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Public reacts to Texas’ rising execution toll STAFF AND WIRE R EPORTS The state of Texas executed inmate Steven Michael Woods last night, the first of four executions to take place over the next two weeks. It was the 10th execution in Texas this year, and the 235th
to occur in 11 years under Gov. Rick Perry. O n T h u r s d a y, t h o s e numbers will rise when the state exec utes deat h row inmate Duane Buck, despite the protests from anti-death penalty activists and a former Ha r r is Cou nt y prosecutor
Since the death penalty was reinstated in the United States in 1976, there have been 1,266 executions; Texas accounts for 473 of those, according to Amnesty International’s website. In the televised Republican presidential candidate debate on Sept. 7, Perry was asked if
who helped convict Buck in 1995. O p p o n e n t s t o B u c k ’s execution are not contesting h is g u i lt, but say he wa s convicted unfairly because of a misleading expert testimony and are asking for a retrial.
he struggled to sleep at night with the idea that one of the 234 people the state of Texas executed under his watch was innocent. “No, sir. I’ve never struggled with that at all,” Perry replied. “The state of Texas has a very thoughtful, a very clear process in place of which – when someone
commits the most heinous of crimes against our citizens, they get a fair hearing, they go through an appellate process, they go up to the Supreme Court of the United States, if that’s required.”
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Pressing on: An art form revived Record broken,
heat continues A LEX M ACON
Senior Staff Writer Tuesday marked North Texas’ 70th day of triple-digit heat this year, breaking a record previously set in 1980 and putting an exclamation point on what has been the hottest recorded summer in the state. E r i c M a r t e l l o, s e n i o r meteorolog ist for t he National Weather Service in Fort Worth, said this summer’s average temperat u re wa s Dallas-Fort Worth’s hottest on record. That average is taken by combining both the highs and lows recorded each day over the summer. “We’re hoping this is the end of the over-100 days for the year,” Martello said.
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Britni Martinez, a drawing and painting senior, rolls ink onto limestone etched with her drawing for her graphic printmaking class. PABLO A RAUZ Staff Writer
A group of UNT students has taken the same centuries-old practice used to print your favorite T-shirts to create art prints, posters and original T-shirts of their own. The Printmaking Association of North Texas Students, or PANTS, will open its first exhibit of the semester on Sept.
29 in UNT’s Cora Stafford Gallery. The exhibit “PANTS on Fire” features the work of UNT students made through the art process known as printmaking, a method that allows artists to create multiple original prints of a single image by using a screen or key known as a matrix.
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Today’s anticipated high
Heat related deaths occurred this summer
The high Tuesday in Dallas was 107 degrees, a temperature Martello said was unusual this late in the year. Before Tuesday, the latest date a temperature breaking 100 degrees had been recorded in Dallas was Aug. 13, 1964. Last Thursday, the National Weather Service announced that Texas had endured its hottest June-to-Aug ust on record, with an 86.8-degree average. The United States had its second-hottest recorded summer. Martello said the recordbreaking heat in Texas has cont ributed to t he severe w ildf ires current ly raging throughout the state.
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Days above 100 degrees in 2011
Days above 100 in 1988. The record was broken Tuesday.
Average inches of rainfall this summer
Bastrop wildfire dies out, some areas still unsafe NICOLE BALDERAS Senior Staff Writer
A f t er r a g i n g f or mor e than a week and destroying 34,068 acres, the wildfire in Bastrop is now 60 percent contained. “At this point it’s burning in the interior, but it’s not burning outside containment lines,” sa id Apr i l Sag inor, communications specia list for the Texas Forest Service. Bastrop Count y released a schedule for the reentry of Bastrop residents, allowing residents of certain neighborhoods to safely return after about a week of evacuation. Fou r neig hborhoods
were clea red for re-ent r y Monday and seven Tuesday. However, residents of Pine For e s t , Ta h it i a n V i l l a g e East, ColoVista Nor t h a nd Mcallister will not be allowed back until Thursday. These neighborhoods were initially cleared for Wednesday but were rescheduled as a precaution. “We want [the fire] to get as cold as possible before we let the people reenter,” said Gwen Shaffer, public information officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. “Our job is to make it safe so that people can go in there and see the damage and take photos for
the insurance company.” T he I n su ra nce Cou nci l of Texas estimated insured losses from the fire to be at $150 million, according to an Associated Press report. T hou g h f i r e s a r e now at a level of conta inment, Shaffer said it’s still uncertain whether they will remain that way. “It’s not just the wind were wor r y i ng a bout, but t he embers,” Shaffer said. “Gusts are predicted 16 to18 miles per hour today. [The wind] could take the embers which are preheated already.”
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Fire burns along the guardrail of Highway 21 near Bastrop. The wildfire spread on both sides, demolishing tress and See WILDFIRES on Page 2 wildlife as well as local residents’ homes.
Militants attack US embassy in Kabul KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Teams of insurgents firing rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons struck at the U.S. Embassy, NATO headquarters and other buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital Tuesday, raising fresh doubts about the Afghans’ ability to secure their nation as U.S. and other foreign troops begin to withdraw. Seven Afghans were killed and 15 wounded in the coordinated daylight attack, which sent foreigners dashing for cover and terrified the city from midday well
into the night as U.S. helicopters buzzed overhead. No embassy or NATO staff members were hurt. Late Tuesday, at least two gunmen remained holed up on the top floors of an apartment building from which they and other militants had attacked the heavily fortified embassy. The militants’ seeming ability to strike at will in the most heavily defended part of Kabul suggested that they may have had help from rogue elements in the Afghan security forces. The attacks also coincided with suicide bombings
elsewhere in the capital — the first time insurgents have organized such a complex assault against multiple targets in separate parts of the city. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, though Kabul’s deputy police chief said he thought an affiliated organization, the Haqqani network, carried it out. The Taliban and related groups have staged more than a dozen assaults in Kabul this year, including three major attacks since June. That repre-
sents an increase from years past and is clearly intended to offset U.S. claims of weakening the insurgents on southern batt lef ields a nd t hroug h hundreds of night raids by special forces targeting their commanders. The Obama administration declared that it wouldn’t allow Tuesday’s attack to deter the American mission in Afghanistan, warning the attackers that they would be relentlessly pursued.
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What’s Inside ARTS :
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A fight for food trucks to come to Denton
Writer breaks down soccer team’s mindset following loss Page 6
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“The heat helps ventilate fires and dry out grasses and shrubs,” he said. “The fact that we’re already in a drought has just exacerbated the situation.” There is hope on the horizon, Ma rtello said. A lthough t here w ill be nothing widespread, the National Weather Service predicts scattered rains across Texas in the coming week. “It’s a blessing, whichever way you look at it,” Martello said about the rain. Fashion merchandising sophomore Mary Chrouk said she was proud to have survived one of the hottest summers on record. “Can’t say I enjoyed it,” Chrouk said. “It’s definitely been hotter than usual.” Chrouk said she had witnessed one of her friends faint from heat exhaustion earlier this summer and said people should take precautions when staying outside in the heat. Every summer, dozens of Texans die from heat-related issues. According to the Texas Department of State Health Services’ website, there were 89 heat-related deaths in 2010. Criminal justice sophomore Amanda Freeman said she wasn’t worried about the heat. “It doesn’t bother me,” Freeman said. “Hot weather comes and goes.”
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Death penalty opponents of ten point to t he case of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was executed in 2004. Willingham was convicted of the murders of his two children in a fire he was accused of starting. Accord i ng to a 2009 New Yorker a rticle, before W i l l i n g h a m’s e x e c ut ion , forensic experts found that the evidence used to convict W i l l i ng ha m of a rson wa s ba sed on f lawed science. In 2009, the Texas Forensic Science Com m ission w a s investigating the case when Perry replaced the commission cha ir a nd ef fect ively
News halted the investigation. Although Texas is on track to execute more inmates than any other state this year, it is not the only one. In Georgia, t he planned e x e c ut ion of de at h r ow inmate Troy Davis on Sept. 21 has drawn opposition from Amnesty International, the NA ACP, Joa n Baez, former President Jimmy Carter and more t ha n 50 members of Congress. According to the Amnesty Internat iona l website, t he group is delivering hundreds of thousands of letters and pet it ion sig natures to t he Georg ia Boa rd of Pa rdons and Paroles to try and halt Dav is’ execut ion. The site also said hundreds of protest events worldwide were being planned for Friday.
1,266 Executions in the U.S. since 1976
10 Executions have taken place in Texas this year
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Map of Kabul, Afghanistan, locating the U.S. Embassy and the NATO headquarters, which were attacked by insurgents. group waiting for visas outside the embassy, he said. Afghan officials said the
Death by the numbers
Embassy Even so, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul canceled all trips in and out of Afghanistan for its diplomats, and suspended all travel within Afghanistan. H ig h bla st w a l l s r i ng t he emba ss y compou nd, and there was little damage to the reinforced concrete buildings, many of which are surrounded by sandbags. Four Afghans were wounded w hen a rocket-propel led grenade hit the original U.S. Embassy building next to the new embassy, CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Among them was a young girl who was with a
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violence around Kabul resulted in the deaths of three police officers and four civilians. Four
473 Executions in
Texas since 1976
4 Executions will take place in Texas over the next two weeks
of the wounded were caught up in attempted suicide bombings. Six insurgents were also killed, police said. According to Afghan officials, the attack began just after noon when a car packed with insurgents was stopped at a checkpoint at Abdul Haq square, which is about 300 yards (meters) from the U.S. Embassy. There were a series of large explosions and the insurgents entered a nine-floor building that was under construction overlooking the embassy and the nearby NATO headquarters complex. Four to f ive insurgents opened fire on the complex. There was a simultaneous barrage of explosions around the Wazir Akbar Khan area, near the U.S. Embassy and
home to a number of other foreign missions. Explosions shook the neighborhood. Three ot her insurgents attempted to carry out suicide attacks and all were killed. One was shot on the road leading from the capital to the airport, and the two others when they tried to attack Afghan police buildings in western Kabul, across t he cit y f rom t he embassy. The bullets detonated one of the militants’ explosives vest, wounding two police officers. Another militant detonated his vest at a nearby building, wounding two civilians. Afghan security forces raided the nine-story building and killed two insurgents, but at least two others remained on the top floors late into the night.
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Wildfires So far the total amount of destroyed structures is 1,554, which includes anything from homes and barns to office buildings. “[Residents] are getting vouchers to stay at hotels,”
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“It mea ns t hat you ca n distribute your work farther, do it cheaper and sell it to more people,” said Pay ton Lower, a printmaking junior and member of PANTS. A lthough digita l art has made the use of printmaking techniques less practical, the practice has garnered popularity in recent years, which has contributed not only to its subculture status in towns such as Denton and Austin, but a lso to its rev iva l i n popular culture, printmaking graduate student Christopher Wallace said. For example, the red, white and blue print used in President Obama’s 2008 campaign utilized the screen printmaking process. In add it ion to Hickor y Ha l l, where st udents a nd PANTS members practice the craft, Pan Ector Industries, a Denton-based printmaking shop, opene d t wo ye a r s ago. T he g roup squeezes its printers into a t wo-car garage. “It can be simple, and that’s one of t he most attractive agents of it,” said Michael L itt le, one of Pa n Ector’s founding members. Little said Pan Ector runs a scaled-down model of what most commer-
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The Steps of Lithography
1)On the plate, draw the
desired image with a greasy substance such as vegetable oil. The image will need to be reversed to come out correctly.
Paper is then pressed onto the plate for the transferring of the image.
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cial shops run, dealing mostly with customizable or smallscale orders. “Dealing with the machines’ limits, the artists, in some ways, can make the process more difficult when creating artistic prints for exhibitions,” Wallace said. “You have to figure out how to make it work within the boundaries of the process to make it look how you want it to look.” On a global scale, the print-
ma k ing com mu n it y holds conferences throughout the world where pr i nt ma kers come toget her a nd t h i n k conceptually about the work, both scientifically and artistically. “There’s always a commun it y a spect to t he work . There’s also a lot of sharing of ideas. We’re kind of like the Trekies of the art world; it’s very nerd-oriented,” Wallace said.
Neon Indian Album Shines Review PABLO A RAUZ Staff Writer
Neon Indian, a Denton band, has made quite a splash over the past few years and garnered international fame. The band is led by Mexican-born Alan Palomo who once made his home in Denton playing in bands like Ghosthustler and VEGA. The band’s other members Lars Larsen, Daniel Faries and Leanne Macomber also played their part in the North Texas music scene of the past decade. The band officially released its new album “Era Extraña” yesterday. When Neon Indian’s previous debut album, “Psychic Chasms,” came out in 2009, CNN mentioned the band as a trailblazer in a new sub-genre, which some media outlets have dubbed “chillwave.” Since then, the band has been touring the world, playing bigtime venues like the Bonnarroo Festival in Tennessee and Festival Sudoeste in Portugal. What sets “Era Extraña” apart from “Psychic Chasms” on various levels is the quality of both the production and songwriting. The band had already established its signature sound with laden grooves and popsynth drenched in waves of fuzz backed by a steady, electrified beat and Palomo’s whispering vocals. Now the band has expanded its style with more depth, taking it to a new level of freshness. The album seems to have a concept to it. It starts out with a brief intro of instrumental electro noise pop, which is the first in a series of tracks throughout the album that represent the beginning, sub-titled “Heart: Attack,;” the middle, “Heart: Decay;” and end, “Heart: Release.” The idea of a concept album is nothing new, but the band seems to pull it off quite well without having the listener read too much into it. The album’s title track, which translates from Spanish into “strange era,” is a mellow, industrial-esque tune with a bubbling bass rhythm. It plays like it could be a dramatic, cynical take on humanity’s current state in a synthetic, digital age. Clocking in at about two minutes, the composition goes well despite the fact that it is difficult to discern Palomo’s vocals amidst the warm, shaded texture of the music. The album’s third track,
EXTRAÑA/NEON INDIAN “Blindside Kiss,” most definitely plays like a hit. It’s a showering ballad of positive vibes and contains every great element of a Neon Indian song: a pulsating rhythm, passionate, reverberating vocals and a melody that could only be described as something between magical and cryptic. In “Future Sick,” the band once again touches on the everapparent subject of time. It’s a
longer tune, about five minutes in length. Along with its orphic verse and chorus arrangement, an organic keyboard interlude plays near the middle of the track. The track has a spirited vibe, which enables the song to be complex yet listenable. Overall, it’s a solid album. It’s got an energy that supersedes any of the band’s previous efforts, and does not fail to deliver some great songs.
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DJ learns from local bands A LEX COPELAND Staff Writer
J. Paul Slavens, a skinny, shaven-headed musician, begins his show by hanging a plastic jack-o-lantern bucket from his keyboard stand before delivering a brief, well-practiced overview of the rules: submit an original song title to the bucket or, if you’re feeling generous and looking for some favoritism, place the suggestion on the top of the keyboard with a tip, and voila, the band presents an original tune. “No refunds, no guarantees and sometimes you get ripped off,” said Slavens – a final caveat that is recited in chorus by a handful of regulars among the modest bar crowd of Dan’s Silverleaf. Slavens has been at it for years and his bit is familiar, but the set never is. Starting in the ‘80s, Metroplex music veteran and UNT alumnus Slavens played with bands such as Ten Hands and the Baptist Generals. He now hosts an eclectic music show at KXT, all the while keeping in touch with his Denton roots by playing regular shows at Dan’s Silverleaf. T he t it les at t hese shows range from goofy, to suggestive, to surreal. The evening includes such original creations as “Billy Dee Williams: A Life in the Clouds,” a Star Wars-themed jam complete with a freestyle rap break; “Beep Beep Boop,” a hectic pop tune populated with German gibberish and “Rhapsody in Blew,” a song that quickly evolves into an on-the-spot practice session.
“He has a way of setting things up and a way of moving songs of different genres back to back. It just works,” said Daniel Rodrigue, a colu m n ist for the Dallas Obser ver. “He knows how to move and flow a show to make it interchanging.” The hodgepodge of musical genres reflects the eclectic vibe of “The Paul Slavens Show,” his weekly prog ra m on KXT. The show, a suggest iondriven program interspersed with local talent, won praise in its previous incarnation at KERA from Dallas Observer, winning the Best of Dallas award for Best Radio Show in 2008 and 2009. Slavens, who also hosts “Track by Track,” a biweekly podcast featured at KERA’s Art&Seek website, said his primary goal is to turn people on to new music while expanding his own knowledge along the way. “I always love when I don’t know who it is,” he said of musicians suggested by the listeners. “I don’t want to be misconceived as someone who knows a whole bunch about music or that I’m playing this for you because I know all this.” Instead, Slavens said, he draws on artists and albums that others tell him to find. Part of his reason for getting into radio was to sharpen his own musical knowledge. “All of the great musicians
PHOTO COURTESY OF J. PAUL SLAVENS that I’ve known have been real big-eared and had a real voracious appetite to listen to music, more than I do,” he said. “So I thought this would be a good way to get over an inherent weakness in myself without sitting and listening to music all the time.” Slavens receives a good review from local musicians for his inclusion of local content in his program and has earned their trust because of his history in the scene, Rodrigue said. “It’s not just what is cool or what used to be cool. Paul’s not like that. He’s trying to mix it up and expose lots of different local bands out there to the public,” Rodrigue said. “He’s not just trying to promote his friends.” Ultimately, Slavens said, there’s no better place for someone in his line of work to be than Denton. “It’s getting to be a bigger music town, but what it really is, is a musician town.”
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Nods and Shakes Editorial
Nod: UNT named Military Friendly School, again
A magazine aimed at assisting military personnel in their transition to civilian life included UNT on its list of Military Friendly Schools for 2012. The list, published by G.I. Jobs, is composed of universities across the nation that put in extra effort to embrace America’s service members and veterans as students. Last year UNT opened its Veterans Center as a way to help make the shift to academia easier for veterans. The Veterans Center helps educate veterans on how to apply for admission using their G.I. Bill and outreaches to veterans. From providing emotional support for veterans through the Disability and Well-being Consortium to helping veterans become involved in student organizations, the Veterans Center and the Student Veterans Association make sure veterans settle into UNT. In the recent years, UNT has gained recognition for its outstanding service to veterans and was named the sixth-best university in the nation for veterans by Military Times Edge in 2010.
Shake: Perry politicizes wildfires The recent wildfires in Texas have gone down in the record books as the most destructive in state history. More than 3.6 million acres of land have been scorched a nd 1,600 homes have been dest royed in Bastrop alone. Gov. Rick Perry decried the federal government for dragging its feet to provide emergency funding. On Sunday, though, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEM A) sa id it immediately received a nd approved the request on Friday. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin) weighed in on the confusion. According to Doggett, a request for emergency relief is different from the Major Disaster Declaration, which Perry originally requested from the federal government. In the last legislative session, a piece of legislation cut $34 million from the Texas Forest Service. The service offers assistance grants to volunteer fire departments, which make up nearly 80 percent of Texas’ firefighting team. Perry signed the bill even as the state was catching on fire in May. Rick Perry knew Texas’ firefighting force would be dangerously shorthanded when he signed the legislation into law. So, there’s no reason he should be using the devastation as a political tactic against the federal government now.
For me, I love nothing more than taking an early dinner on my way home, stopping by the Angry Friar double-decker bus and chomping down on an order of delicious fish and chips (fries for the non-British folks). Sometimes, I enjoy a hot dog from the gentlemen ser v ing students on t heir lunch break. Other times, I have even gone for some of the Twisted Grub or UNT’s own Kush Rhoti’s offerings, though they seem more overpriced for their fare. But what’s the underlying problem with these mobile food carts or truck services? Each is located and permitted on UNT’s own property – such as the spot on the corner of Fry Street and Avenue A next to the Language Building. You would be remiss to f ind any such sma ll busi-
ness roa m i ng t he st reets and corners of the rest of Denton. For years now, the city has upheld a strict and outdated set of codes pertaining to mobile food trucks, carts and stands. They’re all but prohibited to exist and serve the thousands of visitors and residents who frequent the Square, Fry Street and other heavily visited areas of town, yet UNT gets to retain its rights over these jurisdictions on its own properties. Su re, t here has been a sudden ups w i ng i n t aco st a nd s a r ou nd tow n on McKinney Street and Hickory Street. These are certainly approaching t he model of service that I am describing, but they work on one stipulation alone: that they exist on property that is already inhab-
ited by a restaurant – Cool Bean’s taco guy, the makeit-your own stands at the La Estrella or Veronica’s Cafe. W hat the city should do is get t hese folks out and about, selling their novelty goods across Denton proper, and encouragingly, there is a proposed ordinance to do just that! For n e x t w e e k ’s C i t y Council work session, council members will provide their own thoughts and opinions on such an ordinance and give city staff direction on how to refine it. As a resident, I have an opportunity to provide public comment on the ordinance at that meeting or even tonight at a council member’s home. District 1 council member Kevin Roden is hosting an open discussion on the issue
at 8 p.m., 322 Texas St. If you too want to have the opportunity to get at some greasy goodness around town like I do, make sure to drop your council member or city official a line!
Chris Walker is a music composition senior. He can be reached at fussbudget@ me.com.
Obama makes a case against smog In matters regarding pollution, President Barack Obama often finds himself with an impossible choice: should he protect public health, as environmentalists demand, or preserve jobs, as congressional Republicans urge? Both concerns are valid, and both are important tasks for the president. Sometimes, he has to give one or the other priority. Last week Obama decided against a new Environmental Protection Agency proposal to reduce smog, which contributes to such illnesses as asthma and heart disease. The decision on ground-level ozone drew a chorus of condemnation from such groups as the Sierra Club and the American Lung Association, which said the proposal will cost lives and raise health-care costs.
The prediction is no doubt accurate, but ever y public policy decision involves tradeoffs, and this one was trickier than most. Hundreds of counties would have found themselves in violation of the new standards. Electric utilities and other businesses would have had to lie out funds for upgraded pollutioncontrol equipment. Most would have complied, but some would have closed down. On a strict cost-benefit basis, the proposal comes close to a tossup, but other expenditures could yield a much bigger payoff. That’s not the only reason the White House rejected the change. Cass Sunstein, head of the president’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, noted in a letter to the EPA that the agency is required
to revisit the smog standard in 2013, by which time better scientific data will be available. It made little sense, he indicated, to impose a new rule that may be overhauled in just two years, particularly when the president has promised that federal regulations “must promote predictability and reduce uncertainty.” The EPA has taken other anti-pollution steps that will have the side effect of reducing smog. Even if the ozone rule were clearly worth the eventual cost, the president must also think about the immediate future. At the moment, Obama is right to focus on the shortterm health of the economy, which would suffer from new mandates that put a burden on the private sector. If the
economy remains stalled, the funds needed to pay for environmental improvements will be hard to come by. A st rong economy, by contrast, will make such investments more affordable and far more appealing to the electorate. Sometimes the difference between a good idea and a bad one is a simple matter of timing. For instance, exercise fosters good health, but someone in bed with the flu is well advised to put off a strenuous run or spin class until after the malady passes. Over the coming decades, Americans may very well be better off with tighter ozone rules, but right now, as Obama wisely understands, it’s more important to nurse the U.S. economy back to health. The
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UNT on par with top teams Bobby’s World: UNT Soccer team won’t forget first loss BRETT MEDEIROS Staff Writer
In its first tournament of the season, the Mean Green women’s golf team traveled to College Station this weekend to take on a field with four opponents ranked in the Top 25 at the “Mo”Morial Invitational. UNT embraced the challenge against top competiton from the Big-12 and Southeastern Conferences, finishing the three-day tournament in fourth place out of eleven teams. The Lonestar state was well represented, as Texas A&M hosted the competition and Texas edged out Auburn to take first place. “Going in, I really felt like sixth or better would be a victory for us especially against such a strong field,” said head coach Jeff Mitchell. “I knew it was going to be a good challenge and the girls really stepped up.” The blazing Texas heat didn’t make things easy on competitors, as temperatures exceeded 100 degrees during all three days of play. “It was hot, we worked really hard to make sure everyone stayed hydrated and stay cool,” Mitchell said. “They took really good care of themselves and we beat it [the heat].” Senior Jacey Chun led the way early, sharing a tie for first place at (-1) after the second round. In the third round, Chun slipped after notching a (+4) 76 and but ended with the second highest finish of her career in fifth place. “The rough on that course was really tough and made it hard to get out I seemed to be in there all day,” Chun said. “I think we as a group did really well, especia lly yesterday [Monday].”
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Addison Long digs her way out of the bunker as sand flew out in front of her. Long, senior in entrepreneurship, practiced with the team at Lantana Golf Course in Argyle. . The Mean Green posted its strongest score Monday when it notched the second lowest score of all teams in the tournament. With a score of 308 in the final round, UNT finished the tournament three strokes behind thirdplace Kentucky. “None of us really played to our potential today [Tuesday],” said senior Addison Long. “But we’re only going to get better, that’s for sure.” The next tournament for the Mean Green starts Sept. 25 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at the Dick McGuire Invitational.
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Teams competing ranked in the top 40 at the end of last year
Top 10 finishes in senior Jacey Chun’s career
Mean Green’s ranking before the tournament
This time last week, the UNT women’s soccer team was riding high. The tea m was sitting as t he lone undefeated women’s soccer team in Texas, was ranked at No. 10 in the South Region and just had one of its leaders, s e n ior f or w a r d Ni k k i Crocco, named Sun Belt Player of the Week. One week later, t he team is no longer regiona lly ra n ked a f ter being defeated by Baylor, t he No. 9 team in the Central Region, Sunday. Normally, when you go out onto the soccer field before the women’s soccer team practices, the mood is lively. Before practice two days after the team’s first loss, the mood took on more of a somber tone, which kind of caught me off guard. It also showed me that this team isn’t messing around. Let’s be honest: UNT had no business w inning at Baylor Sunday and that has
absolutely nothing to do with talent, despite Baylor being in the much more nationally prominent Big 12. This game was all about depth and health, neither of which UNT had much of in Waco. The Mean Green was only able to bring four players off its bench, forcing six of its starters to play the full 90 minutes a nd a not her t wo starters to play at least 80 minutes. If you want perspective on how difficult that is, go run around outside non-stop for 45 minutes, take a 15-minute break and then run for another 45 minutes. Oh, and make sure it’s about 100 degrees out. Baylor, on the other hand, brought 12 players off the bench a nd on ly had t wo players play the full 90. That’s why it surprised me to see how the players took the loss. They didn’t necessarily take the loss hard, but they don’t seem to look at it as a game they shouldn’t have won, even though most logic suggests they shouldn’t have. If anything, they seemed hungrier, which is always the best way to take a loss. It’s important to remember
Bobby Lewis t hat last season UNT was bounced out of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in the first round for the first time in team history. Head coach John Hedlund has clearly instilled a “no days off” mentality in this team, so as to avoid another first round exit. With two victories in this weekend’s Nike Classic against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton, UNT would secure its best non-conference record in the team’s history at 7-1-1. For such a goal-oriented team, especially coming off a loss, don’t think finishing off its non-conference schedule with a pair of wins isn’t its top priority. In fact, the Mean Green’s true mission begins when it kicks off Sun Belt play next week.