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The Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas

Board discusses solutions to budget shortfall ISAAC WRIGHT

Senior Staff Writer DA LL AS – UN T President V. Lane Rawlins proposed a tuition increase during the UNT Board of Regents meetings held last Thursday and Friday. The proposal called for a tuition increase of about 3 percent next year to compens ate for a n $ 8.1 m i l l ion budget shortfall this year. The proposal, presented Friday, came a day after Raymond Pa redes, com m issioner of

the Texas Higher Education Boa rd, spoke to t he boa rd about the growing problem of affordability of higher education in Texas. Rawlins sa id t he tuition i ncrea se proposed to t he board was just a “what-if” proposal, and no changes in tuition will be made before consulting the students. The universit y w ill re-examine t he proposa l a nd pla ns to make a decision on how to fill the budget shortfall during the week of March 26.

The shor t fa l l w i l l cause U N T to d raw back some spending it had planned for t his yea r, such as f unding new prog ra ms a nd h i r i ng new facu lt y, accord i ng to Rawlins. “W hen you see t hat we have to add $8.1 million to ba la nce t he budget, what that means is we have to add back $8.1 million to continue with those new initiatives,” Rawlins said. Rawlins said the university had experienced a one

percent drop in enrollment in the last year. “If you look at the numbers, it looks like all you do if you raise tuition is put back out cuts,” Rawlins said. “Well, that’s true, but the cuts were in anticipated new things. Cutting does not mean laying people off. Cutting the budget involves holding back on our new initiatives.” Regent Brint Rya n, cha i r ma n of t he f i na nce committee, sa id he is not in favor of ra ising tuit ion

aga in because he believes t h at U N T c a n c ut c ost s instead of approving a tuition increase. “If we say every time you present a need for additional money we’re going to give you some green to improve it, then we have robbed all of us of the abilit y to look critically at these opportunities to change the system to make it more efficient,” Ryan said.

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Example of proposed tuition change Texas resident undergraduates taking 12 hours of classes paid $4011.05 in tuition fees for spring 2012. With the proposed increase of about 3 percent, the tuition fees would increase to $4131,38.

Family honors former advisor Aston earns career milestone at home Women’s Basketball BRETT MEDEIROS Senior Staff Writer


The four children of the late Nelia Smith, (from right) Amy Chandler, Gregg, Bryan and Doug, stand beside the Chinquapin Oak planted with the ashes of their mother, east of the General Academic Building on Feb. 17. “I didn’t feel like I was adopted,” said Chandler, fondly called the “favorite child” by her three older brothers. “She taught us to be kind and have respect for people.” Smith worked in the journalism department for more than 25 years. She died unexpectedly June 4, 2011. Her husband Don is a biology professor at UNT.

City Council to discuss bike plan JUSTIN BRIGHT Staff Writer

The Denton City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday nig ht to vote on the adoption of a proposed update d pe de st r ia n a nd bicycle plan. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Accommodation Addendum, a part of the Denton Mobility Plan, identifies short-term and long-term goals with 35 miles of sha red roadways

and bike lanes to be built within one to three years. Between 70 and 80 miles of road will be redesigned over the span of 10 years at a cost of $1.7 million, according to Denton city councilman Dalton Gregory. “My daughter rode from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, and she’s afraid of riding on Denton streets,” Gregory said. “The old road designs that were suppos-

edly made for expert cyclists failed.” T h e c it y of D e nt on’s Pla n n i ng a nd Zon i ng Commission voted unanimously to approve the plan Dec. 7. Tuesday’s vote is the f ina l step in a process to put the proposed plan into effect. “The plan is a gateway and adds momentum, but t he people, the [city] council and staff have to see it through,”

s a i d Ho w a r d D r a p e r, co-chair of the Traffic Safety Commission and founder of t he blog Bi keDenton.org. “T he d ia log ue ca n’t stop here.” The proposed pla n has $200,000 available for the first year from two county commissioners promising $50,000 each, with the city matching their funds.

With its seniors playing the final home game of their careers, the UNT women’s basketball team (14-13, 7-7) cruised to a 78-40 win over Louisiana-Lafayette (5-22, 0-15) on Saturday to give head coach Karen Aston her 100th career win. Win No. 100 did not come easy for Aston. The game against ULL was the fifth attempt to reach the milestone. “I told the team that this was a must-win game for us to help building some momentum,” head coach Karen Aston said. “One hundred doesn’t seem like very much to me when I coached with [retired UT-Austin women’s basketball head coach] Jody Conradt when I was there for her 800 and 900-win milestones, but I’m appreciative of the people who were a part of it.” Midway through the first half, the game looked like it would be close. The Mean Green found itself down 13-11 with 13:29 left in the first, but junior forward Sara Stanley and the three-point shooting of sophomore guard Laura McCoy led UNT on a 31-2 run to end the first half and gave the Mean Green a 42-13 halftime lead.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever had one [a team to go on a 31-2 run]. I didn’t even realize it was that much,” Aston said. “Yeah, they [ULL] went cold, but we did some things defensively that were pretty good in the first half.” Coming off the bench, Stanley led all scorers with 17 points, going 5-for-6 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free throw line in only 18 minutes of play. Stanley, along with senior g ua rd Kasondra Forema n, anchored a Mean Green defense that held the ULL offense to just 30.4 percent shooting. Stanley and Foreman combined to get five of UNT’s seven steals. “I just try and go out there and bring some energy. Our transition game was really good today, and I was able to get some easy buckets,” Stanley said. “Our defense just led to offense.” Prior to the game, the UNT program recognized seniors Foreman, Tamara Torru, Britney Hudson and Alyssa Hankins as they played their final game in the Super Pit. “No game is a sure victory, but I think we just really knew what we wanted to accomplish tonight,” Torru said. “It’s bittersweet, but it is a good way to say bye to everyone. It’s sad, but I really enjoyed my time here.”

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UNT enrollment rate declines NICOLE BALDERAS Senior Staff Writer

Enrollment decreases from last year

While the number of students enrolled full time at UNT has increased by 97 since spring 2011, t he number of tota l students has seen a decrease of 1.9 percent. Twelfth-day unofficial total enrollment for spring 2012 is 33,422, down from 34,085 in spring 2011, though doctoral enrollment is at 1,751, up from 1,656 – a 5.7 percent increase. “Several colleges have had decreases in enrollment this spring,” said Troy Johnson, vice programs and also part-time provost for enrollment manage- enrollment, specifically among ment. “There has been a clus- graduate students.” tering in education-related While UNT saw an enroll-



Spring 2011

Spring 2012 GRAPHIC BY PARNIA TAHAMZADEH/STAFF DESIGNER ment decrease, enrollment at Texas Woman’s University grew by 4 percent over the last year.

“There are not any new programs that are contribut i ng to g row t h,” sa id R icha rd Nichola s, v ice president for student life at TWU. “The health profession is a huge portion of our student body– it’s almost half. That’s an industry that hasn’t been hit so hard in the economy.” W h i le U N T en rol lment is down, the number of semester hou rs ha s increased since last year, said Andrew Harris, vice president for finance and administration.

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Head coach Karen Aston enters the huddle after earning her 100th win as the Mean Green exploded for a 78-40 win against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Monday at the Super Pit. The team will face the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Inside Denton police hosts defense course News | Page 2

Anime convention takes over Denton Library Arts & Life | Page 3

City council should pass bike plan Views | Page 7


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Regents Continued from Page 1 Paredes spoke to the board Thursday, providing insight about the challenges facing higher education in Texas. Paredes said students in Texas are about 40 percent less prepared for their transition into higher education compared to past generations and 60 percent of students

Bikes Continued from Page 1 Gregor y sa id he wou ld propos e add i ng $ 70,0 0 0 in discret iona r y f unds at Tuesday’s meeting to support construction this year. “It isn’t just the best investment for economic benefit, but in terms of equity, some people just can’t afford a car,” Gregory said. “This plan will force engineers to consider pedestrian and cyclists, beginners or experts, in future designs of

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“We’re actually teaching more credit hours, so that’s an increase in [class] enrollment,” Harris said. “If you really look at the data, what you should find is that the headcount enrollment change was very small.” To combat retention issues, the President’s Enrollment and Retention Council has been revamped, creating a subcommittee, said Melissa McGuire, co-chair of the Retention Committee and director of orientation and transition programs. “Initiates include advising practices and mandatory First

entering t he system are considered “poor” by the state. These figures, combined w it h t he r isi ng cost of h i g he r e duc a t ion , a r e leav i ng ma ny of t he s t a t e ’s y o u n g p e o p l e without access to higher educat ion, according to Paredes. “ We’r e e s s e n t i a l l y pr ici ng t he st udent s coming through the pipeline out of higher education,” Paredes said.

roadways.” The UNT campus could get bike lanes added to major streets. Highland Street, Maple Street and Eagle Drive would gain dedicated lanes and a main artery through Texas Woman’s University, North Bell Avenue, would be converted to a shared roadway. “My pedal fell off while riding, and I would have been hit by traffic without being able to skid into a place behind the construction barriers,” UNT theater senior Anna Gilbert said. “I’m all for [a new plan].”

Flight programs,” McGuire said. “Having early intervent ions w it h st udents helps us get a sense of who our students are and find those who are most at risk.” Some of UNT’s strategies for growth include new academic programs, such as the Carousel Model of graduate programs. “This would allow for a shorter time to getting your degree,” Johnson said. “In the fall term you would take two 8-week courses rather than two 16-week courses.” T h is prog ra m wou ld l i kely be i mplemented a rou nd spr i ng of 2013, Johnson said.

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Denton Police offering defense class K ATIE CHAPMAN

Contributing Writer For a 14th consecutive year, the Denton Police Department is offering its Rape Aggression Defense class to women 16 years old and older. The 16-hou r, fou r-week course is available to female residents of Denton County who have been attacked or are seeking defense tactics against a potential attack. “A lot of women do not have training to defend, or know how to defend themselves,” Lieutenant Michael Beutner said. T he c l a s s i s on goi n g throughout the year and is priced at $10 a month, which covers the required training manual.

The program involves both lectures and training involving physical resistance techniques with the help of a certified instructor. Denton PD has eight certified instructors who are trained to help women protect themselves against a strong male aggressor, Beutner said. Women a re required to register in person and are chosen on a first come, first serve basis. The next session will begin Feb. 22 and end March 14. Classes are held Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Denton Police Training Room at 601 E. Hickory St. The class is not offered as a course through the universities in Denton because of a lack of instructors, Beutner said.

However, the UNT Police Department is looking into adding instructors. “There will be two officers certified at the end of the calendar year,” Corporal John Delong said. T he cou rse w i l l be called “S.H.A.R.P.” – Sexual Ha ra ssment a nd Rape Prevent ion – a nd w il l be of fered t hrough t he UNT Police Department to provide defense training to UNT’s female student body in case of an attack. An exact date for when the course will begin has yet to be determined. “I really think that there should be a class where we can go to learn to defend ourselves,” English junior Natalie Watkins

Rape Aggression Defense - Wednesdays from 6 to 10 p.m. - $10 a month - Denton Police Training Room, 601 E. Hickory Street - Those interested can contact Rachel Fleming at 940-3497968 for the class starting Feb. 22. said. “We’re walking around campus, we bike everywhere and we don’t exactly have much protection.”


Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich tours the World Ag Expo on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 in Tulare, California.

Gingrich seeks to lower gas prices Editorial Staff Editor-in-chief ...............................................Sean Gorman Managing Editor .............................................Paul Bottoni Assigning Editor ............................................Valerie Gonzalez Arts and Life Editor ........................................Alex Macon Scene Editor.......................................Christina Mlynski Sports Editor ...................................................Bobby Lewis Views Editor .................................................Ian Jacoby Visuals Editor ....................................................Tyler Cleveland Copy Chief ....................................................Jessica Davis Design Editor ............................................... Stacy Powers Senior Staff Writers Isaac Wright, Nicole Balderas, Brittni Barnett, Holly Harvey, Brett Medeiros, Alison Eldridge Senior Staff Photographer Chelsea Stratso

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TULSA, Ok la. (A P) — R e p u b l i c a n p r e s i d e nt i a l candidate Newt Gingrich is dangling the prospect of gas as low as $2 a gallon if he’s elected. The former House speaker has spoken in the past of gas dropping to $2.50 a gallon under a Gingrich administ rat ion. Monday’s pred ict ion, com i ng as Gi ng r ich campaigned in Ok lahoma, contrasts sharply with rival Rick Santorum, who told an Ohio audience that big-city Americans should brace themselves for $5-a-gallon gas. Both candidates are citing new sensitiv ity over rising pu mp pr ices to push for relaxed regulation on domestic oil production. According to A A A’s daily f uel gauge, t he nat iona l average Monday for a gallon

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without regard to our foreign potential enemies and in the process prices will clearly be a lot lower,” Gingrich said. “Now, I picked $2.50 as a stabilizing price for capital investment reasons. It could easily go down to $2.” According to A A A’s daily f uel g au ge, a g a l lon of regular gas was approaching $4 in some places and even topped it in California. The national average was $3.56 per gallon. Gingrich boasted that gas cost as little as $1.13 per gallon when he led the House and that the national average was below $2 when Obama was inaugurated. “W hy do we have t h is assumption all of a sudden, ‘oh gee, that’s the distant past,’” Gingrich said. “He hasn’t been president that long.”

Santorum focused on fears of prices climbing to record highs while campaigning in Ohio. The former Pennsylvania senator blamed Obama for failing to drill aggressively for more oil and gas in the U.S. Santorum said the economy has begun to improve slightly but “all of a sudden we’re going to be hit with the same force of wind that hit us in 2008, in the summer, that caused us to go into a recession, all because of the radical environmentalist policies of this president.” Ging rich a nd Sa ntor um have been highlighting oil exploration in North Dakota and slamming the Obama administration for delaying a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline they say could mean cheaper fuel.


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of regular gas was $3.56. Ging rich a nd Sa ntor um have been highlighting oil exploration in North Dakota and slamming the Obama administration for delaying a Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline. Republica n president ia l ca nd idate New t Gi ng r ich dangled the prospect of gas as low as $2 a gallon if he’s elected, play ing of f voter angst about rising prices at the pump. Monday’s prediction came as Gingrich campaigned in Oklahoma, where the oil and natural gas sector is vital to a bustling state economy. “With Gingrich policies, what we k now is we w i l l dramatically expand our independence in the world market, d ra mat ica l ly ex pa nd ou r capacity to produce energy

Tuesday, Feb. 14 11 : 5 6 p . m . – P o l i c e responded to a complaint regarding a disturbance at Clark Hall. When the officers arrived on the scene, they found two parties involved i n a verba l a lterc at ion. Police t hen a rrested one UNT student for supplying a lcohol to a m i nor. T he student was then taken to Denton County Jail. Thursday, Feb. 16 5:09 p.m. – A UNT student surrendered himself to the

police on a felony warrant out for his a rrest for t he delivery of marijuana. The student was arrested and ta ken to Denton Cou nt y Jail. Friday, Feb. 17 3:57 a.m. – UNT Police responded to a call from UNT staff reporting a problem with a non-student at West Hall. The 23-year-old male was found to be intoxicated and had warrants out for his arrest by Denton Police, Westlake Police and Dallas Police.

Theft and Burglary Saturday, Feb. 18 5:53 p.m. – A UNT police officer responded to a call from the Pohl Recreation Center regarding the theft of a wallet.

was able to respond to the subject and issue a citation.


Thursday, Feb. 16 5:50 p.m. – A UNT police of f icer responded to a complainant reporting graffiti on the UNT Environmental Educat ion, Science a nd Technology Building.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 9:09 p.m. – While working at the UNT Coliseum, an officer reported a subject aiming a green laser pointer at the officer’s face. The subject was located at 1811 Maple St. in the Sierra Apartments, where a second police officer

Sunday, Feb. 19 11:44 p.m. – A UNT police officer pulled over an UNT student at the 1000 block of Avenue C. The 22-year-old male had a warrant out for his arrest by Denton Police. He was arrested and taken to City of Denton Jail.

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Nature walks inspire Denton library hosts art with environment anime convention HOLLY H ARVEY

Senior Staff Writer Bringing together artists and ecologists, nature and the community, the Painting on the Prairie program takes students and Denton residents to local prairies to find inspiration in the great outdoors of North Texas. The program takes a diverse group of students, ecological scientists and artists on nature walks and encourages participants to create art inspired by the nature around them, said biology senior Jennifer Bailey, who started Painting on the Prairie last semester. “The idea is to bring different disciplines together and find common inspiration,” Bailey said. “I want to encourage people to express themselves.” Groups of four to 20 people take tours guided by master naturalists in scenic areas around North Texas and create artwork that can be anything from painting to ceramics, Bailey said.

Math and science majors have taken tours along with artists. “When you talk to an artist, they might say they’re bad at math,” Bailey said. “And a scientist may say they can’t draw a straight line. But in some ways, they can come together.”

“People around here aren’t really connected to nature.”

—Jennifer Bailey Biology senior

The ultimate goal is for the art to be shown at a gallery in the fall, Bailey said. Math senior Shane Geerah has attended Painting on the Prairie meetings in the past, and said it was a relaxing experience.

“The setting was really peaceful and serene while I did my origami,” Geerah said. “It was cool to listen to the river.” Learning from naturalists on the tours adds an educational element to the experience, said Cary Paschall, a biology graduate student. “It’s fun, and it’s free,” Paschall said. “I even wrote some poetry the last time I went.” Bailey started the program to engage Denton residents with the beauty of nature, and has held three Painting on the Prairie meetings so far, she said. “People around here aren’t really connected to nature,” Bailey said. “But we have some amazing landscapes around us.” The next Painting on the Prairie meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 10 at Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center. For more informat ion, contact Jennifer Bailey at JenniferBailey2@my.unt.edu.

Retro cinema brings classics back to screen LEIGH DANIELS Intern

St udent s f i nd i ng t hei r typical Fry Street weekend endeavors a bit monotonous may want to consider hopping in the DeLorean and traveling back in time for a night of retro cinema at the Denton Movie Tavern. The Movie Tavern screens classic films Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, ranging from old-school favorites such as “Dirty Dancing” and “The Jerk” to the not-so-classic, transcendently bad cult phenomenon “The Room.” “The idea is that people can see movies on the big screen that they didn’t get to see when they were younger,” said Harold Johnson, general manager of the Movie Tavern. Johnson said that he and a group of employees thought to bring retro cinema to Denton moviegoers about two and a half years ago. “The corporate office does a lot of promotion stuff here because of the college kids,” Johnson said, adding that the idea caught on quickly and was passed on to Movie Tavern locations around the country.

Denton Movie Tavern: 916 W. University Dr. THIS WEEKEND Thursday, Feb. 23 at 9 p.m.: “The Jerk” Friday, Feb. 24 at midnight: “The Room” Saturday, Feb. 24 at midnight: “Comin’ At Ya!” He sa id $ 3 dra f t beers sweetened the deal for the Thursday retro crowd, while a $5 student-entry fee Fridays and Saturdays enticed the late night, midnight-movie thrill seekers. Movie Tavern server Gerry Abbott said he and his wife bring their children for showings of “The Goonies” and “The Princess Bride” to give them an idea of what their parents grew up watching. Abbott said he sees a diverse crowd come through for Retro Cinema Night. The audience regularly includes everything from leather-clad cult movie lovers who can sing every word to “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and know the appropriate time to throw spoons at the screen during “The Room,”

to the more standard cinephiles and movie fans. Mo s t bu s i ne s s c ome s from students flooding in for popular titles such as “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “The Breakfast Club,” Johnson said. Johnson gives customers a say in what films are shown for retro cinema through a suggestion box in the lobby, which led to the recent addition of the post-apocalyptic comedy “Zombieland.” L ook i ng a head to t h is weekend, students may want to consider looking back at film classics of years past being featured at the Denton Movie Tavern. For more information, visit http://movietavern.com/retrodenton/.


Characters from comic books, television shows and video games – or at least their costumed incarnations – joined hundreds of Denton anime fans at the Denton Public Library’s North Branch on Saturday morning for the 5th Mini-A-Kon. The anime convention, a smaller version of the yearly event that takes place in Dallas, attracted fans of all ages from across North Texas. Convention-goers, many decked out in homemade costumes of popular fictional characters, played card and board games, chatted with other anime enthusiasts and met with voice actors from a variety of anime shows. Since interest in Japanese animated cartoons saw a surge in popularity in the 1980s, extravagant anime conventions have become a regular occurrence in cities around the U.S., including Denton’s own Mini-A-Kon. Plano-area high school juniors Megan Longo and Ashley Swoger said going to the Denton convention had turned into a tradition for them. “We have been going to this convention together since we were 12,” said Longo, who was sporting a vaguely feline ensemble in tribute to Cake of the Cartoon Network cartoon “Adventure Time.” Swoger, dressed as Cake’s bunny-eared companion Fiona, said the cosplay, or costume play, was her favorite part of the convention. “We love meeting new


Plano East High School junior Ashley Swoger and Megan Longo, a junior from Wakeland High School in Frisco, as Fiona and Cake from the Cartoon Network series “Adventure Time” at the Mini-A-Kon on Saturday. people who watch the same shows as we do and play the same games,” Swoger said. Denton Public Library librarian Juli Gonzalez, who coordinated the event, said she was shocked at the turnout as she gazed out at a sea of costumes and tables covered with games. “When we first started this five years ago, we only needed one section of the library,” Gonzalez explained, motioning to an area not much larger than a small classroom. “Now we need the entire library.” Six popular anime voice actors were on hand Saturday, including Cherami Leigh, who has provided the voice for characters on anime shows and movies such as ”Hell Girl” and “Gunslinger Girl.” Leigh signed autographs while a long line of fans wrapped

around the library, waiting to take pictures with her or record her performing their favorite lines. “I’m really psyched about meeting her,” said Denton resident Matthew Wemir, who arrived dressed as Death the Kid from the Japanese manga “Soul Eater.” “She plays one of t he Thompson sisters,” he explained, toting two foam pistols and praising the characterization of the Thompson sisters on the TV version of “Soul Eater.” Leigh seemed completely in her element, meeting with fans and doing different voices. “I love what I do,” Leigh said with a broad smile. “My friends are always telling me, ‘Cherami, you are a big girl, it’s time to get a grown-up job now,’ but how could I give this up?”

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Color guard lightens up

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Music education senior Sean Birkenfeld and math sophomore Krystal Tamez practice color guard routines outside a friend’s house Monday on Normal Street. Tamez is performing in the university’s first winter color guard, while Birkenfeld decided to take a break from the circuit this year.

Alumnus brings flair to forensics NADIA HILL Staff Writer

Intricate machines calibrate handwriting pressure, track humidity levels and analyze ink types while forensic document examiner and UNT alumnus Mike Weldon dusts toner across a worn note, bringing the faded page to life. Weldon, dubbed a “modern day Sherlock Holmes” on the Honors College’s website, has made his career providing legal perspective in a field popularly associated with blood samples and dead bodies. He has testified in murder trials, debunked fake suicide notes, resolved family legal dilemmas with his analysis of wills and testaments and lectured at the FBI Lab in Virginia. Weldon also brings his expertise to the UNT Forensic Science Program, donating a self-designed humidity meter and other equipment and working extensively w it h aspiring forensic scientists. “In 2004, I ran into Dr. Jean Schaake, the associate dean [of the chemistry department], and she said they were starting a forensics program,” Weldon said. “I decided to see what I could do to promote it.” H is doc u ment work, combined with traditional lab analysis, helps paint a full picture of a crime.

W h e n N o r t h Te x a s Television producer Johnny Rodriguez was brainstorming for new program ideas, he asked himself why people attend college. To him, the answer was clear: to find the love of their life. Theatre senior Rodriguez and pre-radio, television and film junior Laura Montalvo plan to recreate ‘90s reality TV with a dating show, “North Texas Hookup,” tentatively scheduled to air at the end of this semester. “I’m hoping to entertain people, first and foremost,” Rodriguez said. “I love coming up with ideas for new shows and love it when people get excited about something I do.” Rodriguez and his selfdescribed “right-hand girl” Montalvo began developing the program last summer. “As soon as I brought it up, everyone just thought it was a great idea,” Rodriguez said. “There’s been a lot of buzz.” Each episode will follow a bachelor or bachelorette and three contestants, Rodriguez said. Contestants will compete in fun challenges, such as bobbing for apples, to win alone time with the bachelor or bachelorette. “I would call it ‘dating fun,’” Rodriguez said. “I don’t want to be crazy or too trashy.” Attendance for the casting call Feb. 3 was “just right,” Montalvo said. “It was right in the middle,”

she said. “We got enough people that we don’t have to keep looking.” Montalvo said filming will begin this month, but postproduction editing will determine whether the pilot is released late this spring or early next fall. “The gut of the show is in postproduction,” she said. When it is released, the show will air on the NTTV station and online. Only a pilot is planned for now, but Rodriguez hopes to develop it into a full web series. This semester, NTTV is airing about 10 programs that cover subjects from news to entertainment, said Phyllis Slocum, NTTV station manager and RTVF lecturer. “As with any student media, it allows students to try something they’ve never tried before,” she said. Slocum is optimistic about the success of the show. “It should be a lot of fun,” she said, recalling a dating show she enjoyed watching during her college career. Jazz studies senior Van Anderson, who attended the casting call, said he isn’t sure what to expect from the show. “I thought it’d be kind of a cool idea,” he said. “I’m not sure what I’ll do if they call me, though.” Montalvo said she was pleased with the attitude of the casting call attendees. “The people we saw were very nice, very sympathetic,” she said. “I want all of them to find someone.”

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Forensic examiner Mike Weldon stands next to the equipment that he donated to the UNT Forensic Science Program. The equipment includes his self-designed humidifier. Chemistry professor Dr. Guido Verbeck said interdisciplinary knowledge was key to good forensic science. Fittingly, UNT forensics students are required to study biology or chemistry to get a solid grounding in the field. “We require a bachelor in biology or chemistry so the market doesn’t become saturated with specialized degrees,” Verbeck said. “The certificate compliments it.” In its sixth year, the forensics program provides students

hands-on experience with real cases and professional equipment. “There’s nothing like doing a project and getting good results,” chemistr y senior Jennifer Leveille said. “We’re taking instrumental analysis knowledge and applying it to techniques, like arson.” Whether a forensic scientist is analyzing handwriting, fingerprints or DNA samples, sticking to the classic scientific method is key to cracking any case, Weldon said.

Weldon sa id t hat w it h advances in technology and a growing field of trained professionals, the future of forensic science is looking bright. The forensics prog ra m requires a separate application from the chemistry department and currently has more than 100 students enrolled. “This is where the innovation is,” Weldon said. “I know we’ve placed students with the FBI. The program has grown leaps and bounds with a great deal of robust research.”


Freshmen Nicki Dearick, Stephanie Jackson and Shalysa McCune, also known as team “Rajun Cajuns,” won the UNT Top Chef competition at Bruce Cafeteria on Saturday. Their breakfast pizza, topped with scrambled eggs and hash browns, bested the competition, which was judged by area chefs, UNT faculty and staff and the audience in attendance.


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Freshman guard Trey Norris drives on junior guard Raymone Andrews during UNT’s 57-53 loss to the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Feb. 18 at the Super Pit. The Mean Green will face the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans on the road at 7 p.m. Thursday.

UNT falls to ULL in home finale Men’s Basketball BRETT M EDEIROS Senior Staff Writer

In the last home game of the 2011-2012 season, the UNT men’s basketball team (15-12, 8-6) fell to the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns 57-53 Saturday. The Mean Green held ULL (16-13, 10-5) to 33 percent, but UNT struggled to find any offensive rhythm, shooting just 29 percent from the field. No Mean Green player with at least five shot attempts shot better than 40 percent. “It was certainly not the outcome that we were looking for. We knew that it should be a tough basketball game,” head coach Johnny Jones said. “We gave them [ULL] confidence early in game, and unfortunately they were able to build on that confidence. We never really got down and executed the way we needed to.” ULL broke a 44-44 tie in the second half before UNT pulled back to within one point. The Mean Green’s offense couldn’t complete the rally, though, as it was never able to take the lead.

Free throws played a big part in UNT’s defeat. Of 34 attempts, the Cajuns hit 21 free throws, while the Mean Gre en c onver te d ju st 11

“We never really got down and executed the way we needed to.”

—Johnny Jones Head coach

attempts of its 24 attempts from the line. T he Mea n Green fou nd itself in constant foul trouble with senior forward Alonzo Edwards and junior guard Brandan Walton fouling out of the game. Freshma n for wa rd Tony M it c hel l a l s o s t r u g g le d, scoring just seven points and seven rebounds, breaking his streak of five straight doubledoubles. “They were just doubling me, making me take the ball out of my ha nd,” Mitchell

said. “At the same time we were supposed to get the win regardless.” One bright spot for UNT was the performance of sophomore guard Alzee Williams, who led t he tea m w it h 12 points. Williams played all but two minutes but struggled from the field, hitting only six of his 16 attempted shots. “We just cou ld n’t get a bucket t here at t he end,” Williams said. “We had some costly turnovers, and I think if we had knocked down our free throws during the game it would be over.” Since t he Mea n Green’s four-game w inning strea k, UNT has lost four of seven games, essentially taking it out of the race for first place in its division. UNT now sits in four t h place i n t he Su n Belt Conference West Div ision, but the team has two games left in the season to ma ke up some ground before the conference tournament. This week t he Mean Green w ill hit the road to take on UALR and Denver, which sit in first and second in the division, respectively.

McCarney adds safeties coach Brief ALISON ELDRIDGE Senior Staff Writer

Head football coach Dan McCarney announced the hiring of Noah Joseph as the Mean Green‘s new safeties coach Friday. Joseph was the co-defensive coordinator, safeties coach and recruiting coordinator for Montana State last season, and was a graduate assistant under McCarney in 2002 at Iowa State. “We are excited about having Noah join our staff and help build this program like he did at Montana State over the past several years,” McCarney said. “Even as a young coach, when he was with us at Iowa State, I knew he was going to be successful. He is a tireless recruiter and has an energy that his players will really respond to.” Joseph started his coaching career at Eastern Illinois in 2003 after working as a graduate assistant at Drake, Eastern Kentucky and Iowa State from 2000 to 2002. In 2007, Joseph left Eastern Illinois for Montana State. During the five years he spent coaching for the Bobcats, he coached a first or secondteam all-league cornerback or safety every season. In 2011 the Bobcats secondary led the Big Sky Conference in pass efficiency defense and pass defense.

Joseph will take over for former linebackers coach Anthony Weaver, who took a job as a defensive line coach with the NFL’s New York Jets after one season with UNT. “Coach Weaver did a tremendous job of helping us build the foundation of this program,” McCarney said. “He had a chance to be reunited with [New York Jets head coach]

Rex Rya n, who was his position coach w it h the Baltimore Ravens, and it is a great o p p o r t u - NOAH nity for him JOSEPH pr of e s s ionally. I know he really enjoyed his time at North Texas.”

Mean Green Fun Facts: -The men’s basketball team averaged 4,009 fans per home game this season, the third highest average in school history. -In just 18 games, Tony Mitchell moved into 10th place on UNT’s all-time blocks list, with 54 blocks. -In Saturday’s game at the Super Pit, Alonzo Edwards hit his first career three-pointer.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Robert Griffin III is looking forward to sitting down and talking with NFL executives and coaches during the NFL combine. While they know about Griffin being the first Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor, and all the records and big numbers he put up, the quarterback realizes many still have questions about him and the Bears’ potent spread-formation offense. “I’m excited to wow them in the interviews with the type of offense that we run, just so they can understand it’s not as simple as some people make our spread out to be. It’s a different kind of spread,” Griffin said. “Although I don’t agree with it, but people say I just burst on the scene this year, so no one knows much about me, whether NFL GMs or analysts, so I get a chance to put my best foot forward.” Griffin was in Fort Worth on Monday night to accept the Davey O’Brien Award that recognizes the nation’s top quarterback. When the NFL draft takes place in two months, Griffin wants to be the first quarterback selected even though most projections have Stanford’s Andrew Luck going first overall to the Indianapolis Colts. “We both want to be the best, we both want to be No. 1. Whether I get drafted first or not, it’s not going to change the way I play,” Griffin said. “All I can say, it’s about motivation. You never want to feel like everybody thinks you’re a sure thing in life because it can rob you of your motivation to

go out and get better.” Griffin insisted he has no hints of what might happen on draft day, but said when he went to Indianapolis during Super Bowl week that fans there were telling him they wanted him to come there. RG3 added that he hopes Peyton Manning stays in Indianapolis, because “he’s a legend and deserves that.” Griffin has been working extensively with quarterback consultant Terry Shea preparing for the NFL combine and his pro day. They have done a lot of work on the dual-threat quarterback’s foot work. “Just getting used to the type of routes you have to throw at the next level,” Griffin said. “Basically just trying to find the best way to allow my skills to shine, whether that’s my quick release or just my ability to drive the football down the field. Griffin is the school’s career passing leader, completing 800 of 1,192 passes (67 percent) for 10,366 yards and 78 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. His 2,254 yards and 33 TDs rushing are records for a Bears quarterback. Sure, those numbers were made possible by Baylor’s offensive scheme. But Griffin said it was based on plenty of pro-style principles. “At first glance, they see four or five wide receivers, a lot of motion, a lot of different sets of formations,” Griffin said. “If you take it from that aspect, it’s exactly the same things that the pros do, go two-tight, four wide and two tight ends, and tight end at running back like the Patriots do.”


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Mean Green splits weekend matches in Arizona Tennis TYLER OWENS Staff Writer

The UNT tennis team found itself on bot h sides of t he scoreboard this weekend. The No. 61 Mea n Green fell 6-1 to No. 33 Arizona on Friday, but rebounded with a 4-3 win against No. 50 Cal Poly on Sunday. By defeating the Mustangs, UNT earned its third win against a ranked opponent this season. “We just didn’t play our best tennis,” head coach Sujay Lama said of the team’s effort. “We’ve got to do a better job of executing.”

Wildcat wipeout The Mean Green’s threega me w inning st rea k was snapped Friday as it struggled to keep pace with the Wildcats (5-2). The Wildcats dominated UNT in doubles play, sweeping the Mean Green in all three matches. The team fared no better in singles. Arizona won four straight matches and secured the victory. “We struggled,” Lama said. “We didn’t find the type of ten n is we a re capable of playing.” The lone UNT win of the day came w ith UNT dow n 7-0, as junior Ilona Serchenko

defe ate d A r i z on a s en ior Debora Castany 6-4, 7-5. “I didn’t play my best tennis, but I managed to overcome it,” Serchenko said.

Mastering the Mustangs After a day of rest, the Mean Green recovered with a close win against No. 50 Cal Poly (4-4). “The key was to get a win,” Lama said. “[We are] pleased with the win, but not pleased with the way we played.” UNT jumped out to a 3-0 lead, w inning the doubles match and the first two singles matches. After senior Paula Dinuta dropped her match, Serchenko

battled for her second singles victory of the weekend and secured the match victory for the Mean Green. “We’ve got some work this week,” Lama said. “We’ve got to clean up the doubles, finish in singles and be ready for two very tough conference teams this weekend.” T he Me a n Gr e en w i l l return to action against Sun Belt Conference opponents South Alabama and Florida International this weekend. “The reason we play these tough ra n ked tea ms is to prepare us for our conference,” Lama said. “Hopefully, these matches have made us tougher and prepared to play.”


Juniors Valentina Starkova and Barbora Vykydalova exchange a low-five during a 6-1 victory over the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns on Feb. 12 at Waranch Tennis Complex. The Mean Green will face South Alabama at 2 p.m. Friday.

Grimes leads the way in weekend home sweep Softball JOSH FRIEMEL Intern

The UNT softball team flexed its muscles at Lovelace Stadium this weekend, dominating the competition in three home wins at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Classic. Hosting its only tournament of the year, the Mean Green (4-3) trailed for just two innings in wins against Northern Illinois (3-4), Missouri State (1-1) and Wichita State (4-5).


A runner glides over the field during track practice Monday at Fouts. Three freshmen finished in the top ten for the women’s one-mile run Saturday at the Oklahoma Invitational in Norman, Okla.

Northern Illinois The Mean Green had no trouble in the weekend’s first game, defeating the Huskies 8-3 on Friday. After falling behind 1-0 off an RBI single by Northern Illinois’ Shelby Miller, senior catcher Caitlin Grimes gave UNT its first lead with a lofty single, driving in seniors Lisa Johnson and Megan Rupp. “Any time it [the ball] falls in like that, I think it adds more emotion to get harder hits and score more runs,” T.J. Hubbard said. “We had a lot of base runners on today, and for something like that to go in definitely gets their spirits up.” From the second to fifth inning, junior pitcher Brittany Simmons (2-0) kept Northern Illinois offbalance, allowing only one hit. Simmons didn’t surrender any hits in the sixth inning, but two walks and an error allowed two runs to score. UNT drew seven walks off three different Illinois pitchers. Johnson said drawing walks allows the team to gauge how the opposing pitcher is throwing the ball, as well as wear down her arm. “I’m always looking for my pitch,” Johnson said. “If I get up


Freshman infielder Danielle Hoff hits during batting practice Tuesday. there and don’t see it, I just wait until I see one that I like.”

Missouri State UNT scored the only runs of the game in the first three innings and left the rest to sophomore pitcher Ashley Kirk in a 5-0 win against the Bears on Friday. Kirk pitched a complete game shutout, allowing just three hits while tallying 14 strikeouts, tying her own school record. Kirk said she didn’t have her best performance, but Grimes framed the pitches well behind the plate and got Missouri State to swing at some bad pitches. “I can’t say that it was my best stuff, but my defense had my back,” Kirk said. Grimes also led the way on offense, going 3-for-3 and driving in three runs.

Wichita State After being rained out all day Saturday, UNT completed the weekend sweep with a 12-9 win

against Wichita State on Sunday afternoon. Saturday’s game against Creighton was cancelled and not made up. The game included four lead changes and two ties. Hubbard said his pitchers and the rest of the team learned from the constant rollercoaster effect of the game. “It was good for us, as bad as it sounds, to be behind a little bit and have to fight back more than one time,” he said. “That’ll actually make them better as the season goes along.” Down 6-4, the Mean Green erupted for eight runs in the fifth inning after a pinch-hit RBI single by sophomore Jackie Miller sparked the rally. “We are a very good team, and we do not like to lose,” Grimes said. “That was us answering back with some good hard hits to go along with a whole bunch of runs.” UNT will return to action at the Texas Shootout in Waco this weekend.

UNT places in six events in indoor finale Track ZACH CLAUSSEN Staff Writer

The UNT track and field team concluded the 2012 indoor season by placing in six events Saturday at the Oklahoma Invitational in Norman, Okla. Head coach Carl Sheffield said the invitational was one of the best meets of the season for the track and field team, but knows this week’s practices are important with the Sun Belt Indoor Track and Field Championships less than a week away. “I think the performances should have been happening when I said they should, but for whatever reason they’re making it up in their own minds that they are ready to compete at a high level,” Sheffield said. “I have to get them to realize that what they do in practice is how they are going to perform at meets.”

Men Junior hurdler Steven White earned a second place

finish in the men’s 200-meter dash, crossing the line in 22.16 seconds, just .27 seconds behind first place. Sophomore thrower Charleston Lewis continued his impressive string of performances in the men’s weight throw by clearing 16.59 meters with his toss, finishing second in the event. Lewis ranks first in the conference in the men’s shot put and men’s weight throw. Freshman Austin Yaeger placed second in the men’s mile with a time of 4:27.29 minutes, the 14th fastest time recorded in the Sun Belt Conference this season.

Women Freshman Jo Adams, participating in her second collegiate meet ever, recorded a secondplace finish in the women’s mile with a time of 5:01.81 minutes. Adams now ranks fourth in the Sun Belt and is less than a second behind her teammate and Sun Belt leader senior Sara Dietz in the mile. Freshmen Elisha Arends (sixth), junior Carly Griffith (eighth) and freshman Leesa Morales (ninth) all finished in

the top ten for the women’s one mile run. Senior Janesa Moore took third in the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.22 meters and senior Chelsea Hermes took fifth with a jump of 5.08 meters. Moore said the team is starting to come together really well at the right time. “We’re finally starting to realize what we’re capable of, and it’s starting to show on the track,” she said. “We have all the training and all the physical means [to be successful], but we just have to stay mentally focused. Other notable results include junior hurdler De’Ona Stafford finishing third in the women’s 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.63 seconds and freshman Chastity Stewart placing fifth with a time of 8.76 seconds. Freshman thrower Deja McKnight finished fifth in the women’s shot put with a toss of 13.76 meters. The UNT track and field team will compete in the Sun Belt Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday and Sunday in Murfreesboro, Tenn.




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Denton needs new bike-friendly plan Tonight the Denton City Council will vote on a proposed new pedestrian and bicycle plan. The plan would address short and long-term goals such as the creation of bike lanes and shared roadways for 35 miles of Denton streets within the next three years and 70 to 80 miles in the next 10 years. Because of the massive need it addresses and the numerous benefits it offers, the Edboard supports the proposed plan.

Logistic Benefits

“Bicyclists really don’t bother me. I hate it when they ride in the middle of the road when there is a clear sidewalk.”

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The advantages provided by new bike lanes and pedestrian friendly roadways would be numerous. However, parking stands out above the rest. It’s common knowledge around

Denton that parking at UNT can be a nightmare. More than 50,000 parking tickets were issued on campus in the 2008-2009 school year. The plan is especially helpful to the two college campuses in Denton that would receive improved bike lanes through their streets. The new plan would provide better access to and from both UNT and TWU for people walking and on bikes. That improved access would alleviate some parking issues that currently plague Denton residents.

the car at home and biking to class or the Square can have a positive effect. Hopefully, the added bike lanes and designation of “shared roadways” would create a safe and accessible alternative to driving around Denton. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a passenger car that drives 12,500 miles per year emits just more than 13,000 pounds of pollutants over the course of that year. Promotion of non-motorized transportation should be a priority in every city, and Denton is no exception.

Environmental Benefits


We live in a society that’s more aware of its own environmental impact than ever before. Small acts such as leaving

Many roads in Denton, a city with a healthy contingent of walkers and bikers, don’t have bike lanes and aren’t

designated as shared roadways. The lack of bike lanes and sidewalks can create a hazardous commute for those not in a car. According to Bikesbelong.org, “After two streets in Minneapolis were converted to be more bicycle friendly, bike traffic increased 43 percent, total vehicle crashes decreased and traffic efficiency was maintained.” That means safer roadways for cyclists could mean less car crashes as well. As a city council, the primary concern should be for the safety of the citizens. With the amount of college students that commute to and from school on cars, skateboards or by foot, legislating safer transportation should be of the highest priority.


Rangers’ offseason has left fans hopeless The last time I wore anything with antlers, the claw or the Texas Rangers name on it, I was in the process of hurling every small object around me at my roommate’s miniscule TV while ripping off my Rangers shirt Hulk-style. Since that Game Six collapse in the World Series, I’ve repped Brian Scalabrine of the Chicago Bulls more often than I have any other Ranger. It’s been nice outperforming the overpaid New York Yankees, overhyped Boston Red Sox and every other American League nemesis over the last two seasons, but two AL Championship trophies won’t cut it. This last offseason would have been perfect if the Rangers could have gotten that last strike in that sixth game. Twice. (Shudders incessantly. Twice.) We could have erased the memories of Edgar Renteria’s corpse homering off Cliff Lee. We could have erased the fact that Cliff Lee lost two games in that Series versus the Giants. Nope. Our Rangers have gone all Buffalo Bills on us. I don’t want our team name to become an acronym like the Boy-I-Love-Losing-Superbowls. I’d honestly rather lose before getting to the World Series and being one strike away from winning it all…Twice. This offseason hasn’t made my “Clawaphobic” condition any better, either. I was certain Prince Fielder would sign with the team for a discounted price. He would have been the perfect fit for the team. After all, he did improvise off “The Swan” that we had this year up in Milwaukee with the bear hug thing they had. First base is also the one major question mark the team has. I know Fielder is a defensive liability,

but need I remind you of Michael Young’s blunders in the Series? There have been several attempts to restore my postseason confidence throughout the offseason, but none have eased the numbing pain. The Rangers signed highly-soughtafter-Japanese-pitcher Yu Darvish, who won’t even be the team’s ace. Does Daisuke Matsuzaka ring a bell? The farm system has been rated the best in the majors, but when was the last time a minor league person did anything in the postseason? And who in their right mind thinks that Neftali Feliz is going to be a good starting pitcher? I can see his situation playing out exactly like Joba Chamberlin’s did in New York. The good old “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” strategy doesn’t apply for some reason. With the Game Six collapse, the other Game Six collapse and another World Series lost, I won’t be repping the Rangers anytime soon. Scalabrine is my cure.

Josh Friemel is a pre-journalism sophomore. He can be reached at joshua.friemel@gmail.com

A green light to destroying workers’ rights It’s critical to associate UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson’s recent controversial proposal to change UNT staff’s conditions of employment to a ‘fire at-will’ system with the third goal of President V. Lane Rawlins’ bold new plan to move the university forward – increase support for students and improve employee relations. This goal includes the proposition to make the university a national leader in employee relations. However, despite universal and vocal opposition from staff and the UNT community at large, the proposal has yet to be decided on. The university is one of the few places left in the state where workers enjoy the basic right of knowing the reason for being fired. The new policy would allow the university to fire any staff member for any ‘lawful reason,’ meaning any reason at all except for on the basis of discrimination specifically prohibited by law such as race, age and gender. This is, of course, a fiction in that ‘at-will’ allows firing for any reason, including ‘just because.’ No reason at all has to be offered. The only modicum of rationale for the ‘at-will’ policy offered by the university has been one of streamlining the business model. As indicated by President Rawlins’ five-year plan, we would hope that our university operates on broader principles than mere business—even in our times of financial constriction. Furthermore, UNT staff are the people that make our great university operate on a dayto-day basis, and added job uncertainty will directly undermine both productivity and the goal of creating the best working environment possible. If anything, the university should strive toward policies ensuring more, not fewer, rights in the workplace. For

example, TAs already work on an ‘at-will’ basis, with most classified as hourly employees for the purposes of denying us basic rights such as health insurance. The Texas State Employees Union (TSEU), the organization representing all workers at the university and open to everybody from janitors to faculty and even the president himself, is the only organized opposition to this latest onslaught on workers’ rights as well as the united front for proper state funding for our university and its mission. If you care about our university and its future direction, join the TSEU and members of the university community in supporting the president’s goal of creating the best workplace environment possible by coming out to the rally to oppose the ‘at-will’ policy Wednesday, Feb. 29 from noon to 1 p.m. in front of the Hurley Administration Building. Give a green light to greatness—give a green light to workers’ rights—by giving a red light to ‘at-will’ at UNT.

Karl Boyd-Nafstad is a TA for the Department of Political Science at the University of North Texas. He can be contacted at KarlBoyd-Nafstad@my.unt. edu.

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