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Volume 100 | Issue 04

The Student Newspaper of the University of North Texas

Students rent, download to dodge high book costs JASON YANG

Senior Staff Writer It is pre-English f re shman Ha idy n P y fer’s f i r s t s e m e s t e r a t U N T. She purchased her required textbooks from Campus Bookstore and paid $430 for five books, a hefty price for the new college student. “Luckily, my parents assist me in tuition and book fees,” Pyfer said. “But I would think it’s an outrageous price for independent students.” Pyfer is a casualty of today’s high book costs, one of many students trying to save a buck on books. According to UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, an undergraduate taking 15 hours of classes spent, on average, about $1,000 on books and supplies this semester. Voertman’s Bookstore Manager Michelle Dellis said because book costs increase every year – whether it’s $1 or $5 more –students are always looking for cheaper options. “Rental has been the most popular choice this semester,” Dellis said. “If the price of a new textbook is $100, the rental price would be $50.” The number of students renting textbooks at Campus Bookstore has increased by 5 to 10 percent this semester, Campus Bookstore Manager Bret Erskin said.

Students wait in long lines at the Campus Bookstore during the first days of class. Both Dellis and Erskin said rentals are a better investment because of the unpredictability and restrictions of textbook buybacks. Bookstores do not buy back

most books that have newer editions, books with one-time online access codes, loose-leaf books, or used lab books. Dellis said most stores will not buy back UNT-only books because of those

classes’ unpredictability. “I have a third edition English book that I’m selling for $5, and the required fourth edition costs $90,” Dellis said. “Only one edition different, yet every student buys

markups that lead to high book costs. “If an author receives $10 from the book sale, then both publisher and bookstore will get at least a 100 percent markup through each process,” Church said. “With all the markups, the book can end up costing 400 percent more.” UNT and the Universit y of Texas at Arlington introduced digital books two years ago. Digital textbooks have been so successful that 25 percent of UNT classes’ required text selections are currently available digitally, UNT Bookstore Assistant Manager Shawn Bourdo said. If the price of a new textbook is $100, then a digital copy would cost $60, he said. “With digital books, students have the option to purchase by the chapter or by the book,” Bourdo said. About 10 percent of Voertman’s selections are currently available digitally, but Dellis said she believes digital books will continue to take off in the next two to four PHOTO BY ERIKA LAMBRETON/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER semesters. Bourdo agreed that the old model – buying books and selling them back to stores at the end of the fourth edition.” D e l l i s a nd Er sk i n s a id a semester – was bound to fall by the wayside. publishers determine prices. “Technology is the future,” he Accounting professor K im Church said both publishers said. “You can’t beat the conveand bookstores are guilty of the nience and ease of access.”

Mosquito repellent in high demand locally JULIE BIRD Intern


Denton Police arrive at the Kroger on University Drive on Tuesday afternoon after a suspect fled from robbing the DATCU Credit Union. He was arrested and charged with robbery after trying to escape from the back door.

Robbery suspect arrested at Denton grocery store Brief A SHLEY GRANT

Senior Staff Writer A man accused of robbing a local credit union and f leeing with an unspecified amount of cash was arrested by police at the Kroger on University Drive early Tuesday afternoon, said Ryan Grelle, media relations officer for the Denton Police Department.

Grel le s a id the robb er y occurred at about 1 p.m. at a DATCU Credit Union branch in the 900 block of West University Drive. The suspect fled to the nearby Kroger, where police set up a perimeter around the store. He was taken into custody shortly after attempting to run out of a back door. Details about the robbery were not immediately available because

it is the subject of an ongoing investigation, Grelle said. It did not appear that the man was armed. According to the Cit y of Denton’s on l ine publ ic jai l re c ords, Bra d ley K i l l more, a 32-year-old white male, was ar re ste d and charge d w ith robbery of a banking-type institution Tuesday. The Denton City Jail custody report listed his time of arrest as 2:17 p.m.

Denton stores are working to keep up with an increased demand for mosquito repellent as residents take precautions against the spread of West Nile virus. “We fill up the shelves every morning, and by 1 [p.m.], they are pretty much empty,” said Steven Walker, department manager at the Walmart on Loop 288. The Denton County Health Department recommends using a mosquito repellent with 10 to 30 percent of the active ingredient DEET. In very rare cases, excessive amounts of DEET can cause skin irritation and other adverse health effects, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Walker said that repellents containing 40 percent or more DEET have been the most popular with customers in the past few weeks. Products with higher DEET percentages are advertised as being able to repel mosquitoes for a longer period of time. Aubry Vance, a manager at the Target on Loop 288, said he has also seen an increased demand for sprays and other insect repellent products. “We have definitely had a lot of people asking where the spray is. More so in the last few days,” Vance said.


A lone bottle of mosquito repellant sits on the shelf in Target, off Loop 288 and Brinker Road. Local stores are struggling to keep repellent stocked. He said that Target hasn’t had a problem keeping up with the demand and has no plans to increase prices on any repellent products. The health department warns against using products containing DEET on children younger than two months, or reapplying the products more often than recommended by the manufacturer. Bracelets and products that can be clipped on to clothes to keep mosquitoes away have been popular with parents of young children, Walker said. According to the Denton County Health Department’s website, however, these products have not been proven effective at preventing mosquito bites. Radio, television and film sophomore Morgan Sain said she bought mosquito repellent earlier this summer,

before the West Nile outbreak, and uses it occasionally before going outside. “I don’t always use bug spray,” Sain said. “I do worry a little, but I haven’t been bitten too much,” Sain said she also avoids going outside in the evenings, especially when it is humid. The Denton County Health Department advises residents to stay inside at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, to wear long pants and sleeves when outside and to drain any standing water. As of Sunday, Denton County had reported 145 human cases of West Nile. The city of Denton opted out of aerial mosquito spraying last week, although more than 20 other municipalities in the county received aerial spraying over the weekend.

UNT to house first LGBT archive in South BEN PEYTON Staff Writer

UNT is set to become the site of the only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender archive in the South. After a four-year process, the Dallas Resource Center has

donated about 400 boxes of LGBT archives to the university’s Libraries System, which will begin the roughly one-year period of processing the donation in the next month. “From an academic perspective, this is extraordinary,” said

LGBT Studies Co-Director Mark Vosvick, a psychology professor. “No one has published on any kind of LGBT stuff in the South. No one in the whole world.” The archive dates back to the 1950s and will include newspapers, photos, political posters and more

materials related to the gay community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including collections from the influential gay architect Philip Johnson. “You name any aspect of political, socio, historical stuff that happened in the LGBT community, there is a very good chance

that there is something in this archive that is going to document that stuff,” Vosvick said. The acquisition aligns itself with UNT Libraries’ goal of building its database in two main areas of focus: Latino and Chicano archives and LGBT archives, said Morgan

Davis, head of Archives and Rare Books. UNT has relatively few collections in those two fields, with the exception of a Dallas Voice archive that dates back to 1984, Davis said.

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LGBT Continued from Page 1 “We are serious about collecting these materials,” she said. “We are serious about preserving this history and also getting the word out to people in that community that their history is important.” The library is always in the process of expanding its collections, and the new archives are expected to further legitimize its efforts as well as those of the LGBT Studies program. “This is the seed of a much larger, extensive archive that’s going to grow,” Vosvick said.

U N T Libraries will employ at least two members of its profe s siona l staff of archivists during MORGAN processing, and DAVIS the department is currently raising money to have the entire archive digitized into the online Portal to Texas History collection. Digitizing the archive will contribute greatly to UNT and to the world by giving members of the LGBT community – who might feel isolated in in rural areas – the opportunity to access the digital archive and have a sense of history

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and belonging, Vosvick said. H o w e v e r, the archives’ priceless pieces are not exclusive to the LGBT Studies MARK program or VOSVICK members of the LGBT community in general. The archive is also an important piece of history for residents of the South, Vosvick said. He estimates that three-fourths of students enrolled in LGBT Studies are not members of the LGBT community but are instead students from various academic fields hoping to gain a better understanding of a key demographic of American society. “It helps people understand the [nation’s] diversity, ” said graduate Libraries Assistant Rob Huttmeyer, who is helping to process the new collection. The library is welcoming students who are interested in knowing more about the archive and would like to volunteer their time to help with processing. Please contact Morgan Davis at 940-369-8657 for more information.


Students confused by the hustle and bustle of programs reshuffling at Sage Hall can rest assured. The last business classes held in Sage Hall recently moved to the Business Leadership Building as Sage assumes new functions. “I believe that the overall goal of Sage Hall is to create a place where undergrads are able to have academic success, where they are supported and learning is celebrated,” said Celia Williamson, vice provost for Educational Innovation. The Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, a program for gifted high school students to finish their last two years of high school while beginning the first two years of college, also has new accommodations in Sage Hall.

Along with these new programs, Sage is opening up new Learning Commons, which allow students to study in groups while using new educational technology. The Student Academic Readiness Team (START), the office in charge of helping students meet Texas standards in reading, writing and math, is moving to Sage. Students who are facing trouble deciding a major to choose may find guidance at the Office for Exploring Majors. “College is a really crazy time,” said pre-political science sophomore Kegan Bevins, who is considering changing majors. “A lot of kids going to school think they know what they want to do with their lives, but that changes. The great thing about Sage Hall is knowing you can go there for counsel.” Sage Hall boasts a plethora of new classrooms that offer innovative ways

“The great thing about Sage Hall is knowing you can go there for counsel.”

-Kegan Bevins Political science sophomore of teaching through technology, group settings and other creative methods. “I think they make it obvious that they want us to achieve because it’s very easy to study here,” pre-biology freshman Jeannine Vargas said. “It’s relaxed, and there is a lot of options for help.” UNT students can now find a whole new assortment of easily accessible resources in Sage.

POLICE BLOTTER Alcohol and Drug-Related Offenses Monday, August 27, 11:49 p.m. : A UNT police officer

checked out a suspicious vehicle on 1391 S. Bonnie Brae, in UNT parking lot 80. The 18-year-old male non-student in the car was in possession of an unspecified illicit drug and marijuana. The man was arrested and taken to the Denton County Jail.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2:01 a.m. : A UNT police officer

pulled over a 19-year-old non-


student female driver at 204 North Texas Blvd. After discovering that the woman was wanted by the Denton Police Department for the theft of at least $50, the officer arrested her and took her to the City of Denton Jail.

Miscellaneous Tuesday, August 28, 10:20 a.m. : A UNT police officer

pulled over a 28-year-old male non-student at 1000 W. Hickory St. The officer arrested the man, who was wanted by the Allen Police Department for failing to appear in court for a traffic violation, and took him to the Denton County Jail.

Wednesday, August 29, 12:22 p.m. : A complainant

reported that a reckless driver on a motorcycle was weaving through traffic on 1307 W. Highland. UNT police officers responded but were unable to locate the suspected driver.

Wednesday, August 29, 7:32 a.m. : A complainant reported

a verbal altercation at 1155 Union Circle at the University Union. UNT police officers responded and spoke with a 39-year-old man who had started the argument. Officers determined that the man had no affiliation with UNT, and he was escorted from the building and issued a criminal

trespass warning. He was then allowed to go.

Thursday, August 30, 4:14 a.m. : A 29-year-old male student

turned himself in at the Sullivan Public Safety Center for a UNT Police warrant for evading arrest from detention with a previous conviction. Officers arrested the student and took him to the Denton County Jail.












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Wednesday, September 5, 2012 Brittni Barnett, Arts & Life Editor

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New exhibit challenges conventional perceptions NADIA HILL

Senior Staff Writer As the low-lit gallery began to fill, students and faculty mingled with the artists to discuss inspirations and techniques used in an exhibit designed to question perspectives. “Contemplating Limits” opened at the UNT Art Gallery on Thursday and will run through Sept. 22. The free exhibit showcases four artists’ interpretations of structure through mixed media pieces designed to question the way people view limits. Tracee Robertson, UNT Art Galleries director and curator for the exhibit, found the specific pieces and artists in an unusual way. She had no crystal-clear vision of who she wanted to feature and relied more on surfing the Internet than studio visits. Her starting point was Gary Passanise, the executive director of the Santo Foundation, an organization established to recognize and assist the careers of visual artists. “I visited Gary Passanise in his studio, and his work made me think about what structure is,” Robertson said. “That’s when the idea for the show started. I started wondering about limitations and what struc-


Students and faculty attend the opening reception for “Contemplating Limits” at the UNT Art Gallery on Thursday. The show features work from Austin Ballard, Robin Dru Germany, Kirsten Macy and Gary Passanise, and will run through Sept. 22. ture can be, such as expectations and how everything is dependent on our perceptions.” Passanise then led her to an awardwinning sculptor, Austin Ballard.

Ballard had created sculptures out of cardboard, concrete and mirrors, inspired by a warehouse in his college town of Providence, R. I. “I was dealing with temporary

things and permanence, the time and architecture relationship,” Ballard said. “The concrete conveys a lasting message, while at the same time cardboard represents a fleeting moment.

Like scaffolding, cardboard is only here for a specific job.” His three sculptures sat in the center of the gallery as visitors gazed at the photography and paintings on

the walls. “I think the artists go back to challenging their own limitations put on their style,” pre-interior design sophomore Jeannine Rivera said. “The sculptures give me a lot of ideas to build off of. They’re the most inspiring in their simplicity and ability to make a big statement.” Aside from attending the exhibit opening for design class, Rivera is also a dancer. “That’s what got me,” she said. “Looking at the shapes and forms of the sculptures makes me think about dance forms. The bluntness of the shapes makes me think about people and placement and new ideas for a routine.” Between photographs, paintings and sculptures, Robertson’s skills as a curator came to life. “It’s so personal,” Robertson said. “I tried to provide a framework for how to approach what they’re trying to communicate. They put in form otherworldly ideas and how to organize perceptions. This is an opportunity to think about how you see the world and expand what your perspectives may be.” Other artists featured in the exhibit are Kirsten Macy and Robin Dru Germany.

The (Ghost) Note shows Denton drummers love TRENT JOHNSON

“...We just decided that a shop up here would make sense...”


A new store on the Square is attempting to show drummers and percussionists around Denton some love. Last January, Tim Harman and UNT alumnus Colby Schreck began to ponder opening an instrument store with an emphasis on percussion. After seven months of work, the duo finally opened The (Ghost) Note on Aug. 25. “We both were drummers up here in Denton, and we both had to drive forever to get to a shop with any selection,” Harman said. “Plus we both worked at another drum shop in Dallas, and we just decided that a shop up here would make sense because of the high concentration of drummers. This is something that should have been decades ago.” The main goal of the new store – and what makes it different from the other instrument stores in Denton – is the variety of percussion items The (Ghost) Note carries, the owners said. “The other music stores in North Texas are not carrying drumlike trick stuff, and most people would have to go online and hope that it would sound good,” Schreck said. “So we just want

-Tim Harman The (Ghost) Note


Tim Harman and Colby Shreck, co-owners of The (Ghost) Note, opened their shop when they noticed a percussion store was missing from the Denton area. The (Ghost) Note opened Aug. 25 at 120 Oak St., Rhinestones Boutique’s former location. to carry jazz stuff and pretty much any hard-to-find high-end items.” In addition to selling percussion supplies, the store also repairs percussion equipment. Harman and Schreck learned to repair equipment because of their experiences at previous drum

shops and fixing their own instruments while growing up. “Fixing drums is something, being players for so long, that just comes with experience,” Schreck said. “Stuff would break and stuff wouldn’t sound good, so I was always tweaking my

set to make it sound good. It’s all just trial and error. We’re big gear nerds. I always like tweaking with drums, because there are so many parts and things you could do to them.” The store also offers private lessons for those hoping to learn the basics of

drumming. While The (Ghost) Note adds even more musical flare to the square, figuring out that location was not an easy process and was one of the few issues the duo encountered while opening the percussion shop, the

owners said. “Nothing that was open and available was doing it for us,” Harman said. “And one day when driving on the Square we saw this tiny little “for rent” sign, and it just worked out great from there.” Harman and Schreck are now into the day-to-day operations of running the new store, watching as UNT students enter The (Ghost) Note shaking their heads muttering “finally.” “The opening of The (Ghost) Note on the Denton Square is exciting, because it is exactly what we’re looking for,” performance junior Greg Sgammato said. For more information on the new store, visit

Golden Triangle Woodturners create art from trees ERIKA L AMBRETON Staff Photographer

Trees provide shade and ambiance for many neighborhoods in Denton. Once they meet their demise due to uncontrollable forces of nature or are destroyed to make way for fresh layers of pavement, the discarded logs don’t often get a second chance at life. The Golden Triangle Woodturners would beg to differ. The GTW is an organization of men and women passionate about turning logs into unique pieces of art. Using a lathe – a machine which spins a piece of wood – members scrape away years and layers creating platters, bowls, pens, sculptures and even chess sets out of the wood. The group holds monthly meetings at the Greater Denton Arts Council (GDAC) every first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. These meetings are free and open to the public. However, a $150 annual fee is required to become a member. This month’s meeting theme was “Gadgets, Gizmos and Gimmicks,” during which members took turns demonstrating different types of techniques that would facilitate the woodturning process. UNT alumnus John F. Beasley, a member of the GTW, said that the wood is repurposed into useful objects and given a second life. Instead of letting the wood go to


John Lauderbough, member of the Golden Triangle Woodturners, demonstrates how to use a drill gun during the group’s monthly meeting Monday. waste, the group can make functional objects or utensils that can be used or admired, Beasley said. Beasley had been making wooden furniture for his wife and kids until he received a lathe. The lathe allowed Beasley to let his creative juices flow, and he began making all types of intricate objects.

“It has become an addiction,” Beasley said. He has been woodturning for about eight years and joined the group in 2008. The group began in 1983 as a way for woodturners to meet and share their knowledge with other like-minded individuals, said UNT mathematics professor Neal Brand,

president of the GTW. “There is definitely some connection to [mathematics],” Brand said. He said he is inspired by the Pascal Triangle, a famous mathematical triangle that creates patterns and symmetrical circles. “In my career I don’t make things,” Brand said. “But I started doing

some woodworking about 15 years ago, and I just liked some of the things people made.” The group also participates in exhibitions such as “Turning Logs into Art,” which was held at the Meadows Gallery of the GDAC in August. All of the pieces that were on

display were made from wood found on the streets of Denton that would have otherwise been discarded. The exhibit was an outlet in which to show the community what woodturning is all about and what the members had been up to, Brand said. Brand credits the GTW with helping him refine his techniques as a woodturner. “I could turn things, but I wasn’t very good,” he said. “And then I joined the club, and every month we have a demonstration where someone shows how to do a certain technique.” The GTW offers a mentoring program in which interested individuals can learn with an experienced woodturner such as Beasley. “They are invited to come to my shop, and we teach everyone from beginners to the more advanced,” Beasley said. The group currently has about 65 active members and is always looking for new participants. UNT alumnus Jon Carpenter said he joined the group just last week after being persuaded by fellow woodturner J.R. Johnson. “Anytime you see gray hair, you know there has got to be something good to learn,” Carpenter said. For more information about the Golden Triangle Woodturners visit

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

UNT paintball team ranked No. 5 in nation Paintball A NDY RODRIGUEZ Intern

PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHAEL CALENDER The UNT Paintball Team, from left to right: Reese Tigert, pre-psychology junior Alex Moran, pre-journalism junior Justin Willingham, criminal justice sophomore Andy Ellis, logistics senior Colt Wallace, radio, television and film sophomore Eric Ward and pre-electric engineering sophomore Michael Calender.

After only two years of being recognized by the University as one of the school’s club sports, the UNT Paintball Team will begin its season as the No. 5 team in the nation. The team was created in 2003 as part of the South Central Collegiate Conference. Since then, the team has played members of the SCCC and the National Collegiate Paintball Association while winning back-toback national titles in 2010 and 2011. The team’s No. 5 ranking at the start of this season results from past seasons’ successes, including how the team did in tournaments and at the final tournament of the year, known as Nationals. When the club was formed in 2003,

the team didn’t have the luxury of being associated with the University. In 2010 the University started recognizing paintball as a one of the school’s official club sports. “Before that we were simply known as NTX Paintball and weren’t allowed to use the North Texas logo, colors, nothing associated with the school,” said senior team captain Justin Willingham, a pre-journalism junior. Now that the paintball team is recognized by UNT, financial costs are covered by the school instead of having to come out of the athletes’ pockets. This includes tournament entry fees, lodging and gas, and now spending money is allotted by the University. “Being recognized by the university has definitely helped. It’s taken some weight off our shoulders financially,” Willingham said.

Some of the teams UNT plays include the University of Texas and Baylor, and the team shares rivalries with Texas Christian University and Texas A&M. “TCU for sure last year [was a rival, and] it was always us and them for first and second or second and third [place],” Willingham said. “And A&M has always been our big, big rival.” The opponents aren’t limited to the state of Texas “Oh man, when we go to Nationals we play Cal State Fullerton, [Oklahoma University], [University of Southern California], USC, Army, Florida State,” said team president Michael Calender, a pre-engineering sophomore. “People from all over the country.” The season opens up Sept. 29 in Waco.

Volleyball success linked to roster depth Volleyball AUSTIN S CHUBERT

Amber Haggerty

Staff Writer

Through just nine games this season, the 2012 UNT volleyball team has established that it will once again compete as one of the top teams in the Sun Belt Conference. The Mean Green has already captured two tournament victories, including its first-ever home tournament victory at the North Texas Invitational, and raced out to the best start in program history. For the second straight year, UNT was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the Sun Belt West Division. Last season, the team did not live up to the expectations of being best in the Sun Belt, finishing 17-17 and losing in the conference tournament semifinals. However, the 2012 team has a valuable resource that the 2011 team didn’t have: depth on the roster. “This is the most balanced team I’ve ever played on,” sophomore Eboni Godfrey said. “Everybody on the team can play anywhere on the court.” Godfrey, an outside hitter, led UNT with 383 kills as a freshman last season and was named to the second All-Sun Belt Team, becoming the first UNT freshman to do so since 2000. She’s one of only two UNT returners who started every match in 2011, the other being sophomore Hallie McDonald. This season, both Godfrey and McDonald now come off the bench. During last year’s season, head coach Ken Murczek said teams would take advantage of players who had to play out of position. With this year’s deep roster, that won’t happen. With young recruits like freshman Carnae Dillard, who is second on the team in kills, the team can rotate its outside hitters into their strongest spots on the court. “Our depth gives us flexibility,”

Carnae Dillard

Zac Whitfield

Karla Pineda

Freshman Forecast: top incoming athletes Overview R Y NE G ANNOE

Senior Staff Writer

PHOTO BY AMBER PLUMLEY/ FILE PHOTO Sophomore outside hitter Eboni Godfrey reaches to save the ball during a home match last season. This season Godfrey has come off the bench and embraced switching roles. Murczek said. “It’s a luxury when you can bring in the kind of talent that [Godfrey] and [McDonald] have off of the bench.” Although Godfrey is coming off of the bench now after having a strong 2011 season, she said she doesn’t mind changing roles. “Our depth will actually make this season easier for me,” Godfrey said. “You feel pressure when you’re rotating all over the court like I was last year. I know that if I’m having a bad game this season, one of our other hitters will step up.” McDonald, a middle blocker, led the team with 70 blocks last season, but now backs up junior Courtney

Windham, the team leader in kills. She has performed well coming off the bench this season, particularly in a comeback at UT-Arlington last Tuesday, in which she landed 8 kills. “I really don’t feel like my role has changed,” McDonald said. “There’s just more people on the team as capable as me.” The team’s depth will play dividends as the season progresses by raising the team’s overall play Murczek said. “Everyone knows they have a chance to play,” he said. “The competitiveness level in practice is up, which carries over into games.”

Beyond the typical transition into collegiate life at UNT, freshman athletes discover the obstacles of adapting to new teammates, new coaches and a new speed of play than what they experienced in high school. Because of that transition and players already on the roster, few freshman earn starting spots on their teams. However, there are a few who rise to play in key roles. The Mean Green can look forward to these freshmen having an immediate impact with their teams. Soccer Forwards Karla Pineda and Amber Haggerty have both already scored goals for the Mean Green women’s soccer team. Last year’s offense relied almost solely on senior Michelle Young. The addition of Pineda and Haggerty stops defenses from being able to solely focus on Young. “We kind of have a threeheaded monster up front from an offense standpoint,” head coach John Hedlund said. “You can’t really double-team Michelle like you could a year ago, because [Pineda] is going to get her shot off [and Haggerty] going to get her

“You can talk about things all you want, until you get in the battlefield it’s difficult to be prepared for.”

-Ken Murczek, head volleyball coach

shot off.” At first, Pineda struggled with her new surroundings, but she is adapting. “At the beginning it was tough,” Pineda said. “I didn’t know anybody. I was here by myself with no friends. That was tough, but I’ve gotten to know the girls, and it got easier.” Football Redshirt freshman defensive back Zac Whitfield was the only freshman to start for the Mean Green against Louisiana State University in the season opener. Last year, the Mean Green secondary was ranked No. 90 out of 120 collegiate football teams. It gave up 27 aerial touchdowns and 3,190 passing yards. Whitfield’s impact was already felt in North Texas’ first game. He registered a score-saving interception when LSU backed the UNT defense up to the goal line, and he registered seven tackles. “ The interception was an outstanding play,” head coach Dan McCarney said. “If he’s done it once against a great team like LSU, he can do it again. He’ll get better.” Volleyball Carnae Dillard leads the Mean

Green volleyball team in kills and receptions after signing as the program’s first high school All-American signee. This freshman not only contributed to the 7-2 season start but also played a key part in the start. Her on-court transition began with how she hit. “The biggest thing that has happened for me is trying not to hit into the block. Hit [it] high and over,” Dillard said. “It’s college, if you don’t you’re going to get blocked.” While the impact seems immediate, UNT fans can anticipate what the Sun Belt coaches voted in the preseason poll; for the Mean Green to win the West Division. Dillard is the newest weapon on head coach Ken Murczek’s team. He also knows the move from high school to college in any sport can be a struggle. “It’s tough,” Murczek said. “You can talk about things all you want, until you get in the battlefield it’s difficult to be prepared for. Everyone comes in as a highly recruited club or high school player. Everyone is good. [You have to] try and stay positive and know that you’re a good player.”

Mean Green Trivia Trivia: Head football coach Dan McCarney has talked about the possibility of opening next season at home in Apogee Stadium instead of playing a road game to start the season. When was the last time the Mean Green opened up a football season at home, and who did it play against? Those who think they know the answer can tweet their guesses to the NT Daily Sports Twitter, @NTDailySports. People who answer correctly will be mentioned in tomorrow’s paper.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012 James Rambin, Views Editor

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Staff Editorial Campus Chat Sterling project might not be so bad Do you plan on

watching the Democratic National Convention?

“If it’s on, yes. It affects me now and in the future, so I might as well see what is going to happen.”

Most of us have seen them. Some of us can even afford them. But really, what’s the deal with the Sterling Fry Street Apartments? This upscale housing complex and retail space, offering furnished rooms and amenities designed to tempt students away from dorms and other housing options, is already almost filled to capacity. But some students have issues with what they perceive as a hostile takeover by corporate interests, forcing out local businesses and cheapening Denton’s small-town spirit. The biggest complaint by longtime students and Denton residents is that the space does not reflect the hip, local vibes of Fry Street and its surrounding busi-

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“I’ll try to watch a little bit of it if I can, but I’m actually going for Republican because I really don’t care for Obama. Either way, I’m not voting for Obama.”

Jamie Vaughan

Medical technology junior

“Yes. I’m Republican, and I really want to know exactly who and what the competition is.”

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Pre-theatre freshman

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– and the result isn’t pretty. Until a few years crawl by and this complex gets some dirt on the walls and cracks in the pavement, it’s going to look like an alien spacecraft converted into a living monument to generic Midwestern design. No matter how hard the businesses occupying Sterling might try to adopt Denton’s college-town lifestyle – the live music at Potbelly Sandwich Shop is certainly a nice touch – they can’t match the allure of a local enterprise. But really, should they even try? Jimmy John’s and Pita Pit across the street are practically campus institutions, and these businesses are decidedly corporate. Students aren’t stupid, and they can

smell the impersonality of big business imitating local flavor from a mile away. If students have a problem with new apartments and retail spaces, they can speak with their money and choose to go elsewhere. Regardless of opinion, it’s hard to deny that building projects like the Sterling Fry Street Apartments are an inevitable side effect of a campus with ever-increasing numbers of incoming freshmen, and students shouldn’t vilify these businesses for wanting a slice of the booming Denton economy. As UNT rises in reputation, we’re going to have to occasionally put our aesthetic concerns aside and recognize that big developments are a sign our campus is thriving.


Kinesiology junior

“Yes, I want to see what it’s all about and get some insight about what all the Democrats have to say.”

nesses. Restaurants like Chipotle may be tasty, but they certainly aren’t Denton-born local enterprises like Big Mike’s Coffee and Crooked Crust. Let’s get one thing out of the way: these buildings are pretty ugly. They’re an in-your-face cocktail of the last decade’s worst architectural trends, and the most offensive aspect of their design is the apparent inability of the builders to decide on a texture or color of siding. Multicolored bricks and a variety of painted earth tones clash with boutique cupolas and Brooklyn-style storefronts, somehow ramming the sterile ethos of the all-American McMansion into the packaging of a San Francisco row house

Corporate profits New contact shouldn’t ignore rules still causing private citizens pain for players Democrats and Republicans both claim to have an understanding of the economy, and simultaneously each party suggests that they have the singular power to control it. This polarized climate is the downside to our current political system. While the American public is content to argue over who caused the mess, politicians are using the confusion to dilute the truth and feign an exclusive knowledge of a vastly complicated and nearly uncontrollable world economy. The deregulation of the banking industry is a central player in today’s looming economic crisis. The repeal of the GlassSteagall Act – a Depression-era banking law intended to promote healthy competition between banks by allowing them to collaborate with insurance and investment companies – is often cited as the policy shift that allowed the wagering of other people’s money on derivatives and risky investments. This high-stakes gambling on the assets of private individuals arguably brought about the initial shock of the 2008 recession. At first glance, the consolidation of corporate America seems efficient, but increased deregulation is also responsible for a rise in unemployment, cost of living and inflation. The additional loss in competition, federal revenues and consumer confidence is difficult to ignore in today’s tense financial climate. Vital economic institutions are citing record profits, saving massive amounts of cash and all the while they leave the general public with the bill for their bailouts, tax deductions and subsidies. How is it that the corporations that accumulate the most wealth are paying at a lower tax rate than Americans making less than $25,000 a year? Microsoft, Apple and J.P. Morgan are all paying less than 15 percent in federal taxes. G.E. and Exxon Mobile each paid less

than 3 percent in taxes in the past decade. Apparently starting two wars, complicating the tax code in favor of corporations, lowering taxes for the wealthy and deregulating investment banking was for “the good of the people.” We no longer share a democratic republic when people are unable to choose elected officials that actually represent them, instead of major corporate interests. Unfortunately, neither party will reconsider these changes due to their reliance on corporate donations made possible by this crooked legislation. Mergers and acquisitions among major companies like AT&T, Exxon Mobil, and Time Warner create record-breaking profits, while income inequality in this country is at an all-time high. In an era of growing healthcare and education concerns, it is more important than ever for these institutions to receive adequate funding through taxes. If corporations are people too, shouldn’t they pay the same tax rate as citizens?

Andrew McGinnis is an English senior. He can be reached at

Look, I know that head and neck injuries are serious, but the truth is that the National Football League isn’t trying to protect its players. Instead, it’s protecting itself from future lawsuits by enforcing vague rules about “illegal blows to the head” and “targeting.” These violations happen almost every day, and I doubt the league even knows how to fully define them. If a tackler seems to lead with his head, a f lag f lies even when replays show they were leading with their shoulder. If a player touches a quarterback ’s helmet, a f lag f lies even though the contact may be no more severe then a tap on the head. This decision changes the dynamic of the entire game for the worse. In the past, bone-crunching hits were the norm, and audiences accepted them as part of the game. Violence has had appealed to spectators as far back as ancient Rome, and although today’s public spectacles are far less barbaric than gladiatorial combat, paying fans don’t want to see such a cautious approach taken in the game. The penalties I described affect safeties unfairly, since their job is to be the “last line” of defense and help deep pass coverage. Sometimes, that means coming across the middle when a ball is thrown to try and dislodge it from the receiver, but these rule changes prevent this action. It’s irritating to watch, since coaches now have to teach players to pull up before a hit so they don’t get f lagged – and this distracts from the game in general. More often than not, spectators can see a coach that is visibly upset with one of those calls, often at crucial

game moments. If they complain, they might encourage team penalties or even the mighty wrath of the NFL’s strict enforcement. Moving kickoffs to the 35-yard line to try and do away with returns and minimize the number of collisions that result from them might help, but to truly keep these rules from impacting the game, the NFL has to tell referees to stop assuming that every audible hit is helmet-to-helmet – or targeting – and merits a f lag. The game is based on toughness and quick thinking, and none of these players want long-term injuries. However, they want to win and should know the risks involved. Will we eventually do away with tackling altogether for safety purposes? Hopefully, if that happens, I will have already departed this Earth.

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