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Volume 98 | Issue 55
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University promotes HIV, AIDS awareness RYNE GANNOE Intern
UNT is offering free HIV testing as part of its participation in World Aids Day, a global event that promotes prevention and awareness of the virus that annually kills nearly 2 million people worldwide. As part of the Student Health and Wellness Center’s Know Your Status campaign, students can receive free tests for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at four campus locations. The anonymous tests are being administered at Kerr Hall, Discovery Park, Chestnut Ha l l a nd t he Un iver sit y Union. T he prog ra m ta rgets college students, who are at a
higher-than-average risk for contracting venereal diseases such as HIV, said UNT student ser vices coordinator David Arnold. One in three sexually active students will be exposed to an STD before they graduate from college, Arnold said, adding that one in five people who have AIDS may not know it. In North Texas, the number of HIV cases among people in their teens and early 20s ha s i nc re a se d i n re c ent years, according to an Oct. 31 story from cbsdfw.com. The percentage of HIV cases in Dallas County involving people aged 13 to 24 has increased from 20 percent of Texas’ cases in 2009 to 25 percent in 2010.
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Smoking ban fails to pass SGA senate A NN SMAJSTRLA Staff Writer
After a long, emotion-fueled debate, a smoking ban referendum failed to pass during Wednesday’s final Student Government Association meeting of the semester. The referendum needed an absolute majority of 30 “yes” votes to pass, but the number of votes fell short at 25. Thus the current smoking policy, which requires smokers to stand at least 25 feet from building entrances, will remain unchanged unless more action toward a ban is taken. School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management senator Josh Williams was among those who voted in favor of the referendum. “I was for letting our students have the right to vote on whether they wanted the smoking ban or not,” Williams said. “And I think it’s pretty upsetting that our
senate couldn’t even do that.” College of Arts and Sciences senator Denis Sansoucie said he voted against the bill based on comments from his constituents. “What I was against about the referendum was that it was a ban,” Sansoucie said. “It wasn’t a restructuring of the smoking policy as far as maybe putting more defined smoking areas in, or giving smokers shelter while they’re outside. So, I was feeling that it was totally biased.” The senate listened to guest speakers from the organization Tobacco-free North Texas before discussing the referendum. The organization provides resources to school campuses that are becoming smoke-free, and has assisted schools like UT Austin and UT Arlington in their antismoking efforts.
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Rachel Richter, a business freshman, rests on a tree swing outside of Bruce Hall on Monday. Denton’s Planning and Zoning Committee is planning to implement new tree codes.
Resident group proposes changes to city tree code A NN SMAJSTRLA Staff Writer
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Senators approve a motion on Bill F2011-32 during the student senate meeting on Wednesday night. The smoking policy reform referendum received 25 votes out of the 30 needed to pass.
Denton city officials are developing a new tree code, making it more difficult for developers to clear trees from land. The code is based on suggestions from Planning and Zoning’s tree preservation committee and would place stricter requirements on developers, as well as classify trees to be the same as infrastructures like buildings. The committee presented its new concepts, known as the Tree Preservation Ordinance, to the City Council on Nov. 23.
“A little over a year ago, the [Planning and Zoning Committee] had rejected the most recent plan for a new tree code,” said Angie Kralik, city of Denton urban forester. “And so the city decided, ‘OK, let’s put together a committee of citizens that can put together a document which can be bigpicture ideas of what they want to see in a new tree code.’” Denton’s current tree code has been in place since 2004 and places requirements on the development of private property, Kralik said. The
code prohibits trees from being cleared, requires the protection of trees and requires violators of the code to pay mitigation fees. Patrice Lyke, vice-chair of the Planning and Zoning Com m ittee a nd Eng l ish lecturer at UNT, was in charge of revising and editing the proposal. Preserving trees is the committee’s main goal, she said, adding that the committee tried to create an ordinance that will not conflict with Denton’s other codes and ordinances.
“We are addressing landscaping codes to push for more tree canopy and healthier tree-planting conditions in parking lots,” Lyke said. “We are looking at infrastructure specifications for new subdivisions that can be safely modified to allow other infrastructure to work around established trees, which has an additional value of making residential streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists with curving streets.”
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Report finds K-12 history curriculum inadequate A LEX M ACON
Senior Staff Writer According to a recent report, histor y standards for K-12 students in the state of Texas are inadequate, ineffective and “politicized,” leaving high school graduates woef ully unprepared for college-level courses. Keith Erekson, a histor y professor at the University of
Texas at El Paso and member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s social studies collaborative, authored the report. Erekson characterized college readiness as almost completely ignored in history education at public schools, placing the blame on standards set by the Texas Board of Education. “No student will succeed
in college or the workplace if he confuses writing with speeches, conducts a onesided a na lysis, or si mply spits back a string of memorized information,” Erekson wrote. Much of the report’s criticism focused on the controversial new social studies curriculum approved by the Board of Education last May. The
report said this curriculum veers toward a conservative interpretation of U.S. history, including the removal of references to “American imperialism” and limited coverage of Native American issues. Richard McCaslin, a history professor and chair of UNT’s history department, said he doesn’t put much weight into “smoke and mirrors” accusa-
tions of political bias in Texas’ history curriculum, adding that professors are concerned about unprepared students in basic history classes. “Over time we have had to back-sell, as it were,” McCaslin said. “We have to take time to cover things not covered in high school classes.” He sa id h istor y educators frequently debate about
whether too much emphasis is placed on memorization as opposed to analysis and interpretation, and in recent years it has become fashionable to trash memorization. “[Students] are taught that critical thinking is good, but we often bypass memorization,” McCaslin said.
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Students line up for John Legend lecture tickets RYNE GANNOE Intern
A crowd of students lined up at the University Union Monday morning to secure their free tickets to John Legend’s muchanticipated lecture. Tickets are available for students from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Union Information Center on the third floor next
to Wells Fargo until Monday, when they will go on sale to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will start at $20 for faculty and staff, $25 for general admission and $40 for f loor seats. Students can purchase additional tickets for $15. St udent Gover n ment Association President Blake
Windham said he predicted the lecture would sell out. “There’s a lot of excitement for this event,” he said. “If people can say they got their tickets, then they have something to look forward to.” Rebecca Morales, a Union Information Center employee and business junior, said the rush was in the morning but
students came in steadily all day. A lt hou g h L e gend i s a Grammy Award-winning artist and widely known as a musician, he will come to UNT for a lecture and will only perform two to three songs. W i nd h a m w a sn’t s u r e exact ly what Legend w i l l speak about.
“I don’t know his exact topic; it’s completely up to him, but he’s coming for the Equality a nd Diversit y Conference, so I assume it will be on the subject,” Windham said. L egend’s ph i la nt h ropic ac t ion s i nclude st a r t i ng t he Show Me Ca mpa ig n t hat pu shes for equa l it y i n educat ion i n A mer ica
to reduce poverty. He also sits on t he boa rds of t he Education Equality Project, Teach for America, Stand for Children and Harlem Village Academies. Epiphany Woods, a public relat ions ju n ior, sa id t he draw for students is the great music, but the lecture will be impactful to students.
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Biology freshman Jenn Marcum pushes business freshman Rachel Richter on the tree swing outside of Bruce Hall.
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Histor y ju n ior Daph ne Glasgow said she believes there could be positive and potentially negative effects of the tree code. “On one hand, it could hurt the economy of Denton and make it harder for businesses in Denton to grow,” she said. “But on the other hand, it gives the residents of Denton more of a voice about where they live and what they want. It could also help developers not be so rash about where they develop.”
The nex t step, K ra li k said, is for her and cit y pla n n ing super v isor Chuck Russell to write a new document based on t he proposa l put for t h by the tree preser vation committee. The document will then be reviewed and revised by the city’s legal department to be put up for a vote by the City Council in order to take effect. It is not known how long this process will take, Kralik said. Because t he UNT campus is state property, it is not subject to the city’s tree code, she said.
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UNT forensic scientists have successfully identified one of the 26 young men whose remains were discovered buried in a crawl space under serial killer John Wayne Gacy’s home more than 30 years ago. Cook County Sherriff Tom Dart confirmed the remains as William George Bundy, who was previously known as “Victim 19” because he was the 19th body to be removed from the space. Bundy is the first of the nameless Gacy victims to be identified. An initiative to indentify Gacy’s victims began in April when investigators reached out to UNT’s Center for Human Identification while simultaneously working to pinpoint the location where Gacy’s unknown victims were buried. When investigators found a casket in June, they flew eight jawbones to the UNT laboratory. By October, scientists had extracted DNA from the jawbones of four unidentified victims and femurs of two others and were still gathering DNA from two more victims. In order to put a name to the remains, though, scientists needed a living match. Dart publicly asked for the help of anyone who believed he or she may be related to one of Gacy’s unidentified victims by directing them to a hotline investigators had set up for families whose male family members had gone missing in the 1970s. The sheriff’s office received about 125 tips from people who provided the names of missing people they suspected were Gacy victims. A long-time, lingering suspicion led Laura O’Leary, Bundy’s sister, to the sheriff’s website at 4 a.m. after learning about Dart’s announcement. She and her brother Robert Bundy submitted DNA samples, allowing UNT’s Center for Human Identification to link one of the unidentified bodies to Bill Bundy. O’Leary knew her brother was among one of Gacy’s victims when she learned Gacy lured in young men by promising them
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Cook County Sheriff ’s Office officials examine containers that hold the upper and lower jaws and teeth of the unidentified victims of John Wayne Gacy in June 2011. They were stored for many years at the county’s medical examiner’s office and in 2009 were buried in a paupers’ grave. After the sheriff ’s office obtained a court order, a wooden box containing eight smaller containers shaped like buckets, each holding a victim’s jaw bones and teeth, was dug up at Homewood Memorial Gardens in June 2011. construction jobs. Days before Bundy’s disappearance, he had just started a construction job for an individual he would not name. “I always knew he was going to be one of them,” she said in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. “But there was no DNA back then, so there was nothing I could really do.” She was just 15 years old when
her brother went missing on the eve of his 19th birthday. Gacy, a part-time party clown, was executed in 1994 after being convicted for the murder of 33 boys and young men between 1972 and 1978. The prolific killer’s method of burying his victims in the crawl space under his house resulted in decomposition that made them difficult to identify.
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In 1978, investigators had to rely on dental records to ID; however, advances in modern DNA testing have given today’s investigators a good chance of identifying the men if relatives will come forward. The university’s tests on four other unidentified victims didn’t result in matches, and results for the rest of the unidentified victims are pending.
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According to the article, in Tarrant County 140 new cases of HIV were reported between January and July. In America 1.1 million people live with HIV, and 55,000 are between the ages of 13-24. Some student organizations are also hosting events for the day of awareness. The University Program Council is hosting speaker Christina Rock, an HIV activist who was prenatally infected with the virus in the mid-80s. The program, titled “Does HIV look like me?” is at 7 p.m. in the Lyceum. “People have a stereotype of AIDS and the people with it;
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“It’s not a ban on smoking,” said Natalie Buxton, chair of Tobacco-free North Texas. “People can still smoke if they want to. It’s just a matter of your actions in a public setting negatively affecting someone’s health.” Du r i ng t he d iscussion, representatives from Young Americans for Liberty also made comments and presented their petition against the ban, which contained 206 signatures. “That’s not really the right of a public university to make a moral choice for the majority of their students,” said Casey Crosby, a YAL member and radio, television and film sophomore. Had the referendum passed, the student body would have been given the opportunity
people need to learn the facts,” said Jose Robles, vice president of marketing for UPC. HIV is transmitted through contact of certain bodily fluids, but casual contact does not transmit it. “It’s AIDS Awareness Day and we want to encourage testing and use of contraceptive so no one can catch the disease,” Robles said. Arnold said UNT is doing well to educate the community. “Most college students are generally more informed than the general public, but that doesn’t mean we can just take a walk.” The Know Your Status campaign ends Friday. The Student Health and Wellness Center also offers free HIV testing every Thursday by appointment and free condoms, Arnold said.
to cast an online vote stating whether or not they supported a campus-wide smoking ban. Following the vote on the smoking ban referendum, the senate passed two bills and one resolution. T he g roup pa s s e d a n appointment reform bill to change the length of senator terms. Instead of being elected each long semester, senators will now be elected for two long semesters before having to be re-elected. In support of UNT’s efforts to achieve Tier One status, the senate passed the “SGA supports the quest for Tier One status” resolution. The group also passed the resolution “SGA supports reusable bottles” to encourage the university to use and distribute reusable bottles instead of disposable bottles whenever possible. Before t he meet i ng adjourned, the SGA voted senate speaker Morgan Ray as Senator of the Year.
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sexually active college students will be exposed to an STD before they graduate.
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History Continued from Page 1 He said people are often eager to comment on and analyze an historical event, but are “appallingly illprepared on the facts that took place.” “I am of the group that says what’s missing now from students is two things,” he said. “One is a basic knowledge base, and two is writing skills.” McCaslin said students coming out of high school were short-changed on basic historical knowledge and writing skills, pointing out that cuts to public education are only making things worse. “It’s fewer and fewer teachers to do more and more things in less time,” he said. “It’s a pressure cooker.” The THECB put out a
press release this month to clarify that the report solely reflected the views of its author, who is a member of the social studies collaborative funded by the board. Dominic Chavez, spokesman for the coordinating board, acknowledged that with budget cuts and other problems, public education in the state faces a long and bumpy road. Makayla Price, an English junior who is seeking her teaching certificate, said there needs to be more open discussion in classrooms. “[Students] know how to answer what the test wants,” she said. “But they don’t really know what any of it means.” Price said teachers tend to focus too much on testtaking and a standard curriculum, adding that if given more freedom, teachers could encourage students to learn more independently. “You just have to do your research as a teacher,” Price said.
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Senator Nicholas LaGrassa opposes the smoking policy reform referendum during the student senate meeting on Wednesday night. He later changed his vote to support the referendum.
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3-D technology graphs, improves movement M ARLENE GONZALEZ Staff Writer
3-D cinematography advancements are catching the attention of scientists and those involved in health research, not because it brings them entertainment, but because it gives them a closer look at and understanding of the effects illness and age have on human mobility. UNT health care researchers are using these virtual reality systems to study sensory perception in the elderly. Researchers noticed that as people get older instead of using all of their senses, they depend more on their vision, said Nicoleta Bugnariu of the physical therapy faculty at the UNT Health Science Center. “If a car is coming directly at you and you are looking at your feet, you are not going to notice it,” said Rita Patterson, director of osteopathic manipulative medicine research at UNTHSC. “It could hit you.” Researchers study patients as they act out real-world events in a virtual environment. The system uses motion detectors to monitor the patients’ movements and a harness for safety as they maneuver virtual settings on a treadmill.
Patterson said the elderly are a group they currently work with, but they hope to work with people who have conditions such as autism and diabetes. “The lab is functional; the patients are being evaluated on the system,” she said. “We are not sitting idle.” Patterson said neurons that help people use all of their senses decline with age, so the virtual reality system provides a sort of therapy where they can be comfortable not looking at their feet as they walk. “Virtual reality can really play a big part as far as rehabilitation goes,” said Deraan Collins, a research assistant at UNTHSC. “Working the system has been an education itself.” Collins said the treadmill has a ramp that inverts vertically to simulate varying terrain. Force plates are put on their hands to see how much movement is made, which collaborate with infrared cameras and markers to calculate a patient’s balance and movement throughout the procedure. But the motion-sensing technology isn’t only used to research mobility in the elderly. The equipment is used to capture data and improve the
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Yoshiko Shamoto, a performance graduate student, shows the reflective markers placed along her head, back and shoulders. The markers are picked up by a series of 3-D cameras that detect her movement and measure the angles and position she is in while playing the piano. movement of many of UNT’s musicians. Fi ve ye a r s a go, U N T purchased the motion-capture system to help graduate students and researchers observe the correlation between pain and the posture of musicians, said Kris Chesky, director of education and research for the Texas
Center of Music & Medicine. Yoshiko Shamoto, a performance graduate student, is conducting research with the motion-capture system to find a posture that works better for all pianists as part of her dissertation, she said. Thirty-five pianists will take part in the research.
T h r e e mot ion- c a pt u r e ca meras t rack movement provided by the ref lective markers placed on a pianist. The markers are placed on bony areas, which make it easier to detect movement: one on the head, six on the back and two on the shoulder, Shamoto said. “T hese mot ion-capt u re
cameras only capture the movement, so you can see in the computer the movement of the body and bones,” Shamoto said. She said she became interested in the musical medical field of piano playing after she started to feel pain in her lower back and shoulders. “I wasn’t aware of the music medicine field; I wasn’t aware of the health promotes like taking a break every 20 minutes,” she said. Chesky said one observation made was how a one-size-fits-all piano structure doesn’t in fact work the same for everyone, so they have been able to make adjustments to the instrument to accommodate people. “We learned that the piano isn’t an appropriate size for all people to play,” he said. “Small females playing a regular-sized piano isn’t the same as a larger person playing; the smaller person is challenged more and requires more energy.” He said force sensors are placed underneath keyboards to measure how hard a person is straining him- or her- self to play a piano. The person is then shown on a screen playing the piano in an animated version.
Internships provide students career experience PABLO A RAUZ Staff Writer
Students looking for internship opportunities may want to be cautious of doing unpaid work in some industries. Kurt Krause, director of internship programming at the Career Center, said internships aren’t very difficult to obtain. In fact, he said, there is usually a surplus of internship opportunities. “Every year there are internships that go unfilled because of the perception that students can’t find an internship,” he said. About 1 million Americans work as interns every year and about half of them are unpaid, according to a report by National Public Radio. The report also mentions a recent lawsuit concerning internships.
Alex Footman, a former unpaid intern for Fox Searchlight productions, worked on the set of the movie “Black Swan.” He sued the company for unpaid work after he realized that he did the work of a paid employee. “There are industries that have historically not paid, whether that’s fair or not,” Krause said. “Even if we think it’s unfair, it tends to be the industry standard,” he said. Of the industries Krause mentioned, the entertainment and sports industries are best known for having an appeal to students, so employers don’t necessarily feel they need to pay. There are six federal criteria under the Fair Labor Standards Act that all businesses must
follow in order to employ unpaid interns. The criteria essentially state that employers must supervise the work of interns and make sure the work is done for training and educational purposes. Teresa Rodriguez, a journalism senior, has had a few internships in marketing and public relation industries. She recently landed a job with the Dallas Business Journal which she obtained after interning there. Rodriguez said that while companies must follow the federal criteria for unpaid internships, it is the students’ responsibility to know what internships they should take on. “It’s something that when you accept the internship, you have to know going into it,” she said.
“You just have to be strategic with internsh ips t hat you accept,” she said. Ta reen Rahman, an KURT SMU busi- KRAUSE ness junior, is an intern at Moroch Partners, an advertising agency based in Dallas. She works in the entertainment department, which deals with movie promotions for feature films. Rahman is technically an unpaid intern but sometimes gets paid stipends, or a fixed sum of money, from movie production studios she deals with on a day-to-day basis. Her duties include handing out movie
passes to retailers, reaching out to college-age movie-goers and sometimes even meeting with celebrities. “I feel like for the experience that I’m getting, I don’t mind not being paid for it and I don’t feel overworked,” she said. “If you’re looking into it for the money, then I’d say don’t go for it because it’s really about the experience.” Allison McFadden, recruiting director at Moroch, helps maintain the internship program and said the company adheres to the criteria for unpaid internships and the program is simply for the benefit of students. “In order to intern with us, you have to be enrolled in school and doing the internship for course credit,” she said. “It’s not about
getting coffee; it’s about actually finding out how the agency works. It’s beyond shadowing; you’re actually assisting working on an account,” she said. McFadden said that if a client is paying enough to give a budget for labor, then an intern gets paid on that account. However, the focus is on teaching and evaluating the intern in preparing for the job market upon graduation. “Not only is it great experience, it goes on your resumé and you’re able to compete for different positions upon graduation. If they really prove themselves in their internship, if we do have any open positions, then they are first considered, so it’s also a foot in the door,” she said.
Media Library screens three films on feminism R EBECCA RYAN Staff Writer
The Women’s Studies Program hosted this semester’s third set of documentaries in the Fem Flicks series Wednesday night, which included the documentaries “Wet Dreams and False Images,” “The Guarantee” and “34 x 25 x 36.” These films addressed issues relating to body image,
beauty in different cultures and the ideal body type. “We want to give people, not just women, different things to think about,” said Sandy Spencer, director of the Women’s Studies Program. “We want to introduce these new ideas so that people can view things differently.” The Fem Flicks screenings
have been shown for the past six years and are open to the public. Screenings are held from 4-6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month of the semester at the Media Library in Chilton Hall. The films shown discuss topics like abortion, women’s roles in government and women’s roles in families. Spencer said her hope for Wednesday’s screening was to open people’s eyes to other definitions of beauty. “We need to be aware that sometimes we make choices to change ourselves that we think we’re making ourselves,” she said. “Really, other people are making them for us. We need to expose these issues and challenges facing women and men and really just expose people to more.”
Spencer said she plans on hosting the screenings as long as she can. “We’re going to continue doing this as long as it keeps being fun,” she said. Jesse Epstein directed each of the documentaries shown. The first one was set in a Brooklyn barbershop where a man was convinced the images of women on his walls were not altered in any way with, for example, Photoshop.
“It’s all about his misconception that the women in the pictures were real,” said Lee Stone, a facilitator and film graduate student. “It brings in the technicians who actually alter the photos and they discuss what they do and how they ‘perfect’ women.” The second documentary focused on a male ballet dancer who was asked to undergo rhinoplasty in order to secure a place in a ballet troupe. “The head of the school asked him to get a nose job,” Stone said. “Even after he gets it, the instructors aren’t impressed and he leaves the school. Because it is in a cartoon style, it kind of symbolizes how we are ‘drawn’ by our culture.” The final film in the series, “34 x 25 x 36,” explores the work-
ings of a mannequin factory. In it, the designer explains that the ideal measurements of a female mannequin are a 34-inch bust, a 25-inch waist and 36-inch hips. The designer of the mannequins explained that mannequins originally came from ancient statues of saints and how people first modeled them. “In this one, the owner of the factory and the designer of the mannequins are both men,” Stone said. “Men are active and women are passive in all of these films. The designer speaks of America’s obsession with fashion and appearances like a religion.” The next Fem Flick screening will be in late January. Specific dates and times will be posted to the UNT Women’s Studies Program Facebook page.
“They have to create a product, own motel room. Each dancer down to one night. Senior dance students will which the public is invited to see, is isolated from the others and display their original works on and in this process they have to dances with minimalistic moveFriday for the first time at the solve all of the problems they are ment for a strong impact. The New Choreographers Concert. given in order to create this work themes include love, loss, isolation and insomnia, which are The concert will start at 8 p.m. of art,” she said. In the class, students learn overlaid by the glow of a telein the University Theatre in dynamics, unity, variety, vision. the Radio, Television,Arts Film& and Jesse Sidlauskas, Life about Editor NTDailyArtsLife@gmail.com “It’s a good program. We have content, form and theme, Performing Arts Building. some amazing faculty that have General admission is $5 and Cushman said. From the 10 choreographed really pushed us far,” Wert said. tickets can be purchased at the All 56 dancers were chosen box office, over the phone, at the works at the concert, two dance pieces were chosen to represent from the dance department door and in advance. Students enrolled in dance UNT at the American College by advanced choreography PHOTO BY TARYN WALKER/INTERN professor Shelley Cushman’s Dance Festival, including Amelia students. Some choreographers BRITTNI BARNETT speaking in front of a also decided to dance. Cushman Dance students perform “The Itch,” choreographed by dance senior Anna Olvera, at a rehearsal for the New ChoreograWert’s “The Television is Watching senior projects class are required with Senior Staff Writer Robertson said. “It was allowed students to perform if phers Concert. Me Again” and Cassie Farzan to choreograph or perform in the crowd,” embarrassing. I stumbled over The UNT Toastmasters club a Panah’s “Gravity of Deception.” they were up for the challenge. concert. They also can complete andwith I couldn’t get my isresearch one of 13,000 world- my words Rachel Caldwell choreo- ence of being blind by wearing harmonies. “I set out this image of a studybranches in fieldwork. feeling of dance with touch and PowerPoint presentation to wide“Their that help members master doing graphed “Certain Uncertainty” blindfolds. In 28 rehearsals, the work is a culmination to motel. I was interested inwork Caldwell said her piece is about sound rather than with sight,” It was different,” just a mess.” the art of public something Wert said. and is also performing in “Guess four dancers adapted to their blindness as an experience, not Caldwell said. demonstrate thespeaking. knowledge they right. A f ter her presentat ion, UNT’s branch, which was the idea of why Who’s Not Coming to Dinner,” hearing and touching senses to a handicap. have acquired through the course “I thought about The concert will also be held at Robertson said a Toastmasters chartered in 2002, is one of about people would want to stay at a choreog raphed by A n na help them through the modern of their study,” Cushman said. “I was in my modern class last 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. member approached fiveCushman, clubs in the motel and wondered what her they Womack. theDenton artisticarea. director club piece. Caldwell also worked with semester and we would lie on Sunday in the University Theatre. and told her about the organi“We felt that this club was In Caldwell’s choreography, music student Ryan Pivovar to the ground and shut our eyes. For more information, visit www. of the concert, is known for felt.” andmodern what it piece offered. a her natural fit for in thedance. univerWert’s includes dancers explore the experi- compose a song of looped cello I wondered if I could capture a danceandtheatre.unt.edu. background She zation “At first my feelings were sity,” said Russ Stukel, director of student life for the Texas hurt, of course,” she said. “But Academy of Math and Science I knew he was right, so I went, and one of the club’s members. and it’s changed everything. “Being able to form ideas in a It’s made such a big difference concise manner using proper in my confidence.” The club meets weekly from grammar and eloquent vocabuBY M ARLENE GONZALEZ wife, Leslie Kregel, thought little more visibility and have the Creative Art STUDIO, one of noon to 1 p.m. in Marquis Hall lary is very important.” Intern it would be great to increase public more aware of art culture the businesses that has been InOn addition learning awareness of the communi- in Denton that isn’t always a part of First Friday since it Friday,tothe shops skills off the 118. The meetings serve as an such as body language, gestures started. ty’s artistic talent and culture, recognized,” Kregel said. Denton Square will stay open opportunity for members to and that help practice their public speaking Huttash said her main goal Merchants join with artists Kregel said. latervoice thaninflection usual. withDenton prepared Drawe contacted sources to help promote art and busi- is providing music for the event willpublic have speeches, its monthly and leadership skills through members alsoon learn speak off and created the website first- nesses. For example, an artist each month. First Friday thetoSquare and a step-by-step process. Once members complete a the cuff. Each of the meetings On Friday, Alex Riegelman, fridaydenton.com to establish looking for a place to display Industrial Street area. incorporates for what are series of usually 10 speeches or his or her work could contact a local guitarist and blues the event. 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PHOTOThe BY Tgroup ARYN WALKER /I NTERN junior, said she thinks the event junior, thinks the event will something because I started it,” For First Friday, meets on Monday afternoons in Marquis Hall. highest levelArts STUDIO, will participate in First Friday Drawe said. Tracee Robertson, of Toastmaster Robin Huttash,, the owner of A Creative bring attention to the creativity is a great opportunity to have and businesses staydirector open longer the organization, took the UNTshoppers art galleries, decided inDenton. really said. has to offer. learn things, this is Robertson The studio willwhich stay open until 9trative p.m. onassistant Friday. for the College youKregel’s fun. helps you kind of unleash the community business,and Cimarrona, to give an opportunity her six years to accomplish. totojoin the club three years ago your talents “Your goal is to have people helpful for me as well.” of Engineering. “I have made a “It’s not and just your one passions shop, but “I think it’s a good way to sells hats, scarves and warm admire and buy art. “I decided after a couple of afterSeveral giving acommunities presentation for and it allows and inspires you go away with an understanding Students, faculty, staff and lot of speeches, but it’s a learning together and month, which is where the idea pher and UNT alumnus, said he clothing recycled from old increase the exposure of the arts all the shops getting years that I wanted to try for that her job. to share those with other of your ideas and your message,” community members alike are process for me too. By listening to rekindle that love of art,” in Denton,” Robinson said. countries have their own First came from. helped start Denton’s First Friday clothes. said Schenk, anaadminis“I struggle, likeThursday most people, “Toastmasters joinis the club,a Robertson evaluating speakers Zimlich said. Robin said. Huttash ow ns A people.” “What we to hope [to gain] Friday or First each title,” in in February other 2010. He and his encouraged Shannon Drawe, photogra- and
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Three Mean Green moments defined the 2011 fall season Kelsey Hodges scored in the fifth minute, fans held their breaths for 85 of the longest minutes UNT soccer fans will ever see. Upon the game’s conclusion, sighs of relief were ex haled and head coach John Hedlund was rewarded with a Gatorade bath while the team celebrated its two biggest accomplishments of the season. Although the top-seeded Mea n Green was upset in the semifinals of the conference tournament by No. 4 Western Kentucky a week later, the win over Denver made this season a memorable one for Mean Green fans.
Opinion SEAN GORMAN Sports Editor
As the semester comes to a close and many students plan to head home for the winter break, there’s no better time to reflect on what has been an eventful fall season for UNT athletics. While there was plenty to enjoy, not hing sta nds out more than the revival of Mean Green football, a crucial lateseason win for the soccer team and a surprising home sweep for the volleyball team.
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Senior midfielder Carly McDowell beats a Western Kentucky defender to the ball during the Sunbelt Conference Championships semifinal game in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The game came to a draw and Western Kentucky went on to win with penalty kicks. Denver redemption In t he last ga me of t he 2011 regular season, memories of the UNT soccer team’s f ive st ra ight losses to t he Denver Pioneers were finally erased.
With the chance to earn its first regular season title, the Mean Green delivered, beating Denver for the first time since 2005 with a 1-0 home win. After sophomore defender
Heading into the season’s final home stand, the Mean Green vol leyba l l tea m had plenty to feel unsure about. Slated to face ArkansasLittle Rock and Arkansas State, t wo tea ms UN T was swept by earlier in the season, the team was trying to hold onto Sun Belt Tournament’s eighth and final playoff seed. The Mean Green turned the tables on ever yone, stay i ng i n t he playof f picture by sweeping the Red Wolves and Trojans in straight sets. Six Mean Green seniors made the most of their final home stand, and UNT ended the season sitting comfortably with the tournament’s sixth seed.
Opinion PAUL BOTTONI
Senior Staff Writer Around this time last year, UNT hired head coach Dan McCarney with the hopes of bringing UNT football from the depths of mediocrity back to a respectable Division I-A program. T he h i re was t he r ig ht choice. In his first season at the helm, McCarney and his staff have not only improved the team’s on-field performance – the team went 8-40 in the past four seasons – but also re-established good habits off the field, from academic success to staying in shape. “I’ve seen those things that you didn’t k now you were missing but now you can tell the difference since they’re present, such as the atmosphere around here, the sense of urgency, the drive to win and the strive for excellence,” senior defensive end Brandon Akpunku said. “Those types of things aren’t called upon only on game day.” That being said, there is still room for improvement. The Mean Green did not win away from Denton until its last road game of the season, a 38-33 victory over Troy on Nov. 12. UNT ranks eighth out of nine Sun Belt Conference teams in total offense and defense, though the stats are distorted by blowout losses to Florida International, Houston and A labama in which the Mean Green was outscored 130-39. Despite the road struggles,
PHOTO BY RON JENKINS/FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM/MCT
Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray makes Miami Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith miss on a run in the second quarter at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Nov. 24.
Dallas turns to newcomers IRVING, Texas (AP) — The running back was buried on the depth chart, a third-round pick who showed up to camp stuck behind last year’s starter and the returning third-down specia list. Fighting a bad hamstring, all he could do was wait and hope for the chance to show what he could do. The receiver spent training camp on another club, catching the eye of coaches across the field during joint practices and a preseason game. Signed by that watchful staff the week of the opener, he got hurt right away and was cut the following week. Then there’s the k icker. Faith in him was so iffy that by the end of training camp, veteran rejects were cycling through while a fellow rookie was trying to get healthy, all with the incumbent practically guaranteed a roster spot. It’s prett y ama zing how things have worked out for
DeMarco Murray, Laurent Robinson and Dan Bailey — and for the Dallas Cowboys, who probably wouldn’t be riding a four-game winning streak and leading the NFC East without those guys. Injuries helped get Murray and Robinson on the field. Their performances kept them there. Ditto for Bailey, who’s on a streak of 26 made field goals, by far the best by a rookie in NFL history, and one shy of the best by anyone in club history. Murray burst onto the scene in late October. Starter Felix Jones was out with a high ankle sprain and the rookie was supposed to share the load with fill-in starter Tashard Choice. On Wednesday, he was named the NFC’s offensive rook ie for November a nd has helped create a balanced offense for Tony Romo and company.
A growing number of Romo’s passes have been aimed at No. 81, Robinson. Romo has thrown 26 passes to Robinson over the last three weeks. “He’s smart,” Romo said. “He gets into the right spots. He can run well, so he’s been a great mix for us. It’s hard to replace Miles Austin.” Bailey made his first NFL kick, then missed his second, a 21-yarder at the start of the second game. He redeemed himself with a 48-yarder as time expired that forced overtime, followed by a 19-yarder for the win. He is 27 of 28 this season. Only San Francisco’s David Akers has made more (28), and only Cincinnati’s Mike Nugent can match his 96 percent (albeit on 21 of 22). The number that matters most is 7-4, which is Dallas’ record going into Sunday’s game at Arizona.
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The culture change head coach Dan McCarney wanted to create at UNT came to fruition during the football team’s fourth game on Sept. 24. Assisted by a raucous crowd of 21,181, t he Mean Green found its swagger in its firstever win at Apogee Stadium – a 24-21 win against Big 12 foe Indiana. After UNT held on to the win, the crowd poured onto the field, displaying excitement that was hard to find just a year ago. Bet ween beating a team from one of the nation’s top conferences and winning its first-ever game at Apogee, the Mean Green gave fans plenty to feel good about following the victory. The game served as a model for what fans hope to see more of at Apogee – a driven team playing in a thrilling home environment.
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Paul Bottoni there are positives to be found in the team’s results. The Mean Green’s seven losses were at the hands of tea ms who a re cu r rent ly eligible for bowl games and UNT now sits in fifth place in the Sun Belt standings behind four teams it suffered losses against. The Mean Green will host Middle Tennessee at Apogee Stadium in the final game of each team’s season at 3 p.m. Saturday. If the game’s attendance reaches 12,144, UNT will have set a new season home attendance record in the first season with McCarney and Apogee. UNT can finish no better than 5-7 this season and will extend its streak of consecutive losing seasons to seven. On t he su r face, such a season would appear to be a failure. But from where the Mean Green has been in recent seasons to where it is now, the difference is like night and day. If McCarney and Co. can lure sought-after local highschool re c r u it s to U N T, continue to develop its young roster and build upon this season’s success, the Mean Green will soon no longer be the punch line of jokes.
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Do you plan on attending the UNT football game this weekend?
“No I don’t, because, no offense to you football players out there, but UNT football’s kinda like watching a good high school game. You know, nothing exciting. And besides, Bedlam’s this weekend, and I’m gonna be watching that.”
Kyle Donnelly Finance freshman
“No, I’m not really into sports. I just have never followed the sports program here or anything; I’m more into the music and the arts and everything.”
Radio, television and film junior
“This Saturday? Sure, why not? I’ve only been to one of the football games ‘cause of my schedule, but I had a lot of fun whenever I was there and it was pretty exciting ‘cause I had never been to a football game ever in America. So it’s pretty cool to see it. I probably will, hopefully.”
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Don’t get exploited by your unpaid internship In the current college landscape, many degree plans require a semester-long internship in the field of your major. Given today’s economic climate and the state of labor law enforcement, there’s a good chance that you’ll put in hard work free of charge. Wesleyan University graduate Alex Footman’s class-action lawsuit against Fox Searchlight pictures has brought unpaid internships to the forefront of debate in recent weeks. Footman, an intern on the hit mov ie “Black Swan,” claims the studio had him do menial work t hat should have been done by paid employees and that they did not provide an educational experience, something labor laws would
require of an employer who isn’t paying an intern. The U.S. Department of Labor has si x criteria for determining the legality of an unpaid internship. Footman claims that two of those criteria were violated by Fox Searchlight. He says he was a crucial part of the workforce, which would mean the employer gained immediate advantage from the intern’s employment, something the Department of Labor doesn’t allow. Secondly, he was upset by the lack of an educationa l env ironment, another necessary part of unpaid labor. This should force us, as college st udent s, to ponder ou r ow n worth.
The popular perception of an intern often involves a stressed-out 20-yea r-old spr i nt i ng bet ween of f ic e s , de l i v e r i n g c of f e e or performing some other mundane task. It’s hard to see how mindless filing or delivery services are supposed to train you for success in the business world. In a New York Times article from Februar y 2010, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Labor said they found numerous cases of unpaid interns displacing paid employees and working unsupervised in an education-free environment, two major violations of our current labor laws. These kinds of abuses are a sign of the times. Employers are looking to cut costs in any way possible,
even if that means opting for free labor despite the lack of an educational environment. With an uncertain job market and the frightening prospect of post-degree unemployment, college students are more desperate for work and experience than ever, and that makes us easy to exploit. Unpaid internships aren’t evil, and if you’ve participated in one you shouldn’t automatically feel cheated, but don’t be a victim of the system. Research your internship and make sure it’s going to provide a positive experience that’s worth your while. No one wants to enter a job hoping to gain experience and leave with nothing more than coffee stains and a sore filing wrist.
McCarney: Help UNT finish exciting season on high note This week we close out what has been an exciting year for the Nort h Texas Mea n Green footba ll progra m. With the opening of beautiful Apogee Stadium and the tremendous support of our students and season-ticket holders it has been a historic yea r. Wit h a 3-2 record at home, we have already won as many home games as they did in the previous t hree yea rs combined. Wit h your help t his Saturday we ca n i mprove to 4-2, wh ich would be the best home record by a Mea n Green tea m since 2004. We are a lso just 12,143 people away from brea k ing t he overa ll a t t e nd a nc e r e c or d f or home ga mes. You ca n be a pa rt of histor y a nd help ma ke 2011 t he yea r to beat when it comes to attendance records ! There w ill be 27 seniors who w ill be play ing t heir f ina l ga me for North Texas Saturday and we hope that you can help make it a specia l sendof f for t hem. They have put a tremendous amount of effort and energ y into represent i ng you r school w it h a sense of pr ide a nd we wa nt to m a ke t hei r f a re w el l g a me one t h at t he y w i l l remember forever. T here is a lso a cha nce t hat r u n n i n g ba c k L a nc e D u n ba r c a n be c ome t he s chool’s a l ltime leading r usher, which is a rema rkable accomplishment. It is one of t he most prest i-
g iou s i nd iv idua l rec ord s t hat a ny footba ll player ca n hold at a school and Lance is ver y much deser v ing of it. We have only si x opportunities a year to play in front of our students a nd home crowd a nd we cherish each a nd ever y one of t hose occasions. This is the final game for 2011 a nd t he last time t hat you ca n help support Mea n Green footba l l i n A poge e u nt i l S ept . 8, 2012. I, my coaching sta f f a nd t his footba l l tea m ca n’t t ha n k t he UNT students enough for making t his a specia l yea r. We hope t hat you come out one more time Saturday to put a f itting end to what has been a n incredible f irst season. Go Mean Grea n !
Dan McCarney is head coach of the U N T football te am . He can be reached at mari.hardin@ unt.edu.
Campus smoking ban referendum should come this spring As president of the Student Government Association, I plan to bring forth a petition in the spring to allow students to vote on whether or not the smoking policy at UNT should be changed. I’m confident this petition will gain the required number of signatures to bring the issue to a student vote. I think the SGA recognizes this is an important vote and we would like to hear from as many students as possible. That being said, I believe the proposal that was considered by the student senate this semester was well researched. To be completely clear, the proposal I will bring forward in the spring of 2012 would not at all limit tobacco use on campus; it would simply restrict students from being able to smoke on campus. Each of the supporters of this proposed petition, including myself, has carefully considered the ramifications and extensively talked to our constituents before agreeing to sponsor it. While I cannot speak for the others who sponsored this proposal, I can tell you that I signed onto it because I believe we have an obligation to protect those who do not wish to be around secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke, sometimes called passive smoking, is a real problem and needs to be addressed on this campus. I wholeheartedly believe students at UNT have a right to breathe clean, fresh air and the current smoking policy prevents this. For me, this proposal is a matter of protecting those students who do not wish to be subjected to the effects of secondhand smoke. When I ran for this position last spring, I made a promise to listen to my constituents
and consider their concerns carefully, and I believe taking this proposed ban to a student vote does just that. To those concerned that implementing this ban is not feasible, I would ask them to look at the at least 586 other universities nationwide that have already created smoking bans. In fact, the University of Texas-Arlington, Texas State University and Midwestern State University have already implemented no-smoking policies on their campuses. If these schools in the state of Texas have been successful in implementing such a policy, there is no reason why UNT should not be able to follow suit. Additionally, if UNT would like to “Go Green,” this is a logical step in the right direction. I encourage continued and informed discussion on this matter, as it could have a lasting impact on this university. If you would like to discuss this with me in person, I would be more than happy to meet with you.
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Mean Green readies for top competition in Missouri Swimming RYNE GANNOE Intern
The UNT swimming and diving team will engage in a strong midseason test at the Missouri Inv itational this weekend. After beating Rice for the second time in school history three weeks ago, the Mean Green (3-2) will challenge a tenteam field that includes heavily favored No. 15 Missouri. “We won’t beat Missouri, but we will be fighting for second,” head coach Joe Dykstra said. “Having the dynamics of a close team battle will be important to us.” Dykstra said Boise State, Kansas and California Davis will be UNT’s top competition besides the Tigers. The invitational will be the Mean Green’s first championship style meet this season. The format of the three-day meet includes a preliminary and final round for each event, with the top 16 swimmers earning points
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Mean Green Trivia Despite its 69-62 loss to Arizona on Monday, the 4-2 UNT women’s basketball team is off to one of its best starts in years. The Mean Green earned its first 4-1 start since the 2005-2006 season in its 61-43 victory against Texas State on Friday. What was the name of the last Mean Green coach to lead UNT to a 4-1 record to start the season? Answer: UNT’s last 4-1 start came under the leadership of Tina Slinker, who coached the Mean Green for 19 years. For the latest updates on Mean Green athletics and more Mean Green Trivia, follow the NTDaily Sports Twitter, @NTDailySports!
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Senior Seabre Pope swims during the Green & White Meet on Sept. 23. The team will try to upset No. 15 Missouri during the Missouri Invitational today through Saturday. for their teams. Senior Rosa Gentile said she expects one of the Mean Green’s top performances this weekend. “I think we’ll swim a lot of our best times,” Gentile said. “I think we’ll surprise ourselves.”
Dykstra said sophomore divers Cat herine Johnson and Rebecca Taylor will be tested, but should contend for a top-3 finish. Johnson has won five straight 1-meter events and Taylor earned a season-high score of 243.65 at
the Mean Green’s last meet. “This [meet] is important, Dykstra said. “It’s what I call my midseason midterm.” Live results of the meet will be available on Missouri’s athletic website, mutigers.com, all weekend.
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