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Weather, holidays cause blood shortage Local blood banks need donors

NEWS: Study says aerobic exercise improves memory Page 2

SPORTS: Men’s golf team places third Page 4


Blood supplies, already thin from the holidays, are running dry because of donation shortages caused by the recent weather. Nationwide, the Red Cross lost 32,000 pints from recent winter storms. Spokesman Cameron Ballantyne estimated the Red Cross in the Dallas area lost 1,500 pints from the storms. “Blood shortages are a common thing, especially during the winter because people are preoccupied with the holidays, but the weather hasn’t helped things at all,” Ballantyne said. The Red Cross and Carter BloodCare experienced problems getting their vans out into the community in the past two weeks because of icy road conditions. “Our CEO said it was the first time he’s seen [Carter BloodCare] go four days with no new collections,” said Edna Ruano, a Carter BloodCare spokesperson. To make up for the storms, representatives from both blood banks will be on campus in the coming weeks. Red Cross will take donations next week at the Pohl Recreation Center and Carter will be on campus Thursday and Feb. 23. “I wanted to do it to help other people who might need blood,” said Zaid Takriti, a business junior.

He said his father needed blood in the past, which influenced his decision to give. Linda Scardis from Carter stressed the importance of UNT students and the community on the blood drives. “Students are the key to our blood drives. UNT students are great and the drives right now can help with any shortages,” said Scardis. Carter, a local blood provider, delivers blood to about 300 hospitals and 56 counties in the area. Carter will have 10 blood drives in March and April, and when someone donates, they stay in the records and can donate every 56 days. The Red Cross is a nationwide organization. It takes a pint of blood from every donor. “That blood recoups in 48 hours,” said Ballantyne. Blood from Red Cross Dallas gets sent up to Tulsa to be screened, then comes back or is delivered in the area. Red Cross takes in 400 units a day in the area. To donate blood, students have to sign up online or call 1-800-redcross. This is the first full week of operations for the nonprofit, which typically needs 1,100 donors to fill hospital needs, but with the 4-5 days of no collection, it lost about 4,000 pints. Carter BloodCare helps three Denton hospitals with its drives –– Texas Presbyterian, Denton Regional and Mayhill. “It’s such a simple act, one donation can help three lives,” said Ruano. For more information, visit


An armed robber pointed a gun at a convenience store clerk Sunday. Convenience stories and pedestrians have been targeted by robbers in eight Denton robberies since Feb. 5. Police said the robberies are connected.

Police search for serial robber BY M ATTHEW CARDENAS Staff Writer

Police are searching for an armed robber who they bel ieve ha s st r uck eig ht times since Feb. 5, Denton Pol ic e spoke sm a n R y a n Grelle said. T he r obb er h a s b e en hitting convenience stores specifically, and the police believe the recent robberies are connected. “It ’s h i s M.O.,” Grel le said. “It’s the same guy.” Police want to keep the times and locations of the incidents under wraps, but t hey have released v ideo footage of t he robber y at a c onven ienc e store on t he 2 9 0 0 blo c k of E a s t University Dr. on Sunday. The subject was wearing

BY MEGAN R ADKE Staff Writer

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There are 450 registered sex offenders in Denton. Some students question what that means regarding safety on campus.

Admissions changes target sex offenders BY A LEXANDRA K ING

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robberies, but they are not afraid of the recent activities. “ We h ave ne ver be en r obb e d,” s a id Q u i k Tr ip ma nager Steve Brad ford. “We are usually too busy to attract robber y.” T he Q u i k Tr ip h a s multiple security cameras i n s ide a nd out s ide t he facility. “We a lso have a lot of a l a r m s,” Br ad ford s a id . “Ever y employee ha s a n alarm button on them at all times, and there are alarms at the counters.” Grelle encouraged robber y victims to comply with demands. “Give them the money,” he sa id. “It ’s not wor t h dying over.”

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an oversized black hoodie and a white bandana over his face. In the v ideo, he wields a black semi-automatic handgun. T he clerk loaded ca sh into a white plastic bag and gave it to the subject. Police visited local businesses to warn them about the robberies. V ick i Joh nston, ow ner of local business Lonestar Leather on University Drive, said crime isn’t unusual in the area. “[The convenience store] is robbed at least once a year,” Johnston said. The owners of the nearby QuikTrip gas station and conven ience store on University Drive said they were aware of t he recent

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Beginning this semester, potential students with a criminal history might have a harder time enrolling at UNT. The university changed its application Jan. 13, adding more questions about criminal history. “UNT is one of the only colleges that asks questions about criminal history,” said Maureen McGuiness, UNT’s executive dean of students. “It used to be just about minor traffic v iolations, but now we’ve added more.” Applicants who have been convicted of sex crimes will now have to check “yes” on an additional question that will require them by law to register as a sex offender with the UNT Police Department. Two registered sex offenders

a re cu r rent ly en rol led a s students at UNT, although their presence on campus is strictly controlled and often lim ited to on line classes, McGuiness said. She estimated about 10 registered sex offenders attempt to enroll at UNT each year, but many are turned away until their term as a sex offender is up. The enrollment of a registered sex offender at UNT is determined by UNT police and the dean of students, and depends on several considerations including the severity of their crimes. Accord i ng to t he Texas Department of Public Safety, 440 registered sex offenders live in Denton County, five of whom live near UNT. “Upholding safety at UNT is a primary responsibility. It is rare that sex offenders enroll,”

McGuinness said. About 930 people w it h cr i m i na l records apply to UNT ever y yea r. W hile many are turned away, the u n iver sit y ha s prog r a m s and measures established to ensure student safety. UNT’s Care program assists students whose behav ior is disruptive and warrants suspicion. McGuiness said the new application is just the latest sign UNT officials are upholding campus safety. “Just hav ing those questions on the application makes us one of the safest campuses in Texas,” she said. Only one or two calls for sexual assault per year happen on campus, not including students living in apartments off campus.


A group of UNT political science professors have been awarded a grant from the Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment and Redesign to go toward a study that will promote writing skills in introductory American Government classes. John Ishiyama of the political science faculty and Wendy Watson of the undergraduate studies faculty will use the grant to help new students develop writing skills through the Calibrated Peer Review (CPR) software system. Watson suggested the CPR software as a means to lessen the difficulty of assigning longer writing assignments in large classes. CPR is a web-based application that allows for anonymous peer review, as well as self-assessment, of written assignments. Students write essays in response to prompts, enter them in the system, and then complete a series of “calibration exercises” that are created by the professor. The exercises ref lect the type of criteria a professor would use when grading an essay. During this phase of CPR, students are learning to distinguish between good and bad essays, and CPR is learning whether or not the student is able to do this well. Students then read three anonymous essays by fellow classmates and rate them from 1 to 10. Through this type of rating

system, students are better able to decide whether or not their own work is worth a high or low rating, professors said. “[Watson] had used an old version of CPR in the past, and had recently learned the designers had created a newer, more user-friendly version of the software,” Ishiyama said. “While the old web-based version was free […], the new version required payment of a license fee and was only viable if adopted on an institutionwide basis.” Introductory courses such as PSCI 1040 and 1050 are typically large classes, usually ranging in size from 125 to 500 students. Because of the class size, instructors find it difficult to engage students in writing assignments, Watson said, but the CPR program could change that. The program then creates an algorithm that is able to generate a grade based on the student’s performance at each stage of the process. With the grant, Ishiyama and Watson plan to purchase a oneyear site license for the CPR program. Because this is the first time a program like this will be used at UNT, a student survey will also be created in an effort to gather student reaction to these types of assignments. Ishiyama and Watson hope to implement the program this fall.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

POLICE BLOTTER Sunday, February 13, 2011 At 8 p.m., a UNT police officer issued a citation to a non-student who was in possession of K2 at 1800 W. Highland St. A 20-year-old man was arrested at 700 North Texas Blvd. shortly after 3 a.m. An officer found him in possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. He was also wanted by the Rowlett Police Department. At 12:40 a.m., an officer pulled over a man in the 1600 block of Eagle Drive. The driver was intoxicated. There was a passenger who was wanted by the Parker County Sherriff Office for driving without a license and failure to appear. Both men were arrested and

sent to the Denton County Jail. Saturday, February 12, 2011 A 34-year-old man was arrested by UNT police at 1401 W. Hickory St. near the Auditorium Building around 7:30 p.m. on suspicion of public intoxication. Additionally, the man was trespassed from all UNT property. Shortly after 2 a.m., a 22-year-old UNT student struck an unoccupied vehicle at 250 Bernard St. The woman started driving off, but an officer pulled her over about a block away. She was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Friday, February 11, 2011 A UNT police officer noticed

graffiti at Kerr Hall at about 1 p.m. The officer referred the information for further investigation. Thursday, Februar y 10, 2011 Someone called the police about a disturbance on Ave. A shortly after 2 a.m. UNT officers showed up and found that a 23-year-old man had damaged the glass at a business and was believed to be intoxicated. The officers arrested him. Wednesday, Februar y 9, 2011 A 19-year-old student was pulled over at the 1000 block of Mulberry Street by UNT police officers. He was intoxicated and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.


Graci Finco, a biology freshman; Melissa Jenkins, a business senior; Stefanie Wulff of the linguistics and technical communications faculty; Ya Qiu, an accounting senior and Miguel Samudio, a business freshman, attend a kickboxing class at the Pohl Recreation Center.

New study: Aerobics may improve brain function BY MEGAN R ADKE Staff Writer

UNT offers Arabic classes taught by Lutfi Hamad of the foreign language faculty.


Arabic: Language of the future BY NICOLE BALDERAS Staff Writer

Most everyone remembers taking Spanish, French, maybe even German or Japanese as a foreign language in middle or high school. In Mansfield Independent School District, Arabic may soon be the newest language to be implemented into young people’s foreign language curriculum –– a sign of its rise as the language of the future, said Richie Escovedo, the director of media and communications at MISD. “Here’s something you have to understand,” Escovedo said. “The federal government considers the Arabic language a critical language. There’s a shortage of speakers, and its culture and

traditions.” Thoug h A rabic classes are recently gaining more momentum in secondary schools like Mansfield, UNT is still one of the few universities in Texas that offers advanced studies in Arabic, said Lufti Hamad, UNT’s only Arabic instructor. “I teach four classes and have around 72 students this semester,” he said. “Compared to other universities, enrollment is very high. We have 15 to 19 students in each class. If you look at the other schools, they have around 5 to 14.” One student, who took two years of Arabic, sees it as an important language, but a challenging one. “I think Arabic is really bene-

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ficial for anyone to learn,” said Lauren Jacobsen, an international studies junior. “But it takes a lot of work on the student’s part. It takes a lot of outside class work and individual learning.” Mansfield ISD was recently awarded a five-year $1.3 million grant, known as The Foreign Language Assistance Program (FLAP) grant. The district hopes to begin teaching Arabic at several of its intermediate schools. However, concern from some MISD parents has caused the program to be put on hold for now. “I think a lot of [parental concern] has to do with a misguided news headline that gets shared and tweeted and posted to Facebook. It’s going to balloon into something, but the bottom line is they just didn’t have all the facts,” Escovedo said.

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A new study has found that in addition to helping with weight loss and overall wellness, aerobic exercise may also increase brain size and improve memory. R e s e a r c h e r s f r om t h e Universit y of Illinois, Rice University, the University of Pittsburgh a nd Ohio State University studied the cognitive affects exercise had on a sampling of older adults who were not normally physically active. Half of the 120 participants were told to walk around a track three days a week for 40 minutes each day. The other half began a stretching and weight training program. Scientists reviewed blood sa mples, spat ia l memor y tests and magnetic reasoning imaging results the participants provided at the beginning, halfway point and end of the yearlong study. T hose who pa r t icipated in aerobic exercise showed increases in the volume of the hippocampus — the part of the brain that relates to memor y a nd spat ia l nav igation — while t hose who

performed only stretching and weight training showed decreases in size. “The hippocampus begins to shrink in some middleaged indiv iduals, although the onset and rate varies,” sa id Ja n non Fuchs of t he biology faculty. T he aerobic exercise participants showed a 2.12 percent volume increase in the left hippocampus and a 1.97 percent in the right. The group that performed only stretching and weight training exercises act ua l ly showed decreases in hippocampus volume – – 1.40 percent in the left and 1.43 percent in the right. During the spatial memory exercises, again, the group doing aerobic exercises had better results than the group that did stretching and weight training. Fuchs said that while the h ippoca mpus genera l ly beg i ns to sh r i n k bet ween the ages of 30 to 40, aerobic exercise is shown to improve over a l l br a i n hea lt h a nd memory retention in people of all ages. “I suspect that beneficial changes would also be found in the hippocampus of young

adults, and in fact, most of the research showing effects of exercise and enriched environments, are in young adult mice and rats,” Fuchs said. Jea n Sewa rd, a physica l t herapist, founded Seniors in Motion, a gym that caters to the fitness needs of older Denton resident s. Sewa rd said aerobic exercise could increase a person’s overall health and wellness, regardless of age. Because aerobics help the body produce more oxygen, wh ich is t hen sent to t he br a i n, a per son’s ment a l ability is enhanced, Seward said. T h is ca n t ra nslate i nto t he c l a s s r o om f or s ome UNT students, said Lauren George, a graduate assistant for fitness and an aerobics instructor at Pohl Recreation Center. “Resea rch done by t he D i v i s ion of St udent Development in the spring of 2010 shows that, on average, UNT students who use the re c reat ion c enter have a hig her cumu lat ive [g radepoi nt-average] t ha n t hose who do not regularly visit the rec center,” George said.

Application question adds safety Continued from Page 1 Ed Reynolds, UNT’s deputy chief of police, said most sexual assaults on campus are linked to alcohol and late night partying. “There are many things you can do as a student to make sure [sexual assault] doesn’t happen to you,” Reynolds said. “Make sure you’re responsible.” McGuinness said students

worried about the dangers of walking through campus alone at night should follow that advice. “Take responsibility for your own safety. Don’t walk alone at night, be aware of surroundings, and if you see anything suspicious, contact the police,” she said. Officer Ryan Grelle of the Denton Police Department deals with sexual assaults that

occur with students living offcampus. He echoed Reynolds’ adv ice to avoid mista kes because of alcohol. “On campus or with students, a lot of sexual assaults occur when alcohol is involved,” Grelle said. “When at a party or at night on campus, use a buddy system, know who you’re going with and don’t have someone you don’t know take you home.”

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Christina Mlynski, Arts & Life Editor

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Denton Bach Society builds closer ties Programs provide

major change advice

Players to perform at Voertman Concert Hall


B Y SETH C OHN Staff Writer

The Denton Bach Players is tuning up its instruments as it prepares to perform at the newly renovated Voertman Hall in the main Music Building. The Players, representing the instrumental section of the Denton Bach Society, is comprised of UNT faculty, graduate students and alumni. “The music of Bach’s sons is an interesting study in the development of compositional technique,” said Andrew Justice, the artistic director of the Denton Bach Players. “Since we are focusing on chamber music, the writing is more intimate and exposed t ha n t hat of a sy mphony, opera, or other piece for large ensemble.” The College of Music and the Denton Bach Society have shared a partnership for more than three decades, Justice said. The Denton Bach Players will perform chamber music composed by t he sons of Johann Sebastian Bach, Justice said. The society’s close ties to UNT are ev ident in Henr y Gibbons of the conducting faculty. Gibbons said he has been the musical director of the Denton Bach Society since 1982. T he st rong con nect ions shared by the Denton Bach Society and UNT have led to several collaborations between the two. The most recent took place

clared sophomore, said the UCRS class helped narrow down her There are many resources options for what major she wanted on campus to help undecided to pursue. “I’m set on biology, but I haven’t students choose a career declared it yet,” she said. path. Espinosa said she hasn’t Some options are talking to an adviser or counselor declared her major because she and visiting the library, the wants to make the right choice. She said she advises undeclared Learning Center or the Career students to ask questions and be Center “Students can go to the honest about being undecided. “Take classes that you’re interu nderg raduate adv isi ng of f ic e. T hos e ad v i s er s ested in,” Espinosa said. specialize with undeclared majors,” said Susanne Coffey, an academic counselor for the College of Visual Arts and Design. Steps students can take include developing questions for an adviser, evaluating existing credits, and visiting different departments, Coffey —Susanne Coffey said. Academic counselor Coffey said she recommends different centers as resources for undeclared students. Counseling services The Career Center helps John Hipple, a senior staff students analyze the data counselor at the Counseling and from the skills test provided, Testing Center, said students she said. need to understand all aspects “Build on your own strengths of majors. and what’s true about you,” “Ask yourself ‘Am I really interCoffey said. ested in this? Do I think it will The UCRS Freshma n sustain? Do I have enough inforSeminar class, offered by mation? Do I wanna work with the undergraduate studies people or can I sit in an office all program, assists students in day? What’s gone wrong with my choosing majors and occupa- first major choice?’” he said. tions, Coffey said. The Career Center provides “If you think you are going to tips on interviewing, resume change majors, start collecting skills and gives tests to help information early and in a decide which job suits everyone’s timely manor,” she said. “[It personality, Hipple said. will] make the transition “The Career Center has a more smoother.” practical take,” Hippie said. “A lot of students get caught up Indecisive decisions in a major –– you’re getting an Aracely Espinosa, an unde- education.” Intern


The Denton Bach Society offers fine choral and instrumental music to the greater Denton community since 1976. The society will perform chamber music by Johann Sebastian Bach on Saturday at Voertman Concert Hall.

“The writing is more intimate and exposed than that of a symphony, opera or other piece for large ensemble.”

—Andrew Justice Artistic director of the Denton Bach Players

in the spring of 2009, Gibbons said. “The Denton Bach Choir has joined university ensembles for major UNT projects such as the Verdi Requiem, Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana,’ and most recently the Brahms’ ‘German Requiem,’” he said. The redesig ned Pau l Voertman Concert Hall was unveiled last semester. The $6.4 million renovation project aimed to create a more intimate performance space,

enhance acoustics and add state-of-the-art equipment.

“I a m def initely excited about hearing them perform in the new hall,” said Emily O’Sullivan, a music history sophomore. “Their concerts are always really fantastic, so I’m definitely looking forward to it.” The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday in the Paul Voertman Concert Hall. Admission is $12 for students and $15 to the public.

Making the Music What: Denton Bach Society When: Saturday at 8 p.m. Where: Voertman Concert Hall Cost: $12 for students and $15 for public

“Build on your own strengths and what’s true about you.”

New organization opposes oil drillings in North Texas Rising Tide doesn’t mix well with oil

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It’s no secret oil drilling causes mixed feelings. Nikeeta Slade, an anthropology and history senior, promoted Rising Tide a few weeks ago, a new organization on campus dedicated to the removal of oil drillings. “A really big part of what we do is educate people,” said Ben Kessler, a philosophy senior and web master of the group. Nick Magruder, an international studies junior and member of the organization, said that there are more than 13,000 oilrigs in the North Texas area alone. The organization’s agenda from its Sunday night meeting consisted of campaigning, recruitment and event ideas to further their natural resources mission. The group meets at 7 p.m. every Sunday on the General Academic Building’s second floor.

“A really big part of what we do is educate people.”

—Nick Magruder International studies junior Member of Rising Tide

The issues with oil One of the issues Rising Tide is concerned with is the health problems associated with oil drillings, Magruder said. “It’s one of the worst and dirtiest energies out there, and they’re trying to sell it as a clean


Nick Magruder, an international studies senior, scoops refried beans into a jug of water to imitate hot chocolate for the event, Hot Fraking Chocolate. Rising Tide will use this event to raise awareness about fracking. one,” he said. George Maxey of the geology faculty described a process called ‘fracking’ used in oil drilling, where water is injected into the ground at high pressures. The water contains chemicals that could potentially reach groundwater, Maxey said. “Is it possible that the fracking could cause issue with groundwater? Yes, it’s possible,” Maxey said. “Does it happen in every instance? No.” Oil is used in various things such as lights, clothes, equipment, chairs and carpet. Opposing drilling is a mistake until alternative energies are being used, he said. Direct action taken On Feb. 8, the organization showcased “The Gasland,” an oil-drilling documentary. The group raised $22 from selling buttons and simple donations. About 30 people attended the event, Magruder said. On Tuesday, a forum was held about gas-well drilling, and what it meant for North Texas. It was moderated by featured

Tabling for Tides What: Hot Fracking Chocolate When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Where: University Union Cost: Free

speakers at the event like David Sterling, chair of the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health, Between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. today outside the University Union, the organization will host an informational event called “Hot Fracking Chocolate,” Magruder said. Rising Tide will demonstrate using hot chocolate mix and tap water to emphasize the contamination of water from oil drilling. They will not serve the resulting beverage to students. “It affects [students] a lot,” Magruder said.


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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

UNT to face Jaguars BY BEN BABY

Senior Staff Writer In many of the Sun Belt Conference statistics, the UNT men’s basketball team ranks first among 12 schools. However, the Mean Green falls short in an important category: conference wins. With five regular season games remaining, the Mean Green is in fifth place in the West division. UNT will try to snap its fourgame losing streak against the

“We just have to get our swagger back.”

—Johnny Jones Head coach


After meeting at age 10, junior Josh Jones and redshirt sophomore Ty Spinella are members of the UNT men’s golf team.

Men’s golfers reunite to play for Mean Green BY PAUL BOTTONI Intern

As fate would have it, junior Josh Jones and redshirt sophomore Ty Spinella became teammates. Jones and Spinella joined the UNT men’s golf team after transferring from Southeast Conference schools in the summer of 2010. Their friendship intertwines with their journeys to UNT and its beginnings trace back to golf. Brotherhood from back nine It all started with a holein-one. Jones and Spinella were 10 years old when they met while competing in a junior golf tournament in Arlington, Texas. Spinella remembered he had finished his final round and was heading off the course when he heard a high-pitched scream. He soon learned the cause of the commotion. “I thought to myself ‘Oh, wow, someone’s either made an ace or someone’s hurt,’” Spinella said. “I got back [to the clubhouse] and met Josh, who just had this huge smile on his face. He had beaten me by one shot. He made a holein-one on his last hole. And that’s how our friendship started.” The two found they held common interests outside of golf, such as a dream of being a professional athlete, a passion for Dallas-area sports teams and basketball. “I’m not going to lie,” Jones said. “My first passion was to be a point guard.” However, their greatest connection is faith. The friends attend Denton Bible Church together, are fans of Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae and work faith into their golf preparation.

Spinella wears the same belt buckle each tournament, which reads “116” for Romans 1:16. “Faith comes first, then family,” Spinella said. “Everything else is after that.”

Dallas-Fort Worth area –– Jones in The Colony and Spinella in Fort Worth. But the assuring presence of UNT men’s golf coach Brad Stracke signaled the friends to Denton. “I thought [Stracke] was A late-night phone call really fair and straightforJones and Spinella took ward when I came to visit,” different paths after high Jones said. “I thought he’d be school. someone who’d be up front Jones decided to attend with me at all times and just Lousiana State, while Spinella let me play golf again.” headed to rival Arkansas. Spinella redshirted his A fresh start freshman year and only appeared The addition of Jones and in three tournaments with the Spinella yielded instant results Razorbacks as a redshirt freshman for UNT.

“They’re very positive kids and very good players. They help out the team in different ways.”

—Brad Stracke Men’s golf head coach

in the 2009-2010 season. Something was missing. Jones wished to be at a school where he could learn to use the best of his athletic abilities, and began to consider transferring schools. One night, Spinella woke to a phone call at around 1:30 a.m. It was Jones, calling to tell him he was going to transfer. “We had been in some discussion about it,” Spinella said. “We always said we were going to play college golf together. He went to LSU and I went to Arkansas, but two years later we needed to get out and have a fresh start.” Once Jones decided, Spinella followed suit. They chose UNT for several reasons, one being that both were born and raised in the

“They’re very positive kids and very good players,” Stracke said. “They help out the team in different ways, and are great leaders too. Overall, they’ve affected the team in a positive manner.” Jones competed in all three of the Mean Green’s fall tournaments and Spinella in two. The duo helped UNT open the season with a tournament championship in the UTA/ Waterchase Invitational as well as a second and third place finish in the remaining tournaments. “Our first goal is to win a national championship,” Jones said. “That’s the bottom line.”

University of South Alabama Jaguars at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Super Pit. The Mean Green’s last victory came on Jan. 22 against Arkansas State. “We just have to get our swagger back,” head coach Johnny Jones said. “I think it’s important for us. We have the guys that are capable of doing it. The one big thing is that we have to win the rebounding battle, and that’s going to be huge for us.” The Mean Green (16-8, 5-6) will have to battle hard to win the war on the boards. Redshirt freshman Augustine Rubit leads South Alabama (10-13, 4-8) and the Sun Belt Conference in rebounding, averaging 12.9 rebounds per game. Sen ior for wa rd G eorge Odufuwa ranks second in the conference with 10 rebounds per game to go along with 10.9 points per game. This will be the second time in the past two seasons Odufuwa has faced a player averaging more rebounds than him. The last time it happened was this season against Rice, when Odufuwa outrebounded Owls forward Arsalan Kazemi 16-12. Defense could help UNT break out of the slump. UNT has allowed 83 points per game during the losing streak. Senior guard Tristan Thompson said the team is hungry to pick up its first win in five games. Thompson described the defense as being “very poor” during that stretch. “On the defensive end, we just haven’t gotten a consistent effort from everybody, and that’s been


Junior Kedrick Hogans tries to score down low against Florida Atlantic on Feb. 3.

UNT vs. South Alabama vs. Game begins at 7 p.m. Thursday night at the Super Pit

Ways to cage the Jaguars -Defense: UNT has allowed 83 points per game during its four game losing streak and ranks ninth in the Sun Belt in points allowed -Rebounding: Can senior forward George Odufuwa handle Jaguar forward Augustine Rubit?

our problem,” Thompson said. “That’s why we’ve been losing games.” South Alabama’s offense is led by Martino Brock, who averages 14.6 points per game. As a team, the Jaguars fall in the middle of the conference, averaging 70.3 points a contest. Thursday’s game will be the first of two consecutive home games for the Mean Green. The

last time UNT stepped on its home court, its 17-game home winning streak was snapped by Florida Atlantic on Feb. 3. “We understand we’re right there to be a great team,” senior guard Dominique Johnson said. “We’re solid right now, but we know we can be a better team. We’re not discouraged. We just know what we have to do, and go out there and do it.”

in the UT-San Antonio/Oak Hills Invitational. The team shot a three-round score of 2-underpar 850, 13 shots back from champion Texas Tech and one behind second-place Oklahoma. It is the team’s fourth-consecutive top-3 finish of the 2010-2011 season. UNT was part of a 17-team field competing in the Oak Hills. The Mean Green placed ahead of a number of ranked teams, including No. 40 Tulsa and Big-12 Conference foe No. 50 Baylor.

of sixth place after two rounds. Sophomores Rodolfo Cazaubon and Carlos Ortiz were tied for ninth, while junior Josh Jones and sophomore Marco Scarola were tied for 20th.

Golf team finishes third BY PAUL BOTTONI Intern

After a three-month absence from tournament action, the UNT men’s golf team opened its spring season with the same type of success it saw in the fall. The Mean Green finished third

Day 1 The Mean Green wrapped up day one action in second place after shooting a 10-under-par 558 through two rounds and trailed first-place Texas Tech by eight shots. Redshirt sophomore Ty Spinella followed up a first-round score of 3-over-par 74 with a seasonlow round in his second outing. Spinella shot a 6-under-par 65, including one eagle and four birdies. “In the morning round, I struggled with the speed of the greens,” Spinella said. “By the 12th hole of the day, I felt much more comfortable with the greens.” Spinella said the course was pretty demanding off the tee with a lot of trees but was similar to other courses. Spinella held sole possession

Day 2 UNT shot a final round 8-over-par 292 to edge out Tulsa for third place. Four of six UNT players finished in the Top 20. Spinella tied three others for sixth place with a season-best three-round score of 2-under-par 211. Jones, Cazaubon and Ortiz tied for 15th. Scarola tied for 26th and freshman Peter Eiler, who competed as an individual, finished tied for 73rd. “The team played well for their first event,” head coach Brad Stracke said in an e-mail. “[We] made a lot of mistakes and forgot some things over the winter.” What’s ahead The Mean Green has a break before heading to Tampa, Fla., for the University of South Florida Invitational, March 4-6. “We will continue to improve our mental game and preparations throughout the spring,” Stracke said. “This team has a lot of potential and I am looking forward to the next event in South Florida in a couple of weeks.”


Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Abigail Allen, Views Editor

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Student: Compassion is a necessity

Nods and Shakes Editorial Nod: Mubarak stepped down in Egypt Hosni Mubarak, the man who led Egypt as its president for 30 years, stepped down from power Friday. The Editorial Board thanks him for finally listening to protesters instead of clinging to his power, which seemed to be his intent Thursday. To fill the leadership role of the country, the Egyptian army has taken charge. Having a military-lead government isn’t ideal for any society, but it might be necessary for one moving into democracy. The military has shown its desire to work with the people, especially when it told the protesters the army would not harm them. In addition, Egyptians trust the military leaders. In the final days of his regime, Mubarak attempted to prevent the protesters from organizing, cutting national access to Facebook, Twitter and the Internet itself. Although the president did provide Israel and the U.S. with a stable ally during his tenure in office, he also chose not to respect the rights of his people to have a democratic voice. Although the fate of the country remains uncertain, the Editorial Board looks forward to watching the Egyptian people take the opportunity to shape their political environment. Shake: Violence against people caught in riots In the wake of the previous protests to remove Mubarak and the celebrations following his resignation, people in the streets and members of the media were hurt. More than 300 people have died in Egypt, according to some reports. In addition, Lara Logan of CBS, Greg Palkot of Fox News, Haridi Hussein Haridi and his assistant Haitham Badry of Associated Press Television News, and Anderson Cooper of CNN were hurt while covering the events. Logan was in Tahrir Square covering the excitement about Mubarak leaving office Friday. She was surrounded by a mob, separated from her crew, and attacked and sexually assaulted. CBS described the attack as “brutal and sustained.” Some women and about 20 Egyptian soldiers helped Logan escape the assault. She has since returned to the States and is in a hospital, recovering. The Editorial Board extends its sympathy to the families of those who have been hurt or killed. These events illustrate the danger of being in the midst of a revolution. We hope the hurt and unrest that has pervaded Egypt since late January will not be in vain.

In a time where our people are struggling to make ends meet and provide for their families because the worldwide economy is rebounding f rom t he December 20 07 recession, it is time we rise up and start being compassionate to other community members in need. Many American families who just t h ree yea rs ago were living comfortably and providing adequately for their children are now fretfully and uneasily scraping by each month, paycheck to paycheck, hoping for a light at the end of the financial tunnel. With current nationwide unemployment at 9 percent and Texas not far behind at 8 percent, that light might not appear soon. A lso, g iven t he cu r rent budget shor t fa l l in Texas, wh ich is hover i ng nea r a staggering $25 billion, t he economy is not l i kely to

improve anytime in the near future. Thousands of state employees, including public school teachers and those in higher education, are fearful of reduced benefits, pay cuts or even losing jobs. The cuts do not stop there, as the Texas legislature, which by ma ndate of t he Tex a s constitution is required to maintain a balanced budget, is examining the possibility of reducing Texas Grants by more than 70,000 recipients. These reductions will mean increased financial burdens on t hose t r y i ng to go to college, some of whom are the first in their family with that opportunity. Additional cuts, including those in Medicaid, state employee retirement programs and possible layoffs for those working in the Texas Depa r t ment of C r i m i n a l Justice, have many on edge as to their future and livelihood.

A lt hough t his is a scar y time for many people in our countr y, I believe we have t he resolve a nd steadfastness to overcome this as a community. What do I mean by giving back and showing compassion? I mean when you see a neighbor who is struggling to pay the bills, invite them over for dinner and be thankful you have something to give. I mean give a little extra to charity each month, as more people are turning to charitable organizations to make ends meet. I mean spare one Starbucks d r i n k a mont h a nd bu y someone a meal who needs it. I mean instead of throwing out your old clothes, donate them to a charity or a family in need. I mea n i ncreasi ng you r tithe to your church so those supported by your church can

be further helped. I mean being more aware of your surroundings overall and ways you as an individual can help those with the greatest need. If more of us step up to the plate, we can overcome this and become a much stronger country. It starts with each of us doing our part.

Blake Windham is a biology senior. He can be reached at

Take coal-powered energy out of UNT On Feb. 3, t he nat iona l B e y ond Coa l Ca mpa ig n, aimed at shutting down dirty coal practices, celebrated yet another victory at the Purdue University with the announcement that the university has abandoned plans to build a coal-fired boiler to power its campus. The University of North Texas is one of many universities working with the Sierra Student Coalition’s Beyond Coal movement to break their campuses’ dependence on coal. Purdue’s coal plant cancellation is the 150th plant that has been defeated with grassroots efforts since the coal influx of 2001. This comes as another blow to the coal business that has seen no new coal plant construction and an industry phase-out of about 50 plants in the last two years, largely because of pressure from the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign. UNT derives 53 percent of

its power from coal and 40 percent from wind. Although Texas has the most potential for wind-generated power and is consequently the leading producer of wind power, it has more proposals for coal plants than every other state in the nation combined. Denton County has reported the worst air quality of any county in Texas, and right now UNT has the opportunity to blaze a trail for the rest of the state towards a booming clean energy economy. Last semester, UNT students rallied under the Beyond Coal initiative by signing 2,800 paper-slip petitions urging President V. Lane Rawlins to implement more sustainable measures on campus. A s a sig nator y of t he Presidents’ Climate C om m i t m e nt , P r e s i d e nt Rawlins has promised to reorient the campus to use cleaner sources of energy to ultimately cut global warming

emissions to zero. Not doing so would pose a threat to public health. The process for mining, transporting, burning and disposing of coal destroys the environment via toxic emissions. The contaminated air has been proven to cause and aggravate asthma, and one in six women have substa ntia l mercur y a mounts in t heir bodies, enough to damage a fetus. It is therefore imperative that President Rawlins recognizes the importance of transforming our campus. Several universities have already committed to kicking coal off campus, including Cornell University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Oklahoma University. UNT can choose to become a forerunner locally and nationally or risk falling behind the nationwide shift away from destructive coal habits. Beyond Coal will continue working with UNT to make

our campus truly Mean Green by transitioning from burning coal to 100 percent renewable energy by pushing for implementation of solar, wind and geothermal technologies. For more information on upcoming Beyond Coal events, become a fan of at UNT Beyond Coal Campaign on Facebook, or send an e-mail to jennifer@

Alba Torres is a journalism senior. She can be reached at

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