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UNT prepares summer activities for kids BY K RYSTLE CANTU Staff Writer

Grandparents University is returning for its second year this summer among a multitude of other summer programs offered by the university. Grandparents and grandchildren, ages 7 to 12, can attend. During the camp, they will choose two subjects or “majors” to learn about. The majors include genealogy, apparel merchandising, astronomy, computer animation, CSI Denton (forensics), robotics, French culture and language, animal geniuses, and others. “It’s about fostering the relationship between grandparents and grandkids, but in a real fun way,” said Michael McPherson, dean of the Grandparents Un iversit y prog ra m a nd economics faculty member. “The classes are all very hands-on and experiential.” The two-day program takes place June 24 and 25. Participants pay $350 if they stay in the dorms or $315 if they stay off campus. The camp is organized by the Center for Life Long Learning at UNT. Interested participants can find a detailed list of the majors and more information at call.unt. edu/lifelonglearning. “The idea is that we give these kids a quick little taste of college life,” McPherson said. “It was such an amazingly popular experience for folks last year, a bunch are returning this year.” McPherson said some of the

participants last year were UNT alumni. “It’s kind of cool to get some of these people back that haven’t seen all the changes around here,” he said. “They haven’t been on campus for 20 or 30 years.” UNT’s Discovery Park is also hosting a robotics and game programming camp that will run from June 7 to July 23. The camp will split into seven weeks, four of them “Robocamps” in which participants will have the chance to build their own functioning robots, and three Xbox game development camps. Participants are given a template to design their own Xbox game, along with characters, rules and details. Once completed, they can take their game home and play it on any Xbox. The camp is geared toward teenagers in grades nine through 12. “We’ve been doing this for six years now,” said David Keathly, co-director and computer science department faculty member. “We’ve been featured in several national magazines.” This camp is paid for by the Texas Workforce Commission, the Motorola Foundation and other sources outside the university. Interested participants can find more info at www.cse.unt. edu/robocamp. Nort h Texas’ Elm Fork Education Center will offer a variety of one-week science camps for children in grades

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Grandparents and grandchildren, ages 7 to 12, can attend a summer program called Grandparents University. During the summer camp, they will have the opportunity to choose two subjects or “majors” to learn about. two through eight. The camps include a multitude of subjects, such as chemistry, astronomy, biology and aquatic entomology. The hours are from 8 a.m. to noon. Options are available for working parents if needed. “We always have repeat campers,” said Alana Presley, education coordinator for Elm

Fork Education Center. “We make learning science fun and very hands-on.” More information can be found at www.efec.unt.edu. The College of Music is also hosting camps for kids of all ages, including a piano and violin workshop. Tina Chung, president of the North Texas Music Alumni,

will direct the program. Students will strengthen their musical skills in both types of instruments. Piano and violin professors will be involved and will offer different mastery classes and lessons for participants. Students will also get a chance to watch a UNT student and

alumni recital at the end of the day after classes. “It’s good for our publicity and the College of Music,” Chung said. “It’s also good to show the people who are attending that there is a lot of interest in this area. It is a good recruiting tool and good opportunity for children to come and experience.”

Admin unveils Tier One plan BY A LEX CHEATHAM Staff Writer

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The 30th annual Denton Arts & Jazz Festival will take place 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The festival will be at Denton Quakertown Park off McKinney Street. Admission is free.

Jazz festival returns Friday BY BRIANNE TOLJ Design Editor

Sounds of smooth jazz, laughter and friends will roll through Quakertown Park this weekend from Friday to Sunday for the 30th annual Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. Residents and visitors are invited to the festival to eat and play games while listening to a variety of bands spread across seven different stages as they admire fine art. “Students will love it to just come out and eat and drink and bring their friends,” said Lori McLain, Denton Festival Foundation Inc. food chair. The free event, hosted by the foundation, will include performances from more than 2,200 musicians, arts and crafts, food, games, and a children’s art area, according to the website, dentonjazzfest.com. Booths will be set up around the park providing information and selling sponsors’ and renters’ products, such as Budweiser beer. All proceeds from the concession

booths go toward funding the event and the foundation’s goal of benefitting local arts in the community, according to the website. Headlining musicians include the Chick Corea Trio, performing at 9 p.m. Friday, Jimmy Vaughn, performing at 9 p.m. Saturday, and Brave Combo, performing at 7 p.m. Sunday. “It’s like seeing family again when repeating artists come back year after year,” said Jean Stanley, foundation president. Opening for Chick Corea Trio is the One O’Clock Lab Band, who will also perform with the other eight lab bands for their annual Lab Band Madness event on the UNT Showcase stage from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. Traditionally the event is performed on campus but it was moved to the festival this year to reach a bigger audience. “It is a good way to interact with the community and the Dallas-Forth Worth area in a very easy and fun way,” said Steve Wiest, director of the One

O’Clock Lab Band. Artists from surrounding areas will present their work in booths inside the Civic Center and outside in the park. Attendees can enjoy and purchase sculptures, candles, stained glass, paintings and photos. Other activities include rock climbing, face painting, train rides, a used-books sale, a playground and a pet adoption. Five food courts will be placed around the event, serving food such as nachos, egg rolls, hamburgers and funnel cakes. An estimated 200,000 visitors can enjoy the Asian, Mexican, Greek, Cajun or Italian cuisine while watching bands take the stage. Wine, beer, water and coffee will be available also. A tent will be set up for children to enjoy wood building and a musical petting zoo where children can touch different percussion instruments to better understand them. Dogs are not permitted inside the event and coolers are not allowed in the jazz area.

UNT’s goal to become a top university is underway with a 10-year strategic plan to increase research. The plan aims to boost UNT to the highest research category and help it achieve Tier One status. The Office of Research and Economic Development and the Office of the Provost have designed the plan with various colleges, and faculty members. “Tier One is the highest level of university that people recognize in terms of research,” said Vish Prasad, vice president for research and economic development. Wendy Wilkins, provost and vice president of academic affairs said the plan is broken down into two phases and will

cost $250 million. The first phase is intended to receive government funding. UNT receives $11.2 million for research from the federal government. The goal is to increase funding to $45 million by 2015. UNT must meet other criteria, such as increasing the quality of the faculty, the freshman class, graduate students and the number of doctorates, Prasad said. Once reached, the university will be eligible to receive support from the National Research University Fund. The $45 million will be used to reach other research goals. “We will use the money from the National Research University Fund to keep moving at a faster rate and eventually double the $45 million funding to $90 million, which will be the equivalent of about $150 million in

research expenditures,” Prasad said. The money will be used to produce more than 300 doctorates. He said once this is accomplished, UNT would compete for the Highest Research University Category. Prasad said that when Tier One status is reached, the quality of faculty, students and infrastructure of UNT will increase. UNT is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as a High Research Activity Category university and receives less funding than universities in the highest category. If successful, the plan will benefit students by adding value to their degrees and offering better faculty, Prasad said.

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Honor society elects national representative, holds banquet BY A LEX CALAMS Staff Writer

Jonathan Lavezo said he has done his fair share of hard work as an undergraduate at UNT. The senior will graduate in May with a bachelor’s in chemistry, but he said completing four years of required coursework wasn’t the only obstacle he overcame. He has served as president of UNT’s Alpha Chi National College Honor Societ y, a student organization that admits select students from the top 10 percent of their classes, for two years. H i s w or k w it h i n t he society earned him the position of National Region II Representative during its Super-Regional Convention

last month. “His election into the office of student representative for Region II to the National Council is well deserved and hard earned,” said Cameron Mc C or d , an A lpha Ch i g radPHOTO BY KAITLYN PRICE/PHOTOGRAPHER uate science Jonathan Lavezo, a chemistry senior, is the President for student. “His UNT’s Alpha Chi National Honor Society and serves as a work the last student representative on the National Council. two years as Lavezo said it wasn’t easy our local president, building us up from zero to a viable juggling his responsibiliand sustainable organiza- ties. tion, served as great training for this new position.” See STUDENT on Page 2


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Interested students give geography club a facelift BY SHEA YARBOROUGH Senior Staff Writer

Fresh faces are breathing new life into the lungs of a forgotten club. After several officers graduated, the Geography Club was almost lost at UNT until a group of students, enthralled with rocks and mountains, took up the torch, said Kevin Strode, the club’s president and a geography senior. “Geography has something to do with everything,” Strode said. “Most people think geography is only good if you go on a trivia show.” It is a relaxed club with one requirement: an interest in geography, Strode said. The club doesn’t charge fees and asks members to show up

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Vice President Allyssa Sobey and President Kevin Strode went around classrooms to find people with an interest in geography to reestablish the Geography Club, after it died out a few years ago. when they can. It’s not an obligation, he said. “We want to help create relationships that w ill last

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past college,” Strode said. Geography encompasses se ver a l d i sc ipl i ne s, s a id Allyssa Sobey, vice president

and a geography sophomore. A nt hropolog y, sociolog y and international studies are involved in the discipline, but she called herself more of a physical geographer. Rocks and mountains are what fascinate her. “ You k now it ’s r e a l l y dorky, but I just love rocks,” Sobey said. “I think rocks and minerals are the earth’s natural art work.” Ten interested members showed up to the club’s first meeting April 12, Sobey said. Everyone was asked to bring cheeses from around the world to share, she said. They are all students with an international mindset. “We love to ta l k about travel,” Sobey said.

Discussion topics ranged f rom genocide i n Da r f u r to the recent overthrow of Kyrgyzstan’s government, she said. “We are people who get enthralled with international events,” she said. Sobey and Strode listed several entities affected by t he study of geog raphers. Google Maps, city development and highway building rely on geography enthusiasts like Sobey and Strode, they said. “We know what people want and where to put it,” Strode said. With little time because of packed schedules, the club members consider themselves a support group for those who

need help with their earth science classes, Strode said. He sa id he’s ta ken ever y earth science class UNT has to offer. “We are going to have a study session soon for anyone who needs help w ith their classes,” he said. In keeping with their love of rocks, mountains and rivers, the members have planned a scavenger hunt, but it is not the average scavenger hunt, Strode said. Using GPS locators and geographic coordinates, the items will be hidden all over North Lake Park, with the winner receiving prizes, he said. “We are just trying to carve out a little niche for ourselves,” he said.

Student elected to represent council Continued from Page 1 “It was difficult to be an outstanding student, maintain employment and be president all at the same time,” he said. The convention took place from March 25 to 27 in Little Rock, Ark. The society invited more than 400 delegates from around the nation to represent the gathering’s theme of ”Multiple Talents, Multiple Opportunities.” “Region II is all of Texas east

of I-35, Louisiana and Arkansas,” Lavezo said. “Although my term as president is ending, my service to the chapter as a National Council member will only further help Alpha Chi. “ Lavezo said his predominant responsibility as representative would be to keep its members informed of Alpha Chi matters at the national level by maintaining the university’s local chapter. Faculty adviser for the society and education faculty member

Jeanne Tunks said students involved with Alpha Chi must display incredible dedication and hard work. “In order to be a member of the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, you have to have a cumulative 3.9 or above GPA at the junior and or senior year,” Tunks said. In addition to meeting that standard, Tunks said that Lavezo’s leadership during the past two years as Alpha Chi’s president assured her of his future

success. “I believe that Jonathan will represent the University of North Texas chapter of Alpha Chi with excellence and strength,” Tunks said. “His leadership as president of the UNT chapter is what led him to this current success, and we are most fortunate to have him in this new role.” The chapter hosted its Annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet on Thursday evening at Discovery Park.

UNT to boost research, doctoral degrees Continued from Page 1 It also will benefit the community by bringing an estimated 1,000 jobs and new companies to the Denton area, he said. “Gaining access to [Tier One

and the National Research University Fund] will help UNT become a more prestigious research university, meaning we serve the public better, and your degree will be worth more,” said Wilkins. The cost includes

the salary for more than 200 research-active faculty members, who it is hoped will develop new advances in technology, new companies and products. In addition, the money will be used to build high-tech

research laboratories at UNT and Discovery Park. “The research faculty we hire will be able to work on nanotechnology, next-generation materials, anti-terrorism methods and cyber-security,” Prasad said.


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Violence, language in [ In theaters today... ] ‘Kick-Ass’ sparks debate By Kip Mooney / SCENE Editor / OPINION

Opinion By K ip Mooney SCENE Editor

“Kick-Ass” more than lives up to its name, but this isn’t a movie review. Yes, the movie is a blast and smarter than it appears, but the discussion seems to focus on how the movie is potentially damaging to our values. It a ll starts w ith one little word. It’s a word that starts with a ‘C’ that can’t be printed in this paper or probably any publication. The trouble for moral guardians here is that an 11-year-old girl says it. But that’s the problem with double standards. This four-letter word has been around for centuries, and has been used in films ranging from “The Exorcist” to “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” In those Oscar-nominated films, adults say the word, so I suppose that makes it OK. However, little is said about her dispatching bad guys with butterfly knives and other sharp objects. Much has been made about the violence in the film. Roger Ebert went so far as to call it “morally reprehensible.” Now, make no mistake: The film is quite violent. It earns its R rating, though it should have gotten an X (no one under 17 should see this movie, but the ridiculousness of the Motion Picture Association’s rating policy is a column unto itself). “Kick-Ass” is hardly the most violent movie ever made. Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” films, Mel Gibson’s “Passion of the Christ”

and Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” are all far more brutal. W hat seems to be get t i ng e ver yone so riled up is at whom the violence is aimed. No one bats an eye when Hit Girl severs limbs and kicks grown men in the face. However, once t he tables are turned and those grown men fight back, the moral fiber of America is at stake. Part of the problem is because “Kick-Ass,” while pure fantasy, has some roots in realism. This isn’t PG-13 killing, where villains simply fall over after being shot. There are copious amounts of blood. The character of Kick-Ass gains notoriety by having camera-phone footage of his intervention in a gang execution broadcast all over YouTube. And in turn, the audience becomes voyeurs, peeking under the mask and into his personal life.

When he gets beaten within an inch of his life, the audience feels his pain. P a r t of t h i s i s because, as his nerdy alter ego Dave, we’ve felt his pain while he’s picked on in school, misunderstood by his peers and awkwardly tries to talk to his love interest. This time, the physical beatings he takes carry extra weight because it feels as if he’s one of us. At the least, we know someone like him. “Kick-Ass,” even when venturing into the ridiculous, is the most realistic comic-book movie ever made, more graphic and provocat ive t ha n even “T he Da rk Knight.” And while it wants you to have a good time, director Matthew Vaughn and writer Jane Goldman want you to question why. That’s a movie worth defending, regardless of its content.

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Sprint coach uses experiences to fuel success BY BEN BABY Staff Writer

On UNT sprint coach Sammy Dabbs’ desk, a clutter of dreaded paperwork fills most of the workspace. Along with three Slinkies, a ribbon that says “Older Than Dirt,” and tapes from past meets, seven pictures hang from the middle shelf. In them, Dabbs can be seen with some of his best athletes from years past, with either medals or trophies, displaying the results of the work the secondyear coach has put in. In every picture, Dabbs wears the same stone-faced glare that could shatter a camera lens. “It’s just never been me,” he said. “I’m not the smiling type. That goes all the way back to me being a kid. I never smiled anywhere I was. We would go to take pictures as a family and they would try to get me to smile, and it was not something I’d do.” Dabbs carries that grit and focus into practice and competition, leading the Mean Green sprinters and hurdlers to the top of the Sun Belt Conference. “Right now, he’s becoming

100 percent. I want to get everything out of you that I can. If you say you want to do this, then you need to come out here and give me a maximum effort. “If you can’t do that, then why are you here? Don’t even show up if you’re not going to come out here and say everything you’re going to do to be the best that you can be.” The drive and determination that the sprint coach displays evolves from the past that Dabbs has endured. Coming out of L.G. Pinkston High School in Dallas, things were not always easy. “He came from a really tough background, but he was able to endure those things he went through,” said Mike Hart, head PHOTO BY CLINTON LYNCH/VISUALS EDITOR coach of the Dallas Gold. Sammy Dabbs has coached 28 regional qualifiers, four NCAA qualifiers and seven NCAA provisional marks since 2008. Hart, who has coached UNT athletes, such as juniors Missy There has been one Junior Barnes and Brittany Blaylock, one of the best in the country,” is in this country.” Since Dabbs was named National Champion, sopho- picked up Dabbs and bring him head coach Rick Watkins said. “He’s gaining more knowledge. the full-time assistant coach more Keyth Talley, and there to practice when he ran outside He works at gaining knowledge, in August 2008, he has had 28 have been two national team of school. The two coaches still talk on a daily basis, as they trade and he’s so great at putting it into regional qualifiers, four NCAA qualifiers. “My fire and intensity comes stories and coaching advice. qualifiers and seven NCAA provipractice. An all-around athlete, Dabbs from the standpoint of I don’t “He’ll continue to learn and sional marks. His athletes have broken 17 accept mediocrity,” Dabbs said. excelled in track, football and continue to get better. He will be as good a sprint coach as there school records during his tenure. “I won’t have people not giving basketball. In football, he played

everything from quarterback to wide receiver to helping out at defensive end. On the hardwood, Dabbs played guard for Pinkston’s varsity squad. However, Dabbs excelled most at track. With the help of a couple people, Dabbs was spotted by UNT. Having already applied to the university, he walked on to the track and field team, blazing a trail that would become the template for future athletes to follow. Dabbs’ freshman year proved to be tough, both in and out of the lanes ––something that drove him to become the coach he is today. “I’ve gone through life just dealing with stuff,” Dabbs said. “That ability to deal with stuff is what’s formed who I am at this point. “It’s something I take into my coaching. You will deal with whatever situation that is brought in front of you because you have no choice To read the full story, visit ntdaily.com.

Track and field team heads to Oklahoma for fourth time BY BOBBY LEWIS

Contributing Writer W hile summer begins to creep closer, the outdoor season begins to heat up for the Mean Green track and field team as they head to Norman, Okla., for the Oklahoma Invitational II. The Mean Green’s familiarit y w it h t he Ok la homa outdoor track facilities can go a long way in sustaining its recent string of stellar performances.

“When we run at home — the kids run great at home,” assistant coach Sammy Dabbs sa id. “Ok la homa’s a t rack where they’re pretty used to it, especially coming back now to run two weeks in a row. I think it’s a definite advantage coming to run again this week.” The team was in Norman on Saturday for the Oklahoma John Jacobs Invitational. “It’s definitely a familiar

t r ack ,” he ad c oach R ick Watkins said. “You know, it’s a short trip up there — two hours –– so it’s usually pretty easy.” The athletes’ familiarit y with the track should give the team a bit of an advantage, but not everything is going well for the Mean Green. Injuries have plagued two of the top athletes, sophomore sprinter Keyth Talley and junior high jumper Jermaine Jamison, for

much of the outdoor season. D a b b s s a i d Ta l l e y i s progressing w it h his ha mst r i ng i nju r y, but he probably w ill not run this weekend. However, Watkins had better news about how Jamison is moving through his knee problem. “We rested him last week, and he’s going to jump this week,” he said. Juniors Montrell Pyron and Justin Liad w ill be among

t he Mea n Green at h letes compet i ng Sat u rday i n Norman, and both expect to do well, partly because they have both raced on that track this year. “Every meet is different,” Pyron said. “I go to each meet with the same intensity, so I guess knowing the track helps, but in terms of any other race, I just come in and run fast.” Liad, who will be running the 400-meter hurdles, said

he expects to get a personal record because he knows the rhythm of the track. The women’s relay teams have established themselves as the team to beat in the Sun Belt Conference, holding the best times in the 4-by-100 meter and 4-by-400 relays, and have been resting for the last couple of meets. Watkins said they would do the same this weekend and w ill not run.

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Arts and Jazz Festival creates outlet for community BY CHRISTINA MLYNSKI Staff Writer

The golden metal forms a ‘J’ it’s placed near the mouth, where the lips cup the reed, as buttons are pressed simultaneously to release a soothing sensation. The sound of the saxophone takes over the environment as Brian Clancy finds himself lost in a musical wonderland surrounded by a sea of inspired onlookers in the music capital of North Texas. Clancy, a jazz studies junior, will take the stage with two other performers at 4:30 p.m. today for the 30th annual Denton Arts and Jazz Festival on the UNT stage. The UNT stage is the newest edition to this year’s event and will feature a combination of lab bands, solo performers and improvisational bands who will get the chance to express their musical talents. “Everyone in the community gets

a chance to see what’s going on here in Denton and hear what’s going on in the jazz scene that has made North Texas known all over the country for its music,” said Jay Saunders of the jazz studies faculty and event scheduler for the UNT stage. Finding his muse Clancy and the tenor sax found each other when he was 11 years old. His teacher for the band program was a UNT alumnus who introduced Clancy to the woodwind family. This formal meeting would eventually become his inspiration for creating music, he said. “The music was so deep, and there’s so much history dating back to this past century dealing with jazz,” Clancy said. “I guess when I first heard John Coltrane that was what did it for me, and it’s still that way when it comes to his music.” Asher Barreras, Justin Heaverin

and Clancy will have their first performance together at the festival. The three musicians are not concerned because being a part of the jazz department gives them a chance to hear each other’s talents without actually having to hold practices. The performers will showcase their abilities on drums, upright bass and tenor saxophone to produce a realm of boundless music, Clancy said. “There’s so many people on any given instrument that everyone kind of plays with each other in an informal setting,” he said. Clancy was nominated to be a feature spot on the UNT stage, but he was not informed that he would play at the festival until he came across his name on the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival’s website. He was chosen by a group of professors who saw that his musical ability set him apart, Saunders said. For Clancy, playing a public setting

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Brian Clancy, a jazz studies junior, Justin Heaverin, a jazz studies senior, and Asher Barreras, a jazz studies senior will play at 4:30 p.m. today for the 30th annual Denton Arts and Jazz Festival on the UNT stage. required more physical preparation then he is used to. “Usually when people play jam sessions in a performance setting, you play something, people clap and

you continue,” Clancy said. “I want to make it more of a streaming free thing and play one tune that molds into another and try to make different things happen.” The group will perform original jazz standards like “Autumn Leaves” and “Just Friends,” but the arrangement will be improvised. “Brian is one of the most outstanding improvising instrumentalists out there, so it only made sense to put him on the UNT stage,” Saunders said. Living the dream In high school, Clancy would make the drive to Denton every year for the festival to experience the attitudes of different types of people from different walks of life who were there for the same reason: artistic expression. The event became a staple in Clancy’s life that broke away from his usual everyday routine and gave him a weekend escape to a musical paradise. “Everyone can enjoy it, be happy, have fun and not only be inspired, but maybe learn something from it all,” said Carol Short, founder and executive director of the festival. “The arts touch our souls and make us a part of the festival, and that’s the beauty behind it all.”


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[Cooking with Katie By Katie Grivna / Senior Staff Writer

As summer creeps closer, so does the need to bring a dessert to upcoming family gatherings and backyard parties. Instead of stopping at the grocery store on the way to your celebration, try this recipe for “Easy Apple Crisp,” a simple spin on apple pie. The crust of this crisp is painless to make ––

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something you won’t find making an apple pie. The recipe comes from the book “Best Recipes from the Backs of Boxes, Bottles, Cans and Jars” by Ceil Dyer. The gobs of sweet apples and chunks of oatmeal-brown sugar crust will leave you wishing you had

made a bigger batch, and they’ll make your kitchen smell like warm brown sugar for hours. Add ice cream or whipped cream for an extra treat. Part two of a three part series. Ingredients: -2/3 cup brown sugar -1/2 cup flour -1 cup instant oatmeal -1/2 cup melted butter -1 pound, 4 ounces apple pie filling

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Staff Writer & Assigning Editor The two-story establishment sits on the left side of the street between two businesses. Giuseppe’s provides a feeling of security as the patron walks through the door into the entrance of a house and by the smells garlic and Italian herbs. The staff is eager to greet people with a smile and ushers them into one of the many rooms inside the house. The walls are lined with multiple pictures of family members and paintings that set the tone of Italy. During the lunch rush from 11 to 2, any meal ordered comes with a side salad. The Caesar salad is a dollar extra and is worth it. The lettuce comes piled high with shavings of cheese and homemade dressing. The croutons are baked to crispy perfection and add a nice contrast of soft flavoring to the sharp dressing. The house salad comes dressed in a raspberry-vinaigrette sauce that has the consistency of yogurt. The sensation of a thicker salad dressing on the tongue is surprising at first and takes a bit of getting used to. The bitter

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The fettuccine alfredo is a must have at Guiseppe’s Italian Restaurant. The classic dish is garnished with basil leaves and has a rich, decadent flavor. Customers w ill fall in love flavor does not align with one’s expectations, but its sweet aftertaste will once they bite into the deep-fried cannoli. The shell is a goldenlead patrons to take bite after bite. The main dish, Pollo alla Romana, brown color wrapped into a circular structure for ricotta cheese to be is presented on a beautiful plate. The chicken is breaded in a crust squeezed in. The ricotta comes with the surprise of mozzarella with little bites of chocolate chips cheese baked inside. The exchange- spread throughout the dessert. The able layers of crunchy, moist and finale to the meal is a nice, satissucculent textures provide a pleasant fying way to end the visit. The prices are a little on the experience to the palate. The chicken is topped with roasted expensive side, but the quantity mushrooms and placed upon a bed and quality are well worth it. The cozy restaurant will surely of penne pasta covered in marinara sauce. The option to have Parmesan have the customer returning for cheese sprinkled across your plate a second experience. adds a delightful element to the already delicious flavors. Giuseppe’s The fettuccine alfredo is a delightful dish and a mustCleanliness have at Giuseppe’s. The heavy Service cream gives a thicker texture Affordability to the classic dish and will Atmosphere leave patrons with a full belly Food Quality halfway through lunch.

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Directions: 1. Begin by mixing the brown sugar, flour and oatmeal in a large bowl and blend ingredients together. 2. Add the melted butter and stir until the mix has a thick consistency. 3. Lightly butter an 8-inch cake pan, either round or square, then pack about two-thirds of the mixture around the bottom and sides of the pan, creating a crust. 4. Top the crust with the apple pie

5 filling. Place the apples so they are flat and not on top of each other. 5. Use the rest of the oatmeal mixture to cover the apple pie filling. To do this, take a small handful of the concoction and thin it out using your fingers to create a skinny, flat line and place it on top of the apple pie filling, covering the entire crisp. 6. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 to 35 minutes. 7. Cool completely before eating.


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MusicSCENE

Circa Survive proves the sky’s the limit Opinion BY CHRISTINA MLYNSKI Staff Writer

When Anthony Green put his band Circa Survive on hiatus, he has strayed away from being tied to a group and recorded a solo album, which was just remixes of previously released singles. Now that he’s returned to Circa Survive, it’s clear that Green needed to step back from his musical career to produce the band’s most colorful album to date. “Blue Sky Noise” introduces a wide selection of pitches and iconic craftsmanship, which explains why Circa Survive has continuously grown into a walking billboard for originality. “Get Out,” the album’s first single,

showcases the distinctive tone that separates Circa Survive from amateurs. The signature sound of Green’s varied high-to-low tone vocal styling in this song is the apex of what the band tried to do for the past seven years. But it’s “Imaginary Enemy” that is the key track on this mind-blowing album. The song delivers a hearty portion of bass chords that counteract smooth and serene guitar riffs. The repetition of rhythmic beats produces a climatic anticipation, which builds up the energy of the album. The image of Green, and his band mates running toward the edge of the ocean and becoming bombarded by waves creates the perfect illusion for this track.

Circa Survive’s trademark of new musical discoveries with traditional instruments sets it apart from other bands that fall under the “progressive-experimental rock” label. In the past, Green trampled on his gifted voice box by adding too much attention to scratchy sounds when the acoustics called for a pleading tone. “Blue Sky Noise” finally shows Green finding selfcontrol without losing the band’s edginess. This balancing act is created in tracks like “Fever Dreams,” where the music builds up to its peak and gives the right amount of vocal performance. The catchy guitars and piano set the tone for a personal experience. Green wails about his doubts and immediately stops his vocal ranges right before it becomes overkill, causing goose bumps to rise on the back of the listener’s neck. The ending section of the album brings Green’s passionate idea for

his musical path full circle. Skeptics will assume that since this is Circa Survive’s first album on a major label, the band’s poise, elegance and brilliance will be destroyed. The closing track, “Dyed in the Wool,” is the final attempt to prove the non-believers wrong by breaking these misconceptions. The band comes together and sings a harmonious and memorable ending to a n u n b e l i e vable album. The prog ression of ba l lad r y a nd honest lyrics finish off the masterpiece of soulful songwriting, accompanied by a creation of new sounds and Green’s selfrestraint. “Blue Sky Noise” holds the key to an authentic album. The 12 tracks here challenge the normality of rock ‘n’ roll. Circa Survive proves through all the doubts that it can create an ambitious transition from “noise” into music.

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Folk singer impresses with rustic vocals, lyrics Opinion BY GRACIELA R AZO Senior Staff Writer

Ever since Kristian Matsson’s first album, “Shallow Graves,� debuted, he has been surrounded with constant comparisons to folk great Bob Dylan. Also known as the Tallest Man on Earth, Matsson’s blend of folk lyrics and ultra-twangy vocals do bear a striking resemblance to Dylan, but his talent is one that deserves to stand alone and not be overshadowed by such an association. On his latest album, “The Wild Hunt,� he has proven just that. Mat sson ha s not on ly t he genuine, stor y telling ly rics of a great folk musicia n, but he also updates the genre to something new and interesting once again. He shows how his refreshing vocals stand above today’s musicindustry norm of vocal manipulations through its raw purity,

reminiscent of t he grassroots days of folk music. The Swedish singer’s gritt y voice, t inged w it h his nat ive accent, hits listeners in the first couple of seconds of the album. The title track introduces a fully solid album and reassures that “The Wild Hunt� isn’t just another record by a singer-songwriter who picked up a guitar one day. For those not used to a voice like Matsson’s, it’s a warm-up song that prepares for the more i nten se pa r t s of “T he W i ld Hunt.� H i s ot her t a lent s a re not forgot ten, however. Mat sson plays his guitar with such ease on songs, like “Troubles Will Be Gone,� which shows how he has injected life and relevance into a dead genre. The next hopeful single of the album is “You’re Going Back,� the definite standout that shows the entire spectrum of Matsson’s talent. He shows h is i n ner stor y-

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FashionSCENE

Fashion student shares summer highs

Photo courtesy of Kristen Jackson By Jessica Paul Staff Writer

Kristen Jackson, a fashion design junior and public relations and event coordinator for the UNT organization MODA, shared her thoughts on the future of the fashion industry and what will be in vogue this summer.

Q: What will summer’s biggest trends include? A: Mostly nude colors, a lot of peaches. You’ll see a lot of garments that have kind of cutouts on them showing skin. A lot of denim clothing, a lot of washed, torn-up, destroyed denim. Anything with a little bit more of a rough look to it. Almost like a 1920s, 1930s working class feel to it and you’re also going to see tons of floral designs with flowers and silks. Also, you’re going to see brights and sequins. Q: What’s your signature piece or something you’re always seen wearing? A: If I do go out, I love dresses

for some reason. I love really flowy outfits paired with a really fitted blazer. Unless they’re skinny jeans, that’s really the only tight stuff I like to wear. I love things that completely hang on your body and form your natural shape.

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