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Bataille discusses resignation, future plans Diebel to take office in five days BY LISA GARZA

Senior Staff Writer There are still no concrete answers about UNT President Gretchen Bataille’s resignation as the end of her term nears on Feb. 28. “People will have to draw their own conclusions,” she said. Bataille maintains that her decision to step down is in the best interest of the university. The president shook her head, deliberating before she spoke. “That’s all I can really, really say,” she said. Chancellor Lee Jackson stated at this month’s Board of Regents meeting and Wednesday’s Faculty Senate meeting that there were “internal communications and collaborations concerns among your leadership and Board that needed to be addressed internally.” “That’s from his perspective,” Bataille said. “I have not had any conversations or disagreements

informed him of their struggle to attorney, Bataille said. She is not legally bound from move on with no explanation. “I share that struggle,” Wilkins discussing the circumstances surrounding her decision to said in an e-mail. “[Bataille] is absolutely right that we must resign, Bataille said. “There is no non-disclosure carry on with the important work agreement,” she said. “I can say of the university.” There is a lot of unfinished whatever I want to say.” She understands the students’ business that will be up to the and faculty’s frustrations over interim presidents and the next being left in the dark, Bataille president who will come in, Bataille said. said. “It’s disappointing to me that I “That is the hardest part, frankly it is, leaving students, won’t be able to continue reprefaculty and staff in the lurch,” she senting UNT,” she said. “I was said. “This is a wonderful place, the chair-elect for the American and I gave it my heart and soul for Counsel of Education, the largest three-and-a-half years, and I’m higher education association in the country. UNT would have very sorry [to be leaving].” Provost Wendy Wilkins said had a presence there, but now PHOTO BY KAITLYN PRICE/PHOTOGRAPHER it is not her place to support or won’t be there because you have Phil Diebel will serve as interim president of UNT for three months starting March 1. not support Bataille’s decision to to be a university president on remain mum but she “respects the board.” Phil Diebel, who will become by e-mail of her intention to UNT System moving its offices her decision to be as completely with the Board of Regents.” professional as possible under interim president on March 1, A request for comment from resign on Feb. 10. Shortly after, to Dallas. said he is not expecting to make Under the terms of the tran- the circumstances.” Jackson was not returned by Bataille sent a mass e-mail. Various members of the UNT any changes during his tenure “It was their announcement sition agreement, the univerdeadline. sity must reimburse Bataille as community pressed Jackson for but is determined to keep the Bataille said that conversa- to make,” she said. While Bataille would not much as $20,000 for legal fees, answers during Wednesday’s initiatives currently in progtions between herself and the chancellor regarding her possible discuss the specific reasons which includes the costs of nego- Faculty Senate meeting and ress. resignation did not take place that led to her resignation, she tiating the terms. The universaid that she is not ill, does not sity attorney is for the Board until Feb. 7. To read the full version of this story, visit The UNT System Office have another job lined up and of Regents and the chancellor, For the Daily editorial on this issue, see Page 5 informed the UNT community there was no clash over the so she needed to have her own

Student volunteers head up reading program in Denton Children benefit from UNT help BY K ATIE GRIVNA Senior Staff Writer


Rebecca Phillips assists her daughter, nursing senior Bailey Phillips, at the College Goal Sunday, a FAFSA workshop held Sunday in the Business Building. College Goal Sunday is also a nonprofit program that supports and provides information to families applying for financial assistance.

UNT hosts workshop for financial aid applicants BY STACY POWERS

Contributing Writer UNT students have filled out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for years. Still, Lacey Thompson, assistant director of UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, said most new students don’t know where to begin. “The most common question I have been getting is basically how to start, what’s the school code and they want to know a lot about scholarships,” said Sarah Cheek, a student adviser with the Emerald Eagle Scholar program and volunteer. Students and their families had the opportunity to receive free help and information on applying for financial aid from College Goal Sunday, a national nonprofit program UNT hosted this weekend. This was UNT’s third year as a host site for College Goal Sunday, and attendance doubled from the previous year. The workshop had volunteers from financial aid, which included its director and many other individuals who were available as “FAFSA experts.” The workshop also had a group of Emerald Eagle Scholars who assisted with FAFSA and scholarship questions.

“My question was pretty much just how does it work and what do I do after I fill out the FAFSA.”

—Megan Hester, Undeclared freshman

The most difficult thing students and families wanted to know was how to fill out the application, Cheek said. What things mean, expected income and qualifications are the kinds of things most students asked about, Cheek said. She estimated she helped 15 families during the workshop. “I have worked with financial aid for almost two years now, and I still have questions with the FAFSA and I still get help with it,” Cheek said. “It is a very confusing process, but I am learning it. Basically I just want to make sure I am putting the right number in the right spot.” There were high school students and their families, and students who plan on transferring, along with students who already attend UNT. “I need money. That’s why

I’m here,” said Megan Hester, an undeclared freshman who attended the workshop with her father. “My question was pretty much just how does it work and what do I do after I fill out the FAFSA.” Hester’s father, Stephen Hester, did not know the scope of the workshop, but like most parents had questions about how to pay for college. Applying for financial aid can be an obstacle course, and it takes a couple times to figure out how it works, he said. “The U.S. Department of Education has been able to utilize technology to simplify the experience a student will encounter while completing a FAFSA on the Web,” said Thompson. The priority date for FAFSA submission is March 31 for the fall 2010 and spring 2011 school year.

W hen Jacy Rader, a psychology senior and student volunteer for the Success for Life Through Reading program, walked into a preschool classroom at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School on Friday, the children greeted her with enthusiasm. “They get really excited,” she said. “You can see it in their eyes.” Before long, Rader and the class headed over to an alphabet-covered rug and she began to read to the children about teamwork in the book “The Biggest Valentine Ever.” Rader is one of about 55 student volunteers involved in the Success for Life Through Reading program, a volunteerbased literacy program for lowincome preschool children that is almost totally student run. After she finished reading the book to them, the children worked together to make a valentine for their teacher. “I’m not a huge kid person, but this makes me be a kid person,” Rader said. Once a week, UNT student volunteers go into the various classrooms to read a book to the preschoolers. After reading the book, the volunteer participates in an activity with the children to reinforce the themes of the book, and afterward the preschoolers get to take a new copy of the book home with them to keep. Rachel Yedlowski, the literacy coordinator and a public administration master’s student, is paid by and works part-time for the program. Her duties include recruiting student-volunteers, training t hem, ma nag i ng t hem throughout the semester and assigning student volunteers to an agency where they will


Robert Serwetz, an interdisciplinary studies junior, is a weekly reader for the Success for Life Through Reading program. The “Clifford the Big Red Dog” series is his favorite series to read to the children, he said. read to children. “It’s just a way for us to show that UNT is not just about the academic side. It is this other service-learning aspect and encourage the students in the community to give back, and it allows us to be out there working with children in populations that a lot of these college students might not have had the opportunity to do otherwise,” she said. Last semester, the program’s 51 volunteers handed out 2,466 new books, the most books ever given out in a single semester, Yedlowski said. Caitlin Burton, an interdisciplinary studies junior and volunteer curriculum writer, works in the program’s office. Burton said she joined the program as part of a requirement for her Development and Family Studies class and found writing the activities is a lot of fun. “You get to be completely crazy, you can make whatever activity you want,” she said. “It’s building my creativity because I’m going to be a teacher, so I’m going to have to be able to think on my feet and

make fun activities for stories and just be prepared for anything they throw at you.” Robert Serwetz, an interdisciplinary studies junior and weekly reader for the program, volunteered at Denton County Day School last semester and hopes he will read there again soon. “There’s nothing else really that you can say is the foundation for every piece of education,” Serwetz said. “A lot of times, kids grow up in families who have less monetarily, they miss out on that a lot of times, so programs like this are incredible.” The program is part of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service and serves Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, the Ann Windle School for Young Children, Denton Christian Preschool, Denton County Day School, Fred Moore Day Nursery School, ABC Preschool and Child Care Center, Terry’s Treehouse Learning Center, and Tiny Tykes Learning Center. For more information, visit html.


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Scott McBride, Rebecca Hoeffner & Melissa Boughton, News Editors

Greeks plan to help build Habitat house BY MORGAN WALKER Senior Staff Writer

For the first time in UNT history, the four governing councils of Greek Life will come together to build a house with Habitat for Humanity. The Interfraternity Council will host a meeting at 7:30 p.m. in University Union 411 along with members of the Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council and Pan-Hellenic Council to begin fundraising plans. “It’s exciting that Greek Life is actually building the first house from UNT since it’s been here, and no other organization has attempted it,” Interfraternity Council President Ma rk Logsdon said. Since the idea began, more than 600 volunteers have been involved with the project and are ready to help, Logsdon said. During the meeting, a fundraising committee will be created to brainstorm ideas to raise money and form a final goal for the amount of money needed. Construction will begin

in t he fa ll, and once the house is complete it will go to a local family. Meeting: “T he Ha bit at • 7:30 tonight in University coordinator is going Union 411 through family bio sheets right now, Online: and we should know • Facebook group, “Greek Build!” who gets it by next •, click on the week,” L ogsdon Habitat for Humanity link said. Elisa Carrasco, the coordinator who’s been tunity for the girls to be handsinvolved with the project, was on and see something maninot available to explain how a fested materially in something that they’re giving back,” family is chosen. Representatives of the UNT Stephens said. Former council president women’s basketball team also joined the Interfraternit y Brad Boccaccio said he came up with the idea more than a Council in the project. He a d c o a c h S h a n ic e year ago during a meeting. “I think it’s important given Stephens said she knew a family who benefited from a all the negative light that Habitat for Humanity house Greeks have been put in lately,” Boccaccio said. in Oklahoma. The IFC has posted several “I’ve always wanted to be a part of that organization and ways for individuals to donate help build a home,” Stephens online or become volunteers, including a Facebook group said. Both Stephens and assistant called “Greek Build!” “I hope the house doesn’t fall coach Larry McNeil said they plan to attend the meeting and over,” Stephens said. “We’re not learn more about the project. very experienced carpenters, “This is a wonderful oppor- but we’ll do the best we can.”

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UNT hosts grief workshops BY A LEX CHEATHAM Staff Writer

The Child and Family Resource Clinic at UNT is offering workshops for people struggling with death or neardeath experiences. Counseling intern and assistant director of the clinic Ryan Foster runs the workshop with other UNT counseling students. The sessions are available for a limited time as part of Foster’s dissertation and were created as a result of his own experience with death. “Three years before I began the Ph.D. program, I lost my sister,” Foster said. He began working for the UNT counseling department and enrolled in a class that taught about his experiences. “The class taught about neardeath experiences, and as a result of my own grief process, it facili-

tated some healing,” Foster said. “If it could help me, I thought maybe it could help others.” The nonprofit clinic, under the College of Education, was established more than 40 years ago and provides learning experiences to master’s and doctoral level counseling students. The clinic’s newest addition includes grief workshops that will be held in three weekly sessions and focus on educating the participants on near-death experiences. “The sessions will include an education time to teach and learn about near-death experiences, and then a discussion time for participants to talk about how grief has affected them,” Foster said. The clinic also provides services and counseling options for couples, children, adolescents and parents.

The workshops began in midFebruary and will continue morning and afternoon every Saturday through April 10 and aim to offer consolation through learning. Adults who receive counseling or take classes about near-death experiences as well as death itself may earn comfort and healing just from learning, Foster said. “It’s important to share feelings with someone who will trust your feelings,” Jenkins said. “If you trust someone who treats you badly for the way you feel, it might be worse than social isolation, which leaves you at a risk for depression.” Anyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth area or UNT community older than 18 who has experienced and is grieving the death of a loved one may attend the workshops, free of charge, Foster said.

Students donate to food drive BY LEE WATTRON Staff Writer

UNT will wrap up its second a n nu a l u n i ver sit y-w ide Canned Food Drive at 1 p.m. Friday. The food collected f rom UNT students, facult y and staff will be donated to the Denton Com mu n it y Food Center. The food center is staffed b y v olu nt e er s, i nc lud i ng Tom Newell, who ser ves as chairman for t he Board of Directors. Events like UNT’s Canned Food Drive and Canstruction were significant contributors last year, Newell said. “That was 9,000 pounds of food that we had never had before,” he said. The center was founded in 1974 and has since provided free food to Denton residents in pressing financial situations. Last yea r, because of a rising unemploy ment rate, the center received visits from 25 percent more people and needed to provide more food than usual. “We were able to keep up w it h t he demand t hrough help from the community and new things like Canstruction,” Newell said. He said the center is intended to help people through temporary emergencies and get them back on their feet. Many people, he explains, fall into poverty because of unexpected circumstances, such as the hospitalization of a family member or layoffs, and are not able to bring themselves out of it again. The center provides for about 5,500 Denton families each year. Last year it collected 200 tons of food. Amy Simon is the director for the UNT Center of Leadership and Ser v ice, which is t he primary sponsor of the Canned Food Drive. “It’s important to realize hundreds right here in Denton need help,” Simon said. Students from across campus have participated in the drive,


On the UNT campus there are 55 locations where food can be donated including Chilton Hall, Maple Hall and the Pohl Recreation Center. donating cans a nd enc ou rag ing t heir peers to join in the giving. Liz Gaulke, a hospi940-382-0807 tality manage109 West Sycamore St. ment ju n ior, volunteered this The food drive ends Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. year by offering Valentine cards Donation Locations: and flowers to • Union Mail Services students who • The Recreation Center donated cans. • Housing and Residence Life, “Buying cans Maple Hall is super cheap, • The PACS office, Chilton Hall and it goes to • Residential lobbies a good cause,” Gaulke said. “Think outside the box,” wouldn’t expect,” said Caitlin Gaulke said. “Everyone brings Thompson, an anthropology spaghetti sauce and beans. senior. “They could be living right next door.” Bring fruit.” Newell said that some citiThose who would like to still donate to the food center zens who have received aid in after the food drive can bring the past send thank you letters food or money to the central with checks that read, “You community storehouse at 109 were there when I needed it. I’m now back on my feet, and I W. Sycamore St. “T hey help people you want to help other people.”

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t i f ied t he Web site, T he Smoking Gun. It is not the pilot Joseph Stack’s personal Web site, but rather a site

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Amber Arnold, Arts & Life Editor

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Art program decorates campus with collected, student art BY GRACIELA R AZO Senior Staff Writer

Students walking past the Art Building admire a truck installation spilling flowers onto the lawn. While studying in the General Academic Building lounge on the second floor, they notice paintings adorning the otherwise bare walls. Donations bring all of these art works to campus, and money is raised for them through the Art in Public Places program, which brings works from different artists across the world to the UNT campus. “The overriding purpose is to enhance the environment of the campus and to provide some iconic spaces on the campus which will help, over the next 30 or 40 years, define the identity of the university,” said Robert Milnes, chairman of UNT’s Art in Public Places Committee and dean of the College of Visual Arts and Design. Art in Public Places oversees and assesses the value of

the university’s art collections and also commissions artists to bring their pieces to campus galleries. It currently has more than 50 pieces under its wing. In addition, the program collaborates with the Texas Fashion Collection, which holds more than 15,000 items, the Print Research Institute’s 30 print pieces as well as artworks from surrounding galleries. The projects committee that chooses the art displayed has been running for more than two years while awaiting final policy approval. “Ultimately, it’s to take the env i ron ment on ca mpus, change it in ways that both fits the educational mission of the university and also creates spaces and places which will be different,” Milnes said. An upcoming installation for the program includes a plan to raise $300,000 to build an eagle sculpture by the football stadium. The program also sponsors

the annual Voertman’s Student Art Competition and is now calling artists to compete to create a mural for the redesign of the UNT Multicultural Center this fall. Uyen Tran, director of the organizational development for the Multicultural Center, said the 17-foot mural will be the first thing people will see when they walk into the renovated offices in the fall. “We are hoping the mural immediately tells what the center does and its goa ls involving diversity, inclusion, equality and access,” she said. Any artist is eligible to participate, but Tran said she hopes UNT students will take advantage of the opportunity. “I would really hope we get a lot of submissions from students here, because we have such a great art program,” Tran said. The sculptures and art in galleries add to the interest of the UNT campus, said Brandy


This sculpture by Daniel Bozhkov, outside the Art Building, is one of the pieces brought to the UNT campus by the Art in Public Places program. LaPlante, a fashion design freshman. “Just from looking through the galleries, it gives me inspiration and makes me think of

things in a new way,” LaPlante said. Her favorite works a re t he pieces on display in the University Union from

renowned names in fashion, she said. Deadlines for submissions for the center mural are due to Milnes by March 19.

Banquet to celebrate African-American heritage BY STEPHANIE DANIELS Staff Writer

The last few days of February also mark the final days of Black History Month. The UNT Multicultural Center is closing the month-long celebration with a night of dance, food and history. The 19th annual African Heritage Banquet will bring students, faculty, staff and administrators together to recognize where the roots of African heritage come from. “We have an African heritage banquet every February to recognize where we’ve been and where we’re going, and the accomplishments of students in organizations, staff members and faculty members as well,” said Uyen Tran, assistant director of the Multicultural Center and Women’s Center. Tran said there is a mix of students and faculty attending this year. “I think the banquet is a really great networking and social opportunity to meet other students, staff and faculty that you may not get to see on an everyday basis,” she said. “So you get to meet people outside of your major and outside of your classes.” Although the attendance limit of 300 people has been met, those who still want to join the banquet can be placed on a waiting list. “Admission to the event is

“I hope that the people who leave the banquet leave with a sense of pride in the African-American culture.” —Cheylon Brown UNT Multicultural Center director

two school supplies, and those supplies are going to Legends Academy in Denton,” Tran said. Legends Academy is a charter school in its first year, serving students in g rades seven through 10. “We chose Legends because they’re fairly new, and we want those students to know about college and to understand why college is important,” Tran said. This year, the banquet will feature UNT a lumna a nd president-elect of the Alumni Association, Cynthia Uduebor, as its speaker. “We try to cover the different aspects of black history, so there’s dance, there’s music, there’s a speaker, and so you’ll get to learn a little bit about African culture,” Tran said. “So it’s really kind of like going back to your roots.” Tr ad it iona l sou l food, i nclud i ng f r ie d ch icken, cabbage, cornbread and peach cobbler will be provided by the

“First Humans Out of Africa” By Dr. David O. Lordkipanidze

General Director of the National Museum of Georgia

Thursday, February 18, 2010 . 7:00 p.m. Fossil discoveries from the Dmanisi archaeological site in the Republic of Georgia provide a revealing glimpse of the first migration of ancestral humans out of Africa nearly 1.8 million years ago. Join us as we host Dr. David Lordkipanidze, who will discuss what makes this discovery so unique and its importance to our understanding of human evolution. Tickets are $5 for all students and staff with a current college ID. For tickets, go to or call 817-255-9540. Science and History Lecture Series Sponsored By

1600 Gendy Street . Fort Worth, Texas 76107

university. Cheylon Brown, director of the Multicultural Center, said she’ll be at the banquet in her African attire and urges all attendees to do the same. “It would be great to have one banquet with just a room full of African attire, regardless of what ethnicity that the people are,” she said. “The clothes are so comfortable.” Brown has attended the banquet since 1994. “I hope that the people who leave the banquet leave with a sense of pride in the AfricanAmerican culture,” she said. Brown said she also hopes people will gain a greater sense that UNT is really trying to connect the people with their cultures and a better understanding for those who are not from the African and AfricanAmerican descent. The African Heritage Banquet will take place at 6 tonight in the Gateway Ballroom. For more information, please visit


The multicultural center will host an African Heritage Banquet at the Gateway Ballroom, with donations going to the Legends Academy of Denton.


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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mean Green moves into first place with win BY SEAN GORMAN Senior Staff Writer

Receiv i ng cont r ibut ions from a handful of players, the UNT men’s basketball team stayed in first place in the Sun Belt Conference West Division with its sixth-straight win, defeating the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans 83-65. With the victory against the Trojans (7-20, 3-13), the Mean Green (19-8, 11-5) is now one win away from its fourth-straight 20-win season and is tied for the top seed in the Sun Belt with two games remaining. “We played extremely well from tip to finish and had one of the better second halves of the year,” head coach Johnny Jones said. “Our hard work in practice is really translating over to the games.” If UNT can secure the top seed over Sun Belt rivals Middle Tennessee State and Troy, it would be the first time the Mean Green owned the No. 1 spot going into the conference tournament. “We’ve been focusing and working hard all year, and it’s finally paying off,” senior forward Eric Tramiel said. “All our guys know to just do their jobs and thinks like seedings will work themselves out.” After both teams traded baskets to start the game, Jones subbed out his starting five


UNT cheerleaders motivate the crowd Saturday at the UNT vs. Arkansas-Little Rock game at the Super Pit. and the Mean Green pulled ahead for an early lead over the Trojans. “Our bench guys have really settled in and have a sense of pride every time they come in,” Jones said. “They bring a level of energy that can really change a game.” Feeding off of junior guard Collin Mangrum’s four threepointers in the first half, the Mean Green went on a 19-6 run to end the half with a 44-31 lead. “That really brought the

crowd into it,” Jones said. “We did a great job at maintaining that lead after that run as the game went on.” With five players in double figures, UNT cruised in the second half and had no problem winning its 11th home game this year. “Balance on offense is one of the reasons we’re playing our best basketball right now,” Tramiel said. “Every player on this team knows his role and contributes night in and night out.”

The Mean Green offense had one of its better shooting nights, ma k ing 54 percent of its shots while shooting 41.2 percent from three-point range. “When you have potential scorers near the hoop and PHOTO BY RYAN BIBB/PHOTOGRAPHER around the perimeter, you’re going to have a lot of success Junior forward George Odufuwa reaches past UALR’s defense at Saturday’s shooting the basketball,” Jones game. The men ended the weekend with a huge win 83-65. said. “Josh and Tristan can shoot threes while Eric and Odufuwa got plenty of open to action at 7 p.m. Thursday George are tremendous down looks and stayed hot, going when it hosts the UL-Lafayette Rag i n’ Caju n s on sen ior 7-7 from the field. low.” The Mean Green returns night. Ju n ior for w a rd G eor ge

UNT women’s basketball team can’t finish upset BY BEN BABY Staff Writer

A fter the game’s first 20 minutes, it seemed as if the UNT women’s basketball team would topple one of the hottest teams in the nation. Things did not go according to plan, as the Mean Green was defeated by the ArkansasL it t le Rock Troja ns 78-62 Sunday afternoon at the Super Pit. “A lot of t he time when people beat us, t hey don’t k i l l u s ,” s e n i o r g u a r d Brittney James said. “We hurt ourselves.” The loss drops UNT (7-20, 4-12) into a tie with LouisianaLafayette for fifth place out

of the seven teams in the Sun Belt West, while UALR (22-5, 15-1) extended its w inning streak to 17 games, the third longest in the nation. T he Me a n Gr e en a l s o dropped third-straight home games for the first time this season. “Being at home, we should have played them a lot better than what we did,” James said. “I felt like we could have beat them being here.” In the opening half, UNT took adv a nt age of UA L R players in heavy foul trouble, stay i ng w it h i n st r i k i ng distance. A layup by freshman guard Caitlin Hawkins with 3:42 left in the half pulled the


Mean Green to within three points of the Trojans. That was as close as it would get, as the v isitors opened the second half on a 6-0 run, putting any questions of an upset to rest. Defense and second-chance opportunities proved to be the Mean Green’s demise. In the second half, UALR shot a blistering 64 percent from the field, in which nine of their baskets were scored on layups. The Trojans used their size and experience to dominate the rebounding category. UALR outrebounded UNT 37-23, with 16 of those boards on the offensive end, leading to 17 secondchance points. Junior forward Chastity Reed led the visitors with 20 points and 7 rebounds, and sophomore center Marian Kursh went off for 19 points and 10 rebounds. “Even though you give Reed 20 points, Kursh 19 [points], the rebounding is what hurt us because they got 16 offensive rebounds,” head coach Shanice Stephens said. “It’s a 16 point game, and they got 17 secondchance points and that’s it. That’s the ballgame.”


Freshman guard Caitlin Hawkins pushes past Chastity Reed, a forward for University of Arkansas-Little Rock, at Sunday’s game. The women lost 62-78, making them now 4-12 overall in the Sun Belt Conference. The most production that Stephens received came off the bench, as freshman guard Ravven Brown had 12 points to lead the Mean Green. Brown and James, who had 11 points, were the only two for Stephens that reached double figures. Junior guard Niq’ky Hughes missed the game because of

pancreatitis. Sunday’s game marked the return of Brown, who had missed the last two games. “I kind of took myself out of the game,” Brown said, referring to her recent absences. “In practice, coach [Stephens] had everybody sit me down because she wanted to win the

game. I knew I had to fix what I was doing wrong.” In the final home game of the season, Brown and the Mean Green w ill play LouisianaLafayette on Wednesday in what will shape up to be a battle for position as the Sun Belt Tournament lingers in the distance.







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Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Josh Pherigo, Views Editor

Leadership change costs more than it’s worth Editorial It’s safe to say UNT’s Interim President Phil Diebel has been less than enthusiastic about his new position. After first rejecting Chancellor Lee Jackson’s job offer on an undisclosed date, Diebel later said he felt obligated to accept it by a sense of love for UNT, the same commendable sentiment echoed in Bataille’s resignation from the post — love’s a funny thing. Diebel said he will hold the position for no more than 90 days, and during that time intends to maintain the university’s current momentum. He said he doesn’t believe there will be major changes. Given the mysterious nature of Bataille’s departure, Diebel’s intention to steer but not rock the boat is understandable, and he will be getting paid well to keep that hand on the university’s helm. Unfortunately, UNT is not in a vacuum, nor is it located atop a giant metaphorical hill. Projects and initiatives aren’t just initially propelled. They’re fought for and pushed into culmination. Diebel will likely fulfill his role capably, and the circumstances in which he’s been placed force him to simply maintain the status quo. But advancement is achieved through the determination of strong innovative leadership. The transitional process will stunt the university’s growth and waste a large amount of money along the way. Diebel will earn $87,000 for his three months of service. Bataille will finish out her contract and earn a total of $723,000. UNT has offered her an additional $150,000 to conduct a research project next year. Jackson said his goal is to have a fully integrated president by the fall of 2011, calling for another interim to be appointed for at least a year. If that president receives Diebel’s salary of $29,000 per month for 12 months, the university’s expenditures in presidential salary for the entirety of the search will total more than $1.3 million. It’s doubtful the university will see an equal return on that investment. It’s also doubtful that any appointee will strive to make lasting changes to a system in which they will soon leave. With a new president comes a new vision, and for a community that seemed to agree with Bataille’s vision, the outlook is uncertain. We do, however, cling to the promise and strength of our chancellor who said he knows what is best for the university. It is time to move forward and blindly follow Jackson, for he will lead us through the dark. After all, we apparently don’t really have a say in it anyway.

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Republicans drop social agenda The Conservative Political Action Conference, one of the nation's largest annual political events, took place last week in Washington, D.C. More than 10,000 people attended the the conference, which featured dozens of high-profile speakers and a multitude of exhibits representing conservative organizations across the country. A number of fascinating moments took place during the three-day event. LibertarianRepublican Ron Paul beat out Mitt Romney in a closelywatched straw poll for the 2012 Presidential Election, and former Vice President Dick Cheney made a surprise speech. However, there was one occurrence in particular that struck me as momentous. It was a controversy that took place between two young speakers who were both part of a panel of two-minute speeches on student activism. The issue was over a gay-advocacy Republican group named GOProud that cosponsored the conference. GOProud is a self-described group of Republicans and conser-

vatives who believe in limited government, individual liberty, free markets, a strong national defense and a confident foreign policy. A couple of their federal legislative priorities include a repeal of the military's “don't ask, don't tell” policy and opposition toward a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. One speech, as part of the panel, was given by Alexander McCobin, the executive director of Students for Liberty. He opened his remarks by stating his thanks to the conference for welcoming GOProud as a cosponsor. These remarks gained a mixed reaction of cheers and boos as he continued to explain his reasoning that freedom does not come in pieces, but is a single concept that we must defend at all times. He then received a great deal of applause. His speech was followed by Ryan Sorba, chairman for Young Americans for Freedom in California. The moment Sorbin took the stage, before he even uttered a word, many in the

crowd began to boo (it has been reported that Sorba had been one of the people booing McCobin's speech). He began by condemning the conference for bringing GOProud, and the boos grew much louder. He then tried to make an intellectual argument in support of that condemnation. Sorba said civil rights are grounded in natural rights, which are grounded in human nature, and continued by stating the intelligible end to the reproductive act is reproduction. He then began to provoke the audience's jeers by telling them to “bring it” and that “the lesbians at Smith College protest better than they do.” He was subsequently booed from the stage. No matter how you personally feel about homosexuality or the legality of gay marriage, we should all be able to agree that Ryan Sorba’s political grandstanding and rude outburst does nothing to the credibility of his cause or to himself. The allowance for a gay Republican group to sponsor

the largest annual conference for conservatives, the booing of a staunch social conservative from the stage and Congressman Ron Paul winning the straw poll are all interesting pieces of evidence of change. Combined with the Tea Party movement, signs are pointing to the conclusion that the modern conservative movement is moving toward values of liberty and limited government and away from social conservatism.

Trayton Oakes is a political science and economics junior. He can be reached at TraytonOakes@

Letter: City leaders lie about annexation Dear Editor, It infuriates me to hear Mayor Mark Burroughs, the City Council and town planner Mark Cunningham tout that the residents of the proposed annexation continue to receive city benefits without paying for them. Let me set t he record straight. The folks in the proposed annexed areas do not receive city water, city sewer, city trash pickup, city police, city fire, city EMS or any other city service that we do not pay for or the city does not receive county reimbursement for providing. Cunningham’s own annexation budget references the loss of county tax dollars that it currently receives for reimbursement should the annexation be approved. Even with the added residents’ property taxes, the budget still projects a $2.6 million shortfall over 10 years.

I guess both Burroughs and Cunningham believe that if you tell a lie often enough, people will eventually believe it. Let’s talk about some facts. In Monday’s Denton Record Chronicle, the lead article was about the Denton ISD’s projected $4 million shortfall. School Superintendent Ray Braswell stated that one of the primary factors for the deficit is the loss of students to charter schools and the associated loss of state money those enrollments bring. Last year, my tax bill included almost $2,500 in taxes to the Denton ISD, even though I’m one of those folks who “receive services without paying for them.” I’m also one of the parents who enrolled my child in a charter school instead of the Denton ISD. Why? Because as a resident of the proposed Annexation area PAA04, my child would likely attend Denton ISD Evers Park Elementary.

This school ranked lower than the state average and the district average for 2007 in every category. Why would I want to send my child there? The City Council has done nothing to improve this school, and its ranking has actually slipped further under the Council’s leadership. Burroughs, the City Council and Cunningham spout a Kool-Aid of lies, but you don’t need to take my word for it. Go to the town Web site and read the annexation budget and its proposed revenue shortfall. If you believe, as the budget states, you can triple the population of the proposed annexation areas and increase revenues between fiscal years 2012 and 2014 without also significantly increasing expenses, then you’re welcome to more of the same Kool-Aid. The budget is a farce and so are the City Council’s plans for the annexation. In addition to the school

system budget shortfall and mismanagement, the city also faces between a $3 million and $5 million shortfall in the general budget despite two planned tax rate increases for 2011 and 2015. In a time of economic and political uncertainty, we don’t need a mayor and a City Council pushing government control and trampling on landowners’ rights. We need leadership that practices political, civic and financial responsibility. The residents should voice their opposition to the annexation and ask the mayor and the Council to drop their hidden agenda and focus on serving the needs of those residents they already represent. Sincerely, Gordon Smith 6996 Ganzer Road Proposed annexation area PAA04

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