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Volume 99 | Issue 36
The Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas
Denton Square gets chaotique
Rawlins proposes tuition increase VALERIE GONZALEZ & NICOLE BALDERAS
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Fashion merchandising senior Lynn Erickson, an intern at the Rhinestones Boutique off the Square, talks with owner Kathy Warren while the dog Mason, a Papillon, walks around the store. “I’ve learned how to be organized, observant and how to work with people,” said Erickson, whose dream job would be as an allocator and decorator for Nordstrom. To read about this story, visit NTDaily.com
Assigning News Editor & Senior Staff Writer A crowd of about 25 students and administrators gathered in the One O’Clock Lounge on Thursday to hea r UNT President V. La ne Rawlins propose a tuition increase of 3.95 percent over the next two academic years for both undergraduate and graduate students. If passed by the UNT Board of Regent s, t he proposed tuition increase would begin fall 2012 for undergraduate students and then increase by another 3.95 percent in fall 2013. For graduate students, the increase wou ld a lso mea n a not her $ 25 per semester credit hour beg inning t he 2012-2013 academic year. “When you come to UNT, we don’t want to cheat you on your education,” Rawlins told t he aud ience. “We’re known for being one of the most a f fordable u n iversities in Texas, but affordable doesn’t mean cheap.”
T he proposed t u it ion increase comes a f ter UNT received $5,315 appropriation per student from the Texas legislature for the 2011 fiscal year –– the lowest amount in comparison to the other seven emerging research institutes in the state. “If we don’t get the money, we won’t shut dow n t he university,” Rawlins said. “But in good conscience I can’t say I can keep up with the competition if we are underfunded.” T he propose d i nc rea se would raise tuition to $4,566.70 for 15 semester credit hours by i ncreasi ng t he cu r rent semester per credit hour fee of $50 by $10.11 during the 2012-2013 academ ic yea r. The tuition per credit hour fee would then rise to $11.55 in 2013-2014 and top tuition off at $4,740.95 for 15 semester credit hours. T he proposed t u it ion increase would generate an ex t ra $ 9.2 m i l lion for t he university.
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Mean Green returns home to battle Blue Raiders Softball A LISON ELDRIDGE
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Psychology senior and student assistant Julia Garza helps Domingo Rodriguez, emergency administration and planning junior, search on the computer in the Veterans Center of the Union on Thursday. Garza, who calls herself a “military brat,” wants to be a civilian veterans counselor. Her parents were medics for the U.S. Army for 20 years.
UNT aids student veterans EMILY BENTLEY
veterans currently attend UNT, and that only accounts for the With the Iraq War ended veterans using their military and a troop withdrawal from benefits. In October, UNT was included Afghanistan slated for the end of the year, military veterans will be on a list of military-friendly schools in “G.I. Jobs” magazine returning home. UNT features a number of programs to help military veterans transition into civilian and student life, ranging from counseling to providing short-term loans. Veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, depres—Mary Roberts sion, adjustment disorder or any Psychologist, UNT other illness can take advantage Counseling and of eight free counseling sessions at the Counseling Center. Testing Center “We have groups here that work specifically with veterans to get over mental instability,” for the second consecutive year. said Mary Roberts, psychologist at “I think one of the reasons UNT the UNT Counseling and Testing receives such positive ratings Center. “We have a number of from veterans is because we are different resources we use along really committed to them, and it’s with cognitive processing therapy. evident by how we handle them,” We are devoted to our veterans said Adam Haggerty, peer mentor and committed to making sure in the UNT Veterans Center. “We they have the tools to recover and try to make UNT easily accespursue a healthy life.” sible to our veterans so that they Between 2,500 and 2,700 will continue to come here for Intern
“We have groups here that works specifically with veterans ...”
education.” UNT provides assistance for veterans’ education with the Boots-to-Books Program, which allows veterans to take out a $500 short-term loan in the fall and spring semesters, and $197 in the summer. Veterans who have served three years in active duty since September 11, 2001 can take part in the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill in which Veterans Affairs pays tuition for any four-year university and gives a stipend for housing along with a $1,000 per year book stipend. The bill also permits veterans to transfer benefits to a spouse or children after serving or promising to serve 10 years. “My family is large, and money is tight as it is without college. My dad serving in the military is what allows me to go to school and be able to afford it,” undeclared freshman Morgan Cote said. “The G.I. Bill is a great way our country gave back to people like my dad.” Staff writer Caydee Ensey contributed to this story.
Senior Staff Writer After falling to No. 15 Baylor in its longest game of the season, the Mean Green softball team (8-14, 0-3) will play its second Sun Belt Conference series of the season against Middle Tennessee (7-10, 0-0) tomorrow at Lovelace Stadium. The Mean Green has lost six of its last nine games away from home, but the team has only lost one of its four games at Lovelace Stadium this season. UNT has lost each of its last four matchups with Middle Tennessee, with its most recent win against the Blue Raiders coming in the 20092010 season when the Mean Green beat MSTU twice in a three-game series. UNT is 11-16 all-time against the Blue Raiders. “They’re not ranked, but they’re still out to get us,” junior pitcher Brittany Simmons said. “It’s really important for us to get the win, because we’re 0-3 in conference and we need to beat everybody else. We have to do it.” The Mean Green will face a strong Middle Tennessee offense, led by sophomore second ba sema n Kayla Toney, who leads the Sun Belt Conference in both batting (.469) and on-base percentage (.544). Toney is also second in the league with an .864 slugging percentage. Senior first baseman Kaycee Popham brings more firepower to the Blue Raiders’ offense, as Popham is 11th in the conference with a .365 batting average and ninth with a .635 slugging percentage.
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Sophomore infielder Brooke Foster heads toward home plate while junior catcher Jessica Schults of the Oklahoma Sooners alerts her teammates during the Mean Green’s 4-1 loss Feb. 29 at Lovelace Stadium.
Offensive Struggles • The Mean Green has scored two or fewer runs in 10 of its 14 losses • UNT ranks last or next to last in the Sun Belt Conference in seven offensive categories. • UNT doesn’t have any players ranked in the top 10 in the Sun Belt Conference in slugging percentage
The Mean Green’s .241 team batting average ranks last in the conference. “We need to hit the ball,” sophomore shortstop Brooke Foster said. “We need to get the ball in the gap, not hit it to people. If we do that, and our pitchers are still on and they keep pitching the way they’re pitching, I think we’ll do fine.” Effective execution on offense and a strong defensive presence will play significant roles in how the Mean Green does against the Blue Raiders, head coach T.J. Hubbard said. “We definitely need to get the
offense rolling on all cylinders, that’s going to be huge,“ he said. “And you can’t give them the extra opportunities, or they’ll burn you on it.” The doubleheader is one of two charity games the team will play this season, and donations accepted at the gate will be given to the Wounded Warrior Project. Last year the team raised $2,700 for the cause. The series will start with a doubleheader at 2 p.m. tomorrow with the final game at noon Sunday. Senior staff writer Brett Medeiros contributed to this article.
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International/Regional news briefs STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS INTERNATIONAL Brazil says new Chevron oil leak off coast SAO PAULO — Oil has started leaking again from cracks on the ocean floor near an offshore Chevron well where at least 110,000 gallons spilled late last year, Brazil’s oil regulator said Thursday. The size of the new leak, which is ongoing, is unknown, said a spokeswoman with Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency, known as ANP. She said the leak was detected because an oil slick appeared on the ocean surface. She spoke on condition of anonymity, saying she was not authorized to discuss the matter. Chevron confirmed in a statement that there was a “small new oil seepage” and that it was working to collect the crude. The company didn’t estimate the leak’s size. Oil started leaking from cracks on the ocean floor at the site of a Chevron appraisal well last Nov. 7, about 230 miles (370 kilometers) off the northeastern coast of Rio de Janeiro state. About two weeks later, ANP said that leak was under control. E x per t s had w a r ned, however, t hat t here was a high risk of oil seepage resuming. George Buck, chief operating officer for Chevron’s Bra z i l ia n d iv ision, sa id then that the spill occurred because Chevron underes-
timated the pressure in an underwater reservoir. The new leak is another test for Brazil with the recent a n nou ncement of huge offshore oil finds estimated to hold at least 50 billion barrels of oil.
REGIONAL Man accused of in-flight disturbance competent A M A R I L L O, Te x a s — A Florida man accused of interfering with a flight crew aboard a Southwest Airlines flight last fall has been ruled competent to stand trial. Court documents filed T hu rsday state t hat A l i Reza Sha hsava r i “has a factual and rational understanding of the charges and proceedings against him” and “has sufficient present mental capacity” to assist his attorney. A n i nd ict ment says Shahsavari of Indialantic, Fla., beca me d isr upt ive during a f light from Los Angeles to Kansas City, Mo., in October and intimidated crew members by screaming profanities and damaging a lavatory. The flight made an emergency landing in Amarillo and Shahsavari was taken into custody. Thursday’s ruling came a few hours after U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinsion in Amarillo held a hearing on the matter. No trial date has been set.
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Criminal justice among top UNT programs HOLLY H ARV EY
Senior Staff Writer It’s one of the more popular majors at UN T, i n wh ich students can participate in a private investigator program and ta ke classes on topics such as organized crime. U N T’s cr i m i na l ju st ice program consists of more than 630 students. Through the program, students can pursue careers ranging from police officers to game wardens to inspectors. T he prog ra m sta r ted i n 1983, a nd most of t he faculty has field experience, including a former federa l prosecutor, police of f icer,
law yer a nd pr ivate investigator, according to Pegg y Tobolowsky, criminal justice department chair. “We’re all aware of crime in our midst,” Tobolowsky said. “There’s a great need for criminal justice majors to know how to prevent crime.” The program held a career day on campus Wednesday, and more than 60 organizations were represented. “From a n employ ment standpoint, criminal justice has a lot of diversity,” criminal justice professor Chad Trulson said. “Most people think of criminal justice as being a police officer or working in a
prison, but there are a lot of different jobs available.” The program has a private investigator program in Dallas and offers a crime scene investigation criminalistics certificate, according to Tobolowsky. The program features classes in v ictimolog y, dr ugs a nd society, offender behavior and organized crime, Tobolowsky said. Depa r t ment facu lt y a re currently researching topics such a s deseg regat ion i n prisons, ballistics reconstruction and police patrol allocations, Tobolowsky said. Tr u lson teaches a class on seria l homicide in t he
summer, among other topics such as research methods. “ We e x a m i n e v i o l e n t behavior and investigating t he s e t y p e s of c r i me s,” Trulson said. “These people are quite unique and have unique methods.” For criminal justice senior Rabi h Abi-Ha n na, a class on race and diversity in the criminal justice department proved to be an enlightening experience. “It just opened up my eyes to a lot of different things and different points of view,” Abi-Hanna said. “That was by far my most interesting and different class.”
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Criminal justice senior Kenny Justice speaks with Plano police officers Jim Bower and Michelle Lewis-Baker during the Criminal Justice Job Fair on Wednesday in the Silver Eagle Suite of the Union.
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If approved, Rawlins said the university would spend $4 million meeting the needs of new and existing academic growth, improving core course teaching and maintaining a low studentto-teacher ratio, and another $2 million to hire more counselors and advisors. “We have to listen to what students are trying to tell us, and you’re trying to tell us you want more technology,” Rawlins said. “You also are trying to tell us, as we see some of the slips, that you need more counseling and advising.” About $1.8 million would be used for need-based financial aid and $1.4 million for salary raises
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UNT President V. Lane Rawlins speaks about a proposed tuition increase of 3.95 percent at the One O’ Clock Lounge on Thursday. Rawlins said the increase would contribute to an increase in quality to current programs at the school. for employees, said Rawlins. “We need to hire, promote and retain more competitive, distinguished faculty in stra-
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UNT tries to get back on track in road tournament Women’s Golf RYNE GANNOE Intern
Coming off with a pair of seventh-place finishes, the Mean Green women’s golf tea m w i l l head to St. George, Utah, for the BYU at Entrada Classic on Monday. The tou r na ment w i l l beg in just f ive days a f ter UNT f inished t he Dr. Don n is T hompson Invitational, the shortest amount of time between tournaments for the Mean Green this season. Head coach Jeff Mitchell doesn’t think the travel or the short rest period will negatively affect the team. “A quick turnaround will be good,” Mitchell said. “It will be easier to stay focused with the tournaments back to back.” The tournament’s field includes No. 12 Oklahoma State, No. 47 Texas State and No. 52 Illinois. Texas State placed fifth at the Thompson Invitational in
“A quick turnaround will be good. It will be easier to stay focused with the tournaments back to back.” —Jeff Mitchell Head coach, women’s golf
Honolulu, Hawaii, two places ahead of UNT. The Mean Green has faced top-50 competition in all but one tournament this season. U N T ha s t wo tou r naments left before the Sun Belt Conference Championship, and the team is still trying to secure a spot in the NCAA Regional tournament. If the Mean Green is going to get back on track, the team has to forget its spring season struggles, Mitchell said. After getting three top-five finishes in four fall tournaments, the team has failed to finish higher than seventh place in three spring tournaments. The Mean Green will play 54 holes on the par-72 course. The wind, which gave the Mean
Green problems in its last tournament in Hawaii, could trouble UNT again in Utah. “I think we will have to work on the mindset once we get to Utah,” Mitchell said. “I just want them [the players] to relax. They expelled a lot of energy this [last] event.” Senior Jacey Chun, the No. 8 ranked player in the nation in the fall, will have to return to her fall season form for UNT to overcome its struggles, Mitchell said. Chun, now ranked No. 209 in the nation, had a good final round at the Thompson Invitational, shooting a 2-over par 74, her best round of the tournament. She climbed up from 40th place in the round two to finish the tournament tied for 15th.
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Junior Curtis Donahoe of the Mean Green men’s golf team practices putting at practice Tuesday. The team will compete today in Austin at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate tournament.
Cazuabon, UNT look to keep streak going in Austin Men’s Golf KYLE H ARTY
Contributing Writer The UNT men’s golf team will try to keep its top-five strea k going when it plays i n t he Mor r i s W i l l i a m s Intercollegiate today at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin. The No. 44 Mea n Green has finished in the top five in five of its six tournaments this season and both of its spring season tournaments. The team finished tied for fifth place in its last tournament with then-No. 42 TCU
at the John Hayt Collegiate on Feb. 28. Head coach Brad Stracke a nd t he players were not available for comment. The 12-team tournament will feature No. 14 Texas A&M, No. 20 New Mexico, No. 36 TCU, No. 43 Texas Tech and the host and top-ranked team in the country, Texas. Freshman Jason Roets and ju n ior Rodol fo Ca z uabon a re com i ng of f st rong per for ma nces t wo week s ago in Jacksonville, Fla., at t he Joh n Hoy t Col leg iate Invitational. Roets saved his best round for last, shooting a 1-under
par 71 on the tournament’s final day. Cazuabon finished the first day in sixth place, four shots off the lead. He ended the second day of t he tournament in seventh place, just f ive shots of f t he tou r nament leader. Despite a final round score of 78, Cazuabon finished in a tie with Roets for fifth place overall. T he tou r na ment w i l l conclude Sat u rday. A f ter the tournament, the Mean Green will have a quick turnaround, as it will travel to San Diego, Calif., to compete in the Barona Collegiate Cup on March 22.
Mean Green seeks fourth straight win Tennis TYLER OWENS Staff Writer
The Mean Green tennis team will hit the road for the first time in two weeks when the team visits Wichita, Kan., to take on Wichita State at 11 a.m. Saturday. If No. 51 UNT can pick up a win in Wichita, the team will clinch its longest winning streak of the season at four matches. “We have a really good thing going on right now,” head coach Sujay Lama said. “We’ve got good energy, we are playing inspired tennis and we have the momentum behind us, so we play with confidence.” They may not be nationally ranked, but the Wichita State Shockers (7-5) have hung in there against tough competition, with a three-point loss to then-No. 41 Purdue and a one-point loss to then-No. 66 Marshall this season. WSU will be no easy foe for the Mean Green, and it is not taking
the veteran team for granted, senior Paula Dinuta said. “We need to stay concentrated and focused and not take this as an easy match,” she said. “If we do that and play the way we played this past weekend, we will have no problems.” The Mean Green (11-5) has won nine of its last 11 matches, including wins over Louisville and Sun Belt Conference foe Denver last weekend in Denton. “Our matches [last weekend] were very good. Everyone was so focused and composed, so our expectations are pretty good,” freshman Kseniya Bardabush said. “The coaches believe in us, and we believe in each other, so we’ll do pretty well.” WSU’s match against the Mean Green will be the first match the Shockers have played since the team beat Denver on March 4. Tomorrow will mark another revenge-seeking match for the Mean Green, as the Shockers upset the team last season in Denton and lead the all-time
series 8-3. UNT beat Denver and Louisville last weekend after both teams shut out the Mean Green last season. UNT played a few Wichita State players earlier this season in the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational in January, but the Shockers left the Invitational with the upper hand. WSU players defeated Dinuta, Bardabush and junior Ilona Serchenko before UNT freshman Franziska Sprinkmeyer picked up the Mean Green’s only victory against the Shockers with a win against WSU sophomore Valerie Brockman in straight sets. “This part of the season is the time when we are the most motivated. We have to play well and feel well with the way we play and go into conference,” Dinuta said. UNT will get a two and a half week break after its match against WSU. The team will be back in action for a home match after spring break, taking on the University of Texas at Arlington on April 3.
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outside sources such as YouTube clips and movie clips. Counseling psycholog y doctoral student Joey Ramaekerâ€“ a former teaching assistant for Dockendorffâ€“ said the course is designed to open up studentsâ€™ minds to new points of view while still maintaining their own critical thinking. â€œIn psycholog y, a nd especially in theories of personality, there are often many ways to make sense of the same thing,â€? he said. Raemaker said Dockendorff helps students discover ways to expose themselves to unfamiliar methods of thinking by facilitating and encouraging participation in class discussions. Dockendorff said the main goal of the class is to educate students on understanding themselves and the world they live in.
Class: PSYC 4520 Subject Matter: Personalities, behavior and environment Better Known As: The get-to-know-yourself class Required Texts: â€œPersonalityâ€? by Jerry M. Burger PHOTO BY ASHLEY KING/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
A racerback tank top for spring break is easily created by cutting a T-shirt and looping a piece of fabric around the back straps.
DI :T-shirt tank EMILY PEEK Intern
With spring break around the corner youâ€™re probably looking for some new clothes to wear, but being a college student means having a tight wallet. Instead of shopping and buying new tops, take your old ones and give them a new style that fits your personality. A racerback tank top is preferred more by women and a plain tank top by men. Women, you can do this to your T-shirt dresses to have a new bathing suit cover-up. Men, you can also make your T-shirts more airy to handle the Texas heat. Making your shirts into tank tops will only take about 25 minutes. Supplies should cost around $15, depending on whether or not you buy a new shirt to use. Scissors and a sewing kit can be found at your local grocery store.
Things youâ€™ll need T-shirt Scissors Sewing kit (optional) First, cut the T-shirt collar off.
Then, cut the sleeves off at the seam. Do not throw away the excess material. Decide how thick you want your straps to be and draw with a pencil where you want to cut the straps. Cut along the lines. Next, decide how deep you want your collar to be by marking it with a pencil. Cut along the lines. The plain tank top is done. You may want to put it on and make sure it fits you the way you like. If the tank top needs adjustments then use your sewing kit to make alterations. For racerback tank tops you will need to make the back neckline deeper than the collar. Take the collar you cut off or a piece of the sleeve from earlier. Loop the material around the two straps in the back of the shirt. Then sew the ends of the collar or sleeve fabric together. Once again, try the racerback tank top on and make alternations if needed. Now youâ€™re set to take on a week of fun under the sun. Source: http://trashplanet.blogspot. com/2011/04/make-it-tutorialgathered-racerback.html
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In the past year the world has witnessed actor Charlie Sheen struggle through bizarre antics. As a result, everyone is left to wonder what could explain his behavior. Celebrities and their personalities are one of the many topics students discuss in PSYC 4520: Personality. This course of fers ex pla nations for t he behav ior of people through theories and methods perfected by famous people in the field of psychology. â€œWe all have a way of interacting with the world and with the people we know,â€? teaching fellow Sally Dockendorff said. â€œSome people would say that we are born with these ways of being, while others would say we learn them as we grow up.â€? Dockendorff said she creates a dy na m ic, wel l-rou nded lea r n i ng env i ron ment by offering many in-class activities. â€œMy favor ite pa r t about the class is the assignment where they take something they learned from the class and apply it to themselves,â€? she said. The course is offered during the fall and spring semesters. â€œThe more fun parts are the extra credit opportunities, where you take different personality tests about yourself to see how introverted or
extroverted you are,â€? psychology junior Jenlyn Meyers said. Students also get the chance to compare traditional theories of personality to ongoing research through online surveys and application of theories in ever yday life. Dockendor f f sa id she likes teaching from both the book and
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BRITTNI BARNETT Senior Staff Writer
Today marks the last day of classes before spring break commences. While some dream of a week of road trips, days at the beach and nights out in the big city, for those whose wallets are looking a little barren there are several options that can still provide maximum fun at minimum cost. Many college students are living off minimum wage, working an unpaid internship or studying full time. Fortunately, Texas offers many inexpensive chances for students to enjoy their time off. It’s recommended that students create a pre-planned budget to get the most bang for their buck, said accounting junior Stephen Tevino, a mentor at the Student Money Management Center. “Just check out things that you never got around to,” he said. “That’s really what spring break is, you finally have time for things that you want to do, and that doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money.”
Did You Know? Every university follows different formulas for determining its yearly schedule. This year, UNT’s spring break was determined to be the third week in March. However, since March 1 fell on a Thursday, that week was not counted and as a result the break was pushed back, according to Lynn Bissett, assistant director of academic publications for the Office of the Provost.
Leisure at Lake Ray Roberts For students looking to stay local, Ray Roberts Lake State Park – 30 minutes outside of Denton – features 30,000 acres of land for fishing, camping, hiking and swimming. “We have a lot of students come out here,” said Elyse Dara, an office manager at the park. “A lot of them come out for our excellent mountain biking trails.” The park features 2.8 miles of concrete hiking trails and nine miles of dirt trails. There is also a public swimming beach. “A lot of college students choose the primitive camping option because they can hike to their campsite,” Dara said. “They can have a campfire and hopefully see a good sunset or even sunrise by the lake.” It costs $5 a person to enter the
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A jousting performance takes place at the Four Winds Faire in Tyler, Texas. The faire also includes a pirate magician, a comedy puppet show and belly dancers. park. Guests can stay at one of the park’s 75 primitive campsites for $15 or one of the park’s 104 sites with water and electricity hookups for $25.
Day in Dallas This weekend notes the opening of the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market in Dallas – 45 minutes from Denton. The free market occurs every third Saturday of the month from March to December. It was established in 2010 to help promote the neighborhood’s local artists and businesses.
Owner and operator Brandon Castillo said the neighborhood is known first and foremost for its live music. “Deep Ellum is definitely the coolest neighborhood in Dallas,” he said. “It’s becoming really popular. It was popular a few decades ago and is experiencing revitalization.” The ma rket features loca l vendors selling jewelry, vintage clothing, soaps, organic foods and other homemade products. The market runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is accessible via the DART
Green Line, which starts down by the Denton Square. After spending the day in Deep Ellum, visitors can check out a movie at the Angelika Film Center and Café located in Mockingbird Station. The theater specializes in showcasing foreign and independent films, said Shea Joyner, an employee at the theater. Current movies showing include Academy Award winners “The Artist,” “The Descendants” and “Undefeated.” It also has a café that serves
sandwiches, desserts, coffees and alcoholic beverages. “I think the theater appeals to a younger generation for sure,” Joyner said. “Not only can they come see a film, but they can hang out in our café and use our free Wi-Fi.” The theater has a daily $2 discount for students after 5 p.m.
Glen Rose Getaway Students hoping to get out of Denton County can check out Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose – 90 miles southwest of Denton. Fossil Rim is a drive-thru wildlife
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose gives attendants a chance to feed zebras, birds and other animals during its drive-thru safari. The park is offering a free bag of food for all guests who enter the park by 9 a.m. during spring break. park that features 1,000 animals of more than 50 species. Guests can drive their own car or take one of the park’s guided tours in a safari jeep. “I took my girlfriend because it’s something different,” history sophomore Justin Shuping said. “She loves giraffes, and the giraffes will come up and eat food out of your hands.” The park houses animals such as wolves, zebras, deer, elk, rhinos and cheetahs, Shuping said. “My favorite part was when the zebras swarmed my car,” he said.
“They were on both sides – the driver’s side and the passenger’s side – and so we fed them, and they also let us touch them.” The center was opened about 40 years ago and is the first facility of its kind to be accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, according to its website. Visitors are admitted to the park from 8:30 a.m. to 5:29 p.m. Selfguided tours usually last about two hours, and guests are encouraged to have a full tank of gas. The cost is $20.95 during the
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Lake Ray Roberts, just north of Denton, provides 30,000 acres on which visitors can camp, fish and swim. The park offers traditional campsites as well as campsites with electricity and water. week and $22.95 on the weekends. The park is offering a spring break deal where guests in line to enter the park by 9 a.m. will receive a free bag of food to feed the animals, a $7.95 value.
East Texas Excursion For those looking to leave the North Texas region, East Texas offers a wide variety of activities for students. Students can spend a day at the Four Winds Faire, a renaissance fair located in Whitehouse, three hours from Denton.
The fair is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests will have a chance to see jousters, belly dancers, musicians, magicians, fire-swallowers, jugglers and pirates. For $5, students can spend the night at the fair’s tent campgrounds, complete with restrooms and shower houses. Day passes are $15, and weekend passes are $25. Just 30 minutes from the fair, in Jacksonville, Adrenaline Rush Zip Line Tours boasts the secondlongest zip line in Texas. “Even though it’s in our name,
you don’t have to be adventurous to come here,” said Keri Mcgehee, one of the attraction’s employees. “You can make it as thrilling as you want.” Texas Adrenaline Rush features eight zip lines. “Any time you put yourself in a situation where you are not sure what will happen, you get a lot closer to the people you’re with,” Mcgehee said. “It’s a good bonding experience.” Depending on how many guests wish to ride, prices range from $50 to $75.
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Dancers take center stage for Denton Dance Festival A SHLEY GRANT
Senior Staff Writer Five Denton dance companies will bring together their dancers on one stage to perform for Collage 2012: Denton Dance Festival, beginning today at the historic Campus Theatre located on the Denton Square. The 20th annual two-day event of artistry in movement will feature 21 graceful, joyous and dramatic dance pieces, ranging from classical to contemporary to hip-hop. For the first time, the festival will include only dancing in an effort to focus on Denton’s local talent. In the past, the festival consisted of music, mimes and other acts. “The dance scene in the city is a small yet powerful force,” said Lisa Racina-Torre, founder and artistic director at Denton City Contemporary Ballet. “This festival is a true representation of what Denton dance has to offer.” The dancers’ dedication, hard work and devotion to the art play a large part in the festival’s success. Collage 2012 is also going to
be the only time the public will have the opportunity to witness UNT foreign exchange student Ayu Shimizu’s classical ballet number onstage, as she will return to Japan in May, Racina-Torre said. This is the first year the Festival Ballet of North Texas will participate in the event. Dancers will perform five classical ballet pieces, said Eldar Valiev, artistic director of the Festival Ballet of North Texas. “It’s an opportunity for the students here to get this kind of experience,” Valiev said. “We’re all really excited to be involved in this.” Racina-Torre started planning for the festival a year in advance, and practice commenced the second week in January. She said she sees the same challenges that any dance production may face, from reserving a venue to dealing with dancer injuries. “Planning something like this requires a lot of time and dedication, but the end result is worth it,” Racina-Torre said. Beginning in 1992, Racina-
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Trey Ford teaches Michelle King how to knit during the “Stitch ‘N Bitch” meeting at Banter on Wednesdays. King said it was her first time learning how to knit.
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Ayu Shimizu Jr., from Kansaigaidai University in Japan, performs “Variation from Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux” at the final rehearsal for the Denton Dance Festival on Thursday at the Campus Theatre.
Torre saw a need to involve her advanced students in something more professional than a recital. She decided to invite a company from Fort Worth to join her team. “By allowing my students to perform with professional dancers, it gave them a chance to see what it was like to dance on that level,” she said. Campus Theatre Managing Director Mike Barrow said it’s a possibility to see the festival sell out the theater. “We’re expecting to see about 500 to 600 people over the course of these two days,” he said. “It’ll definitely be a packed show.”
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Group celebrates passion with craft A IMEE PASS Intern
UNT graduate Julie O’Brien is the thread that holds the eclectic group of “Stitch ‘N Bitch” crafters together. O’Brien, founder of the Denton group, said crafters of all kinds are welcome to “Stitch ’N Bitch” at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at Banter coffee house. The event is a social meeting for people who knit or crochet and anyone who wants to learn how. “Basically, whoever you sit next to is your teaching buddy,” O’Brien said. “It’s pretty lackadaisical. Not everyone comes every week, but I’m always here.” The term “Stitch ‘N Bitch” has been around since the 1920s and refers to early women’s social knitting groups, which gave women a sense of camaraderie, she said. The first official “Stitch ‘N Bitch” group and website were started in 1999 by Debbie Stoller, author of the book “Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook” and editor-in-chief of “Bust Magazine.” The group is ideal for those too young for the bar crowd in Denton or people who are normally shy, O’Brien said. “It’s easy to meet people when you have something in your hands
you can talk about,” group member Mercy Eizenga said. The group averages about seven to nine stitchers each week. Many of the members have been knitting or crocheting for five to 10 years, while other members learned only a few months ago. “One time, this guy showed up all decked out in leather with his motorcycle parked out front,” O’Brien said. “He saw us on the calendar and thought we were a band. We tried to get him to stay,” she said with a laugh. Several of the members sell their projects online or give them away as presents. “My family gets a lot of homemade gifts,” member Kelly Hughes said. The Denton group wasn’t formed to complain about any particular issue. The group conversations vary from week to week, with topics ranging from marketing to garden gnomes. “We just like to come hang out with some yarn,” Hughes said. There are more than 700 groups listed on the website worldwide. “It’s nice to talk to people who know what you’re doing,” Hughes said. “ It’s easy to multitask, so you can talk while you knit.”
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Jason Segel, left, plays Jeff, and Ed Helms plays Pat in “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” from Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush.
Segel soars alongside Helms in new film Review NADIA HILL Staff Writer
“Jeff, Who Lives at Home” is a flyby-the-seat-of-your-pants movie. It’s a film that showcases a short and poignant description of a fragmented family with no direction in life. The movie contains absolutely no plot – anything can happen. For those who like thought-provoking, quirky films, this is a perfect fit. Jason Segel captures his character Jeff perfectly while still making the audience chuckle at his blunt deliveries. Playing opposite of Jeff is his statusobsessed yet completely average brother Pat (Ed Helms). Their mother Sharon (Susan Sarandon) is a responsible single parent who questions where her life has gone, lamenting adventurous
goals of years past. The film seems like it might be another chance for Segel to act like a bumbling idiot where everything works out in the end simply by sheer luck as he sits on the toilet contemplating fate . However, the film surprises viewers as it takes an endearing turn when the two brothers find themselves thrown together by seemingly unrelated events, each driven by stressors in their own lives. The film has no main character, goal or moral but quietly enforces the idea of following one’s heart and not taking life for granted. From Jeff’s tendency to bounce around from one idea to the next to Pat’s lack of depth and emotion and finally to their mother’s eye-opening revelations, the movie certainly paints an idealistic picture of how to live life, one gut feeling at a time.
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Even with 17 years of comedy under his belt, Will Ferrell is still finding new ways to satisfy audiences looking for a laugh. His latest effort to amuse almost completely abandons use of the English language. Shot entirely in Spanish with English subtitles, Ferrell’s latest project, “Casa de mi Padre,” hits theaters today. Ferrell stars as the film’s lead character Armando, a strong-willed rancher – not known for his mental prowess – who hopes to help his father’s struggling Mexican ranch recover. After his wealthy brother Raul (Diego Luna) returns home, Armando hopes he can help save the farm, but Raul’s involvement in drug dealing puts the family at war
with Mexico’s most feared drug dealer, Onza (Gael García Bernal). After Raul’s fiancee becomes a love interest for Armando and Onza vows to eliminate Raul as a competitor in the underground drug world, all hell breaks loose for the once peaceful family. Packed with political satire and deliberately bad but comical visual effects, “Casa de mi Padre” offers enough Ferrell one-liners, awkward moments and absurdities to generate laughter and confusion all at the same time. The North Texas Daily had the chance to sit down with the star from “Anchorman,” “Old School” and “Stepbrothers” to discuss the ins and outs of the film. Q: Is there a particular scene that you enjoyed acting the most? A: “They were all so surreal every day, like, ‘Are we really doing this?’ The sex scene is pretty unique; being pressed up against a butt double was
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weird, especially when she started laughing at me. … I love the scene where we discover ‘The Pond of Seven Tears’ and talk about how beautiful it is, and it’s the crappiest looking set.
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Le Peep Grill, located off of Loop 288, features a typical façade of brick and storefront windows. However, while the restaurant’s exterior may screa m simple,
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The triple-decker club is a sandwich stacked high with lean turkey, Black Forest ham, mozzarella cheese and mayonnaise on toasted whole wheat bread. Choices for sides include fries, fresh fruit, soup or salad.
Patrons feast on an afternoon lunch at Le Peep Grill. The restaurant serves a variety of breakfast items such as crepes, omelets and pancake sandwiches, and also lunch options, which include burgers and sandwiches.
music plays in the background. The extensive menu offers a variety of breakfast, brunch and lunch options, including several “lite” selections such as the miniveggie omelet. Gooey buns –one of the restaurant’s signature dishes– features
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