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Three file candidacy for mayor
Big music festival rocks the Little D
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The March 5 deadline for local election filings has passed, and three individuals have filed their candidacy for mayor of Denton. Former City Councilman Neil Durrance and marketing director Donna Woodfork will challenge incumbent Mark Burroughs on the ballot. The last day for voter registration in Denton County is April 30. Early voting will be held April 30 through May 8 before the municipal election May 12. Denton’s City Council operates under a council-manager form of government, according to the Denton City Charter. Terms last two years, and the mayor is not allowed to serve more than three consecutive terms. Burroughs, who served on the Denton City Council from 1998 to 2004, has chosen to run for a third consecutive term as mayor. He has been Denton’s mayor since 2008. “Denton isn’t going to stop growing, it just isn’t. We’re an old city, 150 years old, just like Dallas and Fort Worth,” Burroughs said. “But Denton is different. Our small town heritage makes residents feel more at home than the metroplex or the urban sprawl south of here.”
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Dum Dum Girls guitarist Jules performs with the band on the main stage of 35 Denton on Saturday afternoon. The all-female quartet played to a packed crowd that bounced glittery beach balls in the air. 35 Denton, the city’s four-day walking music festival, wrapped up Sunday night with a performance by Built to Spill.
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Opera Studies receives $1.5 million donation PAUL BOTTONI
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Ginny Griffin, assistant director of parking and transportation services, speaks at the Parking Town Hall on Monday in the One O’Clock Lounge. Griffin arranged the meeting to push an open-door policy between the students and her department. “Thousands of students, faculty and staff park on campus every day,” she said.
Parking concerns discussed during town hall meeting CAYDEE ENSEY Staff Writer
A group of 25 to 30 students met at the One O‘Clock Lounge in the University Union on Monday morning for a Parking Town Hall meeting with Ginny Griffin, the associate director of parking and transportation services. Tw o i n i t i a t i v e s w e r e discussed during the meeting: removing 318 parking meters from parking spaces on Welch Street and allowing all students to purchase evening parking permits. Genera l permit park ing would take the place of the meters.
“St udents using hourly parking can use the parking garages,” Griffin said. “This would increase space availability and therefore increase the value of your parking permits.” The second initiative will address concerns over evening on-campus parking. Only sorority and fraternity members have been able to purchase evening permits, which cost $5 and allow parking from 3 to 10 p.m. “I don’t see why we can’t make it available to all students,” Griffin said. “We are decreasing the cost of the evening permit to $3, and any student can buy
one, starting now.” The price of parking permits was a concern ra ised by students. However, the price will not decrease in the foreseeable future, according to Griffin. “Costs can only go up, unfortunately,” Griffin said. “We have a multi-million dollar payment on the parking garage we just built, and we get no funding from the university. We are 100 percent self-sufficient.” P r e -p s y c holo g y s en ior Yvon nee Tat u m attended the Town Hall to discuss her concerns about safety.
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The UNT Opera Studies program received a $1.5 m i l l ion donat ion f rom the estate of the late Bill Winspear, the university announced Monday. The fund established the Margot and Bill Winspear Chair in Opera Studies. Director of Opera Paula Homer was announced as the program’s first chair. The donation will help fund other areas, including opera production costs, financial support for voice students in the program and various opera-related expenses. “This generous gift and the endowed chair in opera provide the stability needed for training aspiring opera singers,” Homer said in a press release. “Our students can look forward to exciting opportunities to perform in full productions, and our patrons can thrill at the topquality singing and acting provided by the best recruits in the nation.” Homer started working at UNT in 1992 and has since directed more than 50 operas, three of which won awards for production from the National Opera Association, according to the UNT College of Music website. “She’s been here for years, and I believe she was here before the music director
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Vocal performance master’s student Jennifer Youngs plays the role of “Lucia” in the opera “Lucia di Lammermoor” during dress rehearsals Feb. 28. The program received a $1.5 million donation from the Winspear family. came in,” performance master’s student Charlie Kim said. “She really built this thing [Opera Studies] f rom t he g round up.” Winspear, who died in 2007, and his wife, Margot, gave UNT a $2 million donation in 1998 to complete the Lyric Theater in the Murchison Performing
Arts Center. The performance hall in Murchison is named in their honor. The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in Dallas is also named after the couple, who donated more than $40 million to the hall in 2002.
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Report filed after social media spam H AYLEE HOWARD
â€œThese types of things arenâ€™t typical ...â€?
Contributing Writer UNT students used social media to spam a Mayborn professor last month, which has led to invest igat ions by bot h t he UN T Pol ice Department and the UNT Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities. Sen ior lect u rer Sa m ra Buf k ins requires her st udent s i n Et h ics, L aw and Diversity in Strategic Communications to tweet about et h ic a l i s sue s i n the media using a hashtag specific to the class. During class Feb. 15, a st udent ca l led on users of t he online communit y â€œRedditâ€? to spam Buf kinsâ€™ class hashtag with random cat facts, but it quickly escalated to an issue of harassment, according to the UNT Police Department. Bu f k i n sâ€™ home phone nu m b er w a s p o s t e d to Redd it, a nd soon a f terward she received calls from users, resulting in a police report. Bu f k i ns decl i ned to discuss the incident, citing the ongoing investigation. Deput y Chief of Police Ed Reynolds said there is diff icult y in determining whether someone is in violation of online harassment laws. â€œOnline criminal activity is one of t he most cha llenging aspects of our field,â€? Reynolds said. â€œSometimes people just make mistakes, so a lot of pieces come into play.â€? E v en i f t he s t udent s involved arenâ€™t in violation
â€”Kathryn McCauley Attorney for Student Legal Services of t he Texas Pena l Code, repercussions u nder t he Code of Student Conduct will apply. â€œA lot of students donâ€™t think about the repercussions they could face when t hey are posting online,â€? said Maureen McGuinness, dean of students and assist a nt v ic e pre sident for student a f fa irs. â€œWe ta ke these kinds of matters very seriously, and the students will be dealt with.â€? T he st udents i nvolved in the case violated three different areas of the Code of Student Conduct and could face sanctions including and up to suspension, according to McGuinness. Since the incident, many of the posts and users were deleted, which could affect the pending investigation. K a t h r y n M c C a u l e y, attorney for Student Legal Services, believes the investigation will be difficult in pin n ing cr im ina l behaviors. â€œThese t y pes of t hings arenâ€™t t y pica l,â€? McCauley said. â€œIt may not register u n less it has to do w it h abuse, because the Pena l Code is hard to define.â€?
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Radio, television and film junior Chase Cohen places his cell phone in a day locker at the Pohl Recreation Center before working out on Monday. Employees at the Pohl Recreation Center recommend locking personal items in the lockers to prevent theft.
Six phones stolen from Rec Center HOLLY H ARVEY
Senior Staff Writer Two male guests stole six phones within 20 minutes at the Pohl Recreation Center on Feb. 26. The two men were drifting around the basketball courts, according to pre-psychology freshman Ryan Gibson, whose phone was stolen. â€œEvery now and then one would shoot a ball, so I thought he was playing,â€? Gibson said. â€œThen he would go over to the tables. He was taking phones.â€? One man scoured the outside basketball courts while the other worked the inside courts, Gibson said. UNT police are still looking for the suspects, according to
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Durrance is looking to re-enter local politics. He served on the City Council from 1997 to 2001 and was formerly chair of the Denton County Democratic Party. He supported the 180-day gas drilling moratorium in Denton, which was passed in February. â€œIâ€™m not so naive to think that we can stop gas drilling,â€? Durrance said. â€œThat being said, you canâ€™t make that decision without input from the public. Thereâ€™s so much we donâ€™t know about gas drill, and we should look more into its effect.â€? Woodfork, marketing director of magazine and weekly public access television show Successful Aging, has centered her professional career on issues facing the elderly. She feels the time is right to attempt to enter local politics. â€œIâ€™ve always wanted to be mayor, and this the best time in my life to try,â€? Woodfork said. â€œGiven my direct experience at the colleges in Denton, I feel I can bring a breath of fresh air into the city and its procedures in the [city] council.â€?
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â€œSu re, t here is pa rk i ng available at any point somewhere on campus, but itâ€™s not safe for us to park severa l blocks away from our dorms and walk to and from our cars after dark,â€? Tatum said. A rlena Moona n, a crimi na l just ice a nd rehabi l itat ion studies sophomore, has a physical disability and raised concerns over handicap parking. â€œT he [del iver y veh icles] sometimes park in the handicap spots,â€? Moona n sa id. â€œThe first time it happened, I talked to the driver and he
Lieutenant West Gilbreath. Guests must be sponsored by a student or member of the Recreation Center to use the facility, according to Laurie Klein,
their student IDs swiped, but guests gain access by paying a fee and signing their name. â€œThe police have more trouble locating guests than they do
â€œThe police have more trouble locating guests than they do regular members.â€? â€”Laurie Klein Senior associate director of recreational sports senior associate director of recreational sports. UNT students gain access to the Recreation Center by having
regular members,â€? Klein said. Phones and wallets are the main target of thieves, Klein said.
Overall, thefts have not increased at the Recreation Center, Gilbreath said. Signs posted on doors and windows warn patrons to secure their belongings. â€œThefts kind of go in waves,â€? Klein said. â€œBut it doesnâ€™t happen all the time. Itâ€™s just the nature of having a huge facility.â€? The lockers in the Recreation Center cost money to rent when they were first constructed. However, the lockers are now free so students can ensure the safety of their belongings, Klein said. â€œWe encourage students to use the coin lockers,â€? Klein said. â€œBut some of them want their cell phone and their keys right next to them.â€?
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â€œUnavoidable growth, infrastructure and the population of Denton doubling in 20 years. There are parts of our sewer and water systems that are 70 to 80 years old. The infrastructure needs to be more viable.â€?
â€œConstructive and balanced growth to avoid sprawl. All cities south of us look identical and have little character, and strong regulations are needed to keep it. We canâ€™t prevent growth, but we can direct it.â€?
â€œI moved here in 1989 and have put 20 years into community service and charity organizations. I did hands-on grunt work.â€?
â€œWe really need to restore the trust and accountability in the mayorâ€™s office. We need a mayor who will go to the people and listen to them instead of backroom dealing and looking for ways to go around the people.â€?
â€œThe first and foremost duty of any governmental agency is to protect the citizens. At present, we have very little if any regulation on [hydraulic fracking].â€?
â€œWhen citizens speak before the city council, they are supposed to be personally followed up. Thatâ€™s not being done. The citizens are being heard but not listened to.â€?
â€œI want an open-door policy with a tri-fold note that any citizen can fill out and can speak directly to me. Recycling fees are ridiculous for those of us living in apartments.â€?
brushed me off. The second t i me it happened I t r ied talking to the meter maids, but it seems like they donâ€™t care. Itâ€™s not enforced.â€? Gr i f f i n responded by c a l l i ng Moona nâ€™s ex per ience â€œabsolutely unacceptableâ€? and said if it happens aga in to ca l l her of f ice as wel l as t he Denton Police Department. The crowd grew tense when the subject of traffic citations was raised. â€œI donâ€™t w a nt to ma ke people pay fines or put a boot on your car,â€? Griffin said. â€œDo what you are supposed to do â€“ follow the rules. Donâ€™t let fines and citations pile up a nd you wonâ€™t have t hese problems.â€?
Opera Continued from Page 1 â€œWe k now how much opera mea nt to Bi l l Winspear, and his generous estate gift to UNT could ser ve no better purpose t ha n helpi ng to a ssu re the future of opera in the Col lege of Music,â€? sa id James C. Scott, dean of the UNT College of Music. Mu s i c s e n i or Ja s on Howeth said he hopes the donat ion w i l l help t he prog ra m ga i n recog n ition. â€œI t h i n k it def i n itely opens t he door to more
â€œI know what a conflict of interest is. I recognize it and will not engage in it. Second, I know what democracy is. You go to the people and you listen to them, and you do what the people want.â€? â€œIâ€™ve held leadership positions in a major political party and am a member of the Emergency Response Team of Denton County, who provides supplies and logistics if something were to happen.â€?
people reali zing t hat while we do have the No. 1 ja z z progra m in the country, we also have PAULA an amazing HOMER o p e r a prog ra m as well,â€? Howet h said. UNT Opera completed a ser ies of per for ma nces of Gaetano Donizettiâ€™s â€œLucia di Lammermoorâ€? earlier this month. The program will host â€œOpera w ithout Elephants: The Operas of Jake Heggieâ€? on Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m. in the Lyric Theater. In t e r n N i c h o l a s C a i n contributed to this story.
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Top right: Rapper Bun B performs in the rain Saturday at 35 Denton. Middle left: Mikey Rodee looks at his face painting, identical to rapper Gucci Mane’s tattoo, at the UNT Painting and Drawing Association’s booth at 35 Denton on Sunday. Art senior Randall Day painted the image on Rodee’s face as a part of the association’s effort to raise money for future events and trips. Middle right: The Raincoats guitarist Vicki Aspinall plays the violin during the band’s first song on the main stage of 35 Denton on Sunday afternoon. Middle below: Kay “Risky Geek” Catridoh rocks out during Built to Spill’s set at 35 Denton on Sunday. Catridoh offered a girl $50 for a handwritten setlist thrown by lead guitarist and singer Doug Martsch. “Her friend told her that I deserved it because I was rocking out harder than anyone, so she just gave it to me,” she said. Bottom: James Smith of The Boom Bang gives a jarring performance at J&Js Pizza on Friday night. PAGE DESIGN BY STACY POWERS/DESIGN EDITOR
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Music festival wraps up A LEX M ACON
Arts & Life Editor Take off your wristbands and hang your socks up to dry – 35 Denton, North Texas’ biggest outdoor music festival, has (almost) come to a close. Sunday’s head liner The Jesus and Mar y Chain was held up i n L ondon w it h work visa issues, but is set to make amends at 7 p.m. this Wednesday with a free performance at t he Nort h Texas Fairgrounds. Despite Sunday’s schedule shuffle, a very soggy Saturday and long, snaking lines outside most venue s, t hou s a nd s turned out to flood the streets
of downtown Denton for the four-day walkable festival. Denton’s District 1 Cit y Cou nci lma n Kev in Roden put it best in his welcoming speech before the Mountain Goats’ show Friday night. Clutching a red Solo cup and encouraging audience members to hug each other, Roden said Denton’s music scene qualified as its No. 1 export. Bot h loc a l a r t i st s a nd nationally recognized names such as Bun B, Midlake and The Mountain Goats put Denton’s music scene in the spotlight over the weekend, rocking crowds at two outdoor main
stages, eleven dif ferent venues and houses all over town. T h e s p r i n g- s u m m e r music festival circuit is just getting started, with South by Sout hwest in Austin kicking off this week and huge events in California, Tennessee and Arkansas just around the corner. But for four days – five, counting this Wednesday – 35 Denton proved it was the little fest that could. If this year was any indication, the city’s reputation as a hub for a vibrant music scene is only sure to grow.
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Atlas Sound – Singer Bradford Cox entranced the crowd with ambient, psychedelic and thoughtful guitar loop-based songs.
Spooky Folk – “I love everything about them because they engage with the audience.” – Desire Wiley, Denton resident. •
Thee Oh Sees – This San Francisco-based group delivered high energy music and scathing witticisms to a packed audience. Bun B – The Houston rap legend and a posse of about 12 hypemen entertained with old favorites and kept the soggy crowd hyped.
Raincoats – “We just flew in, and the Raincoats were playing. I’m sad we didn’t get to see them but we were listening to them from super far away.” – Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls. • Best Coast – The Los Angeles band brought some California sunshine to an otherwise rainy Saturday night, accompanied by lead singer Bethany Cosentino’s poppy voice. •
Built to Spill - Formed by Treepeople’s Doug Martsch in 1992, this indie rock band paired heavy guitars and catchy hooks with pleasing, passionate vocals
Pond – “That show was sick. They’re from Australia and were like a poppy fun Wolfmother from across the Pond.” – Ayrton Chapman, Denton resident
Dum Dum Girls – The female quartet played punky, poppy guitar songs as the audience bounced glittery beach balls in the air.
Class Actress – The synthpop trio managed to entice a fair number of fans onstage for their dance-heavy set.
Jeremy Buller – “He was soulful and tasteful. I was drawn in by his presence.” – Taylor Sims, UNT alum. Buller sang a cover of headliner Best Coast’s song “I Want To.” • El Ten Eleven – This duo relied on a doublenecked guitar for both bass and guitar, at least ten effects pedals and a powerful drum beat. GRAPHIC BY PARNIA TAHAMZADEH/STAFF DESIGNER
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Art senior Randall Day paints 35 Denton attendee Merrie Earnest’s face at the UNT Painting and Drawing Association’s booth at the festival Sunday.
35 Denton brings in more than just music BRITTNI BARNETT Senior Staff Writer
The music lovers who came out in droves this past weekend for 35 Denton, the city’s annual four-day walkable music festival, encountered more than just live tunes at the festival grounds. While guests came to hear the crooning of indie pop artists, the smooth sounds of surf rockers and the steady rhymes of hip-hop rappers, the festival provided visitors with other options to pass the time.
Panels Festivalgoers were invited to attend several informative panels regarding various topics related to the music industry, ranging from the use of social media to talent booking and album art. Panels provided guests with an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the music business straight from the experts. Members of the “Gear & Tape” panel at Dan’s Silverleaf on Saturday discussed the logistics of record producing, touching on topics such as working in the studio, recording equipment and favorite producers. The panel wrapped up by taking questions from the audience. Producer Brent Best, a member of Denton alternative country band Slobberbone, said
that bands now have no excuse to not record themselves. “I don’t care if it [the recording] comes out or not,” Best said. “You have much more of a notion of who you are as a band and as a songwriter by just hitting that button and sitting and listening back.”
Vendors In between sets, crowds could be seen scouring the rows of vendors hoping to capitalize on the throngs of people at the festival. Many of the booths set up featured products from local businesses. Festival first-timer Gayle Flippin, a former UNT employee, sold homemade soaps from the Ranchman’s Cafe in Ponder. “I’m excited because it’s a local product that we are selling to locals,” Flippin said. “Everybody has to be clean. Our product is something that everyone wants.” A “Weekend Nanny” booth stored items such as laptops and bags, and charged dying cell phones for festivalgoers. “Weekend Nanny” owners Bster and Raven Hobbs said they travel across the country selling not a product but a service. “We normally rock the bluegrass festivals, but we decided to give the street festivals a try,”
Bster Hobbs said. “We just came from Colorado, but we love Texas all around. Everyone is so beautiful and kind.” Those looking for a quick bite within the festival’s main stage area could choose from a row of food trucks: Lee’s Grilled Cheese, The Butcher’s Son, Nammi Vietnamese Fusion and The Bacon Wagon. Keep Denton Beautiful, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to litter prevention and community beautification, passed out portable ashtrays from their booth across from the Painting and Drawing Association’s facepainting stand. 35 Denton attracted people from all walks of life, including UNT students, out-of-state music fa ns a nd i ndust r y professionals. Los Angeles-based producer “Scrote” said it was his first t i me at Denton’s mu sic festival. “I had a great time and know a lot of the bands and players, so I tried to concentrate on the ones I didn’t know,” Scrote said. “I also think it’s interesting how many local bands are here - that’s normally not the case. I also credit Denton with the high quality music.” Staf f Writer Nadia Hill contributed to this story.
Bands play unofficial shows for fest weekend RODRIGO VAZQUEZ MELLADO ROSAS Intern
Cozy living rooms and bushy backyards don’t make for the most conventional venues, but that didn’t stop hundreds of music lovers from packing unofficial house shows coinciding with 35 Denton over the weekend. There was no shortage of live performances courtesy of the festival, but the artists and fans
who flocked to different homes for loosely organized performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday seemed to agree that there is no such thing as too much music. Jazz studies senior Aaron Schumacher, vocalist for Human Groove Hormone, said his group’s performance at a house on Normal Street on Friday night was just another way to showcase the talent in Denton. “The fact that local enthu-
siasts take such pride in their homegrown music means a lot to local artists,” Schumacher said. Bands that didn’t quite make the 35 Denton schedule, such as Human Groove Hormone, The BoomBachs, Afro-Deezy-Axe and The Dominant Complex, found a warm reception from a familiar crowd at Friday’s unof-
ficial Normal House show. Pre-journalism freshman David Lander divided his time between 35 Denton and house shows over the weekend. Standing on a back porch listening to Human Groove Hormone’s progressive funk, Lander said he was overwhelmed by the amount of live music echoing from stages, bars
and homes all over town. Undeclared sophomore Sean Birkenfeld said that weekend house shows were a regular occurrence. “We just wanted to throw something for St. Patrick and our friend’s birthday,” Birkenfeld said. “It’s a coincidence, really.” Whether they’re playing festi-
vals or jamming for friends in a dark basement, Birkenfeld said Denton bands will always find a way to flex their musical muscle. House shows are a crucial part of the multi-platform music scene that Denton has to offer, one that clearly wasn’t absent during 35 Denton’s big weekend.
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Music lovers stuck to their guns and their umbrellas this weekend. Brav ing pouring rain on Saturday – and sunny, beautiful weather on Friday and Sunday – festivalgoers were treated to a broad spectrum of gen res a nd per for mers brought to the Little D by 35 Denton. Ind ie da rl ings Bu i lt to Spill closed out the fest admirably, with the Denton-based Midlake and Jason Lytle of Grandaddy filling The Jesus and Mary Chain-sized hole in the schedule, 35 Denton’s most extensive and diverse yet. “Already, based on the last two days this is by far our biggest event,” said 35 Denton staff member Nic Bagherpour on Saturday. Orga nizers estimated about 4,000 people ca me through the main grounds Friday night. Eight of the 11 late-night venues hit capacity, forced to switch to a “one-inone-out” policy. “I just w ish t hey wou ld a llow in t hose w ristba nds only for the night venues too,” UNT alumna Amanda Marsh said. “I paid for a wristband, and venues were filling up fast so it would have been nice if it was limited.” Some festivalgoers relished the down-the-block lines. “It seems like there’s more people out there and more people enjoying themselves,” said UNT alum Taylor Sims. “I think it’s a good thing.” Atlas Sound mesmerized
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Southern Methodist University sophomores Afomia Hailemesker and Joshua Kumler share a moment while Mariachi Quetzal performs Sunday at The Labb during 35 Denton. It was their first time at the music festival. “We just brought someone from SMU every day,” Kumler said.
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Lana Baja of M.A.K.U. SoundSystem performs at The Labb on Sunday during 35 Denton. Comprised of eight members hailing mostly from Colombia, M.A.K.U. SoundSystem makes music that begins in traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms. t he audience on Saturday a f ter noon w it h a moody performance perfectly suited for the day’s weather. Hou ston rapper Bu n B kept the crowd moving amid pouring rain Saturday night, per for m i ng old sta nda rds such as his classic verse on “Big Pimpin’.” Su nday ’s su nsh i ne wa s met with glitter-filled beach balls, highlighting the upbeat pu n k-pop sou nds of Dum Dum Girls. The four-woman ensemble rocked out clad in form-fitting black attire with hints
of flapper girl, complete with patterned tights. “T he ba nd sta r ted as a recording project of mine on seven and 12-inch records,” said Dee Dee, lead vocalist of Dum Dum Girls. The band performed after British post-punk group the Raincoats, who Dee Dee said she looks up to. “It was ama zing to have g irl g roups f rom dif ferent generations performing at the festival,” Dee Dee said. For show reviews and dayby-day recaps of 35 Denton, visit ntdaily.com
Students and Shakespeare LORYN THOMPSON Contributing Writer
In Elizabethan England, students learned Latin and Greek and studied classical philosophy. To kick back, they would go see a Shakespearean play. English graduate students L a u r e n J. Ro g e n e r a n d Jessica Ward are reclaiming Shakespeare from contemporary classrooms with their new student interest group, the UNT Shakespeare Society. “It used to be the fun thing to do, to go to the theater,” Rogener said. “We want to bring that back.” Rogener and Ward began d iscussi ng t he idea for a Shakespeare society as undergraduates. In January, they formally established the UNT Shakespeare Society. About 10 people from the UNT and Denton communit ies attended t heir f irst meeting Feb. 17. During the meeting, held i n Rogener ’s apa r t ment , the society read, discussed and performed scenes from “Romeo and Juliet.” “Everyone was really into it, which was so great,” Rogener said.
Rogener sa id one group went into her closet and found props, and another acted out sword fights w ith tubes of shelf paper. “A c l a s s r o o m s e t t i n g invokes a sense of decorum,” she said. “People sat on my couch and on my floor. It was very relaxed.”
“It’s not just for English geeks, it’s for everybody.” —Lauren J. Rogener English graduate student
To publici ze t he g roup, Rogener a nd Wa rd went straight to social media. They hope to start a blog, and their Facebook page already has more than 60 “likes.” “We want to advertise this group to everyone,” Rogener said. “It’s not just for English geeks, it’s for everybody.” Above all, Rogener and Ward are passionate about encouraging a diverse membership.
“Even as graduate students, there is something we can learn from people that maybe a ren’t a s k now le d ge a ble academ ica l ly,” Wa rd sa id. “Shakespeare is for everyone, for all time.” T h e s o c i e t y ’s f a c u l t y adv iser, Eng lish professor K e v i n C u r r a n , s a id t he group is special because it is completely student-generated. “It’s a g reat exa mple of the kinds of things that can happen when you bring really good graduate students into the department,” he said. Cu r ra n taug ht bot h Rogener a nd Wa rd dur ing their undergraduate careers and said their involvement in the department has been mea n i ng f u l to h i m as a n educator. “This is a really wonderful example of how, as a teacher, you can give something to a student; then as time goes by, they give something back,” he said. The society will be delving into “Hamlet” at their meeting March 16. For more information, find the UNT Shakespeare Society on Facebook.
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Senior Nadia Lee returns a serve to her opponents during a doubles match against FIU at the Waranch Tennis Complex on Feb. 26. The Mean Green defeated Denver University 5-2 on Friday and Louisville University 4-0 on Sunday.
UNT continues home success Tennis TYLER OWENS Staff Writer
Over the weekend, the No. 64 Mean Green tennis team (11-5, 4-0) exacted revenge over Louisville and Denver to bring its home record since 2008 to an astonishing 34-8. Last season, the Mean Green was swept 7-0 on the road against the Cardinals and was also swept 4-0 against the Pioneers. “We played outstanding tennis. When we play at home, we are inspired to play,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “And there was definitely a little bit of revenge as motivation.”
Denver Domination Friday’s match against Denver (8-6, 1-1) was moved to Las Colinas Country Club in Las Colinas because of inclement weather, but the Mean Green came out with the same intensity it that it had in its first four home wins this season on its way to the victory. UNT jumped on top quickly as the teams of senior Nadia Lee
and junior Barbora Vykydalova and senior Irina Paraschiv and freshman Franziska Sprinkmeyer both dominated their doubles opponents with a pair of 8-3 wins. Having already secured the doubles point, the final doubles match was called off with junior Valentina Starkova and freshman Kseniya Bardabush leading 3-0. “That’s the best we’ve ever looked doubles-wise. I was so proud of that,” Lama said. “I feel like the extra conditioning we’ve been doing is really paying off.” When singles play began, the Mean Green did not let up. Lee, Paraschiv and Bardabush all bested their opponents to seal the UNT win. After a pair of UNT losses, senior and reigning Sun Belt Player of the Week Paula Dinuta defeated Denver sophomore Gabriella Boboc 7-5, 6-3 to cap off the match and give the Mean Green the 5-2 victory. “Each one of us focused on our own match,” Paraschiv said. “We didn’t really focus on the outcome as a team.”
Crushing the Cardinals After a three-hour rain delay Sunday, the Mean Green picked up where it left off with another dominant performance against Louisville (5-7) at the Warranch Tennis Complex. Dinuta and Paraschiv both picked up their second wins of the weekend as junior Ilona Serchenko rebounded after falling Friday. Vykydalova beat her opponent in her first singles match since Feb. 24 to seal the 4-0 UNT victory. The other two matches were called off, and no doubles matches were played. “These were two good teams, and any time you play good teams and you beat them it gives you more confidence,” Lama said. “Whenever it came down to a big point, they just took it to another level.” The Mean Green’s next match will be on the road against the Wichita State Shockers on March 17. UNT won‘t have another home match until it takes on the University of Texas at Arlington on April 3.
It’s that time of year again. Tournament brackets are built, bold predictions are made, and the phrases “Sweet 16,” “Cinderella Story” and “Upset Alert” are muttered every four seconds by ESPN pundits. The NCAA Tournament is upon us. No matter who you have going home early or heading to the Final Four – I for one have Michigan State winning it all and Syracuse settling for an early exit – this year’s field will continue to highlight a clear trend in the landscape of college basketball. Thanks to the “one and done rule,” the 2006 NCAA statute that allows players to declare for the NBA Draft after their freshman year, parity is at an all-time high. Teams from the Power 6 Conferences – the Big East, Big 12, Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 10 and
Pac-12 – are all on upset alert. As a result of the rule, teams with the top recruiting classes – Kentucky, Duke and Syracuse, for example – often lose their most talented players and have to retool their rosters after their star freshmen leave for the NBA. At the same time, teams from outside the Power Conferences don’t have players declare for the NBA as often, providing experience that top teams can lack.
“...the field is now wide open for lower-seeded teams...” The impact of the change on the tournament becomes clearer every year: from 20002005, 16 teams outside the Power 6 advanced to the tournament’s fourth round; from 2005-2011, the number increased to 25. It’s easy to see how important experience is when looking to UNT’s recent history. The team from two years ago graduated
Sean Gorman seven seniors, including three that spent all four years together and came within seconds of making the NCAA Tournament. There’s no reason to believe that the tournament’s elite teams will all falter, as pure talent can win the tournament. That being said, the field is now wide open for lower-seeded teams to surprise the favorites. Along with my bracket going up in flames by the second weekend, the only real guarantee heading into this year’s tournament is that Goliaths will fall and upsets will happen every day. With the affects of the “one and done rule” in full swing, bracket busters will be at an all-time high in 2012.
Divers fall short at regionals Swimming JOSH FRIEMEL Staff Writer
UNT sophomore divers Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Taylor came up short in their quest to become the first members of the Mean Green swimming and diving team to qualify for the NCAA Championships last week. The pair competed in Iowa City, Iowa, last Thursday for
the Zone D Diving Meet, which determines which divers advance to the NCAA Championships. Neither diver got past the preliminary stages of the meet. Both Taylor and Johnson competed in the one-meter and three-meter diving events, failing to place in the top half in either event. Of the 38 divers in the onemeter event, Johnson finished at No. 29. Her six dives netted her a score of 230.15 points. Taylor’s
six dives helped her finish with a score of 200.80, which was good for a last place finish. Texas A&M senior diver Janie Potvin was the top performer of the preliminaries. She finished with a score of 309.80. In the three-meter dive, Taylor scored a 239.90, finishing No. 29 of 39 divers, while Johnson scored a 232.00, good for a 31st place finish. Texas A&M senior Jaele Patrick led the way in the preliminaries, scoring a 359.50.
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UNT athletes find success with academic resources Zach Claussen Staff Writer
Mean Green athletic teams have performed well recently on the field, but their performance in the classroom has also seen improvement. In the past 10 years, the graduation rate for UNT student-athletes has increased from 32 percent to 71 percent, according to UNT Athletic Director Rick Villarreal. That statistic took a blow two months ago when two UNT men’s basketball players, freshmen guards Chris Jones and Jordan Williams, ranked No. 24 and No. 6 high school prospects in Texas, respectively, were deemed academically ineligible for the remainder of the season. The issues led to questions surrounding the academic aspect of the school’s athletic program. “Our goal here at UNT is to make kids come here for the right reasons,” Villarreal said. “We want to help these kids get acclimated with college and graduate.”
Academic requirements According to an official UNT document, student athletes who entered the university after August 2003 must have completed a minimum of six semester hours each semester (fall and spring) and have completed 18 semester hours each for the fall and spring semesters combined to remain eligible. The document also states that ever y UNT freshmen student-athlete must maintain at least a 1.8 GPA to participate in his or her athletic events. Sophomores must also have a 1.8 GPA, while juniors must maintain a 1.9 GPA and seniors and graduate students must have a 2.0 GPA. “These athletes have to get up for breakfast, go to class, eat lunch, go to class again, then film study, then practice and study hall,” Villarreal said. “These kids that come in, especially the freshmen, don’t know how to adjust to college life, and that’s what we try to help with.” Each student-athlete must attend study hall during the week to catch up on assignments or homework. Each team’s head coach determines study hall hours. Progress reports for professors to sign and include grades are sent out up to three times during the semester, Villarreal said. The reports are used to inform coaches or academic advisors of which players need more academic attention.
Turnaround in the class When Villarreal was hired on April 4, 2001, his mindset was to change the attitude of the Mean Green athletes and make academics more of a priority, he said.
A part of the Mean Green Village, the new Student Athlete Academic Center, built in the fall of 2005, serves as the studying sanctuary for Mean Green athletes. The center is equipped with 30 computers, three computer labs, several study rooms, tutoring rooms and four full-time academic advisors. The new resources led to outstanding results for UNT at h letes, including seven athletes who were recognized by ESPN as either Academic All-America First or Second Team or Academic All-District First or Second Team. S i n c e t h e 2 0 0 5 -2 0 0 6 academic year, more than 1,000 UNT student-athletes have made the academic honor roll, according to the Mean Green Athletics website. That same year, UNT created the Mean Green Scholar Athletes Banquet to acknowledge and award student athletes with GPAs of 3.5 or higher. The Gayle and Virgil Strange Award was also introduced at the banquet, to honor the senior with the highest overall GPA among all teams. Track athlete Heath Smith was the first recipient of the award in 2007. Smith graduated with a 4.0 GPA. “The emphasis North Texas has put on the student athletes not only in academic support area, but communication as well, has been a great change,” Sun Belt Commissioner Wright Waters said. “When [UNT] built the campus across the street, they really took an area and said, look, this is going to be the model student center area.” Water a lso believes the competition among the schools in the conference has played a part in UNT’s academic success. “We created a graduation award where every spring, we hold an honors dinner recognizing institutions who have graduation rates higher than student body,” Waters said. “It’s become really competitive.” In May 2011, the NCA A released its Academic Progress Report, which measures a school’s performance and ability to keep its athletes in school and eligible. The Denton Record Chronicle reported that UNT had 10 teams improve their scores since last year, including every men’s program. The report also noted that out of 21 schools in Texas that participate in Division I athletics, only UNT, Rice, Texas and TCU had multiple teams score a perfect 1,000 on the report. For UNT, those teams were the tennis team and the men’s cross country team. UNT cross country head coach Sam Burroughs, whose teams won the Team Academic awards in the SBC for the 20092010 and 2010-2011 seasons, said it takes a certain type of
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Cornerback Dequarius Johnson, applied arts and sciences junior, talks with tutor Maya Cudhea Feb. 22 at the Athletic Academic Center. “They keep me up on the work,” Johnson said. person and system to achieve such accomplishments. “To win these awards, you need athletes with a type A personality that are teamoriented,” Burroughs said. “We don’t really have a system that we use. Most athletes who have the same mindset and tenacity about athletics and academics get the better grades.” Burroughs requires freshmen to attend at least eight hours of study hall per week and varies the hours for upperclassmen, depending on the results from their progress reports. The team had a 3.29 overall GPA during the 2010-2011 season.
Looking ahead T he NC A A approved a package of proposals in October of 2011 that will raise universities’ Academic Progress Rating. Currently, NCA A Division I programs are only required to have an APR score of 900, which translates to a graduation rate of less than 50 percent. Athletic programs will have to produce an APR score of 930, about a 50 percent graduation rate, to be eligible for postseason tournaments and stay off NCAA probation. The probations could lead to loss of scholarships and money. “It boils down to the kids. They have to go to class, turn the assignments in and do the homework,” said Dr. Jerry Thomas, dean of the College of Education and UNT faculty athletic representative. “These athletes are taking the same core classes as any other freshmen, so they have to keep their GPA up and get their credit hours.” Thomas visits with every athletic team at UNT before
the school year and hands out his self-written “10 commandments for success in your classes.” He believes the Jones and Williams incident was due to a lack of leadership. “W hen you look at t he basketball team this year, we have a really young team,” Thomas said. “These incoming freshmen needed some senior leadership to g uide t hem through the college process.” Despite the ineligibilit y issues t his season, men’s basketball head coach Johnny Jones has had 22 of the past 23 players on his team graduate, according to Villarreal.
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UNT needs cheaper student parking The words “campus parking” elicit a universal groan from UNT students. It seems they’re presented with a lose-lose scenario when it comes to parking. You could park at one of UNT’s two parking garages, but that’s $10 a day or $850 for a yearly pass, and who’s going to pay that? The meters off Welch or Hickory streets often have spots, but if your class runs longer than an hour, there’s no time to add more money to the meters, leaving students susceptible to receiving a ticket for going more than their paid time. It’s more affordable to buy a Premium pass for $225 a year or a General pass for $135 a year but
finding P and G spots that are open can be quite a task. If you do find a spot, there’s likely to be a crosscampus hike in your future, as P or G lots are located on complete opposite sides of the campus’ outskirts. Parking spots with G Permits are mostly near Fouts Field, while most of P parking is found on Welch Street. Along with the current parking plight facing UNT students comes the possibility of even fewer parking spots in the future. Ginny Griffin, associate director of parking and transportation services at UNT, said that it’s possible that if the proposal to build a new student Union goes through, some spots in
the Union Circle Garage could be displaced. Furthermore, part of UNT’s four bold goals is to increase enrollment from about 34,000 to 45,000 by 2020. However, according to Griffin, the only plan to increase parking accessibility is to remove the meters from the lots along Welch Street, which would free up about 300 spots for people with P passes. This means there’s no working plan for expansion of parking lots – Griffin said that no other plans were far enough along to discuss. If the school plans on increasing its student enrollment by a little more than 10,000 students over the next eight years, then serious evaluations
need to be made to UNT’s parking infrastructure. Students clearly have an opposition to paying for parking. If that wasn’t the case, then the 2008-2009 school year wouldn’t have seen 50,000 parking tickets issued on campus. University officials tend to cringe at the word “free,” but we’re poor college students and there’s no reason that word should be excluded from the conversation. Offering some free parking and increasing availability for P and G spots would cost more but could help solve an issue that affects UNT students every day. Why should a place to park not be included in initial student fees?
Veterans deserve better psychiatric healthcare We live in a societ y t hat is obsessed with war. It’s stalking the halls of our youth, it’s flashing by in a whir of sound and color between soap a nd cerea l commercia ls, it’s paying for your best friend’s college, it’s in every corner of the world. It’s in your neighbors’ yard, it’s on the news, it’s in our thoughts and prayers and it’s always on your mind. How is it then, in this “yellow ribbon society,” that our soldiers are so neglected? Though many Americans proudly stamp “support our troops” on the backs of their cars, and many politicians stamp the same phrase to their self-serving campaigns, the sad truth is that we as a country have failed our troops. A c c or d i n g t o K a j L a r s on, correspondent for Current T.V.’s “Vanguard,” many soldiers are coming home w it h somet hing ca l led Post Trau mat ic St ress Disorder (PTSD), which of ten manifests itself in violent behavior or chronic depression. As far as PTSD diagnoses go, the military offers a double-sided “check all that apply”-style questionnaire. Knowing that a diagnosis could mean more time away from their families in a treatment facility, ma ny sold iers su f fer i ng f rom PTSD deny they are experiencing symptoms and resort to forms of self-medication such as drug and alcohol abuse. Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have committed 195 murders since the start of the war, as well as 129 suicides and numerous v iolent crimes ranging from domestic violence to assault. This is thought to be only the tip of the iceberg,
since one’s military status is often unaccounted for when charges are pressed against them. This is not unfounded: as many as 1 in 5 inmates as of 1980 were Vietnam War veterans. A pattern has been established here: rather than caring for our t roops, we a re i nca rcerat i ng them. Getting help for our vets is not rocket science. It’s simply a matter of political will on the part of our government and integrity on the part of the American people. Write your congressmen, raise awareness in your community, greet the troops or thank them when you see them, just do something. If not for your country, then for your fellow man, and if not for your fellow man, then for the simple moral principle that one should give as much as they receive. The American soldier is willing to die for us. What, then, should we give them in return?
Deva Kellam is a pre-international studies freshman. She can be reached at deva.kellam@gmail. com.
America needs better civics education I’d like to propose a new system for teaching drivers’ education. Young teens should have absolutely no exposure to how a car works or to the laws of the road until they’re fifteen, with the exception of go-carts. At that point, they should be given a driving course for exactly one semester, at the end of which they’d be given their licenses whether they’re ready or not. “That’s ridiculous! Where on earth would you get such an idea?” you may ask. Well, anonymous reader, I based my proposal on our current system of civics education. Under the current system, most students don’t have U.S. government or economics classes until their senior year when they’re 17 or 18 years old, and they typically only get one semester of each. Furthermore, what civics classes are available tend to only provide a skeletal outline of how the government is structured and a basic understanding of either microeconomics or macroeconomics. When Thomas Jefferson wrote, “...whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that, whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them right,” he was advocating for an electorate that can understand what’s going on and make well-informed decisions when selecting representatives. Unfortunately, research shows that citizens, particularly those younger than 30, are frighteningly uninformed. For example, according to data recently collected by the Pew Research Center, only 28 percent of Americans knew that Roberts is the
Supreme Court Chief Justice. When uninformed voters are pulling the strings in Congress, it encourages elected representatives to make grandiose promises and underhanded dealings to both appease an unaware electorate and pad their own pockets. Just as we wouldn’t send a 16-year-old out on the road after a brief introductory course with no certainty that they know what they’re doing, we shouldn’t send 18-year-olds into the political world without an understanding of what they’re getting into, how it impacts them and how they can impact society. My real proposal today, anonymous reader, is to put forth the idea of a civics education system that starts instilling a sense of civic duty in students early on – one that prepares them to think critically, to understand and make informed decisions on the issues. In doing so, we can feel secure when we turn the wheel over to a new generation of voters and know that democracy will flourish.
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UNT struggles to close against Cajuns Softball BRETT MEDEIROS Senior Staff Writer
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Sophomore Chaslyn Chrismer practices her shot with the team at the Oakmont Country Club. The No. 63 Mean Green will compete in the two-day Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational today in Hawaii.
Mean Green looking for momentum in Hawaii Womenâ€™s Golf RYNE GANNOE Intern
A trip to Hawaii in March sounds like a spring break, but the Mean Green womenâ€™s golf team wonâ€™t be on vacation. No. 63 UNT is in Honolulu, Hawaii, for the two-day Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, its first tournament play since Feb. 21. The event tees off at 8 a.m. Hawaii-Aleutian Time, 1 p.m. local time today, where UNT will try and get back on track after a rough spring start. The tournament is one of three left before the Sun Belt Conference Championship. Head coach Jeff Mitchell said the teamâ€™s focus is on winning the Sun Belt and qualifying for the regional tournament. â€œItâ€™s an opportunity to create momentum. We played mediocre the first two rounds this spring.â€? Mitchell said.
UNT finished 10th out of 14 teams in its first tournament of the spring and 7th of 11 teams in its most recent tournament. The team will play 36 holes on the first day and 18 on the second. As with each of its first two spring tournaments, the Mean Green will face plenty
â€œWe played mediocre the first two rounds of the spring.â€?
â€”Jeff Mitchell Head coach, womenâ€™s golf
of nationally ranked opponents. No. 22 Texas A&M, the highest-ranked team at the invitational, will compete in a
tournament with UNT for the second time this season. No. 63 UNT finished four strokes ahead of Texas A&M on the Aggiesâ€™ home course at the Texas A&M â€œMoâ€?morial Invitational in September. No. 2 6 Un i v e r s it y of California Davis is the nexthighest ranked team attending. To beat A&M and UC Davis and fend off No. 64 Coastal Carolina and No. 67 Idaho, UNT will have to improve on the putting greens, freshman McKenzie Ralston said. â€œWeâ€™ve done a lot of short game,â€? Ralston said. â€œThatâ€™s all weâ€™ve done since the last tournament. Definitely minimizing our three putts, that will be a huge turning point.â€? Ralston finished 14th at the UNLV Rebel Invitational on Feb. 21. While Ralstonâ€™s finish was the best of her collegiate career, seniors Addison Long and Jacey Chun had their worst and second-worst finishes of the season, respectively.
Overmatched by the top ranked team in the Sun Belt Conference, the UNT softball team was swept by the No. 11 University of LouisianaLafayette Raginâ€™ Cajuns this weekend. The Mean Green (8-13, 0-3) led the Cajuns (23-0, 3-0) early in Saturdayâ€™s two games, but ULL fought back with two one-run victories in extra innings and stayed undefeated by beating UNT on Sunday. â€œRegardless of losing, I think that we played with a lot of effort,â€? sophomore catcher Ashley McCarroll said. â€œIt all comes down to getting those timely hits when there are people on base so we can score the runs to put us over the top.â€?
Saturday In the first game of Saturdayâ€™s doubleheader, the Mean Green jumped out to a 6-2 lead, but a four-run fourth inning for ULL tied the game at six. The game remained tied until the bottom of the tenth inning, where ULL won with a game-winning sacrifice fly. In the second game, the story stayed the same. The Mean Green lost a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning and fell 5-4 in the ninth after committing an error. Sophomore infielder Brooke Foster and senior infielder Lisa Johnson led the way in the
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Sophomore infielder Jordan Terry bats during the Mean Greenâ€™s 4-1 loss to Oklahoma University on Feb. 29 at Lovelace Field. first two games, combining to drive in five of the Mean Greenâ€™s 10 runs. â€œAll three of these games were hard-fought battles,â€? head coach T.J. Hubbard said. â€œThey [ULL] are 22-0 for a reason. I would say how we prepared and what we were doing was spot on, but ULL is pretty darn good. I think regardless, this was a good starting point for us.â€?
Kirk (1-7) was credited with the loss, allowing four runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. â€œI think that we did everything that we possibly could have out there,â€? Kirk said. â€œThis weekend taught us that we can compete with anybody. We proved that we deserve to be right up there with them [ULL]. I mean, we were neck and neck with the No. 11 team in the country.â€? The Mean Green pitchers struggled all weekend, surrendering 23 runs during the threegame stretch. UNT will return to action when it visits the Baylor Bears on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Sunday In the final game of the series, the Cajunsâ€™ top ranked offense showed up in full force, breaking a 3-3 tie with seven runs between the fourth and fifth innings. Sophomore pitcher Ashley
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