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SGA to debate advising issues R EBECCA RYAN Staff Writer

W hen t he Student G over n ment A ssociat ion for med its goa ls for t he spring semester, one focus was the grow ing concern ov er s t udent-t o -a d v i s er ratio. St udent s voic ed t hei r problems to SGA about not being able to easily meet with their adviser. To change the current situation, SGA will consider a resolution that will be debated in meetings. If the resolution passes, it will then be given to administration. “We just know there are problem s w it h adv i si ng ratios and a lack of advisers for students,” SGA President Blake Windham said. “We’re looking at finding a way to change the College of Arts and Sciences ratio.” T here a re about 9,000 students in the College of Arts and Sciences. With just 13 full-time advisers in office, Ric Dwinnell, assistant dean for student affairs, said the advising staff is working hard to accommodate so many students’ needs. “It’s hard to get a handle on an exact ratio of students to advisers,” Dwinnell said. “Ou r f u l l-t i me, i n-of f ice adv isers a re assig ned to approximately 473 students,

but you have to factor i n departm e nt a l advisers and t hat’s e x t remel y BLAKE difficult.” WINDHAM Dwinnell said the advising staff will hire three other advisers later in the semester in order to decrease the load on current advisers. The staff is in the process of training three members already working w ith the department. By the end of the semester, the staff will have 19 members. “These advisers will work a long side depa r t ment a l advisers to create a graduation plan for students,” Dwinnell said. “In the College of Arts and Sciences, we work on a unique dual model in which advising is split among the 25 departmental advisers and the full-time advisers we have here.” Robin Gillespie, a humanities and geography adviser, said she sees anywhere from 10 to 20 students every day, depending on the season, and said registration times for the fall and spring semesters are the busiest.

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Denton City Council granted EagleRidge, LLC special-use permits for drilling wells across from Apogee Stadium, seen here Tuesday. Denton City Council members said they would support a moratorium on gas drilling and production permits.

City to discuss drilling moratorium A NN SMAJSTRLA

Senior Staff Writer The Denton City Council will soon vote on a moratorium that would temporarily halt the distribution of gas drilling permits until a new gas drilling ordinance can be enacted. The earliest the moratorium could be voted on is Feb. 7 at

the next city council meeting. Should the moratorium pass, it would last as long as it would take for a new ordinance to be written, and would be effective immediately. Denton Cit y Cou nci l members Kevin Roden, Jim Engelbrecht, Chris Watts and Da lton Gregor y expressed support for the moratorium

at the Jan. 10 city council meeting. Roden said the moratorium will be an agenda item at the council’s all-day retreat Jan. 31. “The idea is simply to say, as a city, we’re trying to put up some new regulations and new rules, so it is prudent in the meantime to go ahead and put a temporary ban until we get

a chance to put our new rules in place,” Roden said. Roden said the moratorium was suggested by members of the Denton Stakeholder Drilling Advisory Group (DAG) and was put forth at the end of the last city council meeting on Jan. 10.

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Construction progresses on Fry Street development NICOLE BALDERAS Senior Staff Writer

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Michael “E.B.” Latimer discusses his herbal remedies with liberal arts Junior Rachael Ulrich outside his van Wednesday on Fry Street and Mulberry. Catiner sells six different medicinal varieties for energy, stress-relief, focus and relaxation, from 9 p.m.- midnight everyday.

Man and his van remain through Fry Street changes EMILY PEEK Intern

Fry Street’s strip of bars, bookstores and sandwich shops has seen significant changes over the years, with the looming construction of a mixed apartment-retail complex promising to further alter the street’s identity as a hub for Denton nightlife. Despite the changes, one man has remained a Fr y Street fixture for the past 15 years: Michael “E.B.” Latimer, who can be found seven nights a week during the school year, selling his ow n herba l blends a nd incense from his van at the

corner of Fry and Hickory. L at i mer sa id he ha s t raveled t he world, but still considers Denton his home. “Eclectic, open-minded, good-hearted people as the rule instead of the exception, more so than any other town I’ve been,” he said about his adopted hometown. Latimer, 41, maintains a Bohemian appearance that suits his lifestyle, wearing colorful, loose clothing that would fit in perfectly at the Renaissance festiva ls he frequents. Latimer has gone through four different vehicles in his

15 years on Fry. His latest is a gray van outfitted with a heat warmer, a mattress, a collection of colorful lights and a bubble machine that sends bubbles drifting above the sidewalk. Lat imer sells incense, candles, lotions and his own herbal blends – numbered one through six – to the curious students and stumbling drunks that people Fry Street at night. He is also on hand to listen to students’ problems, providing advice and his own unique anecdotes.

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After only its fifth month of construction, Fry Street’s combined apartment and retail space is already adding new shapes to the Fry Street scene. The complex is on track for its intended completion of July 2012 with the facility’s parking garage completed and one apartment complex twothirds built,. Despite noise and debris from surrounding construction, some employees from surrounding businesses are optimistic about the progress of the project. “I’m just glad something’s going up there,” said Kregg Ross, manager of Riprocks Bar. “We’ve seen a bit of a lull with everybody going up to the Square and checking out the Industrial scene. Having 600 beds across the street is going to be good for business.” A por table Sterling Fr y Street leasing office is located just north of the apartments. Because no act ua l apa r tments are available for tours, a makeshift apartment has been assembled within the office to offer a glimpse of the potential dwellings to students. Available units are categorized by musical names, such as “The Concert” and “The Composer.” According to the Sterling University Housing website, “The Solo” is the most expensive unit per lease, featuring

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While on the rooftop of Cool Beans, customer Ben Scott expresses his feelings toward the construction of the Sterling Fry Street Apartments. one bedroom and 596 sq. ft. of space for $1,060 per month. The least expensive per lease is “The Concert” with rent of $645 per month. Representatives from the apartment leasing office were unavailable for comment.

In add it ion to of fer ing living spaces, the property also contains four commercial spaces – two for retail businesses and two for restaurants – all of which are still available.

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News

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Drilling Continued from Page 1

“The existing [gas drilling] ordinance is too lax on regulations and is not doing enough to protect people,” Adam Briggle, DAG chairman and UNT assistant professor, said. “The big picture is whatever it takes to make [the gas drilling ordinance] consistent with safety, health and well-being.” In Denton, natural gas is currently extracted through the ground through hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” “Fracking is too dangerous to permit anywhere,” Clinton McBride, a n internationa l studies junior, sa id. “The EPA and state agencies have

Advising Continued from Page 1

“There are still many new students in those seasons,” Gillespie said. “I tr y to be fresh every time I see a new student, even though there are so many. I don’t like being treated like a number and no one else does, either.” Dwinnell said education is cyclical, and student demand for adv i si ng i s gener a l ly high during this time each

found chemicals, neurotox ins, carcinogens and radioactive elements in st rea m s, la kes, r iver s, aquifers, drinking water, in the air, in the soil, in animals, in people, all from fracking.” DAG formed to research the current state of gas drilling in Denton, and to find whether fracking could be perfected or made safer, Briggle said. The eight members of DAG conducted individual research, collaborated with each other and held public meetings. DAG ultimately suggested a moratorium first and also gave suggest ions for sa fer d r i l l i ng methods should a moratorium not be approved.

semester. “That’s t he nat u re of h i g her e duc at ion a nd t he academ ic yea r,” he sa id. “We’ve seen over 150 students in an afternoon. The busiest times for advisers are during the first two weeks of class and registration terms.” Gillespie suggested that students ma ke adv ising appointments four to six week s i n adv a nce a nd to think about problems with their schedules before advising meetings.

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Court upholds sonogram law CAYDEE ENSEY Intern

The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals last week deemed Texas H.B. 15, commonly referred to as the Texas abortion sonogram law, to be constitutional. The ruling came after District Judge Sam Sparks overturned the law in August, stating it violated doctors’ and women’s free speech rights. The law amended the Texas Women’s Right to Know Act by requ i r i ng a physicia n administering an abortion to provide sound of the fetus’ heartbeat and an image of the fetus taken by a pre-operation, transvaginal sonogram to the patient at least 24 hours prior to procedure. Anti-abortion organizations see the ruling as a step in the right direction. “The idea that women are required to look at the sonogram and listen to the heartbeat means that there is an extra layer of protection for the unborn child,” Josh McDaniel, treasurer for the North Texas

College Republicans, said. Pro-abortion rights groups ag ree w it h Judge Spa rk s’ stance, citing the negative effects it has on the doctorpatient relationship and the violation of first amendment rights. Amanda, a junior at UNT, had an abortion last year and recalled the counseling she received prior to the procedure. “A pregnant woman led me to a room with a couple chairs and no windows and asked me a bunch of questions about abortions and my baby,” Amanda said. “It was so intimidating and felt like they were making me the bad guy. They didn’t know me or my situation.” W hen a sked about her required sonogram, she hesitated before responding. “That was the worst. The heartbeat was coming through t he spea kers a nd I cou ld see the little guy squirming around in there.” Dr. Kimi King, a political

What you need to know about 82 (R) H.B. 15: Amended Texas Women’s Right to Know Act to include: • A requirement for physicians to perform a sonogram on the pregnant woman. Women who live more than 100 miles away from the clinic are required to wait two hours rather than the regular 24-hour mandate before the procedure can be performed • The physician must display the sonogram images so the woman may view them • The physician must make the heartbeat audible for the woman to hear • Women who suffered rape or incest can avoid the sonogram requirement if she certifies that she is a victim.

science professor at UNT, said in an email interview the next step is to establish enforcement of the law. “What happens next is the Department of Health Services must set a timeline regarding the enforcement of the provision,” King said. “When Judge Sparks issued the injunction all it did was to hold the law in limbo. Now that the panel has cleared it, the enforcement process can begin.”

The ruling, however, is not final. “Watch for an appeal for either a rehearing to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for an en banc hearing – hearing of the full panel of judges – or a direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court,” King said. Editor’s note: It is the policy of the North Texas Daily not to reveal the full name of women who undergo this procedure.

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The construction on Fry Street is still in the making for the Sterling Apartments that will open in the fall.

Fry

Continued from Page 1 “We’re still working with some loca l, reg iona l a nd national tenants working on leases,” said Josh Vasbinder, pa r t ner at t he Dinerstein Company. “There is abso-

lutely a lot of interest from a number of different companies. We believe at the end of the day we’re going to have a very diverse group of vendors. The goal is to be able to identif y most, if not all, of the tenants in the next two to three months.” Only one operating business remains on the piece of property bought by The Dinerstein

Companies – Cool Beans. “It’s been a little bit of a pain,” said Graham White, a bartender at Cool Beans. “At first there was a lot of traffic a nd dust a nd debr is, but they’ve made fast progress and it’s better to be surrounded by businesses than a mosquito pit.” Cool Beans has been a local hangout and eatery since its

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opening in the early ‘90s and hosts a variet y of musica l acts. “One t h i ng [t he apa r tments] are going to affect is our bands upstairs,” W hite said. “We used to shut down after two noise complaints, but we may have to change the way we do shows. In the end, that is someone’s living space.”

Lawmakers react to site blackouts (MCT) WASHINGTON – In the vast universe of the Internet, some planets went temporarily dark Wednesday to protest government attempts to intrude on what’s long been their anything-goes frontier. And there’s evidence that it made an impact in Washington. Howls erupted from the Twitter-verse when the English version of Wikipedia, the free, collaborative Web encyclopedia and homework crutch of students everywhere, shut down. One distraught tweet said: “Why is Wikipedia down on the day that I have a 7 hour take away exam???? Livid.” To counter the widespread panic, libraries – remember them? – stepped into the breach. An encouraging tweet from a librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said: “You can still research today during blackouts. Libs are open & lots of online resources for you. Need help?” Google and Facebook, the two most trafficked sites on the

Internet, were still up, although Google slapped a big black bar across its well-known colorful trademark to show its solidarity with the protest against pending anti-piracy legislation. “Like many businesses, entrepreneurs and Web users, we oppose these bills because there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking American companies to censor the Internet,” the company said in a statement. Blessedly, silly cat photos and stupid videos – such as a nervous dog balancing on a chain – were still accessible. The 24-hour blackout was over the right of business – in this case, Hollywood and the publishing and recording industries – to make a profit on its work, versus maintaining free and open access to the Internet. Two bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House of Representatives and the Protect Intellectual Property Act in the Senate, would try to stop illegal

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Google protested the proposed SOPA Bill by blacking out the logo of its home page. downloading and sharing of copyright material. Opponents claim they’d stifle innovation, limit service and impel companies to monitor their users. A third bill, the Senate’s Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act, aims for a middle ground. “Protecting foreign criminals from liability rather than protecting American copyright holders and intellectual property developers is irresponsible, will cost American jobs and is just wrong,” Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont,

a sponsor of one of the piracy bills, said in a statement. How many websites joined Wednesday’s protest was unclear. One estimate said 10,000, but that could have been wishful thinking. Reddit, the popular social news site, went dark. So did MoveOn.org, WordPress and Mozilla, which operates the Web browser Firefox. Like Wikipedia, they directed viewers to information about the pending legislation, as did some sites that remained active, such as Craigslist.


Thursday, January 19, 2012 Alex Macon, Arts & Life Editor

Herb

Continued from Page 1

“If you need advice, E.B. will give it,” said Will Clark, a history senior and friend of Latimer’s. “If you need a place to chill, E.B.’s van is a perfect spot for it.” During t he summer mont hs, L at i mer sa id, he travels the U.S., visiting his family in Oklahoma and stopping at various Renaissance and pagan festivals. “I like work ing fest iva ls where I can leave a note on the table, leave ever ything out there, ‘gone swimming’, come back 3 hou rs later and everything is just fine,” Latimer said. His neighbors at Crooked Crust said they enjoy seeing him entertaining and doing business, and that he occasionally drops in for a beer

or some pizza. “I l i ke t hat he’s t here, people tend to ha ng out around his van so they come in and get drinks sometimes,” said Josh Brawner, Crooked Crust’s general manager. “He even helps take out our trash can out there if it gets full.” Latimer said he takes great pride in what he does, making companies he does business with sign a contract ensuring they won’t change his herbal blends. He has lived in Norway and spent extensive time traveling Europe, but said what he enjoys the most is interacting with the various people who stop by his van every night. Although Latimer said he misses some of the businesses that have disappeared from Fry Street over the years, he is curious to see what t he future holds and promised to remain a familiar face in Denton.

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Michael “E.B.” Latimer smokes his herbal remedies in his van parked on Fry Street, where he has sold herbal and incense blends for the past 15 years.

Justices vote 6-2 to protect copyright law

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Music junior and student supervisor Hilary Millican shows history junior Whitney Jones how to work the register on her first day.

Students make time for work and school OLMAR VANEGAS Intern

No one ever said graduating from college was easy. For students like pre-English sophomore Ju l ia Nohem i Hernandez, who has a full class schedule and works 40 hours a week, the challenge is even more daunting. A c c or d i n g t o Ro s a l y n Smit h, a ca reer adv isor at UNT, 3,800 students work full or part-time on campus, a number that doesn’t take into account those who work offcampus. Smith said that students tend to struggle w ith time management, especially when they are forced to work to stay in school. Hernandez started at UNT i n 2009. A f ter money she received from a scholarship dried up, Hernandez began to despa ir t hat she wou ld have to sacrifice her dream of a college education and return to her hometown of Oak Cliff. “Ever y t i me I go back [home], somebody’s pregnant, getting married to a baby daddy that beats them, getting out of rehab, getting

out of jail,” Hernandez said. “I just wa nt to be a litt le more normal now; I’ve tasted education and I don’t want to go back to the alternative.” In 2010, Hernandez took out student loans and began hoppi ng f rom job to job, including a st int w it h t he

“I just learned the hard way to take everything day by day.”

—Julia Nohemi Hernandez Pre-English sophomore U.S. Census and a seasonal job at Bath & Body Works. Her grades suffered and her hopes of getting a scholarship evaporated as her student loan debt grew. The pressure of ma k ing passing grades and surviving independently took its toll on Hernandez’s personal life. “I miss hanging out with Ju l i a . B e f or e s he b e g a n working we hung out all the

time, but now I barely see her,” said Hernandez’s roommate Diana Munoz. “Julia is either working, sleeping or studying.” This spring, Hernandez will be going to school from 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m. before she heads over to Denton State Supported Living Center to work the night shift. Like many students working full-time, Hernandez said she is motivated by the thought that she is working toward her dream. Her future remains uncertain, but Hernandez doesn’t li ke t h in k ing about a life w ithout the college degree she – and so many others – work so hard for. Once she gets her bachelor’s degree in English, she hopes to join the Peace Corps and eventually continue on to law school. “But, t h i n k i ng t hat fa r ahead right now is just too much,” she said. “I just learned the hard way to take everyt hing day by day, because it’s too easy to become overwhelmed with life.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court upheld a law Wed nesday g iv i ng U.S. copy r ig ht protection to paintings by Pablo Picasso, the films of Alfred Hitchcock, music from Igor Strav insk y and millions of other works by foreign artists that had been freely available. The justices said in a 6-2 decision Wednesday that Congress acted within its power when it extended protection to works that had been in t he public domain. The law’s challengers complained that com mu n it y orchest ra s, ac adem ic s a nd ot her s who rely on works t hat are available for free have effectively been priced out of performing “Peter and the Wolf” and other pieces that had been mainstays of their repertoires. The case concerned a 1994 law that was intended to br i ng t he U.S. i nto compliance with an international treaty on intellectual property. Without it, A mer ica n a r t ists might have found it hard to protect t heir work in c er t a i n c ou nt r ie s t hat lacked specific copyright a r ra ngement s w it h t he United States. The law requires people to ask permission or pay royalties before copying, play ing or republishing foreign works that previously could not have been copyrighted in the United States. The court ruled in 2003 that Congress may extend t he life of a copy r ig ht. Wednesday’s decision was the first time it said that published works lacking a copyright could later be protected. “Neither congressional practice nor our decisions treat the public domain, in any and a ll cases, as u ntouc h a ble b y c op yr i g ht le g i s l a t ion . T he First Amendment likewise prov ides no exceptiona l solicitude for works in the public doma in,” Just ice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said i n her opi n ion for t he

court. But Justice Stephen Breyer, w r it i ng for h i m s el f a nd Justice Samuel Alito, said that an important purpose of a copyright is to encourage an author or artist to produce ne w w or k . “ T he s t at ut e before us, however, does not encourage anyone to produce a single new work. By definition, it bestows monetary rewards only on owners of old works,” Breyer said. University of Denver music professor Law rence Gola n was the lead challenger to the law. He said the ruling will effectively prevent orchestras in small and mediumsized cities as well as high school and university ensembles from performing works by 20th century composers such as Shosta kov ich a nd St rav insk y because it w i l l be too ex pen sive. Work s by Mozart and Beet hoven,

mea nwhile, rema in in t he publ ic doma i n a nd won’t require prohibitively expensive fees each time they’re performed. “This ruling just eliminated a big chunk of the repertoire, mainly the middle of the 20th Centur y,” said Golan, who conduct s t he u n iversit y ’s Lamont Symphony Orchestra and the Yakima Symphony Orchestra in Washington. G ola n, a v iol i n ist, sa id he had hoped to have t he Ya k ima orchestra open its next season with a celebrator y Shosta kov ich concer t but, following Wednesday’s ruling, he plans instead to feature a work by Tchaikovsky not covered by the law. Justice Elena Kagan did not take part in the case because she worked on it while serving in the Justice Department. The case is Golan v. Holder, 10-545.


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UPC brings on-campus events to students SARAH CLEMENT Intern

Walking into the University Prog ra m Counci l of f ice, a sense of friendliness, energy and excitement for the coming semester is evident. Filled w ith students and volunteers, Union office 216-O houses the UPC, a program de s i g ne d t o a l low U N T students a balanced college e x per ienc e by prov id i ng oppor tunit ies for studentoriented events outside of the classroom. “U P C i s t he st udent s’ voice on campus,” said Mark Packer, assistant director for programs in the University Un ion. “We wa nt to pla n events that they want to come to.” T h e on l y s t u d e nt-r u n p r o g r a m m i n g b o a r d on ca mpus, t he UPC was started in 1970 as the Student Activ ities Union. W hen it was formed, student leaders volunteered their time. Wit h t he opening of t he new Un ion i n 1976 ca me a ne w na me : t he Un ion Programming Council. A lt houg h t he na me has cha nged a nd ma ny of t he st udent le ader posit ion s are now paid, the focus has remained the same. “Ou r goa l is to prov ide pr o g r a m s f or [ s t udent s ]

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Public relations senior Sarah Gifford works in the University Program Council office as its traditions coordinator Wednesday on the second floor of the Union. with their needs in mind,” said Molly Orr, UPC Program Coordinator. “Most of our events are free; we just want s t udent s to c ome enjoy them.”

Past events have included Union bowling nights, movie screen i ngs , a nd on one occasion, a roller rink in the Union. T he UPC cu r rent ly ha s

UNT departments narrow knitting down to a science HOLLY H ARVEY

Senior Staff Writer A new mechanical process being developed at UNT that merges knitting and science has the potential to create a biodegradable mesh to repair human cell tissue after certain surgeries, according to Nandika D’Souza, a materials science professor who led the engineering side of the project. D’Souza said the idea for the project came up at a meeting between doctors and UNT researchers three years ago. The College of Visual Arts and the material science division’s ultimate goal is to create a mesh that has immediate medical use. “The mesh helps the tissue heal, and essentially stay like a young cell,” she said. The process begins with weavers knitting materials that will eventually make up new cell structures in the human body. “When the mesh is in the body, the body doesn’t see it as a foreign object and that makes it biocompatible,” D’Souza said. A machine known as an extruder coats the knitted fibers with polymers and stretches them out to create human cell structures that could repair damage from optical surgeries and hysterectomies, according to arts senior lecturer Lesli Robertson, who oversaw the weaving aspects of the process. “We had to really look at structure of the knitted materials,” said Robertson said. “We had to figure out how you turn it into something, while working with its limitations.” As each fiber goes through the extruder, the machine must be

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The extruder merges knits and polymer to form a mesh. The College of Visual Arts and Design and the material sciences division worked together on the project. adjusted, said graduate student Mangesh Nar, who worked on the project. The material is pushed through rotating screws and then stretched and pulled to make the mesh. “It’s kind of like when you go to the fair and they’re rolling taffy,” D’Souza said. “The fibers get thinner and thinner as they’re pulled.” The College of Visual Arts and Design supplied the knitted materials and worked with

mechanical sciences students to explain the how the how knitting machines worked, said Robertson said. She said students from the different fields had no trouble connecting and working on the new process. “People may see visual arts connecting to material sciences as too different,” Robertson said. “But I value collaboration and we’re finding ways to connect different disciplines.”

eight student coordinators;: five in different programming areas such as current events and special programs, a vice president of membership, vice president of marketing, and

a president, a ll pa id positions that students can apply for through the UNT Career Services. Jose Robles is one of these students. Jose Robles, a studio art

senior and vicde -president of marketing at the UPC, has worked there since December of 2010. Robles works with a team of volunteers and a marketing committee to try and draw students to UPC events. They make and circulate signs and use social media to spread word of UPC functions. “I am getting real life experiences,” Robles sa id. “We come up w it h a pla n, put on an event with a certain budget and work on contracts, things I wou ldn’t get to do e l s e w h e r e .” Prog ra m ideas come f rom st udent su r ve y s, d i s c u ssions with students, volunteer ideas and programs that other schools do. T he UPC encou rages students to email the UPC at union.programs@unt.edu with program ideas or to come by the office and pitch an idea to the president. Their complete calendar of events can be found online at union.unt.edu/UPC or in their office, Union 216-0. UPC is getting astarting off a semester of events started today with “Warm Up With UPC” today at 11 a.m. in the Union courtyard. by hosting “Warm Up With UPC.”

Cuban and Seacrest launch TV network NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Cuban’s HDNet is joining forces with sports and entertainment presenter AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media and Hollywood talent firm Creative Artists Agency to rebrand the network. The relaunched network will be called AXS TV (pronounced “access”), and will debut this summer with a slate of live entertainment and lifestyle programming, the companies announced Wednesday. The new network will benefit from the reach of AEG and will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access to concerts, award shows and other pop culture events, they said. Claiming an inside track to programming that connects the audience with the complete live experience, AXS TV plans to display touring acts from the creation and development of the show to rehearsals, soundcheck and performance, as well as the after-party. “This is a major step on our way to offering more live programming than any other entertainment and lifestyle network,” said Cuban, a billionaire who owns the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. “AXS TV will unquestionably be able to leverage our unique assets to do things no other network will be able to replicate.” AEG president and CEO Timothy J. Leiweke said in a statement, “The ability to give fans the opportunity to experience ‘live’ in a different way is something we have been looking for a way to do for years.” Some existing programs on HDNet, including “HDNet Fights” and the newsmagazine “Dan Rather Reports,” will

COURTESY OF THE SUN SENTINEL

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban bounces a basketball at the NBA Finals in June. Cuban will team up with Ryan Seacrest to create the TV network AXS TV. continue. As part of its agreement with the joint venture, DISH, the nation’s third-largest pay TV provider, will provide a slate of unique music services to its subscribers, and in March it will begin offering a selection of AXS-branded video-on-demand concerts. DISH will expand its carriage of the rebranded HDNet by offering the channel in its America’s Top 120 programming package. AXS TV will continue to be available from HDNet’s existing distributors, including DirecTV, Comcast, Verizon, AT&T

and other providers. In total, AXS TV is expected to reach more than 35 million North American households. Ryan Seacrest Media holds an ownership stake in AXS TV, and Ryan Seacrest Productions, an independent entertainment production company, will develop and produce programming for AXS TV. But Ryan Seacrest, whose many on-camera roles include hosting Fox network’s “American Idol,” is not expected to appear on AXS TV. Financial terms of the new venture were not disclosed.


Sports

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Six game-changers in conference game Looking ahead to Saturday’s key players: By Brett Medeiros / Senior Staff Writer

UNT Guard

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McCoy has played in every game so far this season. She leads the Mean Green in three-pointers and is fourth in scoring. As the point guard, McCoy is the quarterback of the UNT offense. When she’s locked in from beyond the arc, the rest of the court opens up for everyone else, because opposing teams have to respect her abilities from the threepoint line. One thing McCoy can improve on is the turnover game, as she is averaging almost three per game.

Smith is a fixture in the Pioneer rotation, starting in every game since she put on a Denver uniform two years ago while leading the team in minutes played every season. This season Smith leads Denver in three-point percentage (.365), assists per game (6.5) and steals per game (2.1). Smith is also second on the team with 8.7 points per game and could prove to be a tough cover throughout any matchup.

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Tamara Torru

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Emiko Smith Guard

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Torru has emerged as one of the most consistent producers for the Mean Green this year, using her long arms and 5-foot-10 frame to her advantage at the guard position. She ranks second on the team in points per game and is the top rebounder, with the closest player 26 rebounds off her pace. Torru’s ability to back down smaller guards into the paint and confidence from the three-point line makes her a headache for opposing defenses.

Shell provides Denver with scoring from any place on the court. The guard is shooting 37 percent from the field, 35 percent from the three-point line and 83 percent from the free throw line. If there is one weakness to Shell’s game, it’s her inability to stay in it. Four times this season she has fouled out by committing five fouls in a single game.

Morgan Shell

Forward

Forward

Godbolt has proven herself as the leader of the team this season on and off the court. The junior has dominated around the basket, producing a near double-double average per game. She is in the top ten in scoring average in the Sun Belt Conference, and fourth in the Sun Belt rebounds per game If the Mean Green gets on a roll at any moment within the game, Godbolt will be right in the middle of it.

Murdoch is the most dangerous and complete player on the Denver roster. She is second in the Sun Belt, averaging 17.5 points per game and fifth in blocks with 1.6 per game. Her ability to play big hides behind her 5-foot-11 frame, and while UNT has a clear size advantage down low against Denver, Murdoch is not easy to contain.

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Brett’s Breakdown: Mitchell’s skills bring team success Opinion Brett Medeiros Senior Staff Writer

The NBA scout is a mysterious creature. Indigenous to North Carolina, California, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and parts of Texas, NBA scouts have migrated to Denton to look at DFW native and six-foot-eight-inch Mean Green forward Tony Mitchell. The fresgman has attracted these creatures in flocks and has brought a new energy to the Super Pit. The possibility of any national coverage to the school should draw an even larger fan base, since sports in Denton is successdriven. Therefore, the better Mitchell plays, the better the team

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plays. As the team progresses, more UNT faithful will come out to root on the young phenom and the rest of the team. Mitchell’s prospects in the NBA would not only help fill the seats but possibly add UNT to the wish list of other up and coming high school players who find themselves looking at scholarships to play collegiate-level basketball. The Mean Green has been absent from the NBA hardwood since North Texas State alumnus Lee Winfield finished his sevenyear NBA career in 1976. Mitchell has the opportunity to put UNT basketball back on the professional map. While the Mean Green does have former standout and current NBA Development League player

Mean Green Trivia Last week, UNT sophomore guard Laura McCoy caught fire, going six-of-nine from the three-point line in a 50-42 win over Western Kentucky in the Super Pit. Who is the only UNT women’s player to hit more three-pointers in a single game? Answer: Allison Clark. On Nov. 21, 1997, Clark nailed eight three-pointers against Texas Southern. For the latest updates on Mean Green athletics and more Mean Green Trivia, follow the NTDaily Sports Twitter, @ NTDailySports!

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Brett Medeiros with the San Antonio Spurs system in Tristan Thompson, he never provided the conversation of a first round draft pick and an immediate roster spot on a professional team that Mitchell has. It’s not crazy to say a Sun Belt Conference player can be successful in the NBA. Former UALR Trojan Derek Fisher is a household name to NBA fans and any Los Angeles resident. During his 14-year NBA career, Fisher has won five NBA championships with the Lakers and is the current president of the National Basketball Players Association. So saying Mitchell could be successful outside of NCAA ball is not out of the question. As for his team, UNT has won nine of its last 12 games, but it might have been brought back down to earth with the loss of freshman guards Chris Jones and Jordan Williams because of academic ineligibility. Jones and Williams are two of the team’s top three scorers, at 14.1 and 10.9 points per game, respectively. With the loss of two key players, head coach Johnny Jones will need to gather that magic we’ve all become accustomed to and fill those empty spots with players who can produce and take the scoring pressure off of Mitchell and the rest of the veterans’ shoulders. Look for junior guards Roger Franklin and Brandan Walton to step up and fill in the spots left by the freshmen after terrific performances in the past week.


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Seniors to debut their dance works Friday Sports

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Thursday, January 19, 2012 Bobby Lewis, Sports Editor BY TARYN WALKER

earned the 2010 University Dance nine dancers accompanied by Intern Educator of the Year from the focused lighting to make it seem as if they are each in their Months of hard work all come National Dance Association. “They have to create a product, own motel room. Each dancer down to one night. Senior dance students will which the public is invited to see, is isolated from the others and display their original works on and in this process they have to dances with minimalistic moveFriday for the first time at the solve all of the problems they are ment for a strong impact. The UNT head coach Johnny dunk. include love, loss, isolagiven in order to create this work themes New Choreographers Men’s BasketballConcert. one-handed Jones got a chance to see what “I went up to dunk it and I just tion and insomnia, which are The concert will start at 8 p.m. of art,� she said. new lineup looks likeofbefore in the face,� Hall said. “I his overlaid by the glow a teleIn the class, students learn in the University Theatre in got hit Rthe YNE GANNOE play conference opponent even know if Iunity, madevariety, it, my they Jesse Sidlauskas, Lifedon’t Editor vision. about dynamics, Radio, Television,Arts Film& and Intern Denver Saturday. eyes went blurry. It just hurt.� “It’s athis good program. We have content, form and theme, Performing Arts Building. The team hasfaculty a lot of work Hall wasn’t the only player Playing freshmen some amazing that have Generalwithout admission is $5 and Cushman said. ahead of itself, but the team who stepped up in the absence guards Chris Jones and Jordan From the 10 choreographed really pushed us far,� Wert said. tickets can be purchased at the in the winchosen over Jonesat and Williams, sophoWilliams for thethe first time,atthe All together 56 dancers were the concert, as two dance played box office, over phone, the ofworks Huston-Tillotson, Johnny Jones more guard Alzee Williams and UNT men’s basketball teampieces were chosen to represent from the dance department door and in advance. dominated by advanced choreography UNT guard at the Brandan AmericanWalton College said. StudentsHuston-Tillotson, enrolled in dance junior “We initially this game put up career-highs with 19 of the National Association of students. Someput choreographers Dance Festival, including Amelia Dprofessor AISY SILOSShelley Cushman’s the camera, rather than in hands-on experience. in place to make sure got an points each. Intercollegiate Athletics, 98-51 Cushman senior projects class are required Wert’s “The Television is Watching also decided to dance.we Staff Writer “I tried working in Austin, front. game under the belt if “We all talked and additional Wednesday. allowed students to perform Again� and about Cassieit, Farzan to choreograph or perform in the Me thought to forward]Tony myself, I love but it was just so big I couldn’t of “I[freshman Though radio, telev ision this is what we’re going to have Jones and Williams were concert. 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Wert said. into 2011-2012 season. andplay is also performing in “Guess something different,� demonstrate the knowledge they Alzee bigSenior screen. us because of the other lthough statistics guardthrough Tyler Hall Who’s Not Coming to Dinner,� about the idea from of why for have acquired themade course “IAthought Young, who plays a small things that have taken place.� exhibition games don’t offithe most of his 27 minutes of people would want to stay at a choreog raphed by A n na of their study,� Cushman said. role inthe thewin, filmscoring “Like aCrazy,� Mitchell finished the game lly and count, Wednesday’s playCushman, in careermotel wondered what they Womack. the artistic director cia which opened on Halloween, with points on four-of-seven effort showed what UNT needs high 22 points, eight more than In10Caldwell’s choreography, of the concert, is known for felt.� had previously racked upthe a to do to fill the gaps left by the shooting from the field. his season total entering Wert’s modern piece includes dancers explore the experiher background in dance. She series The Mea n Green hosts game. of TV credits in shows freshmen guards. such asnot “Murder bythe theteam Book,� The Mean Green’s exhibi- Denver, it s f i rst con ferHall only led in and “Homicide Lt. but Joe tion versus Huston-Tillotson ence opponent since losing points against Hunter: the Rams, Kenda.� duo, at 6 p.m. also ignited the bench and the couldn’t have come at a better the freshman —Victoria Armstrong “I always kindwith of lived in my time. SaturdayTheater at the Super Pit. Super Pit crowd a forceful sophomore imagination and liked playing different characters,� he said. BY M ARLENE GONZALEZ “Movies were always my big Intern Texas and working for ntTV as an undergraduate and then escape.� On Friday, the shops off the Yo u n g , w h o i n i t i a l l y definitely gave me the expe- go to an acting conservatory Denton Square will stay open or go into sketch and improv attended the Universit y of rience that I needed.� later than usual. W hen he ca me to UNT, comedy.� 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 available until 9 p.m. instead of L.A. and enrolled into The the regular 6 p.m. Groundlings theater school, PHOTO BY TARYN WALKER/INTERN For First Friday, art galleries a prestigious improv school and businesses stay open longer Robin Huttash, owner of A Creative Arts STUDIO, will participate in First Friday where stars such as Kristen to give shoppers an opportunity Denton. The studio will stay open until 9 p.m. on Friday. Wiig and Will Ferrell have to admire and buy art. gone. PHOTO BY TYLER CLEVELAND/VISUALS EDITOR Several communities and month, which is where the idea pher and UNT alumnus, said he It Jones was during whilethe hefirst was Freshman guard Trey Norris rises to defend the shot by Huston-Tillotson guard Charles halfthere ofFriday the countries have their own First came from. helped start Denton’s First that Young met “Like Crazy� Mean Green’s 98-51 win Wednesday in the Super Pit. The team will face Denver at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Coliseum. Friday or First Thursday each Shannon Drawe, a photogra- in in February 2010. He and his director Drake Doremus, who

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UNT graduate lands role on the big screen “There isn’t such thing as a small part as long as you gain some experience from it.�

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offered him a small role in Dance students perform “The Itch,� choreographed by dance senior Anna Olvera, at a rehearsal for the New Choreograthe film. phers Concert. “It’s a small part, but he was nice enough to offer me the feeling of dance with touch and ence of being blind by wearing harmonies. part,� he said. “It was a great Caldwell said her piece is about sound rather than with sight,� blindfolds. In 28 rehearsals, the experience and I learned a lot four dancers adapted to their blindness as an experience, not Caldwell said. from him and the other actors The concert will also be held at hearing and touching senses to a handicap. in the movie.� “I was in my modern class last 8 p.m. Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. help them through the modern UN T busi ness a lu m nus piece. Caldwell also worked with semester and we would lie on Sunday in the University Theatre. Russell Petty said he’s known music student Ryan Pivovar to the ground and shut our eyes. For more information, visit www. Young since seventh grade compose a song of looped cello I wondered if I could capture a danceandtheatre.unt.edu. and said he thinks this is just the start of Young’s career. “When it came to drama, he always seemed to steal the show in whatever he was in,� he said. “I always thought he had the drive and ability to wife, Leslie Kregel, thought little more visibility and have the Creative Art STUDIO, one of make it.� it would be great to increase public more aware of art culture the businesses that has been Pett y has seen Young in awareness of the communi- in Denton that isn’t always a part of First Friday since it action during their college started. ty’s artistic talent and culture, recognized,� Kregel said. years together and has even Huttash said her main goal Merchants join with artists Kregel said. seen some of the work he’s Drawe contacted sources to help promote art and busi- is providing music for the event done at Groundlings. and created the website first- nesses. For example, an artist each month. V ic t or i a A r m s t r on g , a On Friday, Alex Riegelman, fridaydenton.com to establish looking for a place to display t he ater s ophomore, s a id his or her work could contact a local guitarist and blues the event. k now ing t hat people who “First Friday has no boss, no a coffee shop owner willing to singer, will play in A Creative were in her shoes before are Art STUDIO. president. I’m just in charge of host the artist, Kregel said. having some success motiKeri Zimlich, a journalism Heath Robinson, a pharmacy the website and building it into vates her for the future. something because I started it,� junior, thinks the event will junior, said she thinks the event “Even if it’s a small part bring attention to the creativity is a great opportunity to have Drawe said. like his, it’s a big movie that’s fun. Kregel’s business, Cimarrona, the community has to offer. gotten g reat rev iews,� she “It’s not just one shop, but “I think it’s a good way to sells hats, scarves and warm said. “There isn’t such thing PHOTO BY TYLER CLEVELAND/VISUALS EDITOR getting together clothing recycled from old increase the exposure of the arts all the Pshops COURTESY OF STEPHEN YOUNG as a smaguard ll paAlzee rt asWilliams long shoots as over Huston-Tillotson center Fort Ronzelle during theHOTO Sophomore Mean Green’s 98-51 win to rekindle that love ofinart,� in Denton,� Robinson said. clothes. 1998 radio, television and film graduate Stephen Young has played parts TV you ga in some ex perience Wednesday in the Super Pit. Williams scored 19 points in 33 minutes of action. Robin Huttash ow ns A Zimlich said. “What we hope is [to gain] a shows such as “Murder by the Book� and “Homicide Hunter.� from it.�

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Election season brings out the worst Every four years, we find ourselves in the middle of a heated battle of ideologies. Families are divided, best friends stop speaking and even work can become an uncomfortable environment where differing views lead to heated debate. This sad occurrence is otherwise known as election season. There’s something about political disagreement that brings out a different side in people. This, of course, comes as no surprise to you if you’ve watched Fox News or MSNBC during any point in election season. The best ratings come from shows like “The O’Reilly Factor” or “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Those shows define partisan, and for whatever reason, that brand of sensationalized political feuding is what makes money.

The problem with this is that actual people watch those shows: people that have to interact – in a civil manner – with other people who have very different views. The result is an uninformed America. The Pew Research Center says that as of 2007, only 37 percent of Americans can tell you that Chief Justice John Roberts is a conservative. In what world is that group qualified to convey complex political argument to one another? This pa r t isa n approach ca n sometimes even turn violent. In a 2008 incident reported by the Akron Beacon Journal, two poll workers, 73 and 75, came to blows over their political differences in an Ohio nursing home. However, this issue isn’t confined to the national level.

UNT w i l l have its elect ions for Student Body President this semester. W hile there’s nothing wrong with supporting a candidate and voicing your opinion, it’s important to remember that respect is a vital part of societal interaction. That sounds simple, but it’s easy to forget that everyone’s view is just as valuable as your own, especially when that opinion could potentially impact your future. The barely-counts-as-communication digital world we live in seems to have increased provocative arguments. Knowing that you’re not face to face with someone and likely won’t be in the foreseeable future can bring animosity out of even the tamest of social networkers. Everyone has seen the 30-comment back-and-forth of an argument on

a Facebook status about a political issue, but how often do you see someone’s opinion swayed by the inevitable ad-hominem attacks that follow? Couple that with 30,000 college students who are all positive they’ve got the world figured out (Seriously though, I think I’ve got it), and this storm of upcoming elections could get pretty ugly. The best thing you can do to end this rhetorical violence sounds simple, but can be tough to follow through with. Keep a level head, and if it gets heated or negative, walk away. It can be hard to avoid malicious argument and it requires a lot of restraint, but remember the old proverb: “When you argue with a fool, it’s hard to tell the difference.”

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Liberal arts majors face tough choice I heard a joke recently: How does a liberal arts major say hello? “Wou ld you l i ke f r ies w it h that?” For me, this hits a little too close to home. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/ Film in August 2010 and left the cozy disillusioned bubble of higher education to enter the cold hard reality of the dismal job market. Like most RTVF majors, I had big plans when I came to UNT as a freshman. I wanted to be a director/writer/producer - a filmmaker - and I had no interest in those grown-up concerns about bills, job security, health insurance and retirement plans. I looked forward to a life on the edge, struggling to make it in the film and TV business. It wasn’t until after graduation day that I started to give less thought to my whimsical dreams of Oscar nominations and premiere parties and more thought to my immediate future. People started asking me what I was going to do now that I was out of school, and I didn’t have an answer. I certainly wasn’t in the preproduction phases of a film or a TV show yet, and I didn’t have enough money saved up to move to New York or Los Angeles to try to get started in the business. Oh, and I still had bills to pay. I needed to find some job – any job – that my degree qualified me for. After applying to over 75 mediarelated positions and not hearing back from any of them, the reality of the job market began to set in. Although I learned a lot about film, television and radio in school, my degree alone was simply not enough

to qualify me for a job. Luckily I had some previous work experience in radio, and that, coupled with my degree was enough to get me hired as a part-time traffic producer/reporter at a radio station in Dallas. I don’t think most liberal arts majors are career-focused students. We enter college not w it h t he intention of learning a trade or becoming qualified for a certain job; our intent is to study something that we are interested in and passionate about. There is nothing wrong with taking this route, as long as you understand what kind of jobs a degree in film, art, philosophy, t heater, sociolog y or creat ive writing will get you when you graduate. Study what stimulates your mind and what you’re passionate about, but if you’re passionate about making lots of money and having job security, consider studying math or engineering.

Kyle Cage is a Librar y and Information Science Graduate student. He can be reached at kyle. cage@gmail.com.

SOPA is a poor response to online piracy While much of the nation’s capital has been engrossed in the debate over unemployment, taxes and spending, lobbyists representing a huge swath of the U.S. economy have been battling over proposals to combat foreign websites dedicated to piracy. The Senate plans to take up its version soon, despite the lack of consensus about how to rein in pirate sites without censoring legitimate speech or stifling innovation. That would be a mistake. The PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House would authorize the Justice Department to obtain court orders against foreign piracy hotbeds. Those orders would compel Internet ser vice providers and search engines to deter users from accessing those sites, while requiring payment processors and advertising networks to stop servicing them. The bills would also enable copyright and trademark owners to seek similar court orders against alleged piracy hotbeds regardless of where they were located. The lead sponsors of the two bills announced last week that they were dropping or watering dow n t he prov ision requiring Internet providers to block access to offending sites. The concession came in response to a chorus of objections from top online security experts, who argued that it would fragment the way traffic is directed online and undermine efforts to deter fraud and other cyber crimes. The White House joined in that chorus Saturday, saying the bills “pose a real risk to cyber security and yet leave contraband goods and services acces-

sible online.” The administration went further, warning lawmakers against unleashing “unjustified” lawsuits that could slow the growth of startups and innovators. Supporters of the legislation, including entertainment companies and businesses whose brands are counterfeited online, need to acknowledge the near-futility of trying to hide a site on the Internet, either by seizing their domain names or excluding results from search engines. They also should recognize the suspicions raised among tech companies by the original version of the House bill, which seemed to put U.S. websites at greater risk of being held liable for their users’ infringements. Meanwhile, opponents of the legislation, which include tech companies, social conservatives and civil libertarians, need to acknowledge the threat from foreign sites that make their living off copyright infringement. The Center for Democracy and Technology, a centrist tech-advocacy group, has argued for a streamlined version of the legislation focused on cutting off foreign sites’ sales and advertising revenue. That may not be the complete answer, but it’s a sensible first step that would minimize the potential for squelching legitimate innovation online. The various factions should work toward an agreement on that kind of approach rather than having the Senate try to ram through something that is still bitterly opposed by so much of the tech industry. This editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Tues. January, 17.


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