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Weekend race fuels fans, economy BY JOSH PHERIGO Managing Editor

SPORTS: UNT looses to FAU during weekend tourneys Page 4

The deafening growl of stock cars sliding around the gravel track at 200 mph drowned out the roars of vibrating stands and 170,000 screaming fans Saturday as the Texas Motor Speedway hosted the Samsung Mobile 500 Sprint Cup Race. Driving the No. 17 Crown Royal car, Matt Kenseth won the race, which culminated three days of track festivities that drew visitors from all across the country to eat, drink and breath racing at Texas’ only NASCAR venue. Thousands of recreational vehicles began descending on the grassy fields that surround the speedway early last week. The temporary cities grew larger as the weekend approached, bringing more visitors that populated the parking lots with coolers full, grills fired and tents popped.

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SPORTS: Track and field advance in Texas Relays Page 4

Fans watch cars speed past them during the Texas Motor Speedway Samsung 500 Saturday night.

UNT extends Jones’ contract BY BEN BABY

Senior Staff Writer After 10 years at UNT and f i ve c on s e c ut i ve 20 -w i n seasons, men’s basketball head coach Johnny Jones has been rewarded. The UNT Board of Regents approved a new cont ract extension for Jones in a teleconference meeting Monday morning in which regents also voted to approve the hiring of a new women’s basketball head coach. The seven-year extension will pay Jones an annual base salary of $450,000, according to the Denton Record Chronicle. “We really want to keep

Johnny,” UNT President V. Lane Rawlins said. “We’ve been talking to him about what that would take.” Rawlins said the money for Jones’ pay raise would come out of an athletic budget that is steadily increasing. “We’re not having to rebuild the budget to do this,” Rawlins said, adding that the new stadium should help boost revenue even more. In his time at UNT, Jones has amassed a record of 177-132, ma k i ng h i m t he secondwinningest coach in school histor y. Pete Shands, who coached the Mean Green from 1935 to 1959, holds the school

record with 224 wins. Jones took over in 2001 after Vic Trilli went 20-87 in four years at the university. In Jones’ first year at UNT, the average home-game attendance was 1,809. Last season, Jones drew an average attendance of 3,552, the highest during his tenure. Jones said he had been contacted about coaching positions at other universities, and that he was excited to remain in Denton.

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Downpour drenches Denton Despite 1.51 inches, county still in drought BY M ATTHEW CARDENAS Staff Writer

More wet weather and mild temperatures are in the forecast this week as residents emerge from a weekend that brought Denton its first spring storm of the year. Thunderstorms dumped 1.51 inches of rain Sunday night and Monday morning, bringing the total annual rainfall to 3.74 inches, but not enough to lift

Denton County out of drought conditions, sa id Nationa l Weather Service Meteorologist Jennifer Dunn. “Based on the latest update of the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of Denton County is considered to be in a severe drought,” Dunn said. Storm systems are expected to push through Thursday night, bringing a possible chance of rain, and lowering temperatures into the 70s on Friday. Saturday storms are also likely. Temperatures are expected to remain in the 80s today through Thursday. Dunn also said forecasts

predict the temperatures will be higher than normal next three months. K i n e s iolo g y f r e s h m a n Stephen Simmons said the heat wouldn’t stop him from having fun. “I wish it wasn’t as hot,” Simmons said. “As long as I can go out and play baseball and softball and shoot hoops, I don’t mind being hot.” Business sophomore Jimmy Hunt said he’s not concerned about the heat. “I like warm weather,” Hunt said. “I’ve lived in Texas my whole life. I just don’t like the cold.”

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Election results trigger run-off BY ISAAC WRIGHT Senior Staff Writer

The Student Government Association presidential race is still up in the air as the top two candidates are gearing up for a run-off election in the coming weeks. Seven percent of UNT students cast nearly 2 , 5 0 0 o n l i n e ballots in t h e BLAKE c a m p u s - WINDHAM wide elect ion held last week. None of t he fou r candidates claimed at least ha lf the votes, KELLIE HILL forcing the two candidates with the most votes to compete in an additional election to decide the winner. Blake Windham, a biology senior, and running mate Edwin Chavez, a mechanical engineering junior, tallied 39 percent of the vote and will face Kellie Hill, a marketing junior, and Monica Saunders, a business junior, in a run-off election after the pair received 28 percent of the vote. Sara Fox, a development family studies junior, and Sean Smallwood, a political science sophomore, received 19 percent of the vote. Valerie Gonzalez, a public relations junior, and Jacob Moore, a radio, television and film sophomore, received 15 percent of the vote. “It would have been very difficult for any candidate to achieve that fifty-plus-one majority,” Hill said. “We were all expecting to have a run-off.” Current SGA president Kev in Sa nders sa id t he student senate would set a date for the run-off at Wednesday’s meeting.

Hill said both she and Saunders worked very hard and felt that effort paid off. “We’re very personable,” said Hill, who received 704 votes. “We spend a lot of time talking to students and making relationships.” Windham, who received 963 votes, said he is planning to continue campaigning to sway those that voted for the other candidates. “It’s just about getting out t here a nd t a l k i ng to st udents,” Wind ha m said. “It’s important that they know we’re in it for them, we’re not in it for ourselves.” Regardless of the election’s outcome, Windham said he plans to remain active in SGA and called for all candidates to do the same. “We hope that they will stay involved in the organization,” Windham said. “We still plan to be involved in SGA. We love SGA, and that’s why we chose to run for the top positions.” Gonzalez said she was disappointed that she didn’t win but is looking forward to seeing the results of the upcoming run-off. “We’re really satisfied with everything we did,” Gonzalez said. “We got out there and connected with students. That, in itself, is pretty rewarding whether we won or not.” Sara Fox could not be reached for comment. Some UNT students said they were not aware the presidential elections were underway last week. Claudia Orue, a finance junior, said she didn’t vote in last week’s election and only knew it was going on because one of the vice presidential candidates was in her class. Orue said she is still undecided about whether or not she will vote in the run-off. “I might vote if the candidates help make people more aware of it,” Orue said. The election schedule will be released Wednesday.


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Race brings business to Denton hotels Continued from Page 1 Vacationing race fans also helped boost the local economy. Vacationing race fans also helped boost the local economy. Many fans chose to stay in Denton, located 15 miles north of the track. Kim Phillips, the vice-president of the Denton Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the business was good for local hotels and restaurants. Race fans occupied a majority of the city’s 2,000 hotel rooms, completely filling 10 of the 26 Denton hotels. “We look forward to any event that is going to make an impact on our hospitality businesses,” she said. Phillips said the increased tourism was welcomed, although not as impactful as the races once were. “I’d consider that good,” Phillips said. “We’re still realizing an impact. Years ago, we’d always sell out, but now there are a lot more hotels not just in Denton but all around.” She said restaurants also saw a modest i ncrea se i n

Events this week Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Movie Screening: Capitalism, A Love Story Lyceum

Wednesday

PHOTO BY DREW GAINES/SENIOR STAFF WRITER

NASCAR fans sit on top of a RV to watch the races at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday for the Samsung Mobile 500.

4:30 p.m. Multicultural Center Lecture: Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS shoes Main Auditorium 6:00 p.m. UNT Speaks Out: Unauthorized Immigration Willis Library Forum

customers. “A ny t i me t he hotels do well, business also picks up for restaurants,” Phillips said. “People have to eat here when they stay in town.”

Thursday 3:30 p.m. Eagle Feud Discovery Park Lounge

Friday PHOTO BY DREW GAINES/SENIOR STAFF WRITER

Left to right: Texas Motor Speedway was home to the Samsung Mobile 500 this weekend. Pit crew waits for a car to stop by during the Samsung 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night.

Board finalizes contracts Continued from Page 1

were approved unanimously. Five of the nine board members were a part of the teleconference.

“The last few seasons have gone extremely well for us,” Jones said. “We’ve had a great group of young men. With the signing class we’ve got coming in, we feel like we have the opportunity to continue the things we’ve started.” Athletic Director Rick Villarreal said Jones’ contract should be finalized today. “He’s put us on the front pages of America,” Villarreal said. “Playing in the NCAA Tournament twice, that’s USA Today and ESPN for weeks. He’s done the same thing in the community by being out, being active.” Both motions for the two head coaches — Jones and the new women’s basketball coach —

New women’s basketball head coach to be named today At 1 p.m. today, Rawlins and Villarreal are expected to name Karen Aston as the new Mean Green women’s basketball head coach. Aston, a former UNT assistant coach, comes from Charlotte, NC, where she led the 49ers to a NCAA tournament berth in 2009. “We believe this hire will be very much in line with the kind of people that we hired when we hired Dan McCarney, and when we extended Coach Jones’ contract, that this hire will be very much in line with those kind of people,” Villarreal said.

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UNT hosts Cancer Awareness Week Finacial literacy week kicks off

BY NICOLE BALDERAS Staff Writer

This week marks UNT’s second-ever Cancer Awareness Week, which encourages students to learn about cancer and sign up to be a marrow donor. The program, funded through the Student Services Center and student donations, started in 1987 as an event within the U.S., but has now grown internationally. Many of the week’s volunteers have been personally affected by cancer. “I helped start it because I was a recipient of a bone marrow transplant,” said Rhonda Christensen, a research scientist in the College of Information. Signing up to be a bone marrow donor is an easy and important commitment. “I am very passionate about having people join the registry, because it’s simple and it can save a life,” she said. To sign up, students swab the inside of their cheek and fill out a form. Then, they will be nationally registered as potential donors. “If you’re the best match, they will give you a call, and marrow will be extracted either through the arm or, in more rare cases, they will take it out of the hip,” said Christensen. The extraction of marrow is comparable to that of plasma — familiar territory for some

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Students sign up for the bone marrow registry Monday at a tent run by Baylor recuirters outside the University Union to support Cancer Awareness Week. students who may choose to sell theirs at local plasma banks. However, a good donor-toreceiver match is hard to come by because matches are based on DNA structure. “Seventy percent of the time, you’re not going to be a match,” said Clifford Ackerman of Be The Match, a national marrow donor program. Because of these odds, it is definitely a numbers game. “We have about 34 percent Cauca sia n donors,” sa id

Ackerman. The number of Hispanic donors is significantly less, said Ackerman, and thus minorities are underrepresented. Tera Steadman, a biology sophomore, said she didn’t think twice about signing up. “I was just walking by and someone asked me to donate,” said Tera Steadman, a biology sophomore. “I donate blood often, so it’s a ‘why not?’ kind of thing. You never know who might need it.”

Booths to sign up for bone marrow donations will be set up at various locations across campus every day until April 16, and a full listing of the week’s events can be viewed at volunteer.unt.edu. A free health fair will be held today at the One O’ Clock Lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other activities include a human ribbon photo on Friday, south of Willis Library, and Relay for Life held Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Students engage in hands-on learning 715 service learning courses bring education ‘to life’

“Multiple students have gotten the semester. “Then they write up a paper jobs out of this project,” he said. that answers questions about “The physical therapy centers their experience, demonstrating especially will hire students as that they captured certain pieces aides.” There is currently no campusof information relevant to the BY BRITTNI BARNETT wide office for academic service social worker,” she said. Staff Writer Simon Driver of the kine- lea rning, Yedlowsk i sa id. siology faculty uses service Yedlowski is currently working UNT students are getting real world experience through learning in his Movement for on a service-learning mapping academic service learning, a Special Populations course. The project to help track the different teaching method that allows class educates future coaches projects going on within the students to apply what they learn and teachers about working with college and is hoping to host a in the classroom to real-life situ- students with disabilities, Driver campus-wide conference on service learning. ations by volunteering at local said. “We are hoping to bring “It provides practical expoagencies and organizations. Last year, an estimated 715 sure on how to work with these together people from all the colleges to talk about what service courses with service learning kids,” he said. Students are required to volun- learning is, how you incorporate were offered at UNT — many of which are found in the College of teer for 15 hours and are encour- it into your classroom and see Public Affairs and Community aged to pick an agency relevant to some examples of what people what they want to do for a career, are already doing,” she said. Service. Jordan Diamond, a social “It really helps bring what Driver said. Some of the locations students work senior, has been involved you’re learning in the classroom to life,” said Rachel Yedlowski, the choose include local school in service learning projects in service learning coordinator for districts, the Special Olympics several of her classes. Some of the college. “You get to take the and physical therapy centers, the organizations she has worked with include the Nelson Center, theories you’re learning in the he said. classroom and go out into the community and actually do it.” Courses in the college with a service-learning element usually Texoma Regional Police Academy is now require students to obtain a enrolling for day classes. certain amount of volunteer hours • 25 hours awarded for completion at local community service organizations, Yedlowski said. • Financial Aid eligible Lynn Jackson of the rehabili• Must be 21 at graduation tation, social work and addictions faculty said she requires Application forms at www.grayson.edu/trpa her students to complete 20 E-mail: trpa@grayson.edu 903.463.8710 hours of volunteer work during

the Pilot Point Community Opera House and Health Services of North Texas, she said. “It adds a dimension of practice to what you are learning,” she said. “Instead of just having theories crammed in your head, you get to see how they apply in the real world.”

T he St udent Money Management Center kicked off its first-ever Financial Literacy Week Monday, and will host a series of workshops and lectures designed to help students with their finances this week. “ We w a nt st udent s to gain an understanding that many parts of their lives are touched by their finances,” sa id Rachel Gr i mes, t he prog ra m coord i nator for Campus Life. O t h e r e v e nt s i n c l u d e gou r met cook ing classes, money games and insurance seminars. St ude nt s w ho a t t e nd ca n sig n up to w i n $ 500 gift cards to the UNT bookstore, said Grimes. The center is also partnering with the University Program Council to screen “Capitalism: A Love Stor y.” “St udents shou ld come out and partake in all the different events from home bu y i ng to c ook i ng on a budget,” she said. The events will celebrate the fifth anniversary of the center and April as Financial Literacy Month. Students shou ld attend L it e r a c y We e k e v e nt s because t here w i l l be many topics and programs, s a id K a meron L e wel len, a psycholog y ju n ior who works at the center. “St udent s a re goi ng to need to know these things l ater i n l i fe, l i ke home buying and insurance,” he said. “It may be a good idea

to get experience.” Steph a n ie E z eu go, a n ent repreneu rsh ip ju n ior, sa id she pla ns to at tend Fi na nc ia l L iter ac y Week w ith the Students In Free Enterprise organization. “I’m hoping to gain knowledge about f ina nces, a nd one of the activities is identity theft,” she said. “It’s a ver y important topic. A lot of the younger generation is more at risk for identity theft,” she said. Debt is another big issue f ac i ng c ol le ge st udent s, a nd t he center has workshops to a id st udent s i n different areas of debt, like student and consumer debt, Lewellen said. “ We’ve be en t h i n k i ng about it for a while, and we thought it was time to give back to students and faculty who have suppor ted us,” she said. Grimes said they expect about 100 people to attend overall, while some events a nd lu ncheons may have just a few students. In addition to Financial Literacy Week, the Money Ma nagement Center a lso of fers ot her ser v ices, Lewellen said. The center p r o v i d e s w e e k l y w o r kshops, consultations, loan programs and discussions, he said. “Not enoug h st udent s take advantage of our workshops,” he said. “Students shou ld ut i l i ze a l l of ou r d i f ferent resou rces, a nd come in even just for five minutes to ask a question,” he said.

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Track places at weekend meet BY BEN BABY

Senior Staff Writer On the final day of the 84th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, the usual powerhouses competed in one of the biggest track and field events in the nation. Among the maroon and burnt orange uniforms, the Mean Green had its share of representatives. UN T had 15 at h letes compete in the finals at the Relays against some of the top programs in the nation. The meet began Wednesday and ended Saturday. “You’re seeing universities there that you typically don’t see at some of the meets we go to,” said assistant coach Sam Burroughs. “As far as looking out to the NCAA regional meets, where you see the big-name schools, it’s kind of nice to get a sneak peek at some of those universities this past weekend.” Freshma n long jumper Terrance Williams was one of the standouts for the Mean Green. He finished third in the long jump, reaching a mark of 7.61 meters. It was a personal best for

Williams, who ranked seventh in the NCAA West region with the performance. “It was a big crowd, so it helped me get into it and gave me more motivation. It got me going more too,” Williams said. In the men’s 500-meter run, senior distance runner Patrick Strong and sophomore distance runner Matt Russ finished second and third, respectively. Burroughs, who coaches the long-distance events, said the scorching weather had different effects on the athletes. “It’s pretty hot in Austin, so it’s a hit-or-miss kind of meet because of the weather,” Burroughs said. “I think for sprinters and jumpers it works out real well, but for the distance kids, weather can sometimes play an issue.” Senior high jumper Jermaine Jamison finished ninth in the high jump, and the men’s 4x400 relay team posted its best mark of the season with a time of 3:09.17. The mark is 15th best in the region. On the women’s side, senior sprinter Alysha Adams continued her strong season with a sixthplace finish in the 100-meter

hurdles. She didn’t improve her time from the UTA Bobby Lane Invitational, which is fourth fastest in the region. High jumpers, freshman Shahaf Bareni and sophomore Haley Thompson finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the high jump finals. Thompson said UNT’s showing at the Texas Relays is a sign that the team is improving. “I don’t really know the history of Mean Green track, but I know that not a lot of people think we’re the best,” Thompson said. “I think that when we show up to big meets like that and we place… I think it says a lot about our program.” UNT currently has 18 qualifiers for the NCAA regionals — 11 men’s qualifiers and seven for the women. Williams said there is still room to grow before the conference championships, which take place May 13 through May 15. “Most definitely, we’re going to have to improve altogether,” Williams said. “It’s still only the middle of the season. We still got time to keep going and get better.”

Aston to be named new women’s basketball head coach today BY BOBBY LEWIS

Senior Staff Writer UNT President V. Lane Rawlins and Athletic Director Rick Villareal will announce Karen Aston as the new Mean Green women’s basketball coach at 1 p.m. today in a press conference. Aston recently resigned as the head women’s basketball coach for the Charlotte 49ers. She previously worked at UNT

as an assistant coach with the women’s basketball team from 1996 through1998. Aston will replace Shanice Stephens, who was fired on March 17 after holding the job for three seasons. During Stephens’ time with the Mean Green, she amassed a record of 25-67 with two Sun Belt Conference Tournament wins. Villarreal said the school would begin an immediate

national search for Stephens’ successor after she was fired, but did not specify any possible candidates to take over the team. The press conference will take place in the team meeting room on the first floor of the Mean Green Athletics Center and will be shown online at http://www. meangreensports.com. Read Wednesday’s edition of the Daily for more information.

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Junior outfielder Megan Rupp swings toward the ball while preparing for the weekend doubleheader against Florida Atlantic. The Mean Green fell to the FIU Owls 3-0 Saturday and 5-4 Sunday.

Mean Green falls to Owls BY BOBBY LEWIS

Senior Staff Writer The UNT softball team was plagued by slow starts at the plate in a three-game sweep against the Florida Atlantic Owls last weekend. The Mean Green (17-23, 3-12) scored all but one of its 10 runs in the sixth or sevent h innings aga inst FAU (25-18, 9-3) but couldn’t recover from early deficits. “It puts us in a bind because [the offense] is not doing much earlier in the game,” said head coach T.J. Hubbard. “You try to keep them positive and keep them thinking, you know, to be aggressive and keep attacking.” Saturday FAU started the series with a 3-0 victory behind senior pitcher Rose Gressley, who pitched a complete game two-hit shutout to earn her 12th win of the season. Sophomore pitcher Brittany Simmons also pitched a complete game for UNT. She gave up six hits and no earned runs. All of the Owls’ runs came in the second inning off two UNT errors and two hits. After the inning, Simmons allowed three more hits but was

bested by Gressley, who didn’t surrender any hits after the second inning. In the second half of the Saturday doubleheader, UNT’s offense failed to put any runs on the board until the sixth inning against sophomore Taylor Fawbush, who pitched all but the final two outs. FAU withstood UNT’s late rally to win 7-6.

“It put us in a bind because [the offense] is not doing much earlier in the game.”

—T.J. Hubbard, head coach

In the second game, UNT senior outf ielder Mariza Martinez ended the team’s drought with the first of her career-high two home runs in a game to cut FAU’s lead to 5-2 in the sixth inning. “It’s just an exciting feeling,” Martinez said. “It’s a good feeling to know that I could help the team kind of come back a little bit, but it wasn’t enough to come up with the win.” Martinez struck again for a

three-run home run to make it a one-run game in the top of the seventh, but the Mean Green ran out of gas when Gressley came in and secured the last two outs. Sunday Redshirt freshman Ashley Kirk took her second loss of the weekend in the series finale and Gressley took her second win of the weekend, as FAU completed the sweep with a 5-4 win Sunday. UNT was once again plagued by errors, giving the Owls three unearned runs. “I think I did much better [on Sunday] than I did [on Saturday],” Kirk said. “I just felt more consistent.” Gressley, who pitched another complete game, held UNT to one run in the first six innings, but the Mean Green mounted another comeback attempt with three runs in the seventh inning. The rally ended on a flyout with the bases loaded to end the game. “They fought in these last two games and they pushed themselves to make these close ball games,” Hubbard said. “If we can just get the offense to start producing over a longer period of time instead of just the seventh inning, I think we’ll be all right.”

The Breakdown with Brett: UNT baseball is a good idea Opinion BY BRETT MEDEIROS Staff Writer

Looking at the past year in sports around Dallas, a few things jump out at me. The city and its surrounding areas have become incredibly baseball oriented, as of last October of course. The Cowboys bombed its season from the beginning and the Rangers found itself in the World Series for the first time in franchise history. Dallas then exploded in a plethora of red and blue hats and T-shirts with

c l a w s a nd antlers that only Texans understand. It may be hard to believe, but Dallas is now a baseball city. BRETT W h e n MEDEIROS lo ok i ng at UNT, the story is completely different. The football team the past few years has been the Lance Dunbar Show with a game of musical quarterbacks happening in front of him. Luckily, we have him back for one more year to help christen the new stadium.

One can even say that the university is basketball-dominant, even with the team losing six players to graduation this spring — including the team’s leading scorer. The team’s recent success has allowed that to happen. With Dallas making the odd and surprising shift to a baseball town, it makes even more sense for UNT to engage itself it in America’s favorite pastime. Now UNT does not have a Division I, II or III, but there is a club team. As a high school baseball player, I had an opportunity to practice with the baseball club in the 2010 fall semester, and for a club team, these guys have some real raw talent. They have speed, pitching and plenty of power, and could really compete against some Division I schools. Mean Green Athletics could use a baseball team now more than ever. The way the Rangers reenergized all of Texas after last season was a truly incredible feat. Throw a baseball team into Denton — the same exact reaction is more than possible and with the way the Mean Green faithful reacts to big wins, things will never calm down. What they would need is a coach, a stadium, funding and scholarships. Sadly, by the time any of that happens, there will be a new generation of students roaming the campus. It would take a lot for UNT to add baseball to the list of the successful athletic teams it has garnered today. That being said, the positive impact of making that change would be tremendous.


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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Abigail Allen, Views Editor

Runoff election offers voters a second chance Editorial Students will get the chance to vote again for who they want as Student Government Association president and vice president. No candidate got a clear majority the first time. That means Blake Windham and Edwin Chavez, who earned 38.6 percent of the vote, will face off with Kellie Hill and Monica Saunders, who earned 28.2 percent of the vote. The Editorial Board thinks this runoff will allow the UNT community to make a clear choice in who it wants to have as president and vice president. We also want to praise all of the candidates and everyone else who got the word out about the election because of the increase in voter turnout. This year, 2,497 people voted, which is 958 more than last year’s total. Windham and Chavez won the election this year with 963 votes, about 260 more than Hill and Saunders. SGA President Kevin Sanders and Vice President Mercedes Fulbright won by 344 votes last year. In fact, the number of students who voted for Windham and Hill and their respective running mates — 1,667 — equals more than last year’s total voting population of 1,539. About 7 percent of students voting is better than 4.14, but it’s not enough. The Student Government Association controls about a $160,000 budget, which comes from student service fees. Windham, Hill and their running mates need to keep the campaign momentum going. Because less than 10 percent of the UNT population voted, the candidates have the opportunity to explain their platforms and win over people who haven’t voted and those who voted for Sarah Fox and Sean Smallwood or Valerie Gonzalez and Jacob Moore. The Editorial Board compared the similarities of the candidates based on the four groups’ platforms. As part of their plan to change the way the budget is used, Hill and Saunders said they will cosponsor at least one event with the University Program Council, which is something both Gonzalez and Fox’s platforms talked about. Windham’s take on repurposing the SGA website closely ties with Gonzalez and Fox’s ideas of revamping the way the group electronically communicates with students. Overall, this new election will allow students to have a chance to make a more informed choice and the smaller ballot will let voters examine all of the remaining candidates in more detail.

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Student provides checklist for online posts I understand that the price of social networking is bombardment with too much personal information and opinions. I know that the statuses blasted across my newsfeed and the Tweets sent to my phone are going to be filled with Oh My Goodnesses and Shaking My Heads. I get it — the world is superawesome and you love your friends/kids/life/boyfriend. I signed up for the site, so I asked for the over-share. In fact, I embrace it just like most members of my generation. What I’m less patient w it h are ridiculous, over-politicized Internet rants that are

barely intelligible. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Unless you’re Facebook friends with your representative or being followed on Twitter by a member of the federal government, your mini-rant won’t change anything. I’m so sick of reading ignorant posts complaining about legislation and the president, the budget and the military. I’m a huge fan of free speech and thoughtful conversations, particularly of a political nature, but the stupidity I’m faced with on a daily basis leaves me with a simple plea: Before you post about anything outside of being at the beach with your BFFL or the cute thing your

baby just did, run through this quick checklist. 1. Did you vote? No? Then shut up. 2. Did you write your Congress people on the issue you’re upset about? No? You’re typing in the wrong window. I’m sure you mean to be emailing your representative. Fix that. 3. Is what you’re saying accurate? Check your facts. There’s no reason to sound even dumber by getting something wrong. If you’ve voted, checked your facts and written Congress, and you still have something

to say, please, feel free. I don’t care if I agree with you. I’ll read it all day long.

I understand the feeling: There’s a tone of optimism when you’re in college, like you’ll be the one to change the world some day. In your mind, you are the primary mouthpiece of Noam Chomsky, changing the world’s perspective on imperialism. Or perhaps you’re tossing copies of “Atlas Shrugged” to people in the streets (although that might be dangerous given the weight of the book), showing them new ideas on individualism. Perhaps you’re the person who will finally convince everyone else of the merits of your argument in the debate about abortion. And perhaps I’m going to convince everyone that Snooki’s latest novel is on par with the works of James Joyce. Perhaps I’ll solve the Kirk versus Picard debate for everyone while I’m at it. I’m not trying to cut down

the importance of these issues. What I am saying is that when launching into a tirade, replete with talking points, hyperboles, jabs at your opponent and references to your preferred intellectual guru, consider the topic and the appropriateness of the medium. Most of all, consider your own sphere of influence. Yes, abortion is an important and divisive issue, but do you really think you’re going to resolve the issue by linking to a “think tank” on your side? Yeah, economic policy and taxation influence our everyday lives, but do you really think that by quoting Milton Friedman or Paul Krugman you’re going to change our minds one way or the other? The odds are against the idea that you’ll ever directly influence these national and international issues.

You can affect the world around you, however. You must face those issues you think are beneath you. They may not be the issues that you feel are important, but they matter all the same. You can affect local laws directly. You can talk to legislators at the state level personally to discuss policy issues that affect you. There are forums out there (such as this one) that allow college students to have their voice heard. We must use those mediums for the most appropriate issues we can and not waste valuable time and effort repeating tired arguments ad nauseum. The next time you consider responding to point #493 with retort #784, consider what good you are accomplishing by chasing the opposing argument around an Eshcer-like staircase. Consider instead debating

about some issue that you can see actual positive gains from. Choose your issue and side carefully. Perhaps some day that change you catalyze will snowball into a tangible change in national policy. Perhaps.

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

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Brandon Cooper is a kinesiology graduate student. He can be reached at runfellow@gmail. com.

Letter to the Editor: Going vegan is healthiest Dear Editor, In response to the article “Students Turn to Vegetarian Diet” from April 5, I would like to compliment Brittni Barnett for speaking out about the benefits of a vegan diet. Modern medical studies have proved that meat is unquestionably linked to heart disease, strokes, multiple types of cancer (including colon, prostate, bladder, ovary and breast cancer) and many other diseases. This is one of the many reasons that vegetarian options are now more popular than ever, partic-

ularly among college students. A recent study by ARAMARK, a leading food-service provider, concluded that one in four college students are actively seeking out vegan options when they sit down to eat. Most students are also horrified to discover that chickens have their beaks cut off when they’re only days old, male piglets are castrated, and cows are branded and de-horned —all without any painkillers. These terrified animals are often skinned and dismembered while still conscious as well.

If these kinds of abuses were inflicted on cats or dogs, it would result in felony cruelty-to-animals charges. Yet these practices are standard in an industry that refuses to make even the most basic improvements in the way animals are treated. Thankfully, with so many delicious and cruelty-free dishes, such as veggie burgers and vegan pizza, available at most grocery stores, and with chain restaurants like Denny’s and Ruby Tuesday adding delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes to their menus, it’s never been easier to boycott

cruelty to animals. Even the United Nations is urging people to go vegan, as doing so is the single most effective way that you can improve your health, help the environment and stand up for animal rights every day. For more information, visit peta2.com, where you can order a free vegetarian/vegan starter kit. Amelia Jensen is a College Campaigns assistant for peta2. com. She can be reached at AmeliaJ@peta2.com.

“I voted for Sarah, but I don’t know who to vote for in the runoff. None of the candidates really campaigned, so I don’t know much about any of them.”

Blake McCrary

Business sophomore

“I’m voting for Kellie because I feel like she will do the best job. She’s very organized and really cares about the students at UNT.”

David Schuler Business junior

“Blake, because I feel his platform is stronger than Kellie’s, as well as I feel like he will stand by his words.”

David Wolport

Public relations sophomore

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

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