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The Collegiate Readership program, which brings newspapers to campus, may face changes in the coming weeks as the UNT administration compiles the budget for the coming year. The Collegiate Readership program started in 2008 and provides The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News and the USA Today to students at locations around campus. Although the initial budget for the program was $60,000, that amount was reduced to $48,000 last year. Half of the program’s costs are paid by Business Services and half are allocated from student service fees. “The concept we’re shooting for is we want teachers and professors to incorporate the content in these papers into their actual classroom material,” said Kevin Sanders, the Student Government Associate president and political science senior. The SGA president sits on and appoints members to the student service fees committee, the body that decides how to spend the money generated from the fees. The student service fee committee has recently undergone its annual evaluation of the program, and although its decisions have not been finalized yet, the committee is considering offsetting some of the program’s costs from Academic Affairs.
Sanders said a decision has been made concerning the direction the program will take for the next year but was unable to disclose the details of the changes. The decision will be finalized in the coming weeks. The committee looks at the program every year to judge how both students and faculty received it, Sanders said. Travis Richardson, a mathe-
programs for the Department of Student Development and the SGA adviser, said Josh Ness, the SGA president in 2008, started the readership program. Ness had heard about the program being used at other campuses and wanted to bring it to UNT, McGuire said. McGuire said previous SGA administrations had taken the role of promoting the program,
“I will be surprised if we got rid of the readership program because we sell out of papers every day.”
—Melissa McGuire Director of orientation and transition programs for the Department of Student Development and the SGA adviser
Plastic materia ls are making their way into vehicles and airplanes more and more, but the challenge is finding a way to create plastics that can be as strong as metal. Researchers at UNT have discovered the answer to this problem, which will lower the price of manufacturing plastics and make them more energy efficient. The research team found a new process for creating stronger, more efficient polymer-based materials, said Witold Brostow, the director of the Laboratory for Advanced Polymers and Optimized Materials. “UNT gets enhanced reputation as a place where this original work is being done,” he said. Students and faculty in the lab use computer technology to study different types of materials, including plastics. The center is one of the leading polymer science and engineering laboratories in the world, according to the UNT news release about the discovery. T h e p o l y m e r-b a s e d materials can be natural or synthetic plastics used in everyday items, such as clothing, non-stick cookware, disposable diapers, takeout containers, credit cards, and plastic bottles and bags. Brostow, a faculty member in the materials science and engineering department, said this material is used because it has a low density. Passenger airplanes and vehicles made with the materials can potentially travel farther, with the same amount of fuel, than planes made from other materials. This is because the polymerbased ones are lighter, said Brostow. The world’s largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners, Boeing Co., has already flight-tested its allcomposite passenger airplane called the 787 Dreamliner.
It uses 20 percent less fuel than any other airplane of its size because half of the Dreamliner is made out of polymer-based materials, according to the company’s website. Brostow said the polymerbased materials make the plane less noisy and make maintenance easier. Haley Hagg Lobland, a UNT alumna and a group leader in the lab, said replacing metal materials with plastics is beneficial for many daily applications, including transportation. “Using plastic instead of metal in an automobile makes a vehicle lighter, therefore requiring less fuel to power it down the road,” she said. Brostow said the disadvantage of the polymer-based materials is that they are more prone to wear, and until now, making them stronger meant the process was more expensive. The researchers at the lab overcame the challenges by improving the filler used to reinforce the plastic. The adhesion process for the filler created in the lab will make it less expensive to manufacture than polymers alone, Brostow said. He said less petroleum is used in this process, which is more energy efficient. Lobland said the research team chemically changed the filler material so that it could better stick to the plastic, an effect that makes it more wearresistant. Several undergraduates conducted experiments that led to the discovery, Lobland said. Harrison James Miller, a TAMS junior, said students in the lab prepared samples, performed tests, conducted experiments and interpreted the data with the help of advisers. Another project the lab is working on includes finding ways to extend the service life of electric coolers and heaters.
matics junior, said he regularly picks up a copy of the Dallas Morning News or USA Today from one of the many newspaper stands scattered around campus. Richardson said he likes the program because at the last college he attended, the only paper available was the campus newspaper. Richardson said he thought paying for the program partly with student money isn’t a bad deal. “I think it’s fair to pay a little bit of extra money just to have a newspaper around,” Richardson said. Melissa McGuire, the director of orientation and transition
but the current administration has primarily taken the role of influencing it through the student service fee committee. Although the program may see some changes, it is unlikely the university will choose to discontinue it, she said. “I will be surprised if we got rid of the readership program because we sell out of papers every day,” McGuire said. McGuire said she thought it was a good idea to bring Academic Affairs into the program because faculty who use newspapers in the classroom should have a voice in how the program is managed.
fee,” said J.P. Magee, the prepared food manager at Cupboard Natural Foods in Denton. “It generally ranges from $3 to $5 per trip, but it adds up when they deliver three times a week.” Forrest Gunderson, a radio, television and film junior, said he has recently been making decisions on what items are more necessary while grocery shopping. “I have been cutting out items that are more of a luxury,” Gunderson said. “On items where prices seem too high, I try and find a substitute item that is cheaper, like store-brand items.” Corn is being used more for ethanol than food, which raises the cost for corn-based products, said Rachel Grimes, the program coordinator for the Student Money Management Center at UNT. “Food manufacturers are also marking up processed foods or
the public that offer inexpensive produce from the sellers. Denton’s market opens in June and goes until September. Lewisville’s opens in May. Students can also call 211, Grimes said, which is an operator for social services. “If you can’t afford food or pay your electricity bill, or need a women’s shelter, they can assist you with getting help,” Grimes said. “They can help you find ways to afford food or PHOTO BY KALANI GORDON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER get you in contact with local Marketing sophomore Amanda Parker shops for groceries Wednesday at Wal- food banks.” Grimes also said she recommart. Last month, the price of some foods rose to their highest rate in more mends Angel Food Ministries to than 35 years. students who need help paying for food. keeping the packages the same save money. “It’s really cheap and a really “The cost of vegetables has and putting less food in it,” Grimes said. “To know if you’re increased because of weather good deal,” Grimes said. According to their website, getting your money’s worth, and gas prices, but there are you have to look at the price per other places to get produce,” one box of Angel Food generally Grimes said. “Farmers’ markets helps a family of four for a week ounce of the food item.” or one single person for almost a Grimes suggests to students are one thing to consider.” Denton and Lewisville have month. The box’s value is close to start cooking and avoid prepackaged foods if they wish to farmers’ markets available to to $65 for about $30.
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Food costs rise to highest in 35 years BY K ALANI GORDON Staff Photographer
As the UNT community prepares for a tuition increase that will put a dent in bank accounts across ca mpus, students may soon notice a rise in food prices while shopping for groceries. In mid-March, the Department of Labor said food prices increased almost 4 percent in February, causing the steepest rise in food prices in more than 35 years. Several economists are blaming the rise in food prices on the recent increase in oil prices. Although some grocery stores are able to prevent passing most of the food costs on to customers, several stores said they are noticing additional fees being tacked on for transportation costs. “We have our organic produce delivered from Denver, and they have just started tacking on a fuel
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Jessica Thompson, a radio, television and film junior, DJs live Wednesday at the KNTU 88.1 station. The station reaches local areas, including Denton, McKinney, Dallas and Fort Worth. Congress recently approved cuts in public radio funding. There are many other stations that may be affected by the change.
“We need t he facu lt y ’s input,” McGuire said. “We can pick their brain about how to make the program more useful for students and more useful for use in the classroom.” Among the professors that use newspapers as part of their curriculum is Kimi King of the political science faculty. King said in 1993 she got the New York Times to deliver onto UNT’s campus and has used the paper in class assignments
and quizzes ever since. “This program helps prepare students to become active citizens and leaders,” King said. “Good leaders and good citizens read.” King said she is concerned that the program may not be funded next year. She said it is a worrying statistic that only about a third of college students regularly read a major newspaper, and the Collegiate Readership program is helping put papers in the hands of students.
“The program is necessary and vital to send a signal that our students pay attention to the news,” King said. King said helping fund the readership program is something Academic Affairs should be doing. “It c a n d r aw toget her those from Student Services, Academ ic A f fa irs a nd ever y other department on campus,” King said. “There isn’t anything that’s taught on this campus that isn’t in the paper today.”
Radio stays relevant Health Science Center BY PABLO A RAUZ Intern
I n M a r c h , t h e U. S . Cong ress passed a bi l l to eliminate federa l f unding for National Public Radio, which has caused concern among students who listen to radio for their news and entertainment. Although digital integration has changed the way media is consumed, radio is still a significant source
sion,” Campbell said. K NTU is suppor ted pr ima r i ly by t he school’s budget, listener donations and one yearly fundraiser, Campbell said. Some st udent l isteners have ex pressed d i f ferent opinions about what may happen to radio because of the funding cut. The decision may lead to changes in what is put on the air, said Sarah Kamien, a marketing
said. “Public broadcasting in general is restricted by state, but if the funding is cut then they can broadcast whatever they want. It’s going to be unfortunate, but in the end it will be good.” Reed said it would be wise for anyone who listens to NPR to donate in its crucial time. Ot her students t hin k it wou ld be benef icia l t hat public radio loses federa l f u nd ing for polit ica l purposes. “People tend to think that when a station gets privatized, it will lean toward the conser vative side,” Stuart said. “But I feel like if NPR really wants to, they can stay fairly liberal.” St u a r t s a id he i s not against public radio’s privatization. “I think it’s fantastic,” he said “I think all radio should be privatized, and it’s great that NPR is being privatized. Basically, it’s just a matter of t ime before t he dominoes fall.” Stuart said that although the forces behind radio seem to be shifting, radio will not cease to exist as a result of these changes. “I think that in 10 years, t here w i l l st i l l be a na log stations on the air, but there w i l l be a lso satel lite a nd online sites playing radio,” he said.
maintains top rankings BY MEGAN R ADKE Staff Writer
The UNT Health Science Center maintained its top-50 ranking for primary care, geriatrics and physician assistant studies in the latest rankings by the U.S. News & World Report magazine. The magazine annually ranks the best schools in education, healthcare, travel, politics and law. Scott Ransom, the president of the UNT Health Science Center, says that being ranked in the U.S. News & World Report is a big deal for any college. —Will Stuart “It brings recognition to Radio, television and film senior and news director primary care, and that’s somefor the university’s jazz radio station KNTU thing the entire country needs,” Ransom said. T he Tex a s Col lege of of in for mat ion, sa id Wi l l junior. “I think it’s kind of silly,” Osteopathic Medicine ranked Stuart, a radio, telev ision 20th, and its geriatrics program and film senior and the news Kamien said. “If it was privaranked 16th, making it the director for the university’s tized, one would be more selective about what t hey highest-ranked Texas medical jazz radio station KNTU. school nationwide. The college “I believe radio is extremely decided to cover, and they has remained in the top-50 relevant in society,” Stuart would just consider it news. medical schools for primary care said. “It’s basically one of the If it was still publicly funded, the people would have more since 2003. few universal media.” T he School of Hea lt h KNTU is not a public radio say.” PHOTO BY MEGAN SAINT-JOHN/INTERN Emily Reed, an advertising Professions’ physicians assistant station, said Russ Campbell studies program was ranked 38th The UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth is home to the highest-ranked of the RTVF faculty and the junior, is a n av id listener of NPR. out of 123 schools and has main- Texas medical school in the country, the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. manager of KNTU. She say s she t u nes i n tained a top-50 ranking since “[But] we do play one 2004 with the magazine. N PR s ho w, t he M a r i a n anytime she’s in the car. This type of experience allows “It suck s t hat it wou ld Ransom said there are four McPa r t la nd’s radio show, students to be better prepared things the center continually does but it will probably not be happen, but at the same time for what they will experience to ensure that they are qualified affected by the Senate’s deci- I think it would be OK,” Reed when they enter the job market, for these types of rankings. he also said. UNT has the only Jewish Studies Program at a public university inThe the Dallas-Fort Worth area. school is dedicated to Don Peska, the dean of the With 27 faculty teaching 48 courses on Judaism, Jews, and Israel, the UNT Jewish Studies recruiting people who are truly Texas School of Osteopathic Program offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Jewish Studies. interested in primary care, which Medicine, said the focus the ensures a level of dedication to the —Hank Lemke center puts on helping students program, along with extensive gain professionalism and profesUNT Jewish Studies courses being offered Fall 2011: Chairman of physicians sional habits is one reason the research in many areas, commuENGL 4660.001 Literature and the Holocaust 9:30 AM – 10:50 AM TR assistant D. 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Senior Staff Writer This weekendâ€™s Arlington Invitational at UT-Arlington comes at a special time in the season for UNTâ€™s track and field team. The invitational follows two big weekends for UNT â€” the Horned Frog Invitational on March 18 and the two meets in Denton last weekend. The meet at UTA is also one week before the Texas Relays in Austin, one of the biggest track and field meets in the nation. UNT head coach Rick Watkins is using the Arlington Invitational to help his team recover from three hard weeks of training. Still, he is looking for an opportunity for his team to get better. â€œThe tendency is for there to be a little letdown,â€? Watkins said. â€œWe have to really fight and keep the intensity up and take another positive step this weekend.â€? Watkins said he would decide
which athletes to keep out of the Arlington Invitational today or Saturday. He said the listings for the Texas Relays on April 7 through April 9 would be posted within the next couple of days. If the season ended today, UNT would have 25 athletes qualify for the NCAA preliminary rounds in Eugene, Ore., on May 26. To qualify, an athlete must have a Top-48 mark in an event among the NCAA West region. Seventeen men and eight women have qualified so far this season for UNT. Senior sprinter Missy Barnes is not on that list. Barnes was ranked 31st in the 100-meter dash heading into last yearâ€™s Sun Belt Conference tournament. She said she injured her hamstring last week and will be out for this weekendâ€™s meet. Barnes said that the meet serves as a warm-up for the team. â€œI feel like itâ€™s going to prepare
you to go to Texas Relays,â€? Barnes said. â€œYou need more than a few track meets to get ready for Texas Relays.â€? Last season, Barnes was a part of the 4x100 relay team that was ranked first in the conference and 15th in the region. She said for the relay team to do well, it needs to focus on the transition of the baton between runners. â€œI think that for the first race, it was good because we were basically worrying more about handoffs and less about speed,â€? Barnes said. â€œThe speed was there.â€? Senior pole vaulter Christal Brewster said to qualify for next weekendâ€™s meet in Austin would be significant for the Mean Green. â€œThat would mean weâ€™re progressing as a team very well, to stay up there with the big schools, the Big 12 [conference] schools,â€? Brewster said.
After upsetting No. 11 Missouri Wednesday, the Mean Green softball team will jump back into conference play when it travels to Bowling Green, Ky., to take on Western Kentucky. The teams will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday and conclude the three-game series at noon Sunday.
â€œWeâ€™ll just have to take it one game at a time. â€?
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UNT (15-18, 2-7) hopes to improve its conference record against the Lady Toppers (18-15, 1-5), which comes into the game on a two-game losing streak. â€œI hope [the Missouri win] is a momentum changer for us, and helps us go into this weekend with positive vibes,â€? said senior outfielder Mariza Martinez. â€œI just hope it works out for us.â€? Before t he w i n over Missouri, UNT had lost seven
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Sophomore shortstop Lesley Hirsch catches a hit. The team will face Western Kentucky this weekend in a three-game series. of its past nine games. Last season, the Mean Green swept the Lady Toppers in a three-game series in Denton. In that series, UNT outscored WKU 19-4. Sophomore pitcher Brittany Simmons will likely be a factor in UNTâ€™s efforts toward a repeat performance in Bowling Green Saturday. Simmons picked up the final win against WKU last season, pitching four innings without surrendering an earned run on three hits. In her most recent appeara nce, Simmons pitched a complete game win over No. 11 Missouri. She has made a team-leading 23 appearances this season. â€œNot only did we win [against Missouri], but we kept scoring and we didnâ€™t stop,â€? Simmons said. â€œHopefully that will carry over. Sometimes if you win and you just stop scoring, it wonâ€™t, but in this case it should.â€? The Mean Green will likely
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UNT has yet to win a road game this season (0-4) WKU has the fourth-worst team ERA in the Sun Belt
face WKU sophomore pitchers Ma llorie Sulask i a nd K im Wagner over the weekend. The two have started a combined 16 of the Lady Toppersâ€™ 18 games this season. Sulaski comes into the game with a 1.79 ERA. Wagner has a 3.96 ER A, although she gave up five earned runs in 4.1 innings of work in her last appearance, a 9-5 WKU loss to Lipscomb. â€œI feel pretty confident right now,â€? said UNT head coach T.J. Hubbard. â€œWeâ€™ve battled a couple of injuries these last few weeks, so I feel pretty good. Weâ€™ll just have to take it one game at a time.â€?
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‘The King of Limbs’ offers natural sounds Opinion By Ashley-CrystAl Firstley Staff Writer
The British-based band Radiohead doesn’t disappoint in their eighth album “The King of Limbs.” In “The King of Limbs,” it’s as if the band took its instruments and flew into a North African forest to record. The album conjures up a lot of nature and technology sounds that gives a formless impression but eye-opening experience. It’s a little rough on the ears at first, but you get used to the skittering of percussions, strings, synthesizers and bass quickly, and learn to appreciate the band’s unique sound. Most of the openings of the tracks could work as just being instrumentals. In the first track “Bloom,” there’s a minute-long loop of the piano and drums before lead singer Thom Yorke’s
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with groovy keyboard sounds and fading echoes. It initially sounds like a variety of instruments shuffling
‘Rockpango’ is mellow, not a party Opinion By CorrisA JACkson Staff Writer
Los Lonely Boys has been making music for over a decade, achieving mainstream popularity in 2004 with the single “Heaven.” Tuesday, the San Angelo trio dropped its fourth studio album, “Rockpango.” The song “American Idle” starts the album off, and it’s a nice call to loving your neighbor and not being obsessed with fame and fortune. It’s nothing that hasn’t been sung before, but perhaps people cannot hear this message enough. “Road to Nowhere” has a country feel to it. This song is about traveling, looking for a lost love. The lead singer says he can’t find the road to nowhere, which is funny because that’s exactly where the song goes. “16 Monkeys” tries to be the go-to
song of the stoner road trip, but it falls flat. The vocals make the listener invoke a passive feeling instead of the trippy anthem it sounds like Los Lonely Boys was going for. The title track definitely rocks, and its bass line will have you tapping your toes in less than 30 seconds. Despite the bass, one would expect something with more passion and zest for a title song, but “Rockpango” — Spanish for “rock party” — sounds like it should have another title. It’s less “let’s go crazy and have a party,” and more “let’s a grab a drink at the bar and watch no one dance to the live music.” “Smile” slows down the album. With lyrics like “I see every shade of love in your eyes,” one would expect a more heartfelt ballad, but it’s too fast to fall in love with and too slow to rock out to. Los Lonely Boys returned to a social awareness with their song
“Change the World.” Again, the lyrics are nothing we haven’t heard before. But it’s a mellow song with a message that, however cliché it may be, is painfully true — if you want to change the world, you have to change yourself. But, in the vein of Marvin Gaye, Los Lonely Boys swing from what’s going in the world to wanting to get it on in the bedroom. “Porn Star” differs from the rest of the tracks with record scratching and a rapper, but other than that, it’s nothing special. The album ends with “Believe.” It’s a nice way to end the album, but it doesn’t give the gritty sendoff listeners may hope for. “Rockpango” is a nice album, great for a summer road trip or night on the town, but it’s nothing earth-shattering. Still, simple lyrics and pleasant bass lines never hurt the world.
around, and if you can’t get past it, you won’t like the rest of the album. The flow of the album switches
to subtleness in “Codex,” where it’s more piano-driven. As the track ends, the album puts you in a serene scene with birds chirping that fades into the beginning of “Give up the Ghost,” an acoustic guitar ballad. Ending on a more upbeat sound, “Separator” consists of a loop of Phil Selway’s drumming and accompanying bass line from bassist Colin Greenwood in the background. You’ll truly feel like you’re “falling out of bed, from a long and vivid dream” as Yorke’s voice echoes. The album reminds me of limbs, in a sense that limbs differ in shape, but in the end, help the body function. That’s exactly how the instruments are portrayed in “The King of Limb.” You’ll come to love it.
Festival to showcase talent in Deep Ellum By Brittni Barnett & Marlene Gonzalez Interns
Deep Ellum will come alive this weekend as artists hail from all over to showcase their talents amid the backdrop of one of downtown Dallas’ premier arts and entertainment districts. The 17th annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival is a free-to-attend outdoor visual and performing arts street party, taking place today through Sunday. “It’s the biggest party of the year in Deep Ellum,” said Stephen Millard, the executive producer of the Deep Ellum Arts Festival and president of Main Events International. Main Events International, along with the Deep Ellum Foundation, is sponsoring the festival. “The festival was originally started as a way to draw people into Deep Ellum and to showcase the community,” Millard said. “While other events have come and gone, this festival has survived because it continues to get bigger and better.” The festival will feature 130 visual artists and 90 performance artists, and is geared toward an adult audience, according to the festival’s website. “Coming to the Deep Ellum Arts Festival is like coming to a giant night club,” Millard said.
Food One of the new additions to the festival this year will be a food village run by eight of the restaurants in Deep Ellum, said Tanner Hockensmith, the manager of Mokah Coffee Bar and
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Performing artists All of the festival’s artists, such as Karyna Cruz, a desk clerk at Clark
Hall, will be performing original songs. Cruz, who describes her music as similar to Sara Bareilles’, will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday on the Singer and Songwriter Stage. “I heard about the festival last year
and I thought it sounded really cool,” Cruz said. “I thought the artists who played there would get a lot of exposure, and I am definitely excited about the opportunity.” Tyler Smith, a biology sophomore, said he heard about the festival from Cruz. “I like hearing and watching new bands that I’ve never seen before,” he said. “But more importantly, I’m looking forward to seeing Karyna Cruz play on stage.” Local artist Allie Noelle performed on the main stage at the festival last year. “The crowds were great last year, and I’m very excited to be back this year,” she said. “It’s in a historic part
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A metal sculpture of a man stands outside July Alley on Elm Street in Deep Ellum. Various artists and bands will perform at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival.
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“Robot Art Installation: The Traveling Man” is a one of three giant robot sculptures in Deep Ellum. The Deep Ellum Arts Festival is a three-day, free-to-attend outdoor street party where more than 120 artists sell their original pieces of art. of Dallas that is legendary for great music, and I’m honored to have been asked to be a part of it again.” This year’s festival will feature new artists and a new group of street performers called the Circus Freaks, Millard said. Their performance will feature belly dancers, chalk artists and juggling clowns, said Russ Sharek, the group’s director. “I’m a big believer in street performances,” he said. “I’m excited to see how the audience responds to seeing some classic street performance and circus art.”
Visual artists Visitors can expect to see sculp-
tors, stained glass art, abstract art, jewelry and small décor, according to the website. The featured artists for the festival this year will be Three of One, an art company made up of three brothers. The group will be doing body painting, graffiti designs and art on canvases inside the Art Bar, a venue in the area. “I’m really looking forward to the aftereffects of what Deep Ellum Arts Festival does for us as artists — the reciprocal effect,” said Issac Davies, one of the brothers. “We do one-of-a-kind art. Our style is really unique,” he said. “It’s kind of one of those things that you have to see in person.”
Angela Morse Sarah, a designer and owner of an online visual arts shop, will sell handmade jewelry made out of recycled items. “It’s very classic,” Sarah said. “A lot of my stuff is unisex with my jewelry so anyone can kind of wear it.”
Local venues Local shops such as In Accord will showcase artists’ work in their stores. Kim Taylor Keebler, the owner of In Accord, a shop that sells handmade art and other items, has participated in the festival for five years. Keebler is also in charge of keeping people up to date through the radio station DeepEllumRadio.com. “It’s my best time of year,” she said. “It’s also my busiest. People get more of a neighborhood feel at this event than others.” Anywhere from 40,000 to 100,000 people from across the nation are expected to attend this year’s festival, Millard said. “It’s definitely a positive event,” he said. “It provides a place for people to come out and interact, and it’s a great place to meet new people.”
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Debate duo works hard to win national titles By K AylAh BACA Intern
Two students on the UNT Debate Team recently won the National Junior Division Debate Tournament after months of preparing and researching thousands of articles to bring home the title. Amy Schade, a biology freshman, and Colin Quinn, a communication sophomore, beat 53 colleges on the way to the top, including the University of Oklahoma in the final round. The tournament was held March 12 through March 14 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kan. Brian Lain of the communication
studies faculty and the director of the debate squad said the young team put in hard work since early February, reading thousands of research documents to use as evidence for their arguments in the national debate. The team devoted weekends to practice debates and discovering how to argue a point more effectively. This year’s topic focused on immigration visas and whether the U.S. government should increase the number of visas issued or expand beneficiary eligibility. The tournament was sanctioned by the Cross Examination Debate Association and the National Debate Tournament, two governing bodies for competitive
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Quinn This was Quinn’s second time competing at the tournament. COLIN He said he was QUINN motivated to do better this year, and he accomplished his goal because he didn’t lose a single debate. Quinn first became interested in debate when he took a class on a whim as a freshman in high school in Chicago, Ill. He said ever since then he has been fully invested. The debate team recruited both
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Schade and Quinn, and both said it was their main reason for choosing UNT. Quinn said all the required research of the debate team has created a strong work ethic in him. He said the skills he has developed easily cross over into other aspects of life, including effectively arguing with his parents. “I like coming up with a position to argue and defend,” he said. “Debating is competitive, but I’ve made a lot of close friends in the debate community. It’s like a family.”
Rudy Reynoso Jr. doesn’t go a day without doing magic. With more than 300 tricks up his sleeve, Reynoso, a communications and Spanish sophomore, is one of the few known student magicians on campus. “Magicians are just actors playing the part of a magician, because the actual act of magic isn’t real, but magic in the sense of wonder is real,” he said. On any given day, Reynoso approaches someone off the street and performs a short card trick. It sometimes ends with a crowd. He said he does at least 20 spontaneous street shows a week. Although his primary tricks are used with a deck of cards, he said he saves the best for the magic business he’s been running since he was 15. For paying performances, he does tricks such as levitation of money and cards. His performances are 45 minutes long and usually at events such as weddings, and birthday and Christmas parties. Reynoso charges $40 for small groups and $60-70 for big groups.
He focuses on more direct “in your face” tricks, leaving out the illusions. “I really feel that has the best impact because when you’re on a stage, you kind of lose that sense of people, but when it’s right in front of your face... it’s a whole other thing,” he said.
Magical beginnings It wasn’t until Reynoso was 6 years old that his dad bought him a cheap little magic kit. He displayed his magical skills for t he f irst t ime at a fa m i ly reunion, but he quick ly g rew out of it, he said. A couple days before his 13th birthday, he said he saw magician David Blaine on a TV special and liked his closeup st reet approach to mag ic where he interacted w it h t he audience. Reynoso tried his hands at it again, this time doing extensive research. He sa id h is lea r n i ng ex per ience ma i n ly emerged f rom magic books he checked out at public libraries — focusing on the effects of magic and what
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Rudy Reynoso Jr. performs a magic trick using a deck of cards.
people see, not how it’s done. “We live in a day where so much is known, but just for that brief moment when you actually don’t know what happened, it’s that moment of disbelief that’s so i ncred ibly rewa rd i ng,” he said.
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Nonprofit music venue keeps its doors wide open BY PABLO ARAUZ Intern
On a cool Wednesday night in March, an audience gathered around a band called Those Damn Kids while raunchy music emanated from the electrified speakers in the stage room of 1919 Hemphill. 1919 Hemphill is a nonprofit music venue and community space located in southern Fort Worth’s Fairmount neighborhood. Concerts are held at least twice a week and usually cost a donation of $5 or $6. The shows are all ages and the venue prohibits alcohol and drugs on its premises. “What makes it unique from other venues is that we are a nonprofit,” said Al Rios, the general volunteer and UNT political science alumnus who now works as a math teacher for the Fort Worth Independent School District.
Running a positive community space Rios handles the finances of the venue, runs the website and makes fliers for countless shows. Although nobody officially manages the space, he keeps it running and growing as the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s “do-it-yourself” music community. He said he has been a volunteer for about eight years, nearly since the venue opened in 2002. The space is not just a music venue — it is a community cooperative which
contains a free store, a lending library, and it holds non-music-related events such as active group meetings and workshops of various kinds, said Rikk “Vee” Screldon, a general volunteer. “1919 is about fun, really. We have mostly DIY rock shows,” Screldon said. “But we’re always open for groups meeting here.” In past years, Screldon helped keep the venue afloat by essentially running it on his own.
Musically accessible for all For musicians like Torry Evan Finley, 1919 is a place to grow creatively and expressively. “At 1919 it feels like things are possible,” Finley said. “When I first got there, I felt a sense of belonging.” Finley has been volunteering at the space for about a year, not long after the first show he attended there. “There are so many venues where the music is so secondary and it’s all about alcohol sales,” Finley said. “It’s so superficial. They don’t realize that it’s a space for art. 1919 hasn’t lost track of it.” Finley said the space is meant to be a ground where one can meet open minded and creative people to relate to. “There are plenty of conventional venues that will better suit those conventional goals, but if you have something creative and meaningful that you want to say, 1919 has been
the place to do that for eight years,” he said. Isaac Johnson, an undeclared sophomore, has been attending concerts at 1919 since he was 13 years old. “The thing that 1919 Hemphill offers is that it puts performers off of a pedestal, so they can stop thinking that music is some kind of arcane magic that only celebrities can do,” he said. Johnson spent much of his time there playing in local bands, such as Abuser and the Wankers, or attending shows for local and touring acts. “1919 has definitely changed my life,” he said.
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Stephen Hayden, a Fort Worth resident, walks downstairs in between band performances Wednesday night at 1919’s Hump Day Holiday.
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Christian Medrano sings along with guitarist of Those Damn Kids (background) and Torry Finley with the bassist (foreground). Those Damn Kids performed at 1919 Wednesday night along with five other bands during Hump Day Holiday, which is held one Wednesday a month.
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Intern & Staff Photographer Nestled behind a row of American chain restaurants on Interstate 35 and Lillian Miller Parkway is a little taste of Europe. Bochy’s Bistro is a European-style restaurant that makes customers feel as if they are sitting in a small café in Paris or Rome. Golden-orange stucco walls, a mural of a French café and chandelier-like light fixtures provide a laidback and warm atmosphere. Owners Manmeet and Rene Schober are native Europeans and have created an affordable yet highquality dining experience. The prices are suitable for t he college student budget — all entrees are under $10. Bochy’s focuses on breakfast, which it serves from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The restaurant offers a number of healthy choices, such as the “Ultimate Veggie Omelet,” which consists of artichokes, peppers, mushrooms, pepperoncini — Italian peppers — and tomatoes. Bochy’s also puts its spin on breakfast-menu staples, such as French toast and pancakes. The blueberry pancakes were light and fluffy, sprinkled with powdered cinnamon and topped with light butter. The blueberries tasted as if the chef had picked them fresh from the bush that morning. The sweetness of the pancakes complemented the tanginess of the blueberries. One portion costs around $7, but came with six sizeable pancakes. Customers not in the mood for breakfast have a number of lunch and dinner alternatives to choose from, ranging from sandwiches to salads.
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Bochy’s fluffy blueberry pancakes are sprinkled with powdered cinnamon, topped with light butter and served with a side of toast. The bruschetta panini had a fresh taste, comparable to something found at a street-side European bistro. The entrée comes in full and half sizes, which cost around $9 and $7 respectively, and is served with kettlecooked potato chips and a dill pickle. The panini included salami, pepperoni, provolone cheese, diced tomatoes and bruschetta vinaigrette. The thinly sliced meat was tangy and contrasted the spongelike buttery bread in texture. The vinaigrette was a nice surprise. It was not too harsh, and was the perfect additive to balance the sweetness of the tomatoes. Bochy’s service was faultless. The server was helpful and knowledgeable of the menu. The food was served quickly but was obviously freshly made. The downside of Bochy’s is its location. The restaurant is tucked away in a shopping center near Loop 288, a heavy traffic area, and it looks out on the backside of a Black-eyed Pea restaurant. Bochy’s is more suited for the Denton Square or Fry Street area. For those willing to brave the 288-area traffic, Bochy’s is worth the trek.
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