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Staff Photographer It isn’t called a “Crackberry” for nothing. Some studies are showing that people demonstrate signs of addiction while their cell phones and other electronics are “unplugged.” Last spring, University of Maryland professor Susan Moeller asked 200 journalism students to give up t heir electronic dev ices, i nclud i ng c el l phone s, computers and MP3 players, for 24 hours and keep a journal of how they felt. T h i s we ek , Moel ler plans to take the study globa l to find out how students around the world are consuming media. “We had done surveys before a nd were never conv inced what people were reporting was accurate,” Moeller sa id. “It wasn’t so much we thought they were lying, just that they weren’t aware of how much media they were consuming.” Mo e l le r s a id s ome st udent s u s e d w ord s such as “withdrawal” and “dep endenc y ” i n t hei r journals reported feeling nervous and jittery. “It w a s n’t on l y t h e language that was appropriated to addiction and dependency,” Moeller said. “But the students also reported mental and physical effects from unplugging.” Some students described a need to drum their fingers on a desk or make noises with their mouths to keep t hemselves occupied — habits professionals often associate with withdrawal and addiction. But some ex per ts a re skeptica l if the need for electronics should be called an addiction. Is it an addiction? While people feel uncom-
fortable without technology and show signs of w ithdrawal, Jim Quinn of the rehabilitation, social work and addictions faculty said he still has to ask whether or not addiction is the right word. Each semester in a 250to 300-person class, Quinn said he finds there are five or six people who can’t keep their hands off their cell phones for the entire hour and a half, despite warnings. This demonst rates continuing behavior despite the consequences, he said.
“Students also reported mental and physical effects from unplugging.”
—Susan Moeller, University of Maryland Professor
“A l l behav iora l addictions have good evidence of underly ing emotiona l weakness or vulnerability,” Quinn said. “Those w ith emotional issues find technolog y ca n sat isf y t heir needs.” This begs the question of addiction against conditioned response to habits, he said. “Is using technology an addiction any more than going to church three times a week?” Quinn said. “It’s just a soothing ritual.” Say ing t hose who a re emotiona lly hea lt hy w ill find electronics add to life quality and those who are unstable will notice signs of addiction, he said.
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PHOTOS AND STORY BY DREW GAINES Senior Staff Writer
Volunteers in black T-shirts dotteddowntownDentonThursday as the makings of this year’s 35 Conferette materialized into Day 1 of the city’s biggest music festival. This year marks a number of firsts for the event, which is now in its third year and operating under a new name. The organizers ditched the festival’s former title, NX35, to distinguish Denton’s homegrown festival from the larger and more commercial South by Southwest festival happening in Austin currently. It is also the first time that the city has closed a number of streets to accommodate for such an event. “The city has been very, very involved,” said Janie McLeod, the community events coordinator for the city of Denton. A quarter-mile section of East Hickory Street, from the Courthouse-on-the-Square to Bell Avenue, will be closed for the entire four-day festival, as will parts of conjoining Industrial Street. McLeod said that this is the first year Denton has allowed alcohol to be sold and consumed on the closed streets as well. “We are excited to have the event down here,” McLeod said. “We are trying to be the new little Austin. It brings new awareness to Denton’s more diverse music.” In addition to the number of vendors on scene and advertising for everything from church fellow-
ships to local clothing stores to tattoo parlors are the Denton Police and Fire Departments. Fire marshals inspected the entire festival ground before things began Thursday afternoon and an emergency medical services bus will be stationed at the site. The police will also have extra officers out during the event. The biggest concern of city officials is parking, McLeod
said. Spaces normally available at the Denton Civic Center, First Methodist Church and the Center for the Visual Arts may be hard to come by, as each locale is hosting a separate event this weekend. That shouldn’t stop the flock of people walking and biking to the venue like they did Thursday, as the forecast is predicting mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the ‘70s for the next few days.
UNT alum strikes gold with Appzilla Computer engineer builds mobile apps BY CRISTY A NGULO Contributing Writer
Lynn Duke doesn’t have a boss or a full-time job, but he’s making three times more money now than when he had both. Last March, the UNT computer science alumnus released a mobile phone application that went straight to the No. 2 spot in all categories within a week. Before the release of the app, Duke worked for Twisted Pixel Games in Austin, programming games for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. In 2009, he was at work when he read an article about an entrepreneur who made $250,000 from creating an app. He told his friend about it, bought an Apple computer and started cranking away. After creating two or three apps that failed, he released “Appzilla,” the 50-in-one utility app that won the iTunes Rewind fifth Highest Paid Utility App of 2010. “The money was incredible,” Duke said.
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Helmet Hero is an action game that takes players through 45 levels of destroying obstacles with different helmets and speeds. It is one of the apps Lynn Duke created. After Appzilla’s first few weeks of success, Duke put in his notice at work. “I spent a lot of money,” Duke said. “Went to Vegas, got out of debt, paid off my car. Sometimes it doesn’t even feel real.” Because of his interest in video games, Duke studied computer science at UNT. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in 2001 and started a career in game programming after graduating. “I grew up on Sega and Nintendo, and I wanted to play
games,” he said. Michael Wells, one of his former roommates, said that as a prank, Duke once pulled demonic sounds off of a video game and secretly set them to go off at random times on Wells’ computer. “My speakers were usually turned down, but one time we were all gone and my suitemate was in the bathroom,” Wells said. “My speakers happened to be turned up and these demonic noises were blaring from my
speakers.” Eventually, he said he figured out it was Duke. Duke and his friends spent a lot of time hanging out at Kerr Hall their freshman year. But most of the time, while his friends were out partying, Duke spent his time working or entertaining himself on the computer, Wells said. “If he got an idea for a program or was working on a project, you would not see him for days,” Wells said. Ian Parberry of the computer
science faculty said Duke was engaged and involved in his work as a student. “We turn out lots of successful alumni,” Parberry said. “Lynn is the first in the app field.” Although he was a dedicated student, Duke was not a stereotypical computer engineer. He was personable, social and had a charm with women, Wells said. “We’d be walking and girls would literally stop their cars to hit on him,” Wells said. Duke’s sociability combined with his achievements in his field makes him different from most, Wells said. Duke released the app “Freak Booth” six months after Appzilla’s initial release, which transforms faces in pictures to give them a warped look. The app took two weeks to create, Duke said. His third app, “Helmet Hero: Head Trauma,” took six months to create and is Duke’s first try in the game category. “The category is so much more competitive than utility, and games are more complex,” Duke said. “Appzilla 2” has a tentative release date of mid-March, but Duke said he has no games planned for the future.
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Business, logistics leader to speak on campus BY ISAAC WRIGHT Senior Staff Writer
The College of Business is giving students the chance to learn from a leader in the field of business and logistics today as part of their Distinguished Speaker Series. Tom Harris, the vice president of operations for Hillwood AllianceTexas, will speak to students in the Golden Eagle Suite at the University Union from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Hillwood is one of the 10 largest real estate development firms in the country and its A llianceTexas project is a 17,000-acre master-planned, mixed-use development in north Fort Worth. Harris will speak to an audience of primarily business students about the history of his
company and their plans for the next 20 years. Harris said Hillwood has taken a large interest i n e d u c a - TOM HARRIS tion, both at college and high school levels, to emphasize the importance of children going to college and pursuing degrees. “We absolutely, in t his countr y, need ma ke sure our kids are focused on the importance of higher education,” Harris said. “That has to happen in order for this country to be able to compete globally.” During his time at Hillwood, Harris played an integral role in the development of the Fort
Worth Alliance Airport, the first industrial airport in the world. Harris said he is still heavily involved in the aviation logistics area of Hillwood, and the company is working with local higher education institutions, such as UNT and Tarrant County College, to establish the Alliance Learning Center for Aviation and Logistics sometime next year. Harris said Hillwood has worked with UNT’s College of Business in the past, and with the creation of the college’s Aviation Logistics program, he hopes some of the programs UNT offers will be provided at the Learning Center as well. “We’ve been working for many years with the College of Business at UNT,” he said.
“Because they have one of the top 15 logistics programs in the country, we have a lot of work with them. When they
to the university each semester to focus on issues related to all majors in the college. Shannon Jauregui, the director of external
“We absolutely, in this country, need to make sure our kids are focused on the importance of higher education.”
—Tom Harris, Vice President of Operations at Hillwood AllianceTexas decided to build the aviation logistics program, it fit into everything we were trying to accomplish.” The Distinguished Speaker Series is a program provided by the College of Business that brings around three speakers
relations for the college, said they chose Harris as a speaker because of his connections with current faculty members and his knowledge of current issues facing the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “He’s r e a l l y lo g i s t ic s-
minded,” Jauregui said. “Our logistics program is growing every semester, so it will be ver y i n for mat ive for ou r students.” Timothy Fernandez, a business computer and information systems junior, thinks attending t he event would help business majors because it gives students an idea of what to expect when they go into the job market. “Knowing how the big dogs work and how they think is t remendously benef icia l,” Fernandez. “They can give you good advice — what projects have been successful, what projects happen. That’s good insight into the industry.” Admission to the lecture is free and tickets are not required.
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Nathan Dickerson, a radio, television film sophomore, said he feels the need for technology should be considered a dependency instead of an addiction. “Nobody these days has phone numbers memorized,” Dickerson said. “I think it’s just comfortable to have everything at your fingers.” Technology at work Symptoms of behavioral addiction can include continuing the behavior despite consequences and failure to fulfill important obligations such as work over family time, Quinn said. “Unlike with typical addic-
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tions, I can see this being for the better in a work environment,” he said. “It adds to productivity, which is good for employers.” However, Quinn said he is unsure if productivity is the case with younger generations. “I don’t suspect a lot of 20- to 30-year-olds respond to e-mails
from employers on Saturdays,” he said. “But I am sure they all check their Facebook page at least once.” Some of Moeller’s students say there is no way they can de-tech or unplug, but not because of friendships or communication. “A lot of classes are going virtual with homework and textbooks,” Moeller said. “There’s no way to navigate beyond it.” Quinn said that now even some beaches are installing Wi-Fi Internet for work and play while on vacations. “At first I want to say that’s sick,” Quinn said. “But even I’m someone who checks my e-mail on vacation.”
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The Denton City Council informally agreed to use revenue generated from increased utility bill late fees to help the P.L.U.S. One Utility Assistance program. P.L.U.S. One, which stands for Prevent Loss of Utility Service, is a program administered through Interfaith Ministries of Denton to help needy residents pay their utility bills. Condell Garden, the executive director of Interfaith Ministries of Denton, said the P.L.U.S One program has been in place for more than 20 years, but Interfaith Ministries took over the program in 1998 from the Denton County Cooperative. Lisa Lemons, the community relations manager for Denton Municipal Utilities, said since Interfaith Ministries already had many programs in place to help residents, it was an easy choice for the city when choosing a thirdparty organization to run the program. “They were providing other forms of financial assistance so it was a logical fit,” Lemons said. Ethan Cox, a customer service manager for the city of Denton, said the city is currently working with Interfaith Ministries to develop an agreement concerning
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the program and it’s funding. Cox said that once an agreement is reached, it will be presented to the city council for a formal vote in early April. He also said assuming the city council approves this course of action, the hope is to begin funding the program immediately after the council’s approval. In cases where a resident is facing a financial hardship, their household is considered low income, or a resident is on a fixed income, Cox said they may be eligible for assistance through P.L.U.S. One. “By giving a portion of the late fee revenue to bolster the program’s funding, we feel that we can give these customers a chance to get back on their feet,” he said. Cox said that the utility bill late fee increased by $10 per month, and that the city has faced some concerns from citizens regarding being charged the
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UNT opens conference play Seminole starts Menâ€™s golf team against Louisiana-Lafayette this visits Florida weekend B Y D ONNIE P IPES Intern
The UNT softball team will start conference play against a team it has lost to in ten straight games when it faces L ou i sia na-L a fayet te t h ree times this weekend. The Mean Green has lost t wo st ra ig ht a f ter w inning five of seven games. â€œYouâ€™l l have to a sk me on Monday [whet her I like starting off with ULL],â€? said head coach T.J. Hubba rd. â€œOne good thing is we get a chance to play them at the beg i n n i ng, because i n t he last few years, weâ€™ve always had them in the end.â€? Matchup T he Mea n Green is 1-26 all-time against the Cajuns (17-2), which has won eight of it s la st n i ne ga mes. UNT is batting nearly .300 as a team and has four players w ith a slugging percentage greater than .500. Ju n i or c a t c h e r C a i t l i n Grimes leads the way with a team-high three home runs and 12 RBIs. T he L ou isia na-L a fayet te of fen s e h a s t h r i v e d t h i s season, boast ing a batt ing average of .389. The teamâ€™s leading hitter is junior utility Christi Orgeron, who had a hit in ever y game this season. The Mean Green also must look out for the Cajunâ€™s power bat, sen ior f i r st ba sema n Gabriele Bridges. Br idges has h it as ma ny homeruns as the entire UNT
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W it h one tou r na ment down and three remaining, the UNT menâ€™s golf teamâ€™s r ol ler c o a s t er mont h of March has just started. The Mean Green continues its hectic schedule with the Seminole Intercollegiate in Ta l la hassee, Fla., Fr iday through Sunday. The threeday tou r na ment w i l l be held at the SouthWood Golf
1. The Cajuns have won eight of their last nine games. 2. UNT is 0-3 against ranked teams this year. 3. The Mean Green has four playing with a slugging percentage greater than .500.
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team w ith 10. Her slugging percentage is over .1000. â€œWeâ€™ve faced some really good compet it ion, a nd no one i n t he Su n Belt rea l ly compares to the competition weâ€™ve faced,â€? Gr i mes sa id. â€œSo hopefully, we come out strong.â€? Leading up to the game T h i s s e a s on h a s b e e n up and dow n for the Mean Green. The team has seen a foura nd f ive-ga me w i n n i ng strea k a nd suf fered a f ivegame losing streak early in the season. Junior second baseman Lisa Johnson has been injured for the last three games, and a timetable on her return isnâ€™t clear, Hubbard said. T he ga mes st a r t w it h a doublehader 2 p.m. Saturday and continue Sunday at 11 a.m.
The team breezed through t he f i rst rou nd, f i n ish i ng the first day in second place w it h a col lect ive score of 8-under-par 280. UNT trailed Su n Belt Con ference r iva l Midd le Tennessee State by six shots. However, the team struggled in the final two rounds. UNT finished in a tie with A rk a n sa s St ate for fou r t h place, while Middle Tennessee State won by 19 strokes. UNTâ€™s fourth-place finish snapped a st rea k of fou rconsecut ive Top-3 tou r nament finishes. T h e Me a n G r e e n a l s o d ropped f rom t he Top-25
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of Golfstat.comâ€™s unofficial NCA A rankings to No. 35. While a fourth-place finish is no cause of alarm, the Mean Green hopes to right the ship at the Seminole. â€œOu r players need to do bet ter a rou nd t he g reen s during t he [Seminole Intercollegiate] to improve upon our last outing,â€? Stracke said. UN T wonâ€™t ret u r n home fol low i ng t he Sem i nole because the team will spend spring break in Arizona before competing in the 2011 Desert Shootout at Phoenix. Players were unavailable for comment.
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DOWNTOWN: Mad World Records begins business in honor of Conferette
Frontwomen discuss overcoming challenges in a male-dominated industry
35 Conferette began preparing for festival months in advance
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Local bands crowd the venues of Denton at 35 Conferette, getting ready to sing their hearts out to people coming from all over the United States. Record Hop, a local rock/indie band created nine years ago, has played the festival since its beginning and is gaining popularity because of the event. Record Hop will perform at 11:40 p.m. at Hailey’s Club. Ashley Cromeens, vocalist and guitarist, said 35 Conferette helped the group get its music out to people who wouldn’t have heard it otherwise. “I’m real excited. I like that there’s a big festival in Denton,” she said. “It’s kind of an honor, I guess, ‘cause we play tons of shows in Denton all the time, but this one feels special.” ‘90s inspiration Cromeens, who g rew up listening to Nirvana and underground music as a child, said she was inspired by grunge music. “I prefer to have a well-written song musically than I would lyrically. The lyrics always come second,” she said. “I know a lot of people don’t like it that way, but I prefer it that way.” Justin Collins, the stage manager and sound engineer of Hailey’s, said the group’s music sounds like an angular, almost Chicagoinfluenced hop-rock. “I’ve worked with those guys
for years now, so I was stoked. It looks like it’s going to be a fun rock show,” Collins said. Home sweet home Scott Porter, a guitarist, said Denton provides the opportunity for bands to express musical creativity. “We have really good jobs doing what we love, and our hobby is getting to hang out on the weekends together and play music we’re proud of for people that like it,” he said. Cromeens said she enjoys the close-knit feel Denton has. “It’s got a youthful soul to it — a nice, creative energy,” she said. Tom Little, a Denton resident and member of local band Kampfgrounds, said the first time he heard Record Hop was in 2006 at Frat House, a place where bands used to play. “They have a lot of energy. They’re really good at playing their songs, and I like the fact that their vocalist is a girl,” Little said. It’s not the end After their gig at Hailey’s, the band will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Denton Record Chronicle’s parking lot, and at 8:30 p.m. at a house party on Mulberry Street. “That’s part of the fun [of the festival] for us is you do your official show and it goes great, and then you get the rest of the weekend to goof off and have a good time,” Porter said.
Squeezed in a Chev y express conversion van, music equipment and all, the members of MiniBoone said that traveling across the country is an adventure. MiniBoone is an indie-rock band, formed two years ago, made up of five men from Brooklyn/ Queens, NY. The band will be on the Square stage at 5 p.m. today. The band is currently on a t h ree-week tou r, play i ng i n Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and finishing in Texas, accord ing to t hei r website. “[The va n is] t hree colors, equipped with a New York police sticker and hidden ambulance lights in the grill, in case we’re late for a gig or one of us is pregnant,” said Doug Schrashun, a guitarist, singer and keyboard player. All about the Boone MiniBoone plays upbeat rock music with catchy lyrics, said Sam Rich, the bassist. The energetic band has livened up a wide range of venues from house parties, basements and even a boat cruise in Brooklyn, he said. The band members said they are going to Houston to play a show after 35 Conferette and will wrap up the tour in Austin, playing seven shows at the South by Southwest festival. The band is traveling to Denton from Tennessee. Members have been sig ht-seeing as wel l as learning a lot about each other along the way, Schrashun said. “We’ll get sick of each other pretty soon,” said Craig Barnes, t he g u it a r i st a nd ke y boa rd player. Taylor Gabriels, the drummer, said the band will play anywhere that sounds like a good time, including festivals and college
COURTESY OF MARIELLE SOLAN campuses, and is happy to have played about 120 shows so far. F r om a m b u l a n c e v a n t o Conferette MiniBoone landed a spot at the Conferette after winning an online competition through a website. “Our show at the Conferette will be our first show in Texas ever,” said James Keary, vocalist and guitar player.
The band isn’t worried about what its fan base is like because it can reach people through its performances, Rich said. “We t hin k we’l l f it in,” he said. The members d id n’t k now much about it except for some of the big headlining names that will be performing. “Any event that has Big Boi and Chk-Chk-Chk on the bill, we are excited about,” Gabriels said.
Volunteers help 35 Conferette Festival brings business to Denton By Brittni Barnett Intern
Hundreds of bands are playing at numerous venues, vendors are selling their products, and attendees from all over the country are gathering to see it all happen. Behind the scenes, a dedicated group of volunteers works to make sure everything goes runs smoothly. This weekend, as the 35 Conferette takes over downtown Denton, a group of about 250 volunteers will work to ensure everything works out for the audience and the bands. “I really enjoy the Denton music scene, and we do a good job of fostering local musicians,” said Bethany Marren, a volunteer supervisor and a political science and history senior. “To help with this effort was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
Volunteer selection More than 600 people applied for a volunteer position, said Charles Hunter, a volunteer coordinator. He said they were looking for flexible individuals that have experience with audio and visual elements,
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Volunteers for 35 Conferette hand out wristbands for concert attendees. They also help set up equipments for bands playing. crowd control and high-stress situations. “We really wanted people that understand that what we are trying to do is about Denton and about our community,” he said. Alison Anthony, a volunteer and a psychology senior, said she didn’t know the event had volunteers until this year. “This is a great thing for this town and those living here,” she said. “I saw how hard they worked on the festival, and I wanted to be a part of it.”
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Volunteer responsibilities Volunteers are broken up into teams led by volunteer supervisors. Each team will work in categories including information, hospitality and venues, Hunter said. “We are putting a lot more responsibility on the volunteers this year,” he said. “We have a person at every venue, every night.” Marren said she is the volunteer supervisor for the venue liaisons and floaters. “These guys will be at the doors of the venues helping the bands unload, working in the green room, and making sure bands get on and off the stage on time,” she said. “The floaters will give the liaisons their breaks.” Volunteers are expected to work anywhere from 15 to 20 hours, and will have about two shifts, Hunter said. Anthony said she will be working from noon on Sunday to 3 a.m. on Monday with the booking supervisors and agents. “I just want those above me to be happy and for the artists to be happy,” she said. Despite the stress she expects she will experience, Anthony said she hopes to work the event next year. “I just want to enjoy the full experience,” she said. “I want to see history. Denton will not be the same after this year.”
The 35 Conferette kicked off Thursday and businesses are prepared for what’s to come. This year, the festival is taking place in downtown Denton, better known as the Square. Chris Garver, the assistant manager of Recycled Books, said the event will benefit the Denton economy and bring good exposure to the music scene. “Denton is known as the other music town in Texas,” he said. “Hopefully the locals here will be singing our praises.” All you can eat Denton has 555 restaurants to choose from, and some are having in-house performances as well. June Ham, an employee at J&J’s Pizza, said the preparation they have to do is stock up on pizza dough and beer because the concert volunteers take care of everything else. “It’s a really neighborly event. All the downtown clubs are involved together,” she said. “They know the people who started it and we all know each other.” On the other side of town is Fry Street, which is full of bars and local eateries. Crooked Crust and Big Mike’s Coffee employees said they weren’t expecting much business this weekend from the concert. “We’re going to be the same as we always are. It’s centered to the other side of town. It’s not for us,” said Mike Sutton, the owner of Big Mike’s. Shop ‘til you drop Businesses in the area such as Recycled Books, Mad World Records and 2nd Street on the Square will be stocked with T-shirts and albums of bands performing at the 35 Conferette.
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Recycled Books has the largest collection of albums from the local bands performing at 35 Conferette. Concertgoers sporting a wristband for the shows can get 15 percent off their purchase in Recycled Books and 2nd Street on the Square. Garver said all the bands performing were contacted to bring in more albums. “We, by far, have the largest collection of local music in town,” he said. “We’re kind of like a museum for local music.” Leah Wood, the owner of 2nd Street on the Square, said the store will have a booth set up on Hickory Street to sell merchandise and support the bands. “We’re going to have live music on Saturday at the shop,” she said. “The whole community is coming together to support it. We’ve always been a big part of the music scene.” Tuesday, new record store, Mad World Records opened solely because of 35 Conferette. David Cooper, the store’s manager, said they wanted to open before the concert because they know “it’s going to be slammed.” “We don’t know what to expect from it. All we know is that it’s going to be like Christmas in here,” he said.
Musicians panel discusses gender BY K AYLAH BACA Intern
Fema le musicians p er f o r m i n g a t 3 5 Conferette will participate today in “Kool T h i ng: Women a nd Power in Rock a nd Roll.” T he d iscussion begins at 3 p.m. at UNT on the Square. The event will discuss the history of women’s presence in the music business. “It’s a big topic, so t here w i l l be good conversat ion genera t e d ,” s a i d K a t e y Ma rgolis, t he pa nel moderator. She said PHOTO BY KALANI GORDON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER speakers will draw from personal experiences to Kristin Leigh and Jamieson Robbins, members of The talk about life as female Virgin Wolves, before their show at Hailey’s Saturday. artists. Pa nelists include Debora h Armintor of the English faculty, Jennifer Seman, the drummer for the band Shiny Around the Edges, and Denton musician Sarah Jaffe. “Inevitably, there is always some sort of harsher degree of criticism on female musicians,” Jaffe said. —Kristen Leigh, “But it’s really important for me Bassist for The Virgin Wolves to shrug that off and continue to pursue what I love.” Seman, a UNT alumna, said Jaimeson Robbins, the lead the panel will examine different singer for The Virgin Wolves, also roles women have played in the performs alongside her husband. music scene, from band groupies She said being married to someone to female performers. in the same band has its chalPanelists will talk about artists lenges, but the head-butting can who have kept their feminine iden- be productive. tities intact while pursuing careers “We enjoy pushing each other in a relatively male-dominated creatively,” she said. industry, she said. Kristin Leigh, a UNT alumna, “There’s always been a spec- plays bass for The Virgin Wolves. trum of ways for women to deploy She said she has always had a power in music,” said Seman, who tomboy mentality. is the only female in the three“Just go for it and don’t listen to person band she started with her the dudes who will hold you back,” husband. she said.
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35 Conferette celebrates its third year running By Ashley-CrystAl Firstley & holly hArvey Staff Writer & Intern
From South by Southwest hosted in Austin, to Bonnaroo hosted in Manchester, England, Denton climbs the lists of cities that hold memorable music festivals. Formally known as NX35, 35 Conferette is Denton’s biggest and only annual music conference. An estimated 1,000 to 1,500 people a day are expected to participate during the four-day music festival through Sunday, said Jesseca Bagherpour, the head of media relations. The festival will host more than
200 bands, not limiting performances to local musicians. Bands are flocking from states such as Maryland and Colorado, and countries such as Canada and Denmark. Genres range from indie-folk to psychedelic. “We always want to highlight as many local bands as we can, but this year, we even went beyond and tried to incorporate [more] national and regional bands,” said Michael Seman, a second-year daytime coordinator. The staff of 35 employees and 250 volunteers is the building block of the Conferette, Bagherpour said. Six companies sponsor the Conferette, according to the 35
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Conferette website. Seman said the sponsors primarily cover the expenses. Wristbands are $85 for four days, $50 for today, and $65 for Saturday and Sunday. The wristbands will allow all-day entrance to any venue and are available for purchase on 35conferette.com. The birth of the Conferette The grassroots of 35 Conferette began as a day party during SXSW, Seman said. He said Chris Flemmons, the founder of 35 Conferette, established the idea of a Denton festival when he took notice of the day party and wanted to expand it into a bigger event. “Eventually, he was able to move it up to Denton and actually have it as its own festival,” Seman said. The festival has been a Denton novelty for three years, he said. Seman said the difference this year is the broad diversity of music genres, an increased number of bands, and the daytime programming has a deeper mix of representatives from the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Despite the Conferette’s loss of Jupiter House and the Black Box as venues, the festival gained Hickory Street Lounge for a total of 10 venues. The support of businesses in Denton helped to regain the loss, Seman said. The venues are in the downtown area, which makes it convenient for
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ConferetteSCENE students to catch public transportation, he said. Booking and vendors Preparation and booking for bands and vendors started in November 2010, Bagherpour said. She said the booking panel considered accepting band applications, but instead composed a band wish list where members requested bands to play at the Conferette. Band selection panelists voted for the bands they prefered and then pursued the chosen bands’ agents, Bagherpour said. Eight vendors will participate this year, plus sponsors and band merchandising. Vendors are coming from the Dallas area and even out of state, said Ashley Bender, a vendor liaison. The Conferette has a policy that doesn’t allow vendors with a political or religious ideology to participate. The organizers of the festival don’t want to as appear to endorse any particular point of view, she said. “We love having vendors of all diversities,” Bender said. Some vendors include 555 Collective, a nonprofit organization that promotes artists, she said. Requirements for vendors include having a tent and a food handler permit. Panel discussions Between the hustle and bustle of attendees shifting from venue to venue, four educational and community interest panels will be hosted at UNT on the Square today from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in 90 minute increments, according to the 35 Conferette website. Robert Milnes, a panelist for the “DFW is the new black” forum, said he was invited by Seman to engage in discussion with four other panelists. “The goal of the panel is to present some information about the arts in the community and the importance of the arts in the community,” Milnes said. Some panelists in the
Join the forum at UNT on the Square • “DFW is the new black,” today at 11 a.m. • “Dirty always live like a soldier: Dallas’ influence on Hip-Hop,” today at 1 p.m. • “Kool thing: Women and power in Rock and Roll,” today at 3 p.m. • “What is the soul of the city? A special drink and think event,” today at 5 p.m. • “Monetizing music in a free economy-or-music’s free…deal with it,” Saturday at 3 p.m.
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35 Conferette offers screen-printing on Hickory Street. Businesses have tents set up throughout the square for attendees. forums are musicians and producers such as Jah Born, the producer of singer Erykah Badu’s song “On and On.” The panelists will emphasize issues affecting the art community and mention what schools, individuals, foundations and organizations are doing to help, Milnes said.
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Survival guide to 35 Conferette Opinion By PaBlo arauz Intern
Denton’s third annual springtime music festival, 35 Conferette, has gained prominence in the indie music world. It’s the place to be for live music this year apart from Austin’s South by Southwest, which is scheduled today through March 20 . The festival is going to be a mix of indoor and outdoor performances all weekend. It’d be wise to prepare yourself for one of the biggest live entertainment festivals in North Texas. Here are a few suggestions on what you can do to get the best music experience. Keep some cash at your disposal so you can buy food, drinks or merchandize to support the bands. With out-of-townies crowding
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up the streets of Denton, driving around may be a pain. A bicycle or public buses may be the fastest form of transportation if you live near campus. Bring an extra T-shirt, water and anything else you know you will need to bring. Find a good way to document your experience. Some items that are useful are a small notebook, a pen and a camera — just make sure you have enough film and batteries. Avoid bringing anything expensive because you might end up losing it. Bring some form of identification other than your driver’s license. If you’re in a band or participate in local arts and music, it’s smart to bring a demo or some kind of business card. Be comfortable where you are, and don’t forget that the most important thing of all is to have fun!
Ingredients: 1/4 cup cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup basil pesto, pre-made 4, 8-inch flavored, plain or whole wheat tortillas 8 ounces sliced smoked turkey breast or a package of turkey deli meat 2 cups shredded lettuce 1/2 cup chopped tomato 1/2 cup chopped avocado
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Turkey wraps are the perfect treat for festival attendees on the go. Directions: Mix the cream cheese with the basil pesto in a small bowl. Spread mixture on each tortilla, then top with turkey, lettuce, tomato and avocado. Roll tortillas into a wrap and enjoy the tunes along with your food! Recipe by Better Homes & Garden.