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Volume 99 | Issue 54
The Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas
Benford named men’s basketball head coach TYLER OWENS
sen ior for ward U N T ha s h i re d for mer A l o n z o Marquette men’s basketball E d w a r d s assistant coach Tony Benford, b e f o r e a 20-year veteran in Division I, E d w a r d s as the 17th head coach of Mean t r a n s f e r r e d TONY Green men’s basketball. L o n BENFORD Benford’s hiring comes eight t o days after former UNT men’s basketball head coach Johnny Jones was introduced as the Louisiana State head coach. “We are very excited about the opportunity to add Tony Benford to the strong group of coaches at the University of North Texas,” UNT Athletic Director Rick Villarreal said in a press release. “In this search we were looking for a set of —Rick Villarreal traits that make up a great UNT Athletic Director coach and a great person, and Tony Benford fit the bill.” Ben ford, who ha s been called one of the nation’s top Morris College in 2009, then assistant coaches by Basketball to UNT in 2010. Times and Fox Sports, served “I couldn’t be more excited as the associate head coach about the opportunity of for t he Ma rquette Golden taking over the basketball Eagles under head coach Buzz program at North Texas,” Williams for the last four years. Benford said. “I would like Marquette has advanced to to thank Rick Villarreal and t he Sweet 16 of t he NC A A President V. Lane Rawlins Tournament in each of the for this opportunity, and last two seasons. Johnny Jones for doing such Before arriving at Marquette, a great job in making North Benford spent time at Nebraska, Texas a winner.” Arizona State and New Mexico, Benford w ill be introand played college basket- duced in a press conference ball at Texas Tech. While at at 2 p.m. today in the Club Nebraska, he helped recruit Level of Apogee Stadium. Staff Writer
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Denton Mayor Mark Burroughs listens as fellow candidate Donna Woodfork speaks during a mayoral forum Tuesday, hosted by the Denton Record-Chronicle, the North Texas Daily and the UNT Mayborn School of Journalism, at Milestone Celebrations. Candidates, including Neil Durrance (not pictured), responded to questions submitted by the public.
Candidates debate issues facing Denton HOLLY H ARVEY
Senior Staff Writer Denton mayoral candidates Mark Burroughs, Neil Durrance and Donna Woodfork answered questions Tuesday night to about 60 people at Milestone Celebrations on issues such as candidate residency, gas well drilling, food trucks and a possible convention center. The debate came before early voting begins April 30-May 8
and Election Day on May 12. Registered Denton residents can vote at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center, the North Branch Library, North Lakes Recreation Center and the Denia Recreation Center. Durrance said he would focus his platform on more accountable politics. “It’s time to restore trust in city government,” Durrance said. “No more back-door deals.”
Burroughs thanked the city for the allowing him to serve as mayor and wanted to continue to push the city ahead. “We’re going to continue what we’ve done. We’ve made progress despite the recession,” Burroughs said. Woodfork said she would i mprove c om mu n ic at ion between local government and city residents. “We need a leader who will
listen, analyze and come up with win-win situations,” she said.
Residency questions Current mayor Burroughs and candidate Woodfork both defended their Denton residency, which was questioned after Burroughs sold his Denton home and Woodfork was evicted from her apartment.
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City to establish tribute for fallen area soldiers HOLLY H ARVEY
Senior Staff Writer
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Merchandising junior Megan Turner explains her research project on Lolita garments. Turner said she and her partner, merchandising senior Jayla Moore, researched the Japanese-based garments and were selected to show their project at the Symposium Event.
College hosts consumer protection symposium NICHOLAS CAIN
Contributing Writer Students gathered in the University Union’s Silver Eagle Suite on Tuesday to listen to three guest speakers discuss how to protect consumers and brands in the digital age. The three speakers – Joe LaRocca of National Retail Federation, Samir Kothari of Truaxis and Josh Bourne of FairWinds Partners – were part of the UNT College of Merchandising, Hospitality & Tourism’s 8th Annual Creating Global Consumer Experiences Symposium. “The purpose of this symposium is to increase understanding of the experiences
that consumers have w ith products and services across all touch points and transactions,” said Judith Forney, dean of CMHT. Topic s covered by t he speakers included privacy policies and pirating, securing and protecting brand names, retail theft and ways for individuals and businesses to protect themselves. Sponsored by Target, the event allowed for students to interact w ith the guest speakers during an open question-and-answer panel. “Target is really excited to continue our relationship with North Texas,” said Chris Kahill, a representative for Target. “We
continue to find great talent at this campus, so we want to do our part to make sure we give back and help in the education of the university.” In addition to the guest spe a ker s, mercha nd i si ng students displayed projects they had been working on throughout the semester. “Each year, in conjunction w it h t he sy mposium, t he College of Merchandising, Hospitality Management and Tourism holds a resea rch competition for undergraduate and graduate-level merchand i si ng st udent s,” For ne y said.
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A walk of honor comprised of plaques with the names and pictures of militar y members k i l led i n t he service from Denton County will open in the next two weeks in the Spc. Ernest W. Dallas Jr. Veterans Memorial Park. About half of the monuments of the 19 men who were killed in Operation Desert Storm and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been erected, said Jim Mays, superintendent of park maintenance for the city of Denton. The walk, which was paid for primarily by donations, serves to honor the memory and allows people a place to grieve and learn about the lives lost, said Monty Slough, a Vietnam veteran and the director of Denton County Fallen Soldiers Memorial. “T hese boy s a re my brothers, and they have a right to be known now, not 20 years down the road when nobody cares,” Slough said. Denton County Sheriff’s Sergeant Phyllis Broomfield lost her son 2nd Lt. Johnny Craver in Iraq in 2006 when an improv ised explosive device (IED) detonated. She said the walk is a “beautiful place” that allows the community to see the sacrifices her son made. “It means a lot to us to have
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Phyllis Broomfield’s son, 2nd Lt. Johnny Craver, was killed in Iraq on Oct. 13, 2006, and is one of the fallen veterans honored at the Spc. Ernest W. Dallas Jr. Veterans Memorial Park at 6100 Sun Ray Dr. in Denton. the walk,” Broomfield said. “I want people to remember what a brave and honorable man he was. He volunteered to go to Iraq, and he loved his country.” T he rema i n s of ma ny ser v icemen are located in various militar y plots and private property around the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The walk will provide a more conve-
nient place for the families to go honor their loved ones, Slough said. “I don’t want the families to remember their soldier as a coffin with a flag,” Slough said. “Looking at a tombstone is depressing, but the idea of putting a picture in makes you feel good in the heart.”
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Across the walls, students displayed projects that took the name of popular compan ies, such a s Dolce a nd Gabba na, a nd rebra nded them in order to appeal to a different set of consumers.
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The walk has been in progress for about a year, with the city of Denton donating labor for the installation, Mays said. The memorial will be continually updated with new plaques if additional people in the military
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“For a lot of the classes t he sy mposium was ma ndator y,” hospita lit y ma nagement junior Katherine Kingsbury said. “I think it was good for the consumer’s part to even the business side as far as new technologies and the difference between privacy and preferences.”
are killed, Slough said. For Broomfield, the walk leaves a lasting legacy of her son who left behind a wife and three children. “He was determined to make something of himself, and he wanted to go in the army. He sacrificed a lot.” Broomfield said. “He wanted to be remembered as a soldier.”
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A volunteer at the Denton Community Food Center greets clients picking up food in January. About 90,000 people in Denton County have varying access to food, according to a 2011 report.
Distribution center to open in Denton A SHLEY ROSE Intern
Serve Denton, a communit y-based nonprof it organization, is expected to open Denton’s first food distribution center with the help of the North Texas Food Bank. The proposed partnership is in t he pla nning stages, and an opening date has not been established, said Paul Wunderlich, NFTB chief operating officer. “It’s not written down on paper yet,” Wunderlich said. “We sat down with members of Serve Denton to talk about a possible partnership. It’s still in the early stages.”
In the past, Serve Denton has relied on food d ist r ibutions outside of Denton Count y, but w it h t he help of NTFB, families in need of food will not have to go all the way to Dallas. “T h is w i l l act ua l ly c ut costs for NTFB members in Denton County who choose to participate by picking their food up from us, in Denton, rat her t ha n at t he N T FB center in South Dallas,” said Kayce Strader, Serve Denton’s director of development. Si nce food d ist r ibut ion would be more accessible, the number of people that will benefit from NTFB here
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Burroughs said he sold his house to move in with his fatherin-law who lives in Denton, while Woodfork said the management of the apartment complex did not accept her disability payment program, thus resulting in her eviction.
Food trucks Durrance said food trucks needed to be regulated for health and safety concerns. “We have to regulate health and enforcement. We can’t have people
in Denton is still unknown. “We’re work i ng on ou r aggregate numbers of how many people will be served t h roug h t h is prog ra m ; however, t he y ’re a l ready being served through NTFB. Again, this is primarily about how organizations will more efficiently access the NTFB resou rces each is a l ready connected to,” Strader said. The NTFB bega n operations in 1982 to address the issue of hunger by securing donations of surplus unmarketable, but wholesome, foods to feed the hungry, according to the NTFB website. In the first year of operation, NTFB
distributed 400,000 pounds of food. About 90,000 people i n Denton County have f luctuating access to food, according to a 2011 report by the Texas Food Bank Network, Baylor Universit y’s Texas Hunger Initiative and First Choice Power. N TFB Agenc y Relat ions Manager Isaac Burren said the proposed partnership will be beneficial. “I know that lots of families in Denton w ill benefit from this resource. We will be using Serve Denton as a sort of hub for the NTFB,” Burren said.
running into the street creating traffic hazards,” Durrance said. Burroughs said flexibility was needed and that food trucks can attend events but regulation remains an issue. “Generally speaking, you have a harder time keeping a sense of cleanliness and eliminating germs in the trucks,” Burroughs said. Woodfork fully supported bringing more food trucks to Denton. “I’d love to be open for them,” Woodfork said. “More pedestrians would be open to them as well.”
effects of gas well drilling. Burroughs said that the drilling industry had implemented greener practices and should abide by those. Woodfork suggested more environmentally friendly practices.
Gas well drilling Durrance said more scientific study was needed to determine the
Correction In Tuesday’s edition of the North Texas Daily, in the story “Students submit input with SETE surveys,” Dr. Brenda McCoy, Director of the Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences Degree Program in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service, was misidentified as the director of the College of Public Affairs and Community Services. The Daily regrets this error.
Convention center Durrance said the proposition of building a convention center in Denton was speculative, but that it should “account for 5,000 people and make sure it benefits the city.” Burroughs said the possible building should be a public and private partnership and that having the center would be “a huge asset to the city.” Woodfork was “totally against” the convention center and said the city “must be fair to our current hotels and increase their occupancy. The candidates addressed other issues such as homelessness, close-session meetings, city code of ethics, tree preservation, business-friendly practices and annexation.
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Denton competes for best small town in U.S. A SHLEY GRANT
Senior Staff Writer Denton’s small-town credibility recently got a boost after being named one of 307 small towns nominated for Best of the Road’s “2012 Best Small Town in America,” sponsored by travel map publisher Rand McNally and USA Today. According to the Best of the Road website, the two sponsors teamed up to create a community of road travelers reviewing the best stops on America’s highways and byways. Best of the Road publicist Jessica Parker said after the search has been narrowed down, teams made up of amateur travelers will be sent across the country to check out locations in each of their assigned cities. Each team will document its expedition and present it to compete for the top prize. The team with the best presentation will win $10,000. As of Tuesday night, Denton was holding down the No. 1 spot with more than 530 votes spread across five categories: “Most Fun,” “Friendliest,” “Best for Food,” “Most Beautiful” and
“Most Patriotic.” Bardstown, Ky., and Murray, Ky., were following with 390 and 378 votes, respectively. Development and family studies senior Bethany Jackson said Denton should win the contest because it stands out from other Texas towns and has its own unique small town vibe. “People a re way more accepting here,” she said. “You can go to church or walk around campus without shoes on, and it’s not considered weird.” Merchandising senior Vernon Jackson said one of the great things about Denton is that while it is growing and evolving, it maintains a small-town atmosphere. “There’s always something going on, like 35 Denton or the Fair on the Square,” he said. “It’s an old town that attracts lots of young people.” Voting for the “2012 Best Small Town in America” contest ends May 15. To vote or for more information on the contest visit www. bestoftheroad.com.
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The crowd enjoys the inflatable bounce balls during the Dum Dum Girls’ performance at 35 Denton on March 11. Denton’s small-town credibility got a boost after being named one of 307 small towns nominated for Best of the Road’s “2012 Best Small Town in America,” sponsored by travel map publisher Rand McNally and USA Today.
Record high gas prices await Students take to Internet to rate professors, courses students this summer JENNIFER MCELROY
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The semester is drawing to a close, and the summer holds potential promises of long road trips and cross-country vacations for many students. However, as gas prices near record highs, those students may have to rethink their plans. Terr y Clower, associate director of UNT’s Center for Economic Development and Research, said that gas prices are projected to reach $4 a gallon, at least in part because international relations with Iran are becoming more strenuous as the oil-rich nation ramps up its nuclear program. Because the U.S. relies heavily on oil suppliers abroad, consumers have no real control over the fluctuation in prices, Clower said. “Oil is traded on a world market, so even if we produce more oil domestically, the price we pay will still be determined by global supply and demand characteristics,” Clower said. Candidates in the upcoming presidential election are likely to emphasize the need for domestically produced oil, said Matthew Eshbaug h-Soha, assista nt professor of political science. He said that as gas prices rise, politicians like Mitt Romney will take the stance of increased drilling and decreased “rep tape” regulations on drilling. For UNT’s large number of commuter students, higher gas prices could mean looking for less expensive alternative transportation. Broadcast junior Ja red Rodriguez takes the DART train roundtrip from Denton to
As the semester draws to a close, students are beginning to register for the summer and fall, going to advising meetings and choosing classes with the best times and professors. To ensure they get the best professors, some may use RateMyProfessors.com. RateMyProfessors. com is the biggest online w e b s it e f or pr of e s s or ratings with more than 13 million student-generated comments and ratings. It has ratings for more than 7,500 schools and more than 1.5 million professors from colleges and universities across the United States, Ca nada a nd t he United Kingdom, according to the RateMyProfessors website. RateMyProfessors.com allows students to rate their professors on a 1-5 scale in four categories: easiness, helpfulness, clarity and rater interest. Students can also rate how much the textbook was used in t he course a nd include comments on the professor and course. After all the ratings are collected, each professor is given an overall number assessment. “I always use R at eMyP r ofe s s or s ; it ’s helped me out so much,” i nter nat iona l st ud ies sen ior Dyla n Lee sa id. “I didn’t find out about it until my junior year. I wish I would have found it sooner. I went back to
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Jazz studies freshman Connor Kent watches the gas price rise Feb. 25 at Exxon off I-35 and North Texas Boulevard. McKinney every day. Although his travel time is longer, Rodriguez said saving money is more important than time and sleep to him. Clower, who has researched current oil prices and historic trends, said that if commuter students travel 30 miles to school, five days a week with a relatively fuel-efficient car, then an average student would spend about $5 extra a week. “Don’t panic. Take a look at the real cost of increasing gas prices. Buy your coffee at Dunkin’ instead of Starbucks to make up that difference,” Clower said. The big question on the minds of those who rely on fuel to get around is how long the trend of
higher gas prices will continue. Barring significant economic disruptions, high numbers will stay steady at gas stations across the nation, Clower said. Eshbaugh-Soha said drivers should not only seek other small alternatives to fit fuel into their budget, and urges students to not be swayed by promises of political candidates, but to listen and form their own opinions. Despite all the commotion, Clower said higher gas prices do not mean the end of the world. “Most of us can find a way to fit this in our budgets by spending a little less elsewhere,” Clower said. “For a long summer semester, that’s less than $100. Getting finished with school is worth way more than that.”
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Fair celebrates Israeli Independence Day K ATIE OLSON Intern
Booths, informational flyers, kosher food, games and even a hookah pipe were all included at the Israel Fair on the campus green, sponsored by many organizations both on and off campus. Hospitality management senior Alycia Robertson, president of North Texas Hillel, said the Jewish student organization partnered with various pro-Israel groups and the Multicultural Center to celebrate Israel Independence Day on campus. “We have information on study abroad, Jewish life on campus, and fun Israeli games and activities,” she said. “This is an annual festival to promote Israeli Independence Day.” The celebration itself typically consists of free food and entertainment brought by Jewish and Israeli organizations on campus. “We just keep building on what we have and making it better,” Robertson said. “The festivities have gotten bigger as time goes on.” Robertson said the fair is held to honor Israel’s indepen-
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Laura Matisoff informs students of the positive contributions Israel has made at the “Project Innovation” booth Tuesday afternoon. dence and to offer information to students who do not have much background information on the country. “I think that when people are unsure about something they’re hesitant to ask questions, so we provide a welcoming event to get to know a great country with a great democracy and promote the positive image that Israel has,” she said. Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis,
adjunct faculty with Jewish Studies Program who has been assisting with the Israel Fair for nine years, believes that Israel receives negative attention from the news and that the country is often misrepresented. “Israel is a shining example of a democratic, open society in a part of the world that sorely lacks those desirable kinds of societies,” he said. Pre-social work freshman
Michelle Rosenthal, a member of Hillel, said that the goal of Israel Fair is to promote what life in the country is about and inspire a more positive attitude towards it. “Israeli citizens are just like us and happen to get a lot of negative media attention, but that doesn’t make them bad,” she said. Pre-psychology freshman Shani Ashkenazy, also a member
of Hillel, has personal ties to Israel because her family is from the country and she carries dual citizenship in America and Israel. “It really does mean a lot to me that we’re trying to portray a positive image of Israel. I think it was a good cultural experience for the other students,” Ashkenazy said. Next year as chair of the Israel Fair, Ashkenazy hopes to improve the organization of the event. “Next year I hope to start getting the food organized sooner because I feel like we were cutting it a little short,” Ashkenazy said. Apart from organizing the event, Ashkenazy believes that Israel Fair gave insight into the country of Israel and offered entertainment for students and faculty on campus. “I’m really proud of how well the fair worked out this year, and we all made a really good team, and I hope that next year is just as good or even better,” she said. Rosenthal agreed. “It’s not meant for people to pick sides. It’s nice to see some positive experience at the fair celebrating Israel Independence Day,” she said.
Program helps educate UNT staff NADIA HILL Staff Writer
The custodian’s English is spotty, and he never graduated from high school, but his daughter attends UNT and his favorite author is Victor Hugo, translated into Spanish. He works at the university because his employment provides opportunities for his family and allows him to work toward his own high school diploma through the President’s EDGE program, a year-old program designed to educate UNT staff to earn their GEDs. “This program is about second chances,” said program graduate assistant Brian Stewart, a secondary education master’s student. “We are aware that many of our participants have either lost opportunities or put their families’ needs ahead of their own as they have tried to pursue their educational goals. The President’s EDGE program is dedicated to building our community from within, and we want to make every available opportunity for the unnoticed that are behind
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Brian Stewart, a graduate assistant in the teacher education and administration department, did extensive marketing and promoting for the President’s EDGE program and works with some of the participants. the scenes making UNT great. We want them to go unnoticed no longer.” Funded by the UNT President’s office, EDGE (Employee Directed General Education) mentors 35 students who are university employees –janitors, groundskeepers, dining servers – who never graduated from high school and hope to earn their GED. Five tutors, including Stewart, lead eight free classes a week in subjects ranging from English as
a second language to math. The classes are hosted in Marquis Hall at varying times to accommodate work schedules. Stewart was hired in August to market the program and recruit participants, which he did through in-person contact and by going directly to his target audience. “We knew that for many promotions employees would need such certification, and we wanted to help them achieve those roles,” Stewart said. “However, we real-
ized that we had employees that had technical as well as university degrees from foreign countries that needed language assistance. With this new information we increased our scope and thus increased our participant enrollment.” Students are split into groups based on their levels of understanding of English, reading, writing and math, determined by a test given upon acceptance into the program. These groups
learn together and often work together. “They’re building a community through this,” program director Carol Revelle said. “When they feel safe together, they feel safer taking risks in learning together. This program also tries to respect our students’ experiences and their say in what they’re learning.” The goal is to get these students through the program in three years, but completion varies based on entry-level skills. Classes are based off curriculum Revelle once used as a remedial reading high school teacher, although adjustments are made to the material to reflect the maturity of her new students. No one has completed the relatively new program, and to protect their privacy, participants were not available to appear in this story. “We work off a growth, not deficit, model,” Revelle said. “We don’t say, ‘You don’t have these things, you need to work on them.’ They’re learning in a real, authentic way. It’s really been a fun and rewarding program.”
George Harrison songs to be released CHICAGO — George Harrison was recording steadily at the studio in his English country estate until nearly the day he died in 2001. “He loved to record, he was always doing more and more demos at night,” says his widow, Olivia Harrison. “But he’d a lways say, ‘I’ll never finish them. I’ll have to give them to (producer) Jeff Lynne (to finish).’ He knew he was going to be in his garden in the daytime, so they wouldn’t get done. But he was discovering the singer-songwriter thing again and really doing a lot of recording. He was just getting to the point of getting some sessions together. Sadly, time ran out.” Now, Olivia Harrison and a fe w t r u ste d c ol labor ators, including Giles Martin, the son of Beatles producer George Ma r t i n, a re goi ng t h r o u g h t h e g u i t a r i s t ’s massive archive and bringing the best of it to the public.
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Former Beatle George Harrison’s memorabilia are on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., on October 18, 2011. The exhibit features Harrison’s pre- and post-Beatles days. The first in what is projected to be a series of recordings is due out May 1, “Early Takes: Volume 1” (UMe), a collection of mostly acoustic demos documenting the early days of Harrison’s solo career. It
will accompany the release on DVD and Blu-Ray of Martin Scor sese’s 2011 Ha r r i son documentary, “Living in the Material World.” “Early Takes” focuses on the era around the guitarist’s
1970 solo debut, “All Things Must Pass,” including demos or early takes of the title song, “My Sweet Lord,” “Behind That Locked Door,” “Awaiting On You All,” “Run of the Mill” and “I’d Have You Any Time”
(cowritten with Bob Dylan). Another gem is an acoustic version of the then-decadeold Everly Brothers hit “Let It Be Me.” I n t h e d o c u m e n t a r y, producer Phil Spector says he was stunned to find Harrison had “hundreds” of unreleased tracks when the two began working on “All Things Must Pass.” And perfectionist that he was, Harrison left behind alternate versions of countless songs. Among the documentar y’s bonus footage is a scene show ing Giles and G eorge Ma r t i n seated i n front of a mixing board with Harrison’s son, Dhani. They pull up a version of Harrison’s Beatles hit “Here Comes the Sun” and play a previously unheard guitar solo by the songwriter. “I never even knew about that,” Dhani Harrison remarks as he hears his father’s guitarplay ing pou r t h roug h t he speakers.
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2001 was a big year for the Mean Green Athletic Department. The university moved to the Sun Belt Conference, Rick Villarreal took the reins of the UNT Athletic Department and Johnny Jones became the UNT menâ€™s basketball teamâ€™s head coach. Jones ended his tenure at UNT when he was introduced at his alma mater Louisiana State as the menâ€™s basketball head coach April 16 after 11 seasons with the Mean Green. He left UNT as the second-winningest coach in program history, with a 190-146 record. In the four years before Jonesâ€™ arrival, UNT averaged five wins a season under Vic Trilli, who coached the team from 1997 to 2001. Jones could not be reached for comment. â€œPart of my review of Johnny was that it was obvious he could handle a basketball team, and you could see he was going to be a leader. He just needed the opportunity,â€? Villarreal said. â€œWe knew what we were getting when we brought him to Denton.â€? For the first five years under Jones, the Mean Green averaged 12.6 wins per season, but it only
finished with a w i n n i ng record i n Jonesâ€™ first year in 2002. â€œ W h e n he took over this program, JOHNNY we were not JONES considered a good basketball school. It was hard to get recruits here, and overall people had no interest in the team,â€? Villarreal said. â€œJohnny had some rough years and when I hired him, I knew we had to hang in there, and soon enough, things started to click.â€? After going 63-78 in his first five seasons at UNT, Jones and the team started to become the program Villarreal had envisioned when he hired Jones. In 2006, UNT started a string of five consecutive 20-win seasons that included two Sun Belt championships, two NCAA Tournament appearances and one of the top home records in the Sun Belt. â€œI wish the very best to him. He was a father figure to all of us,â€? freshman Tony Mitchell said. â€œWe kind of knew that him leaving was coming. He left a great legacy here, one of the best North Texas will ever have. Now we just need to focus on the offseason.â€?
Johnny Jones by the numbers since joining the Mean Green â€˘ Recruited the nationâ€™s No. 31 recruiting class last offseason â€˘ In the 2009-2010 season, Jones helped lead UNT to a school-record 24 wins. â€˘ On Jan. 28, Jones picked up his 200th career win against the Arkansas State Red Wolves
Jonesâ€™ introduction at LSU came just a week after Mitchell announced he would forgo the NBA Draft to return to UNT for his sophomore season. Mitchell has until Sunday to decide whether to enter the NBA Draft. Villarreal said he thinks people will look back at the Johnny Jones era as one of the best basketball eras in UNT history. â€œIt was a blessing to have him as a coach. One of the best I ever had,â€? junior guard Brandan Walton said. â€œThere are no hard feelings at all. I think everyone was sad to see him leave, but at the same time, weâ€™re happy for him. He made us a respectable program.â€?
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UNT looks back on season, sets sights on NCAA playoff Tennis tyler owens Staff Writer
The No. 56 Mean Green tennis team brought home the Sun Belt Conference Championship for the second time in three years Sunday. Now the team sets its sights on the NCAA tournament. â€œWe are going to celebrate [the SBC Championship], enjoy this for a few days, and then we are going to get ready,â€? head coach Sujay Lama said. â€œNow our expectation is not to just win a championship, but to make a run in the NCAAs and to make noise nationally, and this is a good enough team that we can do that.â€? The Mean Green will find out its NCAA Tournament first round opponent at 4 p.m. May 1. The tournament will begin May 10, as the team hopes to be more successful than it was two years ago when Tulsa beat the Mean Green 4-2 in the first round. On Monday, the conference named Lama the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year. The teamâ€™s 18 wins this season was its most since the 1984-1985 season. The Mean Green capturing the SBC Championship means a lot to the program, but it means even more to the university as a whole, Athletic Director Rick Villarreal said. â€œItâ€™s just another step in showing that we can compete in the country in everything that we do,â€? he said. â€œI think it makes a statement that we are making an investment and itâ€™s paying off.â€?
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Freshman Kseniya Bardabush tosses up the first serve in her singles match against Florida Atlantic University on the first day of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on April 20 at Waranch Tennis Complex. Over the course of the season, UNT faced seven nationally ranked opponents, emerging victorious in three of those matches. UNT cracked the national rankings at No. 61 in February and climbed to No. 40 by early March, the highest national ranking in program history. â€œWe had a lot of ups and very few downs,â€? Lama said. Despite the 15 regular season wins, associate head coach Jeff Maren calls the 4-3 loss to Wichita State on March 17 the key moment
of the season. â€œThe loss at Wichita was really very important in the scheme of things because it helped us to retool and refocus,â€? Maren said. â€œEven though we lost the match, it was really an eye-opener.â€? After the loss to the Shockers, the Mean Green won its next seven st ra ig ht, including the three SBC Tournament matches. â€œWe want to win, we are going to win, we are going to fight and put our best effort,â€? junior Ilona Serchenko said.
Contributing Writer With age comes experience, and thatâ€™s what UNTâ€™s volleyball team is looking for from senior setter May Allen. Volleyball head coach Ken Murczek looks to Allen to fill important leadership roles on the court as a setter and off the court as the teamâ€™s lone senior. â€œJust by her position, itâ€™s natural to look at her as a leader,â€? Murczek said. â€œSheâ€™s taken some steps to mold into a leader.â€? At 5-feet-8-inches tall, Murczek likes to joke that Allenâ€™s not too tall but has a big heart. â€œItâ€™s been one of my most enjoyable semesters coaching, and thatâ€™s a huge tribute to the team,â€? Murczek. Murczek said he really started to notice the leader Allen was becoming when the team came back from winter break in January. â€œShe came back and kicked everyoneâ€™s butt,â€? Murczek said. â€œThe kid wants to play. Sheâ€™s passionate and driven.â€? Allen transferred to UNT in 2011 after spending two years at Dallas Baptist. She played in 20 of 34 games in the fall. â€œItâ€™s not just me. There are other leaders, like [sophomore] Eboni [Godfrey], [freshman] Liz [Powell] and [sophomore] Addason [Lamb],â€? Allen said. â€œThe freshmen have so much court experience, but in the locker room, they look up to me.â€? In her first season with the Mean Green, Murczek played her as a defensive player â€“ a role just as important as a setter â€“ in 45 sets, but now sheâ€™s back to setting during the offseason this spring. Before her time at Dallas Baptist, Allen played at James Madison High School in San Antonio. She displayed a leadership that made her team captain her junior and senior years. â€œAt DBU, I came in as the only setter, so I was put in to a leader role,â€? Allen said. â€œBut I was always a quiet leader, and the coach at DBU taught me how to be vocal leader.â€? Her UNT teammates notice how vocal she is now.
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Senior setter May Allen tries to keep the ball in play during practice Tuesday at the Mean Green Village. Allen is the only senior on the team. â€œI have more team experience, like chemistry issues,â€? Allen said. â€œSheâ€™s one of those people you can depend on no matter what,â€? Godfrey said. â€œWhen everyoneâ€™s talking in a group and thereâ€™s a lull, she spouts in with a hilarious remark.â€? The senior doesnâ€™t want to just be remembered for her witty
remarks. She has big plans for the program, after the team went 17-17 in her first season at UNT. â€œI just want to leave a legacy,â€? Allen said. â€œWe have the people to change it and get the recognition. I think a lot of UNT athletes feel the same way.â€?
Mean Green Trivia The UNT menâ€™s basketball team found a replacement for Johnny Jones on Tuesday, naming former Marquette assistant Tony Benford as its 17th head coach. Benford takes the job with plenty of experience, being a part of 14 postseason teams in his career. How far did Marquette advance in the NCAA Tournament last season with Benford as its assistant coach? Hint: The team lost to Florida 68-58 after winning two tournament games. Think you know the answer? Tweet your guesses to the North Texas Daily Sports Twitter, @NTDailySports! Those who answer correctly will be mentioned in Thursdayâ€™s paper.
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NT Daily Edboard: Nods and Shakes Today’s nods and shakes will focus on last night’s Denton Mayoral Debate, in which current candidates Neil Durrance, Donna Woodfork and incumbent mayor Mark Burroughs fielded questions from a panel of journalists and the audience. Some issues went comprehensively addressed, and others felt purposefully rushed. The Edboard will address both.
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The idea for a center has been thrown around for the city in conjunction with UNT and the developer
O’Reilly Hospitality Management LLC, but many local hotel owners believe it would detract from their business. Durrance and Burroughs were both quick to acknowledge that the hotel and convention center was still nothing more than an idea. However, both believed that if we go forward with the building of the center it could provide serious economic returns for the city. Woodfork, however, believed that because of the planned expansion for Highway I-35, construction of that magnitude wouldn’t work, and we should revisit the issue in five years or so. She also believes that we should take better steps to encourage busi-
ness at local hotels. The presence of clash and the honest difference in opinion earned the debate surrounding this issue a nod from the Edboard.
Shake: Debate over regulating gas drilling Many have raised concerns about the future of gas well drilling in Denton. As Denton County sits on top of the Barnett Shale Deposit, tons of money could be made from drilling, but safety concerns still surround the issue. The only person that seemed truly interested in discussing gas well
drilling in Denton was Durrance. He said his primary concern was to make sure that when regulating gas drilling, the safety of citizens was the highest priority and generating profit was the last. Burroughs and Woodfork, on the other hand, were a bit more “political” in their responses. Burroughs maintained that the industry representatives should be left in control because they best know the industries’ green standards. In other words, he believes in the status quo. The Edboard feels this problem deserved more clash between candidates earning the debate around this issue a shake.
Neilsen doesn’t reflect shows’ popularity A few years ago, my family received a card in the mail from Neilsen, the company behind the ratings that are so integral when it comes to the cancellation or renewal of television shows. We were asked to record our television-watching habits for a week–what we were watching, when we watched it and for how long. After the week was over, we sent the report back and hoped for the best for our favorite shows. According to its website, Neilsen currently measures more than 40 percent of the world’s televisionviewing habits. Its ratings are often cited when television shows are being discussed, especially during hiatuses when fans watch anxiously to see if their shows will survive to see a new season or if they’ll be left questioning a cliffhanger season finale forever. Ratings are important, fans are told. Tune in, or your show may disappear. Yet despite their mythic importance, shows have survived with low Neilsen ratings before. Creative teams of struggling shows often call upon a loyal fan base to campaign for the show’s renewal through online petitioning and sending letters to producers and the network. Sometimes fans and the show runners work together. Recently, the cast of “Community” – which has middling ratings but a strong following online –worked with CollegeHumor.com to film an in-character “Save Greendale” PSA as part of the #sixseasonsandamovie campaign created in response to an undetermined midseason hiatus. After the hiatus ended, “Community” had the best ratings of NBC’s Thursday night lineup the week of March 30, according to the
Hollywood Reporter. Even shows that fail by Neilsen ratings standards can be kept alive by a strong fan base. “Arrested Development” struggled in the ratings despite critical acclaim and was canceled by Fox in 2006. Five years later, in late 2011, online steaming service Netflix announced that it had struck a deal with the show’s creators to film new episodes, which will start appearing online in 2013, according to the New York Times. Response to the news had fans on the Internet buzzing with happiness. If shows that don’t deliver by Neilsen ratings standards can be kept alive through Internet campaigns and simple love from fans, why are the ratings still so vital when it comes to measuring the success of shows? The numbers don’t reflect the critical acclaim or viewer loyalty of a show. Perhaps those in charge of cancelation and renewal should start looking beyond the numbers to the people watching before making their decisions.
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Revenue ads should be used for educational TV Once upon a time there was something called “educational television,” which harnessed the technological marvel of a new medium to provide children and adults with edifying programming uncorrupted by advertising. Today, public radio and television continue to devote more attention to educational programs than commercial broadcasters do, but they also seek to entertain viewers of all ages with features – such as British sitcoms, quiz shows, animal adventures and rock ‘n’ roll retrospectives – that duplicate those on commercial stations. And the programming is punctuated by corporate “sponsorship statements” that are advertisements by another name. Given these changes, a federal appeals court decision last week allowing public stations to air political and campaign advertisements is not that dramatic a development. Last week the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2-1 vote, struck down on First Amendment grounds a congressional ban on such advertising, while upholding a prohibition on ads by profit-making companies. Under Supreme Court precedents, restrictions on free speech by federally licensed broadcasters must be “narrowly tailored to further a substantial governmental interest.” In this case, the asserted interest was Congress’ desire to preserve educational programming on public stations. In the court’s main opinion, Judge Carlos T. Bea concluded that Congress had good reason to worry that the lure of revenue
from ads for commercial products might induce public broadcasters to replace educational programming with fare more likely to garner higher ratings. But Bea sa id t here wa sn’t “substantial evidence in the record before Congress” to suggest that children’s and other educational programming would be similarly endangered by a station’s acceptance of political ads. (He ridiculed the notion that a station eager for political ads might air a cartoon in which Mitt Romney or Barack Obama fought crime alongside Superman or Batman.) One can accuse the court of not giving proper deference to Congress’ desire to keep public broadcasting ad free. But even if this case had been resolved differently, the notion of public television as a safe harbor from advertising would be a quaint one. In his concurring opinion, Judge John T. Noonan Jr. wrote: “As a viewer of ‘Jim Lehrer NewsHour’ and its successor, I have seen announcements that to my mind are ads. For example, I have v iewed Charles Schwab’s message, ‘Talk to Chuck’ _ it is not about Chuck’s golf game.” From “Talk to Chuck” to “Vote for Barack” isn’t that big a leap. In both cases, one would hope that the proceeds from such advertising would be used to defray the cost of the educational programming that is still more common on public stations than on their commercial counterparts. This editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, April 19.
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