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Volume 99 | Issue 55
The Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas
Regents gives Rawlins OK to look at other conferences Brief STAFF R EPORTS
The UNT Board of Regents met Wednesday afternoon to give
President V. Lane Rawlins the authority to look into the university’s options should it decide to leave the Sun Belt Conference. Rawlins has declined to speak
on the possibility of UNT moving to a different conference, according to the Denton Record Chronicle. UNT joined the Sun Belt in 2000 and has won 19 conference
Ginny Grif f in, associate director of Parking & Transportation Services, spoke to the UNT Student Government Association on Wednesday night, outlining three planned changes to on-campus parking and transportation for the fall 2012 semester. The three changes were the removal of 318 parking meters from lots on Welch Street, the addition of 18 new buses to replace older models and the removal of all parking from Highland Street. Griffin said Highland Street parking would be permanently removed to make way for the road to be repaved by the city of Denton. Highland Street will also be one of the areas bus routes use that will have to be adjusted to accommodate the larger vehicles. The 18 new buses, which are expected to arrive in May, are longer, wider and taller than the current buses.
The 318 parking meters slated for removal would accommodate 700 to 1,200 commuter students. “Commuter students are really at a disadvantage,” Griffin said. “I really want to take those meters out and convert that to ‘P’ parking.” In addition, the SGA passed three proposed resolutions: to rena me t he Universit y Union the University Student Memorial Union, to create green landscape areas on campus and to support the efforts of CLEAR and NextGen courses to create innovated classes using modern technology. Vice president-elect Justin Wood opened up to feedback from the senate concerning the development of a recommendation to the Senate Standards Committee. An opinion poll was conducted amongst the senate t hat determined a majority support of the effort.
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improve its national appeal, including opening the state-of– the-art Apogee Stadium in fall 2011. The $78 million stadium earned Platinum Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Calls to Athletic Director Rick Villarreal were not returned.
Parking changes presented to SGA BEN PEYTON
championships in various sports, including four consecutive football conference titles from 20012004. UNT has made strides to
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Pre-English sophomore Danielle Pearsall pastes a photo on a board where students determined the level of masculinity of different images at UNT’s sixth Gender Fair on Wednesday in the One O’ Clock Lounge. Pearsall said she is a feminist and believes the gender fair is a good idea for students to get involved to widen their perspective on gender.
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TxDot proposes to expand Interstate 35 through Denton HOLLY H ARVEY
Senior Staff Writer
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Junior Ty Spinella helped No. 28 Mean Green men’s golf team earn its 28th conference title by winning UNT’s first backto-back individual championship since the 1965-66 season, finishing 2-under par. Junior Carlos Ortiz took the title for the Mean Green last season. Spinella was the only player in the field to finish under par.
Men’s golf team takes home first conference title since 2003 Men’s Golf
plished at UNT since the 19651966 season. Spinella was the only golfer in the field to finish KYLE H ARTY under par. Contributing Writer UNT dominated the competition, as all five Mean Green The No. 28 Mean Green men’s golf team pulled away from golfers finished in the top 20, the rest of the field in the final and four finished in the top round of the Sun Belt Conference 10. “This team is balanced and Championship on Wednesday to win its 28th conference title by by far the best team I have eight strokes with a 9-over 873. coached,” head Coach Brad Junior Ty Spinella won the Stracke said in an email. “It individual championship by was nice to win the Sun Belt three strokes, finishing the tour- Championship.” Spinella was named to the nament 2-under par. Spinella’s win gives UNT back-to-back Sun All-Sun Belt team along with Belt Conference individual titles, juniors Rodolfo Cazaubon and a feat that hasn’t been accom- Carlos Ortiz. Cazaubon and
Ortiz, who finished in a tie for ninth place at 5-over par 221, both made the All-Conference team for the third straight year. They are the fifth and sixth golfers in UNT history to accomplish the feat. Spinella shot 1-under par on the final day to hold off Middle Tennessee State senior Hunter Green, who is the No. 78 golfer in the country. Fresh ma n Ja son Roet s finished in a tie for sixth place with a 6-over par 220 after shooting a 1-over par 73 in the final round.
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The Texas Department of Transportation has made plans to expand Interstate 35 that will impact more than 3,000 buildings and facilities, according to a report by TxDOT and engineering firm HNTB. T he proposed pla n would include adding up to two lanes in each direction from San Antonio to Ok la homa at t he cost of $20.7 billion. Funding for the project will come from state funds for Proposition 12 and Proposition 14, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. TxDOT is cu r rent ly look i ng for other ways to raise additional funding as well. E leven seg ment s of I-35 make up the top 100 m o s t c o n g e s t e d r o a dw ay s i n Tex a s i n 2010, and some parts see more t ha n 200,000 veh icles a day, according to a 2011 Advisor y Committee Plan for the I-35 Corridor. The proposed plan projects that expanding I-35 would alleviate congestion, according to the report. Construction has begun i n t he Hi l lsboro a nd Waco areas, but most of t he const r uct ion i n t he project will begin in 2013. The project is expected to take several years. P r e -p ol it ic a l s c ienc e
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Interstate 35 has been targeted for an expansion of two lanes in each direction from San Antonio to Oklahoma. junior Chelsea Burkett said that commuting to UNT can be a struggle. “The commute, in short, is awful,” Burkett said. “My house is 14 miles from school,
and it can take 30 minutes to get here. Times are worse during rush hour.” Tx DOT of f icia ls d id not respond to mu lt iple ca l ls from the North Texas Daily.
Inside Denton to add male roller derby team News | Page 2
Local band designs every aspect of sound Arts & life | Page 4
SGA’s year in review Views | Page 8
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Wood addressed the issue of too many absences by SGA members at meet ings a nd SGA-sponsored events. “That can’t happen,” Wood
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Junior Curtis Donahoe led the Mean Green surge in the second round with a 3-under par 69. Donahoe shot 7-overpar 79 on the final round and finished the tournament in a tie for 20th place. The win qualifies UNT for the NCA A Championship for
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said. “That’s what kind of inspired us to try implementing a more professional system to encourage posit ive t hings a nd discourage negative.” Following the approval of the summer senate, the SGA voted Adam Hasley as Senator of the Year.
t he 30t h time in school history. “We will regroup in a few days and zero our focus on regionals,” Stracke said. “I believe our best golf is in front of us, and the guys w ill be ready no matter where we play regionals. Regionals will be held May 17-19 at a locat ion yet to be determined. Live stats a nd scores ca n be followed at golfstat.com.
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Matt Bertelsen, “Matomic,” practices roller derby with the Denton County Outlaws. The team is currently recruiting male members.
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Group forms male roller derby team L AUREN WILLIAMSON Contributing Writer
Clad in skates, pads and helmets, roller derby players race around Eureka Park’s heat track each weekend preparing for future games. Among the crowd of women are a few men who hope to start their own team and join the all-male roller derby league coming to North Texas. Denton County Outlaws is in the process of recruiting male roller derby players to make up the league. “We hope for three to five teams,” said Jason “Manicorn” Campbell, Denton Count y Outlaws general manager. Roller derby is played on a flat track with the players on quad skates. Each team consists of one jammer and four blockers. The object is for the jammer to skate around the track and pass players of the opposing team, while the blockers clear a path for their jammer and block the opposing team’s jammer. TJ “Tip” Binkley, trainer for Denton County Outlaws,
said the idea for a male league started when husbands of women in the North Texas Derby Revolution league, which formed in 2011, began asking about a league of their own. “It’s harder for guys to get involved because it’s typically a women’s sport,” Binkley said. Starting a men’s league involves getting enough men to join and dividing them into teams. Denton County Outlaws have been using Facebook as a primary recruiting source. The men’s league currently has about a dozen interested players, but needs 14 for a full roster and 20 for a full team, Campbell said. Players from Denton County Outlaws and North Texas Derby Revolution practice skating and off skate cross-training Sundays at Eureka Park in Denton. Players from both leagues come out to practices that involve training with tractor tires, weights and sandbags, player Matt Longoria said. Denton County Outlaws is looking for men 18-years-old
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Kyle Divers, “Haterade,” shouts during a roller derby practice with the Denton County Outlaws. The team is currently recruiting male members. and up, and no experience is required. Those interested can get further information
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Risk Management reviews weather procedures J.P. LUGO Intern
Fol lo w i n g t h e s e v e r e weather earlier this month in which more than 12 tornadoes touched ground in the North Texas area, UNT’s Risk Management Services is looking into its severe weather procedures and if any improvements to the process can be made. Emergency Management Planning Coordinator Luis Tapia said a review is held after every emergency situation to see if there are any changes
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that need to be made. “W hen the safety of the ca mpus communit y is in question, specific to severe weather, we have a process in place for administrators to discuss the current situation and what protective actions might be needed, which include providing notification of the status of campus operations,” Tapia said. UNT uses the Eagle Alert system to warn students, faculty and staff of emergency situations, such as campus closures and severe weather that would pose an immediate threat to campus. The system sends alerts to students, faculty and staff via voice and text messages. The university did not issue an Eagle A lert during the severe weather event earlier this month, which left some students questioning why it did not. “They’ve used it before for traffic incidents, so not for a tornado seems a bit odd,” international studies and anthropology senior Elliott Roark said. “They should’ve sent out an alert so that all the commuter students could’ve known to think more carefully about coming to class.” Anthropology junior Rachel Roach said that the matter of timing of these situations is
somet h i n g t h a t should be discussed. “I felt like they had n’t rea l ly organized it that well, and it just seemed like no one really knew how severe the weather was until there was a tornado near us,” Roach said. “The whole point of the Eagle Alert is to keep the students safe, and I would think that would be a top priority to send an alert out.” Tapia said that a lt houg h Eag le Alert did not send out a notice of the weather conditions of the tornado, there were other sources of news that made the information readily available for students. “Because weather information is so readily available, other tools become the primary tools to receive that information,” Tapia said. “Eagle Alert requires someone to take that information, synthesize it and then send the alert. So in this severe weather event, there
GRAPHIC BY RACHEL CHRUSCIELSKI/STAFF DESIGNER were many tools in place, such as websites, that can immediately provide that information.” The university tested the Eagle Alert system last week with a voicemail. UNT’s Risk Management Services advised any students, faculty and staff that did not receive the test alert to update their contact information at my.unt.edu.
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Engineering student first to receive fellowship Brittni BArnett Senior Staff Writer
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General studies junior Wendell Killette stands behind a booth at UNTâ€™s sixth annual Gender Fair hosted in the One Oâ€™ Clock Lounge on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Killette informed students about the importance of politics and public life, and their role in gender.
Students deconstruct gender roles at fair A shley GrAnt
Senior Staff Writer Students filled the One Oâ€™Clock Lounge on Wednesday to play educational games such as â€œGender Jeopardyâ€? at UNTâ€™s sixth Gender Fair. Sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, the fairâ€™s mission was to educate students on what exactly gender is and to give communication students a chance to share their learning experience with others. â€œThe Gender Fair is an opportunity for students in the COMM 4220: Communication and Gender class to share some of the things theyâ€™ve learned over the course of the semester with the broader community,â€? communication studies professor Suzanne Enck said. Six educational stations were set up throughout the Union: â€œMasculinities,â€? â€œThe F Word: Feminism,â€? â€œUnruly Bodies and Sexuality,â€? â€œPolitics and Public
Life,â€? â€œGender and Violenceâ€? and â€œRace and Genderâ€?. â€œGender is all about how we are told we should act in the world,â€? Enck said. â€œIt has to do with whatâ€™s masculine and whatâ€™s feminine. Itâ€™s everything weâ€™re told we can and canâ€™t be.â€? Pre-communication studies senior Ramzi Ghazaleh reeled students into the â€œUnruly Bodies and Sexualityâ€? table he was manning and encouraged participants to create the perfect body by picking body parts â€“ cutouts from magazines and photos â€“ they deemed ideal and sticking them on a board. â€œWe just want to break the gender norms and promote equality,â€? he said. Fashion merchandising sophomore Whitney Green-Jones said she attended the fair with a few friends in order to receive extracredit points in her introduction to communication and nutrition classes. â€œIâ€™ve pretty much been playing
the games and learned a couple of things,â€? she said. â€œThey said women gained more power in the workforce since the 2000s, but Iâ€™m not sure if I really believe that.â€? Enck said the Gender Fair has been at UNT every semester for three years, and student organizers usually begin planning for it by the second week of the semester. Pre-communication studies junior Shannon Dwyer said the fair is something COMM 4220 students look forward to doing all semester. Enck said she wants people to leave the fair with a deeper meaning of what gender is and how society plays a part in constructing these norms. â€œI hope people think about gender a little bit more and have conversations with other people about it,â€? she said. â€œThey may not agree with everything thatâ€™s said here, but at least theyâ€™re getting some knowledge.â€?
Electrical engineering graduate student Jennifer Williams was recently awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, one of seven UNT students to receive the honor and the first from the College of Engineering. â€œItâ€™s recognizing all that Iâ€™ve done, but it is also saying that they believe in what I can do,â€? Williams said. â€œItâ€™s really humbling, because not only is it nice to receive the recognition but it is great to be able to have their support and faith in what I can accomplish in three years.â€? The fellowship program recognizes outstanding graduate students in science, technolog y engineering and mathematics who are pursing research-based degrees, according to the National Science Foundationâ€™s website. In addition to the recognition itself, the NSF will cover Williamsâ€™ cost of education and any expenses associated with her research for the next three years â€“ up to $30,000 a year. â€œIt is very challenging for a graduate student to be awarded this scholarship,â€? electrical engineering professor Miguel Acevedo said. â€œJennifer is a highly motivated individual. She is really passionate about applying her electrical engineering knowledge to make this a better world.â€? Williams will focus her research on monitoring envi-
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Electrical engineering graduate student Jennifer Williams was the first student from the College of Engineering at UNT to receive the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship award. ronmental conditions using sensors similar to those found in weather stations. She hopes to work with an automatic irrigation system that monitors the humidity in the air and the moisture in the soil. â€œI am hoping to make environmental data less intimidating for the public,â€? she said. â€œThat way, they can start seeing that by getting all of this data from the environment, we can use it for what we are already doing. We just need to incorporate it in new ways.â€? Williams is also one of the graduate advisers for the Society of Women Engineers. Through this position, she is hoping to bridge the gap between graduate students and undergraduate
Review: â€œSound of My Voiceâ€? boggles minds Roger Moore (MCT)-The young couple drive into a garage at an address theyâ€™ve been given. They strip, shower and put on surgical gowns. Then theyâ€™re handcuffed and blindfolded and driven to an undisclosed location. The preparations are ritualistic, elaborate. But theyâ€™re just another test. â€œSound of My Voiceâ€? is a faintly sinister drama about aspiring documentary filmmakers in search of an expose, and the captivating beauty at the heart of this cult they hope to infiltrate. Thatâ€™s given Peter (Christopher Denham), a substitute teacher and aspiring filmmaker, an idea for a hidden camera expose. He and girlfriend Lorna (Nicole Vicius), a reformed L.A. party girl, will pack a hidden camera and get footage of this elusive blond with a tale to tell. Maggie (Brit Marling) is willowy, spacey, with a quiet but moderately compelling speaking voice. After Lorna and Peter pass the early tests and get into the group, maybe they notice that itâ€™s not so much that sheâ€™s â€œbeautiful and mesmerizing,â€? as Lorna says. Itâ€™s her presentation. There are handlers, such as Klaus (Richard Wharton, who looks like a cult leader). Thereâ€™s a silly secret handshake. Maggie drags an oxygen tank with her, has her blood cleansed and tells her followers that her immune system canâ€™t handle this world. Because, she says, sheâ€™s from the future â€” 2054. Look, this tattoo on my ankle proves it! Marling, star of â€œAnother Earth,â€? is still more a visually striking presence than an actress. But she has much more to play
here. Maggie has to be mystical and quiet, but also cruel and cunning, digging under the skin of this apostle or that one. Peter, who has a back-story with cults, has a hard time faking sincerity when sheâ€™s around him. â€œDo you want to be a cripple for life, Peter?â€? Vicius, a breakout performer here, runs the gamut from needy and gullible to defiant. And Denham, who had small roles in â€œShutter Islandâ€? and many other films, is convincing as a guy who needs to convince himself â€” of something â€” one way or the other.
Marling and director Zal Batmanglij co-wrote the film, which is built around several quiet group-encounter scenes with just Marling telling her time-travel tale, or confronting (quietly) her new followers. The whole affair is pitched in a minor key that robs it of urgency, even when the stakes are raised. Is Maggie really â€œdangerousâ€?? Is there even a tiny chance sheâ€™s the real deal? Thatâ€™s the filmâ€™s most serious shortcoming. As fascinating as it is, â€œSound of My Voiceâ€? seems to have more doubts about Maggie than the ones the viewer has the chance to develop.
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students. â€œI actually find it really motivating to be one of the few women in the field,â€? she said. â€œThat way, I can really seek out those other women, and we can just have a stronger bond.â€? After graduation, Williams plans to continue her work with environmental sensors. â€œI love the math and science of engineering, but I absolutely love with all my heart the earth and the environment,â€? she said. â€œIâ€™m trying to connect the two and make more people aware that the two are related. We canâ€™t study the environment without the electrical engineering, and without electrical engineering we really wouldnâ€™t have much reason to study the environment.â€?
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International Food Fair
Baptist Student Ministry
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German Film: â€œFour Minutesâ€? (2006)
Language Building 107A
Golden Eagle Suite, Union
Afro-Cuban/Brazilian/Latin Jazz Ensemble
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Spanish Film: â€œRomeroâ€? (1989)
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WorldFest by TAMS
McConnell Hall Lawn
Easter Celebrations Around the World
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Coffee and Culture
Japanese Film: â€œThe Professorâ€™s Beloved Equationâ€?
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French Film: â€œOSS 117: Lost in Rioâ€?
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CAMCSI Film â€œThe Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyamâ€? (2005)
International Dance Party
College Business Distinguished Speaker Series: Jeff Gisea, CEO and Co-Founder of Best Vendor
Business Leadership Building 170
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African Cultural Festival
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German Film: â€œThe Edge of Heavenâ€? (2007)
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Vegan Thai Cuisine
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University Day and Native Dress and Flag Parade
Global Rhythms: Mixed Percussion Ensembles
Coffee and Culture
French Film: â€œLet it Rainâ€? (2008)
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Traditional Moroccan Cuisine
Arabic Film: â€œCaramelâ€? (2007)
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EarthFest and International Fair and Market
African Fashion Show â€œWe are the Voiceâ€?
Basant Kite Festival
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and â€œHomicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda.â€? â€”Victoria Armstrong â€œI always kind of lived in my Theater sophomore imagination and liked playing different characters,â€? he said. BY M ARLENE GONZALEZ â€œMovies were always my big Intern Texas and working for ntTV as an undergraduate and then escape.â€? On Friday, the shops Life off the Alex definitely gave me the expe- go to an acting conservatory Yo uMacon, n g , w h Arts o i n& i t i a l l yEditor Denton Square will stay open or go into sketch and improv attended the Universit y of rience that I needed.â€? later than usual. W hen he ca me to UNT, comedy.â€? Texas at Austin, said he transDenton will have its monthly After graduating from UNT ferred to UNT because of the Young said his goal was to First Friday on the Square and oppor tunit y to ga in more learn the ins and outs behind in 1998, Young said he worked Industrial Street area. for KDAF in Dallas as a camera Live music, sculptures, stained operator and graphics artist. glass, appetizers and art will be I n 20 0 0, he move d to Ravailable ODRIGO VAZQUEZ The music, as Altuna pointed until 9 p.m. instead of February 4, and they go by the L.A. and enrolled into The Mthe ELLADO ROSAS out, is much more important than name â€œBad Design.â€? regular 6 p.m. Groundlings theater school, Intern PHOTO BY TARYN WALKER/INTERN â€œWhen people talk about the a made-up name. For First Friday, art galleries a prestigious improv school Robin Huttash, owner of the A Creative will participate incarefully First Friday Bad Designâ€™s organic, they talk about musicArts STUDIO, They are longtime members and businesses stay open longer albums, where stars such as Kristen developed sound carries the spirit and the cover, not the name,â€? oftoDentonâ€™s local band circuit, give shoppers an opportunity Denton. The studio will stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday. Wiig and Will Ferrell have of the post-hardcore movement said vocalist and guitarist Steven they are four self-sufficient hardto admire and buy art. gone. the 1980s withalumnus, wisps of 1990s during rehearsal at the working musicians with strong Several communities and Altuna and UNT said he month, whicha is where the idea ofpher It was while he was there alternative rock, but music bandâ€™s rented room at Rubber artistic integrity, they released countries have their own First came from. helped start Dentonâ€™sthe First Friday that Young met â€œLike Crazyâ€? dated. Rehearsal Studios. their second self-titled album Friday or First Thursday each Gloves in insounds February 2010. He and his Shannon Drawe, a photogra- never director Drake Doremus, who
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Psychology senior De’Ron L. Scott leads a group of LGBT community members around the corner of Oak Street. On Saturday, the group dressed in drag and rode through Denton to raise awareness of gender issues in America. Radical Alliance for Gender Equality meets Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Environmental Science Building, room 110. To see a photo slideshow visit NTDaily.com
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“It’s trial and error mostly,” Hossley said. “We’ll all go through new songs 20 times before actua l ly f inishing them.” Given the seasoned and unified quality of their music, it is no surprise that the band members were friends long before they formed Bad Design.
Bad Design’s roots can be traced back to Denton in 1999 when Altuna, Hossley and Sawyer met as members of the Delta Lodge fraternity and as active participants of the now defunct but still legendary Fry Street Fair, an annual music festival. A decade later in September of 2009, Altuna returned to Denton after years traveling the U.S. He soon met up with locals Hossley and Sawyer, and the three formed the earliest incarnation of Bad Design: A power
trio that played extensively throughout North Texas and recorded their first, also selftitled album in May of 2010. A f ter ag reei ng to add “something new, instrumentally speaking,” Bad Design recruited fellow Denton musician and friend John Gillespie from the now-inactive local band Dear Human. “I had to undergo a series of challenges both mental and physical to be in this band,” said Gillespie jokingly.
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Gillespie learned the band’s entire repertoire in two weeks, and months later, the current lineup of Bad Design joined forces with producer Michael Briggs to record what would become their second self-titled album. “We recorded the entire album in 2 sessions, and Steve finalized his vocals in only two more sessions,” Hossley said. “After a handful of mastering and tweaks, the album was finalized.”
The product was released through local record label Gutterth Records, and the band had more to do with the creation of the physical copies than one might think. “We wanted each album to be something unique and personal, so we made each and every album ourselves,” explained Hossley, who watercolored each copy of Bad Design’s new album by hand. Hossley and his fellow bandmates carefully designed the
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artwork for their album and screen-printed every copy. The band members also screen-print their show fliers. “Since we have the ability to these things, we choose to do it ourselves as opposed to getting someone else to do it,” Altuna said. Bad Design’s albums can be purchased at Mad World Records at 115 W. Hickory St. or online at bandcamp.com. For more information, visit baddesignband.com.
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Video games, movies captivate White off the track Profile A LISON ELDRIDGE Senior Staff Writer
Junior hurdler Steven White has been breaking records and climbing both NCA A and national rankings in the 400-meter hurdles throughout April, and currently sits in fourth place in both. From besting the 58-year-old 400-meter hurdle record at the Texas Relays with a time of 50.75 seconds in the preliminaries to clocking a 50.53 the very next day, White has racked up five straight wins. The string of victories has earned him four consecutive Sun Belt Conference Menâ€™s Track Athlete of the Week titles. His times at the Relays were good enough for a provisional cut
for the Olympic Trials, meaning he will go to Eugene, Ore., in June to try to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Games. â€œHeâ€™s an extremely talented young man,â€? track and field head coach Carl Sheffield said. â€œIâ€™ve only known him for the past five months, but what Iâ€™ve seen in that amount of time is that heâ€™s very driven.â€? For White, those arenâ€™t the only records he makes a habit of breaking, as the track isnâ€™t the only place his passion and drive manifests itself. â€œI really like playing video games,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™m going to be taking a class soon for game programming, and thatâ€™s probably where my interest is going to go for a career.â€? White, a computer science major, spends much of his
downtime in a hypnotic trance in front of a computer monitor while enjoying the tunes of bands like Paramore, The Script and Daughtry. When heâ€™s not at his desk, heâ€™s usually in front of the TV, where he tries relentlessly to beat video games like â€œCall of Duty,â€? which he calls part of the â€œranger genre.â€? â€œI really like action-adventure games because theyâ€™ve got a bit of both genres in there, and it really intrigues me to beat the game in less than eight hours,â€? he said. White has always had an affinity for working with computers and playing video games, his mother Veronica Sneed said. â€œHeâ€™s my little computer geek,â€? she said, noting the future she
sees for him includes a quick climb up the corporate ladder in the world of computers. â€œHe really does enjoy his games, though, and has mentioned heâ€™s quite a gamer.â€? While he has investigated the world of beta testing, White says the graphic design aspect of video games is what sparks his creativity. â€œI really want to put my kind of spin on stuff and maybe make a top-selling game that just blows everybody out of the water,â€? he said. Coming to school at UNT was a simple choice for White, who wanted to stay close to his hometown of Killeen, which is about a three-hour drive from Denton. Though he doesnâ€™t go home a lot, staying in Texas and being close enough for his family to come see
him perform on the track made Denton especially appealing, he said. â€œBeing at UNT is pretty much just the same experience as I had in high school, just at a different level,â€œ he said. â€œI make friends easily, but I hate being in class. I really hate class.â€? While he says his fellow track athletes are fun to hang out with on and off the track, White does enjoy a solo night out every once in a while, making it a point to not spend all of his time sitting at home. â€œThereâ€™s only one place people can catch me at, and thatâ€™s at the movies,â€? he said. â€œI go every Thursday. Thursday is college day, only $3.50 for a movie.â€? As for his time on the track, White will try to continue his dominant season when he and
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Junior Steven White broke the 400meter hurdle record at the Texas Relays with a time of 50.75 seconds. the team compete in the Bobcat Classic starting on Friday in San Marcos.
Inconsistency marked Mean Greenâ€™s season Womenâ€™s Golf RYNE GANNOE Intern
In what was a season of hills and valleys for the UNT womenâ€™s golf team, the program learned what it takes to compete with as
tough a schedule as the team had for the 2011-2012 season. â€œThe first tournament we played was indicative of what weâ€™re capable of,â€? head coach Jeff Mitchell said. â€œFinishing fourth at Texas A&M in a star-studded field, thatâ€™s the kind of golf we have to consistently play to be nation-
ally competitive. If our tournament schedule continues to be this strong, we canâ€™t help but get better.â€? In nine regular season tournaments, Mitchellâ€™s team finished in the top five three times, although UNT didnâ€™t finish higher than sixth in five spring tournaments. The Mean Greenâ€™s best round of the season came in the third and final round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship, where the team finished fourth with an 898 34-over par. â€œWe hadnâ€™t shot that well, and the time that it counted we did,â€? senior Addison Long said. â€œThat had to be the highlight [of the season].â€? Long, one of three graduating seniors, is the only one to play in
every tournament in each of the past four years. â€œItâ€™s quite an accomplishment,â€? Long said. â€œItâ€™s pretty funny I never even realized it until halfway through my senior season. Iâ€™m pretty proud I can go out and perform well enough to compete every time.â€? Long finished in the top 10 in three tournaments this season. Senior Jacey Chun, who struggled with a back injury all spring, had the best season for the Mean Green, with three top 10 finishes and three more in the top 25. Chun was the only UNT player to make the All-Conference team. Mitchell said that he learned some things this season himself. â€œIâ€™ve been coaching a lot of
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Senior Addison Long watches the ball land during the SBC Championship at Muscle Shoals, Ala., on April 18. UNT finished in fourth place.
the team were not high. Iâ€™ve been too easy on them. I told them I just feel like I need to be harder on you, and theyâ€™ve all agreed.â€?
years,â€? Mitchell said. â€œMy strategy with a team has changed over the years. When I came to North Texas four years ago, the expectations of
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Thursday, November 3, 2011 Bobby Lewis, Sports Editor
Freshman embraces unorthodox style
Mean Green needs Conference USA
Opinion JOSH FRIEMEL
Senior Staff Writer
As freshman pitcher Madison Thompson tries to find her way on the Mean Green softball team, she is driven by what she was told she couldnâ€™t do. â€œI actually had a coach that told me I would never make it as a pitcher, so I kind of wanted to do it in spite,â€? Thompson said. â€œIt made me realize that I can do this, and I love the challenge. I actually left the coach cause he didnâ€™t let me pitch.â€? At Charles Page High School in Sand Springs, Okla., Thompson exploded onto the scene. Her 20 shutouts, 1.10 earned run average and five no-hitters helped earn her the ESPN Rise Magazine Southwest Female Athlete of the Week in 2009. â€œHer composure on the mound jumped out at me,â€? Hubbard said. â€œShe is just a competitor. She doesnâ€™t like to fail, she doesnâ€™t like to lose, and sheâ€™s always working on something. Sheâ€™s a kid thatâ€™s never satisfied in just being OK.â€? Her throwing motion looks similar to other pitchersâ€™ until she releases the ball. At the end of her motion, Thompson throws her head up at the last second and looks away from the plate as she sends the ball towards the hitter. â€œYeah, when I release the ball Iâ€™m looking straight up in the air, actually,â€? Thompson said. â€œIt just kind of evolved. Iâ€™ve actually tried to fix it, but the ball just ends up going everywhere except where I want it to. So I just stick with not looking.â€? Thompson chose to attend UNT because other schools that contacted her wanted to change the way she pitched. In fact, one of the reasons head coach T.J. Hubbard and pitching coach Lisa
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Freshman pitcher Madison Thompson splits her time between the softball field and in class as a premed major studying biology and psychology. Thompson has been playing softball since she was four years old. Ferguson recruited the strikeout pitcher to Denton was because of her unorthodox motion. â€œThe first thing that jumped out at me about her [Thompson] was her pitching motion. I mean, itâ€™s a very obvious thing,â€? Ferguson said. â€œAll we did was make minor tweaks on certain pitches and not even touch her motion. If itâ€™s not broke, donâ€™t fix it. Plus, it throws off the hitters.â€? In four appearances this season, Thompson has an 11.31 ERA with three strikeouts. Off the field, Thompson grad-
uated No. 1 in her class, and although her major is listed as chemistry, she wants to enter a field working with children who have autism. In high school, when not studying or working on her game, Thompson spent time helping people in need and volunteering her help in the Special Olympics. â€œItâ€™s an incredible feeling. Iâ€™m always so proud of her in what she does,â€? said her mother, Janet Thompson. â€œShe always has a goal in mind, and she does it.â€?
Remember not too long ago when the collegiate scene was in a panicked frenzy about supposed â€œmega-conferences,â€? and everyone was scrambling because they didnâ€™t want to be left out? Everyone was discarding lifelong traditions to look out for their own interests. Heck, at one point it was as if colleges were stepping up to the â€œPrice is Rightâ€? wheel and spinning it to see where they should go. (Texas A&M to the Southeastern Conference, anyone?) Way before that hysteria, a vacancy opened up in Conference USA in 2004, and UNT was in contention for a bid. Texas-El Paso wound up filling that void, leaving UNT in the Sun Belt Conference. ESPN.comâ€™s Andy Katz recently reported UNT could again be in contention for a CUSA spot starting in the 2013-2014 season after the conference lost Southern Methodist, Central Florida, Memphis and Houston to the Big East. If given the opportunity, UNT canâ€™t let the bid slip away again. Since the 1950s, UNT has been a part of four different conferences: the Missouri Valley Conference, the Southland Conference, the Big West Conference and the Sun Belt. CUSA needs to be next. In 2004, one of the main reasons UTEP was taken over UNT was because of its commitment to having top athletic facilities and being competitive. Since then, UNTâ€™s done both. In 2004, UNTâ€™s combined record in the four major sports (football, menâ€™s and womenâ€™s basketball, and softball) was 55-93. This past year, the combined record is 58-61-1. The menâ€™s basketball team has been in the Sun Belt
Josh Friemel Championship game each of the last three seasons, the womenâ€™s team completed a 10-game turnaround last season, and the football team won as many games last season (five) as it did the two years before combined. Throw in the recent Sun Belt championships for the tennis and menâ€™s golf teams, along with three straight years in the topthree finishes for swimming and diving, and you could argue that UNT is having the greatest athletic success in the universityâ€™s history. As far as athletic facilities go, UNTâ€™s completion of Apogee Stadium at $78 million says it all. Another reason for UNT to be in the CUSA would be closer distances to its opponents. As of now in the Sun Belt, the closest opponent is Louisiana-Monroe, 326 miles from Denton. UNT is also the only Texas team in the Sun Belt. If UNT were added to the CUSA, it would have the opportunity to face off against other Texas teams. Marshall, Rice and UTEP are all in Texas, and Tulsa is in neighboring Oklahoma. With closer opponents, fan bases would have the opportunity to travel and see their team without crossing the country to do so. Stadiums could see a rise in attendance, and in-state rivalries could develop. Bottom line is UNT needs to find a way into the CUSA.
Benford introduced as new head coach Menâ€™s Basketball JOSH FRIEMEL Staff Writer
For the second time in a 10-day span, UNT introduced a newly hired coach for the basketball program. On Wednesday, Tony Benford was formally introduced as UNTâ€™s 17th menâ€™s basketball head coach during a press conference at Apogee Stadium after Mike Petersen was introduced as the womenâ€™s head coach last week. â€œIâ€™m real excited to be the head basketball coach here at North Texas,â€? Benford said. â€œItâ€™s been a long journey for me and my family. We truly feel blessed to have the opportunity to represent this university.â€? During his 20 years of coaching at the Division I level, Benford has been an assistant at Nebraska, Arizona State and New Mexico. Most recently, Benford was an associate head
coach at Ma rquette last season, h i s fou r t h season with the Golden Eagles. His hire at UNT TONY m a r k s h i s BENFORD f irst head coaching job. One of the main selling points for Athletic Director Rick Villarreal was Benfordâ€™s ability to sustain relationships within the North Texas area. Benford has recruited players for his previous jobs out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area during his coaching career. UNT wasnâ€™t the only school looking at Benfordâ€™s resume. Just last week, Benford was one of the finalists for the head coaching position at Southern Methodist, but was passed over for Larry Brown, who holds a 177-61 NCAA record with UCLA and Kansas.
â€œIf you look at his record and what people have to say about him, he doesnâ€™t have to explain if heâ€™s qualified or not,â€? Villarreal said of his decision to hire Benford. â€œIn fact, there are a lot of people that will tell you that this should have happened a long time ago. But we were the fortunate ones to make this decision.â€? After learning he had the job, Benfordâ€™s first action was to meet his players immediately after landing from his flight to Denton. â€œThese guys have been through a lot,â€? Benford said. â€œThe people that recruited them, those guys are like father figures to these guys, those guys are gone now. Somebodyâ€™s got
â€œMy job is to take it to the next level, and weâ€™re going to do that.â€?
â€”Tony Benford Head coach, menâ€™s basketball
to get here and touch base with them right away.â€? Junior guard Roger Franklin knows a thing or two about playing for a new coach. Benford will be Franklinâ€™s third coach in his collegiate career. He said if the team buys into Benfordâ€™s style of coaching, the team will continue with its recent successes. â€œWith all these new coaches Iâ€™ve had, I think the third time is the charm,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™m looking
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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?
forward to it.â€? Benford said former head coach Johnny Jones deserves credit for building up UNTâ€™s program. In Jonesâ€™ tenure, the Mean Green advanced to three Sun Belt Championships, winning one of those to advance to the NCAA Tournament in 2010. â€œMy job is to be the keeper of the keys,â€? Benford said. â€œMy job is to take it to the next level, and weâ€™re going to do that.â€?
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Looking back on SGA’s legislative year The end of the semester always seems to be a time for evaluation. If you’re a student, then it means you’re taking finals. For professors, it’s the SETE survey forms. Sadly, there’s no end-of-term evaluation for our Student Government Association. Luckily, yhe Edboard has assumed this responsibility and decided to assess SGA’s semester. In other words, how effective has it been and how can it do better? When looking back on this year’s SGA, its sending of the new Student Union fee to a student vote will undoubtedly be its crowning achievement. While this was an important step in funding the school’s new Union, the fact of the matter is that its passage
was more an inevitability than an act of SGA’s legislative prowess. The bill itself just created a referendum that students voted on, deciding whether the extra fee for building the new Union would be added in fall of 2014 or not. So the most impactful legislating done by SGA was a bill that ceded a major decision to the student body, on which only 2,253 students ended up voting out of almost 35,000. If the legislation had failed, it would have likely been an annually recurring issue until the funding was approved. SGA had a great opportunity to create a referendum that students would actually care about in the issue of a campus-wide smoking ban. At the
end of last semester, the smoking ban referendum died out in session, and President Blake Windham planned on collecting the necessary signatures to make the referendum happen in the spring. Unfortunately, that never happened. Even if SGA had made a number of important legislative contributions this semester, the student body would likely be unaware of those achievements because of a pervasive lack of transparency. Sure, students can go into the SGA Office, ask for the legislative records for every session and read through the minutes to see what happened. However, it’s wishful thinking to expect
that every student who is curious about what SGA has been up to would physically go into its office and dig around. UNT SGA has a website with links to a record of legislative minutes and dockets, but it hasn’t been updated since October of 2011. This means every meeting since then is still only available in detail when viewed in person. President elect Rudy Reynoso said one of his main goals was to increase student involvement. For that to happen, SGA’s website needs to be updated regularly so that students can go back and look at the meetings’ minutes online to see what happened, what bills were passed and what senators support what.
Farewell and thanks for everything In the fall of 2008, I was a man on a mission. Suited up and holding a 14-page application, I opened the door to the North Texas Daily office dead set on nailing an interview and becoming an intern. Though I didn’t make the best first impression – the Editorial Board at the time burst out laughing at my attire when I walked in, and I’m sure the editor didn’t read more than a page of my application – entering that office was the best choice I made in my time at UNT. Four years, countless Whataburger trips and plenty of sleepless nights later, my time at the paper will come to a close tomorrow. It’s often said that college includes the best times of your life. As I look back on my experiences at the Daily, I couldn’t agree more and must thank all the people I had the pleasure of working with.
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Most of all, I’m extremely proud of all of you. Every semester, it’s the same story: a mass of people enter the semester ready to set the world on fire through the Daily, and only about a third of them actually last until finals week. You stuck around through more adversity than most people can handle and earned my respect in the process. In true college-kid form, I recently stayed in the office until about 4 a.m. and didn’t get to sleep until about five. Instead of cramming for a final or pulling another “Lord of the Rings” marathon all-nighter, I was busy looking over everything we’ve done this semester. In the end, I sleepily stumbled out of the General Academic Building knowing that there was plenty to be proud of.
You’ve been superb, and for that I thank you. For those returning: remember to treat every story as a chance to get better, fight through it when you get burnt out with four weeks left to go and always have fun!
To those who I learned from: Throughout my time at the Daily, I’ve been lucky enough to be surrounded by people I can count on. Matt, Shaina, Eric, Josh, Katie, Keith, Laura and Justin, you always made my job easier and each taught me valuable lessons about the paper. I can’t thank you enough. As if that wasn’t enough, I can’t discuss my time at the Daily without mentioning the names Tracy Everbach and Kathie Hinnen, two professors who probably taught me more than I realize. I am forever thankful for the people, places and experiences I’ve come across during my time at the Daily – the newspaper that defined my college experience.
Sean Gorman is a journalism senior. He can be reached at seangorman@ my.unt.edu.
Student athletes should be paid to play T he q ue s t ion of w he t he r athletes should be paid to play collegiate sports has been floating around for years. Scanda l and violations among universities have become more prominent. Some collegiate athletes get paid under the table by their universities as well as playing for a scholarship that can be worth up to $40,000 a year. More high-profile athletes – Eric Dickerson in 1979 at SMU and Reggie Bush in 2003 at the University of Southern California, for example – have received cars and other gifts along with cash and scholarships to play for a school. Although most of the cheating is swept under the rug, there is still enough to ask the question: should these college athletes be paid in order to avoid the scandal and cheating? Schola rships – which cover tuition, student fees, and room and board – often don’t cover all of the expenses a college athlete might have. A report by former UCL A linebacker Ra mog i Hu ma a nd Drexel University professor Ellen J. Staurowsk y titled “The Price of Povert y in Big Time College Sport,” entails that athletes on a full scholarship live below the poverty line at around 85 percent of schools around the country. Pa r t icipat i ng i n col lege at h let ics, bei ng successf u l i n school and having a job to support the extra needs of college such as clothing and trips home is almost entirely possible. The Huma and Stau rowsk y repor t a lso notes that the shortfall from the full scholarships is between $952 to $6,127, based on the college, and
t hat footba ll players spend a n average of 43.3 hours of athletic time commitment and basketball players spent 39 hours per week during the season. C ol le ge pl a y er s s hou ld n’t receive a salary because that would jeopardize their eligibilit y and status as an amateur. The NCA A should offer need-based stipends. The at hletic department could ask for a written request for why the money is needed, just in case athletes falsely use the money for miscellaneous items, and monitor the spending of the money. The Fab Five freshmen took the University of Michigan by storm in the early 1990s and made the university millions of dollars. How much money did they earn from t he universit y ma rketing t heir jerseys, baggy shorts and personalities? That would be zero, zilch and nada. Times have changed, and so should t he way we reward t he college athlete.
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