tasked w ith breaking through the Mean Green defense, which hasn’t surrendered a goal in more than three games. “We’re not giving up many goals and now we’re back to scoring goa ls again,” UNT head coach John Hed lund said. “So, we’re pretty well ba la nced right now. We’re pret t y hea lt hy a nd we’re playing with a lot of confidence.” UN T (9-3-1, 4-0-0) w i l l be w it hout sophomore defender Allison Guderian, who suffered an ankle injury last weekend, for both games. Sophomore defender Shelly Holt will replace Guderian in the starting lineup.

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Teammates celebrate junior forward Michelle Young’s first goal during last Friday night’s game. The soccer team plays Troy tonight at 7 p.m. at the Mean Green Soccer Complex. Dose of its own medicine UNT will put its four-game winning streak on the line against Troy (7-5-1, 2-2-0),

which will enter Friday’s game as a loser of two straight. The Mean Green didn’t have trouble getting to Troy

starting senior goalkeeper Ashley Branham last season in a 3-1 win over the Trojans, but scoring opportunities may

Like UNT and Troy, South Alabama (9-2-2, 2-1-1) comes into this weekend with a formidable defense, also ranking first in the Sun Belt in goals allowed. USA also presents a balanced attack for the Mean Green, scoring 2.15 goals per game, second in the Sun Belt behind UNT’s 2.77. “We just feel really comfort-

able at home,” Hedlund said. “We get to play in front of a big crowd. We respect [USA] but we always feel we should win all our games at home.” To keep its unbeaten streak at home alive, UNT will need to slow down senior forward Brandi Smith, who is tied for third in the conference with eight goals this season. UNT and USA will kick the game off at 1 p.m. Sunday from the Mean Green Soccer Complex.

Calm before the storm Hedlund talked about how UNT should win all its home games. So far, the team’s only home blemish came in the opening draw with Oral Roberts a month and a half ago. Expect more of the same this weekend. UNT has dominated the season series with Troy and USA, with a combined record of 21-1-1. The Mean Green will keep its winning ways going this weekend in low-scoring affairs before a showdown with FIU next Friday.

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While UNT won’t have senior Irina Paraschiv, senior Paula Dinuta, the Flight C singles champion at the Sooner Invitational, said she expects to build on her recent success. Paraschiv is out until February with a shoulder injury. “I didn’t have a lot of confidence before winning in Oklahoma,” Dinuta said. “But now I feel confident in my game. I want to play like I’ve been playing in practice.”

Dinuta said she feels more confident this year than in seasons past. “There’s no added pressure,” Dinuta said. “Freshman year there was, but now I’m just trying to enjoy my last year of college tennis.” Freshman Kseniya Bardabush said she feels added expectations heading into the weekend. In her collegiate debut in Oklahoma, Barbadush took home a singles championship.



“I feel increased expectations to win,” she said. “But the tougher competition should help; it makes me want to fight and compete.”

Lama said he feels positive about how the fall season has gone thus far, attributing some of that feeling to UNT’s new additions. “I’m unbelievably confident. Practice has been a very competitive environment,” Lama said. “The new kids bring a motivation and energy to the team that I haven’t seen in the past.” Competition begins Saturday and wraps up Monday.

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After winning two flights championships in its season opener at the Sooner Invitational three weeks ago, the UNT tennis team will visit Flushing Meadows, N.Y., this weekend to compete in the USTA Invitational. “We want to close out matches, finish strong and dominate. That’s our goal for the weekend,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “There will be mostly East Coast schools,

so we don’t often get to play in a setting like this.” Teams playing include Yale, Rutgers, Cornell and Boston College. The competition will provide a challenge for UNT, as Yale and Boston College each finished last season ranked in the nation’s Top 50. “There are going to be a lot of good players,” Lama said. “But we feel like we’ve made huge progress in the past three weeks since our last tournament.”

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Local players compete in iconic card game Brittni Barnett Senior Staff Writer

On a Sunday afternoon, Mike Mullins bellies up to a card table and wishes his opponent good luck. The cards are shuffled, the dice are rolled, and the game begins. The father of two has joined a group of about 20 others. The assortment of children, pre-teens, and college students at the Crowley City Library to compete against the best Pokémon card game players the Dallas-Fort Worth area has to offer. Mullins, a Keller resident, is one of thousands of people from more than 25 countries who play the Pokémon trading card game. “My son got into it first and I started playing so I wouldn’t stand around bored all day,” Mullins said. “They call me David’s confused Pokédad.” His 14-year-old son David placed first in his age division at Sunday’s competition. David has been playing Pokémon for around nine years and was ranked fourth in the world when he was 10. “I like the overall thrill of the game and meeting new people,” David said. “I don’t see myself quitting anytime soon.” Trinh Nguyen, a biochemistry sophomore, has been playing the Pokémon card game for about a year. She said she became interested because her boyfriend plays

“I like the overall thrill of the game and meeting new people.”

—David Mullins Pokémon competitor

as well. “I have always liked Pokémon, but then I was like, ‘Oh you can actually do something with these cards, not just collect them,’” Nguyen said. “The community is really good and we are really a family.” Pokémon was invented in 1996 and Nintendo, the current owner of the franchise, introduced the card game to the U.S. in 2000, according to the Pokémon website. Since its introduction in 1996, the Pokémon Company International has produced more than 11 movies, 12 seasons of shows, 25 video games and, of course, the card game. Those interested in playing the game must set up an account on the Pokémon website so that their points can be tracked. Participants fall into one of three age levels: junior, senior or master. Junior league is for those 10 and under, senior league is for those ages

11 to 14. The master league is for anyone older than 15. Joe Gonzalez, a hospitality management senior who has been interested in Pokémon since the sixth grade, began playing the card game two years ago. “The social aspect [of the game] got me interested,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve made a ton of friends because people from all over the region come and play.” When playing, participants, also known as Pokémon trainers, build a deck of 60 cards around their favorite Pokémon. Then, with the assistance of trainer, supporter and energy cards, each player tries to knock out their opponent’s Pokémon in an elimination-style tournament. Gonzalez took first place in the master age division at the Battle Roads Tournament on Sunday. “The Dallas-Fort Worth area is very competitive,” he said. “So you never generally have the same people winning all the time, so that’s the really cool part about being here. But you go to like Ohio or New York,

or to California and the same people always win.” Battle Road Tournaments are held in the fall and spring and provide an opportunity for players to gain playing experience and earn championship points. “You get championship points, and if you amass a certain amount of championship points by the end of the year, you’ll get an invitation to world,” Gonzalez said. “Worlds is

in Hawaii this year, and if you win nationals they will pay for you to go to Hawaii and then they’ll also give you a scholarship.” In addition to Battle Road competitions, players compete in regional, city, state and national championships throughout the year. Nintendo sponsors those events. In addition to tournaments, players can also practice with those in their league.

“A league is just a place where casual play is,” Gonzalez said. “[Nintendo] will send you supplies for free and people will come and play like on a weekly basis. The one I go to in Watauga generally has like 50 people a week.” Leagues are usually run by Pokémon professors. “Once you’re 18 you can take a test on the Pokémon website, and if you pass it, you are a certified professor,” Gonzalez said. “You’re basically allowed to run a Pokémon League, judge tournaments and things like that.” In exchange for judging tour-

naments and running a league, Gonzalez, who is a certified professor, can receive credits that he exchanges for prizes. Local tournament organizers set up tournaments. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has one paid organizer; however, most tournament organizers are volunteers. Anyone over the age of 18 can be a tournament organizer as long as they are approved by Pokémon, Gonzalez said. Nancy Lynch, 38, from Richland Hills, started playing the card game in 2000 when her children became involved, and is now one of the

Dallas-Fort Worth area’s unpaid TOs. “We have to sanction the event, which means we do it through Pokémon because players earn points toward their ranking,” Lynch said. “So we have to find a venue – a place to hold the tournament. We just basically run the event and make sure we have the software for it and the resources for the judges.” For those interested in playing in a Pokémon TCG, a Battle Roads Tournament will take place in Denton on Sunday at Madness Comics and Games.

Photo by Brian Maschino/Staff Photographer

Above left: Boxes of Pokémon cards sit at the ready next to participants of last Sunday’s Pokémon Trading Card Game gathering. Middle left: Chris Salinas, a resident of Fort Worth and student of Westwood College, plays against opponent Dax Edmiston, a resident of Cleburne, Sunday afternoon at the Battle Roads Tournament at the Crowley City Library. Pokémon tournaments attract players from all over the region, allowing them to earn championship points. Below left: A hand shows a basic Pokémon, a stage three Pokémon, two support cards and a trainer card. The basic rules of the card game are simple and rely on the player’s deck to dictate the path of the game. Above right: Mike Mullins, a resident of Keller, plays alongside a fellow player. Despite the difference in age, Pokémon still offers a fun, basic game that is easily approachable by anyone.

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SNOBS Chuy’s Mexican Food 3300 Wind River Lane SHARON LYNN

Contributing Writer A lthough the eater y is still new to Denton, Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant already knows how to lure in a crowd. Its parking lot was nearly full before 5 p.m. on a Wednesday. Though there was no wait to be seated. The colorful patio was spacious and inviting, providing a fun atmosphere for

the early dinner. W h i le t he d i n i ng a rea is spacious, Chuy’s also sports a roomy bar area, which is a welcome change compared to the minimal elbow-space provided at other local Tex-Mex restaurants. The server was very attentive, anticipating every need. He also managed to make sure the chips and salsa never ran dry, which is a feat considering the amount of chips I ate. With a hint of fresh lime, the salsa had a unique, refreshing f lavor. The chips were t hin, crisp and not too filling so when the plates arrived, full of hefty portions, my appetite was still intact. The price may be a little more than most students would feel comfortable with for a casual Tex-Mex experience, but the quality and quantity that is


The fajitas at Chuy’s Mexican Food restaurant, 3300 Wind River Lane, have a good balance of meat, peppers and onions. The Tex-Mex grill recently opened in Denton. served at that price is well worth it. The $11.79 fajitas seemed expensive, but the quantity of food redeemed the meal. Many Mexican restaurants often throw in too many bell peppers and onions and skimp on the meat accompanying it, but that was not the case at Chuy’s. The chicken fajitas came

with the usual fajitaaccesories: refried beans, rice, sour cream, grated cheese, guacamole and pico de gallo. The rice, although it appeared to have some potential, didn’t taste as exciting as it looked. It

Chuy’s Cleanliness Service Affordability Atmosphere Food Quality was good, but nothing to write home about. Overall, the combination of fresh Mexican entrees, excellent service, and laid-back atmosphere make for a winning charm at Chuy’s.


Mind Spiders’ web of influence fuels a fast start

Friday 10.07.2011


Review PABLO A R AUZ Staff Writer

Mind Spiders, a relatively new local band, emerged from a lineage of Denton-regular, punk rock acts such as Marked Men and Riverboat Gamblers. Mind Spiders, which will play later this year at Fun, Fun, Fun Fest in Austin, quickly grew in popularity and will headline a show tonight at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio. The brainchild of guitarist and vocalist Mark Ryan, the band plays a sort of creepy, fuzzy garage rock with a refined panache, bringing to mind a well-spun web of musical ingenuity. The band released its first EP in 2010 and a self-titled full-length album in 2011, the latter of which received positive reviews from critics on popular music sites such as Pitchfork and Dusted. “Even while the Marked Men was going on I was recording songs on my own, so when Jeff [Burke, Marked Men guitarist] moved to Japan, I had this other stuff that I was working on and I just went from there. It started out from a recording project and I was just screwing around,” Ryan said. T he ba nd a lso has st rong connections with the independent music scene, gaining international exposure through Portlandbased Dirtnap Records. Ryan had been playing in the Reds, who signed to San Francisco-based Rip Off Records. From there, a bond was formed between the Denton bands Ryan was associated with and the Northwest Coast record labels. Playing in more than one of Denton’s more popu la r acts, Ma rked Men a nd R iverboat Gamblers, Ryan’s got years of rock ‘n’ roll credibility under his belt.

MIND SPIDERS/SELF TITLED ALBUM Ryan said success could have been larger if the Marked Men continued and the band could’ve made a living off of its music, but he doesn’t regret it.

W hen it comes to the near future, Ryan said MS just finished recording a second album due for release in early 2012.

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A thousand words with local, Sarah Jaffe Ashley-Crystal Firstley

NTD: What would be considered your greatest accomplishment so far? Jaffe: I’m kind of a cynic, and I mean that in a good way. I think maybe my cynicism is what keeps me driving for more. But I think just being able to tour and to have the support from my hometown – that seems to be pretty relentless. I’m actually really, really lucky to continuously have the support from Denton and the Dallas area and my family. I feel like that’s a really big accomplishment and yeah, it always feels nice to play for people you’re close with and to have that support.

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When Sarah Jaffe sings, crowds push forward, noises cease, ears are open and eyes are locked. Jaffe, who moved to Denton four years ago before her self-released first album, has released a DVD and her second EP, both titled “The Way Sound Leaves a Room” on Sept. 27. She performed a brief acoustic set at Dan’s Silverleaf for the screening of her DVD Thursday night. We spoke w ith Jaffe, who discussed her growth, inspiration and influence as a music artist for her latest album.

NTD: What would you say is next on your agenda as far as music goes? Jaffe: Well, I’m in the process right now of recording a full-length. “The Way Sound Leaves a Room” was just kind of an EP endeavor. It’s kind of in between records for me just to show a movement, not necessarily in a drastically different sound, but just to show a progression, so I’m recording the full-length right now.

NTD: You lived in different areas growing up. When did you decide to move to Denton and do you consider this your hometown? Jaffe: I moved here a little over four years ago just because I like the music community. I definitely consider Denton home. I love it here. It’s a good community and good people. NTD: At what point in your life did you consider yourself as a music artist and what’s been your goal since then? Jaffe: I’ve always wanted to play music and so it’s just something I’ve always pursued. I don’t think about myself really as one thing or another. It’s just something I love wholeheartedly and so I continue to go after it and to pursue it and to write. My goal is kind of my drive. I just want to continue to write songs that I’m proud of and write songs that are true to me. If I relate to people in the process, then that’s definitely a reward along the way. I just love touring and travelling and learning everything that I can and playing with people that I love the most and learning from them as well. So, yeah, those are my only ambitions. NTD: How would you say your craft has changed musically and lyrically

Photo by Chris Phelps

Denton singer/songwriter Sarah Jaffe held a DVD release show Thursday night at Dan’s Silverleaf Lounge on Industrial Street. Jaffe is promoting her new DVD/CD titled “The Way Sound Leaves a Room.” from “Suburban Nature” to “The Way Sound Leaves a Room”? Jaffe: It just changed naturally. “Suburban Nature” was released a year ago – the songs are anywhere from 3 to 7 years old, so as I’ve gotten older, my taste has changed. That’s just a natural thing I think for anybody. I just wanted to learn different things. In the process, I learned a couple different instruments. Naturally it’s going to sound different because I’m coming from a different angle. NTD: So you feel like changing things is an important aspect in your music? Jaffe: I think to grow is to change, so I think it’s vital. It’s incredibly vital

to move and to progress. It’s impossible to grow unless you’re moving outside of your boundaries. NTD: Does your inspiration differ between the last two albums? Jaffe: Just things were happening differently in my life. I was fortunate to be touring pretty consistently, so there was a lot physical movement as well as my surroundings have changed and so I think that was mainly the inspiration for “The Way Sound Leaves a Room.” It’s just because I was in a different headspace and so I was writing differently because I was on the road a lot more. NTD: Has the Denton music scene

given you any influence in your music? Jaffe: Oh absolutely; absolutely without a doubt. I think, you know, Midlake is one of my favorite bands and they just happened to be around town and they were one of first bands that took me under their wing. I’ve learned and matured as far as musicianship from those guys. And Robert Gomez, who plays with me, has taught me I think singlehandedly more than any person that I’ve ever worked with. I think a lot of these people in Denton are just absolutely brilliant and I think what makes it so special is that they choose to work from Denton and this is kind of their pivot point and it says a lot about them as people.

NTD: Out of curiosity, I was wondering about your cover over Drake’s track, “Shut it Down” and Cold War Kids’ track, “Louder Than Ever.” What made you want to do a cover of those tracks and record it on the album? Jaffe: I think Drake’s pretty great, but I love the Dream more so than Drake. I thought the song was pretty good. I just think it’s a killer melody. I’m a big hip-hop fan and out of all the hip-hop that’s out right now, I think a lot of it is just absolute s--and classless and I thought that was one of the few songs that was kind of like, instead of degrading the lady, it was kind of like building her up and saying, “you look good.” Like, go out there and do what you want kind of thing. As far as the Cold War Kids cover, I didn’t have any knowledge of them until a licensing company asked me to cover that song in particular.

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LifeSCENE A day in the life.... [ HOLLY H ARVEY Staff Writer

It’s harder than it looks being the center of attention. Break dances, cartwheels and high-fives pose challenges to a 6-and-a-half-foot-tall fictitious bird that can barely see out of its eyes. “You have to k now what’s around you so you’re not falling every where,” the bird said. There are cases of mistaken ident it y, s uc h a s t he t i me Scrappy performed at Cowboys Stadium and was harassed by fans who mistook the bird for the Philadelphia Eagles mascot. Though the two are not related. Situations like that have taught the mascot to problem-solve and anticipate what’s ahead, whether that be crowd reaction or what the next dance move is. Scrappy first got its name in 1950, as a live Southeast Asian sea eagle that was housed between a zoo in Fort Worth and the UNT clubhouse, The first human-eagle mascot joi ned t he ma rch i ng band in 1962, according to the UNT website. Over the next few decades, t he school’s mascot changed names severa l times before “Scrappy” was permanently adopted. “Being Scrappy creates a closer environment to my community,” Scrappy said. “And when they get excited, it gets me excited too,” Scrappy said. Bethany Brenkus, director of marketing for UNT athletics, said Scrappy embodies the school. “[ S c r appy] i s a st aple of the universit y,” Brenkus said. “[Scrappy] stands for what we’re all about.” Scrappy is more t ha n just shaking tail feathers, although the bird does try to stay updated with current moves. An important element of being a mascot is

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“You have to be thinking outside the box, always be doing something, be up in the crowd or on the field, always moving.”

—Scrappy UNT mascot

constant awareness and thinking ahead, Scrappy said. “You have to be t h i n k i ng out side t he box , a lw ay s be doing something, be up in the crowd or on t he f ield, a lways moving,” Scrappy said. “You need to be on your feet all the time and be thinking of what could happen.” Besides performing at sports event s, Scrappy a l so ma kes appearances for student groups on campus and events in t he community such as elementary

schools and pep rallies. The bird normally only performs two or three times a week except during the week of Homecoming, which t he bird said requires t wo or three performance per day. Being a UNT icon does make Sc r appy feel d i f ferent f rom ot hers. Scrappy ’s popu la r it y doesn’t allow the mascot to feel like a normal student, the bird said. “T here’s s ome p e ople on campus I know, but they don’t know me,” Scrappy said.


UNT’s iconic mascot, Scrappy, underwent its last name change in 1995. The eagle, then known as Eppy, was officially redubbed “Scrappy.”

NTDaily 10-7-11  

UNT's student newspaper

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