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Volume 96 | Issue 52

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The Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas

FDA may ban menthol cigarettes BY AMANDA VIOLET R AVOTTI Intern


The Transportation Security Administration has been at the center of controversy involving full-body scanners at airports that produce nude images of passengers.

Airport security initiates debate BY MACKENZIE MICHEL

Staff Writer

New controversial security procedures being introduced at airports have some holiday travellers wondering what to expect. The Transportation Security Administration is implementing the use of Advanced Imaging Technology Units, which show an image of a person’s naked body, and enhanced pat-down procedures as a part of its “many layers of security” to keep travelers safe, according to the TSA website. “They’re going overboard a little bit and it’s gotten really intrusive,” said Rachel Schiller, an international studies senior.

“It’s a whole picture of you, not just a skeleton.”

—Rachel Schiller International studies senior Being Scanned The body scanners are in use in 70 airports across the nation, including the Dallas-Fort Worth one, according to the American Civil Liberties Union website. The new procedures are an attempt to tighten security after a man attempted to detonate explosives hidden in his underwear on a flight bound for Detroit in December 2009. The units, or body scanners, have met backlash because of the graphic nature of the images. Schiller was one of two women selected to go through a body scanner when she flew to North Carolina in October. At the time, Schiller thought she was going through an X-ray machine. “I was just told to go in, and

I didn’t even know what it was until afterwards,” Schiller said. “Apparently it’s a whole picture of you, not just a skeleton.” Schiller said it was a big surprise when she found out what the machine actually was. Differing Views The ACLU has voiced many concerns over the appropriateness of the body scanners. “It is a virtual strip search that reveals not only our private body parts, but also intimate medical details like colostomy bags,” according to the ACLU website. “That degree of examination amounts to a significant assault on the essential dignity of passengers.” The group also doubts the effectiveness, saying it isn’t clear that such technology would have detected explosives like the ones the man hid in his underwear. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said the scanners are safe and discreet. She asked for cooperation and patience when dealing with the new procedures, according to an opinion piece by her published in USA Today. “Our best defense against such threats remains a riskbased, layered security approach that utilizes a range of measures, both seen and unseen, including law enforcement, advanced technology, intelligence, watch-list checks and international collaboration,” Napolitano said. Napolitano said the images are seen by a separate TSA agent in a private room and the agent assisting the passenger never views the image. She said the unit does not have the capability to store, print or send the images taken.

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The Food a nd Dr ug Administration is considering a ban on menthol cigarette sales. Because the target audiences are African-Americans and younger people, menthols have emerged as a more controversial product than regular cigarettes. According to a study published in Nic ot i ne a nd Tobac c o Research, menthol cigarettes are favored by about threequarters of African-American smokers. “Menthol hides the burn of the irritant,” said Marisa Moore of the kinesiology, health promotion and recreation faculty. “Numbing is the trick that disguises the initial irritant of the smoke, and then the smoker has to have more menthol to mask the irritation, and that’s where the addiction takes place.” T he F DA w a s g i v en the authority to regulate tobacco products in 2009 and has banned various fruit-flavored cigarettes, with menthol being the next goal.


RTVF freshman Payton Forrest smokes outside of Kerr Hall. The FDA’s current bans on chocolate and clove-flavored cigarettes were precursors to the impending decision about menthol cigarettes. The ban is dependent on more research. Menthol covers up the harshness of tobacco. Described as cooling, soothing, smooth and minty, it makes up a growing share of the shrinking cigarette market. “Students find it smooth, and the problem is that once they have one they build up a tolerance,” Moore said. “This is a money-making mule for big tobacco companies. They can

make a lot of money off this population.” Pitching Menthol In 2002, Spanish People pitched a promotional offer for menthol cigarettes that 65 percent of African-Americans took up, whereas 29 percent did not. Higher rates of advertising were found in Spanish and Ebony magazines.

Three studies from 1987 to 2005 indicated cigarette ads in print media geared toward African-Americans were more likely to promote menthols, according to the FDA’s website. In one study, researchers found Ebony was 9.8 times more likely to have menthol advertisements than People.

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UNT ends season, era against KSU Mean Green hosts Jayhawks in stadium finale BY BEN BABY

Senior Staff Writer Tears will be shed and goodbyes will be said when the Mean Green says farewell to 22 seniors and Fouts Field this Saturday. It will be the final game of the season and the last game in the historic stadium. T he Mea n Green w i l l attempt to send the stadium away w ith a w in against Kansas State. The Wildcats are the first team from the Big 12 Conference to play in Denton since Baylor in 2003, when UNT beat down the Bears 52-14. Home victories have been hard to come by over the last three seasons. During that stretch, the Mean Green is 1-15 at Fouts Field, with the lone win coming against Western Kentucky in 2009. “We know we’re the underdogs,” redshirt sophomore quarterback Riley Dodge

said. “We understand that. They’re a good football team, and we’re going to give everything we got.” Saturday’s game will be the sixth match-up between the two schools. KSU has won four of the five previous contests, including the first career win for current head coach Bill Snyder. The last meeting took place in 2008, when the Wildcats clobbered the Mean Green 45-6. Against Big 12 schools, UNT is 7-55. The game will feature two of the top running backs in the nation. Junior running back Lance Dunbar is 10th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in rushing, averaging 116.6 yards per game. KSU running back Daniel Thomas has been impressive as well, averaging 111.5 yards per game to rank 14th in the FBS. Prior to the start of the season, both running backs were preseason Doak Walker Award candidates. “I like competition,” Dunbar said. “I like going against an opposing team’s [running] back. He’s ranked up there with me in the nation in rushing, and I want to beat him.”


Senior defensive back Ira Smith intercepts junior wide receiver B.J. Lewis at practice Tuesday. The Mean Green hosts Kansas State at 3 p.m. Saturday at Fouts Field. Dunbar will be going up against a susceptible rush defense. The Wildcats rank last in the Big 12 and 117th in the nation, allowing 222.8 yards per game. The Mean Green rush defense is third in the Sun Belt Conference, giving 167.8 yards per game on the ground. Last week against LouisianaMon roe, t he Mea n Green defen se w a s ex posed. It conceded 233 yards on the ground a nd a llowed ULM to score 49 points, the most points UNT has given up all season.

“We have to play like a totally different defense than we played last week,” senior linebacker Craig Robertson said. “We have to play sound all the way around.” The game will be the last for a slew of seniors, including offensive linemen Esteban Sa nt iago, V ictor Gi l l a nd Robertson. The trio has a combined 119 starts among them, and they will be in the starting lineup one last time in 262nd game at Fouts Field. “We started off with a loss,” Robertson said. “It would be better to finish with a win.”

actually,” Patey said. “They’re just folks like you or me. They have great talent, great skills, great knowledge.” The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command serves five counties: Dallas, Denton, Collin, Ellis and Tarrant. “The populations of those counties is larger than all of Oklahoma,” Patey said. “We ser ve 100,000 people in a year.” Their efforts are paying off. The Feeding America report showed 92 percent of adult clients were either “very satisfied” or “somewhat satisfied” with the amount of food they received, and 93 percent were happy with the food quality. St ude nt or g a n i z a t ion s also want to help with these

community issues. UNT SERV ES is a RE A L c om mu n it y t h at s h a p e s st udents i nto com mu n it y leaders. “We do community service activities,” said Bill Atkinson, a behavior analysis freshman, from his lawn chair. He held a sig n a sk i ng passers-by to donate money to get a homeless shelter closer to Denton. Atkinson said this is the first time SERVES has tried to raise money for a new shelter. “Nex t semester, we a re doing another fundraiser for food in the temporary homeless shelter,” Atkinson said. “If we have a place for the hungry, feeding them will be easier.”

Organizations help with American hunger problem BY MATTHEW CARDENAS Intern

About 5.7 million different people, or 1 in 50 Americans, re c ei ve emer genc y food assistance from the Feeding America system any given we ek . Ac c ord i ng to t he National Report Prepared for Feeding America, that is an increase of 27 percent since 2005. Hunger is on the rise in America. The report says the system served an estimated 37 million people last year, an increase of 46 percent since 2005. However, there are organizations to help ease the hurt of hunger in Denton. The Shepherd’s Hand is a nonprofit ministry to help alle-

viate hunger in the Denton County area. “We’re feeding the hungry,” said Diana Garrison, executive director of The Shepherd’s Hand. “We give them food to prepare for breakfast, lunch and dinner.” The orga nization determines the amount of food by the amount of people in the home and what they have to cook with. “Not all of the guests have ovens or microwaves to cook with,” Garrison said. Garrison and The Shepherd’s Ha nd sta r ted i n October of 2008. By 2009, they were feeding 1,300 households a month. The number of hungry people peaked in Januar y, when more than 7,000 people

“We aren’t only serving the homeless. We are serving families in the community as well.”

—Pat Patey Salvation Army public relations manager

were fed. “I was just in awe,” Garrison sa id. “We rea l ly saw t he change w it h t he economy recessing.” The Shepherd’s Hand also offers ministry to its guests. The local Salvation Army w i ll help t he hung r y t his holiday season. “We are providing a free Thanksgiving lunch in the shelter in Denton,” said Pat

Patey, a Salvation Army public relations manager. They will serve food from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. “We aren’t only serving the homeless,” Patey said. “We are serving families in the community as well.” The Tha n ksg iv ing mea l served 157 people last year and 125 the year before. Patey said he expects more this year. “It is a very festive activity,


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Facebook to start e-mail By Danielle Bice Intern

Photo by Drew Gaines/staff PhotoGraPher

The future site of the Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant is at Hickory and Industrial streets. The eatery is part of a Texas chain that has restaurants in Fort Worth and Austin, but each location attempts to have its own atmosphere.

Mushroom to come to Industrial Street scene B y l ory n Thompson Intern

Garage doors on a brick bui lding a ren’t t y pica l of franchise restaura nts, but owner Martha Jensen said the site is perfect for a Mellow Mushroom. The Mellow Mushroom, a pizza chain with locations in Austin and Fort Worth, will open its Hickory Street doors next summer. “It’s an entire experience when you come to the Mellow Mushroom,” Jensen said. “We try to make your day every time you walk in.” Jensen, a Denton resident, has co-owned one in Fort Worth for five years. She hopes the eatery will fit in with Denton’s atmosphere. “I love Denton,” she said. “I want [the restaurant] to be a part of downtown and what’s going on down there.” T he Mel low Mush room serves a variety of foods, but it is mostly known for its beer and pizza. “My f avor ite i s c a l le d Magical Mystery Tour,” Jensen said. “We also have a full bar with about 20 beers on tap.” Jensen said although the Mellow Mushroom is part of a franchise, the owners of the individual restaurants make sure each one is distinctive. “No two Mellow Mushrooms are alike,” she said. “W hen we were looking for a spot … I walked in the building and I just knew.” Linda Ratliff, the Denton

director of economic development, said the local chain vibe is naturally drawn to the area. “It’s the ambiance of downtown,” Ratliff said. “It’s is a little funkier. People go for the experience, not just for the evening.” Jensen feels t he Mellow

“It’s a different product,” Smithers said. “If anything, it’s going to bring more foot traffic because it has more of a name.” Alex Graser, a music sophomore, said he doesn’t go to the area often because of its distance from campus. “It’s kind of out of the way,”

“I’ve been to the one in Austin four or five times. I definitely enjoyed it and will definitely go to the one here.”

—Amrit Khalsa International studies sophomore

Mushroom is different enough to not need to be competitive with other businesses. “There’s room for ever ybody in Denton,” she said. “The more business we get downtown, the better it is for everyone.” Hot Box pizza is a chain restaurant on Industrial Street almost directly across from the Mellow Mushroom building. Joseph Smithers, the store manager at Hot Box, is not worried about competition from the new pizza place. “People buy from ever ywhere,” he said. “It might take away some business, but it’s not going to be anything horrible.” Like Jensen, Smithers also believes the Mellow Mushroom could benefit the area.

he said. “I would go if I was really in the mood.” For some students, however, downtown Denton is a second home. Amrit Khalsa, an international studies sophomore, and her friend Hannah Wriston, a psychology junior, frequent restaura nts nea r t he new Mellow Mushroom location. “We go to Fuzzy’s a lot and we go to Hot Box,” Wriston said. “The novelty of a new pizza place is exciting.” Khalsa used to live in Austin and said she is looking forward to the Mellow Mushroom’s arrival. “I’ve been to the one in Austin four or five times,” K ha lsa sa id. “I def in itely enjoyed it and will definitely go to the one here.”

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Facebook announced last Monday that it will launch its own e-mail service that will compete with Google’s Gmail. “Overall, I expect it will strengthen Facebook’s hold on their existing users by giving them another way to use the service, and another feature to become dependent on,” said Michael Magro, a business computer information systems graduate student. The new e-mail service will be accessible from PCs and mobile phones and will include instant messages, text messages and Facebook messages. “I think Facebook wants to be the go-to platform for people,” said Samra Bufkins of the department of strategic communications. “It’s going to be a comprehensive communications platform.” With Microsoft as an investor, Facebook has been Google’s rival and is “trying to challenge Google,” Bufkins said. Whether Google’s Gmail will suffer because of Facebook’s service depends on whether Facebook is a good replacement, Magro said. “Gmail is a suped-up traditional e-mail client with superior spam protection and an intui-

tive multi-platform, mobile-enabled interface,” Magro said. “It is unclear how the new Facebook service works as a replacement for traditional e-mail.”

“It will strengthen Facebook’s hold on their users.”

—Michael Magro Business computer information systems graduate student

While the new system will give users an suffix on their address, the message system will not have any subject lines, CC’s or BCC’s. “I expect Gmail will lose some traffic, but I also expect that many people with established Gmail accounts may not switch because of the disruption to their active communication stream and because the new Facebook service won’t operate like traditional e-mail,” Magro said. With the recent privacy breach that Facebook struggled with and other publicized security issues, some feel the new e-mail system

won’t take off right away. “You’ll see the real innovators and super-early adopters will jump on the bandwagon,” Bufkins said. “I think the rest of us are going to be slow to it, and I don’t see giving up an e-mail account any time soon.” Some students who have Facebook accounts are not ready to give up their old e-mail accounts yet. “All my stuff is already on the e-mail that I have,” said Brenna Andersen, a psychology freshman. “Also, if I had to use [my e-mail] for a professional reason, Facebook isn’t very professional.” Facebook is taking its first steps to transition from a social network into a communications system. “I see this as a relatively small step to sort of test the waters and see what happens,” Magro said. “As long as they continue to have success, I expect them to branch out into telecommunications and media delivery.” Although Facebook’s e-mail system is not going to be an “e-mail killer,” Bufkins said, she does believe other e-mail services will begin to evolve. “I have a feeling people are writing code even as we speak to make changes to their e-mail platforms,” Bufkins said.

Menthol ads target race Continued from Page 1 Moore said African-Americans are frequent menthol users because they are most affected by advertisements in magazines like Ebony. Major cigarette companies spend about $12.5 billion a year on marketing, or $3.4 million per day, she said. “It’s because of the huge discounts and advertisements of cigarettes that are concentrated on low socioeconomic status and the low educated,” Moore said. “The lack of education is what they’re capitalizing on.” African-Americans have disproportionately high rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other smoking-related illnesses. African-American men are 37 percent more likely to develop and 22.5 percent more likely to die from lung cancer than Caucasian men, according to the American Lung Association. “This does not mean to me that something is targeted towards African-American smokers because the flip side is that it would probably enhance African-American health,” said Gary Bledsoe, president of the Texas NAACP. Preventative Measures The FDA plans to put graphic warning labels and images on cigarette packaging as part of the government’s new tobacco prevention efforts, according to its website. By 2012, companies will be required to have the

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The Food and Drug Administration is considering a ban on menthols. labels to sell cigarettes. “I think that they would be effective in keeping people from smoking rather than one that’s been a smoker for decades,” said Paul Collins of the political science faculty. “A 16-year-old thinking about smoking for the first time that sees a picture of lung cancer would probably play a role.” Menthol cigarettes now account for more than onequarter of all cigarettes sold in the U.S., according to CNN Health. “It’s like a double threat,” said Matthew Wattles, a radio, television and film sophomore. “It’s crystallizing your brains and turning on your mind in a natural way. It’s really speeding you up like you’re taking an Adderall you don’t need.” Drawing Them In Advertisements may or may not have strong impacts on people’s decisions.

Rya n Laster, assista nt manager of 7-Eleven and a graduate student, said impressionable people are pulled in by peer pressure and friends who smoke. More than 680 menthol cigarettes were sold in a month. “Because we sell a decent amount as far as our sales go, about 15 percent of our sales are from menthols,” Laster said. Adam Edwards, a history junior, doesn’t think the FDA’s idea will work. “I feel like if they do [put the pictures on the packages], they should just ban all cigarettes,” he said. “I don’t feel like if any cigarette has a flavor it’s going to make children want to smoke them and die.” Edwards, who smokes regular cigarettes, said only non-smokers will be affected by the images. “I’m still going to smoke even if there’s a creepy picture on the outside,” he said. “It’s just going to stop people from picking up smoking.”

Passengers dislike pat-downs Continued from Page 1

Schiller said a family friend request that the pat-down be conducted in a private room, experienced the enhanced patand you have the option to have down when returning home that pat-down witnessed by a from Wales recently. Pat-Down Problems “They were really upset Chris Ivester, an entrepre- person of your choice,” Pistole because there was a woman neurial business senior, said the said. Yet the pat-downs are as in front of them wearing a body scanners are a hassle, but burqa who was allowed to be ann controversial as the body scan- Accommodation he’d rather be safe than sorry The UNT Office of Disability patted down in private, but ners. when he flies. hours for Spring 2010. Drop by with any questions, M The ACLU has received they weren’t asked and they “It’s not like they’re actually from 2-3 pm. No appointment necessary. First come, fir looking at you and thinking that hundreds of complaints about just started being patted down publically without permission,” pat-downs, person looks awesome naked or the enhanced Office of Disability Accommodation University she said. Suite 321 website. Union, anything,” Ivester said. “People according to the ACLU (940) 565-4323 Still, Napolitano said a Men, women and children are being way too paranoid.” majority Americans say and Administrator John Pistole reported feeling humiliated University of NorthofTexas said if a passenger feels traumatized by these searches, they prefer the new technology uncomfortable with the body according to the website. Some as compared to alternative scanner, then they may chose even compared the experience methods. A recent CBS Poll said 81 to “opt-out” and instead receive to a sexual assault. The pat-downs involve a TSA percent of adults interviewed an enhanced pat-down by a same-sex TSA agent, according agent touching the genitals between Nov. 7 and 10 say the and women’s breasts through body scanners should be used to the TSA website. in airports. “You have the option to clothing.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Katie Grivna Arts & Life Editor

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Students sharpen skills, blades through martial arts ARMA-Denton group members fight together BY WILL SHEETS Web Intern

Instead of spending their Sundays hitting the books, some UNT students dedicate their time to hitting each other with wooden swords. Part of an international nonprofit organization known as the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts, or ARMA, the group studies how Europeans fought using a large variety of weapons during the medieval and Renaissance eras, according to the organization’s website, The Denton-based group, ARMA-Denton, practices on the grassy area outside the Language Building from 2-5 p.m. on Sundays. “One thing we try to get the public to realize is that this isn’t about fantasy, this isn’t about role play,” said Parker Brown, a studio art graduate student and founder of the Denton group. “These were real weapons. It’s designed to do

Changing Perceptions While ARMA’s main goal is the rediscovery and accurate practice of European martial arts, the organization also strives to dispel any preconceptions about fighting styles. “To educate people,” Morgan said. “That’s my personal goal in all this.” Brown said when people think about medieval fighters, they picture clumsy knights clad in clunky plate armor who wildly swung their swords around and hope for the best. “It was actually a very, very precise art form,” he said. Their practices outside the Fighting Techniques Language Building have helped During practice, members them pursue that goal, as they spar using wooden swords called often have curious patrons of wasters and attack one another PHOTO BY BERENICE QUIRINO/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER the nearby Pita Pit, Jimmy John’s with the intent to do bodily harm Ben Morgan, a UNT alumnus and member of the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts of Denton, practices his fighting and Crooked Crust come over to to their partner. talk to them. “You really don’t have time skills Sunday afternoons by the Language Building. “I think it’s really cool that to think [while sparring],” said white-shirt James Perez, a costumes, go out into the woods very surprisingly low,” Brown All of the techniques ARMA they found a hobby that they computer science senior. and pretend we’re elves,” said said. “The whole point is to not members learn come from trans- like, even though they look ridicBrown said members have had Ben Morgan, a red-shirt member get hit.” lated texts written between the ulous doing it,” said Kendall broken fingers in the past and it’s who leads weekly studies. Participants also do an exer- 14th and 17th centuries by people Stephens, a psychology sophrecommended participants wear However, only members who cise called tip progressions, who dedicated their lives to omore, who works at the Pita Pit. a fencing helmet and gloves for are confident they have learned which teaches them the four learning these martial arts. For more information about protection. The group currently has five enough to protect themselves are guards traditionally used with “If we’re gonna play fight, expected to spar. the long-sword and how to tran- active red-shirt members and 10 the Denton area study group, visit we might as well dress up in white-shirt prospects. “The level of injury is actually sition between them. one thing and one thing only, and it does it very well, and that is kill human beings.” Anyone is welcome to practice on a trial basis, but after the first three sessions people are asked to pay an annual $40 membership fee, which the organization uses to buy antique weapons and supply gear for the ARMA’s more than 20 study groups. All trial participants must wear a white shirt and black pants and start off learning the long-sword. Members of ARMA practice wearing a red shirt and black pants.

Students make green products Students withdraw, say

goodbye to college life

BY STEPHANIE ROSS Contributing Writer

Putting paper in the blender may sound like a silly idea, but for Denton resident Melissa Haas, it’s a way of recycling. “About five or six years ago, I started making Christmas cards,” Haas said. “I was an environmental major, so I was very interested on how to reuse cards I receive, but it wasn’t until I found out that a good friend of mine made some paper with her first graders, I thought ‘Well, if first graders can do it, so can I,’ and I have been doing it ever since.” Many students are finding simple ways of recycling and reusing items, to help the environment and save money. “Making your own stuff is a lot cheaper in the long run,” said Madison Gilbert, a visual arts studies freshman. “Often times, if I go shopping, a big factor to if I actually buy something is if I can make it.” Gilbert sews various things and paints shoes, especially if she feels like she needs a new wardrobe. “Four generations of women in my family make their own clothes, me included, so I’ve grown up being crafty and creative,” Gilbert said. “I’ve also grown up on a budget, so I have learned to work with what I have and being cheap about it.” The North Texas Energy and Environment Club also gets in on the recycling action by promoting creative ways to substitute everyday items. “We’ve made ever ything from an everyday cleaner to


no jobs appealed to me. I want to be a ranger in special combat.” Hochdorf has been a part of the As the semester closes, some students are deciding UNT is ROTC program on campus and said he plans to return to school not the place for them. In the past, student enroll- when he leaves the Army. The last day for students to ment has decreased by an average of about 18 percent receive a refund for a percentage from the fall to spring semes- of their tuition was Sept. 23. ters, according to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness website. “If my mom lived closer, it would have made it so much easier because I’ve never been away from my family,” said freshman Katie Short, who withdrew from UNT in October. Short said there was a After that date, only students medical issue in her family, six called for active duty in the milihours away in Amarillo, and tary have the option to get their she wanted to be with them. money back, explained Bobby She was jealous when she saw Lothringer, the associate regisher friends go home for the trar. By Texas law, students leaving weekend, she said. for active duty can get a refund Short’s financial aid plan or receive “incompletes” in their means she can’t return to UNT classes. They can resume them for two years. She’s starting to after their military career ends. regret her withdrawal. According to the office’s “I miss all my friends,” Short website, 34,153 students were said. “I actually miss doing enrolled at UNT in the fall of 2007, homework. I miss my job at followed by only 32,257 in the UNT ... I miss the college life. spring of 2008, a difference of 1,896 It was the worst decision I’ve students. 1,808 of those students ever made.” were freshmen. The website shows Other students are leaving similar patterns in 2005 and 2006. to join the military, including Numbers this semester have not journalism freshman Race Hochdorf. “I’ve been thinking about it for a long time, but never told anybody,” Hochdorf said. “I looked at naval and air force, but Staff Writer

been released, as students can still withdraw. “It’s always an issue, but at this point I don’t think we have high enough numbers to make it a critical issue,” Lothringer said. Maureen McGuinness, the assistant vice president for Student Affairs, said CAREteen, the Student

“I miss the college life. It was the worst decision I’ve ever made.”


Denton resident Melissa Haas separates the pulp from water, preparing to make her own paper. face wash to pet shampoo,” said Erin Chalkley, home furnishing merchandising junior and president of the North Texas Energy and Environment Club. “We are also going to start making other things like our own vermiculture.” Haas, who sells her recycled paper at PERKSbyMelissa, goes through an eight-hour process to make her own paper. “I generally start off with newspaper scraps, copy paper, construction paper and various

other types,” Haas said. “Then I shred all of the pieces and leave them in water for a few hours to a day. I put them in a blender and leave them out to dry on a screen. It’s a great way to make greeting cards.” Haas said learning to make your own products takes time, but in the end it’s rewarding because of the creativity gained. “Giving new life to used items is a passion of mine,” Chalkley said. “Our goal is to spread awareness of going green and how to save as much energy as we can.”

—Katie Short Former UNT student

Money Management Center and the Substance Abuse Resource Center are a few programs that promote student retention. The Student Legal Services also aids the effort. “The attorneys help our students when it comes to the legal issues they’re dealing with. They don’t have to take time off to save money, because it’s completely free,” she said. In the end, sometimes there isn’t much that can be done. “Students have to withdraw for a myriad of reasons,” Lothringer said. “We try not to be too intrusive. They aren’t required to tell us.”

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Opened in 1952, Fouts Field will be demolished after serving 59 years as home to the Mean Green football team. The historic stadium has seen more losses than wins, but hopes are high for the new stadium to bring a winning record. UNT students voted in October 2008 to decide whether or not the university will build a new stadium for the football team. Approximately 59 percent of students voted in favor for the stadium, which involved a per-semester hour fee increase to fund the construction.

Mean Green closes chapter at Fouts Field BY BEN BABY

Senior Staff Writer On Dec. 5, 1951, UN T, w h ic h w a s t he n Nor t h Texas State College, ended 25 years at Eagle Stadium aga inst t he Universit y of Houston. Under overcast skies and in front of about 4,000 people, UNT lost to the Cougars 20-14. Fi f t y-n i ne yea r s later, the Mean Green prepares to close a not her h istor ic era. The final game at Fouts Field w ill ta ke place t his weekend after 59 years on the historic gridiron. T he Me a n Gr e en h a s a 155-99-7 record at it s c u r r e n t s t a d i u m . Ne x t sea son, t he Mea n Green will move across Interstate 35, where it w i l l play i n the stadium that is being constructed. The “Mitchellmen” The field originally cost $ 8 0 3,18 0, a s i g n i f ic a nt number in the economy of t he 1950s. J.C. Matt hews was president of the university at the time, and Theron J. Fouts was t he at h let ic d irector. Pat Por ter sa ng the national anthem, and the White Oak High School band was one of 11 bands to perform during the game. The field was originally called Eagle Stadium, but was changed two years later to Fouts Field. The inaug u ra l ga me wa s aga i n st North Dakota State, a 55-0 dom i nat ion led by head coach Odus Mitchell. Ralph Rey nolds rushed t he ba ll 16 yards to score the first touchdown in the histor y of the stadium.

The “Mitchellmen” would go on to become champions of the Gulf Coast Conference in 1952, its third-straight conference championship. The only home loss of the season was a 28-13 loss to Hardin-Simmons. W hen Fout s Field wa s or ig i n a l l y bu i lt , it w a s heralded as a tremendous piece of a rch itect u re. More than a centur y later, the stadium ser ves as an ancient relic that is home to not only home to the Mean Green, but also to memories that will forever be a part of the school’s histor y. “It’s not the most beautif ul place in t he world,” at h let ic d i rector R ick Villarreal said. “It doesn’t have many amenities, but I would trust that you could a sk a ny body t hat ’s ever sat i n t he st ad iu m, a nd they will say that there is a specia l t i me t hat t hey remember.” Ancient History Fouts Field has been home to 14 con ference cha mpionships, 15 undefeated seasons, 22 All-Americans a nd 65 NFL d ra f t pick s. Eleven coaches, including legends like Odus Mitchell and Hayden Fry, have graced the sidelines at some point and time. In his 21 years as head coach, Mitchell racked up 14 w i n n i ng sea son s, including seven st ra ig ht. M itchel l i s t he school’s all-time leader in winning seasons, and wins (122). T here have been si x NFL A ll-Pro selections — “Mean” Joe Greene, Abner Haynes, Brian Waters, Ray Renfro, J.T. Smith, Cedrick H a r d m a n — w ho h a v e pl a y e d at t he s t ad iu m . Former UNT wide receiver Casey Fitzgerald said there is still a lot to look forward

1952 Ralph Reynolds scores the first touchdown at Fouts Field in a 55-0 blowout of North Dakota.

Top Fouts Field Crowds Attendance



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when the Mean Green faced Florida State University in a Homecoming game that saw Fouts Field covered in six inches of snow. For mer UNT head coach Todd Dodge played aga inst Fr y, when Dodge was the quarterback at the University of Texas and Fry was the head coach at the University of Iowa. “That was one of the real t h r i l ls for me du r ing my time at North Texas, to have coached at a place and at a stadium where Hayden Fry had coached,” Dodge said. The Mean Green would fall to the Seminoles 21-20. T he Mea n Gre en ha sn’t played a game in snow since then. Dodge’s favorite memory at home came when he was the quarterbacks coach at U N T i n 1993, w hen t he Mean Green toppled Texas State 35-28 behind five total touchdowns by quarterback Mitch Maher. “During that particular season, they were one of the better teams in the conference,” Dodge said. “It was a huge w i n for us at t he t ime. Our players played extremely well.”

The Fouts Field Finale In t he 58 yea rs t he team has played at Fouts, t he Mea n Green has had four seasons —1972, 1982, 2005, 2008 — in which it hasn’t won a home ga me t hat season. In 1972, t he Mean Green only had one game in Denton, with four games taking place at Texas Stadium. A l o s s t h i s w e e k e nd aga inst Ka nsas State wouldn’t only be the 100th loss at Fouts Field; it would a lso be t he f if t h w in less s e a son i n t he st ad iu m . Interim head coach Mike Ca na les w ill t r y to ma ke sure the Mean Green does not let that happen. Canales w ill be the coach to lead a tea m into batt le at t he hallowed grounds. “It ’s goi ng to be ver y memorable for me to be k now n a s t he la st head coach to coach at Fout s Field,” Canales said. “It’ll be something that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life.” Villarreal said the school is searching for ways to use Fouts Field when the footba ll team no longer ca lls the stadium home.

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to in the coming seasons. “Those guys will always be remembered,” Fitzgerald said. “They w ill never be forgot ten. But cha nge isn’t always bad. The new stadium is going to give the school a g reat recr uit ing tool to also bring in better athletes to help the program out.” Fouts Field was originally built to seat 20,000, but it added 10,500 seats in 1994 to meet the criteria to become a Div ision 1-A prog ra m. In 2005, t he A st rotur f in the stadium was replaced with the current artificial surface. “It was a special place, especially when he had the old turf,” former UNT wide receiver Johnny Quinn said. “I know a lot of opponents didn’t like the old turf. It wa s k i nd of ou r play i ng advantage.” Hayden Fry Fr y made a huge impact in just five years at UNT, amassing a record of 40-23-3. Fr y, a hall of fame coach, led t he Mea n Green to a Missouri Valley Conference Championship in 1973. Fry was a lso t he head coach

1966 1955 UNT picks up its 200th win against Midwestern 40-13.

T he Mea n Green defeats UT-Chattanooga 42-7 in the last game under Odus Mitchell, in which UNT was crowned Missouri Valley Conference champions.

Champions who called Fouts home Gulf Coast Conference • 1952 1955 1956 Missouri Valley Conference • 1958 1959 1966 1967 1973 Southland Conference • 1983 1994 Sun Belt Conference • 2001 2002 2003 2004

1973 1968 “Mean” Joe Greene plays in his final game at Fouts Field, a 55-34 victory over Cincinnati.

Long Beach State and UNT play to a 0-0 tie, the only scoreless tie in the history of Fouts Field.

1975 UNT picks up its 300th win against Houston, 28-0.

Tick, Tick, Tick Duo racks up records


Senior Staff Writer Senior linebacker Craig Robertson doesn’t tack le people. He nails them. Opposing ball carriers have become familiar with Robertson, probably more than they would have liked. Robertson has racked up 117 tackles this season, leading the Sun Belt Conference. On the other side of the ball, junior running back Lance Dunbar has been just as dominant, running circles around opponents and leaving defenders in a trail that leads to the end zone. Dunbar is second in the conference in rushing yards, averaging 116.6 yards per game. The duo have served as the two best players on the season, leading the Mean Green with their play. The two have slowly crept up the schools record books. Dunbar needs 281 yards to tie Ja’Quay Wilburn for third place in career rushing yards, and Robertson is 24 tackles away from first place. It seems unlikely the two will move up in those categories this season, but that doesn’t diminish the impact they have had this season. “It’s a tough combination when you have the top 10 leading rusher in the country, and then you have one in the top 15 in tackles,” interim head coach Mike Canales said. “When you have that on your team, it gives you a chance. Kids are playing off them and playing with emotion, and it shows.” Dunbar is the main reason the Mean Green lead the conference in rushing this season. Robertson has made a similar impact for the defense, which is third in the conference in rushing yards allowed. The Green Blur Dunbar has started in 19 games, making 28 career

Fitzgerald made big impact in short amount of time BY BEN BABY

Senior Staff Writer Go back and look through the UNT football record books. Flipping through the receiving section, it is nearly impossible to not notice 15 letters that appear in succession on multiple occasions. Thirteen different letters comprise Casey Fitzgerald, a name that is found repeatedly at the top of many receiving categories. Fitzgerald, a receiver for the Mean Green from 2005 to 2008, did not develop into a great receiver until January of 2007, when former head coach Todd Dodge took over the program. The numbers Fitzgerald would produce during his final two seasons are staggering. Starting in 2007, Fitzgerald posted back-to-back seasons of 1,000 receiving yards for the first time since Barry Moore accomplished the feat in 1968-69. “With Coach Dodge coming in, he really gave me this opportunity to put up those numbers with his style of play and his faith or belief in my skill level to get the job done,” Fitzgerald said.

appearances. In his time in Denton, Dunbar has been turning heads across the nation. He is one of seven running backs in the Football Bowl Subdivision to average more than 100 yards a game his career (101.4). He averages 5.78 yards an attempt for his career, which ranks ninth among all FBS running backs. The Green Blur has 15 career 100-yard rushing games, which is ties him for second in school history. Dunbar has reached that plateau seven times in 11 games this season, exceeding 200 yards against Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. He has earned Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week twice this year. Dunbar still has one more season to accomplish all of his collegiate goals and forever etch his name in the history books. “I’m trying to be No. 1 in career rushing,” Dunbar said. “I’m going to get bigger and faster, and worked harder than I’ve worked this off-season. It’s my last year. I’m trying to make it to the next level.” The Stafford Steamroller Robertson has been a destructive force this season. He tied a career-high in tackles against Louisiana-Monroe, amassing 14 tackles against the Warhawks. If Robertson were to get 10 tackles this week, it would the most tackles in a season by a UNT player since Trent Touchstone in 1989. The Stafford High School standout is currently ninth among all FBS players in career tackles. Robertson has nine career interceptions, which ranks ninth in school history. “When you play football you don’t even think about it,” Robertson said. “You just think about making the next tackle and playing the next play. When you think about it, it is just a number that is collected over a period of time.”

Fitzgerald currently holds five school receiving records and nine Sun Belt Conference records. He finished his career ranked third in school history in receiving yards (2,533). Despite the success, he is not shy about giving credit where it is due. “It’s a great feeling. I always keep everything in perspective. It wasn’t just me out there. If I didn’t have a quarterback to throw me the ball, it wouldn’t have happened,” Fitzgerald said. “If I didn’t have the offense to run those plays, it wouldn’t have happened.” Before Dodge’s arrival, Fitzgerald played in six games in his first two years at UNT. Fitzgerald had a combined five catches for 92 yards in that span. “When we first got to the North Texas … I think we only had three scholarship receivers when we first got there,” Dodge said. “Casey was a walk-on the first spring. Everybody had an opportunity to compete right away.” The Red Oak High School alumnus shined in 2007, racking up 1,322 yards, a school and conference record. His best performance came against Southern Methodist University, when Fitzgerald had 17 receptions for 327 yards and two touchdowns. The game was extra special for the receiver, who was playing

1976 Led by Hayden Fry, the Mean Green lost a close Homecoming bat t le to F lor ida State 21-20, on a field covered in six inches of snow.


Craig Robertson (left), senior linebacker, and Lance Dunbar, junior running back, have made their way through the Mean Green record books. Robertson ranks third for the most tackles by any player in UNT history, and Dunbar ranks third in most rushing touchdowns and fourth in rushing yards. from 2003-2005, passing the torch over to Fitzgerald. “We’d always look down at our scout team, and he would be making plays against our No. 1 defense,” Quinn said. “He’s just a hard worker. He took care of his business. When he was on the field, he went full speed. You always knew what you were going to get from Casey.” Athletic director Rick Villarreal called Fitzgerald “a class act.” Villarreal said the former wide-out always had everything in perspective, and he knew what was important in life. “Here’s a kid that would work at Whataburger,” Villarreal said. “He would come to practice in the afternoon as a walk-on, then go in and take a shower and go to work. What’s neat about him is once he went on scholarship, he continued to do the same thing.”


Casey Fitzgerald played wide receiver for UNT from 2005 to 2008, ranking third in school history in receiving yards with 2,533. against his brother’s former school. Fitzgerald would go on to break four Sun Belt singleseason records that season. During his time at UNT,

Fitzgerald looked up to fellow receiver Johnny Quinn, who is first in school history in receiving yards. Quinn led the Mean Green in receiving yards

1995 1993 UNT wins 400th game against Southwest Texas State 35-28.

UNT wins first game in return to Division-1, defeating Oregon State 30-27.

Life Beyond UNT After accomplishing great things at UNT, Fitzgerald set his eyes on playing professional football. He worked out for the NFL and the Canadian Football League, but he was unable to find a spot on a roster. Even though he couldn’t continue playing football, he still found a way to stay attached to the game. Fitzgerald put his kinesiology degree to use this year. He is a freshman football

coach at Wylie East High School in Plano, teaching kids what he learned during his playing days. “Basically, football teaches you to life. If you don’t work hard at you do, you’re not going to be successful,” Fitzgerald said. “That’s follows you throughout life.” When he isn’t showing kids how to run routes or shake defenders, he enjoys hanging out on his couch with the sparse free time that he has. “As a coach, you watch at a different perspective,” Fitzgerald said. “You’re watching, but you’re also learning what you can teach your own guys. “That’s always on your mind when you’re watching.” Fitzgerald will return to Fouts Field this weekend for the last game at the historic stadium, back to the grounds where he left his mark on the program. Senior wide receiver Alex Lott serves as a testament to that. Lott was helped along by Fitzgerald when the senior first arrived at UNT. “When I first got here, he showed me the ropes,” Lott said. “He taught me a lot, even how to deal with these young guys. He’s the one that showed me the way.” Fitzgerald hopes to bring those same leadership qualities to the kids at Wylie, one play at a time.

2004 2003 The Mean Green sets attendance record against Baylor. 29, 437 fans came out to see UNT throttle the Bears, 52-14.

Ja m a r i o T h o m a s rushes for a schoolrecord 291 yards against Idaho.

2010 UNT faces Kansas State in the final game. Who will score the final touchdown at Fouts Field?

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

UNT falters in Huntsville Basketball recovers

late in close win

By BoBBy LewiS Staff Writer

The UNT women’s basketball team is three games into an eightgame road trip, and the team is still searching for its first victory of the season outside of Denton. UNT stumbled once again on the road, this time in Huntsville, losing 90-76 to Sam Houston State on Tuesday. Sam Houston State The Mean Green (1-3) got off to a sluggish start, allowing the Sam Houston State Bearkats (3-1) to jump all over UNT early on their way to a 90-76 victory Tuesday night. The Bearkats used a 16-1 run in the first half to go into the break with a 17-point lead that would be too much for UNT to overcome. SHSU made just more than half its shots from the field while UNT could not buy a bucket at some points, shooting 38.7 percent for the game. The more troubling stat for the Mean Green comes from behind the arc where the team made just three of 21 attempts. The performance comes on the heels of a 4-for-27 performance from the 3-point line on Sunday. Senior guard Denetra Kellum did everything she could to keep UNT in the game as she scored a career-high 30 points to go along with seven rebounds. Kellum’s point total was the most of any UNT player since Tricia Lee scored 30 against the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Feb. 18, 2009. Sensational sophomore forward Jasmine Godbolt was hounded by foul trouble throughout the game, but she was able to contribute 14 points. UNT was finally able to fluster the Bearkats a bit with a full-court press late, but the deficit was too big and the Mean Green never got closer than 8 points.

B y S ean G or m an Senior Staff Writer

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Sophomore guard Sarah Workman looks to pass while junior guard Alyssa Hankins defends at practice. UNT lost to Sam Houston State 90-76 on Tuesday. UTSA Thanksgiving Classic The Mean Green will be back in action right after Thanksgiving for a pair of games over the holiday break. The UTSA Thanksgiving Classic will consist of four games featuring UNT, the University of Tulsa, Davidson College and the host team, the University of Texas at San Antonio. All of the games will be played at the Convocation Center in San Antonio. “It seems to be a good time because we’re not apprehensive about missing classes or anything like that,” Stephens said. “The Thanksgiving Classic usually has a good atmosphere, so I’m really excited to play in it again.” UNT will start off with Davidson (1-3) on Friday in a

game where the big issue for UNT will be the size difference. Davidson sophomore forward Sophia Aleksandravicius averages eight rebounds a game and will be a tough matchup for the Mean Green. “She is very talented and she has done really well for them so far,” Stephens said. “So we have to make sure she’s not able to clean those boards like that and be that aggressive offensively.” UNT and Davidson will tip off at 5 p.m. Friday from the Convocation Center. UNT will close out the weekend back at the Convocation Center against Tulsa at 3 p.m. Saturday. Tulsa (2-1) beat Oral Roberts two days after ORU embarrassed the Mean Green 120-87.

The UNT men’s basketball team had 24-straight missed 3-pointers, 25 first half points and a 5-point deficit at home when a 3-pointer by senior g ua rd Tr ista n T hompson turned everything around. Thompson finished with a game-high 26 points, senior guard Shannon Shorter made four free throws late and the Mean Green (3-1) recovered from a 9-point second half deficit in a 68-65 win over Rice University (3-2). “It w a s a not her ha rdfought battle, one that we’re used to against Rice,” head coach Johnny Jones sa id. “We created some turnovers, made some tough shots and played well down the stretch to help us win.” The close finish surprised nobody a f ter fou r of t he tea ms’ last four meetings were decided by 2 points or fewer. “A ny v ictor y is a good victory, and any win is a good win,” Shorter said. “That was a great time we defeated out there. We’re just tr ying to build on our 3-1 record.” Bot h defenses kept t he opposi ng tea m’s of fen se i n check a l l ga me, w it h UNT going 22-56 from the field and Rice shooting 39 percent. Down 9 in the second half, Jones implemented a fullcourt defense and the Mean Green went on a 12-0 run to reclaim the lead. “It made a huge difference when coach called for the full-court press,” Thompson said. “They got uncomfortable, the crowd came alive and we came up with some huge plays.” R ice kept t h i ngs close, but T hompson made t he Mean Green’s first 3-pointer in more than three halves a nd rejuvenated t he UNT offense. “ Tw e n t y - f o u r- s t r a i g h t missed three[s] is a lot of t h rees,” Shor ter sa id. “I talked to Tristan at halftime and told him that you make some and you miss some, so just keep shooting.” Shorter sealed the victory

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Redshirt junior forward Kedrick Hogans hits a layup in traffic in the Mean Green’s 68-65 victory over Rice. Hogans scored all eight of his points in the second half. w i t h f o u r- s t r a i g h t f r e e throws in the game’s final 16 seconds. “I was just tr ying to get the ball inbounded, and they denied Tristan and Josh, so I was the open man,” Shorter said.

basketball team with excellent guard play,” Jones said. “It’s always difficult to go on the road, but our guys look forward to the challenge.” F i n i s h i n g 9 -7 i n t h e Southland Conference last sea son, t he Bobcat s w i l l

“They got uncomfortable, the crowd came alive and we came up with some huge plays.” —Tristan Thompson Senior guard Texas State T he Me a n Gr e e n h a s t wo days to enjoy t he Thanksgiv ing holiday and gets back to work when it visits Texas State University at 7 p.m. Friday. The 2-1 Bobcats are fresh off a 76-63 victory over UT Pa n A mer ica n i n a ga me where junior g ua rd Eddie Rios scored 20 points. “They’re a rea lly strong

also turn to senior forward Cameron Johnson, who averaged 15 points a nd eig ht rebou nd s per ga me la st season. “We are always sure to take it one game at a time and move on to the next game no matter what happens,” sen ior g ua rd Josh W h ite said. “There’s enough experience on this team for us to handle road games with a lot of composure.”



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Honesty is the best policy Editorial With final exams only a couple of weeks away, the stress of passing classes and the excitement of the forthcoming holidays can be overwhelming. The temptation to cheat could prove too appealing, but the outcome could be devastating. The Editorial Board has some advice on cheating: Just don’t do it. If caught cheating, it could have long-term consequences on future endeavors. Academic dishonesty recently made the news after 200 students in a business course at the University of Central Florida admitted to cheating on a midterm exam. The professor, Richard Quinn, addressed the students in a video of his lecture expressing his disgust for their behavior. The story has gone viral since the scandal appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” UNT’s Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities defines cheating as “intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information or study aids in any academic exercise.” Professors’ syllabi often contain a statement concerning academic dishonesty saying students will receive an “F” in the course if caught cheating or plagiarizing and could be subject to further disciplinary procedures from the CSSR. Academic dishonesty can range from copying a few sentences of a website into an essay to lifting an entire paper and turning it in as an original work. Students should discuss concerns about cheating and plagiarism with professors to clear up any confusion and avoid accidently committing an act of plagiarism because of a simple misunderstanding. The extremes students go through to cheat can be as simple as copying answers from a neighboring student’s exam or as elaborate as stretching a rubber band over a book to write the answers on it. Students even document ways to cheat and post instructional videos on YouTube. The effort to devise these “clever” ways to cheat could be focused on actually studying for the exam. When students take the time to learn, the knowledge they gain with sticks with them. The most cheating offers is a guilty conscience and nagging worry about being caught. Be honest and do your own work.

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“I don’t cheat. If someone was looking at my paper I’d be mad.”

Ryan Hockman

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“I don’t think it’s right. I don’t do it. Ever.”

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Student reflects on abortion protest For two days, the pro-choice community of Denton verbally combated the entrenched racism and misogyny of the right-wing funded anti-choice group known ironically as Justice For All. That name should have a caveat added: Justice For All … except women. Eight-hour protest days involving a multitude of demonstration tactics kept the diverse crowd directly engaged with countering the utter bigotry the opposition was spouting while providing political alternatives. The demonstration was lead by an organized coalition of progressive organizations on the UNT campus, including the International Socialist Organization, the Campaign to End the Death Penalty and the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at UNT. This coalition showed incredible discipline as well as commitment despite only being rallied together a mere 24 hours before the event was to be held. Though the task of combating the corporate funded 18-foot tall monstrosities, carnival-esque signs (coupled with the fervent lies being hurled from the other side) seemed daunting, the coalition stood toe-to-toe, literally, and commanded an even larger and more boisterous presence! What began as a phone call and Facebook event page quickly grew into a wide network involving multiple progressive

organizations on the campus. Tasks and responsibilities for the counter-protest were quickly delved out to ensure preparedness for anything. The ammunition used were posters, chants scribbled down and tirelessly chanted, petition passing and three tables worth of socio-political literature ready for the taking. While Day 1 of the event focused heavily on the use of strike lines and chants of “When abortion rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” Day 2 became the day of intense, even hostile debate. With the various arguments from both sides, a clear polarization of the crowd began to take place. More people were adopting the stance of free abortion on demand rather than their previously held passive pro-choice position. What the other side had to offer the debate: fabricated images of supposedly aborted fetuses (resembling however, Photoshopped still births), “statistics” which emitted blatant sexism and racism from their expensive high resolution, and gloss panels that leered over passers-by. Let’s be real: Those images are meant to be traumatic and incite violent behavior. Those same kinds of images are used to justify violent acts against women obtaining services at clinics, the abortion providers

and the actual clinics. Let’s not forget Dr. Tiller and the ties that Operation Rescue had to his murder. Operation Rescue, like Justice For All, uses falsified photos and a sexist reactionary position, disguised as morality, to perpetuate its message of hatred and trauma. During the course of several long, heated debates others and I had with JFA cronies, they constantly tried to equate abortion with Cambodian genocide, the Holocaust, and lynching in the South. These racist comparisons are even featured on their displays, and further their messages of dehumanization for groups of people who have suffered very real and horrific persecutions and societal disasters. This racist thought process coupled with the emphasis on blaming women for the various reasons they may be considering abortion, continues to expose the inherent sexism within the anti-choice (read as anti-woman) camp. Multiple times I and other female protestors were called “sluts” and “whores” by the JFA supporters and sympathizers, and the perspective of the “men in charge” could always be reduced to: Well, the easiest way to not need an abortion is for women to simply not have sex. Wow, not have sex. What an enlightened perspective that just so happens to leave out cases of rape, incest, or proper family

planning gone wrong. Not to mention this kind of mentality places the entire burden of responsibility on women, whom they don’t trust in the first place, and therefore must expect failure on their part. What was incredibly remarkable and worth noting was the visibility the event had, and not in the sense of the spectacle, but rather the interest and support that was being garnered, especially in the wake of the rightwing being emboldened in this country, in terms of support in numbers and in self-described socialist sympathizers. For example, during one altercation I had with a very hostile individual, he was shouting at me questions of the relevance of Marxism and socialism to this issue and the current world we live in, he asked me if I thought all the problems of inequity could be solved by what I was propagating. Of course I replied yes and supported my position thoroughly. Not being satisfied by this, he then turned to the crowd of 50-plus students and faculty and sarcastically asked them if they’d want to see capitalism overturned and women have access to free abortions … the response was an overwhelmingly, and resoundingly affirmative. Brit Schulte is an English senior. She can be reached at

Thankful hands, thankful hearts Oh, what a beautiful time of year it is ! Thanksgiv ing is tomorrow, and people are gathering together for food, fun, but most importantly, to give thanks for the many blessings they have received. I don’t really want to make this a typical “I’m thankful for...” column, and if I do, you are more than welcome to call me out on it. What I do want to focus on, though, is the meaning of Thanksgiving. Webster’s dictionary online gives three definitions for the meaning of thanksgiving: 1) the act of giving thanks 2) a prayer expressing gratitude 3) a public acknowledgement of expression of divine goodness. It is so easy to get caught up in the festivities of this time of year that it is easy to forget what we are coming together for. Stop and think for a moment. W hen you think of this holiday, what is

the first thing that comes to your mind? For most, I would assume it’s the delicious food that we are accustomed to eating: turkey, sweet potatoes, ham, pumpkin pie, etc. That does sound wonderful, doesn’t it? It’s just mouth-watering thinking about it. I’ll share a small story with you. One year at a family gettogether on Thanksgiving, we all gathered together around the table to eat in the dining room. As we do every time we have a family gathering, we prayed before we ate. However, I t hought I would suggest something new to do that year. I said to them, “How about we all go around the table and say what we are thankful for? ” I’m sure I said it more than once, just in case they didn’t hear me, but it seemed as if everyone completely ignored what I had to say. Maybe they didn’t feel like talking? I don’t know. I’m not trying to

say anything negative about my extended family, but I’m giving an example of how we sometimes forget what we are celebrating. I find it saddening because we all take advantage of what we have at some point or another. I’ll be the first one to admit it. Look a rou nd you. Look at the beaut y in your life. Things may not be perfect, but t here is a lways something to be grateful for. I want to challenge you. Over this Thanksgiving break, do one nice thing for someone who has made a deep impact on your life. It doesn’t have to be big. It could be something as simple as saying, “Thank you, you mean so much to me.” Even if everything seems to be going wrong lately, or if you have a 15-page paper to write over Thanksgiving break — no matter what you may be struggling with —remember, you always have something to

be grateful for. You are living, breathing, you have the opportunity to get an education, and you are a beautiful person because you are you. Look deep within the depths of your soul, and find the wonder in the life you live. Think beyond the food and fellowship — think with thanksgiving.

Jacqueline Flusche Jacqueline Flusche is a journalism senior. She can be reached at jacquelineflusche@

Anne Muthee Biology junior

“It’s horrible. You are cheating yourself, and at the end of the day you don’t learn anything.”

Faiza Jamil

Biochemistry freshman

“I think it’s bad. People try hard to prepare for a test and it’s not fair for others to chat off of them.”

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