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Volume 98 | Issue 43
The Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas
Drilling may be linked to earthquakes R EBECCA RYAN Staff Writer
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Patrick Judge crowd-surfs during a performance of the band No Bunny at Fun Fun Fun Fest Sunday evening in Austin, Texas.
Denton bands boost crowds at Fun Fest PABLO A RAUZ Staff Writer
AUSTIN — Fans braved three days of dense crowds and strong dust y w i nds at Aud itor iu m Shores in hopes that Fun Fun Fun Fest could live up to the name last weekend. The event billed more than 100 bands,
several comedy acts and random shows t hat included staged wrestling and hot dog-eating contests. Fest The festival has gained a reputation over the years for being one of the most unique and progressive music gatherings in Austin.
Denton’s eerie garage-rock troupe Mind Spiders rocked out on Friday. The band played many of the songs from its selftitled debut released earlier this year. “It’s a big festiva l and it’s cool because it has bands that you want to see,” said Stephen
Svacina, guitarist for the band. “I’d been to ACL [Austin City Limits] and I didn’t really care about any of those bands; it wasn’t as good. This is a festival experience with actually good bands.”
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Environmental scientists say they may have found a link between natural gas fracking and the recent earthquakes that have shaken central Oklahoma. More than a dozen earthquakes, including Saturday’s recordbreaking 5.6 magnitude quake, have occurred in the state in the last three days. However, they are only a few of nearly 1,000 to shake Oklahoma in the past year, said Reid Ferring of the geography faculty. The seismic activity is concentrated near Lincoln County, which Ferring said is currently occupied by about 190 natural gas wells. “In past years, that number has been somewhere near 50,” Ferring said. “There’s a lot of fracking in Lincoln County where this quake happened. You hate to jump from cause to effect, but there is a correlation between fracking activity and earthquake frequency.” As an example, Ferring pointed to the series of quakes Cleburne, Texas, experienced during the summer months in 2009, which he said also could have been caused by fracking. “The circumstantial evidence is pretty strong that fracking has caused some earthquakes,” Ferring said. “For example, near Cleburne, earthquakes are even less likely in that area than they are in Oklahoma.”
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All-vegan dining hall falls short in contest NICOLE BALDERAS Senior Staff Writer
Maple Hall’s Mean Greens cafeteria is now out of the r unning in PETA’s “Most Ve g a n-F r i e n d l y C o l l e g e Contest” after it fell short in the number of student votes cast. As the only completely vegan cafeteria in the U.S., Mean Greens made it to the second round of the contest, hosted by PETA’s young adult division, peta2. The contest takes into account the number of votes, quality and variety of vegan food, the school’s enthusiasm in promoting its options, and student feedback, according to the organization’s website. “It was kind of like on A merican Idol,” said Ken Botts, director of special projects for UNT Dining Services. “The ones you know for sure are going to win are the ones you don’t think you need to vote for.” Alexis Barnfield, marketing specialist for Dining Services, attributed the lack of votes to the amount of time students were given to place their votes.
“I don’t think people knew they needed to vote,” Barnfield said. “They only gave us six days, so if you were looking for it you could find it.” Art history senior and vegan Kate Butler, who has eaten at the cafeteria before, said she was unaware that the voting was open to students. With the public attention Mean Greens gained from the nomination from peta2, Botts said businesses all over the world are calling for advice on how to start up a vegan cafeteria, from as far as Germany and England. “It starts with the menu,” Botts said. “There are very few true vegans that eat in the cafeteria; the majority of students just want something that tastes good.” In an effort to nail down exactly what students want, Dining Services implemented feedback programs like the “secret shopper” program and the Student Food Advisory Board, both of which have been ac t ive for sever a l years.
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Justice for All volunteer Brit Nels, with child Zarah Nels, converses with students at Monday’s anti-abortion exhibit. Signs were posted near the exhibit warning students and passers-by of graphic images showing aborted fetuses.
Anti-abortion group returns to UNT A NN SMAJSTRLA Staff Writer
An anti-abortion display set up by the group Justice for All returned to UNT on Monday for the second year in a row, inciting discussions, reactions
and counter-protests. The exhibit in front of the University Union displayed infor mat ion a nd g raphic images of aborted fetuses as members passed out pamphlets containing information about
the organization’s views on abortion and anti-abortion arguments. The group has traveled to college campuses across the country since 2000 to engage communities in a discussion
about abortion. Members said the group uses the disturbing images to force people to confront the violence of abortion.
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Polls open statewide as Texans consider 10 propositions A LEX M ACON
Senior Staff Writer Texans will vote today on 10 proposed amendments to the state constitution, including
a proposit ion t hat wou ld expand the state’s student loan program. T he Te x a s L e g i s l at u re broadly supported the amend-
ments, but because the Texas Constitution prohibits the state from ta k ing on debt w it hout a con st it ut iona l amendment,
voters must ratify the propositions before they can go into effect. Proposition 3, which has received the most attention
from college students, asks voters to authorize increased funding for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to issue bonds for the state’s
College Access Loan program, the longest-running financial aid program in Texas.
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Inside Feds crack down on California pot dispensaries News | Page 3
Tennis team ends fall season with a bang Sports | Page 6
Anti-abortion activists stir the pot Views | Page 8
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“Justice For All is an educational organization that shows the reality of abortion,” said Rebecca Haschke, a JFA intern. “We come onto college campuses to show that reality and create a dialogue, to create conversations with students.” The group offered a poll asking students if they believe abortion should remain legal and to explain their answer. A free speech wall also offered onlookers a chance to write their opinions about the exhibit. St udent s r e pr e s ent i ng t h e Fe m i n i s t M a j o r i t y Leadership Alliance (FMLA), the International Socialist Organization (ISO) and other pro-choice students organized a few feet from the exhibit in counter-protest. History junior and financial chair for FMLA Kelsey Fryman said the pro-choice activists began mobilizing immediately after first hearing news of JFA’s visit around 8 a.m. Monday morning. “Having people come out here and shame women, and say, ‘You’re murdering people,’ shaming them so much for something that is about their body and their choice; it leads to escalating violence,” Fryman said. Other students said they
found the exhibit’s information to be misleading. “I think abortion is health care,” said international studies junior and ISO member Mario Ovalle. “First of all, these pictures are not accurate. They’re misrepresentations of what an abortion looks like. And to compare a woman choosing to not have a child to the systematic killing of a specific race of people, I find disgusting. That juxtaposition is just messed up.” JFA welcomed the views of dissenters, said the group’s training director Stephen Wagner. “We believe showing these pictures in public dignifies women, and says that they are strong enough and smart enough to take in all of the information about a decision they are likely going to confront at some point in their life,” Wagner said. Usually, JFA sets up large 20-foot signs for its display, as it did on campus last year. Monday, the display was significantly shorter. This was because thunderstorms had been forecasted for Monday and the smaller posters would be easier to disassemble, should it be necessary in the event of inclement weather, Wagner said. Some students speculated that the display had been downsized from the display last year due to changes in requirements from the university.
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However, t he orga nization was in compliance with all university policies, said
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Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance members (left) Natalie Johnson, a sociology senior, and Elizabeth Clinton, an anthropology junior, protest the anti-abortion exhibit put on by Justice for All. Protesting alongside the FMLA was the International Socialist Organization.
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Frack ing is a process in which water is injected into t he g rou nd at h ig h pressure to fracture the layers of shale and release natural gas trapped in the rock. A lthough there seems to be a link, scientists are not able to reach a consensus on whether or not the practice is contributing to t he quakes, said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist for the United States Geological Survey, but such seismic activity lends support to the theor y that drilling has a destabilizing effect. “T her e’s no de f i n it i v e way for us to tell whet her fracking is the direct cause of earthquakes,” Blakeman sa id. “We’re ha nd icapped by the fact that we’ve only been studying earthquakes for about 100 years. That’s a tiny number in geological terms.” Other than being a possible source of seismic activ it y, env i ron menta l ist s have also pointed to fracking as a cause of air pollution, landuse problems and groundwater contamination, which is somet hing Fer r ing sa id drilling companies should be held accountable for.
campus life ambassador and political science junior T’Corey Wright.
“Any changes [Justice for All] made from last year are their prerogative.” Wright said.
The exhibit will remain on campus until about 4 p.m. today, Haschke said.
“I n Denton, W i s e a nd Ta rra nt counties, 20 years ago, there were no wells,” he said. “Today, there are 16,000. We need to take every possible measure to monitor the situation in order to capture problems early and make sure the companies who are in charge of the wells are held accountable.”
“There’s no definitive way for us to tell whether fracking is the direct cause of earthquakes.”
-Don Blakeman USGS geophysicist
Monday evening, Denton residents repor ted feeling t he a f tershock f rom a 4.7 magnitude earthquake that hit central Oklahoma at 8:56 p.m. Shengzao Chen, a geophysicist for USGS, said the region could experience these aftershock s for week s or even months; however, he said expects they will decrease in frequency and intensity.
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In the past year there has been an increase in the areas where hydraulic fracturing is being done from just 50 earthquakes to 1,000 earthquakes, said Reid Ferring of the geography faculty. Ferring said new technologies may be one of the causes to explain this increase; the horizontal fracturing is a more efficient way to obtain gases, but it takes up more surface area in the Earth’s crust.
POLICE BLOTTER Alcohol and Drug-related offenses Friday, Nov. 4 1:42 a.m. – A UNT police officer stopped a 22-year-old UNT student at 1100 Union Circle. The student was intoxicated and was arrested and taken to Denton County Jail. Thursday, Nov. 3 9:37 a.m. – UNT police officers and Denton FD were alerted that an unresponsive man was lying in the grass at Legends Hall. Officers responded to the scene and determined he had ingested a substance and was having a negative reaction. Officers transported him for medical treatment and completed an offense report.
Tuesday, Nov. 1 12 :19 a .m.– Denton FD requested a UNT of f icer meet w ith an ambulance rega rding a n intox icated person at Traditions Hall. T he of f ic er re sponde d, assisted and completed an incident report.
Theft and Burglary Sunday, Nov. 6 7:29 p.m. – UNT police officers responded to a robbery complaint at Maple Hall. They were unable to find the suspect, and the victim was uninjured. An offense report was completed. Wednesday, Nov. 2 10 : 32 a .m. – A woma n reported her purse stolen at Kush Roti on 1450 W.
Syca more St. A U N T police of f icer responded and completed an offense report. Tuesday, Nov. 1 1: 24 p.m. – Denton PD requested assistance with a theft in progress at the Sack N Save on 1500 N I35E. UNT police officers responded and helped locate the subject.
Miscellaneous Thursday, Nov. 3 2:08 p.m. – UNT police officers arrested a 19 year-oldwoma n on a wa rra nt for hindering apprehension/ prosecution at 918 Ave. A. The woman was arrested and taken to Denton County Jail.
Wednesday, Nov. 2 8 :58 p.m. – Denton PD reported a suicidal person, armed with a knife, at 724 S. Welch St. UNT police of f ic er s re sponde d a nd detained the subject, who was released to the custody of Denton PD. Tuesday, Nov. 1 9:10 p.m. – UNT PD received a repor t of a g roup of people dressed in all black acting suspicious on 1500 Mulberry St. The subjects were detained, and it was determined that they were UNT students attempting to scare/prank other people. They were issued referrals to the UNT Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities a nd r ele a s e d f r om t he scene.
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Maple Hall’s Mean Greens is the first all-vegan college cafeteria in the U.S. It was recently kicked out of the running for peta2’s Most Vegan-Friendly College Contest.
Dining Continued from Page 1 “Through the Student Food Advisory Board, students are elected and volunteer once a
month with the directors of Dining Services to discuss what they want,” Barnfield said. One of these discussions led to the decision to make West Hall cafeteria a place for Southern comfort food.
Students are given a complimentary meal plan to participate in the secret shopper program. Dining Services gathers the students once a month to ask for feedback and help plan special events. “Students have said they
want more interactive dining programs,” Barnfield said. Dining Services’ next move will be to open a vegan-good trailer next fall, which will offer vegan and vegetarian twists on the Philly cheesesteak.
Advocacy group moves to halt feds’ marijuana crackdown in California SA N FR A NCISCO (A P) — Attorneys for medical marijuana advocates on Monday sought a temporary restraining order to put a stop to a federal crackdow n on Ca l i for n ia pot dispensaries, claiming the effort by the state’s four U.S. attorneys is unconstitutional. P l a i n t i f f s a s k e d U. S . District Court Judge Donna Ryu in Oakland to issue an order barring the government from arresting or prosecuting patients, dispensary owners or landlords of properties housing dispensaries. Pot advocates said dispensaries in the San Francisco Bay area would start closing this weekend if a restraining order was not issued. The state’s four federal prosecutors last month announced a broad effort to close pot clubs, in particular by sending letters to landlords who rent space to pot dispensaries threatening to seize their property under federal drug trafficking laws. Lawsuits filed starting Friday in all four of California’s federal court jurisdictions accuse
the Department of Justice of entrapping pot providers by reversing its own policy, among other legal issues. Plaintiffs’ attorneys cited a Santa Cruz County medical marijuana cooperative’s agreement with federal prosecutors to dismiss its case against the government because the department issued a memo telling U.S. attorneys to defer to states on medical use of the drug. The lawsuits claim that by introducing the Justice D e p a r t m e n t ’s s o - c a l l e d Medical Marijuana Guidance memo as part of that case, prosecutors were essentially lay ing out their policy on medica l marijuana. “They locked themselves in,” said San Francisco attorney Matt Kumin, lead attorney on the suits. Based on the memo issued in 2009, other medical marijuana providers in the state could reasonably assume they would no longer face federal prosecution, the suits argue. “The conduct of the government officials and their state-
ment led the nation to believe t hat t he gover nment had changed its policy in 2009, ensu r i ng t hat t hose who comply with state medical cannabis laws would not be subject to federal prosecution,” according to the suits. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California had no comment, spokesman Jack Gillund said. Pot advocates hailed the 2009 memo as the fulfillment of an Obama campaign promise to respect state law on medical marijuana. But after a short honeymoon the federal gover n ment ha s stead i ly moved toward more restrictive marijuana policies, even as more states began permitting legal use of the drug for medical purposes. The Ca lifornia lawsuits a r g ue t h a t t he f e de r a l government is also violating the 14th Amendment of the Constitution requiring equal protect ion under t he law because medical marijuana operations in Colorado are not facing a similar crackdown. The suits claim patients’
r ig ht s to ma ke t hei r ow n hea lt h decisions a re protected by t he 9th Amendment, which retains rights for citizens not explicitly spelled out in the Constitution, and that the so-called Commerce Clause of the Constitution prevented t he federa l government from getting involved in an issue purely related to t he in-state marijuana trade. National medical marijua na advocacy g roup Americans for Safe Access f iled its ow n suit last month challenging the federal crackdown. That suit claims that recent raids of licensed dispensaries and letters warning city officials they could be prosecuted for trying to regulate medical marijua na cu lt ivat ion a nd sales constitute an illegal power grab under the 10th Amendment. The amendment awards to states legislative authority not explicitly reserved for the federal government.
“It allows us to have a lot longer program stability,” said Dominic Chavez, spokesman for the education board. “By having that longterm stability, we can better meet the needs of students.” Propositions allowing the state to use bonds to fund student loans have passed on six different election ballots in the past, Chavez said. The newest amendment would give the state “a longer line of credit.” The loan program has one of the lowest interest rates in the state and a strong track record of getting student loan payments in on time, Chavez said. Because the College Access Loan program is sustained almost entirely by bonds and student loan payments, he said it came at almost no cost to taxpayers. “We’re still accountable to taxpayers and voters, and we’ll have to come back further down the line for another vote,” Chavez said. “But Prop. 3 passing would allow the coordinating board a little more breathing room to work on solutions for students.” Other proposed amendments on the ballot include Proposition 1, which would let the Legislature give property tax exemptions on homes owned by totally disabled veterans or their surviving spouses, and Proposition 2, which would let the Texas Water Development Board issue up to $6 billion in bonds to address water needs in the state. Proposition 6 would allow the movement of more money from the Permanent School Fund to the Available School Fund, which the Legislature could then draw from to spend on Texas public schools. Despite widespread support in the Texas Legislature, several conservative groups including Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and We Texans have spoken out against many of the propositions, saying the amendments call for
Voting in Denton When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Joseph A. Carroll Denton County Administrative Building at 401 W. Hickory St. too much government spending during tough economic times. Andrew Kerr, executive director of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, said many of the amendments would place taxpayers in a “position of perpetual debt,” and Proposition 3 would contribute to the ongoing rise in college tuition costs by sending more bond money to universities. “Filling [the state’s student loan program] up with bond dollars doesn’t really help in the long run,” Kerr said. “They’re not incentivizing universities to decrease tuition.” Kerr said most of the amendments constituted a case of the Texas Legislature “kicking the can down the road,” and said the state needed to “systemically reform” before any budgetary problems could be resolved. “What we’re going to have to do is tackle these same problems down the road,” Kerr said. “We need to focus the government on learning to live within its means and curb the state’s spending problem.” According to the Denton Cou nt y E lect ion Administration’s website, 4,446 registered voters in Denton County cast ballots during the early voting period, out of about 350,000 total registered voters. Early voting ended Nov. 4, and regular polls in Denton County are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Joseph A. Carroll Denton County Administrative Building at 401 W. Hickory. For more information on the amendments and the nearest poll locations, visit votexas. org.
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Fun Continued from Page 1 Mind Spiders surprised the crowd when t hey played a song from their unreleased album “Meltdow n.” Daniel Fried, the band’s bass player, said playing the festival was much different from Denton and Dallas-Fort Worth-area venues. “It ’s ju s t r e a l l y w ei r d play ing big outdoor stages like this,” he said. “I’m used to playing smaller, more intimate stages. There were a lot of people here watching us, so that’s a lot different than what we’re used to.” “It was like one show after the other, the whole festival went really smoothly. Security was just enough and went by really fast; it was efficient,” philosophy senior Stephanie Webster said. Bands performed on four
d i f fer ent s t a ge s . G en r e s varied from mellow indie rock to heav y metal to hip-hop. Webster sa id she enjoyed many of the bigger acts such as Lykke Li, Black Lips and Blonde Redhead. Some fest iva l goers a nd ba nd s a l i ke were d i s appointed Friday night when heav y metal rock star Glenn Danzig showed up 45 minutes late for his headlining set with Danzig Legacy because he refused to perform without a space heater for the stage. “I was there last night. I saw him play in Austin six months ago and he basically did the same thing; it was pretty infuriating,” Svacina said. Neon Indian headlined a stage Saturday night with a spectacular set of the group’s pumping electro-noise pop. Wit h roots in Denton, t he g roup has ga rnered internat iona l fa me f rom music enthusiasts and critics alike. The evening set included a p or t ion w her e mem b er s
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switched from their regular keyboa rd s y nt hesi zers to string instr uments, giv ing the music a classic, full-band feel. Later, singer Alan Palomo played a DJ set at an afterparty in downtown Austin. Fans were able to converse freely with Palomo before he played the role of jockey to his favorite dance-pop hits. On Sunday night, a massive audience gat hered a round t he ora nge stage to watch heavy metal behemoth Slayer, who delivered a heavy dose of the group’s trademark thrash metal. In addition to musical acts, there were a variety of activities on the festival grounds, i nclud i ng sk ateboa rd i ng , me c h a n ic a l bu l l r id i n g , comedy and wrestling. James Moody of Transmission Entertainment, the festival’s organizer, told music blog Austin 360 that the crowd numbered about 15,000 people per day.
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Top left: Lead singer Paul Mahern of hardcore punk band Zero Boys joins in the mosh pit during his performance Sunday evening at Fun Fun Fun Fest. The festival brought a combination of indie rock, puck rock /hardcore, and hip-hop / DJ music to Austin’s Auditorium Shores this year. Top right: Lead singer Aaron Bedard of the hardcore punk band Bane screams into the microphone at Fun Fun Fun Fest Friday evening. Bottom left: (Left) Guy Phelps helps Izzy Holden screen-print bandanas during Fun Fun Fun Fest Sunday evening. Many attendees used bandanas to cover cover their faces to combat the dry and windy conditions at Auditorium Shores. Bottom right: Many festival attendees chose to travel by bike during the three-day festival. The festival has also had BMX ramps and a half-pipe for skateboarders and bikers to use between shows.
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UNT Student ranks among nation’s best texters DAISY SILOS Staff Writer
Sarah Wood, a hospitality management junior, may not be the fastest cell phone texter in the nation, but she has the fastest thumbs in the city. Wood represented Denton in the fifth LG U.S. National Texting Championship on Oct. 26 in New York City. The 22-year-old competed among 11 others in the finals for the chance to win $50,000 and a trophy presented by actress Ashley Tisdale. The contestants ranged from ages 13 to 26. To pa r t ic ipate, Wood completed the Play-at-Home Text Challenge. She was sent a text with instructions of what to type in her response. Those who replied the fastest qualified for the next round. Wood said she didn’t have a serious aspiration to compete in the contest, but once she got the text to participate, she replied and rapidly moved to the finals. She said her parents worried it was a scam when LG offered her the trip to New York. “They were telling me to look into it more and I explained to them it was a real thing,” she said. “After that they just made fun of me for it and thought it was dumb until they found out I could win some money; they encouraged me to practice some more.” Sarah said after she advanced in the semifinals she got a call notifying her she was going to compete in the finals in New York City. “That’s when I could feel the nerves kicking in, but my parents
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Hospitality management Junior Sarah Wood competed in the LG U.S. National Texting Championship in New York on Oct. 27. Wood owns a BlackBerry Torch but used an LG Doubleplay for the event. encouraged me to go and said it would be a fun and great opportunity,” she said. To practice, LG sent the top 12 finalists the LG Doubleplay phone a week before the competition with a week’s worth of service so the contestants all had the same phone and learned how to use it, Wood said. “I didn’t spend too much time
with it because I work and go to school, but I used it a lot more than my regular phone to text,” she said. The competition had six rounds with different challenges ranging from texting everything backwards to having cheerleaders dance in front of the contestants to serve as a distraction. The competitors
had to type phrases exactly as they appeared on the screens in front of them. “It was tricky because they would throw bulk text using d i f ferent cha racters a nd symbols, so you had to really pay attention you got everything right,” she said. The hardest task for Sarah was having to text blindfolded.
“It’s nerve-wracking because you’re not completely sure whether you hit the right key or not,” she said. “I got eliminated in the first round because I had technical difficulties and ended up saving the text as a draft instead of sending it; it was pretty upsetting.” Wood said she didn’t think she was going to go as far as
the finals because of a technical difficulty she encountered during the quarterfinals. “I was amazed I made it to the top 12 because I messed up and had to send it twice,” she said. “But I got the call the next day and I was surprised because I couldn’t believe I still made it.” Stephanie Wood, Sarah’s mom, said the thought of a texting competition sounded silly. “I guess when you think of something your child might be really good at, texting was never the first thing that comes to mind,” she said. Josue Gonzalez, a business sophomore, said he wasn’t aware there was such a thing as a texting competition. “It’s pretty cool that a student from UNT went to the finals for something so out of the ordinary,” he said. “I’m a slow texter, so I would have been the first one out.” Sarah said she plans to enter the contest again next year and make the conscious effort to try hard. “It was a fun experience and I had the opportunity to win some money; next year I’ll know what I’m getting myself into and try hard because I know I can do it,” she said. Stephanie said she would support her daughter next year if she decides to enter the contest. “Fifty thousand dollars is a lot of money for someone her age who goes to college and works full time,” she said. “It would really be life-changing for anybody.”
Ambassadors discuss peace issues for South Asia ISAAC WRIGHT
Senior Staff Writer The first South Asia Peace Conference was held at UNT on Saturday and Sunday to bring the higher education community together with experts and foreign dignitaries to discuss the pursuit of peace in the region. The conference lasted from 9 a.m. until after 9 p.m. at UNT’s Business Leadership Building and included lectures from international studies experts from across the country and foreign ambassadors to the United States, who gave two of the conference’s keynote presentations. “I always like these interactions with students and being in an academic society,” said Eklil Ahmad Hakimi, Afghanistan’s ambassador to the U.S. “They know the background, they know the situation very well, so you don’t have to start all over again and tell them all those basic things.” The conference hosted 39 panelists and other presenters, including the ambassadors, who received no compensation
to speak at UNT, conference director Qaisar Abbas said.
Afghanistan ambassador to the U.S. Hakimi spoke to more than 150 guests Saturday and discussed the future of Afghanistan after the announced 2014 U.S. troop withdrawal, and said he believes the country will thrive after Afghani forces assume the lead role in the country’s defense. “For the first time in our history, we welcomed foreign forces on our soil for one very simple reason,” Hakimi said. “We have experienced very dark days in our history during the Taliban’s time. If you look at people’s support for the coalition forces 10 years ago compared to now, yes, that’s a fact – that [public support] is less. But still, they understand that we have achieved a lot.” Some g uest s ra ised issues about the situation in Afghanistan. Fawzia Afzal-Khan, director of women and gender studies at Montclair University in New Jersey, said U.S. intervention is the biggest problem the region
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Ryan Hochstatter, a secondary education graduate student, takes notes during Ambassador of Afghanistan Eklik Hakimi’s speech at the South Asia Peace Conference. The conference also featured a second distinguished lecturer, Ambassador of Pakistan Husain Haqqani.
faces. She also felt women’s rights violations demanded response from the new government. “He said nothing of women in Afghanistan who have been suffering for untold decades under the Taliban regime,” she said. Hakimi said U.S. military involvement was necessary to get rid of the Taliban and civil rights have improved dramatically since their downfall. “If you compare Afghanistan today to 10 years ago, the situation is much, much better,” Hakimi said. “We have a woman as a governor, we have a woman as an ambassador. Almost 8 percent of our parliamentarians consists of women now.”
Pakistan ambassador to the U.S. Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S., spoke to more than 200 people in the University Union’s Silver Eagle Suite on Saturday. Haqqani focused on Pakistan’s prospects for becoming a strong economic power in the South Asia region and began by declaring that the current problems in the region will not define it forever. “The fact of the matter is that what you read in the newspapers today is just that – today’s news,” Haqqani said. “It’s not the future of our nation. It’s not the reality that will survive.” Haqqani said Pakistan sits at the crossroads of four quickly developing regions, a fact that puts the country in danger of being drawn into regional conflicts, but said the close proximity to other growing nations is also an asset to Pakistan. “India, for example, as its economy grows, [that] economic growth offers opportunities for Pakistan,” Haqqani said. “We are
PHOTO BY BRIAN MASCHINO / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Ambassador of Pakistan Husain Haqqani speaks in the Silver Eagle Suite Saturday night as part of the distinguished speaker series at the South Asia Peace Conference. Haqqani’s speech, “Democracy in the Age of Terrorism: The Role of Pakistan in Establishing Peace in South Asia,” and his question-and-answer section humored many in the audience with simple analogies meant for American audiences to easily understand relations between Pakistan and India. One such analogy involved comparing Pakistan-India relations to a bitter divorce where whoever gets the “beach house” from the settlement represents ownership of Kashmir. very pleased about the results of the Pakistani cabinet over the last week and finally come around to accepting normal trade relations [with India].” Trade relations between India and Pakistan have been tense for decades, primarily because of what the ambassador called the “emotional issues” that exist between the two countries over the area of Kashmir. Haqqani said the issues of historical violence are tough to reconcile. “There are always emotional issues and sometimes, you have to sit down and say – even if you don’t fully say sorry – you have to recognize the other person’s emotion because nobody’s emotions are ever wrong,” he said.
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Bats lead the way in home win over WOSU Softball Brett Medeiros Staff Writer
The UNT softball team continued its fall season dominance on Friday with an 11-2 win over Western Oklahoma State where the Mean Green offense exploded for 21 hits and left just seven runners on base. “It took a little while for us to get going, but once we started rolling we just kept adding on the runs,” head coach T.J. Hubbard said. “I challenged them at the beginning of the game to be aggressive at the plate.” UNT produced more than nine runs for the fourth time during its nine-game win streak and held its opponents to two runs or fewer for the fifth straight game. Freshman pitcher Madison Thompson held the Lady Pioneers to two runs on two hits in six innings of works, striking out six batters and walking only two. Madison is the top pitching prospect for UNT after a highschool career that included 20 shutouts and five no-hitters. “Today really gave me a boost in my confidence since I did not
start out too well at the beginning,” Thompson said. “It’s nice to know that I can perform at this level and it helps when the defense plays really great.” Sophomore shortstop Brooke Foster stole the show on offense, batting 4-5 with a two-run home run and finished a triple away from completing the cycle. Foster also stole second base in the eighth inning, setting up sophomore Sarah McGann’s single that knocked her in for the Mean Green’s eighth run of the ball game. “I like the fact I’m hitting so well but I’m afraid, ‘cause I’m always afraid I’ll fall in a slump at some point and I would rather be in a slump now than during the regular season,” Foster said. “Either way, I’m so excited about the season ‘cause our team is so much different compared to last year.” UNT’s last home match of the fall season happens at 3 p.m. Friday against Seminole State College in Lovelace Stadium. “We’re going to focus on keeping this same level of intensity going before the last match,” Hubbard said. “We need to finish on a strong note.”
Photo By Melissa S. Mayer/Staff Photographer
Freshman Danielle Hoff stretches to catch the ball at first base . The UNT softball team beat Western Oklahoma State College 11-2 Friday.
Mean Green offense thrives in weekend sweep Hockey A lison Eldridge
Contributing Writer The UNT ice hockey team added two more wins to its near-undefeated record with an 11-3 win Friday and a 16-4 win Saturday against the LouisianaLafayette Ragin’ Cajuns.
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The Mean Green’s (15-1) only loss was a 1-point defeat to Texas A&M in College Station late last month. After the team’s win Friday, UNT forward Brandon Leney led the way with six goals in Saturday’s game, which involved a handful of penalties. With 3:42 remaining in the second period, UNT forward
Zach Engel and ULL forward Brett Schexnayder exchanged blows after a scuffle. A subsequent penalty was called on UNT forward Don Le. Engel and Schexnayder were then ejected from the game. Combined penalty minutes between the teams totaled almost 30 minutes. “[The team was able to] work on things such as power plays
and breakouts in real game situations,” forward Brett McCoy said. “It’s also nice to have a game where everyone can get some ice time and just have fun.” The team is working to earn a spot in the American College Hockey Association Regional Tournament taking place in February at Florida Gulf Coast University. Forwards Hash Lad and David Wirth rank fourth and fifth for the most points in the ACHA, which consists of more than 3,500 players. Players earn points by scoring or assisting on a goal. Wirth also ranks third for number of goals scored with 23. “The team is excited about our recent rankings,” Wirth said. “[The team is] Ranked 11th, just one higher than TAMU [Texas A&M], but we are
Photo by Alison Eldridge/Contributing Writer
Captain Tyler Fulton prepares for a faceoff in UNT’s game against Louisiana Lafayette. The Mean Green beat the Cajuns 11-3 Friday and 16-4 Saturday. striving for more. We have to be within the Top 10 to move on to regionals, and that’s our goal this season.” The team takes on Texas Tech Saturday and Sunday nights at the Polar Ice House in Grapevine,
with game times to be determined. For more information on the team’s schedule, statistics and updated game times, visit the team’s website www.unticehockey.com.
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Senior Nadia Lee returns a volley during match play at the Mean Green Tennis Center.
Newcomers thrive in finale Tennis Brett Medeiros Staff Writer
The Mean Green tennis team wrapped up the fall season on a high note this weekend, winning 26 of 30 matches and seven flight championships at home in the Mean Green Classic. Seniors Paula Dinuta and Nadia Lee led the way by each posting a 3-0 record in singles play. “It was amazing. We only had two losses in both singles and doubles all weekend,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “We really wanted to finish the fall season strong at home. We just domi-
nated the competition.” UNT took flight championships in two of three divisions in doubles play. The teams of junior Barbora Vykydalova and freshman Kseniya Bardabush, a nd f reshma n Fra n ziska Sprinkmeyer and junior Valentina Starkova earned the victories. “The new kids that have come to the team [Bardabush, S p r i n k m e y e r, S t a r k o v a , Serchenko] just came in and really picked it up,” Lama said. “We’ve really got a special team going into this year. I think we’ll have a lot of strength because of this fall we have had.” With the fall season completed, the team will begin its preparation for the spring. UNT will face
four Top 25 teams throughout the season – No. 24 Oklahoma, No. 23 Texas, No. 22 Arkansas and No. 21 Tulsa. Last season, the Mean Green fell to Arkansas (0-7) and Tulsa (1-6) with four players inactive because of injuries or sickness. “Our strength on this team is our depth. We just have so many kids that want to work hard and we just have to make sure they pace themselves,” Lama said. “It’s going to be a marathon season and we have to be ready for it.” UNT will return to the court when it kicks off its spring season at the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational in January. Players were not available for comment.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 Sean Gorman, Sports Editor
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UNT clinches tournament berth with sweep Volleyball BRETT MEDEIROS & A LEX YOUNG Staff Writers
With a home sweep of Sun Belt opponents Arkansas State and Arkansas-Little Rock, the UNT volleyball team punched its ticket to the playoffs this weekend. The Mean Green (16-15, 7-8) secured a spot to play in its third straight Sun Belt Tournament and moved from eighth to sixth in the conference standings. If that holds, it could avoid a first-round matchup with top seeds Western Kentucky or Middle Tennessee. Senior middle blocker Melanie Boykins led the UNT attack all weekend, notching a .500 hitting percentage, 20 kills on 38 attempts and just one attack error. “Our last two home games we had to come out and give it all we had,” Boykins said. “We had a game plan; we executed it.”
Arkansas State In one of its best performances of the season, UNT prevented Arkansas State from celebrating a West Division-clinching win
by sweeping the Red Wolves in straight sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-15). The Mean Green’s attack percentage as a team improved after each set, starting from .265 in the first set to a .351 to finish the match. The .351 was UNT’s highest hitting percentage since
“Each game we got better ... we continued to apply pressure.”
—Ken Murczek Head volleyball coach
its match against Texas Southern on Aug. 27. UNT played its cleanest game of the season, executing a balanced game plan with a combined 21 errors and 7.5 blocks compared to 33 errors and four blocks for ASU. “Each game we got better,” head coach Ken Murczek said. “Their score got lower and we
continued to apply pressure, which was something we hadn’t done all season.”
Arkansas-Little Rock Playing in the final home game of their UNT careers, three seniors helped UNT clinch a Sun Belt Tournament berth in a three-set sweep of UALR (25-14, 25-19, 25-23). Boykins continued her strong weekend, landing a match-high 10 kills on .500 hitting for the second consecutive game. Senior libero Sarah Willey tied her career high with four aces and collected a match-high 10 digs. Senior outside hitter Lacy Reasons built on her solid game against ASU and posted seven kills and four blocks for the match. The Mean Green defense clamped down on UALR, collecting eight blocks and holding the Trojans to only .097 hitting for the match – the fifth time UNT has held a team to under .100 hitting this season. UNT will close its regular season Friday at Denver before preparing for the Sun Belt Tournament, which begins on Nov. 17.
Story of the Sun Belt Tournament Team UNT fears
Team UNT could beat
UNT’s worst nightmare. The Blue Raiders have won 16 straight, rank first in the East Division and beat UNT in straight sets two weeks ago.
W h i le t he Red Wolves look primed to win the West Division, UNT’s win against ASU should give them confidence if the teams face off in the tournament.
Team UNT wants
Troy Currently sitting at the No. 7 spot, the Trojans have lost three straight and fell to UNT in four sets last month. This is UNT’s best chance to steal a victory in the playoff.
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Senior setter Kayla Saey competes at the net with Arkansas State opponent during the Mean Green’s 3-0 win on Friday night. UNT also defeated Arkansas-Little Rock 3-0 on Sunday.
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Did you find the images displayed by Justice for All offensive?
“Not so much on the content, but the way it was displayed. It was pretty graphic and it was next to the food court. I mean granted, it is the free speech zone, but offensive can mean a lot of things and I am sure a lot of people were offended, but it seemed a little tasteless in the way that they did it.”
“I found it offensive because today we had children around and on campus and I feel like they shouldn’t be seeing that on their fieldtrips. I wish they cared a little bit about the people that visit. I understand why they are doing it; they just need to watch it because it could upset parents or other people.”
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“No I did not, because I believe that you can present your ideas and I am pro-life so I didn’t mind the pictures because that is what I believe. They had signs saying that there was graphic stuff; I think maybe they could have hidden the pictures more because I saw the pictures before I saw the graphic warning signs but I don’t have a problem with them having the pictures there.”
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Abortion protesters aim to shock Anyone walking by the University Union near the bus zones on campus Monday was visually assaulted with graphic imagery of aborted fetuses, violent photos of genocide victims and numerous other disturbing scenes. Justice For All, an anti-abortion organization sponsored by North Texas College Republicans and known for its grisly displays, has set up camp for its second trip to the UNT campus in as many years. The intent of the exhibit – set to be on campus until Tuesday afternoon – is to make what its members perceive as an injustice visible to society. The enormous display features images of severed fetus limbs, decapitated fetuses and other gruesome photos, often placed
next to objects such as coins or pencils in order to relate the size of the extremities. Creating visibility for injustices is an important part of our culture. It’s the basis for the First Amendment, and remains the backbone of the democratic process. However, just because one has the ability to exercise First Amendment rights in a public forum does not mean all discretion should be abandoned. What Justice For All is doing is in no way illegal, only distasteful. The pamphlets handed out by the group are a scaled-down version of the full “Exhibit.” The pamphlets’ covers provide a brief warning of the disturbing nature of the images inside; however, the full-size display only has two signs,
placed roughly 20 yards away from the display, that serve no real purpose. It’s obvious that they don’t want the warning signs to serve as too successful a deterrent. Even if people managed to see the warning sign and then divert their eyes, there’s still a chance that they would have no choice but to walk directly through the hoopla in order to access things such as the student center entrance or bus lanes. If the group insists on displaying these images, greater efforts should be made to guarantee that if one weren’t interested in seeing the nightmarish display, he or she would not have to. By allowing graphic images of this nature to be displayed, it could be
argued that a precedent has been set for the tolerance of any graphic imagery in a campus setting. What would stop a group advocating sexual violence prevention from showing graphic footage of children being molested, or an anti-gaymarriage group from showing a large display of heterosexual acts? The logic behind such displays is equally justifiable, yet would never be allowed by the university. It is not this group’s ideologies being brought into question, but rather its means of delivering those ideologies to the public. We shouldn’t infringe upon First Amendment rights, but is it too much to ask for a little common courtesy?
Art students should be warned of extra costs A f u l l-t i me u nder g r adu ate student at UNT this fall can expect to pay at least $4,000 in tuition and fees. Art students in particular must budget in a few hundred dollars more for project materials required for their various classes. A new student who has never enrolled in a class in the College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD) may not realize there are extra unspoken costs that leave a big dent in your wallet. Students must factor in t he cost of extra supplies, ranging f rom $ 2.49 cha rcoa l penci ls, $27.99 paintbrushes and $128.99 canvases. For each new project assigned in class, there are most certainly new materials that must be bought. T he problem i s t hat ma ny students walk into the program without realizing the extensive amount of extra expenses. CVAD does not notify students that their personal bank accounts will take a hit while enrolled in classes. There is no gentle reminder that it might be a good idea to tuck away a few extra 20-dollar bills to be prepared for the semester. For a student’s already struggling budget, having surprise lists of expensive materials throughout the semester can mean living on ra men nood les just to scrape enough money together to pay the bills. C VA D shou ld wa rn students about these extra expenses upon enrolling in classes in order for them to budget properly. It would not be difficult to send an email with an itemized supply list and
approximate price range a student could expect to spend by enrolling in an art class. The curriculum and outlined projects are almost always repeated for a few semesters, so professors know the cost. It only requires a simple task from a professor or adv iser to make students feel more prepared for their upcoming school year. What student wouldn’t appreciate a heads-up on the extra money they’ll end up spending? For students immersing themselves in the arts, not knowing about copious expenses could ruin their future plans. Professors should send t heir students an email before the start of classes. This would allow them time to break down those extra expenses i nto a n a f for d a ble mont h l y budget. Then students w ill be better prepared to start the semester off on the right foot.
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Student government wastes money I am a senator for the Honors College here at UNT. Lately, a few senators and I have been trying to i mplement some ch a nge s within the Student Government Association in order to better serve you, the student body. In an effort to allocate more funding toward student organizations, I have tried to end spending within SGA by doing away with our Freshman Intern Program. This program, which has been in effect for about 11 years, has not a ided t he improvement or enhancement of our organization since its implementation. In fact, I would argue that it is a hindrance to SGA’s ability to serve you. W h i le t he Fresh ma n Inter n Prog ra m may mea n wel l, t he money t hat we’re putting into this program has not yielded the results that its original creators intended. An estimated $10,000 per year could be saved if we no longer fund this program. This money can go toward other events or organizations aside from the mere 35 freshmen who use this money. Let’s do the math here (conservatively): $9,000 divided among 30 students equals $300 per student who participates in this program. The money’s intended purpose is to aid the development of leadership skills. However, this is too much of an investment being put into too few students. This money is coming from your student service fees, so why is this program only going toward a few freshmen when a greater number of students can benefit from it?
The director of this program a nd I enter ta i ned t he idea of opening it to other students, but no compromise was made. Instead, your fellow senators, who serve w it hin t he interna l committee a nd, of wh ich, a major it y a re former freshman interns, chose to cease consideration of this piece of legislation – a long w ith t wo other bills. I i mplore you to f i nd you r senator, be it in person, email, Facebook, Twitter, or through the SGA website, a nd ask t hem to move to bring back the bills that are being pigeonholed in committees. You can also stop by the SGA office in the Union and ask questions concerning bills that are stuck in committee. While I am asking for immediate actions, I would very much like for you, my bosses, to investigate this issue yourselves so that you may make a proper judgment.
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